63 THE BERKSHIRE – Blue

Architect: Fowler
2006 position: 86
Stats: 6,358 yds; par 71; SSS 71
GF: £90-£125
T: 01344 621495
W: theberkshire.co.uk

Both courses at The Berkshire, laid out by Herbert Fowler, rank among the finest heathland layouts in the UK.

The Blue starts fiercely with a long par 3 in front of staring clubhouse eyes, but settles down quickly into a challenge in which accuracy is a more pressing requirement than length, until you reach the 16th.

Heather and trees form the ever-present foes, but regular changes in elevation also form a more subtle, under-rated adversary, making confident club selection tricky.

When it’s all over, the clubhouse serves up one of the best carvery lunches around. JE

+ Wonderful old-school ambience; good variety, very visitor/society friendly
– Road noise in places; parkland-style 11th hole a little out of keeping

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