In 1895, Tom Dunn laid out the initial 9-hole course at Goring & Streatley Golf Club. Twenty-seven years later “minor changes were made to the original nine hole layout under the advice of Harry Colt” according to the club’s history book.
In 1927, J.H. Turner, the professional at Frilford Heath, extended the layout with another seven holes then he returned the following year to add another two holes, completing the design of the new 18-hole course.
Additional land was secured in 1936 to lengthen a couple of holes and build two new ones, the 11th and 12th, then some ground was purchased next to the 15th hole in 1940 which has since been used as a turf nursery.
At the start of the new millennium, all the bunkers were refurbished, paths were reconstructed using rubberised products, and a drainage project – including the installation of a pond on the 8th – was undertaken to improve playing conditions.
Known by some as 'Boring and Steeply'. Some good holes but for the most part lots a weak holes. The course mostly sits on top of a hill, meaning the start and end of the round are really, really, really hilly.
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Wow. Played here today for first time in a Seniors Open having read previous reviews. Course number 417 played for me.
What a marvellous course and in superb condition.
Luckily I saw the obvious quality of the practice putting green before teeing off and had a few putts..... it was quicker than my kitchen floor !!
Heard that green keepers have won an award - they clearly deserve it.
A gentle starting short par 4 first....and then you have a very steep climb up he next three holes. Fortunately it flattens out a lot after that. Several excellent holes, stunning views from the 15th fairway and the 17th you travel all the way back down to 2nd tee level on your second shot.
Tees, fairways and especially the greens - which were lightning quick and true - are all excellent. Everything about G&S oozes quality. Staff pleasant and helpful, food good, beer good. And as if that is not enough..... you really have to try the gin & tonic ice cream at the halfway hut !!
I get my kicks from playing new courses....but will definitely look out for future opens here. Well worth a visit for anyone.
Goring & Streatley has a reputation for good greens and this was certainly borne out the couple of times I have played it (the last in 2017). Clubhouse and opening hole are at the bottom of the hill and you then rise up the fairly steep hill to the 5th tee. From then on most of the holes are on reasonably level land and although they are pleasant enough and in nice countryside there is nothing outstanding and I can't recall any memorable holes. I think from hole 14 onwards it is fairly uninspiring with the 17th being a hole I distinctly dislike; this is steep downhill par 5 which basically gets you back down the hill to the 18th tee and I find the shot to the green (especially in hard conditions) a bit of a nonsense. My favourite hole would be the 2nd, a steeply uphill par 4 nicely framed in a sort of valley.
Having not played at Goring and Streatley for 5 years I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the course, particularly the greens which were exceptional, both true and quick. Some tricky flag positions made positional play onto the green imperative to avoid some impossible putts.