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Bedfordshire Golf Club - Clubhouse

Spring Lane, Stagsden, Bedfordshire, MK43 8SR

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • The clubhouse is open from dawn till the last golfer finishes.
  • The bar is open from 10:00 till the visitor leaves.
  • The golf course is open from dawn till dusk.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Directions from Bedford: Take the A428 to Northampton and at Bromham (3 miles from central Bedford) turn left onto the A422 to Milton Keynes. After 1 mile turn left onto Spring Lane (signposted Kempston Church End) and immediately left again into the golf club entrance. Once through the entrance, drive up the hill and the car park is on your right. Directions from Milton Keynes: At Junction 14 of the M1, take the A509 North to Olney/Wellingborough. After 3 miles turn right onto the A422 to Bedford. Drive for a further 6 miles on the A422 and turn right into Spring Lane (signposted Kempston Church End). Turn immediately left into the golf club entrance. Once through the entrance, drive up the hill and the car park is on your right.
  • By Bus View
    • There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Bedford.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There is disability golf coaching available, please contact the venue for more information.

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located in front of the clubhouse.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 360cm x 480cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • The dimensions of other designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
    • Parking is free for visitors of the venue.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

Approach (Main Entrance)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is block paving.
    • There is step-free access on the approach.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the clubhouse.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.

Approach (Rear Entrance)

  • There is step free access on the approach.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent, has a steep gradient.
  • Comments View
    • The surface of the path is recycled rubber.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the venue.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • If needed both sets of doors can be opened.
    • When both sets of doors are open the door width is 150cm.

Inside Access

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Biddenham Suite - Function Room

  • The Biddenham Suite is located on the ground floor at the rear of the main corridor.
  • There is a very easy ramp leading up to the suite.
  • There are double width doors into the suite.
  • The doors are 140cm wide, heavy, open towards you and can be held open during functions.
  • The layout of the room varies depending on functions and events taking place.
  • The table heights are 75cm.
  • The type of food and services varies depends on functions and events.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left after you enter.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 111cm x 142cm (3ft 8in x 4ft 8in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are low to moderate.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located on the first floor, to the left as you exit the lift.
  • There is step free access, via lift, to the bar.
  • There is a/are double, heavy manual door(s) to access this area.
  • Full table service is available.
  • Food and/or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • The height of the service counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • This area does play background music.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet and wood.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • The nearest table is approximately 4m from the entrance/opening.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m from the till/counter.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 43cm.
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm.
  • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic/takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Children are welcomed in the bar area.
  • There are hand held menus and wall menus available.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a shallow step leading to an an outside seating area, which overlooks the golf course.

Dining Room - Function Room

  • The Dining Room is located on the first floor, ahead after you exit the lift.
  • There are single width doors into the room.
  • The doors are 68cm wide, heavy, open towards you and can be held open during functions.
  • The layout of the room varies depending on functions and events taking place.
  • The table heights are 72cm.
  • The type of food and services varies depending on functions and events.

Golf Course

  • The 18 hole course is located to the left after you exit the clubhouse.
  • There is a slight slope leading from the clubhouse to the first tee.
  • There are golf buggies available for hire, with use dependent on the weather.
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions buggies can be used only golfers who require the buggies to access the course.
  • There is a specific route for buggies to use in adverse weather.
  • The holes included in the route are 4, 5, 6 ,9, 10, 14 and 15 on the 18 hole course and holes 1, 2 and 9 on the Academy course.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes in places throughout the course.
  • There are paths in places leading from some of the tees to the fairways.
  • The surface of the majority of paths is recycled rubber.
  • There is seating available around the course.
  • There is a hut with seating located between the 6th and 14th holes.
  • There is a standard toilet located between the 6th and 14th hole.
  • There is no charge for carers or guides for visually impaired golfers.
  • Assistance dogs are not allowed on the course.
  • Whilst a golfer is playing a round, assistance dogs will be allowed to wait in a room in the clubhouse.

9 Hole Academy Golf Course

  • The 9 hole Academy course has holes ranging from just over 100 yards to just under 300 yards.
  • This is the ideal place for beginners to learn to play and the more experienced players to sharpen up on their short game.
  • The first tee is located next to the greenkeepers shed near the main entrance to the Golf Club.
  • Visitors are requested to park in the main car park next to the clubhouse and walk down to the course.
  • A gravel path leads down from the clubhouse/car park to the first tee.
  • The gradient of the pathway ranges from slight to steep.
  • From the pathway a moderate grass slope leads up to the first tee.
  • The general terrain of the course is slight to steep slopes, with some odd deep pockets along the way.
  • A bridge (270cm wide) is used to cross from the third to the fourth tee.
  • Bench seating is available in some areas of the course.
  • There are golf buggies available for hire, with use dependent on the weather.
  • There is no charge for carers or guides for visually impaired golfers.
  • Assistance dogs are not allowed on the course.
  • Whilst a golfer is playing a round, assistance dogs will be allowed to wait in a room in the clubhouse.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the clubhouse, to the right as you enter.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 122cm x 201cm (4ft x 6ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.
    • The toilet has not got a non slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a soap dispenser.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 87cm (2ft 10in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located ahead as you enter.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the female toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left as you enter.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step free access to the male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar standard toilets located on the first floor.

Male Changing Rooms

  • The male changing rooms are located to the left after you enter from the main entrance.
  • There is step free access to the changing rooms.
  • The door into the changing rooms are single width, 67cm wide, light and open towards you.
  • There is bench seating throughout the changing room.
  • There is a shallow step into the showers.

Female Changing Rooms

  • The female changing rooms are located to the left after you enter from the main entrance.
  • There is step free access to the changing rooms.
  • The door into the changing rooms are single width, 67cm wide, light and open away from you.
  • There is bench seating throughout the changing room.
  • There is a deep step into the showers.