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Dunstable Downs

PGA Professional

We are proud to have Darren Charlton as our resident PGA Professional at Dunstable Downs Golf Club. Darren has been with the club for a number of years having coming from our Junior ranks before turning professional in 1991.

As an amateur, Darren won our own Club Championship five times from 1986 to 1990 before winning the County Championship in 1990. Darren’s success continued on the professional stage and he is currently competing on the European Senior Tour. Follow him at (England East) and on Sky Sports.

  • Qualified to play in The Seniors Open in 2019 and 2022.
  • Multiple tournament wins on The Senior Masters Tour since 2017.
  • Qualifying to play at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship European Tour event in 2006.
  • East Region Order of Merit winner in 2005 and 2015.
  • East Anglian Open Champion in 2006 and 2008.
  • Beds and Cambs PGA Professional Champion in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2015.
  • European Tour Qualifying School Stage 1 winner in 2003.
  • Multiple East Region PGA Pro-Am wins.
  • Set the Course record at South Herts 63 (-9) in 2008.

James Braid called it his Showroom

At Dunstable Downs, you will find a well-stocked golf shop, that offers everything the golfer needs to enjoy their game to the full, all at competitive prices. You can choose from many top name brands, such as Titleist, Taylor Made, Footjoy, Ping and many more.


With over 25 years’ experience teaching players of all levels, from beginners to fellow Professionals, Darren has built up an excellent reputation as a PGA Level 3 golf coach. Darren offers simple to understand instructions tailored to the individual player’s needs, delivering top quality advice on technique and course management to players of all standards.

An individual lesson (45minutes) is just £35 to visitors of Dunstable Downs and £30 to members of Dunstable Downs. Lessons are available on all aspects of the game, as well as on-course lessons.

Junior Coaching Sessions

Junior individual tuition is available at a reduced price of £20 for 45minutes. Remember, all Junior Members are entitled to one FREE individual lesson per year. Junior Group Coaching is also available throughout the season.

Club Repairs

A re-gripping, re-shafting and general club repair service is available.

Custom Fitting

If you are serious about improving your game, custom fitting your equipment is the best decision you can make. Darren has been through a comprehensive, PGA certified training designed to instruct them to properly fit equipment to match every golfers swing. Customising the clubs to position the golfer in the ideal position for their physical characteristics will train the individual to address the ball with the correct posture and swing along the ideal swing plane, which all adds up to the correct impact position and better scores.

The Two’s Club

Have some added incentive in Club Competitions and enter the Two’s Club. Make a two on any hole during the round and win a share of the pot. Winners’ names are posted after each competition.

Golf Ball

Depending on your level of play, ask Darren what he recommends as the most suitable golf ball for you to play this season. And remember, not everybody would benefit from the most expensive balls.


It is almost impossible to maintain a good hold on the club if you have worn grips. Have a look at your clubs and give them a long overdue service. Even if you haven’t played in the winter, your grips quality will deteriorate if they have just been left lying in the garage.

Shoe Studs

Check the condition of your studs and replace if necessary. Soft spikes are still good to use in the wet conditions while in a good condition. The Pro Shop staff will be happy to replace your studs while you wait.

Buggy & Trolley Rental

Darren has both Buggies and manual trollies available to rent for your round. Buggies are £30 for non members and £25 for member of Dunstable Downs. Push Trollies are £5 per round. Please book these in advance by calling 01582 604472, extension 1.

Also available
• Custom Club Fittings
• Shop Gift Vouchers
• Golf Lesson Vouchers
• Shoe Re-Studding Service

Please contact me directly below with any questions you have about your golf game or golf products

Is your game up to scratch?

Are you tired of struggling to keep up with your playing partners? Or just desperate to make that next leap to finally break 80 or maybe even reach the holy grail of single figures?

Darren, the Club’s own dedicated Professional, has helped players at all levels deliver amazing results and he is ready with a tuition plan tailor made for you. Whatever your goals, Darren is passionate about helping you to deliver tangible results. He understands the games highs, lows and frustrations but his expertise from putting through to the long game will standout from other overly technical quick fix lessons.

Whether it is on the course, on the practice ground or on the putting green Darren is there to challenge and support you

“Darren is one of the best coaches out there. Be prepared for some banter at the start but I promise he will quickly identify your swing faults and then give you some 'easy to understand' ways to fix them. You are not bombarded with lots of technical thoughts. The hard bit is making it all happen but thats down to you.”