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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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Lying among the rolling hills of the Chilterns, The Oxfordshire is a modern parkland track with large, American style greens. Although quite a young course it has already hosted a number of tournaments from the European Tour.

The Oxfordshire - hole 17

The signature hole 17, decide when to cross that lake

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Last time I played Heythrop Park the batteries on my camera died before I got to the first tee so I took the opportunity to play it again on Saturday to finally get some golf related images.

I might have managed to get photos of the course this time round but my golf was awful, for the first time in years I was in danger of shooting a gross score of 100 plus, I ended up just shy of a century with not much else to celebrate.

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Heythrop Park – Oxfordshire

Playing golf just after Christmas could be considered a little risky but must admit we lucked out, the course was in a great condition and we even managed a few scenic walks around the Resort’s grounds.

From the moment you turn into the impressive landscaped drive you know you are going to be in for a treat, we actually stayed overnight in the Crowne Plaza 4* hotel and played the golf course the next day. I must say that sitting in the Brassey Restaurant looking out over lovely manicured gardens with the course in the background was one of the best breakfast experiences I have had. (more…)

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The course has good tee areas, great sculpted bunkers, not just round holes in the ground and good greens. The fairways were alright but the grass was a little long, maybe it was just the time of year.

The course is for the most part very open and with not that many mature trees you can get away with the odd wayward shot, as long as it’s not anywhere near the water hazards that scatter the course.

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Southfield is a parkland course with lots of undulations on the fairways, many mature trees and some terrific views of Oxford.

The first couple of holes are pretty straight forward but the 3rd will cause you to make a choice, what club to choose from the tee to lay up to that ditch, not only do you need to lay up but you need to be on the right hand side for an approach to the green.

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I have now played Greys Green twice, the first time I played the short nine hole course, the next time I managed to get round the full course.

There are no bunkers, no water features, no clubhouse facilities & no irrigation.

Right that’s the bad points out of the way let’s get on by telling you that I really enjoyed the golf on the 18 holes that I played here. The first few holes are nothing to shout about, a couple of basic par 4’s & a shortish par 3. But you do have to contend with newly planted hedge rows on the 3rd, 4th and 6th just where your drive is likely to end up.

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