Oakridge Golf Club’s sensitively designed par 71 course was created more than 25 years ago to be a haven for golfers of all abilities. Applauded not only for its spectacular setting and meticulously maintained grounds, but also its accessibility, enjoyed by skilled golfers and absolute beginners alike.
The 18-hole course is a fairly long course at 6,208 yards, laid out over 100 acres of parkland which winds its way through the Warwickshire countryside, unveiling tight fairways and testing water hazards. Enjoyable it truly is, straightforward it certainly isn’t!
Leisure players can enjoy a relaxing round while taking in the rural beauty of the surroundings, complete with resident wildlife. Strategically placed hazards, however, will test the golfing expertise of experienced handicap players and ardent enthusiasts.
Booking a round means you’re in for a good test of your golfing prowess and the elements could well play a big role as Oakridge’s open aspect often attracts a few breezes.
A strong first hole to enjoy the pond, situated in sight of the clubhouse, points the way towards a valley floor fairway with the green perched up on high, demanding a precise early mid iron to gain a confidence boosting par. Far from being the only such challenge, the opener ushers in an up and down theme that continues all the way to the turn.
An attractive short hole to a raised green in front of the clubhouse. You are only permitted a view of the top of the flag from the tee, making club selection tricky. Beware the deep trap that guards the front right-hand side.
The signature water features are worth waiting for. The majority are situated in the final five, two of them on the stunning short 14th, in front of the tee and left of the green.
The 410-yard 17th is particularly difficult but, in terms of looks, raises the bar even further. A picture book second in store over the large pond with a likely mid iron at best, perhaps the biggest single examination of all comes with this approach shot.
A good long game test too, but a clear route to the green is offered this time, and it all undulates gently downhill back to the clubhouse.