The Berkshire has two outstanding courses- the Red and the Blue.
Both were designed by Herbert Fowler in 1928, on land cleared through virgin forest during WW1 for military manoeuvres .
We played the blue course , and it was a real joy to play.
The blue course is slightly shorter than the Red and traverses some flatter land in the front nine.
Old Herbert really new his stuff- he also designed both courses at Saunton and Burnham & Berrow.
At The Berkshire Mr Fowler keeps your interest throughout with a strategic and varied layout- without the blind shots that some of the heathlands courses require.
Playing The Blue Course is like walking in a big botanic garden!
It is a world class golfing experience.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a short par 4, with water left and a green well protected by sand.
- hole 4, a short par 3 with a challenging well protected green.
- hole 5, a short driveable par 4 which arcs right to left tempting you to take it on..
- hole 6, a strong par 5 with a burn in play through the middle sections of the hole.
- hole 13, an attractive par 3 with raised green again well protected by yawning bunkers front & right.
- hole 16, a long challenging par 4, with a raised green.
The general consensus is that the Red Course is the better of the two.
It is certainly a little longer, and perhaps has more of the undulating land.
But the Blue course is quite special in it's own right.
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