Oswestry - Shropshire - England

Oswestry Golf Club,
Aston Park,
Queens Head,
Shropshire,
SY11 4JJ,
England


  • +44 (0)1691 610535

  • John Evans

  • James Braid

  • Richard Edwards

In 1903, founding members of Oswestry Golf Club played on a 9-hole layout on the top of Llanymynech Hill. In the late 1920s, problems with the lease and the remoteness of the course from Oswestry saw the club move to the grounds of Aston Hall, where James Braid was called in to set out a new course. 

According to the architect’s site visit report in “James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses” by John F. Moreton and Iain Cumming, he had “pleasure in stating that a really high class course can be constructed. The site is nicely undulating… the land is light loam and sand appears to be nearly all over, within a foot or two of the surface”. Braid then proceeded to map out the course, hole by hole, noting where bunkers should be placed and where trees should be either trimmed or cut down. 

The book then goes on to say: “Play began in June 1931. The course measured 6,040 yards, and apart from the moving of the 2nd tee, is virtually unchanged in yardage and layout, as confirmed by the club’s 1950s handbook and today’s card. Braid could return and be immediately at home, viewing his course and the Welsh hills in the distance.” 

The course is blessed with a fine set of par three holes, measuring between 124 yards at the uphill 4th and 181 yards at the 12th, where the green is protected by an oak tree on the right and an old cart track to the front of the putting surface. The short par fours at holes 7 and 11 are also worthy of mention, with the former doglegging slightly left to the green and the latter playing to a small raised putting surface.
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Description: Oswestry Golf Club has a lovely, undulating, James Braid-designed parkland course. It was however tamed in 1991 by Ian Woosnam with a remarkable round of 13 under par! Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

A James Braid designed, mature parkland members’ course in the rolling Shropshire countryside that is a delight to play. On my many visits the course is invariably well presented with an attention to detail that makes a round at Aston Park such an enjoyable experience. The terrain is easy walking and free draining ensuring quality golf throughout the year. At just over 6000yds it is not long however the tree-lined fairways place an emphasis on straight driving and thoughtful course management is rewarded particularly by careful approach shots into some well-bunkered and tricky two tiered greens. As well as the golf there are also some fine views and a rich abundance of wildlife to be enjoyed. Well worth a visit as is its near neighbour Llanymynech.
5 / 6
Oswestry
August 13, 2008


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Dave
July 17, 2011
Oswestry is a pleasure to play. If you want a long slog, heavily undulating greens and a severe test of your golfing ability, skip it. If on the other hand you want a cracking little track that will give you a test but not beat you to within an inch of your golfing life, give it a try. The course is gently undulating with a rather timid front nine, but get to what the locals call the loop (12-15) and be ready for a far sterner test. Get through this group of holes in a couple over your handicap and you'll breathe a sigh of relief. Coupled with this is a friendly welcome both in the shop and the bar. Well worth a visit. Not quite Open Rota material, but a great place to play and enjoy golf.
A nice course that is easy to walk with a mix of good holes. You do play to a lot of greens that are above you (so you cannot see the end result until you reach the green) but overall give a it a go (as well as the nearby Llanymanech and Vale of Llangollen)
3 / 6
Oswestry
December 05, 2006


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