The Oaks Golf Centre is a parkland golf course located in The Oaks Park, Carshalton, deep in suburban South London. With its 18 hole Horley and 9 hole academy course, The Oaks is a public facility equipped with everything you’ll need for a perfect round.
The Oaks Sports Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4AN
020 8643 8363
The Oaks Golf Centre’s course facilities are relatively modern yet there is lovely village community feel about this course. The club house and warm up areas are usually quite compact, the restaurant and pro shop buildings are literally touching distance from each other. A small practice green and garden patio compliment the facilities, as long you don’t mind putting next to patrons enjoying a post match light refreshment while they watch you go through your routine.
At the moment the driving range is a straightforward covered area with mats, though its currently undergoing some serious refurbishment and will include power tees and a far more attractive environment. Perhaps as a consequence of the refurbishment, at the moment it can become very busy at peak times so check the queue before you buy your token from the pro-shop. The driving range area is not particularly long, the bigger hitters among you may well see your ball heading over the back fence onto the 17th fairway. However, it is worth baring in mind that the condition of the range is only a temporary situation and there will be improvement in the near future.
At 5662 off the yellow tees The Oaks Golf Centre is not particularly long, but there’re a good mix of holes. It’s is a course that is generally quite forgiving as, with a few exceptions, most of the fairways are broad and lined with a few trees. There are a couple of tight lay up areas but with no water on the course, the bunkers are the only real significant hazards.
The first few holes are rather understated. A short par 3 followed by a straightforward par 4 and and another par 3 should provide most golfers with a bogey free start to their round. My first impressions were that this course has a rather well used appearance about it which isn’t unusual for a popular public course such as The Oaks. The first greens and bunkers ease you into the course which does become more challenging as you progress.
The Oaks Golf Centre is part of The Oaks park, some public footpaths are part of the layout. I occasionally met some very friendly and amiable dog walkers on my round but for all intents and purposes their presence didn’t affect my golf in any way.
It’s worth mentioning that The Oaks Golf centre sits on an elevated piece of land and so, alongside the openness of some of the fairways, expect the occasional high winds to make your round very interesting indeed. This was particularly the case on the day of play, blustery conditions were swirling around making shot placement difficult to gauge.
It’s from the 5th tee onward that this course establishes its character. The course opens up with some spectacular views of London, from the City to Battersea, one of the most recognisable skylines in the World forms a magnificent backdrop to your round.
The fairways, greens and bunkers are all very well maintained, there is a clear second cut on the fairways, always good to see on a public course. The greens were interesting. They didn’t appear to be cut particularly short yet were surprisingly quick and in places had a lot of turn in them, great to play.
There are a number of holes worth a mention at The Oaks Golf Centre. The 12th and 13th are two terrific tee shots. The former is a cracking elevated par 3, a few bunkers and a rolling green wait to punish any loosely delivered shot. The 13th is The Oaks Golf Centre’s signature hole, the presence of a tree halfway up the fairway makes club choice a significant issue particularly if the wind isn’t in your favor.
I have to admit, when I first started to play The Oaks I was wondering what I let myself in for as it did seem a little over used, but this course really grew on me. The Oaks Golf Centre is course that’s suitable for all abilities of golfer. Some of the Par 4’s are birdieable for the bigger hitter and accessible for the higher handicap players.
The Oaks Golf Centre is a course that represents everything a good accessible golf course should be. On the day I visited there were some children receiving group tuition from the PGA professional on the range, typically the course has a family friendly and welcoming feel.
The Oaks is is a reasonably priced and well staffed public golf course that is a pleasure to play. It is a popular and busy place so bare this in mind when booking your tee time, particularly at weekends. I would definitely look forward to playing here again.