An Ode to Greatness: Oxford Greens’ Putting Surfaces
Oxford Greens architecture, thanks to designer Mark Mungeam, will give you even more of a chance to experience championship caliber golf.
Mark’s design at Oxford Greens was influenced by many of the most highly regarded Golden Era architects.
Mungeam used the inspiration of Charles Blair Macdonald and his protégé, Seth Raynor throughout Oxford Greens. The pair created St. Louis Country Club, which hosted the 1947 U.S. Open. They also laid out—together or separately—such highly regarded designs as The Course at Yale, Fishers Island Club and National Golf Links of America. The two also redesigned U.S. Open venue Shinnecock Hills, which was later redone by William Flynn.
The Biarritz green of the second hole at Oxford Greens was adapted from the Chasm hole at the original Willie Dunn course in Biarritz, France. It was a favorite of Macdonald and Raynor. The most famous Biarritz is the ninth at Yale.
Turtle Back Greens made famous by Donald Ross can be found at Pinehurst #2 and has influenced the design of the eighth green at Oxford Greens.
There are two other holes at Oxford Greens that trace their lineage back to Macdonald and Raynor. The 11th is a Punchbowl green. It is patterned after the 16th at National Golf Links of America. Variations can be found on countless courses throughout the British Isles and on many Macdonald and Raynor designs.
Oxford Greens’ 12th hole ends at a Double Plateau putting surface, a favorite of Raynor. The most celebrated rendering of that design is probably the short par-4 ninth hole at Fishers Island.
On nearly every one of their courses, Macdonald and Raynor incorporated a Redan, like the one found at Oxford Greens’ 13th. The original is found on West Links at North Berwick Golf Club, Scotland.
A touch of Oakmont Country Club is also at Oxford Greens. The 16th, known as Fortress, was inspired by the sixth at the venerable Pennsylvania layout.