Oxfordshire

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.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Oxfordshire

Huntercombe

1st Oxfordshire - Best in Area

Huntercombe Golf Club is just far enough removed from London to have effectively become an historical footnote in golf architecture.

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Description: Huntercombe Golf Club is just far enough removed from London to have effectively become an historical footnote in golf architecture. Rating: 4.5714285714286 out of 6

Frilford Heath (Red)

2nd Oxfordshire - Best in Area

"Frilford Heath is essentially one of those places where it is good to be alive with a golf club in one’s hand," wrote Darwin.

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Description: "Frilford Heath is essentially one of those places where it is good to be alive with a golf club in one’s hand," wrote Darwin. Rating: 4.1666666666667 out of 6

Frilford Heath (Green)

3rd Oxfordshire - Best in Area

The Green is the shortest of the three courses at Frilford Heath Golf Club but for what the course lacks in length it makes up for with sheer charm.

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Description: The Green is the shortest of the three courses at Frilford Heath Golf Club but for what the course lacks in length it makes up for with sheer charm. Rating: 4.2 out of 6

Oxfordshire

4th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

If you like tradition, then steer clear of the Oxfordshire Golf Club. If you are seeking excitement, this might be the course for you.

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Description: If you like tradition, then steer clear of the Oxfordshire Golf Club. If you are seeking excitement, this might be the course for you. Rating: 4.2592592592593 out of 6

Tadmarton Heath

5th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

Tadmarton Heath Golf Club is a pretty little course sited close to the small market town of Banbury and its charming old Cotswold stone clubhouse is very much in keeping with its rustic surroundings.

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Description: Tadmarton Heath Golf Club is a pretty little course sited close to the small market town of Banbury and its charming old Cotswold stone clubhouse is very much in keeping with its rustic surroundings. Rating: 3.3333333333333 out of 6

Oxford Golf Club

6th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

If Oxford Golf Club (formerly known as Southfield) has a weakness it lies with the long holes, but its cracking set of par threes and clutch of fantastic par fours more than compensate.

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Description: If Oxford Golf Club (formerly known as Southfield) has a weakness it lies with the long holes, but its cracking set of par threes and clutch of fantastic par fours more than compensate. Rating: 4 out of 6

Studley Wood

7th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

Studley Wood Golf Club is set in 170 acres that historically comprised of dense forest. Simon Gidman routed the characterful par 73 layout around 30 acres of remaining woodland in two returning nine-hole loops.

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Burford

8th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

J.H. Turner, the professional at Frilford Heath, set out the fairways at Burford Golf Club in the mid 1930s when he routed two returning nines over a relatively flat landscape.

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Description: J.H. Turner, the professional at Frilford Heath, set out the fairways at Burford Golf Club in the mid 1930s when he routed two returning nines over a relatively flat landscape. Rating: 4 out of 6

Henley

9th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1907 and set close to Henley-on-Thames, James Braid originally laid out the course at Henley Golf Club where safe negotiation of the six par threes is key to carding a score on this testing parkland track.

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Frilford Heath (Blue)

10th Oxfordshire - Best in Area

The Blue is the newest course at Frilford Heath Golf Club but it’s maturing nicely and is already regarded as the club's best by many members.

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Description: The Blue is the newest course at Frilford Heath Golf Club but it’s maturing nicely and is already regarded as the club's best by many members. Rating: 4.25 out of 6