Shrivenham Golf Club
Played 03.09.2017

Weather & Course Condition

It was difficult conditions to play golf on the day I was here, quite strong winds, occasional heavy showers and because of the high winds and time of year there was a lot of leaves blowing around and on the fairways which my ball seemed to manage to hide under. The grass on the fairways was longer than expected and the grass was quite long elsewhere, I suspect because of the wet weather prior to and on the day of my visit it may not have been possible to cut although the greens were in a good condition.

Review

Despite the weather conditions the course had been kept in good condition and was playable and I thoroughly enjoyed my game. Even though it feels as though you are going in one direction then back again the fairways were well lined by established trees and most of the holes were level. By the time I had finished it was getting on in the day and the rain had come in heavy again but despite the fact they had just about closed the kitchen down they were still happy to make me a hot meal which was well received and well priced, thank you. There is a small shop that sells the basic’s i.e. balls, tee’s, gloves etc but not much else, payment for these and your green fee should be made at the drinks area, on my visit I was warmly welcomed by the gentleman and lady who were on duty.

All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – Par 4 – 227yds

From the side of the clubhouse is the 1st tee and is a good start to loosen you up into the round with the green visible in the distance. A reasonable tee shot should leave you with a shot to the green, there is fairway bunker on the right hand side of the green which may come into play for some. A reasonably large green awaits and runs smooth and true (once I had cleared a path amongst the leaves)

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Hole 2 – Par 3 – 137yds

A short par 3 with a multi-tier green, no problems on this hole but any shot overhit could end up O.O.B. or amongst the group in front of you.

Hole 3 – Par 4 – 339yds

From the tee (which is just behind the 2nd green) the hole dog-legs right but with the fairway lining both sides of the fairway a fairly accurate drive is needed, for me it suited me as my drives normally have a little left to right so happily I watched my drive gently turn round the dog-leg and position itself nicely in the middle of the fairway leaving a pitch into the green.

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Hole 4 – Par 4 – 226yds

This hole was a little confusing for me as this was the first time playing this course and having no one with me who knew the course I was not sure exactly where the green was from the tee. A reasonable straight drive should leave you quite near to the green, for myself I managed to hit a really good one but it drifted off to the left which left me looking for it, just as I was about to give up another player pointed out my ball some 30yds in front of where I had been searching leaving a simple chip onto the green. As I was pitching from the left hand side of the green there was no problems but from the fairway if you overhit the green you could end up in a little trouble.

Hole 5 – Par 5 – 462yds

For those not comfortable with their driver this hole will be one to dread, with a large rough area between you and the fairway which although uphill does drop from right to left. On the day of my visit the carry to the start of the fairway was around 170yds, no problem say you good drivers but for us higher handicappers it was a hit and hope, as it was I did clear all the trouble by some 30yds. Your second needs to be aimed at the right hand side of the fairway as your ball will roll to the left, assuming you have managed a reasonable shot you may find the green is still not visible for your third so it is worth walking up to see the green so as to know the right line to take. Once again as long as you don’t overhit the green and stray to far left you should end up on or near the green.

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Hole 6 – Par 4 - 404yds

From the tee the fairway drops away then rises up to the slight dog-leg right then drops down to the green. A good drive should leave you at the dog-leg looking down to the green, if like me your drives slightly fade right then a good shot could leave you round the dog-leg and rolling down the slope. There is trouble should you fire your drive to far right so beware. For your second a sound decision needs to be made as about 30yds in front of the green there is a ditch and hedge running across the fairway with a couple of large trees which if like me you will find it to be directly between you and the green. Do you lay up some 20yds short of it or go for it, in my opinion you will still take three to get onto the green so laying up was the one for me as I knew the moment I try to hit the distance needed to safely clear everything raises the risk for a mishit. Laying up to where I was left an easy pitch onto a smallish but flat green.

Hole 7 – Par 4 – 280yds

A short par 4 this one which if you go by the distance and should be easy but it can catch you out, as there is a dog-leg right and trees both sides of the teeing ground it leaves a narrow gap for you drive (as seen in photo) with the dog-leg only 100yds away good club selection was needed. I took a 3 wood and with only half back swing let rip, bad choice as it caught the branches of the trees on the right but luckily landed just to the left of the path but only 80yds in front of me. Should you send your drive onto the fairway it will leave a short second to the green which has lost ball written on it should you go to far left or right or overhit it. Once on the green like all the greens here the ball will run true and smooth.

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Hole 8 – Par 4 – 393yds

If I have any criticism of this course this is it, finding my way from the 7th to the 8th could have done with a sat nav. From the 7th you follow the footpath to a track, at this point you can go either left or right and as there was no sign on the day I was there you will not know which way to go, as it had been raining I noticed the trolley marks going off to the right so followed them for about 40yds when you then turn left for a short walk to the 8th.
Another straightforward hole this one, from the tee a drive up and over the post in the middle of the fairway should leave you with a good second to the green.

Hole 9 – Par 3 – 191yds

A long par 3 this one but not too much trouble around, for me it was a good 3 wood which left me on the green but I suspect this hole can give a good result but also punish others.

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Hole 10 – Par 3 – 147yds

The second of a run of par three’s, from the tee the fairway gently rises to the green with the clubhouse behind it, good club selection required without to much trouble here but anything drifting to far left could leave some cursing. There are a few bunkers around the green but as long as you have hit straight they should not come into play.

Hole 11 – Par 3 – 176yds

After playing one long par 3 followed by a short par 3 we now have a medium one, as long as you don’t make the wrong choice of clubs like me it should be a relatively easy hole, I selected my rescue wood and knew if I hit it well would be ideal, but I tried to hard to hit it sweet only to see the ball disappear in the bushes on the righthand side, once on the green a 2 putt should close this hole down.

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Hole 12 – Par 4 – 303yds

Another straightforward par 4 this one with a wide fairway, unlike the others that were well tree lined, you should be on or near the green in two and with a large flat green  a par or even birdie will reward you.

Hole 13 – Par 5 – 474yds

Without a doubt this is the hardest hole on the course for me, from the tee it is a narrow channel to drive down with out of bounds on the left and nothing but trouble on the right, should you make a good drive you probably will not have reached the dog-leg right  so your second needs to be well planned to leave a third to the green which is still a long way off. The green slopes quite a lot from right to left meaning putting on this green is a challenge. My hat’s off to anyone who gets on the green in three, I would have been happy to get on in five! This is one of those holes you love and hate, so glad it was the only on the course.

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Hole 14 – Par 4 – 271yds

A straight one this one but the green is once again not visible from the tee but also not visible are the fairway bunkers that are placed where the normal golfers will be driving so if your not a normal golfer you don’t need to worry about them. The green sits close to the hedgerow so anything off to the left risks going O.O.B. I was so glad this hole was easier after the last one as it settled me down for the last few holes.

Hole 15 – Par 3 – 132yds

A easy par 3 with a few trees around the green but should not be to much of a problem. Good hole to give you a chance of a birdie.

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Hole 16 – Par 4 – 329yds

Slight dog-leg right on this one which suited me down to the ground, as long as you keep out of the trees a good second will leave you near the green.

Hole 17 – Par 5 – 465yds

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Hole 18 – Par 3 – 148yds

What should have been a simple finishing hole turned into a nightmare, as the rain had started to come down heavily and with me tiring I played into trouble on the right, took two to get out of it another two to get on the green but joy of joy’s one putted. Looking back at this hole it should have been an easy finish as the fairway is quite wide and at the worse you should be on the green in two, but still a good finishing hole with the clubhouse waiting just behind, you will be looking forward to a drink and a meal.

 

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