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Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex

3.5   Golfshake Golf Course Rating 248 reviews | Post Review | Website
Price Guide: £££ | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Course Information

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

18 holes | Par 72 | 6416 yards | Public | Parkland


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Address: 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


Golf Club Facilities

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

Midweek Guide: £21.35 per round *

Weekend Guide: £26.95 per round *

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

Restrictions: Maximum Handicap No Restriction

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

Tee Time Information

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.


Review Information


GOLFSHAKE RATING

3.49

Golfshake Golf Course Rating

 

AVERAGE RATING 3.8
(based on 248 reviews)

5 star
48
4 star
116
3 star
70
2 star
12
1 star
2
 

HIGHLY RATED

98%

would play again or recommend


3.9

The Course

3.1

Course Conditions

4.1

Value For Money

3.4

Pace of Play

3.3

Facilities & Service

3.5

Hospitality

3.2

Practice Facilities

2.8

Food & Drink

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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Chris T rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 7 2022

Good municipal course

Generally in good condition, let down by rough teeing areas, and some very scruffy bunkers. Overall good value for money.

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David S rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 5 2022

fun

good place to practice and have fun. greens are poor and the bunkers need work. interesting layout and good fun

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Colin D rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 15 2022

A reasonable challenge, greens are improving, some bunkers have refashioned, others are in appalling condition. Clover is quite a problem at present

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John C rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed May 21 2022

Municiple Course, long established.

Course is in excellent condition. Greens are slow but the course is testing with changes of level and hole direction.

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Peter E rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 17 2022

In good condition

We arrived on Easter Saturday and went straight on, no hold ups untill back half. Greens in good nick and very pleasant round

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Josh H rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Feb 27 2022

Great course. Bit muddy underfoot but great round with good friends. Greens were either hard due to frost or plugged when thawed out

(Round played: Feb 2022 - Score: 96 Handicap: 0)

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A Golfer rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Jan 11 2022

Very good condition

Cheap and my local course but in very good condition.

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Alan T rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Nov 12 2021

Semi rural location and quiet course.

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Colin D rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Nov 3 2021

A good municipal course offering a reasonable challenge, however being let down by state of some the bunkers , not draining well, some with weeds growing.

(Round played: Nov 2021 - Score: 98 Handicap: 23.7)

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John C rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 22 2021

High quality Municipal course.

This long established course on the edge of Bedford provides a challenge for the lower handicapper while giving the novice a chance with the width of fairways.

(Round played: Oct 2021 - Score: 94 Handicap: 18)

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Terry G rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 11 2021

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 during very dry summers; cracks can appear on some fairways. During lockdown; there was some animal damage from badgers and crows (pecking for insects on the greens), and this seems to have continued after the course opened and in particular, the badgers seems to like digging up the tees, so occasionally there are signs of this following work by the greenkeepers to rectify the damage.

Because the bunkers got into quite a bad state, a number have been marked as GUR, and will be worked on when sand can be obtained, and the remainder are being played with preferred lies, so your ball should be placed in the bunker and played from your preferred lie. There is an ongoing plan to deal with all the bunkers, but this will take years, with about 5 being dealt with each Winter. This will include reshaping, drainage work, and refilling with sand (when it is available). A number have already been completed, and this has lead to the 17th being bunker free.

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, so usually the opening hours only start at 10.00am, and continue until 5.00pm. This changes during the Winter, so you may want to check if you are planning to stay for food after your round. 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 including showers, 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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Peter E rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 5 2021

good condition especially after the rain we've had

Played well nice bar afterwards. There are some tough especially with some hidden gulleys lots of dog legs so ambitious golfers can take them on

(Round played: Oct 2021 - Score: 106 Handicap: 31.9)

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Richard F rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 11 2021

'home ' course

Best pay and play course around - value for money and course always presented in good condition and well worth the visit.

(Round played: Aug 2021 - Score: 109 Handicap: 28)

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Colin D rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 2 2021

The bunkers that are in play are dreadful either full of water with compacted sand and lots of small stones

(Round played: Aug 2021 - Score: 105 Handicap: 24.6)

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Shaun rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 12 2021

Missing that T.L.C

Firstly, I was a junior here so I will always love the course. Now a Greenkeeper at another course, I can see things differently that once before, wouldn't notice/care/think about whilst playing. Last round was probably 5 years ago and the drainage was becoming a problem. Still got some drainage issues now and we're in the Summer season. So some wet G.U.R areas around the greens and big puddles on path next to 5th tee box. Effort has gone into repair work on greens damaged by pests. Bunkers G.U.R (Must be due to covid)
Title of T.L.C = Every fairway is either cut: every other week/ in the wet/ or too high. Grass drop back/clippings on every stripe. Old pin position plugs are sunken or tilted. Greens mower needs the units checking and adjusting as every up and down a clear marking was left. Also noticed oil drips on most greens. Greens aren't the quickest but could take a ball and leave a pitch mark (so just needed to the putt harder)

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