Woodbury Park (Oaks) - Devon - England

Woodbury Park Golf & Country Club,
Woodbury Castle,
EX5 1JJ,

  • +44 (0) 1395 233500

  • Golf Club Website

  • 5 miles SE of Exeter city centre

  • Welcome, handicap certificate required

  • Joe Hammond

  • J Hamilton Stutt

  • Peter Laugher

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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. Mansell has since sold the property which is now part of The Club Company portfolio.

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.
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Description: Configured in two returning loops of nine with holes 1 to 9 encircling the inward half, the Oaks at Woodbury Park Golf & Country Club is a testing, if somewhat hilly, parkland course... Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
The Oaks course is technically challenging and plays every inch of its 7000 plus yard length. If there has been any rain then play from the forward tees as it’s a course that has a habit of being a little on the heavy side. As a challenge, I reckon it, along with Saunton (East) and Dartmouth (Championship), is one of the toughest in the county which is epitomised by the uphill P4 9th that plays into the wind with an approach over a lake. I play 9 as a P5 and am always grateful for a bogey. The 18th is a brilliant P3 closing hole which is similar to 18 at the Forest of Arden. Overall, the Oaks is a great course when it’s dry.
January 31, 2011
6 / 10
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March 25, 2011
A very long boring course. The main downfall for Woodbury Park is that it becomes incredibly wet and swamp like in the winter and spring months due to its poor drainage. The course itself is relatively boring and not particuly hard. They try to make up for its lack of testing holes by placing a few lakes here and there but they are not very attractive and fairly misplaced. I believe that their are only a few descent holes at Woodbury Park and that is the signature 18th which is a fairly good hole. I have played many courses in Devon and the south west and is just simply not on the same wavelengh as the likes of East Devon and Saunton. It was a real shame they bothered making it to be honest. It began a farm it should have been left a farm..
April 28, 2011
Played the Oaks earlier this month alongside Dartmouth, Thurlestone, East Devon and Teignmouth. I found the Oaks to be in excellent shape and anything but boring. We've had a really dry spell granted, but would not hesitate booking a return visit. Woodbury is has excellent facilities too. It's a progressive club and without doubt a golf trip to South Devon is incredibly good value for good golf on varied courses.