Six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s make for superb variety on this fun-to-play Herbert Fowler layout

The Berkshire Golf Club Red Course Review

Green Fee Range: £155-£205

Medal Tee: Par 72 – 6,452 Yards

Visitor Times: Every weekday, after 12:00 at weekends


The Berkshire Golf Club Red Course Review

Few courses in the Top 100 offer more variety and more scoring opportunities than this fabulous Herbert Fowler design. With six wildly differing short holes, six par 4s and six par 5s, there is something for everyone.

There are plenty who would argue that a day spent strolling the fairways of The Berkshire’s two Top 100 courses offers the greatest possible golfing fun.

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A view of the par-4 11th at The Berkshire Red Course (Getty Images)

From start to finish the course offers non-stop risk/reward options and more birdie opportunities than you’re likely to get anywhere else of note.

Most unusually, only once – at the 12th – is there the same par as that at the preceding hole. This constant change, bolstered by the frequent alterations in direction and the gentle slopes, means that there is never an opportunity to feel complacent, and there’s a new and interesting challenge waiting around every corner.

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There are no weak holes, and among the best are the par 3s at 10 and 16, the tricky dog-leg 6th, and the genuine three-shotter at 17.

The potential reward of all these birdie opportunities is balanced with the risk; there are carries over heather and deep, gathering bunkers that can turn a three-pointer into a blob in no time at all. In culinary terms, the Red offers a perfect tasting menu of varied and delicious treats.

Course changes since previous ranking

Nothing significant

Proposed course changes

None planned

Golf Monthly Verdict

Enormous fun with something new in store at every turn