8 reviews of Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Great course and setting. Interesting holes, well looked after course and different challenges. Club house is nice but quiet as private club. Only fault I can think off is that the par 3's are all about the same length but this is common place at most courses. If you get invited then take it up!
A top, top golf course. There are many golfers living in Berkshire who have never played this course - boy are they missing out!
There are some very tough holes - If you hit the ball left to right, then the 9th will seem a very long hole
The scenery and setting make this a must play golf course
Myself and a friend were invited to play at Bearwood Lakes by a member a few weeks ago, and having read reports of the course we accepted the offer without hesitation.
We arrived a little earlier than anticipated, courtesy of an almost empty M25 (!!!) and ordered a pick me up coffee and breakfast bap which we enjoyed whilst sitting on the verandah overlooking the course. To say we were impressed was an understatement, as the 1st, 7th and 18th fairways were there in all their glory for us to see, and we couldn't wait for our host to arrive and tee off. What we could see of the course looked magnificent, with beautifully manicured fairways, towering pine trees and deer wandering around without a care in the world.
Our host Paul arrived and introduced his brother Dave to us. Dave was also a member and it was suggested that my friend and I take the two members on in a fourball betterball. As our handicaps were all very similar (9/12) a good game was on the cards, and so it turned out to be.
We played off the white tees, and the 1st hole was a fairly straightforward par 4, requiring a reasonable knock down the left hand side (the fairway slopes quite steeply from left to right)to leave yourself a simple wedge/9 iron to an elevated green. It could be quite easy to leave yourself a little short on the approach (as it is with all elevated greens) but a few playing tips from our partners saw us all safely aboard and the hole was halved in friendly pars.
I won't bore you all by going into details of the whole round, but suffice to say my partner and I quickly realised that we were playing somewhere very, very special. Every hole is different, no two are alike anywhere on the course. And most of the holes could find themselves on any other course I have played and receive heaps of praise in themselves. My favourite hole (if I had to pick one) would have to be the par 3 12th. Stepping onto the tee immediately reminded me of some to the best courses I have visited in Scotland with the green sitting down below us with a backdrop of superb pine trees. The hole plays longer than it looks as there is a bunker and some dead ground that you cannot see from the tee which lulls you into a false sense of security. Take note of the yardage on the card, and remember it... otherwise you will come up short. I managed to find the green courtesy of a thinned iron, but secured my par and walked off with a big smile on my face.
The next few holes were amazing too, it's difficult to pick a weak hole on the course. I suppose if you had to be really fussy the short par 4 17th is fairly straightforward and you would kick yourself for not walking off here with a 4 at least, it is a really good birdie opportunity.
My friend and I managed to win the match, courtesy of a birdie on the last to our opponents par (my friend made the birdie by the way!) but it was one of those days that we didn't want to end. The match was tight (we all had 17 points at the turn) and I went round the back 9 three over gross which made me really happy as I had not been playing that well on the run up to the day. Maybe it was the course that brought the best out in all of us, maybe it was the strength of the opposition. But I can't wait to get back there and play. If you get the opportunity to play here, grasp it with both hands. I have played some superb courses, both here and abroad. Without a shadow of doubt, this course goes straight into my top 5. We played courtesy of a member and as such got on there at guest green fee rate. Would I pay the full £85.00 for a round???? You bet. Without hesitation. It was THAT good.
Have had the pleasure of playing here twice in the last couple of years. July this year my wife and I played here under the day visitor's membership scheme. We travelled 70 miles to get there through pretty much the wettest morning this summer. Needless to say the M25 held us up and we called to say we were going to be about 45 mins late. The manager mentioned that it wouldn't be a problem and offered us a choice of another two tee times. On arrival we were greeted by the club manager and were presented with a goodies bag each and made to feel very welcome. Upstairs we were given a swipe card each which was valid everywhere, the clubhouse, pro shop and the 1/2 way house. The facilities are very good, the only minor disappointment being the men's changing rooms that to be honest need a bit of tidying up. As for the course even with the tumultuous downpour that morning it had drained very quickly and we found no surface water on the fairways or the greens. The condition of the whole course, tees, fairways & greens can only be described as immaculate. I'm not sure if it is a club policy but we didn't see any other golfers until the 9th and they immediately called us through and we had no-one behind us. The on course Marshall could not have been friendlier and gave us help on some of the holes whilst engaging in a genuine conversation as to the merits of the course. Wonderful experience and highly recommended, lastly the food we had, and we only ate from the bar menu, wouldn't disgrace a lot high end of restaurants. Won't be kept a secret for long and I wished I lived nearer.
Magnificent golf course. Greens fast and true but can be difficult to hold. Fairways like carpets. Rough penal. Beautiful ambience and scenery. Helpful and friendly staff. Layout interesting with every hole offering a new and exciting challenge. You are doing very well if you can play to handicap on this course.
Played this course on a pleasant summer's evening. What a course! The carpet-like fairways are a pleasure to play from, the semi is fair and the rough is rough... The USGA spec greens were fast and true. So if you were able to pick the right line and pace on these wonderfully undulating greens, you knew it wouldn't get any unexpected bobbles.
Unfortunately I didn't get to sample the clubhouse, so I'll just have to come back!
You know what? We played Bearwood Lakes yesterday and played a new high profile club just east of Bristol last week. Talk about chalk and cheese. I think the main difference is that this one is superbly designed, in utterly imacculate condition (thanks to Phil Beale and team)and is all set in the most stunning of locations whereas the Bristol one isn't. But there is so much more. One of the things that go to make up for an enjoyable golfing experience is that X factor, that feeling of quality, the ambience of the place and this one has that in abundance. At Bearwood you feel priviledged and honoured to be driving up the entrance drive where at those other shall we say slightly pretentious venues, the tendency is to feel priviledged to be leaving. Classic parkland with hints of heathland, great holes that challenge the better player but are not too daunting for the less experienced and where thought is rewarded as much as brawn and as for the condition, you won't find better. So I say to the owners of that Bristol club, get over here and find out what a real golf club should look like, although they probably won't let you on.
Bearwood Lakes is without doubt one of the best courses in the South of England, and since it has only been open since July 96 it must also be ranked among the top 10 new courses in the country.
Mostly carved through gently undulating woodland, Bearwood Lakes is always in top condition. The immaculate greens have been constructed to USGA specification and the lush fairways are fully irigated.
Unfortunately the course is only open to members and their guests, but if you do have an oppurtunity to play don't miss it - it will be a memorable experience.
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