East Berkshire - Berkshire - England

East Berkshire Golf Club,
Ravenswood Avenue,
Crowthorne,
Berkshire,
RG45 6BD,
England


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  • David Cromie

  • Peter Paxton

  • Jason Brant

East Berkshire Golf Club was founded in 1903 and Peter Paxton originally designed the course. Peter was born in Musselburgh, known locally as the “honest toune” on the east coast of Scotland. Paxton became famous as a club maker who supplied the Royal Family with clubs and balls. He had one hundred acres in total to use at East Berkshire but, by using his flair and ingenuity, he shaped a rather desolate piece of heathland into a fine golf course. Little has since changed.

Did you know that Sue Ledger recorded the women’s all-time record for the fastest round of golf played (where the golf ball must come to rest before each new stroke) at East Berkshire Golf Club? The round took just 38 min 8 sec.

Heather is a big feature, providing a number of cross-hazards on some of the long holes. Cleverly designed doglegs ensure that the course plays longer than the yardage suggests. The first two holes provide a gentle start to the round – both are short par fours. Watch out for the ditch just short of the 2nd green, it’s there for a reason.

The par three 5th is very special and certainly the signature hole at East Berkshire. The green is well protected by a ditch to the front, a lateral ditch with out-of-bounds to the left and a very hungry bunker on the right. The tee shot must carry 150 yards over rough ground to reach the green. With trees on either side, this is a tough par three.

The East Berkshire Stag was introduced in 1976 – a competition open to amateur golfers with a handicap of six and under. The first winner of the event was none other than Sandy Lyle with a two round total of 141.

The greens are a credit at East Berkshire – fast and undulating and will always test golfers of all levels. In fact, the whole experience is memorable. Many holes have a tremendous backdrop of trees that make up the western end of the Forest of Windsor. There are some tee shots that must cross directly over the previously played green, but whereas this may be a problem elsewhere, at East Berkshire it’s a sign that the meagre acreage has been used wisely.

At less than 6,500 yards, the course is not long by modern standards but the constant encounter with doglegs, tree-lined fairways, carries across streams and the tangly heather will tax the skills of many a golfer intent on playing to handicap. It is a very attractive course and whomever decides to play here will be assured of an enjoyable round from start to finish.

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Description: East Berkshire Golf Club has an abundance of heather and pine, it's an unsung hero. Many compare it to the famous Red and Blue courses at the Berkshire. Rating: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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Matthew Adams
For a very reasonable green fee, East Berkshire offers what one might consider a ‘mini Wentworth’ golfing experience. Based on my experience of other similarly-ranked courses East Berkshire’s ranking is just about spot on. Even in October, the conditioning of the course exceeded my expectations. Clearly the greenkeeping staff and the members make great efforts to look after it, with unrepaired pitchmarks a rare sight. The greens had been hollow tined recently and I imagine their speed was down on their peak condition. Nevertheless, the only problem I experienced with the greens was the vandalized trio of 8-10 that were replaced with temporaries (as advised in pro shop before paying a reasonable, reduced green fee). The holes play to a variety of directions (to varying lengths) which coupled with a swirling breeze can challenge even the best golfer. The short but narrow 1st is an early risk/reward tempter which if it appeared later in the round would incite more risk taking. For me the pick of the holes was the 3rd. Devoid of a single bunker or serious water hazard, the only way to reach the green in regulation is to take driver and hug the left hand side with its OOB, trees and railway line (a plus point in my book) to avoid being blocked out by tall trees on the right. The need to shape the ball (both ways) or hit precise lines off the tee on the 3rd and many other holes means that the course is not overpowered by modern equipment, despite only just surpassing 6,000 yards from the yellows. The concerned ‘pro tips’ advice on the course planner suggests the course becomes more challenging in hard-running conditions. I hope to try it out again some time to see how it plays in summer.
October 13, 2011
6 / 10
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Mike Kiehn
East Berks golf club is a great place to visit. I played the course a few weeks ago in a club match. The condition of the course was fantastic in spite of a period of heavy rain. The green were fast and true and gave real confidence when putting. After playing the round all of the holes were memorable with some really nice unique features such as the heather along the tops of the bunkers. The bunkers on the course are truly exceptional being amongst the best that I have ever played in - this is probably why I played so many bunker shots during the course of the round! After the round the welcome in the cosy clubhouse was very friendly. If you get the chance definitely play a round here!
October 09, 2011
8 / 10
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David Potter

Played the East Berkshire for the first time in their Seniors Open (18/7/2010). What an absolute delight. From the moment of arrival you instinctively knew this was a class act. The organisation and administration was seamless. The course, despite the prolonged dry spell was superbly presented. The hospitality was top drawer and the fees extremely reasonable.I visit many golf clubs throughout year. The East Berkshire receives my highest recommendation for golfers of all levels. Truly a gem.

July 19, 2010
8 / 10
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Graham Howard

We picked East Berks for our company golf day (first one) having read the reviews posted on the " Top 100 Golfcourses" website. What a find! A delightful course, handy for London and of sufficient difficulty to test our better golfers but not to be a "trial by golf" for our more casual players. A great day out !The welcome that we received was truly marvellous and of genuine warmth. We very much look forward to our next visit.

April 10, 2010
8 / 10
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Colin
Played at East Berkshire on Friday the 25th of September with 7 other members of our home club Southerndown. Great thinking course for club selection and positonal play, the greens were out standing. The welcome from the office staff and members was first class. East Berks is a must play course.
September 27, 2009
8 / 10
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Philip Hadfield
Berkshire Golf Captains recently played a match against the captains of Hampshire at this delightful course. The course provides a good test of golf without being ridiculously long or arduous which seems to be the modern trend. All of our members enjoyed a very competitive match and the friendliness and excellence of the bar and catering staff. Colin Day and his team provided excellent organisation which made my job as organiser very easy.
July 09, 2009
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
This is lovely old private course. A very gentle start with 2 short par 4`s, take advantage though as it tightens up!! A great set of par 3's here and many holes seem to criss-cross each other as you tee off over the previous green at times. The greens are super and the layout clever. Similar to nearby course Camberley Heath which doesn't feature in this list anywhere, play that aswell its far better than East Berks which is saying something as this is a great course.
June 02, 2008
8 / 10
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Jeff
I've always loved East Berks. Not the longest, but you need to be straight to score well. Really, a bit of a gem.
January 24, 2008
8 / 10
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Don Joyce

East Berks has all one would hope to find in the ideal members' golf club. A magnificently conditioned and designed course laid out on wooded heath. The course is highly pleasing to the eye and seemingly untouched by time. It's natural defences of the gorse, trees and ditches prove a challenge to the low handicaps whilst still not being too enduring for the higher handicaps. The clubhouse is unpretentious with welcoming staff. It provides members and visitors with all the comforts without any stuffiness. My annual visit to East Berks ranks as one of my favourite golf days of the year.

January 14, 2008
8 / 10
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martinhlodge

A cracking golf course. Whilst not the longest I have played it offers a variety of holes with lots of opportunities to score well, but beware as there are a number of holes that are deceiving. It is certainly worth a visit and as the terrain is relatively easy a full day is not out of the question. I found the staff in both the pro shop and clubhouse to be extremely courteous and friendly.

January 07, 2008
8 / 10
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