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5 miles SE of Exeter city centre
Welcome, handicap certificate required
J Hamilton Stutt
Two years after winning the Formula 1 World Championship in 1992, Nigel Mansell, an accomplished golfer, visited the newly opened Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club and such was the impression the 500-acre site made on him, he decided to buy it, lock stock and barrel.
Configured in two returning loops of nine with holes 1 to 9 encircling the inward half, the Oaks at Woodbury Park is a testing, if somewhat hilly, parkland course that extends to a monstrous 7,314 yards from the championship tees – the standard scratch score is two strokes more than the par of 73 – with the more realistic regular gents tees playing almost 750 yards shorter.Golfers face an intimidating tee shot at two of the three one-shot holes on the card as the greens at hole 3 (“Kingfisher”) and 18 (“The Splash”) are fronted by ponds. The third short hole (“Little Badger,” the 15th) is not exactly a pushover either, measuring over 200 yards from the front tee markers.