East Berkshire - Berkshire - England

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

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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: 23
Paul Donnelly
The course is very well presented and looks to be in good shape with fast true greens even in early April. The course defends itself naturally with its mix of heather and woodland, oh and some well placed bunkers. The stand out hole for me are the 14th, a long drive will give you a mid iron to a well protected green. The course has 4 par 3's, each one unique, the 9th is the shortest at 150 yards to an elevated green protected by bunkers left and right, really pretty hole over thick heather. The course has gentle undulations, so its interesting without being heavy on the legs. You can attack the course with a driver even if you hit it long, but you better be very straight, otherwise you will need to plot your way round and use all your clubs and skills, trust me you will not want to smash your driver on every hole, this is a true test of your abilities. Worthy of note is that the course record is only 5 under par, currently held by the club pro.
April 12, 2007
8 / 10
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James Frew
This is a course that lacks the modernity to retain its relevance. The only defence it has is obscurity and the need to have played the course half a dozen times to know where to put the ball. Leave your driver (and if you are a long hitter your three wood) in the car and stick to 4 irons and 5 woods. The green are small and in good condition, but in all other respects this is not much of a challenge. The bunkers have been recently (over) filled and are poor. On the bright side the members I met where freindly and welcoming. The food was excellent and great value.
August 21, 2006
2 / 10
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David C
January 05, 2008
I have to disagree!! East berks offers genuine risk and reward. This reviewer either hits it like John Daly or has Luke Donald's short game! Yes, you could button a 2-iron off every tee in August (including the par 3 thirteenth) and plot your way to a reasonable score. Take the driver off six of the holes and if your nerve holds, you just might break par.
Andy Newmarch
A very nice course which is predominately heathland but in a very wooded surround. Got to have the friendliest start to a golf course ever … under 300 yards for the first and about 330 yards at the second – certainly gets tougher quick though and the third is a fine par 4 at about 450 yards. All very pretty here – pleasing on the eye for sure. Couple of spooky drives at the 4th and 12th – straight back over the previous green – not the time for a topped shot. Only one hole, 16th a par3 looked slightly out of place – all in all worth a visit – Really strong 17th and 18th holes …….
October 10, 2005
6 / 10
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mike h
August 30, 2007
totally agree.very accurate comments. great condition throughout all year round. worth the visit.