Oakdale Golf Club
Set in 130 acres of gentle valley, the course combines elements of both parkland and moorland with varied interest from the first hole to the last. Its main feature is the local Oak Beck which meanders alongside the 10th fairway and in front of the 9th and 18th greens, ensuring a high level of concentration when playing approaches and tee shots. The elevated view from the clubhouse centenary balcony takes in the 18th, 1st, 9th, and 10th fairways in turn, bordered by trees, and each one cut through by Oak Beck to trap the unwary.
The course is economical, with minimal walking times between greens and their following tees. While the course can be quite forgiving, it still commands respect with its fair share of bunkers, water hazards, rough and spinneys lying in wait for a careless shot. Visitors and members alike regularly praise the quality of the course and the greens, and a friendly welcome awaits all who enjoy playing golf in a delightful setting. The former golfer and commentator Peter Alliss reportedly described Oakdale’s 18th as one of the finest finishing holes in Britain. Praise indeed.
- Alister MacKenzie