Last Updated: Thu 15 Nov
Among the practice facilities available to members and non-members at Oak Park are a 13-bay driving range, open during daylight hours, with tokens sold in the pro shop, an adjacent practice bunker, a chipping and pitching area and a well-maintained putting green. To help take the strain during your round, we have trolleys and a fleet of 10 buggies available to hire, and when you come in you’ll find comfortable changing rooms with lockers and showers in the clubhouse.
Oak Park is blessed with two varied and picturesque courses, which between them provide year-round entertainment for golfers of all ages and abilities. The Village Course is ideal for young beginners or adults who only feel like a leisurely nine holes. The par 70 Woodland Course, meanwhile, is a tougher proposition, with tight, tree-lined fairways, hilly topography and a different challenge on every hole. You’ll find our courses in excellent condition all year round.
The 13th is a fantastic hole. A long par 3 at just over 210 yards, it requires a fairway wood off the tee for the average player to stand any chance of reaching the green. It’s a daunting shot too, with trees looming left and right as you run slightly downhill to a narrow, three-tiered green, with a bunker waiting to swallow anything that runs off to the right. Hit the green in one and you could be laughing, depending on the position of the pin.
The 14th is a short par 4, which requires good management to negotiate your way safely to the green. The fairway doglegs to the right with a bunker on the apex, so it’s wise to leave your driver in the bag and play safe. That will leave you with a short to medium iron into the green. Precision is needed to land on the right side of the hole, as it’s a sloping, two-tiered green and you don’t want to be putting down the slope.
The 17th is a test of mental endurance. A long par 5, it doglegs first left, then right, then left again as it sweeps downhill, with rough and trees to catch you if you stray. Be careful with your second shot not to get blocked out by the tree 80 yards short of the green and make sure you lay up short of the lateral hazard, marked by a bridge. A good position for your third to the green will make all the difference.
“Played the Village course yesterday, 15 June 2013. Wow, what a beautiful course. Some challenging holes with an absolute variety of hazards thrown in to test you. Well worth a visit. I’m going again very soon to play the Woodland course.” – JD
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