Hole 1 – Par 4
A simple but deceptive opening par 4. Not a long hole, but a well positioned drive is the key to setting up the shot to a sloping green.
Hole 2 – Par 5
A gentle dog-leg par 5, two good shots will open up a generous green and a birdie opportunity..
Hole 3 – Par 4
A gentle dog-leg left, where the drive needs to be placed carefully over a ridge to allow an uphill approach to the green.
Hole 4 – Par 4
One of the hardest holes on the course, with a raised green protected by a high bunker that rewards accurate shot-making.
Hole 5 – Par 3
The first par 3 that is a long one slightly uphill, protected by bunkers at the front and sides. The problems are not over when on the green, as the slopes and speed of this green test even the very best putters
Hole 6 – Par 4
A well-positioned drive is essential on this testing par 4 where tree avoidance and alignment is everything
Hole 7 – Par 4
A straight par 4 hole, but with the challenge of a large well-positioned fairway bunker and a raised green. Trees along the right hand side of the hole keep the golfer honest…and nervous!
Hole 8 – Par 3
A par 3 across a gentle dip to the highest point on the course, sitting below the ever-present Coombe Hill monument.
Hole 9 – Par 4
The tee shot on this dog-leg right first nine finishing hole must be well placed to allow access to tricky green placement, with a sloping approach and guarded by a front left bunker that seems to have magnetic properties..
Hole 10 – Par 3
A beautiful short down hill par 3 well protected by bunkers and with glorious views from the tee across the Oxford plain.
Hole 11 – Par 4
A reasonably short dog-leg right par 4 hole that requires a drive to avoid the bunker on the right apex while staying away from the woods and out-of-bounds on the left. The reward for a good drive is a short shot into the well bunker-guarded green and a birdie opportunity.
Hole 12 – Par 5
A gently curving left-right ‘snake’ par 5. Well placed fairway bunkers for both the drive and second shot test the player’s accuracy. The long but narrow green is tricky.
Hole 13 – Par 3
This is a great mid-iron par 3 across a valley. The green is domed so a shot needs to be accurate to hold. Two deep bunkers guard the left hand approach.
Hole 14 – Par 4
A well-bunkered dog-leg par 4 with excellent views towards the Chilterns and Monument. When the wind blows it feels like a par 5, justifying its status as stroke index 1.
Hole 15 – Par 5
A high tee provides for an excellent driving position for this par 5 – at 555 yards the longest on the course. The fairway slopes left to right, so shots need to be accurate and long, especially when into the prevailing wind.
Hole 16 – Par 3
A classic short hole over a shrub-filled dell to a green well protected by bunkers – good opportunities for birdies and bogeys here.
Hole 17 – Par 4
Long for a par 4, and one of the most testing and satisfying holes on the course – a par here towards the end of the round feels like a real bonus.