Newbury & Crookham - Berkshire - England

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club,
Bury's Bank Road,
Greenham,
Thatcham,
Berkshire,
RG19 8BZ,
England


  • +44 (0) 1635 40035

  • Gareth Williams

  • J.H.Turner, Howard Swan

  • Barry Newman

Newbury & Crookham Golf Club is one of the oldest in England and J.H.Turner, the professional at Frilford Heath between 1914 and 1952, laid out their present course at Greenham, fifty years after the club’s 1873 formation.

During World War II, only seven holes were left open for play as sheep were allowed to graze on part of the course and aircraft taxiways were constructed on today's 1st, 14th and 15th fairways. After the war, the suggestions book in the clubhouse included an entry from someone asking for the broken concrete runway on the first hole to be painted green to help members find their golf balls.

Measuring a shade under 6,000 yards from the medal tees, the course is by no means overly long – there are only two par fives, at holes 13 and 18 – but it’s tight in many places, with towering trees bounding many of the narrow fairways.

Three of the five par threes on the card are played on the front nine though the best of the short holes is probably the last one played at the 170-yard 17th, where the beautifully bunkered elevated green slopes gently from right to left.

Aficionados of old-fashioned golf will appreciate the pair of short par fours here. The first of these is a left dogleg across a small valley at the 2nd and the other is the 292-yard 12th, played to a heavily bunkered green.

The Howard Swan design company has been credited with course modifications in recent times.

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Description: Newbury & Crookham Golf Club is one of the oldest in England but their present course at Greenham was laid out fifty years after the club’s 1873 formation. Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 6

I enjoyed Newbury & Crookham when I visited for the first time last week. The course is unlikely to challenge some of the bigger names in Berkshire for a place in the English Top 100, however it does have a handful of holes that are nothing short of excellent. Routed over undulating and tree linedNewbury & Crookham Golf Course - Photo by reviewer parkland, the course has plenty of variety with a few strategic short par 4's mixed in amongst a number of long and difficult two shotters. There are only two par 5's which are both encountered on the back nine, but of the five par 3's, four are very good indeed. The 3rd and the 9th both offer a bit of hang time playing downhill to large greens, the 3rd a real beauty set well below the tee. The 6th and tough 17th offer a different challenge, both being well defended by attractive bunkering. Whereas a mere flick will suffice on 6, nothing but a well struck and accurate 170 yard shot will do on 17. Not one to get too excited about but well worth a look if you are in the area. Brian W

4 / 6
Newbury & Crookham
April 27, 2016


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Each to their own, and thank goodness for that. Par or 'average' is what the N&C course is. Plenty worse, plenty better. Probably merits a birdie for the views, course maintenance and its clubhouse.
3 / 6
Newbury & Crookham
April 05, 2013


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Our group fully enjoyed are round here and after a very warm welcome we weren't disappointed with the course. Due to its par 69 it plays tougher than the yardage would suggest, it has some excellent par 3's and a nice mix of length par 4's. Stand out holes for us were 7 and 8, which are long and extremely challenging par 4's, particularly the 8th where a par will feel like a birdie. It has one of the best collection of par 3's in the land, 4 of the 5 of them are truly memorable. Course in excellent condition, course under rated and well worth a visit.
5 / 6
Newbury & Crookham
September 30, 2011


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Agree with the last comments; pleasant enough course, worth playing, but really no better than average
3 / 6
Newbury & Crookham
April 27, 2011


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Undeniably Newbury and Crookham is an underrated course but 6-ball reviews have to be reserved for the very best courses and this is simply not in the same league as some of the Berkshire greats, including Red, Blue and Swinley Forest all of which are significantly better. Don’t get me wrong, N&C is a good and strategic course, it’s just not one of the greats.
4 / 6
Newbury & Crookham
April 26, 2011


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This is one of the most underated courses in England, the club is among the most welcoming, the course is one of the best conditioned, the test has everything from drivable par 4's to 467 yarder's and the best and most varied of par 3's you will find anywhere, the two par 5's are reachable but any mistakes along the way will be suitably punished. It is in the heart of Red Kite country, so many great views of this magnificent bird, plus, plenty of sightings of the local deer. The greens, quite simply the truest, fastest and smoothest you will putt on in England, I'm not a member, but this is no exaggeration. It has enough of a test for the best of golfer's, and the great thing is you could play 36 holes in a day and feel as fit as a fiddle after. Do not let 5880 yards and par 69 put you off if you're used to longer courses, you will seriously miss out.
6 / 6
Newbury & Crookham
April 20, 2011


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