J.H. Turner, the professional at Frilford Heath, set out the fairways at Burford Golf Club in the mid 1930s when he routed two returning nines over a relatively flat landscape.
Burford is one of my once a year courses and is probably the best course within a 15 mile radius of Swindon (not an area blessed with quality courses). Burford is always in good condition, with lush tree lined fairways and very good greens. The front nine seems a bit tighter than the back and if you hit the fairways then a good score can be made; miss the fairways and you are chipping out sideways, so the trees (mainly conifers) are the main hazard here. Opening hole (quite a difficult par 4) is over the main A road from the clubhouse and the front nine has quite a bit of variety with a couple of birdeable par 5's and some nicely shaped par 4's, the 7th being probably my favourite on the course. After the 9th you cross back over the main road to I think a slightly less interesting nine holes, where the last three holes probably determine your score. A solid course, always enjoyable but lacking any wow factor holes. Design/layout is probably only just above average, but (for me) course condition/greens just moves into the 4 ball category