Review's of The Oxfordshire Golf Club
Good course and practice areas
The course is in great condition given the time of year. It is a true test of golf with a number of standout holes. The spike bar is decent value for money and the staff are very friendly.
Good Course, if you can play in summer you will enjoy it more
The course is nice and easy to find from the M40, no narrow countries lanes. The drive up to the clubhouse is impressive and the spike bar, locker room was nice and clean with free lockers to store your kit, toilets are also clean as you would expect for this type of Club.
I didn't use the practice facilities other than the putting green, but believe there is a short game area and driving range.
I played the course n Feb 2018 with SES, and we got a good deal on the green fee's unfortunately the british weather has not been great thepast couple of weeks and this showed on the course, particularly as we played through rain the whole round. Many areas were chewed up as you walk to the fairway and walking between T's, this made a long walk even harder as you were either sinking in places or struggling to keep balance navigating hilly areas; they need to add some footpaths to teeing areas and stairs where there are elevated T's. I'm surprised they allowed trolleys when we played.
The teeing areas were well presented and the greens were reasonably quick even though they had just been top dressed. My only criticism of the fairways when I played is the amount of divots which had not been replaced by other golfers, it's the worst I've seen on a golf course and must frustrate the green keeping staff.
On the course you need to be reasonably straight off the T as some holes have narrow landing areas with water in play, the rough was reasonable and there are a couple of risk reward holes on the course; the 8th and 17th holes being the most memorable of these.
Overall I don't think it would fair to criticise the course as clearly I did not see it at its best, would like to return but probably in the summer when it's dry.
Defiantly worth a visit but I would book either in the summer or before November as I expect the condition of the course will be far better.
The course is a conventionally structured 6,270 yards par 72 track of the visitors yellow tees; comprising 4 par 3s; 10 par 4s and 4 par 5s.
We played the course in December in windy conditions in the wake of a very wet weather period and light rain at the commencement of the round. The tee boxes and fairways were in excellent condition, albeit the fairways were not close cut and there was occasional casual water.
In comparision to many courses played the course did not seem to be overly long, ie 7 of the 10 par 4s were less than 400 yards; however, the challenge of the course was the presence of dogleg carries from the tees; strategically placed fairway bunkers and carries over water.
The greens were good considering the conditions. The par 5s are extremely difficult; particularly the bunkering on hole 4; the water stretching the whole length of the 11th and the two-way risk/reward choices over the water to the 17th hole
From the perspective of the club/society standard member I felt that there was an unecessary expanse of bunkering on 4 of the holes, ie 4, 7, 14 and 15, were far too large or numerous.The seems to be primarily designed with the pro/scratch level standad in mind.
The above said it was wonderful to play such a challenging course, albeit in wete/windy conditions; I hope to get a chance to play it again in summer conditions.
The course was played undera winter society rate of £40 including full english breakfast; and therefore represented good VFM. However, I would not be prepared to play it at the published £100/£120 weekday/weekend visitors green fee. Highly overpriced at that rate, should be no more than £50.
Service and catering facilities were excellent.
Superb course in great condition. Very American with lots of water and hundreds of bunkers. Well worth the visit if you can get a deal.
Excellent Course, Awesome Clubhouse, Highly Recommended
The Oxfordshire has a very American feel with wide fairways, numerous bunkers and plenty of water hazards. From tees to greens the course is perfectly presented and the quintessential clubhouse houses memorabilia of past pro tournaments hosted at the club.
Wide fairways and several raised tees tempt the driver but the many bunkers ensure that every shot requires thought. The large, fast and contoured greens make every approach shot challenging and putting difficult, without detracting from the enjoyment! The well-manicured greens were very smooth to putt on and demanded that the pace and line were judged expertly.
Holes 5, 8, 13, 14 and 17 were particularly memorable with either water or bunkers in play from the tee and/or second shot.
We played at a price of £40 for the round which was exceptional value, however we took advantage of a winter offer and summer green fees are higher.
In summary and as the review title suggests, even with very heavy rain between holes 8-17, the course was excellent, the clubhouse was awesome and I would never pass up an opportunity to play here again!
Excellent holes, water, and windy weather. All three are likely to be encountered during a round here, with the exposed nature of the course meaning that still days are probably in the minority.
Water comes into play on a number of holes, with two pars 3's over water, the 11th having water all down the right hand side, and the 8th and 17th both having their fairways running alongside lakes. The 17th throws in an interesting challenge for longer hitters, with a shorter route to the green for those willing to go over the water to a fairway on the other side.
I played here during one of the wettest winters ever, but even though it was a little wet underfoot in places, the tees and greens were in excellent condition.
Downsides? I thought the hotel and bars were a little sterile, but that's probably me being picky.
There was a good welcome in the pro shop, and it was just the start of a really enjoyable round. I recommend you come here and experience The Oxfordshire for yourself.
American Golf in an English setting
July 2nd - grey, wet, windy, miserable. Not the sort of day that I would usually choose to play but having stumped up £50 in advance to play in the Seniors Open there was a level of commitment that I could not avoid!
TOGC is located on the outskirts of Oxford, close to the M40. The course was designed/built in 1993 by renowned architect Rees Jones and is very much in an American style - large, sweeping fairways; large, sweeping bunkers; and yes you've guessed it, large, sweeping greens. Water comes in to play on some holes, the 8th and 17th being the most memorable. The clubhouse is huge, with excellent locker rooms. Prima facie it is expensive but I sense that they are struggling financially as deals are promoted regularly. £50 for my event (18 holes plus lunch) was excellent value, although the two guys who paid £15.20 for a couple of glasses of wine weren't so sure!
Well worth a visit
Tough course, though allows forgiveness due to its links like layout around fairways. Lots of water to play over on the par 3's and a great par 5 where you can play round or take a chance over the water. Two very larg practice greens. The course scorecard is updated daily with pin positions and distance markers in fairway show exactly the distance to front edge of green, though some pins can be 27yds on....:). It is not cheap to play, though winter speacials are around £150 for a fourball. Nice halfway house at 12th where tean,coffee and sausage rolls and cake is availabe for a 10 min break. Overall a quality course well worth a visit.
A Gem of a course
This is the nuts, great course not for high handicappers, this is how a course should be, every hole superb, another expensive course so try and get a deal if you can.
Fantastic course and facilities but expensive for a weekday round. Certainly enjoyed it and would go back there when I have saved up another green fee.