We booked this venue on the recommendation of Your Golf
Travel some 2 months ago and it was only week a prior to
going that I looked up reviews on Trip Advisor. I was slightly concerned after
reading some of the reviews.
However from the moment we arrived, things could not have gone
The 2 receptionists (Angie and Anne) were an absolute
delight, both were extremely cheerful and so willing to help and advise.
Nothing was too much trouble.
Because some the reviews were about slow play on the golf
course (rounds lasting up to 5 ½ hours) we asked for our original table booking
for the evening to put back an hour due to our concern of having to rush to
shower and change for dinner. Angie said no trouble and sorted it out on the
Most probably the best reception that we have ever received.
(Well done you 2 ladies)
We arrived at about 12.00 noon and as our rooms were not
available we went to the spike bar to have a drink and a snack before playing
golf at 13.40 pm. Again we received excellent service from friendly staff
members. Some reviews claim the drinks were expensive, and while they are not
cheap, they compare with the average hotel prices.
The golf course overall was in excellent condition
considering the extremely heavy rain that had fallen 2 days previously. Unfortunately
some of the bunkers still had water laying in them but that;s understandable.
The fairways and greens were in absolutely perfect condition
and the course features a good selection of testing holes. A typical American style
layout with plenty of water and lots and lots of bunkers; I would suggest a few
There was quite a lot of walking from greens to tees which
might add to the time to play, but our 4 ball still managed to complete our
round in 4 hours 30 mins. My wife was wearing a fitsbits which recorded the
distance walked on this round and it recorded 7.32 miles. We did have a few
waits on some the holes due groups in front. On our second round the following
morning we manage a 4 hour 20min. Overall considering it was a new course to us
the time to play seemed very reasonable.
We booked a table in the main restaurant where we had a
restricted menu included in our package, but for an extra £7.50 per person we
could have full ala carte choice. This is something that we took advantage of
and recommend to others.
We were served by a delightful young lady by the name of Macarena
and she was most helpful and very attentive.
The selection on the main menu was extremely varied and we
really enjoyed our choices. I did have a slight hic-cup in that my medium rare
rib eye steak when served was cold, but as soon as I raised the issue the
manager quickly responded by replacing with a freshly cooked medium rare rib eye, and apologised and
additionally deducted our £7.50 surcharges from our bill. Top service.
There was good selection of wine from which we selected both
white and red wine and both were very good.
What with the excellent service from Macarena and the prompt
attention from Florin, plus of course the great food and wine; our dinner perfectly
ended a truly enjoyable day.
Overall our stay at The Oxfordshire really was a most
enjoyable experience and one that we will definitely remember, as well as recommend
to all of our golfing friends.