Harry Colt, perhaps the best golf architect of all time, designed the course at Beaconsfield Golf Club and the clubhouse is architecturally special too.
Bernard Darwin described Beaconsfield in The Golf Courses of Great Britain as follows; “good park golf with beautiful trees and greens, and some holes of a decidedly precipitous and exciting nature.”
Writing in The Good Golf Guide, Peter Alliss commented as follows: “[Beaconsfield] was designed by Harry Colt in 1924 and bears most of that very busy architect’s trademarks, such as his use of the ravine on the 6th fairway. Here you have a choice of whether to lay up or go for the carry. The 4th is a good doglegged par 5. The green has a well-guarded entrance, so you must be bold and accurate with either a long second or a little pitch for your third.
A ravine comes into play again on the 10th, a dogleg to the left. On the 17th your mind is almost made up for you; it is a dogleg right par 5, where your shot to the green has to elude a large and well-bunkered pit. Probably best to play short and pitch over.”
In my opinion this is definitely a top 100 course in england and I am very surprised that it isn’t in there. The course is fantastic with some beautiful holes with the par 3’s being particularly impressive. In addition to this it is in great condition all year round. It is a lovely club with great facilities and i would love to play here again. I would give it 5 balls as in my opinion it is better than stoke park but is purely not ranked higher because stoke park has more history! Great golf course well worth it to play!
I vaguely remember playing here on a corporate day around twenty-five years ago but had no memory of the course at all. A return after all of those years in mid-February was an absolute delight, with greens as good as I have played on at this time of the year in the south of England that I can remember.
Beaconsfield is a classy affair with many key things (1st tee, putting green, 18th green etc.) extremely close to the beautiful clubhouse – this is a strong members club with a very friendly welcome.
The opening hole is meaty par-4 at 457 yards with a slight uphill approach to the green. Two more par-4’s are next; the 2nd has great Colt cross bunkers but at around 180 yards from the tee are just a touch short to come into play for most in the modern day. The 3rd hole is like a mini version of the 3rd hole on Wentworth’s West course as there is a subtle elevation rise for most of the hole. A straight forward tree-lined par-5 is at the 4th – overall the opening four holes are decent but the next three holes are the strongest of the front nine. There is great bunkering on the 161 yard par-3 5th just about fifteen yards short of the green, making the hole look much shorter than it is. A wander to the 6th tee takes you over the main train-line; the hole that awaits is the SI-1 a par-4 that goes up, goes right, goes down and then up to the green and plays longer than the 421 yards on the card. The 7th is another strong par-3; three bunkers short of the hole and a green that needs a full carry as although the hole plays a little downhill, the green sits up a touch on higher ground – possibly the best short hole on the course. The 8th is an ok par-4, that does the job of getting you back to the higher ground – the front nine ends with a short par-4 (358 yards) and with more Colt cross bunkers on show from the tee and a slight dog-leg to the left and is a great driving hole.
First thing to say about the back nine is that it is very strong and difficult to find much wrong at all. Par-5’s at the 10th, 14th and 17th are all very good with the 10th shortest and probably the best birdie chance. Another magical par-3 is at the 178 yard 11th – this is an ideal length for a short hole as there is a decent challenge for all. The 12th hole, a par-4 at 356 yards gave me a another Wentworth flashback, this time as a shorter version of the West’s 9th hole. A similar length par-4 is the 13th with five cunningly placed bunkers at and short of the green is a very good looking hole. After a wander back over the train-line, the par-5 14th awaits – the best thing here are the bunkers – for the entire hole, they just seem to be in the perfect places; from the tee, in the fairway and then just short of the green – I believe there are ten of them on the hole and I would not re-position any of them.
The last four holes offer up plenty of variety starting with a short par-4 at 279 yards and SI-18, a decent chance to score well. The final par-3 is the 16th and a toughie – 202 yards and nearly all carry.
From halfway down the par-5 17th hole, you start to see the welcoming clubhouse and the non-playing golfers enjoying the terrace, a place that is only fifteen minutes away! The big thing about this 17th hole is the approach to the green – here is an offset green with a huge ridge through it, making putting the premium shots here. The final hole, is just under 400 yards long with the tee shot blind to a slight left to right fairway and then a gentle downhill shot to the green.
As mentioned at the beginning, Beaconsfield is a classy course and in great condition in early 2017. Expectations were met on my visit and exceeded for most of the round – I was thinking that was going to be a 4-ball opinion from me but I am going to go for a 5-ball, just. In terms of rankings in the Buckinghamshire county numbers, it feels that the wonderful Woburn Golf Club have the top 3 spots sewn-up but below that, I would have Beaconsfield ahead of The Buckinghamshire and on a par with the recently much improved Stoke Park – it would definitely be the club of those three that would get my membership fees.