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.
Date: January 31, 2011