John O'Gaunt Golf Club Official Corporate Brochure 2019

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Contents Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Golf Societies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Practice Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Open Competitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

About the Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


How To Find Us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Course Tour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


The Professional Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Contact Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Pro Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



The Clubhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Visitors & Green Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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stablished in 1948, John O’Gaunt Golf Club is the premier club in Bedfordshire offering two superb and challenging 18 hole golf courses, and a warm and friendly welcome to everyone. Situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Bedfordshire countryside, the course is maintained to the very highest standards, and when coupled with our practice facilities, and state-of-the-art clubhouse, we are able to offer the full golfing package to all our members and visitors.

Set in over 300 acres of tree-lined parkland, John O’Gaunt boasts two 18 hole golf courses. While both are set in the undulating Bedfordshire landscape, each course has been individually designed and provides an interesting and unique challenge. Here at John O’Gaunt Golf Club we pride ourselves on being one of the friendliest golf clubs in the area and extend our welcome to societies and visitors, as well as offering membership all year round.

Many who experience what we have to offer frequently return and have now been visiting us for years! In addition, we have hosted the English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship on two occasions and our club professional Lee Scarbrow was a previous winner of the John Jacobs European PGA Coach of the year. The result is a unique golf club where traditional barriers have been overcome, and we welcome you to come along and join us to see what makes us special. | 5

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he John O’Gaunt Golf Club has a long and rich history, though its origins are often the topic of debate.

In 1928, following numerous meetings of about 70 local townsmen and women, a 9 hole course was laid out at the south end of Biggleswade Common with frontage to Potton Road, and became known as the ‘Mid Beds Golf Club.’ Golf continued to be played on the common until around 1947.

During the Second World War, the War Department put three of the holes under the plough, and put ditches on the other six to hinder aircraft from landing.

renowned for their avenues of lime trees, many of which remain in part today.

Towards the end of the war members of the Mid Beds Golf Club became interested in a property known as Sutton Park, previously owned by the Burgoyne family and originally by John O’Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. It had been requisitioned and used by the Army throughout the war, but was now possibly coming onto the market. The property had been known for its immaculate drives, gardens and lawns but unfortunately, along with the mansion, the estate had suffered great dilapidation.

Around 1947 the estate was bought in its dilapidated state for the princely sum of £5000, with money obtained from all sorts of fund raising activities. Consequently, a holding company was formed to arrange finance for Sutton Park and to invite members and others to take out shares, which many did.

The park itself was originally designed in the mid-18th century by Humphrey Repton, a contemporary of famous landscape architect Capability Brown. Repton’s designs where | 7

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History CONTINUED The Holding Company owned the property consisting of the house and 145 acres. They allowed the club to develop the course and partly repair and alter the house. The first nine holes of the course were designed by a Mr W. G. Groves, a scratch golfer from Leighton Buzzard. The second nine holes were designed by Mr Hawtree, who subsequently designed the Carthagena Course. In a 1981 paper written by Mr F.C. Levitt, a past Club President of John O`Gaunt Golf Club, he noted that the naming of the club caused some conflict amongst the committee at that time. It was only after much deliberation and argument that the committee decided that, in view of the John O`Gaunt

connections with Sutton Park and the House of Burgoyne, that the club should be named ‘The John O’Gaunt Golf Club.’ Ever since, the course and club has maintained its warm and welcoming environment for all, and now in our 70th year the John O’Gaunt Golf Club are proud to bear the name of the former estate owner and Duke of Lancaster.

The park itself was originally designed in the mid18th century by Humphrey Repton, a contemporary of famous landscape architect Capability Brown. | 9


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About The Course


ut through parkland, the John O’Gaunt Golf Club has a wonderfully British feel and design, boasting two full eighteen hole courses – the 6,535 yard John O’Gaunt and the 5,833 yard Carthagena, from the white tees. Each course poses a different challenge; with an abundance of natural streams and hazards all defined by the tree lined parkland setting. We’re sure you’ll come away from John O’Gaunt impressed by the condition of both courses. Certainly, there’s nothing to beat it in the area, ranked as the best golf course in the county by renowned website Top 100 Golf Courses.

Lined with mature trees, the John O’Gaunt stretches out across the gentle undulating Bedfordshire landscape. In fact, the beauty of the course can be deceptive, and many visitors describe the course as a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’, as it often proves tougher than it looks, ranked at par 71, course SSS off the white tees is 72. Carthagena is the sister course of John O’Gaunt and is a little shorter, but no less challenging, ranked as a par 69. The Carthagena is kept in wonderful condition all year round, and benefits from extremely well drained fairways and greens.

Together the John O’Gaunt and the Carthagena present an excellent venue for golfers of all abilities. Try not to get too distracted by the lush, well-manicured fairways with your shots from the tee, and be prepared to face some well-protected greens often with testing pin positions. And even if your score ends up a little higher than expected, you will walk off the course having enjoyed the peace and tranquillity offered by these unique courses. | 11

2nd Hole

Course Tour


f you have never played at John O’Gaunt before you are in for a treat. Make the most of your trip by learning about some of the pitfalls that lie in wait, and how to avoid them, by following our hole-by-hole tour – yardage is from the white tees and matches the current match scorecards.

The John O’Gaunt Course Hole 1- Par 4 – 283 Yards

Hole 3 – Par 4 – 369 Yards

Hole 2 – Par 4 – 416 Yards

Hole 4 – Par 3 – 173 Yards

A straightforward tee shot, with either a long iron or fairway wood, is the best approach to begin your round on The John O’Gaunt. This is a nice gentle opening hole that wanders from left to right, but get out of position from the tee and this short hole can prove troublesome.

On this par 4 long hitters beware. A straight tee shot is needed as the hole has trouble both left and right in the shape of strategically positioned trees and bunkers. The hole doglegs from left to right and has a fall and rise to the fairway from tee to green,

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Players have a number of options from the tee on this hole. A shot played to the top of the hill will leave a longer second shot to a well-guarded green, which is well below the fairway. Longer hitters may try and hit over the hill but can find it tough as this fairway narrows the further you hit from the tee.

First of only three par 3s on the John O’Gaunt course. Judgement of distance is vital on this hole as the wonderful Mackenzie green, with the tier from back to front, can make putting very tricky. The green is slightly raised and beautifully bunkered. The newly constructed lake left of the green adds a new level of punishment for any mis-hit shot.

9th Hole

Hole 5 – Par 4 – 444 Yards

Your tee shot is just the start of a very tough stretch. The tee shot is played from an elevated teeing ground to a tight fairway, so staying slightly right is best. This ensures you avoid the large conifer standing down the left hand side of the fairway, for a clearer second shot.

Hole 6 – Par 4 – 466 Yards

Though only a par 4 this is technically the hardest hole on the course. The hole doglegs severely from left to right, but as the dogleg doesn’t begin until you are some 240 yards from the tee, there is no chance of cutting the corner.

Hole 7 – Par 4 – 331 Yards

The raised tee gives you a look at the very narrow fairway. Length is of no benefit here as missing this fairway can lead to all sorts of trouble. The green is set high above the fairway surrounded by trees and bunkers, a small target to find.

Hole 9 – Par 5 – 504 Yards

The first of only two par 5s on the John O’Gaunt, Hole 9 sweeps from left to right and the approach is all uphill. Longer hitters may reach the oak by the left hand side of the fairway, making the green in range. However, beware of the bunker to catch the long drive on the left.

Hole 8 – Par 4 – 381 Yards

From the tee, with bunkers to the right and trees to the left, accuracy is paramount. More bunkers protect the green, but the approach shot can be helped by a green that slopes from the left. | 13

10th Hole

Course Tour CONTINUED Hole 10 – Par 3 – 190 Yards

Hole 12 – Par 4 – 338 Yards

Hole 11 – Par 4 – 362 Yards

Hole 13 – Par 4 –452 Yards

Signature hole of the course and the second par 3. Players must ensure enough club is taken as bunkers await any under hit shot. In addition, the right hand side is protected by a large tree. A par here is always welcomed.

Short par 4 that doglegs from right to left. Players can choose to lay up short of the bunkers and leave a longer approach shot. The longer hitters may drive over the bunkers and leave only a short approach.

With a well-positioned fairway bunker on this narrow fairway, this hole demands accuracy and thought from the tee. The fairway bottlenecks towards a narrow two-tiered green with bunkers ready to welcome anything wayward.

With the brook coming into play off both the tee and near the green, the hole has the potential to be a real card wrecker. The ideal line is down the left side as this is the shorter carry over the brook and opens up the green. Trees and the brook protect the elevated green to the right hand side, along with water at the back of the green, so be sure to select the right club.

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Hole 14 – Par 4 – 354 Yards

Off the tee on this swinging left to right dogleg, make sure you avoid the well-positioned fairway bunkers. The green is sloping and approached uphill, so take one club more than you think for your approach to avoid the large bunker guarding the right side of the green.

Hole 15 – Par 4 – 427 Yards

The tree-lined fairway provides a tough target to hit, and as it sweeps from right to left, longer hitters must shape their tee shots to the left to hit the fairway. At over 420 yards it’s a tough hole: two bunkers protect a long narrow green.

18th Hole

Hole 16 – Par 3 – 157 Yards

On this pretty little par 3 only a short iron is required to hit a well-bunkered green. Hit the wrong part of the green, however, and a 3 putt may ensue, as the viciously sloping green offers great protection for this short par 3.

Hole 17 – Par 5 – 479 Yards

Relatively short par 5 still provides a tough test. The green is surrounded by a dry moat which, if found, provides a testing chip shot onto the green, which itself is one of the most subtle on the course.

Hole 18 – Par 4 – 409 Yards

This is a cracking finishing hole which swings from right to left. A solid tee shot is essential to avoid the large plane tree and bunkers on the right, and more trees on the left. The approach to the green is impressive with the clubhouse looking on, but don’t be fooled, as it plays uphill again – so take a club more than you may think. Avoid the bunkers left and right and roll the putt in to finish your round in style! Finish with a gross or nett par here and you will walk off the course happy.

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1st Hole

Course Tour CONTINUED The Carthagena Course Hole 1- Par 4 – 393 Yards

At nearly 400 yards and usually playing into the prevailing wind, this is a tough opening to the Carthagena. There is out of bounds left and trees right to punish any wayward tee shot. The green is well protected by a couple of large bunkers; a par here is a good start to the round.

Hole 2 – Par 3 – 164 Yards

With out of bounds on the left, club selection is crucial on the first of five par 3s. The green is well protected by three bunkers to the left, right and short, but once on, the large humpback green provides for an interesting experience on the putting surface.

Hole 3 – Par 4 – 313 Yards

A short par 4 which offers a choice of options. The longer hitter may take on the gorse and bunkers and go for the green, while the more conservative approach would be to take a long iron or fairway wood and leave a straightforward approach.

Hole 4 – Par 4 – 289 Yards

Trees left and right funnel in towards the green on another relatively short par 4. Though the green is well-guarded by two large bunkers, this is a good birdie opportunity, but be sure to check the pin position as the approach can be tricky!

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Hole 5 – Par 4 – 430 Yards

Big hitters relish Hole 5, which at over 400 yards is a challenging hole. The longer hitters may carry the fairway bunker, but are likely to still be punished by a large group of conifers to the right and gorse to the left. The approach is uphill to a very narrow green, again with bunkers left and right, so choose your club wisely.

Hole 6 – Par 3 – 153 Yards

Though relatively short and well bunkered, with a large putting surface this is a real gem of a par 3. The green slopes sharply from back to front so it’s important not to leave the ball above the hole.

7th Hole

Hole 7 – Par 4 – 457 Yards

A popular favourite on the Carthagena, this is a super par 4 which meanders gently from left to right, before descending to a large two tiered green. For any longer hitters who avoid the gorse and the trees, the tricky green and two large bunkers can scupper a par.

Hole 8 – Par 3 – 155 Yards

The elevated but sheltered tee position can lead to problems with club selection at this deceptive par 3. Get it right and par is guaranteed, but misjudge it and four bunkers lie in wait.

Hole 9 – Par 4 – 373 Yards

Tight driving hole, with fairway bunkers and trees in play. If the fairway is successfully negotiated a long narrow green with subtle borrows await, again three bunkers surround the green to penalise any wayward approach.

With out of bounds on the left, club selection is crucial on the first of five par 3’s | 17

12th Hole

Course Tour CONTINUED Hole 10 – Par 5 – 477 Yards

If you can find the fairway with your tee shot, this first par 5 offers a good chance at a birdie. The hole moves from right to left, and the well-positioned bunker and trees down the left side often catch a drive anything less than perfect. Near the green bunkers left and mounds to the right can make any approach tricky.

Hole 11 – Par 3 – 179 Yards

A well-struck and accurate tee shot is required here as both approach and green slope towards left hand bunkers. Par here is always well received.

Hole 12 – Par 4 – 369 Yards

This is a deceivingly right to left dogleg par 4. The longer hitters may drive over the corner and leave only a short approach. A safer option is to take less club off the tee and leave a longer approach. The green sits at a slight angle which can prove awkward.

Hole 13 – Par 3 – 215 Yards

The Carthagena’s toughest par 3, plays over 200 yards and mostly downhill. Four bunkers capture anything mishit, and guard a large green that is over 100ft long from front to back. There is a little more room to the right, but don’t be surprised with a bogey here. Often the overconfident end up over par.

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Hole 14 – Par 4 – 301 Yards

Another short par 4 which is driveable for longer hitters who are happy to take on the left hand trees. Hitting the fairway leaves only a short iron approach and a good birdie chance. But watch out for the slope if the pin is at the back.

Hole 15 – Par 4 – 363 Yards

While this is the only hole on the course with no bunkers it is still a challenge, with a sweeping right to left dogleg. Large trees guard the left side of the fairway and more to the right to catch any sliced tee shot.

18th Hole - Carthagena course

Hole 16 – Par 4 – 386 Yards

The signature hole of the course and at nearly four hundred yards, the last thing you want to do is hit an iron off the tee. For the majority of golfers a well-struck shot towards the tree at the end of the fairway is best. From this tree, the hole descends some 170 more yards to a two tiered green, surrounded by trees and bunkers. A truly memorable hole, if sometimes not for the right reasons, it has the potential to be a real card wrecker!

Hole 17 – Par 4 – 336 Yards

Another super driving hole, longer hitters may take on the oak on the corner of the dogleg. Shorter hitters should be avoiding the trees right and left setting themselves up for a challenging uphill approach to a viciously sloping green.

Hole 18 – Par 5 – 480 Yards

Drawing the Carthagena to a close is a fantastic par 5. The drive is tough, with the hole itself sloping from right to left, so there are occasions when a good drive may end up in the left hand rough. The approach to the green is all uphill to a two-tier green, making club selection crucial. More bunkers surround the green making it a spectacular finish to a deceptively tough course. | 19

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ohn O’Gaunt Golf Club boasts a strong and welcoming collective of members, with our Men’s, Ladies’, Juniors’, and Seniors’ sub-sections offering a full schedule of competitions, team fixtures, roll-ups, and events aimed at players of all standards from all walks of life.

We frequently hold various members’ competitions at all levels, and run several friendly events alongside our extensive and varied social calendar.

Adult Five Day Golf Membership

We welcome applications for membership in all categories either by invitation from existing members or, if you don’t know anyone, by contacting the club on 01767 260360. We offer a variety of membership schemes to suit all lifestyles, but frequently our packages are broken down into these options:

Adult Seven Day Golf Membership

Five Day Golf Membership entitles members to use all golf and clubhouse facilities Monday to Friday. Five Day members are also free to purchase tickets to social events and participate in club competitions subject to the terms and conditions laid down by the competition committee.

Golf Academy Membership

Seven Day Golf Membership entitles members to use all golf and clubhouse facilities seven days a week, and play in all competitions. Seven Day Membership prices are split into two categories, 18-27s and over 27s.

Exclusively for ladies thinking of joining John O’Gaunt we are offering a three month Academy Membership, to introduce new ladies to golf and help to develop the essential skills to play. This entitles the Academy member to play the courses for a three month probationary period with some restrictions. | 21


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Membership CONTINUED Academy Members may submit cards for Handicap during the trial period but cannot participate in Club or Ladies’ Competitions

Social Golf Membership

Available to those 18 years and over and allows access to the clubhouse facilities, bar, restaurant, snooker room and attending club functions.

Junior Golf Membership

At John O’Gaunt, we recognise the future of our great game is in the hands of our junior golfers, and as such offer vastly discounted membership rates to younger players who are

ten years or over. We invite juniors of all ages and abilities, as all junior members are eligible for two group coaching sessions with our Head Professional. We also offer a Pee Wee club for those aged 6 – 12, which is a 16 week series of group golf lessons under the instruction of our qualified PGA Professionals. Pee Wee’s showing promise have the possibility of being fast tracked into the Junior section, dependent on skill level.

Keen To Encourage The Next Generation Of Golfers

YOUR Club has some excellent news for all Junior and Youth members regarding current and future Membership.

The Club recognise that the transition to Full Seven Day Membership could prove to be a significant financial stretch for many, so we have decided to offer all Junior and Youth Members a qualifying discount on the Entrance Fee. Anyone who joins the Club as a Youth Member after the age of 18 will be entitled to a 10% discount on the Entrance Fee currently £1,630) for each complete Year of Youth Membership - up to a maximum of 80% discount. From 2019, ALL Junior Members will no longer have to pay an Entrance Fee if they make the transition into Youth and Full Membership - previously Junior Members were eligible for a maximum discount of 80%. | 23

Membership CONTINUED We hope this initiative proves popular and encourages you to enjoy a continued active membership. Your Club will monitor the success of this programme, BUT there has to be a maximum number of Youth Members we can accommodate. With this in mind should you know of friends, colleagues etc. who may wish to benefit from this opportunity then please make them ware. We will continue to conduct interviews throughout 2019 (normally on Wednesday evenings) so new membership applications can be considered.

Alongside an active schedule of competitions for men, ladies, seniors and juniors, and a varied social calendar, John O’Gaunt members enjoy the following benefits:

• Great value golf: one of the most competitively priced private members’ clubs in Bedfordshire

• A choice of two excellent golf courses • No tee time reservations • Obtain a CONGU HANDICAP. Giving you the opportunity to play golf anywhere in the World

• The opportunity to introduce up to three guests at half the regular green fee on each occasion that you play

• Entry to club competitions

• Entry to county competitions • Full use of our 18-hole courses • Full use of the practice facilities • Well-stocked Pro Shop for all your golfing needs • PGA Professionals offering expert advice • Friendly bar with long opening hours So if you feel like membership at John O’Gaunt is for you, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone on 01767 260 360, or for more information on our annual membership fees and for full terms and conditions please visit our website | 25

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Visitors & Green Fees


isitors are welcome to play at John O’Gaunt every day, and can always be sure of a warm environment to enjoy an exciting round of golf.

before reverting back to a 2 ball only course. The Carthagena Course is a 3 or 4 ball course all day. On “ODD” dates the opposite operates.

Electric buggies may be hired for most of the year and pull trolleys are always available, with our Pro Shop being fully stocked with all the essentials for a full day’s golf.

You will find both courses provide an interesting challenge for golfers of all abilities, though, we do ask that golfing guests observe the rules and regulations of the club in order to ensure good pace of play. If you are in any doubt please check with the Pro Shop or office.

Green fees vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Single round rates are available during the week, and after 3pm at the weekend.

Prices for our green fees can be found on our website www. While there, please take a moment to read our rules on dress regulations to ensure your visit runs as smoothly as possible. For more information or to enquire about course availability, call us 01767 260 360.

The course format is as follows. On “EVEN” dates of the month, the John O’Gaunt Course is a 2 ball only course until 12 noon. After this time it becomes a 2 or 3 ball course until 3pm

At John O’Gaunt, we are passionate about supporting young talent and cultivating enthusiasm for golf. Therefore, all junior visitors under the age of 18 are eligible for a greatly reduced green fee. | 29

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ohn O’Gaunt Golf Club welcomes societies on any day during the week, and we offer a variety of packages to suit your group’s needs and budget.

We genuinely believe that we have two of the most enjoyable courses around for visiting golf societies and offer a wide range of golf packages – from the small society playing 18 holes, to a sophisticated corporate day playing up to 36 holes of golf over our two challenging courses, culminating in a prize-giving dinner in the Burgoyne Suite, which can seat up to 100 people.

No matter the size of your group be sure to wrap up your round with a meal in our clubhouse restaurant, serving arguably the best golf course catering in the county. Any stray shots on the golf course will soon be forgotten!

To book today or for more information please call us on 01767 260 360 or fill out the relevant forms available on our website,

We cater for both Men’s and Ladies’ societies and are happy to accommodate different sized groups and requirements. Prices vary depending on the time of year and the size of your group. | 31

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Practice Facilities


hether you’re just starting out, want to improve your game, or simply don’t have the time to play a full round, as members why not take advantage of the high quality practice facilities at John O’Gaunt?

For those wishing to gain extra yardage on the course our practice range is the ideal venue. Whether you are honing your swing, warming up before your round, or trying the game for the first time our practice range is the perfect space.

Our practice facilities are exceptional and are aimed at golfers looking to improve all aspects of their game.

The practice facilities at John O’Gaunt do not neglect the short game either. There is a private tuition area at the end of the range which mirrors the fine surface found on course, giving golfers the opportunity to refine those round-saving strokes.

We have worked hard to ensure that our practice facilities are a gentle and stress free environment for golfers looking to improve their game or simply to have fun. | 33

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here isn’t a golfer in the country who wouldn’t like to improve some area of their game, and those coming to John O’Gaunt for instruction and guidance are in very good hands.

We have a strong and talented team of qualified professionals and assistants, so there is always someone on hand to assist and advise.

There are several styles of tuition on offer, from personal one-to-one lessons to a more relaxed group lesson with other players of a similar standard. There is also the opportunity to take advantage of our purpose built swing studio, with all the modern technology to aid all types of players. The teaching team also offer on-course tuition, where course management and the tactical side to the game can be addressed in real time. Learning the correct thought process can often be an eye-opening and rewarding experience even for experienced players, and will naturally lead to better scores.

Here at John O’Gaunt we’ve worked hard to create a safe and enjoyable environment for boys and girls to learn the game and develop their own values. We offer a range of tuition packages, but all bundles can be adjusted to suit each individual player. For more information contact Lee Scarbrow on 01767 260 094 or visit | 35

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The Professional Team


he Head Professional at John O’Gaunt is Lee Scarbrow. Throughout his career Lee has built a reputation as one of the leading coaches in the country, and is listed in the top twelve coaches working in the UK by Today’s Golfer. In 2013 Lee was awarded the John Jacobs teaching and coaching award by the P.G.A.’s of Europe.

Equally at home with beginner or professional level golfers, Lee has coached many youngsters to reach the professional ranks. In fact, Lee’s most famous pupil was world renowned golfer Ian Poulter, who was under Lee’s tutelage during his time as Head Professional at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club.

Through a combination of experience, excellent communication skills and a friendly manner, Lee has introduced numerous new golfers of all ages to the game. Alongside the Head Professional we have a dedicated and enthusiastic team. Lee is assisted by Tom Bushell and Jason Churchley. Our Pro Shop is managed by Lee’s wife Sue Scarbrow.

The wealth of experience and knowledge in our team means we provide sessions which offer a calm and non-judgemental space to learn, and all coaching on offer can be tailored for all levels of golfers, whether complete beginner or European Tour standard. For more information about lessons and for all our latest offers call 01767 260 094. | 37

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Pro Shop


ur team are on hand in the Pro Shop to give advice and customer service, and offer a comprehensive range of equipment from stock.

Combined with our competitive prices and a wide range of different products and brands readily available, whatever your budget or handicap, we can make sure your needs are always met. Staff are trained in club repairs and have a thorough knowledge of golf to advise on equipment suited to your ability.

Our stock is constantly upgraded to keep in line with the latest golf equipment available as well as the trends in fashion, but we always offer a comprehensive range of clubs, equipment and clothing for the beginner through to the experienced player. Stocked in the shop are brands ranging from Titleist to Ping, and Oscar Jacobson to Footjoy clothing.

We stock everything you could need for a round of golf including drivers, irons, fairway woods, hybrid clubs, wedges, and putters to suit all ages and abilities. In addition, we have all of the essentials such as balls, tees, bags, and trolleys, and depending on the weather conditions buggies can be rented from the Pro Shop too.

The Pro Shop also offers an exclusive service where items currently unavailable in the shop can be ordered to meet a customer’s requirements and delivered in store.

For prices, more information, or just to browse, please pop in and see the team or call the Pro Shop on 01767 260 094. | 39



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The Clubhouse


he John O’Gaunt clubhouse offers a warm and welcoming environment for members and visitors, whether you are playing golf or just meeting friends for lunch or coffee.

Following a fire in 1825, which destroyed the original mansion house belonging to Sir John Burgoyne, a new mansion house was completed in 1859. This is the very clubhouse used by our members today.

On 17th March 1989 our wonderful Burgoyne Suite was opened for the first time by Club President Cyril Rose. The event, and the Burgoyne Suite itself, represented the culmination of the great efforts of the General Committee.

With panoramic views and a relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect place to recline and enjoy the ambience.

The aura of antiquity remains and the clubhouse has been tastefully altered and refurbished to provide modern and luxurious facilities.

Work was carried out on alternations to the bar and the sun lounge extension in 1990. This was financed by an interest free loan from the local Greene King brewery, which stipulated that the loan would remain interest free if purchases in the bar consistently exceeded a certain level. This arrangement proved extremely successful and over the five years of repayment, no interest was ever paid. | 41

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The Clubhouse CONTINUED In 2006 the late Cyril Rose opened a massive renovation to the existing clubhouse, which cost the club just over a million pounds. The old footprint of the building was extended and the changing rooms were rejuvenated to their current, exceptional condition. The clubhouse boasts first class facilities for members as well as those visiting the club for the first time. There are spacious and comfortable changing rooms, a comprehensive Pro Shop, and a spacious sun lounge offering unrivalled views of the John O’ Gaunt Golf course.

The clubhouse provides a comfortable space to unwind before or after your round, to have a few at the bar, or a more substantial meal in the restaurant. Whatever your plans are, the John O’Gaunt clubhouse has something for everyone. In the clubhouse dining areas our chefs serve hot and cold snacks every day of the week, with a Chef’s specials board updated daily using fresh local produce in a selection of wholesome, home cooked dishes. Most Sundays the club offers a traditional roast lunch. Due to the popularity of the set menus and carveries we advise booking well in advance.

We are fully licensed with a selection of draught and speciality bottled beers, wines, and spirits, alongside an extensive range of soft drinks. Here at John O’Gaunt customer service is paramount to everything we do, and we pride ourselves on ensuring our accommodating staff make your visit to John O’Gaunt a memorable one. | 43



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hatever the occasion, John O’Gaunt’s stylish Burgoyne Suite is available to our members for function hire. Designed with a distinctive shape in classic meets contemporary style, and able to host up to 100 guests, our Burgoyne Suite overlooks the John O’Gaunt course and is the ideal setting to host any event; including weddings, gala dinners, birthdays and Christmas parties. We pride ourselves on our friendly customer service and an attention to detail that is guaranteed to make your day unforgettable.

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Open Competitions


e feel we have something special here at John O’Gaunt, and nothing gives us greater pleasure than to share the enjoyment of our magnificent courses with people who may not have experienced them before. One of the ways in which we do this is by staging a number of Open competitions spread throughout the season, aimed at golfers from all walks of life and abilities.

These are often broken down into different categories, comprised of Senior 4BBB, Senior Men’s, Mixed, Ladies, Junior Boys and Junior Girls.

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Our open events are normally very popular, with early entry submission advisable. Places will normally be allocated on a first-come first-served basis in the event that any Open event becomes oversubscribed. | 47

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ohn O’Gaunt Golf Club is located just east of Bedford and within easy reach of both Cambridge and Luton by A1.

For satellite navigation purposes, our postcode is SG19 2LY.


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From Bedford –Join the A603, following this over the several

Train – The nearest railway station is Sandy Railway Station,

roundabouts, until you reach the B1042. From here follow the signposts for John O’Gaunt on the B1042. John O’Gaunt Golf Club is an estimated 25 minutes from Bedford.

which is less than a 10 minute taxi away. Three trains an hour depart from Sandy with an estimated journey time to London King’s Cross of 50 minutes.

From Cambridge – Leave Cambridge city centre and join the A1303. From here merge onto the M11, following this until junction 12 and exiting toward Cambridge/Sandy onto the A603. Follow the A603 as it turns into the B1040, until you reach Potton. John O’Gaunt Golf Club is around two minutes from Potton and is heavily signposted. | 49

Contact Us


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