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John O\'Gaunt Golf Club

Price Guide: £££££ | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED   Golfshake Review

Course Information

John O\'Gaunt Golf Club, Bedfordshire is a 36 hole with 18 hole, par 69 (5771 yard) Carthagena and 18 hole, par 71 (6481 yard) John O\'Gaunt courses. A private, parkland golf course established in 1948.

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

Driving rangeBuggy HireGolf shop Changing roomsClubhouse BarFood Function Room Hire Handicap required


Tee Time Information

Midweek Guide: £50.00 per round, £60.00 per day *

Weekend Guide: £45.00 per round after 3pm only *

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


Visitor Information

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available

Contact Information

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

Tel: 01767 260360

Golf Pro: Lee Scarbrow | Tel: 01767 260094

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

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John O\'Gaunt Golf Club Reviews & Information


Golfshake Rating

  4.44

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 69
Average Ratings
4.38 ... Overall Rating
4.46 ... The Course
4.17 ... Course Cond.
4.33 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.06 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
4.00 ... Pace of play
4.04 ... Hospitality.
3.73 ... Prac. Facil.
4.00 ... Food + Drink
Reviews

69 ratings & 46 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 444 out of 2183.

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Reviewed Aug 27 2013 by Adrian F - rated 5 out of 5
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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Reviewed Aug 18 2013 by bob - rated 5 out of 5
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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Reviewed Jul 9 2013 by Ed -hcp 4 - rated 3 out of 5
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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Reviewed Jan 4 2013 by Frank B - rated 5 out of 5
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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Reviewed Jun 9 2015 by Adrian F - rated 5 out of 5

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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Reviewed Feb 8 2014 by Nick G - rated 4 out of 5
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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Reviewed Jun 15 2009 by Keith P - rated 5 out of 5
great
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Reviewed Apr 2 2008 by Graham O - rated 4 out of 5
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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Reviewed Aug 4 2021 by Terry G - rated 5 out of 5

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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Reviewed Jul 14 2021 by Geoff J - rated 4 out of 5

JO'G's morning in sunshine

Very nice historical course. Not particularly challenging but very long for the average golfer, particularly so many long par 4s. Geoff
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Reviewed Oct 25 2020 by Peter M - rated 4 out of 5
Very good..a challenge
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Reviewed Oct 17 2020 by Gary P - rated 5 out of 5

Great Course

Course is in excellent condition and a test for all golfing abilities.
Greens are true and quick. Leaves have largely been cleared so not a chore to find your ball.

(Round played: Oct 2020 - Score: 103 Handicap: 21.4)
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Reviewed Sep 11 2020 by Terry G - rated 4 out of 5

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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Reviewed Feb 27 2020 by Alex L - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Feb 27 2020 by Alex L - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Feb 23 2020 by Jamie R - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Oct 8 2019 by Tim B - rated 5 out of 5

Just top quality

A lovely traditional golf course, with only criticism being too many par fours, Beautifully kept, excellent greens and very friendly.

(Round played: Oct 2019 - Score: 99 Handicap: 18.5)
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Reviewed Sep 6 2019 by Aaron - rated 4 out of 5

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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Reviewed Jun 21 2019 by Robert M - rated 4 out of 5
The John O'Gaunt course is challenging at my level, but a top quality course in excellent condition. It has recovered well from the drought.

Well worth a visit

(Round played: Jun 2019 - Score: 95 Handicap: 15.7)
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Reviewed Jun 13 2019 by Robert T - rated 4 out of 5
Lovely Parkland course which is always kept to very high standards. Playable throughout the June downpour, there was no flooding on the course at all. Best advice would be to steer clear of the trees, apparently chipping out sideways doesn't make for great scoring!!!
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