West Berkshire is a relative youngster in the scheme of things. The club was founded in 1975 and Robin Stagg a relatively unknown architect designed the course and laid it out on the Berkshire Downs.
The course is of parkland cum downland style and it’s long too, stretching out some 7,000 yards from the championship tees. Although it’s built on clay, the USGA construction of greens and tees ensure that the course is playable all year round. It’s also groomed to a high standard and receives many accolades from members and visitors alike. With four tee positions to choose from, the course has been designed and constructed to a level of excellence that will test and reward golfers whatever their standard.
Already, West Berkshire is proving to be a favourite and is widely acclaimed as one of the best up-and-coming new courses in England. The course starts stiffly and the par five 5th is one of the longest holes in the region, measuring a whopping 627 yards. In fact, all the par fives are true three shotters and the average par five yardage from the back tees is 568 yards and the yardage only drops down to around 513 yards off the friendly yellows.
The course is now benefiting from tree planting some 20 years ago, which is starting to define the holes by adding maturity. West Berkshire is an easy and pleasant walk and the clubhouse offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which is very popular with visiting societies.