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Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex

3.5   Golfshake Golf Course Rating 259 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

3.5

Golfshake Golf Course Rating

 

AVERAGE RATING 3.8
(based on 259 reviews)

5 star
50
4 star
123
3 star
72
2 star
12
1 star
2
 

HIGHLY RATED

98%

would play again or recommend


3.8

The Course

3.1

Course Conditions

4.1

Value For Money

3.4

Pace of Play

3.3

Facilities & Service

3.6

Hospitality

3.2

Practice Facilities

2.9

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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Russ C rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 2 2024

Not in bad condition considering the weather we have had. Enjoyable round of golf

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Russ C rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Mar 31 2024

Not in bad condition considering the weather we have had. Enjoyable round of golf

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Matt H rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 20 2023

You get what you pay for, a good value course that presents a lot of variety.

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Paul S rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 10 2023

brilliant municiple

such a good course to say its owned by the council. greens are however verry slow so makes things difficult.

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Terry G rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 8 2023

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. Some years, there has been some animal damage from badgers and crows (pecking for insects on the greens). The badgers seems to like digging up the tees, and around a number of greens, so occasionally there are signs of this following work by the greenkeepers to rectify the damage. Fortunately in 2023 this has been minimal.

Because the bunkers got into quite a bad state, many (at least 10) have quite new sand in them, which is quite soft, but the remainder still have old sand in them, which is rarely raked to loosen this, and therefore is very solid. Apparently, the older bunkers will be worked on during coming winters (probably 5 to 10 per year), so it may take some time for conditions to become acceptable. The work over recent years has led 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 2023, so the opening hours for food/drink are not as they used to be, so usually the opening hours only start at 10.00am except at weekends when they open earlier, 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 from the new caterers has received some very good reviews, but 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!

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Mike E rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 1 2023


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Mike E rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 1 2023


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Colin D rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 12 2023

Course in good condition apart from the bunkers of which some are GUR and the rest should be.

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Terry G rated 3 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 10 2023

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 the lockdowns and quiet evenings, there is some animal damage from badgers and crows (pecking for insects on the greens) The badgers seems to like digging up the tees, and around a number of greens, 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, many have been recently reworked with new sand in them, which is quite soft, A few are awaiting new sand, but the older ones still have old sand in them, which is rarely raked to loosen this, and therefore can be very solid, especially after rain. Apparently, the older bunkers will be worked on during coming winters (probably 5 per year), so it may take some time for conditions to become totally acceptable. The work over recent years has led to the 17th hole 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 players 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 at the beginning of 2023, so the opening hours for food/drink are getting back to normal, starting around 8.00am, with breakfasts etc being available, and very good standard. This will be the caterers first summer coming up, so check how long the bar etc stays open before planning to stay for food after your round. The food is good (and a lot better priced than with the previous incumbent). 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 covered 13 bay driving range, and 3 glass backed squash courts. The catering dept have now added a pool table and darts board upstairs if your golf day is a wash-out! In addition to the course and driving range; there is a small putting green and a chipping area a short walk from the clubhouse.

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Terry G rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 30 2022

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. This year, there has been some animal damage from badgers and crows (pecking for insects on the greens) The badgers seems to like digging up the tees, and around a number of greens, 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, many (at least 10) have been recently reworked with new sand in them, which is quite soft, but the remainder still have old sand in them, which is rarely raked to loosen this, and therefore is very solid. Apparently, the older bunkers will be worked on during coming winters (probably 5 per year), so it may take some time for conditions to become acceptable. The work over recent years has led 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 club have recently been advised by the operators (Fusion Lifestyle), that new catering and bar operators are being looked at for 2023.

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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Ian C rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 29 2022


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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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