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I last played Hinksey way back in 2001 and I must admit the course has improved a lot while still providing some great views of Oxford. The fairways have been flattened out so they are no longer covered with unsightly bumps and the greens are silky smooth to putt on.

Hinksey Heights Golf Club

Great views of the surrounding Oxrfordshire countryside

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The East course at Wentworth maybe overshadowed by its Championship hosting younger brother but it does have some wonderful holes along its layout.

Wentworth East course - 18th hole

Looking back down the 18th on the East course

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I was browsing a few sites looking into the history of golf and found this, it did make me chuckle.

Richmond Golf Club Temporary Rules – 1941

  1. Players are asked to collect bomb and shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines.
  2. In competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take shelter without penalty for ceasing play.
  3. The position of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonable, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom.
  4. Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the fairways or in bunkers, within a club’s length of a ball, may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.
  5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced or, if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
  6. A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty.
  7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball. Penalty one stroke.

It’s quite funny how many of my favourite holes are par 3’s, I suppose it must be the excitement of standing on the tee with the possibility of getting a hole in one.

The Oxfordshire - hole 5

A lot of water to carry on the 5th hole at The Oxfordshire

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Tricky one this week as I tend to delete out of focus shots, the blur in the middle of this one is a bird coming in to land on the water.

Stoke Park

Whiteleaf is a very nice, if small, 9 hole course amongst the Chiltern Hills. The course is protected from low scoring with small greens and lots of out of bounds as well as some blind approaches.

Whiteleaf Golf Cub - hole 9

Club selection is crucial on the 9th hole at Whiteleaf

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