Oxfordshire is a small landlocked county in the south east of England. It’s an easily accessible area of the country, with connections by rail and road from the two biggest cities in England, London and Birmingham.
If you’re flying into Gatwick or Heathrow airport, there’s also a direct coach service that takes into Oxford centre, right into the heart of Oxfordshire.
The county is probably more famous for its motorsport than it is for its golf. Along with Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire makes up part of “Motorsport Valley” where some of the leading F1 teams and manufacturers are based.
However, despite currently not having any golf courses in the UK & Ireland top 100, there’s plenty of good golf to be enjoyed in the county with 27 golf courses to choose from in Oxfordshire.
Some of them are more than capable of hosting championship golf. The Oxfordshire would be one of them. It actually held the Benson and Hedges International Open on four occasions from 1996-99.
A fairly new course having opened for play in 1993, it’s a monster that stretches to over 7,400 yards from the back tees! It was designed by Rees Jones, a famous golf architect that had a hand in the redesigns of the Black Course at Bethpage and the South Course at Torrey Pines. So you can appreciate what sort of a challenge you are in for at The Oxfordshire too!
Frilford Heath is another venue more than capable of hosting tournament golf. The venue offers three golf courses, with the Red Course measuring in at over 7,000 from the back tees. The Blue and Green courses aren’t quite as long or challenging as the Red but equally enjoyable courses in their own right.
Huntercombe Golf Club would make up our top three picks for golf in Oxfordshire. Arguably we’ve saved the best till last as it’s the only course in the county to feature in England’s top 100. There’s no better compliment to pay the course other than it opened at the same time as Sunningdale which was also designed by the same architect, Willie Park Jnr.
You can check out all the golf courses in Oxfordshire below.