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Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex

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

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


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.


Visitor Information

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

Restrictions: Maximum Handicap No Restriction


Contact Information

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

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Mowsbury Golf & Squash Complex Reviews & Information


Golfshake Rating

  3.65

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 233
Average Ratings
3.80 ... Overall Rating
3.85 ... The Course
3.11 ... Course Cond.
3.29 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.07 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
3.38 ... Pace of play
3.55 ... Hospitality.
3.22 ... Prac. Facil.
2.75 ... Food + Drink
Reviews

233 ratings & 153 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 1814 out of 2183.

HIGHLY RATED - 98% would play again or recommend

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Highly Recommended 2018Highly Recommended 2019

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 Jan 11 2022 by A Golfer - rated 4 out of 5

Very good condition

Cheap and my local course but in very good condition.
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Reviewed Nov 12 2021 by Alan T - rated 3 out of 5
Semi rural location and quiet course.
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Reviewed Nov 3 2021 by Colin D - rated 3 out of 5
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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Reviewed Oct 22 2021 by John C - rated 4 out of 5

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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Reviewed Oct 11 2021 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 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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Reviewed Oct 5 2021 by Peter E - rated 4 out of 5

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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Reviewed Aug 11 2021 by Richard F - rated 4 out of 5

'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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Reviewed Aug 2 2021 by Colin D - rated 3 out of 5
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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Reviewed Jul 12 2021 by Shaun - rated 3 out of 5

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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Reviewed Jun 29 2021 by Jon B - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed May 21 2021 by Roger I - rated 4 out of 5
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Reviewed Apr 17 2021 by Colin D - rated 3 out of 5
A good Municipal course, greens rather bumpy at present
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Reviewed Apr 2 2021 by Terry G - rated 3 out of 5

looking good after lockdown

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 complex was ?locked down? for a lot of 2020 because of Covid19, and then it got very wet over the Winter from December 2020 to March 2021. Now in April 2021,the course has dried considerably, but there was some animal damage during lockdown (badgers and crows digging up the greens and tees).

The bunkers remain out of play (as at April 2021), and will be treated as GUR whilst there are no rakes due to Covid19. 4 bunkers (2 greenside at 3 and 17, and 2 fairway on 12 and 16 all of which have never drained well) have been filled in during the Winter, and turf is on order to complete their refurbishment.

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 until the law allows, the catering facilities are closed. 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 (when allowed) - 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 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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