The Blue course is again a fantastic heathland golf course at the Berkshire but I can't say its quite as good as the Red. Despite that, its far from shabby and still deservedly finds its way in the top 100 courses in GB&I. This is truly a great 36 hole venue and I think members here should count themselves extremely lucky and be grateful to have 2 such cracking golf courses right in front of them. The blue just like the red is maintained very well, the greens were rolling well although were a bit slower and sandier than the red, but the bunkers and fairways were equally as good.
The 1st is a great but tough starting hole and a beautiful par 3 with heather all the way up to the green. The 4th is a much easier par 3 being much shorter and equally as beautiful with bunkers short and right and heather all short of the green. This hole made me very reminiscent of the great par 3s at West Sussex and the sharp design of the bunkers. To be honest other than the 1st and 4th holes, the front nine wasn't quite as exciting as the red course and although all the holes were still great, I wouldn't label them as outstanding.
The back nine of the blue gets a lot better and really picks up the pace as you start out with a beautiful short downhill par 3 with water on the right. The 11th then goes towards the red course and I felt that the holes were better when we were closer to the red course. The 11th was a great par 5, very much a risk and reward hole where you could go for it in 2 but risk hitting driver into the ditch or going into the bunkers surrounded by the green. The 12th is then a 350 yard par 4 with a lovely look to it and is parallel to the par 3 7th on the red course. The 13th is probably my favourite hole on the blue course as its a spectacular short par 3. Don't go left on this hole as it then becomes a very challenging up and down. The 14th and 15th are 2 par 4s that are both fairly difficult. On 14 the drive is difficult but important as right leaves you with no shot into the green. The 15th requires a good approach shot as its easy to miss the green and get into trouble that way. The 16th is probably the toughest hole on the course, a 450 yard par 4 with a fairway bunker on the left as well plenty of heather and a ditch further up. The last 2 holes are fairly straight forward on the blue but a nice way to finish.
Overall I would say the blue is slightly harder as there are less par 5s which makes it harder to score. I would also say its harder due to the fact that there seems to be more trouble and there are more fairway bunkers to go in on this course. Either way the blue course is still a joy to play and The Berkshire truly is a special place. A 36 hole day is nothing short of special at this place. The blue course is definitely a respectable 5 ball rating.
Date: August 29, 2019