Oxfordshire vs. Cambridgeshire Golf Courses
This Sunday is the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Dating back to 1829, the event has been held annually since 1856, except during the First and Second World Wars, and brings together many of the finest athletes from two of the most prestigious academic institutions on the planet. 250,000 people generally gather on the banks to watch the race, with up to 15 million following live on television.
It's a famous aspect to both of these English Counties, but what do they have to offer in terms of golf? Following the Golfshake Review Section - taking independent ratings from regular golfers - we have put together five of the best courses to be found in Oxfordshire and Cambridgshire. The question is, how do they compare?
The Wychwood Golf Club (Oxfordshire)
Situated just outside the town of Chipping Norton, the Wychwood is placed within the stunning Oxfordshire countryside, and boasts a stunning venue that is popular for golf, events and weddings. Green Fee: £30/25 (Twilight: £20)
Ramsey Golf Club (Cambridgeshire)
Located right in the heart of Huntingdon, Ramsey is a tranquil and enjoyable woodland course, which is easily accessible within the town, but retains a sense of seculsion from it. Green Fee: £25 (Twilight £17)
The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa (Oxfordshire)
Found in the middle of Chilterns, the Oxfordshire provides a stunning and luxurious hotel, in addition to a championship-standard golf course that has previously hosted European Tour events. Green Fee: £70.
Thorpe Wood Golf Club (Cambridgeshire)
Well presented and conditioned, Thorpe Wood is a gem of Peterborough, and has proven to be extremely popular with visitors, who enjoy the challenge that it offers. Green Fee: £24/£18 (Twilight £16/£12)
Oxford Golf Club (Oxfordshire)
Stunning and undulating parkland course that offers panoramic views across the historic and famous city, Oxford is located just two miles from town and was designed by the legendary Harry Colt. Green Fee: £35-£15.
St. Neots Golf Club (Cambridgeshire)
This historic club was founded in 1890, with its wonderful course designed by six-time Open champion Harry Vardon and opened in 1912, proving to be popular with golfers over a century later. Green Fee: £25 (Twilight £15)
Burford Golf Club (Oxfordshire)
Stunning and atmospheric with superb facilities, Bulford is an experience to be relished for all golfers in the area. The beautifully manicured layout is just one of many reasons to visit the Cotswolds. Green Fee: £48/£50)
Girton Golf Club (Cambridgeshire)
Unfussy and welcoming, this is a proper golf club in the village of Girton that has recently celebrated 80 years of existence, and looks set for more success to come in the future. Green Fees: £35-£17.50.
Huntercombe Golf Club (Oxfordshire)
Originally a heathland course but now possessing more woodland traits, the majestic Huntercombe was designed by Willie Park Jnr after being established in 1901, and is a popular spot for society and corporate trips. Green Fee: £65/£30.
Brampton Park (Cambridgeshire)
Traditional and quality parkland course boasting mature trees and attractive water features, Brampton Park is easily accessible and popular, but retains a stiff challenge, including the fourth hole, which has been voted the most difficult par three in England. Green Fee: £36/31 (Twilight £26/£23.50)