Played the Oxfordshire for the 1st time in the Captains Day and I must say what a fantastic test of golf it is. The views from the clubhouse, 1st/10th tees are to die for. I was very impressed with the condition of the course with the greens running fairly quick (10.5/11 stimp) and some of the smoothest you'll find anywhere. As for the layout this is what most impressed me. You can see it has been built with tournament golf in mind with every hole being flanked by large dunes of rough, almost creating an Ampitheatre on each hole. Greens very undulating and tons of bunkers to watching out for. From the tee it is a very generous golf course with only a couple of holes where you need to stay away from the water, 8/17. These are the 2 signature holes ranked in the top 500 in world golf. They are both fantastic golf holes with the 8th a stunning short par 4 that winds round the lake, guarded by a huge oak tree that sits on island directly infront of the greens. The latter is a white brilliant risk reward par 5, the 2nd shot to be played to a relatively small green but with a carry of 220+yards. It really questions you into going for it. However my personal favourite was the 6th hole. A cracking short par 4 where you hit a long iron or 3 wood to a straight fairway flanked on either side by huge dunes, and pot bunkers on either side. As you walk down the fairway you get the feeling you are playing a true links course (like a hole you'd find at Royal Lytham & St Annes). The approach is particularly impressive, only a flick of a wedge to an elevated table top green with 2 huge bunkers guarding the front, and steep run off areas on every side with shaved banks. With it been such a small green and the wind being a huge factor and defence of the course round the Oxfordshire, it really does require 2 quality golf shots to hit the putting surface. All in all I was very impressed with the whole layout and condition of the course!
Date: July 18, 2015