Open for play: 1890 and was originally known as Chipping Norton
White: 6,316 yards
Yellow: 5,922 yards
Red: 5,433 yards
Signature hole: par 3, 3rd hole
The 158 yard, par 3, 3rd hole is relatively short with an elevated green and a tee shot that requires you to play over water which is only in play if you hit a very bad tee shot. There are no bunkers on the hole, however, the green is very well guarded by the natural landscape as the steep hill in front of the green means anything short will leave you with a testing pitch shot. Anything, slightly long of the hole is the place to be as the green has a natural backstop which will catch anything slightly over hit. Moreover, with short of the hole club selection is key for putting yourself in a position to birdie or par the hole. The 3rd also often plays into the wind so do not be afraid to club up.
Overall, the course measures in at 6,316 yard from the tips and its fairways weaves its way through the stunning trees of the Cotswold's, placing an emphasis on accuracy off the tee. The narrow and tree lined nature of the fairways take the onus off the big booming drive and instead challenge a player's course management skills. The 'River Glyme' meanders close by and is the source of a number of the interesting ‘water features’ across the whole golf course, so if you are struggling to play as well as you would like to then there are some beautiful views for you to enjoy instead during your round. The course is maintained to a very high standard and occupying possibly the ‘highest ground’ in the Cotswolds, drainage is excellent, which practically guarantees play all year round.