63 The Berkshire Blue

Architect: Fowler
Stats: 6,398 yds, par 71, SSS 71
GF: £100-£130
Visitor information: Visitors welcome Mondays to Fridays and weekends/Bank Holidays after 2:30pm
W: theberkshire.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 63 (No Move)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New teeing ground on the 8th
Clubhouse: Refit of the ground floor at cost of £1.2m and ladies changing rooms refurbished

Generally considered the tougher of the Berkshire’s two Top 100 courses, the Blue opens with a gem of a par 3 played over a hidden valley and sea of heather to a green some 217 yards away. The closing quintet of tough par 4s provides a sting in the tail, with the 16th a real standout hole playing across a gentle dip to a green framed by the grandest of pines.

Panellists’ comments: “Heather and trees define each hole”; “Good mix of short and long par 4s”; “11th a little out of keeping”

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