81 Bearwood Lakes

Architect: M Hawtree
Stats: 6,488 yds, par 72, SSS 71
GF: £95
Visitor information: Day Membership Mondays to Thursdays, club designed for use predominantly by its members and their personal guests
W: bearwoodlakes.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 78 (Down 3)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: Ongoing
Clubhouse: Completely redecoration of main lounge and dining room areas. Shower rooms refurbished

This Martin Hawtree creation near Wokingham in Berkshire is mature beyond its 15 years. Essentially a parkland layout, there’s heathland feel in places – especially the risk-reward par-4 8th – plus a handful of water hazards to keep you on your toes, most notably on the lakeside par-3 14th, which boasts Bearwood’s largest putting surface.

Panellists’ comments: “Excellent new course that’s always fun to play”; “Very welcoming and a relaxed feel to the whole place”

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