Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex

Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex, Bedfordshire is an 18 hole, par 72 (6416 yard), public, parkland golf course designed by Martin Hawtree.

Contact Information

Kimbolton Road, Cleat Hill, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 8BJ United Kingdom

Tel: 01234 772700

Golf Pro: James Koncewicz | Tel: 01234 772700

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

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  • Midweek Guide: £21.35 per round *
  • Weekend Guide: £26.95 per round *

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

Course Information:
18 holes | Par 72 | 6416 yards | Public | Parkland

Driving rangeGolf club hireBuggy HireGolf shop Changing roomsClubhouse BarFood Function Room Hire

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  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available
  • 7 Day Membership Available
  • 5 Day Membership Available

Restrictions: Maximum Handicap No Restriction


Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex Reviews & Information


Golfshake Rating

  3.81

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 229
Average Ratings
3.81 ... Overall Rating
3.86 ... The Course
3.08 ... Course Cond.
3.31 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.11 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
3.38 ... Pace of play
3.46 ... Hospitality.
3.22 ... Prac. Facil.
2.62 ... Food + Drink
Reviews

229 ratings & 142 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 1641 out of 2162.

HIGHLY RATED - 97% would play again or recommend

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Highly Recommended 2018

What the club says: Mowsbury is an undulating 18-hole course offering a fair challenge to both beginners and regular players with well placed ponds, ditches and bunkers meaning wayward shots will be punished. Whether it is one of the four short par 3 holes or the dog-leg par 5 holes; each hole has its own hazards to work round.


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Reviewed Sep 2 2020 by Terry G - rated 3 out of 5

Decent course for a municipal

The course is built on clay, so this causes a number of problems e.g. when wet, the rain doesn't drain away as quickly as at some courses, and when during very dry summers; cracks can appear on some fairways. The course recovered extremely well following the drought of 2018 and during 2019 Summer looked great. Now in 2020, there was some animal damage during lockdown (badgers and crows digging up the greens and tees). Bunkers are out of play, and treated as GUR whilst there are no rakes due to Covid19.

The course is rarely quiet, and at one time was the busiest course in the country!! This means you should check that you are not following a Society, which can make it a slow round. There is also a lot of ?footfall?, and so the greens are kept quite slow; so you should allow for this.

The layout is interesting enough, and the large number of trees planted over the years is now coming to fruition, making it a lot more picturesque, and tightening up some of the holes. If you haven't played here in a while, it's a lot more challenging than it was when built in 1975.

The bar and catering changed management in early 2018, so the opening hours for food/drink are not as they used to be ? I believe at the moment they only open from mid-day. You should check the opening times before travelling, as this is very odd times due to Covid19, but if being served; the food is good (if a little expensive). Visitors should be patient - there is rarely more than a single member of catering staff working, so they are cooking as well as serving your beer - obviously they put on more staff for Societies and the weekends!

The building is tired looking, but I doubt if refurbishment would help - it has been in place far longer than the original 20 years lifespan that the council intended. Having said that, there are full changing facilities, a small putting green, a chipping area a short walk from the clubhouse, a covered 13 bay driving range, and 3 glass backed squash courts if your golf day is a wash-out!
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Reviewed Aug 7 2020 by Paul M - rated 1 out of 5
I like Mowsbury as a course layout but the condition was very poor when i played it on the 5/8/20, the four ball i played in decided on the day that we were going to play prefered lies due to the condition , i took a chip out of my sand wedge whilst taking a bunker shot so not best pleased, the course needs a lot of attention so not worth the 25 quid just yet.
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Reviewed Jul 21 2020 by Kieran M - rated 4 out of 5
9 holes that I'm trying to get out of Handicap calculation played in 2018

Decent 9 holes by the looks of it
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Reviewed Jul 21 2020 by Kieran M - rated 3 out of 5

Rough Bad

Overall okay course, but rough needs a good trim at the moment, time taken to search for balls is too long
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Reviewed Jul 19 2020 by Christopher B - rated 2 out of 5
could be better, pricey for what you get
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Reviewed Jun 18 2020 by Paul M - rated 4 out of 5

Excellent pay and play

Great course
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Reviewed Jan 29 2020 by Terry G - rated 4 out of 5
The course is built on clay, so this causes a number of problems e.g. when wet, the rain doesn't drain away as quickly as at some courses, and when dry (as it was Summer of 2018), cracks can appear, but that year was bad at all the local courses as well. The course recovered extremely well following the drought of 2018 and during 2019 Summer looked great. Now we have started 2020, the wet weather over the past 3 months has left the course looking quite poor, but it has remained open despite the wet ground. Preferred lies is in place throughout the course (the R&A term is ?Through the green? meaning everywhere except hazards), which means you can pick clean and place your ball, and so give yourself every chance at playing a good shot, and of course you get relief from casual water, although on wetter days, finding a dry spot could be difficult.

A number of bunkers are being re-designed each winter with the 6 done in early 2019 having been re-turfed and stocked with new sand. Work has not yet started on the ones which will be done this winter, as it has been too wet to get a digger on the course presumably. The older bunkers seem to lack a decent amount of sand, or what sand there is could do with a god churn up to loosen it after heavy rains.

The course is rarely quiet, and at one time was the busiest course in the country!! This means you should check that you are not following a Society, which can make it a slow round. There is also a lot of ?footfall?, and so the greens are kept quite slow; so you should allow for this.

The layout is interesting enough, and the large number of trees planted over the years is now coming to fruition, making it a lot more picturesque, and tightening up some of the holes. If you haven't played here in a while, it's a lot more challenging than it was when built in 1975.

The bar and catering changed management in early 2018, so the opening hours for food/drink are not as they used to be, but the food is good (if a little expensive). Visitors should be patient - there is rarely more than a single member of catering staff working, so they are cooking as well as serving your beer - obviously they put on more staff for Societies and the weekends!

The building is tired looking, but I doubt if refurbishment would help - it has been in place far longer than the original 20 years lifespan that the council intended. Having said that, there are full changing facilities, a small putting green, a chipping area a short walk from the clubhouse, a covered 13 bay driving range, and 3 glass backed squash courts if your golf day is a wash-out!

There are usually deals to be had, so the price of a round is very good unless you have to pay full price (weekend mornings), when I would say it's getting to be less good value, but probably still competitive to local courses. Buggies are available at ?22 per round (Summer 2019), but are not allowed during Winter.
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Reviewed Oct 30 2019 by Colin D - rated 3 out of 5
for a municipal course it is a reasonable challange. considering recent rain the course has recovered well, refurbed bunkers are good, but others need some attention.
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Reviewed Sep 19 2019 by Keith L - rated 4 out of 5
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Reviewed Aug 29 2019 by Simon T - rated 2 out of 5

Getting there

the fairways are in a good condition with the slight rough off them making any wayward shots a bit trickier. The front 9 bunkers need the sand replacing, most look like aggregate or hardcore and the greens are in need of repair urgently, if only the company running it would spend some of the money they are making, especially as the bar is closed 9 times out of 10 too.
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Reviewed Aug 26 2019 by Antony H - rated 5 out of 5

Great cheap course

For the price can?t go wrong.
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Reviewed Aug 20 2019 by Darren P - rated 5 out of 5

Great course in top condition

Love this course, the wind was up so made it a nice challenge
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Reviewed Jul 14 2019 by David B - rated 4 out of 5

Great course

Lovely course, played it a few times this summer. The course is a good mix of holes and as easy or tricky as you want to make it.
Benefit of summer play is that all the water hazards are dry!
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Reviewed Jul 4 2019 by Terry G - rated 4 out of 5
The course is built on clay, so this causes a number of problems e.g. when wet, the rain doesn't drain away as quickly as at some courses, and when dry (as it was Summer of 2018), cracks can appear, but that year was bad at all the local courses as well. The course has recovered extremely well following the draught of 2018 and is currently looking great.
A number of bunkers are being re-designed each winter and the latest batch of 6 have been re-turfed and stocked with new sand. The older bunkers seem to lack a decent amount of sand, or what sand there is could do with a god churn up to loosen it after heavy rains.
The course is rarely quiet, and at one time was the busiest course in the country!! This means you should check that you are not following a Society, which can make it a slow round. There is also a lot of ?footfall?, and so the greens are kept quite slow; so you should allow for this.
The layout is interesting enough, and the large number of trees planted over the years is now coming to fruition, making it a lot more picturesque, and tightening up some of the holes. If you haven't played here in a while, it's a lot more challenging than it was when built in 1975.
The bar and catering changed management in early 2018, so the opening hours for food/drink are not as they used to be, but the food is good (if a little expensive). Visitors should be patient - there is rarely more than a single member of catering staff working, so they are cooking as well as serving your beer ? obviously they put on more staff for Societies and the weekends!
Facilities are tired looking, but I doubt if refurbishment would help - the building has been in place far longer than the original 20 years lifespan that the council intended. Having said that, there are full changing facilities, a small putting green, a chipping area a short walk from the clubhouse, a covered driving range, and 3 glass backed squash courts if your golf day is a wash-out!
There are usually deals to be had, so the price of a round is very good unless you have to pay full price (weekend mornings), when I would say it's getting to be less good value, but probably still competitive to local courses. Buggies are available at ?22 per round (Summer 2019), but are not allowed during Winter.
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Reviewed Jun 12 2019 by Allan T - rated 4 out of 5

very good.

18 holes 2 players ?18.95 on groupon, can't be bad!
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Reviewed May 22 2019 by Mathew T - rated 2 out of 5

Errrmmmm

Proper public course, council run I think!
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Reviewed May 15 2019 by D - rated 4 out of 5
Played a few times over the past weeks after being very impressed with the overall course condition and variation of holes, especially for the price.\\I found the quality of the greens and fairways was very good and well groomed elsewhere. Only downside being, most of the time, the holes are very open.
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Reviewed Apr 23 2019 by Dean C - rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed Mar 31 2019 by Paul G - rated 2 out of 5

In need of some TLC

Visited this course in Bedford utilizing a voucher - a 90 minute journey. We were a two ball and arrived well before our tee time time of 1300. Both of us had a full breakfast with a drink, (cost at ?10 per person) which we thought rather expensive. Practice facilities were good with a driving range with a variation of cost for balls, we found the ?2 sufficient for or needs. Rather small putting green to practice on. The Pro Shop was scantily stocked but offered a drink if required. The staff were friendly in both the bar and Pro shop. So off to the course, set off 30 mins before our tee time - unfortunately behind a society of 30 and hence a slow round lasting nearly 5 hours. Overall the tee boxes were OK, but needed a cut, likewise the fairways also required a cut, it was often difficult to decipher fairway from the 1st cut. The greens really let this course down, on numerous occasions we were putting over a pitted surface with no true run. Bunkers had fine sand in them although a number were GUR. Overall the course is OK for beginners and society and has the feel of an old municipal course. I enjoyed the round, although painfully slow and unfortunately, i do not recollect a memorable hole or signature hole on this course that stood out among the rest, there are no water hazards either. We will not be rushing back to play but ticks a box.
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Reviewed Mar 27 2019 by Colin D - rated 3 out of 5
just about recovering from last years dry summer. New bunkers are looking good

(Round played: Mar 2019 - Score: 97 Handicap: 19.5)
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