Located between Maidenhead and Reading, the 18-hole layout at Castle Royle Golf & Country Club is ostensibly an early 1990s Neil Coles design, and you will find it listed as one of the completed projects in the Neil Coles & Associates website.
If, however, you know that Coles has had a very close working relationship down the years with architect David Williams, then a look at the David Williams Golf Design website reveal that Castle Royle is also listed there (along with just about every other Neil Coles new build item in his portfolio).
It stands to reason that every great golfer who later in his career puts his name to the design of a golf course should have a professional architect at his side to advise and look after all the technical niceties on new build projects so it seems only fair that Coles & Williams, although heading different companies, are recognised for their joint efforts.
Castle Royle has been described by David Williams as “a testing course, especially when played off the back tees [and] it regularly hosts events on the PGA Seniors Tour. Five new lakes and extensive bunkering make this a considerable test to golfers of all standards.”
I very much enjoyed this course. It’s wide and forgiving - meaning you won’t lose lots of balls - but with lots of bunkers and water hazards located in challenging places for both low handicappers and high handicappers alike.
The holes are well thought out and there is a good mixture of short and long. The par 3’s are all quite long, which is a pet peeve of mine.
The greens are in terrific condition and run fast.
The course is a beautiful walk and the facilities are too notch. Really enjoyed playing here.
Castle Royale promised so much, yet delivered very little. The exception to this were the putting surfaces that were some of the best I have played on.
The course was very boring, huge bunkers that were not actually that well placed in all honesty and the open, wide feel left little to the imagination.
Some of the course is starting to show signs of maturity as trees grow but in reality it is a very open, not very exciting layout. When you can see 5 or 6 flags from one tee box, you know it is going to be a forgiving layout.
I enjoyed my round here yet felt no impulse to return anytime soon.
Some of the best greens you'll ever putt on. The course is a bit American style with huge bunkers, water, and very wide holes. It is quite uninspiring in places, but worth playing just for the fast and smooth greens.