sarahforrest review of The Oxfordshire

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  • The Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Golf Club9
  • Clubhouse8
  • General impression8.5
  • Hospitality8.5
  • Maintenance9
  • Surroundings8
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8.7
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Written on: 25 February 2021
sarahforrest review

The Oxfordshire is not an old course in fact it was only built in 1993. A unique blend of English countryside meeting it’s then Japanese owners requests designed by an American, Rees Jones. Rees Jones of Torres Pines and Pinehurst fame. It is true many a great course has claimed to be an inland links but I think the Oxfordshire is one that can say that with conviction, despite it being based in the middle of the Chilterns. This Rees Jones design beguiles from the first glance with its softly lined fairways. Its wispy grass flirting in the wind beckoning you in. Once you start to play the Oxfordshire, you’re in a different world, only being bought back to reality by an exceptional halfway house at the far end of the course. It isn’t the 9 out,9 in design of some, you are literally at the furthest point from the 5th tee. The halfway house comes into play on a few holes. I always liked playing the par 4,8th hole with the water on the right and the green tantalising you in the distance with its solitary tree teasing you to think big Almost like an island green, the brave can take on the water with their second shot, the sensible follow the fairway round the mouth of the green. There is one hole that most people do talk about when playing The Oxfordshire, the 17th. A long par 5 with an open tee box to hit into oblivion. Placement is key here as it determines the next shot. Over the lake at almost the widest point or go around and play the whole of the par 5. The green is tucked all the way to the other side of the lake. Shallow in its approach back to front with bunkers in play. It is definitely one of those risk and reward shots!

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8.7
About the review
Written on: 25 February 2021
  • The Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Golf Club9
  • Clubhouse8
  • General impression8.5
  • Hospitality8.5
  • Maintenance9
  • Surroundings8
sarahforrest review

The Oxfordshire is not an old course in fact it was only built in 1993. A unique blend of English countryside meeting it’s then Japanese owners requests designed by an American, Rees Jones. Rees Jones of Torres Pines and Pinehurst fame. It is true many a great course has claimed to be an inland links but I think the Oxfordshire is one that can say that with conviction, despite it being based in the middle of the Chilterns. This Rees Jones design beguiles from the first glance with its softly lined fairways. Its wispy grass flirting in the wind beckoning you in. Once you start to play the Oxfordshire, you’re in a different world, only being bought back to reality by an exceptional halfway house at the far end of the course. It isn’t the 9 out,9 in design of some, you are literally at the furthest point from the 5th tee. The halfway house comes into play on a few holes. I always liked playing the par 4,8th hole with the water on the right and the green tantalising you in the distance with its solitary tree teasing you to think big Almost like an island green, the brave can take on the water with their second shot, the sensible follow the fairway round the mouth of the green. There is one hole that most people do talk about when playing The Oxfordshire, the 17th. A long par 5 with an open tee box to hit into oblivion. Placement is key here as it determines the next shot. Over the lake at almost the widest point or go around and play the whole of the par 5. The green is tucked all the way to the other side of the lake. Shallow in its approach back to front with bunkers in play. It is definitely one of those risk and reward shots!

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