For a Golf Club set a stones throw from the M40, Beaconsfield is a remarkably quiet course set in the “Cherry Pie” village of Seer Green, in the Chiltern Hills. Designed by the great Harry Colt, Beaconsfield meanders through a plethora of colourful trees to create a very pretty and naturally rolling Parkland course.
You’ll need to warm up well, as the 1st is a strong 457 yard Par 4. Not the easiest of starts, but thereafter comes 4 nice, scoreable, but fairly unremarkable set of holes. The course picks up across the railway line, where you are met with a cracking sharp doglegging right Par 4, that play across a ravine and to a soaring uphill green. The next is long downhill Par 3 playing to a plateau green. It’s extremely easy on the eye.
The remaining run of holes that side of the track are good and include some classic Colt traits such as ravines, swells and well routed holes, but once back over the railway, you are back to the classic and tree lined parkland layout and the course doesn’t quite live up to the standard that’s been set.
That said, there is a wide range of holes, from long to drivable Par 4s, risk/reward Par 5s, and some very good Par 3s. It’s a course that’ll have you reaching for every club in your bag. You will also need to putt well at Beaconsfield as the greens are huge and keeping 3 putts off your card is the key to good score.
I’d argue Beaconsfield sits on the edge of the Top 100 rankings. It may drop in and out and is worthy of being considered, but I have played better that aren’t included in this most recent edition.
A quick mention to the beautiful clubhouse of Beaconsfield. Built in 1914 by one of London’s most prestigious architects, its remains largely untouched to this day and has a grand feel about it. It’s certainly worth spending some time here pre and post round.
It's a course that’s certainly worth playing if in the area.
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Date: May 26, 2021