Berkshire Golf Club (The) – The Blue Course

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  • Architects:
  • Consultants:
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
    • Ebert, Martin
  • Holes of Merit:
    1, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18
  • NCG Rank:
    99/100 in GB&I

At A Glance

A Day Ticket is available which allows visitors one round on the Red and Blue.

Red and Blue refer to the colours of the two forces that undertook manoeuvres on the land during the Great War.

Members know that trouble short and right or long and left usually spells for trouble on the Blue.

Further Viewing

Architect Tim Lobb explains recent works undertaken. View by clicking here

NZ Holden Golf World visited the club. You can see Part 1 by clicking here

Part 2 can be seen by clicking here

To see Cookie Jar Golf's video, click here

Further Reading

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found by clicking here.


Full Course Review

The Berkshire Golf Club Blue Course is a fine, traditional members club. Visitors are warmly welcomed - with long socks preferred if wearing shorts. Lunch in the Main Dining Room requires a jacket and tie.

The Blue Course is unique in that both nines start with one-shot holes. If playing from the back tees, the first hole is 217 yards long and the tenth 232 yards long! With a par of 71, the course can stretch to near enough 6,400 yards if all the stops are pulled out. There are three par 5's and 4 par 3's with the balance being two-shot holes.

Not as highly regarded as the Red Course, the Blue Course is more difficult between the two. The Berkshire Trophy is contested in June. Amateurs with a handicap of +1 or better play a round each on the Red and Blue on Saturday. Sunday, 36 holes are played on the Red. The best aggregate score at the Berkshire Trophy and in the Brabazon is awarded the Scrutton Jug.

Bernard Darwin wrote regarding Herbert Fowler's work at The Berkshire. In comparing it to the 36 holes at Walton Heath, he wrote: "His art has mellowed with experience and has gained something in variety, in subtleness and in picturesqueness." High praise indeed for the Berkshire Golf Club Blue Course!


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The Essentials

Everything you need to know before you go!