The Blue is much more of a conventional layout than the Red with four par3s, three par 5s and the rest fours. The Blue is less tranquil than the Red with the busy A322 running close to a few holes around the turn, but that said, the Blue is every bit as good as the Red with the same excellent tee to green conditioning and naturally the heathland drainage is particularly good making it a great winter venue. You don’t need to be long off the tee and some would say that the course is too short by modern standards but you need to think your way round and accuracy will pay dividends (otherwise you’re hacking out of the heather or trees). One of the most endearing features of both courses is the variation of each hole so you are forever on your toes and also a word for the closing stretch that is especially strong. One of the earlier reviews mentioned that the club is stuffy but I would say it’s traditional and friendly and they serve one of the best lunches I’ve ever tasted only to be rivalled by Walton Heath in this neck of the woods. If you don’t want to don the jacket and tie for the dining room, then there is a casual bar where you can get some decent hot food and beer. Overall, the Berkshire is a wonderful club and if I could be a member I’d jump at the chance as they do everything right and I am always pleased to play here.
Date: January 02, 2007