11 reviews of Drayton Park Golf Course
Forget all the talk of pylons, the A34, the pretentious of the clubhouse, yes it's all true. Just come for the golf course, it really is a memorable days golf, great value. The tees,fairways, greens were all in excellent order. There is a challenge on every hole, and I mean that. I've only played it in the summer, probably not a great winter course. The changes they've made have definitely improved the experience. Looking forward to playing again.
Sadly not a great experience at all. I would agree with the previous reviewer that the range needs a renovation - the balls and mats were worn out and there are far better ranges elsewhere. We won't be going back.
was made very welcome with bacon butties and a bucket of warm up balls included in our 'society day'. club pro was very accomadating to fit 8 of us in on a saturdy morning for a a special occasion, course is very challenging althoguh not long, recomeded a visit if you are in the area
I ventured back to Drayton Park last weekend with 'Young B' for posterity value, about five or six years after we were last here.
Whichever way you look at it, the location is pretty unedifying: hard against the A34, the first tee smack under a pylon and the hulking presence of Didcot power station only a couple of miles away. Interestingly, we also noted that the 'welcome' from the pro shop didn't exactly constitute service with a smile. It was also the first time I had ever encountered a fee for paying by credit card in person at a golf club, which seemed a bit of a cheap shot to me.
Out on the course, the overall nature is a fairly open track that presents some varied challenges. However, there's no getting away from the fact that it's a relatively new course and, for the most part, feels like it. It's also short, at only 5883 yards off the whites).
Beware though - there are some genuinely tough par 4s. Leading the way is the 471 yard SI 1 fifth hole - one of the longest par 4s I've come across - even longer than Rye's brutal 468 yard sixth hole and nearly 'beating' the 474 yard 8th on the Old Course at the RAC Club. It also has trouble up both sides with trees / hedge all the way down the left and a lake up the right.
It's immediately followed by another long par 4 (454 yards off the yellows - par 5 off the whites). It's an excellent risk/reward hole that forces you to either gamble and take on a ditch and trees with your drive or lay up short and play it as a 3 shotter.
Since we were last here, they've changed the routing around the turn. The ninth hole is now a daft par 4 which is completely out of character with the rest of the course (and I have no problem with blind tee shots, as anyone who's been to Perranporth and read my review will appreciate), mainly since you have to send a drive skywards - and I mean skywards - over 60 ft high trees on the edge of a field.
That said, I liked the new par 3 10th straight after it - apart from it being literally adjacent to the A34 - and the 11th is the third of three formidable par 4s (off the yellows), as it plays into the prevailing westerly wind. I also liked the raised greens and there are some good par 3s - particularly the 4th and the 7th.
For mid to higher handicap golfers Drayton would be a good place to start, although maybe not to finish, if you're after a picturesque and serene golfing idyll.
I can't finish without mentioning the farcical pretentiousness of the clubhouse, which has rooms pompously titled 'The Claret Jug' and 'The Crow's Nest' (as at Augusta National) - as if a few fields near Didcot power station could somehow bear any resemblance to Magnolia Drive, Dr Alister Mackenzie's finest creation and the home of the Masters. Do me a favour!
Drayton Park Golf Course
Driving through Steventon, a quaint Oxfordshire village filled us with expectancy that sadly quickly evaporates as we arrived at the entrance to the Drayton Park Golf Course. Not helped by some civil engineering works, the entrance to the club is somewhat less than attractive. This entrance soon however gives way to a spacious tarmac carpark, driving range, pro shop and attractive clubhouse.
The pro shop is well stocked, bright and airy (makes a change!) and the welcome, whilst perfectly acceptable was not overly friendly. Missing however is the enquiry have you played here before? so we struggled a little to find the first tee. The scorecard is average compared to a lot of other courses and the map a tad confusing.
The first tee (at the end of the car park adjacent to the putting green) lies in the shadow (well right under actually) of a very large pylon (well Didcot power station is only a short distance away I suppose) but the tee was in great shape and the fairway looked the same too.
You could be forgiven for thinking this was going to be another of those slightly uninteresting flat courses carved out of a bit of waste land that are cheap and cheerful not so!
Drayton Park is well designed (by an aggregates merchant I imaging judging by the amount of sand around the course yes they do like their bunkers) and in really superb condition. The fairways are short and dry, the rough long enough to be rough but not ridiculously so, plenty of bunkers as I have mentioned, a fair bit of water (on occasions BOTH sides of the fairway!!) various ditches, mounds and bushes.
The greens are all tricky but in superb condition given the time of year (hats off to the greens staff) and play wonderfully.
Every hole is different, some very different, including having to shoot across the corner of out of bounds fields, elevated greens almost surrounded by water, cunning dog-legs and long par 5s.
The course was not too busy (although we are out of season) and the surrounding countryside a pleasure to take in. I do however wonder how the course stands up to the dual pressures of peak season, lots of golfers and long dry spells as I imagine this is a popular course.
If I have one criticism it would be the all-too familiar one of signage. Whilst there are reasonably good tee signs the addition of a hole plan as is now becoming quite popular would be a welcome addition for us visitors (especially as the map on the scorecard is quite poor and there did not seem to be a yardage booklet for sale) and some better (well in most cases just some) indication of where to go to the next tee as it is not always obvious and can be a short way away.
Overall a highly recommended course (but dont all flock there as I want it to be equally quiet next time I play there as there most definitely will be a next time) that will not disappoint even if when you first drive in you are not so sure.
I play this course regularly and have welcomed the 2005 changes. It is challenging without being intimidating and provides an ideal course for improving your golf. The variety of features is enjoyable, water, trees and an elevated green all add to the challenge that is golf. The fairways, bunkers and greens are constantly being attended to by the friendly groundsmen and green keepers. The result is that the course always appears to be in good condition; it survives very well in wet conditions.
i play this course loads as it my local one. to be fair its not a great course as some are within the area, but i feel its one of the more honest ones, it does not try to be anything its not and has a very friendly feel about it. as a test of golf its great for anyone in double figures with there handicap as u have to hit the ball straight to get a low score. u can lose balls all day long round here but if u can get over that and knuckle down u will shot low. they have just added 2 new holes which change the nature of the turn and make it a little tougher. i would recommend this course to all as its very good value for money. but once u get your game sorted u will want to move on to other courses.
Just played Drayton Golf Course and thought it was a very good course,it was that good I have just booked it up for a golf society day.There were some challenging holes,I would recommend this course to anyone.
Hi there, me again. I have played Drayton about 5 times since my last review.(below). I now disagree with my 'easy' comment. It is far from easy, the trees have matured nicely and the defenition is striking. The greens are absolutely awesome! They where far superior to the greens at Frilford Heath around the corner, which I had played the day before.
They where running at about 10 on the stimpmeter which is pretty fast for a members course. As I commented earlier this course has toughened up. They have built 3 new Holes which have now opened for play. They are also planning a few more alterations for the next 2 years. The course is now TOUGH. And plans to get TOUGHER!!! Go and play it.
Drayton Park is a new course that has jumped on the american-style band wagon. However the designer has pulled it off, the course blends in well with the surrounding area, plus 9 holes have been built on an old tip....so it is a big improvement! On arrival you drive through inviting gates, you see a driving range and par 3 course, which makes you think "Quality", and the course doesn`t disappoint. It is a fairly easy but fair course....mind you I did shoot 61 gross on my first visit! it is very well maintained and the greens run at about 7 on the stimpmeter...which suits the majority of golfers. It is more of a social course than a Major Tournament holder, but this shouldn`t put you off, I have played there 4 times and I will go back for more....Do yourself a favour and just go and play it!
Not a very long course. Does not play well in the wet. Has many water hazards and as such the Par 3's are particularly challenging. Has improved much over the last couple of years and added several more bunkers to the longer holes. Driving range needs some renovation however.
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