Occupying an area that broadly lies between the Cotswolds to the west and the Chilterns to the east, Oxfordshire in south east England is laid out around the historical county town of Oxford. A major draw for tourists, the “city of dreaming spires” is where the oldest university in the English-speaking world was established in the mid-12th century.
The Berks Bucks & Oxon Union of Golf Clubs was established in 1924 when 30 clubs from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire formed the first committee. The number of clubs in membership today has increased fourfold to 122 – 28 of which are from the county of Oxfordshire – and these are spread out over a 60-mile range between Feldon Valley in the north and Henley in the south.
Oxfordshire Ladies’ County Golf Association was established in 1921 and it provides administration for female golfers attached to 29 clubs in the county of Oxfordshire. Its stated aims are to a) encourage and promote the interests of all female golfers, b) arrange and regulate a county championship and other competitions, and c) select and support county teams in inter-county matches.
American architect Rees Jones shaped the Oxfordshire course and this very modern design opened for play in 1993, quickly establishing itself as one of the top ranked courses in the region. For those who prefer their golf a little more traditional, Willie Park Junior’s heathland layout at Huntercombe is perhaps a more appropriate venue.
Our Oxfordshire Best in County rankings were updated in November 2017. Click the link to read the story.