Frilford Heath Golf Club

Play the Red. It's the oldest, an Open qualifying venue, and where European Tour hopeful's dreams are dashed...

Frilford Heath Golf Club

Oxfordshire, England

Overview

With 54 holes on offer at Frilford Heath, the Red Course is still the one of choice. Of the 54 holes on offer, 27 are from JH Taylor's hand and 18 from Simon Gidman's.


Golf Course Review

Frilford Heath Golf Club is a 54 hole golf club in Frilford, Oxfordshire, England. The club is near the popular tourist town and the famous university of Oxford. There are three courses here: Red, Green, and Blue.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Red Course

The Frilford Heath Golf Club Red Course was established in 1908 when the land was leased from Magdalen College and JH Taylor was called upon to layout 18 holes. The course was officially opened in May 1909 with a match between the course designer and Harry Vardon.

The course has been well used by the R&A hosting a number of tournaments including the English Amateur Championship and Brabazon Trophy. Additionally, the Ryder Cup was trialed at the club on March 7, 1931, in the run-up to the match played in the USA.

The Green & Blue Courses

JH Turner, the club professional, added another 9 holes in 1928, which is now known as the Green Course. The second 9 holes of the Green Course were added in 1964. JH Turner's original 9 are still intact and are the current 7th through 15th on the Green Course.

A third 18 hole golf course, The Blue Course, was added in 1994 and laid out by Simon Gidman after the club bought the local pig farm. Like many courses of this vintage, water features heavily on the opening holes and the green complexes are quite undulating. It is used for EuroPro Tour events, the third tier of professional golf in the UK after the DP World Tour and Challenge Tour.

Frilford Heath Summary

There is a little bit of everything at Frilford. Early golf from 1908 with 18 holes on the Red from JH Taylor. A contrasting set of 18 holes on the Green Course from JH Taylor pre-WW2 and mid-1960s golf from the club's professional. Lastly, there are 18 holes from the 1990s from Simon Gidman (the golf course architect behind Centurion Club). With 54 holes on offer at Frilford Heath, the Red Course is still the one of choice.

A photo of the book Golfer's Companion by Frank Pennink.Evalu18

Featured Architect: Frank Pennink

Frank Pennink was known for: Simple yet effective greens & green complexes. Limited use of fairway bunkers. Greens frequently on plateaux with severe run-offs on all sides.

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Oxfordshire, OX13 5NW, England

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A photo of the book Golfer's Companion by Frank Pennink.Evalu18

Featured Architect: Frank Pennink

Frank Pennink was known for: Simple yet effective greens & green complexes. Limited use of fairway bunkers. Greens frequently on plateaux with severe run-offs on all sides.

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