Caddington Golf Club in the Chiltern Hills is to reopen to the public on Monday July 9th after many years of extensive redevelopment work
Located minutes from the M1 on Chaul End Road in rural Caddington, near Luton, the previous club has been completely transformed, resulting in a re-modelled course with a challenging 27 holes – including a 9-hole academy/practice facility.
Extended to USGA standard, the course has newly constructed greens, tees, undulating fairways, bunkers and water hazards.
The mammoth project has involved architect Jonathan Gaunt, who has built more than 40 golf courses throughout Europe, Africa and North America, and golf course shaper Ian Futcher, who has worked across the globe on golf course developments.
Club spokesman Ryan McGee said that reopening the grounds was “great news for the local community. There has been a lot of people asking when we plan to reopen the club, and we are delighted to welcome everyone back, including local schools.
“Caddington Golf Club bridges the gap between corporate-run and private membership only clubs, as it offers anyone to ‘pay and play’ here. People can turn up at the course, book online or phone the club.”
The site will soon include a 9-hole ‘FootGolf’ course, designed for youngsters to have fun while parents are playing golf nearby.
Head greenkeeper Adam Henderson said: “The FootGolf course adds another dimension – if parents want to play golf, children can enjoy FootGolf, which combines football and golf skills, using your feet to get a football into holes the size of a bucket using only your feet.”
A chipping area will also open shortly, aimed at providing a recreational facility for local schools.
The 140-acre site was acquired by the McGee Group, land engineering specialists, in 2008, with the aim of making a substantial investment to make the necessary upgrades to existing facilities, bringing the club in line with recognised standards for golf, and to compete with other venues in the area.
The redevelopment has included providing wildlife habitats, and the planting of more than 6,000 trees, including oak, hornbeam, hazel and wild cherry, along with other plants and wildflowers as part of McGee’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.
The original course was founded in 1985 when 9-holes were first opened in play. A decade later, in 1995, Caddington Golf Club opened as an 18-hole facility, formed by members of the Vauxhall Recreation Club.
Clubhouse offering light refreshments and snacks
18-hole course (6,011 yards)
9-hole academy course (1,424 yards)