The Berkshire Golf Club in Ascot, England, is home to two courses that are considered as two of the best in the British Isles. This month we have chosen to feature the wonderful club as our featured golf club of the month. Keep reading to find out a little bit about the history of the club, the two iconic courses and events that have been held here over the years.
The Berkshire Golf Club was founded in 1928, its two courses, the Red Course and the Blue Course, constructed by the Office of Crown Lands. The land the courses were constructed on was previously used for hunting parties by Queen Anne during the 17th and 18th century. The land was cleared by the British Defence Force during the First World War and military manoeuvres were performed on the site between a Red and Blue army. The club’s two courses are named after these armies. Founded 17 years after Sunningdale and 4 years after Wentworth, Berkshire is the youngest of the big three clubs in this county.
Berkshire is made up of two courses: the Red Course and the Blue Course. Golfing architect Herbert Fowler laid out each of the courses. Both are considered to be among the finest examples of his follow-the-land style courses.
The Blue Course
Unusually, the Blue Course opens with a tough par three, with the tee directly in front of the clubhouse window, a challenging start for golfers. Following this is three par fives and eleven par fours. With the longest par measuring just 477 yards, the Blue Course is much shorter than its sister course and also plays over flatter ground. Many golfers agree that the Blue Course is the most challenging out of the two.
The Red Course
The Red Course is made of six par threes, six par fives and six par fours and lies on higher ground than the Blue Course. The par four 6th is considered to be one of the best on this course and one of the best collections in the country.
Events and players
Berkshire has a special relationship with amateur golf having hosted many major amateur competitions. The club annually hosts the Berkshire Trophy which started in 1946. Past winners include Michael Bonallack, Peter Oosterhuis, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Ross Fisher.
Berkshire has also hosted the English Amateur Championship, the British Senior Amateur Championship and the English Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship. In 2009 and 2015 the club was also the venue for the final qualifying round for the Senior British Open Championship.
You can play on the fantastic courses of Berkshire when you book through Best of Scotland Holidays. Our Golf in the South of England package includes the top golf courses in the south of England, including Royal St George’s, Sunningdale, Royal Cinque Ports, as well as Berkshire.
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