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Comprehensive Refresh for Oxfordshire’s The Springs Course

The Springs

The Springs golf course is being upgraded by original designer and former Ryder Cup captain Brian Huggett, with architect Tim Lobb.  

A major upgrade of The Springs golf course is underway by Brian Huggett, the courseʼs original designer, in association with golf architect Tim Lobb of Lobb + Partners.

The Springs is part of Darwin Escapes, and was acquired in July 2017 AS the group’s second golf course. The other being the Kilnwick Percy Resort in East Yorkshire, bought in April of the same year.


The Springs gets overall lift of standard

After acquiring the course, Darwin quickly made contact with original designer Brian Huggett, who suggested involving Lobb + Partners.

 “Fundamentally, the routing of the course is very sound, but as with many courses of that vintage, the bunkering is now in many cases out of play. The new owners want to lift the overall standard of the course and the golf offering, investing heavily in the clubhouse as well as the course. We are going to bring the course right up to date,” said Huggett.

 “The Springs is right next to the Thames and is a beautiful layout by Brian. With a little bit of careful work to bring the course up to the level of its surroundings, it will be a very successful golf resort. In addition to bunker work, we are adding a number of ladiesʼ tees, and doing improvements to the lakes to reinstate some of the walling,” Lobb said.

Pictured at the top of the article is, from the left, Tim Lobb, Brian Huggett, Lindsey Esse and Anthony Esse in front of an updated bunker on the third hole.

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