The Oxfordshire Golf Club

The Oxfordshire Golf Club, Thame, South East, England, OX9 2PU

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19 reviews of The Oxfordshire Golf Club

A Florida style course in the middle of glorious Oxfordshire on a cold and wet day will undoubtedly colour my review The Clubhouse cannot be faulted, but the food and the service certainly can. Out on the course the first thing I noted was the absence of trees - open and uninspiring, made worse when I went to the putting green to see heavy hollow tyning and top dressing. It has to be done, but does not make for an enjoyable round. Difficult to remember stand out holes, 8th second shot over the lake, and the 17th tricky par 5. Next to Chart Hills this course must have the most sand on any course - huge bunkers. A very mixed bag, the high class buildings are let down by the rather alien course design, maybe on a hot summer's day when the greens are in good condition I could be more generous with my star rating, but I have to report I as I found it - disappointing.

Posted by Geoff on 28/03/2014
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Stayed one night and played two rounds in October in some of the worst weather of the year. The hotel and dinning room was as expected, of a good standard if a bit corporate. The rooms were comfortable and pleasant, Staff helpful and professional. Cooked breakfast good depending if the items in the hot plates had just been changed.
Over cooked dried out Ect. Evening meal good but limited choice.

The golf course stood up exceptionally well considering the rain.
Greens undulating and quick, fairways good and lush. The bunkers were compacted due to the rain, this was fine for fairway bunkers, but difficult in greenside bunkers when a finesse shot to the pin was required. This is not a drainage fault with the courses bunkers, but when the course is of a modern open stadium design and a large part of its protection is bunkering, it was an issue. If you like traditional parkland courses don’t go, I think it’s worth playing and will test all abilities.

Posted by Mr A.Wing on 03/11/2013
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Stayed one night and played two rounds in October in some of the worst weather of the year.The hotel and rooms good standard.Staff pleasant and helpfull.Dinning room some what soulless breakfast good'sausages lovely.Evening meal good but limited choice.
The golf course stood up well considering the rain,greens undulating and quick,fairways good and lush.The bunkers were compacted due to the rain,this was fine for fairway bunkers,but difficult when in greenside bunkers and a finesse shot to the pin was required.This is not a fault with the courses bunkers,but when the course is of a open modern design and the physical challenge of the course is at ground level mixed with the elements this is an issue.The course will test all abilities.You may love or hate it but you must try it.

Posted by Andy Wing on 29/10/2013
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The Oxfordshire was always on my 'to play' list. I got the opportunity to play it at the weekend and I wasn't disappointed. The Golf Course is very well designed with great Par 3's and clever bunkering throughout. Pick of the holes is the 8th and 10th around the central lake. A must for any society in surrounding counties and great value for money for the stay and plays amongst you.

Posted by Tommy on 13/03/2013
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Very well designed golf course which challenges all aspects of your game. The Drive-able Par 4 8th is a great hole and if you've got the length off the tee it is certainly worth a whack at the green!

Hotel is lovely with all the modern comforts and the food in the restaurant is very good

All in all a great weekend had by all at 'The Oxfordshire'

Posted by Ian P on 11/03/2013
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Thankfully I don't know 'Huw Catling' but I couldn't agree more with his review.

I love this place too.

I'll be honest, I've completely outplayed my mates over the years, and hopefully this is the scene of my next well- deserved trophy!

I may sound arrogant to you all, but actually, its the quality of the veune and golf course that provide the platform for success!

Matthew Parr (no its not a joke name, well ok it is).



Posted by Matthew P on 12/10/2012
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Nope, not for me or for anyone in the three ball I was in. Excellently manicured 'construction' with superb greens but not, to my mind, a good course. We live in a country with a greater density of classic historic courses than anywhere else on the planet so why have artificial when you can have the real thing?
If you aspire to live in a mock tudor house and want to pretend you're in the grips of a cold snap in Florida then you'll love this but otherwise avoid.
Very friendly staff but I did fear they might get in trouble for allowing any individuality to slip through. On the whole a characterless place to spend a day.

Posted by Derek Johnson on 02/08/2012
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Owned by the same people as Chart Hills and not so very different. It is what it is. If you want Florida design in the heart of England then it's for you. If you appreciate subtlety in any way just avoid.
I would just warn that if you genuinely know links golf do not listen to anyone telling you this feels like a links course. It doesn't 'feel' like a links and certainly doesn't play anything like one.
At £80 for a round I'm afraid I felt there was a hint of the emperor's new clothes about it. Clearly there's a market for it and and if it keeps some people away from courses for the more discerning golfer then it certainly serves a purpose in my eyes but not a place for me personally.

Posted by Derek Johnson on 01/08/2012
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Seeing a very attractive deal advertised, I took two 4 balls up in early Feb for a very special offer. Not expecting very much at this time of year, I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised on virtually every score. Unashamably pure Florida in everything other than temperature, the whole place was first class, helpfull, attentive and unlike many others in the same catagory, quite unpretentious. The course was a sheer delight to play, every hole different, every hole attractive, an experince that I hope that I can repeat again soon, despite living over 100 miles away - well done and thanks Oxfordshire team - being a cantacorous old f..., I rarely give praise these days - this is an exception!!!

Posted by David Thomas on 23/02/2012
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The course at the Oxfordshire is simply top class! Even though it is relatively young it seems to have been there for years and has a very mature and established feel to it. The greens were running fast and true this summer and the overall condition is remarkable. I knew it was a Rees Jones design so was expecting to play a good course but it went far beyond my lofty expectations. Every hole is brilliant but the par 5 17th is by far the stand out hole.

We booked our break with Your Golf Travel.com and for a little over £100 pounds we enjoyed a night in the hotel and a round on this fantastic course. The hotel was great. Very comfortable and stylish with food that hits the spot after a day on the golf course.

5 stars all around for The Oxfordshire! I for one will be returning as soon as I can.

S. Gibbs - 3 handicapper

Posted by Stanley Gibbs on 13/10/2011
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Great golf course and all round resort. I've played a few rounds here over the past years and can safely say it is one of the best in the UK. Greens are always fast running, the fairways in good condition and the service second to none. Well worth returning to.

Posted by Peter Ives on 09/02/2011
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Having heard good things about the Oxfordshire I was very pleased when I received an invite for a game here.

It is a fairly new course that has received some critical acclaim thanks to its fast running greens and impressive layout. In recent years the course has played host to both premier amateur and professional events and can certainly testify that this is a good test of golf.

We played from the tees of the day which ensured we had a nice game of golf, I think we would've struggled off the back tees which seemed to be far away on some holes.

The clubhouse is light and airy with the food and drink on offer excellent while the staff were superb and helpful.

Anyone looking for a championship golf break can also enjoy the hotel which is onsite. I only arrived late the night before so didn't really use the facilities only other than to sleep but the rooms were modern and of a good standard.

Posted by Richard Knights on 12/01/2011
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I played the course in a competitive event organised annually for golf club officials. I must say that I really enjoyed the course which was beautifully green when there has been very little rain for quite a period. There is quite a lot of water and many, many bunkers of which some are huge in area. Every hole is different and you really need to think your way around before taking a club out of your bag.
The greens were nicely presented, relatively soft and quite fast.The weather on the day was sunny with a light breeze but I understand that if you do play on a windy day, the degree of difficulty is very greatly increased. I would happily return here if the opportunity arose.

Posted by Nigel Weekes on 03/08/2010
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Admittedly as part of a company day I had the pleasure of playing this course.
Using previous reviews (as I always do!) I wasn't too excited. But I didn't come across any of the faults below. Although I was told the a challenge tour event was played a week earlier.
Tees and greens immaculate, as was the stunning views and the penalty for leaving the fairway is almost certainly 'a drop'. The bunkers were fine and with the numerous fairway bunkers surely the sand shouldn't be knee deep! also there water a plenty but all relevant to the course.
The changing rooms and Japanese bath was wonderful.
I have to say the near £100 a round doesn't justify 'value' oh don't let the fact I holed a 135 yard 8 iron on the 8th think my judgement has been clouded.

Posted by Darren Loftus on 30/09/2008
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I played this course last week in terrible conditions (non-stop rain) and, unless it had been a charity event for the British Olympic Team, I'm sure that the course would have been closed.
Despite this, the greens and fairways were in good condition. The bunkers were so flooded that we lost balls in them, but they were well positioned.
For my standard of golf (18 handicap) some of the holes were a bit too long, and not many were particularly memorable.
In all, not a course that I want to rush back and play again - I would prefer to visit Chart Hill or Dale Hills that are under the same ownership. Also, the standard weekday green fees of £100 mid-week are, in my opinion, overpriced - I need a memorable course for that sort of money.
However, as the conditions were so bad, it may well have coloured my judgement.

Posted by Alan Cooke on 03/05/2008
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had a great day at the oxfordshire straight from the start the society manager makes you feel welcome.beware of the starter he will talk you to death.all holes in superb condition and if on a society have the carvery option.

Posted by colin osborne on 03/06/2007
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I had the pleasure of playing in the London Golf Show's Premiership Pro-Am on Wednesday 15th March 2006. I had read alot about The Oxfordsire and was really looking forward to the day, and I wasn't dissapointed. Course was in superb condition, with by far the quickest greens I have ever played on. It was a Shotgun start, with our 4-Ball going of the 2nd. There were some wonderful holes, my favourtie was the 9th which plays back up to the clubhouse. Standing on the T you easily forget you are only 10 Mins from the M40. A great links feel to the hole. My only grumble was it looked like they have really cut the rough back, so it doesn't punish wayward shots at all. The only balls I lost were to the water !!!!!! I had the pleasure of getting a Par on the 17th (Padraig Harrington shot 14 in the B&H Masters). A great day complemented by the wonderful staff. The clubhouse is fantastic. Pro-shop was smaller than I imagined, but you should only really need a score card and course planner from the anyway !!!!
Shame I can't afford the £100 for a round in the summer but at least I got the chance to play it.
Go play it and enjoy, soak up the atomsphere :-)

Posted by Mathew Frost on 19/03/2006
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I was fortunate enough to be a member in 1995/1996
the course is truly fantastic, scenic challenging and extremely well manicured compared to a majority of Uk courses, it reminded me of an inland links course, and coming from Melbourne Australia, it provided me with the quality and type of golf I am used to here.

Posted by Andrew Tang on 30/01/2000
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beg borrow or steal to play this fantastic golf course. a truly magnificent test of golf. greens and fairways in superb condition throughout the year, and what is more, the course is never crowded.

Posted on 04/11/1999
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