The Royal County of Berkshire is home to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and it’s the Queen’s favourite weekend home. From a golfing perspective – largely due to its heathland – Berkshire is also a favourite county for thousands of golfers.

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Union of Golf Clubs have administered golf in Berkshire since 1924 and this is the only golf union in England comprising of three counties. Newbury & Crookham Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in England and is Berkshire’s eldest, founded in 1873 – although the club’s current course opened fifty years after its formation.

In total, there are 44 golf clubs in the Royal County and the Berkshire Golf Club is one of only three clubs that can boast about having two heathland courses positioned in the Britain & Ireland Top 100. Many will wonder why Sunningdale is not featured in our Berkshire county rankings. The reason is that despite Sunningdale Golf Club having a Berkshire postal address, the club is affiliated to the Surrey County Golf Union.

The Berkshire County Ladies’ Golf Association was established in 1922, when Sonning, East Berks, Maidenhead and Temple formed what was then called the Berkshire Ladies' County Golf Club. The name change to the present title occurred eight years later, when “Club” was dropped for “Association”. Lady Mary Crichton was the first President of the fledgling association, becoming the first of twenty-three women to hold the position since its foundation.

Our Berkshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Berkshire

Swinley Forest

1st Berkshire - Best in Area

Swinley Forest Golf Club is an absolutely charming golf course sited on the famous sand belt, but it’s a club that is frozen in time, exclusive, unusual and eccentric...


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Berkshire (Red)

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area

Many people say that there is nothing better than a day’s golf amongst the forest, heather and springy turf of the Berkshire Golf Club.


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Berkshire (Blue)

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area

Herbert Fowler was the Berkshire Golf Club’s architect and the Blue course opened for play in 1928...


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Bearwood Lakes

4th Berkshire - Best in Area

Bearwood Lakes is an oasis of calm and beauty with dramatic views of the whole Bearwood Estate. An exclusive golf club which appears mature beyond its age.


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East Berkshire

5th Berkshire - Best in Area

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.


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Calcot Park

6th Berkshire - Best in Area

Calcot Park Golf Club is one of the lesser known designs on Harry Colt’s CV and it’s set in beautiful, undulating parkland. Its four short holes are among the best collection of one shotters in Berkshire.


7th Berkshire - Best in Area

Harry Colt and J.H. Taylor designed the easy walking course at Sonning Golf Club and it opened its tees for play in 1914. It was originally laid out on heathland but today it’s more in the parkland mould.

Castle Royle

8th Berkshire - Best in Area

Occupying a 180-acre property, the course at Castle Royle Golf & Country Club was designed to USGA specification by Neil Coles in 1994.

Mill Ride

9th Berkshire - Best in Area

The layout at Mill Ride Golf & Country Club was designed by Donald Steel in 1990 and it’s one of the best new golf courses in prosperous Berkshire.


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Newbury & Crookham

10th Berkshire - Best in Area

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club is one of the oldest in England but their present course at Greenham was laid out fifty years after the club’s 1873 formation.


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