East Berkshire - Berkshire - England

East Berkshire Golf Club,
Ravenswood Avenue,
Crowthorne,
Berkshire,
RG45 6BD,
England


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  • Brad Chard

  • Peter Paxton

  • Jason Brant

East Berkshire Golf Club was founded in 1903 and Peter Paxton originally designed the course. Peter was born in Musselburgh, known locally as the “honest toune” on the east coast of Scotland. Paxton became famous as a club maker who supplied the Royal Family with clubs and balls. He had one hundred acres in total to use at East Berkshire but, by using his flair and ingenuity, he shaped a rather desolate piece of heathland into a fine golf course. Little has since changed.

Did you know that Sue Ledger recorded the women’s all-time record for the fastest round of golf played (where the golf ball must come to rest before each new stroke) at East Berkshire Golf Club? The round took just 38 min 8 sec.

Heather is a big feature, providing a number of cross-hazards on some of the long holes. Cleverly designed doglegs ensure that the course plays longer than the yardage suggests. The first two holes provide a gentle start to the round – both are short par fours. Watch out for the ditch just short of the 2nd green, it’s there for a reason.

The par three 5th is very special and certainly the signature hole at East Berkshire. The green is well protected by a ditch to the front, a lateral ditch with out-of-bounds to the left and a very hungry bunker on the right. The tee shot must carry 150 yards over rough ground to reach the green. With trees on either side, this is a tough par three.

The East Berkshire Stag was introduced in 1976 – a competition open to amateur golfers with a handicap of six and under. The first winner of the event was none other than Sandy Lyle with a two round total of 141.

The greens are a credit at East Berkshire – fast and undulating and will always test golfers of all levels. In fact, the whole experience is memorable. Many holes have a tremendous backdrop of trees that make up the western end of the Forest of Windsor. There are some tee shots that must cross directly over the previously played green, but whereas this may be a problem elsewhere, at East Berkshire it’s a sign that the meagre acreage has been used wisely.

At less than 6,500 yards, the course is not long by modern standards but the constant encounter with doglegs, tree-lined fairways, carries across streams and the tangly heather will tax the skills of many a golfer intent on playing to handicap. It is a very attractive course and whomever decides to play here will be assured of an enjoyable round from start to finish.

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Description: East Berkshire Golf Club has an abundance of heather and pine, it's an unsung hero. Many compare it to the famous Red and Blue courses at the Berkshire. Rating: 4.85 out of 6

Not a long course by current standards but it is protected by bunkering and it feels quite tight off the tee. The holes cover all points of the compass and as they are all tree lined it can be difficult to read the wind. Measuring at just around 6000 yards off the yellow tees it is a good test of golf and requires you to go through the bag with club selection. Only one par 5 so the yardage is in the par 4' and the par 3 thirteenth which is over 200 yards. The greens putted very well and had subtle borrows which can be difficult to read. The presentation of the course was very tidy. Good value for the green fee. In the club house the staff and members were friendly and welcoming and the menu seemed to be varied and fairly priced.

September 07, 2017


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East Berks is an excellent course hidden away in Crowthorne (It has almost as small a sign at the end of the road as Swinley Forest). Once you get to the end of the drive, things become a lot more obvious and welcoming. I have played here for a number of years in a society and the course is an excellent challenge and is in excellent condition. The first couple of holes are pretty gentle, but then it seems to get harder and harder as the round progresses. It is only a par 69 and has one par 5, so whilst it looks short on the card, the shots soon seem to run out!

Favourite holes for me are the short 5th, 9th and 13th, as well as the tough par four 8th, 14th and 18th. With better practice facilities and some fine tuning this course could be higher up the rankings.

The staff in both the pro shop and in the club house were friendly and helpful and the food was also excellent. The atmosphere around the club also has really good vibe, with the members happy to chat and offer advice/condolences on your round.

August 18, 2017


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A friendly club with some excellent parkland holes, very good value for the area. A little hard to find by postcode, use a map !

Highly recommended.

July 15, 2016


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I played East Berks in glourious sunny conditions, and the golf course fully lived up to expectations. A very short course by modern standards, it still played very tough, most holes have fairway bunkers at about 230yds meaning you have a decision, try and carry it, or lay up and have a longer approach. If you found the rough, you were left with tough shots into very small and quick greens. Miss the green and you were left with extremly hard chip shots due to the gradiation in cuts. my opinion on a course is always knocked slightly when there is only one par 5, and a bit like West Sussex, it was only a long par4 by modern standards. I also didnt like the SI1 10th as i i dont like holes that require you to hit a really short club off the tee only to leave you a mile in for your approach. This course is very very good, and is comparable to the East course at Wentworth. Despite the 18holes fitting into a fairly small area of land, it felt like you had walked a long way. I would suggest everyone tries to play here, especially for the value it offers!

July 25, 2014


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I think East Berks is one of the best value courses in England, always in great condition and when the greens are good they are the best in England. I noticed they have upgraded the bunkers and done a great job, they have taken the one away in front of the stream on the second. Shame, this was one of the best positioned bunkers I've ever seen, it was genius at it's best and I think the club should consider taking the one on the right out and replace with the old one. Still a great days golf, brilliant design.
July 25, 2014


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For a very reasonable green fee, East Berkshire offers what one might consider a ‘mini Wentworth’ golfing experience. Based on my experience of other similarly-ranked courses East Berkshire’s ranking is just about spot on. Even in October, the conditioning of the course exceeded my expectations. Clearly the greenkeeping staff and the members make great efforts to look after it, with unrepaired pitchmarks a rare sight. The greens had been hollow tined recently and I imagine their speed was down on their peak condition. Nevertheless, the only problem I experienced with the greens was the vandalized trio of 8-10 that were replaced with temporaries (as advised in pro shop before paying a reasonable, reduced green fee). The holes play to a variety of directions (to varying lengths) which coupled with a swirling breeze can challenge even the best golfer. The short but narrow 1st is an early risk/reward tempter which if it appeared later in the round would incite more risk taking. For me the pick of the holes was the 3rd. Devoid of a single bunker or serious water hazard, the only way to reach the green in regulation is to take driver and hug the left hand side with its OOB, trees and railway line (a plus point in my book) to avoid being blocked out by tall trees on the right. The need to shape the ball (both ways) or hit precise lines off the tee on the 3rd and many other holes means that the course is not overpowered by modern equipment, despite only just surpassing 6,000 yards from the yellows. The concerned ‘pro tips’ advice on the course planner suggests the course becomes more challenging in hard-running conditions. I hope to try it out again some time to see how it plays in summer.
October 14, 2011


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East Berks golf club is a great place to visit. I played the course a few weeks ago in a club match. The condition of the course was fantastic in spite of a period of heavy rain. The green were fast and true and gave real confidence when putting. After playing the round all of the holes were memorable with some really nice unique features such as the heather along the tops of the bunkers. The bunkers on the course are truly exceptional being amongst the best that I have ever played in - this is probably why I played so many bunker shots during the course of the round! After the round the welcome in the cosy clubhouse was very friendly. If you get the chance definitely play a round here!
October 10, 2011


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I played East Berks over the weekend and found it very enjoyable and in good condition. The greens had recently been treated and, although slow, were true. The par 3's are excellent (it is nice to play courses that see smaller greens as an equal test to 220 yard short holes!) The course had recently been subject to some heavy rain and was a little boggy, therefore I think this may be a course that does not play well in the winter based on this being the case in August. My issue with East Berks is it's ranking. This course is not, in any way, better than Hesketh, Stoke Park, The Edinburgh at Wentworth, The International at the London Club, Royal Wimbledon or Wisley... All of which it is ranked above in this list. In fact it is not in the same class as other local courses that are not included in this ranking such as Camberley Heath (which someone mentioned in an earlier post). Yes this is an enjoyable round of golf on a well conditioned course, No it is not the 82nd best course in England...A genuinely baffling ranking! Despite this, I would recommend anyone in the area to take any chance you get to play here. It is a good track with a very friendly membership.
August 31, 2010


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Played the East Berkshire for the first time in their Seniors Open (18/7/2010). What an absolute delight. From the moment of arrival you instinctively knew this was a class act. The organisation and administration was seamless. The course, despite the prolonged dry spell was superbly presented. The hospitality was top drawer and the fees extremely reasonable.I visit many golf clubs throughout year. The East Berkshire receives my highest recommendation for golfers of all levels. Truly a gem.
July 19, 2010


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We picked East Berks for our company golf day (first one) having read the reviews posted on the " Top 100 Golfcourses" website. What a find! A delightful course, handy for London and of sufficient difficulty to test our better golfers but not to be a "trial by golf" for our more casual players. A great day out !The welcome that we received was truly marvellous and of genuine warmth. We very much look forward to our next visit.
April 11, 2010


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