The Green course at Frilford is very agreeable to play, in the gently rolling Oxfordshire countryside. At just over 6000 yards from the back tees it does not need to be powered into submission, but more requires a high level of finesse to well guarded greens, most with many or some very large bunkers in attendance. It is the approach shots to these greens which is in my view the course’s biggest challenge.
The holes are well designed, and mainly framed by trees. A recent rejigging of their order which sees the former two closing holes now at the beginning of the round is a clear improvement. These opening two holes located at the front of the golfing complex are a very average par three and a short dog leg par four, and allow the golfer to play himself in without too much threat to his/her card. However the finish is now a brute with 3 demanding par fours each of over 400 yards, all requiring clean ball striking and/or a precise short game to make par. In between, the other par threes are all excellent, and some of the shorter par fours were great fun to play.
I played the more highly-rated Red Course at Frilford Heath about three years ago and prefer the nuances of the Green. Both courses are well maintained to a consistently high standard, even if the gentle flat parkland leads to a certain blandness at times.
Date: October 31, 2020