City-based Oxford Golf Club has heralded its full re-opening as “fantastic news.”

The club, a green oasis tucked away off the Cowley Road on Hilltop Road, has seen such a peak in membership a waiting list has been introduced.

It provides meeting rooms and function space for local not-for-profit organisations and charities, including Oxford Prostate Cancer Support, astronomy group sessions, Pilates classes and Rotary Club dinners.

General manager Steve Greenwood said: “The course re-opened on March 29, but so many people have been looking forward to the clubhouse re-opening and there’s a real sense of optimism now.

“Everyone has done a great job getting the club and the course ready and the feedback we’ve had has been excellent.

“It’s just nice to see the course and club-house in use again and people enjoying themselves following a challenging year for so many."

He added: “We are more than a golf club - we’re part of the community.

"We have taken numerous bookings for our function space for later in the year which is encouraging. People have missed the social aspect of the club.”

Oxford Golf Club has the oldest course in Oxfordshire designed by esteemed golf course architect "Harry" Colt.

Head professional Joe Pepperell said: “We are a down-to-earth golf club that works hard to make the sport accessible to all.

“We provide tuition for people of all ages and abilities and make it viable to take up the sport.

“Oxford Golf Club hosts a real mix of people from all backgrounds, and it is fantastic to see so many people embracing the sport.”

Meanwhile the club’s greenkeeping team manager Doug McGregor said: “The course is in prime condition. We have improved all areas including the fairways, bunkers, greens and tees.”