Distinct Heritage ... Inspired Location
Founded in 1907, NORTH OXFORD GOLF CLUB is one of the oldest golf clubs in Oxfordshire. Situated on approximately forty-one acres of land leased from Exeter and Merton colleges, the course was originally nine holes and was not only the first non-University golf club but also the first golf course in Oxford.
In 1910 the course was extended to 18 holes and like most other golf courses in the country North Oxford suffered restricted play during both World Wars. During the First World War, part of land was requisitioned for agricultural purposes and again during the Second World War when the War Agricultural Committee requisitioned ten acres of land. It wasn't until 1921 that the entire course reopened.
During 1934 Oxford University Press agreed to lease an additional 31 acres of land adjoining the remainder of the course. J. H. Turner, the professional at Frilford Heath Golf Club redesigned the course with nine new holes and reconstructed nine of the existing holes. This course was opened in 1936.
At that time it was said that the course "Borders on the short side, yet it is not easy to complete a low score. Accuracy pays, and the player who is able to keep straight and at the same time is adept at running up approaches will look back with enjoyment at his play."
In the early 1950's, there were few trees but the course was described as "Beware of the innocent-looking rough, the player is lucky if he does not pay a penalty when he visits it." Course architects were commissioned in 1967 to give their views on the course. They reported "The existing lay-out affords members plenty of fun and a good test of the game which, after all, is what the large majority of golfers want". It was also reported that "The greens were in first class condition."
These descriptions are as true today as they were then. One of the attractions of playing this course is that two days never play the same, ensuring a challenging round for golfers of all abilities.
Naturally, without loosing any of these attributes the course has moved on, and since then, over the years many trees have been planted providing some shelter on the now mature eighty acres of parkland course. Considerable investment has been made in drainage and the course continues to be developed. These developments include new bunkers, the enlargement of teeing areas and enhancements to the greens, all of which keep the course up to date with modern equipment and methods of playing the game.
NORTH OXFORD GOLF CLUB is committed to continuing this development programme to the benefit of its greatest asset, our MEMBERS.
A warm welcome awaits you and we hope that you enjoy your golf at NORTH OXFORD GOLF CLUB.