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 better.
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 spot.
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 too many.
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.