Played here at the end of May as part of a deal including accomodation at the neighbouring hotel.This is the 2nd time we have been to Wychwood and there is no denying that some fantastic deals are avaialble. The course itself has all the potential in the world - sadly I fear that potential will never be realsied whilst it is part of the DeVere stable.This is a really demanding course and if you play off the back tees it will test every club in the bag and a little bit more. Virtually every hole brings a different set of challenges - fairway bunkers, water hazrds, tight lay up areas and large greens. There are very few weak holes on the layout. Best holes are probably the 7th (i have now played this 4 times and have yet to score a point on it), the 13th - long par 4 with fairway bunkers and water everywhere you look and the 17th a real card wrecker of a par3 playing around 200 yards and mostly all carry over water. If anything 18 probably offres the best birdie chance on the course as long as you can miss the tree smack in the middle of the fairway!So thats all the positive stuff. Now for the downside. This has the feel of a course that is overplayed and underinvested. Tees are particularly scruffy as are the rough areas around the green s where the length and thickness of the grass is completely random - I suspect as a result of poor greenkeeping rather than any deliberate policy. The greens are OK but a long way from the sort of quality that you would expect for a course that has held EuroPro events.In summary, its worth a visit and you should get a great deal. However if you do play you will be left thinking what could have been with a bit more investment and TLC.
Date: May 31, 2011