One of the finest parkland courses in Berkshire, Reading Golf Club, the centurion, was located on the edge of the Chilterns and was a quintessentially English affair, but sadly no longer.
In January 2019 it was announced that Reading Golf Club is to merge with Caversham Heath Golf Club, following plans to sell off the land at Emmer Green for housing. The Philip Mackenzie Ross-designed course remained in play until April 2021.
A new club was formed (due to be named Reading & Caversham Heath Golf Club), the former Caversham Heath course was then transformed under the architectural stewardship of Canadian designer Tom McBroom.
Work commenced at Chazey Heath near Mapledurham in 2019 and completed in April 2021. We fully expect the new McBroom course (named The Caversham - "Home of Reading Golf Club") to feature prominently in our future Berkshire Best In County rankings.
Reading Golf Club at Emmer Green may no longer exist in its original 18-hole form, but you can still play the nine holes that are located on the northern side of the property in Oxfordshire. Fairways Family Golf, as it is now called, is where you can play nine holes, foot golf or disc golf for a modest sum.
Reading is a really nice course with good holes and lots of elevation change. It has variety with short and long holes, doglegs, and uphill and downhill shots. It isn't long, and is quite crammed in at times.
Rumour is they are selling it to property developers so if you want to play it, then play it soon
Reading is a pleasant mature parkland course. Holes around the clubhouse (the first few and last couple) are very flat but the middle stretch of the course is more undulating and therefore more interesting. The 5th is a nice looking downhill short par 4, but the best stretch of holes is from 12 to 15. The signature hole the 12th is a long sweeping par 4 from an elevated tee, the 13th a tight more uphill par 4 requiring a fade off the tee, the 14th a par 5 and the 15th a nice looking par 3. I believe the course may be another one of those that may be destined for housing so I am pleased to have played it.