The Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

The Oxfordshire has plenty going for it when it comes to a golfing resort, with the course itself being of championship quality. There are also incredible practice facilities, while guests of the resort can enjoy an afternoon in the health club and spa, before relaxing in stunning accommodation.  
The golf course at The Oxfordshire was Rees Jones’ first golf course design in the United Kingdom, and he started with a bang. Just two years after its inception in 1993, the course achieved championship status, and has gone on to host the Ladies European Tour, DP World Tour, and Brabazon Trophy in its history. The Par 72, 7,300-yard course is a challenge for all those who play it with man-made lakes and strategically placed bunkers ready to catch errant shots.  
Following a tough day on the course, the Tempus Spa is the place to go to relax and unwind. The spa features a fully equipped gym with cardiovascular, resistance and elliptical machines in, along with free weights. There is also an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, while the spa side of the facility offers three treatment rooms and a team of qualified professionals to provide a wide variety of massages and treatments for guests and members alike.  
Accommodation-wise, The Oxfordshire might not have the choice and amount that other venues on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list have. Nevertheless, what there is, is sublime. There are Executive Bedrooms and Luxury Suites available, with every offering coming with its own private balcony. The Sakura Restaurant and the Lakes Lounge offer up food and drink for guests each evening. 
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Championship Pedigree Golf

Having worked on the redesigns of US Open venues Torrey Pines and Bethpage, Rees Jones’ first creation in the United Kingdom was The Oxfordshire, and what a job he did! Within two years, the 18-hole layout had earned championship status. It has hosted both the Ladies European Tour and the DP World Tour, with the likes of Dame Laura Davies, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer all victorious at The Oxfordshire. 
This is a big-hitting course, with the yardage ranging from 6,300 to 7,300 yards, so a lot depends on which tees you play off to help you stay out of some enormous bunkers and even bigger man-made lakes. The condition of the course is formidable and, to help you play somewhere near your handicap, the rough has been cut back to make it more playable.  
The 5th offers up the first of those man-made lakes. From the back tees, this par 3 plays more than 200 yards and all of that is required to carry the hazard and make the green. For anyone bailing out left, there are nine small circular bunkers waiting. The 8th is a beautiful hole and gives you a choice. It is carded at 340 yards, but those who go for the green only need to hit the ball 270 yards through the air. However, if you’re going for it, then you must hit it perfectly as it is all carried over water. Anything right of the green is also wet, with long and left being the safe play.  
The first four holes of the back nine all feature water in one way or another, with the par 5 11th having water all down the right side of the fairway. The 17th – known as ‘Treble Chance’ - is the signature hole at The Oxfordshire. It is the longest hole on the course at 600 yards from the tips. A straight drive with water coming into play down the left, you are then faced with a choice of playing straight on or crossing a huge lake to a second fairway, to leave an easier pitch in. Or you can go for the green – straight across the water. Both the 8th and 17th appear in Jeff Barr’s ‘1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die’.  

Executive Rooms and Luxury Suites

The range of accommodation on offer at The Oxfordshire might not be the widest variety you will find on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list. However, the 50 rooms in the hotel are luxurious and comfortable.  
46 of the 50 offerings at the hotel are Executive Bedrooms. They come in one of four distinct colour styles, and each room comes equipped with its own private balcony, along with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and separate bath and showers in the bathrooms. There are also four Luxury Suites, which have relaxation lounges, his and her basins and two flat-screen TVs (one in the lounge and one in the bedroom). 
The Sakura Restaurant is the place to go for your evening meal during your time at The Oxfordshire. There is a range of meats and fish on offer at Sakura, along with signature dishes and fine wines. The Lakes Lounge is the perfect spot for an after-dinner drink while the Spikes Bar is the spot for golfers to relax following a tough round out on the course.  

Tempus Spa

For those that want to relax and unwind, and for those that want to work out during their time at The Oxfordshire, the Tempus Spa is the place to go!  
The Tempus Spa plays host to a fully equipped gym with the latest equipment. There are cardiovascular machines, resistance machines, elliptical machines and free weights for guests and members alike to use. There is also a studio for fitness classes and a 15-metre swimming pool.  
Along with the pool, the Tempus Spa also has a sauna and steam room to allow guests to unwind and relax. Three treatment rooms allow for a range of massages and treatments to be given by qualified professionals at the spa, with Himalayan salt rituals, facial treatments, foot massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing all available. There are also massages and treatments aimed at helping pregnant women relax during their second trimester. 

FAQs about The Oxfordshire

Where is The Oxfordshire?  
The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa is just off the M40 and a couple of miles outside the town of Thame. Oxford, the biggest city in the county, is 15 miles to the west of the resort.  

What is the nearest airport and station to The Oxfordshire?
London Heathrow Airport – the busiest airport in the United Kingdom – is 35 miles to the southeast of The Oxfordshire. The airport, which serviced more than 60 million passengers in 2022, is a hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The airport operates flights around the world, from North and South America through to the Middle East and Africa.  
Five miles northeast of The Oxfordshire is Haddenham & Thame Parkway, the nearest train station to the resort. Trains run through Haddenham & Thame Parkway to Oxford, London Marylebone, and Birmingham Moor Street, with trains running frequently on each service.  

What golf facilities does The Oxfordshire offer?
Away from the championship course, The Oxfordshire also has a driving range which is more than 250 yards long. It features five greens to aim at, while there is also a chipping green and practice bunker. The putting green is by the 1st tee for those last moments before you take on the course.  

Does The Oxfordshire offer golf lessons?
Lessons and coaching are available at The Oxfordshire. One-to-one tuition and group clinics are both on offer at the venue, with lessons available for golfers of all ages and abilities.  

What are the green fees at The Oxfordshire?
The price of a green fee at The Oxfordshire changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There are also stay & play packages available at the resort.  
For more information on current green fees at The Oxfordshire, visit their website here

What accommodation is on offer at The Oxfordshire?
There are only 50 rooms and suites at The Oxfordshire, but they are beautifully appointed and come with everything you could wish for during a stay. 46 of those are Executive Bedrooms, while there are four Luxury Suites that come with their own lounge area.  

What other resorts are nearby?
The Oxfordshire is one of several resorts in the region that have a place on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list. The Springs is within half an hour from The Oxfordshire, while Wokefield Estate, Luton Hoo, Heythrop Park, Foxhills and The Grove are all just an hour’s drive.  
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