In the early 1990s, after Frilforth Heath had secured a substantial parcel of farmland next to the existing Red course, architect Simon Gidman set to work when fashioning a third 18-hole layout for the golf club. To gain access to the acreage for the new Blue course, four of the holes on the Red had to be redesigned, which caused some disruption at the time, but it was a small price to pay for the club’s ambitious expansion to a 54-hole golf complex.
The Blue is certainly a more demanding test than its older siblings, featuring greens that are heavily contoured and bunkers that are daring and a bit more testing perhaps – all of which places a premium on accurate approach play. Whilst it’s unashamedly a modern layout, there’s still a nod to old-fashioned golf design here with short par fours on the front nine at the 2nd and 5th holes.It’s reckoned around 80,000 cubic metres of soil was moved when creating the Blue course though now, more than twenty years after it was built, the fairways look as natural those on either the Red or the Green layouts. Measuring 6,750 yards, the Blue course has been used as a venue for Europro Tour events and it also co-hosted the English Amateur Open, along with the Red course, in 2013..
The Blue course is my least favourite of the 3 at Frilford. It's quite long and a bit of a slog, especially in winter when it gets wet as it's in the lowest section of the property.
There aren't too many boring or weak holes which is a big compliment. The strongest holes are 1, 2, 5, 7, 12, 13.
If I had 2 rounds at Frilford, personally I'd play the red and the green. However, if you like a challenge, make sure you play the blue.
Worth a visit if you're around, not the journey from London.
We started on the Red, only to find out it's a 2 ball only course so switched to the Blue after 1.5 holes, shame as our 4 bal was much quicker than the 2 balls around us.
The Blue is ok, not much special, favorite holes are the funky 2nd and the 6th which features nice curves. Overall the condition was good, but the course was very damp which reduced shot shaping reward. Greens looked good, but turned out to be pretty slow. I guess the course plays a lot better in summer as there are some nice contours. 6/10
My regular 4 ball booked into Frilford today for a round on the Blue course. We chose the winter warmer option £45 unlimited golf plus a great breakfast. Course was great, a fine mix of heathland, parkland holes, with great definition and a pleasing and engaging layout. Tees and fairways were in very good condition whilst the greens were top class. And a good challenge. Most impressive feature however was the welcome we received, all staff were friendly and certainly made us feel at home, which is sadly not always the case in all clubs. Highly recommended, will certainly be returning.