Frilford Heath Golf Club

Frilford Heath Golf Club, Abingdon, South East, England, OX13 5NW

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10 reviews of Frilford Heath Golf Club

The club has not been reviewed in a while so it's worth an update.
I played all three courses in a day so had a chance to compare them.
The - marque - red course is in tip top condition, with great greens and some very good holes but there was an element of sameness to a lot of them. That's not to say it's not a very good course- it is - with some excellent holes. I particularly enjoyed the ninth, a par 3 over water.
To my mind the blue, the youngest course, is the best, with some very tricky holes, especially at the start and featuring a lot of water. Landscaping has created mounds which help separate holes off from each other, meaning you don't feel as if you are playing in an open field.
Played the green course last, in pretty heavy rain, and despite the conditions really enjoyed it. The loop across the road from 5 to 13 is excellent. Although not long holes, they are still pretty tough unless you are driving straight, though that does mean most holes are a driver and then short iron. The par 3s are excellent with some brilliant bunkering, and also very pretty.
A quick word about the high quality of staff and service - I was going to pay £65 for a day ticket but when I called to book, I was told by Matt in the pro shop that I could catch the last days of the club's 'winter warmer' offer, which was just £55 and included breakfast and coffee on arrival, as well as lunch. This is absolutely fabulous value.
Advice on which courses to play and in what order from the pro was also valuable.
Overall, Frilford is certainly worth a visit and I would highly recommend it.


Posted by Alan Tovey on 30/03/2016
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played the blue course recently.
The forst 9 holes are very good, and pretty tough form the back tees.
But the back 9 are disappointing- much like the red course, pretty open slightly boring holes.

Still well-priced with a county card, but not the very best courses in terms of a challenge.

Posted by Neil on 27/07/2013
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Played it on April 24th 2013.
Lovely setting, with a great atmosphere in general.
Had rung them 2 days earlier to say we wanted to play as a 2 ball, and was told they didn't book times, but just to turn up.
Turns out the re dand blue courses are 3 ball only.But the pro was very nice and got us off the red in the afternoon, having played the green in the morning.
Both courses in good condition.The green is short, but very pleasant.
Red is a lot longer, and more of a challenge from the back tees.
Greens in good (but not great) nick.Lots of big bunkers, well placed.
A great day out ,and very cheap ofr £42 with a COunty Card.
A hidden gem.

Posted by Neil on 25/04/2013
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I was a member here for 3 years in the early 2000's, and I will say that Kevin B's review is a good one. It's a great course to be a member of but I can imagine as a visitor each course on it's own is not quite top class.
I went back for the first time recently and I will say the course's condition have improved beyond belief, the Red course was one of the best conditioned courses I've played in the British Isles.

If you have a County Card then £40 for a days golf is excellent value, but at £80 normal green fee it is quite a bit overpriced for what you get.

Posted by Harrison Brown on 24/09/2012
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Played the Green course as part of a winter warmer package last week with three chums and enjoyed the experience. We were well looked after from the moment we arrived and were quickly enjoying the bacon rolls on offer. Off to the first shortly afterwards and no waiting around on the tee to get going. The course was nicely presented and quite challenging without being overly difficult at some 5700 yards off the yellows. The greens were reasonably fast and the bunkers had plenty of sand in them and were well manicured.

The lunch we also enjoyed as part of the package was promptly served and very nice as well.

Posted by Nigel Weekes on 19/03/2012
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Played here midweek ,July 08 (£40 for the day using a county card ).
Played the Red & Green .
I was hoping that Frilford was going to be in the top bracket ,but upon leaving , my overall feeling was that it was a bit overated.Although these are highly regarded ,more than decent courses in a pleasant setting there was something lacking here.
Part of it ,i think, was the fact that although the holes were primarily treelined heathland , sections were parkland in nature , which were out of character to the rest of it .For example ,holes 2,3,& 4 on the Red are fairly standard ,contemporary parkland (highlighted by the poor,open, 200 yard par 3 4th )& then you move back into the heathland style again.
For me, this detracted from the overall feel .Also ,the final 2 parkland holes on the Green were disappointing & felt a bit disjointed(you go back around the clubhouse ,near the car park ,& go out & come back again.).17 ,a very long,uninspiring par 3 & 18 a very short par 4.
These sporadic, parkland style hole changes spoilt the overall character, which is a shame, as the rest of heathland holes are very pleasant.My favourite stretches were the back 9 of the Red & the holes over the road on the Green (5 - 15 ) .
I also found the courses a bit hard going as there was a fair bit of walking between the tees & would have preferred a couple more par 3's too.The red only has 3 ,the last of which is the 11th . Also ,the gorse ,long grass ,tightish tree lined nature of the holes means that there's lots of ball searching if you stray off line.
The club operate a 2 ball only policy on one of the 3 courses,which is a good idea,but on the day it was the parkland Blue course which we didn't want to play.As a 2 ball , we took a chance & played the other 2 courses & were lucky how we slotted in as both courses were busy with 3 & 4 balls (despite there being nothing on).Timed wrongly it could have been a frustrating day,so i'd probably advocate playing here as a 3 or 4 ball.
Course maintenance & conditioning was very good ,as you'd expect from this type of set up.
For me, Frilford was one of those courses that was worth playing (however ,the standard £65 green fee is completely over the top)but i'm not sure if i'd rush back .
Kevin B.

Posted by kevin B. on 24/07/2008
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I was 'privileged' to play the green course last weekend. The green course is quite short with only one par 5. However, making par is difficult, as all the greens are well protected by difficult/championship class bunkers. The greens themselves are amazing. Having lived near this course for 14+ years, and now finally playing on one of the three courses, I can't wait to play there again. Recommended if you can get to play there as part of a society or as a members invite.

Posted by Chris Balodis on 27/03/2002
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All three courses at Frilford are probably some of the best in the south of England.Having hosted numerous events including the British Senior Amateur Open in 1999. A delight to play.

Posted by Bob Mann on 11/08/2001
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Having just spent a society day at Frilford Heath I can say that the course was in superb condition for the time of year.\r\nThe facilities provided were very good as was the food and the staff were very helpful. All in all a good day out for any Society. \r\n

Posted by Bill.Scott@mcmail.com on 26/04/1998
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Superb condition from the tee boxes to the greens. Challenging course with tight fairways, rewards await those with long and accurate iron shots.

Posted on 08/10/1997
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