Bearwood Lakes - Berkshire - England

Bearwood Lakes Golf Club,
Bearwood Road,
Sindlesham,
Nr. Wokingham,
Berkshire,
RG41 4SJ,
England


  • +44 (0) 118 979 7900

  • Carl Rutherford

  • Martin Hawtree

  • Jon Dry


The beautiful Jacobean-style mansion in the Bearwood Estate reminds us what it must have been like to be a wealthy 19th century English aristocrat. The fabulous Victorian house was built for the man behind The Times newspaper, John Walter. The course at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club first opened for play in 1996 and Martin Hawtree designed it to look mature beyond its years, just as John Walter did with his mansion house.

Bearwood Lakes is a thrilling layout, which wends its way through the mature trees of the former Bearwood Estate. This is a golfer's golf course with skilfully designed and cleverly routed holes. This is certainly one of the very best new courses to have been built and, to quote Golf Links Magazine, Bearwood Lakes is "polished to perfection". Bearwood is immaculately maintained and the members benefit from stunning playing surfaces all year round.

Hawtree has skilfully blended the course into the natural surroundings and the beautiful specimen trees add to the many attractive features. There isn't a single weak hole at Bearwood Lakes – each and every one makes you think. The most memorable holes are the six sited around the natural lakes, which cover more than 50 acres.

The par four 13th is a stunner, which requires a long carry from the elevated tee across the corner of the lake to a distant fairway. The green is cut alarmingly close to the water's edge – this is not a hole for the faint-hearted. The 14th is probably Bearwood's signature hole – and it's a corking one-shotter, which requires an accurate mid iron across the corner of the lake.

To score well, especially from the back tees, you'll need to bring your 'A' game. The fairways are relatively generous in terms of width but if you stray off this carpeted surface, you'll be in all sorts of trouble – it's easy to lose a bucket load of balls in the rough at Bearwood Lakes.

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Description: 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. Rating: 5.3 out of 6 Reviews: 59

At Bearwood Lakes you will be greeted with perfectly manicured fairways and quick greens as you work your way around the course that starts well, gets better and then really comes into its own at the start of the back nine.

The Guy Hockley / Martin Hawtree designed par 72 layout stretches to almost 7,000 yards from the back tees and rewards positive play. The course meanders through a backdrop of mature trees with water, as you might expect from the name, coming into play on seven of the holes; both on drives and approaches.

You will find wide landing zones at Bearwood Lakes but large bunkers are waiting for anything too far offline as well as lush rough flanking the fairways and close to the green too.

There are many very good holes, with not a single dud, but the run of holes from the ninth to the 14th are worth a special mention. There are three fine par 3’s amongst this stretch, two played over water, but it was the inviting downhill par four 10th and the climbing par five 11th that really caught my eye. Both are beautiful looking holes where strategy and wise decisions are required at all times.

Although I am a huge fan of links golf I always enjoy playing a top quality parkland course and Bearwood Lakes can certainly claim to be in that category.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

4 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
April 30, 2017


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Played 36 holes yesterday as part of a members' golf day, and couldn't fault the course, the club or the staff in any way. We were looked after in exemplary fashion from the minute we arrived at the club at seven am until the last stragglers left at gone eight pm. The course itself was in great conditions given the recent weather, fairways rock hard with the ball rolling miles, but the greens taking well hit shots properly, rolling true, and remarkably quick despite no rain for the past month, and being too cold for the grass to start growing properly since course maintenance was carried out in March. Lunch was excellent as was the winelist!! Everyone who played was highly complimentary of the whole set up and are very keen to return next year

5 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
April 25, 2017


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Was very fortunate to play this course recently and was not disappointed. From hello to goodbye, Bearwood Lakes was excellent. Staff in the club house and pro shop were polite and attentive, making our early arrival enjoyable as we relaxed on the club house balcony taking in the views.

The course itself was in excellent condition tee to green, each hole providing its own individual challenge.

Full credit to all at Bearwood Lakes and thank you for allowing us to enjoy your course

6 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
June 01, 2016


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Absolutely sublime course. Not a single poor hole in the layout. Beautifully elevated tees. Immaculate greens. Very tough if you stray from the fairways, but every hole makes you think. Not a course where you can simply pull out the driver on each tee. A true test of golf, but arguably the most enjoyable round of golf I have played, possibly barring Whistling Straits.
6 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
September 29, 2015


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Played course recently for first time and mixed feelings. Greens are good and some thoroughly enjoyable holes around the middle of the card but for me the starting holes and last four felt like fillers and let the overall experience down.A real American feel about some of the layout, particularly 8 and 9. Enjoyed the day though and nice clubhouse.
4 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
March 24, 2015


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I played this last week and had a bit of luck in that it was a day Luke Donald was down at the course. The course was in superb condition. Greens the fastest i have ever played on and fantastically smooth and true. I have seen previous comments about the clubhouse been pompous or stuck up... I am not the blazer / smart shoes wearing type and hate nothing more than a load of stuck up members saying you can't have a drink in a particular bar for some trivial reason...Bearwood Lakes is not like this at all... and I don't believe it ever has been. Lovely relaxed feel in the clubhouse. Its a moden style of course and I can see why some people would prefer links golf for example. But If like me part of the enjoyment of golf is the stroll in beautiful surroundings with a pretty lake thrown in then this is the place to play.
5 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
May 27, 2014


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Okay poor condition compared to when previously played, beautiful place just needs some extra work
3 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
November 09, 2013


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a good golf course let down by its staff who are overwhelmingly pretentious and look down on people who they believe to be less posh than themselves. they are elitist to the point where they become ignorant , the course is well kept and fun to play compared to championship courses it has a way to go.
3 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
July 21, 2013


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Paul
July 22, 2013
This is about as far away from Truth as is possible. The service at Bearwood is, quite simply, the best of any golf club I have ever been to. The staff are very friendly, there is table service and nothing is too much trouble. Dumfounded by these comments!
Carl Rutherford
August 07, 2013
I was interested and somewhat taken back to read these 2 reviews about our club. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, non-pretentious club and you will see that pretty much every other review highlights this as a real positive about visiting Bearwood Lakes. If the comments listed are a true representation of how you were made to feel when you played Bearwood Lakes, I would welcome the opportunity to understand more about how and why you were made to feel this way. If you could take the time to email me at the club at the email address provided below, we can follow this up to ensure that whatever we got wrong during your time with us is put right. Many thanks Carl Rutherford Managing Director Bearwood Lakes Golf Club [email protected]
paul
August 20, 2013
intresting to see these reviews i wonder if this is more of a comment on the members than the staff
Robert Smith
December 23, 2014
I cannot believe what I have read! I've had the pleasure of playing Bearwood Lakes many times since my first visit in 2009 and on each occasion I have come away feeling so welcome. The members that I have come across have all been more than friendly, as have the staff. If I lived closer, (and could afford it), I would join in a heartbeat.
Played Bearwood Lakes on 20/5/13. First off, the welcome was warm and the level of service at club house, pro shop and half way house was exemplary. Green keepers were similarly welcoming and helpful. For a top course and relatively pricey round, no corners were cut - balls on range were complimentary, as we're stroke saver, lockers and also got a nice welcome gift. I definitely had a level of service that exceeds the majority of T100 (& other) courses I've played. More importantly, though, the course: Stunning. It is really well manicured and at every hole you admire the view. You also have to think carefully how to play the hole and there is no feeling of two holes being "samey". Although the course was relatively forgiving on a number of holes and therefore to be enjoyed equally by higher handicappers, there are plenty of challenges to be enjoyed/overcome. I could not believe that the course is only 17 years old. It feels as established as any parkland style course I've played. I really enjoyed it and rate as highly as courses ranked higher with a similar feel (such as Notts). Despite the harsh winter the course is good condition and showed no signs of unprepared pitch marks referenced in an earlier review. In every respect I can not fault Bearwood Lakes and look forward to returning soon. Outstanding!
6 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
May 21, 2013


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Played as part of a golf day last week and as usual the welcome and surroundings were magnificent. However the greens while being quick and true were marred by being covered in pits and dents from unrepaired pitchmarks. This was especially so in the case of the greens which many people hit with short irons, eg the 6th, 9th 16th and 17th. It seems players there can't be bothered to look after their greens. As greenkeepers say, is it really that hard to fix those pitchmarks?
5 / 6
Bearwood Lakes
May 19, 2013


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