Play the top two courses in Cambridgeshire.
Gog Magog is located three miles south of Cambridge, on the legendary Gog Magog Hills. East Anglia is one of the flattest areas in England, but the Old course at the “Gogs” is anything but flat. The opening par four starts the gradual journey uphill before we arrive at the memorable 2nd hole. This short par four has an intimidating uphill tee shot which must carry across the corner of a quarry which, to make matters worse, is out of bounds. The plateau green is cut into the edge of the hill so missing the green to the left with your approach shot is not recommended. We can relax after climbing the first two holes because we’re now on the top of a delightful chalk escarpment. Here, there is a distinct heathland feel, but instead of heather, the rough is liberally sprinkled with rare perennial flax – a glorious sea of blue during the summer. It’s not surprising that the Old course is set in an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are many memorable holes on the Old and the par threes are especially strong, but one in particular is simply terrific…the 13th. Measuring 208 yards with a depression between tee and green and a spinney waiting to catch anything hit left of the target line. It’s a great hole, but make sure to drink in the view across historic Cambridge before moving on to the 14th tee. At 6,398 yards from the back tees, the Old course is not about length it’s about accuracy and finding the right part of the tricky, sloping greens. It’s no surprise that the Old course is ranked as the No.1 course in Cambridgeshire.
In 1997 the new Martin Hawtree designed Wandlebury course opened for play at the Gogs, utilising eleven brand new holes and seven from the original 9-hole layout. You may still be able to see the join between the Wandlebury’s old and new holes, largely due to the trees which are more established on the original holes. However, the link is softening with the passing of time and there is no doubt whatsoever that the 6,735-yard Wandlebury is one of the best in Cambridgeshire. It’s also a stern test and has been utilised for Regional Open Qualifying for five years since its inception. Some members even prefer it to the Old course. Wandlebury Hill was an ancient settlement set within the chalk hills of the Gog Magog Downs, a number of Stone Age flint tools were discovered on the 4th fairway during course construction following a mandatory archaeological survey. It’s a genuinely stunning location and the fast and firm surfaces are perfect for golf. Golf Magog is undoubtedly Cambridgeshire’s golfing treasure where two unique 18-hole layouts reach up from an otherwise flat and somewhat featureless fenland landscape.