Berkshire has some fantastic courses and this is definitely one of them. From the very first hole you know you're in for a great round and one that you will enjoy regardless of how you play. As far as heathland courses go this is well up there as one of my favourites, absolutely no weak holes on this golf course and its simply fabulous. The condition of the course is amazing, fast greens, great looking fairways, fantastic bunkers, everything is perfect. Its a very interesting course with six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s which makes it very fun and not feel like too much of a slog.
The first is a fairly short par 5 with a ditch up slightly to the left and plenty of heather either side of the fairway. The green also has 2 tiers and is very undulated so important to get the right club with your approach shot. The 2nd is a short par 3 playing about 160 yards with bunkers short right and heather leading up to the green. When you get to the par 3 7th hole you are met with a fantastic view overlooking the blue course. This is a great par 3 playing about 210 yards over a lot of heather and has a very complex green, all of us managed to 3 putt on this one! The 9th is a beautiful finish to the front with a great looking drive and another good shot required to reach this green in 2 on the relatively short par 5.
The back nine I seemed to enjoy even more than the front and the 10th hole was a great way to start. A 200 yard par 3 with a big quarry filled with heather all the way short of the green. Go right and you'll be lucky to find your ball. The 11th is the best driving hole on the course, a 350 yard par 4 with an elevated tee providing you with a stunning view. The finish to the red course is a tough one as there are 2 par 3s in the last 3 holes. 16 is a 200 yard par 3 with a tough green, 17 is a long par 5 and 18 is a 170 yard par 3 surrounded by bunkers short, left and long.
One thing that I liked about the Berkshire is that every hole was stunning and you would be rewarded with straight drives as it wasn't crowded with fairway bunkers unlike other heathland courses such as Woodhall spa which has plenty of harsh fairway bunkers. The Berkshire is truly a great course and made better by how friendly and peaceful it is, a great experience and a real joy to play. Cannot give this course anything other than 6 balls.
Date: August 29, 2019