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John O\'Gaunt Golf Club

4.3   Golfshake Golf Course Rating 88 reviews | Post Review | Website
Price Guide: £££££ | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Course Information

John O'Gaunt Golf Club has two 18 hole courses: the tree-lined parkland, par 71 (6481 yard) John O'Gaunt; and the heathland-style, par 69 (5771 yard) Carthagena.

36 holes | Par Carthagena 69; John O'Gaunt 71 | Carthagena 5771; John O'Gaunt 6481 yards | Private | Parkland


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Address: Sutton Park, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2LY United Kingdom

Tel: 01767 260360

Golf Pro: Tom Simm | Tel: 01767 260360

Website: http://www.johnogauntgolfclub.co.uk


Golf Club Facilities

Driving range  Range
Buggy Hire  Buggy Hire
Golf shop  Golf Shop
Changing rooms  Changing
Clubhouse  Clubhouse
Bar  Bar
Food  Dining
Function Room Hire  Function Room

Midweek Guide: £70/round; £90/day *

Weekend Guide: £50 after 1500 *

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.

Tee Time Information

Midweek Guide: £70/round; £90/day *

Weekend Guide: £50 after 1500 *

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.


Review Information


GOLFSHAKE RATING

4.25

Golfshake Golf Course Rating

 

AVERAGE RATING 4.3
(based on 88 reviews)

5 star
46
4 star
32
3 star
7
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HIGHLY RATED

100%

would play again or recommend

Golfshake Review


4.5

The Course

4.4

Course Conditions

4.1

Value For Money

4.1

Pace of Play

4.4

Facilities & Service

4.1

Hospitality

3.9

Practice Facilities

4.1

Food & Drink

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Adrian F rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 27 2013

Played the J O'G course for the first time, wow what a stunning course!
Majority of the holes are tree lined doglegs with lots of elevated sculptured greens.
Greens were in top condition, big and undulating, lots of bunkers to catch you out if off line.
Certainly recommend it if you get a chance to play it.

(Round played: Aug 2013 - Score: 85 Handicap: )

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bob rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 18 2013

Played both courses today, both in good condition however preffered the main JOG course. The greens were brilliant if difficult to putt on {for me}. Clubhouse was also lovely. Would play again!!

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Ed -hcp 4 rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 9 2013

Played the Old Course at John O'Gaunt on July 8th. Perfect weather, gentle wind. The course was in good condition, with excellent greens. Some really long and challenging par 4s at well over 400 yds, where par is a great score. I believe either hole 5 or 6 should have been made a par 5, making the course a par 72. Virtually no water in play. Straight forward greens, setting up a few birdie chances. The service in the proshop could have been better, and the practice facilities are ok at best. Did not feel very welcome as a visitor. Would recommend Gog Magog Old Course over this for any player visiting the Cambridge area.

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Frank B rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jan 4 2013

Played the Cartagena course at J O'G yesterday. It has been raining for ever recently at the main course was part closed. However, the condition of the Cart course was simply stunning. I cannot imagine anywhere in better condition anywhere within 100 miles. The greens were summer-like in condition and speed and the drainage is so good you barely need to worry about pick and place on the fairways. Amazing course for winter golf.

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Terry G rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 4 2021

Great set-up and 2 courses

The old course is renowned as one of the best courses in Bedfordshire, and probably the first place Nick Faldo won an open competition (as a junior in 1973). The Carthagena course was built in the mid 70?s, and has come along nicely, and has better drainage. Both are a good challenge in their own right.

We played the Old Course, which is well laid out and a delight to play now that everything is back in play following various limitations during the Covid19 problems of 2020 and early 2021.

Bunkers were also fully back in play. I only visited one, greenside and one fairway bunker during my round and they played and looked immaculate, all being freshly raked by the greenkeepers and the players in front of us.

This round was in their Seniors Pairs Open, and therefore played from the back tees, where the WHS course rating is 133. The longer par 4?s are hard to reach in 2 for us older guys, and that certainly showed.

Greens were quite quick (although probably not quite as quick as the putting green), and very true, with the ball going exactly where you sent it, and following some fairly heavy recent rain, they were particularly receptive.
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The course has many very mature trees, and there has been a concerted effort during the lockdowns to pollard a number of the older ones, and also remove the few dead ones that were still in place at the end of Summer 2020.

Food was included with this competition, so I can't comment on food or prices, but I have eaten here before, and remember it as always being of a very good standard. The bar is well organised, and whilst there is still an element of Covid19 controls in place, it was not cumbersome, and there was certainly no rigid enforcement of mask rules etc.

All in all an enjoyable day, and I would certainly recommend, and I will be back as soon as possible, as I always enjoy playing here.

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Terry G rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 11 2020

Great set-up and 2 courses

Renowned as one of the best courses in Bedfordshire, and probably the first place Nick Faldo won an open competition (as a junior).

We played the Old Course, which is well laid out and a delight to play, although because the fairways haven't recovered from the very dry summer of 2018, preferred lies are in place on all areas mown to fairway length.

Preferred lies is also in place in bunkers, because of Covid19, and the resultant removal of rakes. I only visited one, and whilst it looked immaculate, being freshly raked by the greenkeepers, the sand below the top level was quite firm, resulting in a flyer over the green!
This round was in the Bedfordshire County Senior Championships, and therefore played from the back tees, where CSS was 73 on the day against a par of 71, and this was on a very calm day ? very little wind to worry about, and a lovely sunny day. The longer par 4?s are hard to reach in 2 for us older guys, and that certainly showed.

Greens were quite quick, and very true, with the ball going exactly where you sent it, although they seemed a little firm, so difficult to get a full shot into the greens to stop quickly, unless you hit it very firmly.
The course has many very mature trees, although I did notice that they have plans to remove, or at least pollard a number of the older ones, and presumably they will also remove the few dead ones that are still in place.

When this Championship was re-organised, the restaurant hadn't re-opened, so I can't comment on food or prices, but I have eaten here before, and remember it as always being very good. The bar is well organised to avoid people congregating (Covid19 again), although that does give a rather strange one way system to enter and leave to clubhouse.

All in all and enjoyable day, and I would certainly recommend, and I will be back as soon as possible, as I always enjoy playing here.

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Aaron rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 6 2019

Top Course

Played the Carthagena Course. Greens were pure. Very fast and very true. In fact the whole greens complexes were in fabulous condition, as were the bunkers. The 16th hole is a delight to play and very unique. My only criticism is the fairways on this course, they are in terrible condition, and never really withstand any summer heat or prolonged dry periods. The course would really benefit from fairway irrigation. Nonetheless a really great course!

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Adrian F rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 9 2015


Played the John O'Gaunt and it really is a great golf course. The greens are stunning and the course can be very challenging.
Enjoyed every minute even though my golf was rubbish.

Highly recommend it if you get the chance to play here
(Round played: Jun 2015 - Score: 107 Handicap: 11.8)

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Nick G rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Feb 8 2014

Considering the amount of rain only there were only 2 temp greens and course played really well.

(Round played: Feb 2014 - Score: 92 Handicap: 22.3)

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Keith P rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 15 2009

great

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Graham O rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 2 2008

The better of the two courses at John O'Gaunt. Very good condition although there are often temporary greens and tees in the winter months.

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Peter E rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 2 2024

Fantastic course

Very well looked after course made golf an enjoyment not a slog. Clubhouse very nice and new terrace well thought out.

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Terry G rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 6 2023

Great set-up and 2 courses

The old course is renowned as one of the best courses in Bedfordshire, and probably the first place Nick Faldo won an open competition (as a junior in 1973). The Carthagena course was built in the mid 70s, and has come along nicely, and has better drainage. Both are a good challenge in their own right.

We played the Old Course, which is well laid out and a delight to play.

Bunkers: I only visited one greenside bunker during this visit and they played and looked immaculate, all being freshly raked by the greenkeepers and the players in front of us. This is hardly surprising, as this round was to celebrate Bedfordshire County?s Centenary, and John O?Gaunt's 75th Anniversary. As such, we played a shotgun start, and the teams represented every club in our county, and also the County Scratch mixed team, and England Golf (including the CEO), who ran out the eventual winners.

Fairways were perfect, and had some serious undulations to deal with, making for some tricky shots.

Just as in my last round here - in their Seniors Pairs Open, we also played from the back tees, where the WHS course rating is 133. The longer par 4s are hard to reach in 2 for us older guys, and that certainly showed, and explains why we were well down the pecking order (but not quite last) as we had 3 out of 4 of us being seniors.

Greens were quite quick, and very true, with the ball going exactly where you sent it, but without any recent rain, they were a little unreceptive, unless you hit the ball very hard.

The course has many very mature trees, and there was a concerted effort during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 to pollard a number of the older ones, and also remove the few dead ones that were still in place at the end of Summer 2020.

Food was included with this competition, so I can't comment on food or prices, but I have eaten here before, and remember it as always being of a very good standard. The bar is well organised, and they coped well with all 100 players turning up at a similar time after the shotgun start, and then finishing at the same time.

All in all an enjoyable day, and I would certainly recommend, and I will be back as soon as possible, as I always enjoy playing here.

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Mike E rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 10 2023

Beautiful challenging course

A fantastic well maintained course and a high challenge for all handicaps. Excellently maintained with fast greens. Lovely clubhouse with friendly helpful staff.

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Mike E rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 10 2023

Beautiful challenging course


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