Review for East Berkshire

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I selected East Berkshire to play my 650th golf course in a twoball with my wife on my birthday, and was thrilled by this charming and delightful place. Sure enough it was difficult to get a Visitor Tee Time in the year of covid, clearly the sign of a thriving Members’ Club, that my excitement to eventually get to play here knew no bounds.

The pretty parkland layout begins with two short and reassuring par 4s to get the juices flowing, before the real challenges start. The 3rd hole a long bunker less par 4 is a gem, and it just get better. There is only one par 5, but there is magnificent variety in the par 4s so this is not a problem, and all four par 3s (of which only one is over 160 yards) are special.

And just as you start to feel you are getting on top of the course, the final holes bite back. The demanding 14th where you aim for the left of the fairway from the tee so as to have room around the trees to go for the green is wonderful, as is the straight slightly uphill 15th back to the club house. And the last two holes are long and tough, if not quite as visually appealing.

The course layout and condition is excellent and the overall site is quite cramped even if you never get the feeling of being hemmed in. A bigger nuisance was the number of walkers around the course, for the gorgeous autumn colours on the trees lining most fairways made it easy to comprehend why the location appeals to people other than golfers.

Date: October 31, 2020


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