Seems as though there is always something going on at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens in Oxford, Ct.
The Mark Mungeam designed course is considered one of the finest daily fee facilities in the state. It’s also one of the prettiest, with the architect’s “neo-classical” routing recreating the natural feel of a New England layout laid out at the turn of the 20th Century. The track was carved through more than 600 acres of woodlands and over a rolling topography. Mature elm, birch, maple and pine trees line the fairways, and meadows, old stonewalls, and ponds impart a feeling of serenity.
Always trying to up the ante in order to make the course better and insure a pleasurable experience for golfers and non-golfers alike, Billy Casper Golf, which manages the property, has made some changes this year.
Steve Landi has been brought in to oversee operations as general manager and is committed to have is staff focus on “service and value.” To wit, occasional special 18-hole daily green fees, like “35 Dollar Thursday” and “$55 Dollar Friday.” In addition, the club is offering lower rack rates in 2011, $79 Friday through Sunday, $35 after 4 p.m., and $55 on weekdays, $45 after 2 p.m.
In addition, a new chef, Angel Mendez, has been brought in to enhance the club’s food and beverage operations and weekly theme nights were added to the menu.
The course is reported to be in superb condition, as superintendent Bryan Barrington is one of the more knowledgeable groundskeepers in the region.
Oxford Greens is a strong layout but one that’s playable for all skill levels. There are around 70 bunkers scattered about the course and they serve to frame holes off the tee and guard one side or the other of the large greens. Typical of Mungeam courses, the layout offers plenty of bailout room, both off the tee and around the greens.
Oxford Greens has multiple sets of tees and stretches from 4,982 yards to 7,100 from the tips.
There are plenty of great golf holes here and the routing keeps you interested the entire 18.
Number two is a long par three that has a pond guarding the left and back sides of the green, which sits well below the teeing area.
Number three is one of toughest par-fives in the state. It stretches over 600 yards from the back markers and plays even longer because it winds its way up the side of a hill.
The front side ends with another great par-three that is 221 yards from the tips. The shot is across a ravine to a long, narrow putting surface.
Number 17 is a 525-yard par-five reachable in two by the big hitters, and the 458-yard par-four 18th is a super finishing hole. A bunker guards the middle of the fairway near the landing area, forcing the player to choose an aim left or right of the trap. The second shot is downhill to a large green.
Most of the greens allow for run-up shots, and there are basically no forced carries, although the 398-yard 15th demands a shot across a small wetland area about 60 yards from the green.
There is nice practice area and putting green to warm up before a round.
For further information, call 203-888-1600, or visit www.oxfordgreens.com.