Frilford Heath Golf Club

Frilford Heath Golf Club is a 54-hole golf club in Frilford, Oxfordshire, set amongst 500 acres of heathland to the southwest of Oxford city.

Frilford Heath Golf Club
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Frilford Heath club house in 2013
Club information
LocationFrilford, Oxfordshire England United Kingdom
Established1908
TypePrivate
Total holes54
Websitewww.frilfordheath.co.uk
Red Course
Designed byJohn Henry Taylor
Par72
Length6,912
Green Course
Designed byJ.H. Turner
Par69
Length6,015
Blue Course
Designed bySimon Gidman
Par72
Length6,728

HistoryEdit

Frilford Heath was founded in 1908 by Dr Harry Challenor (a local physician), A.E. Preston, and T.S. Skurray, the head of Morland Brewery (which was located nearby in Abingdon). The club held its centenary in 2008.[1]

ClubhouseEdit

Throughout its long history and gradual expansion to 54 holes, Frilford Heath has had several clubhouses. After the original thatched clubhouse was destroyed by fire as a result of a storm, a new building was erected in 1921 near the junction of Faringdon Road and Oxford Road. After the Second World War, Frilford Heath House Estate and its woodland, which bordered the course, was put up for sale. Fearing the estate could be bought for development, the club purchased the property to avoid endangering the isolation the club enjoyed. The original country mansion, heavily restored, replaced the 1921 building and now serves as the clubhouse.

CoursesEdit

 
A PGA Pro plays to PowerPlay Golf's black flag at Frilford Heath Golf Club

Red CourseEdit

The earliest of Frilford Heath's three courses, the Red Course was designed by the Open Champion J.H. Taylor in 1908.[2]

Green CourseEdit

The shortest of Frilford's golf courses, the 6,015 yard, par 69 Green Course was initially designed as a 9-hole course and was created by Frilford's first professional, J.H. Turner, to supplement the existing 18-hole Red Course. The course was extended in the years following the purchase of Frilford Heath House in 1964.

Blue CourseEdit

The club's latest addition is the 6,728 yard, par 72, Blue Course, designed in 1994 by Oxfordshire-based golf course architect Simon Gidman. The Blue Course was set out on an additional 169 acres of heathland purchased by the club in 1991.[3]

Site of Special Scientific InterestEdit

Most of the club grounds are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as Frilford Heath, Ponds and Fens.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our History". Frilford Heath Golf Club. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ "About Frilford Heath (Red Course)". William Hunt Trilby Tour. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Frilford Heath Golf Club, Blue Course". England Golf Central. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2020.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°40′44″N 1°21′44″W / 51.67889°N 1.36222°W / 51.67889; -1.36222