The West Berkshire Golf Club

The West Berkshire Golf Club, Newbury, South East, England, RG20 7DU

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17 reviews of The West Berkshire Golf Club

Very well kept golf course, as from the 4th no consecutive holes have the same par which makes for a very interesting round. All the par 3's are excellent. Off the back tees the par 5's as a group must be among the longest in England, and lots of challenging par 4's. Very enjoyable day's golf and a relaxing clubhouse with great staff and fabulous food.

Posted by Tony on 16/05/2016
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Played on a sunny windy day. The location looks fairly exposed, and so its probably windy most of the time. The course layout is good, with no holes feeling the same as the previous. The majority of the holes are tree-lined, and so you generally can't see any of the other holes, making it feel as if you're the only person on the course (even though it was busy).
Downside was the condition of the greens with some being 'bobbly' (only a small gripe though)
In conclusion, its a decent layout, bit of a long walk between some holes, and the greens could be better.... one to visit if in the area.. but not worth a long journey to visit.

Posted by Geraint Jones on 04/06/2015
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Played here January ,2015 . ( £15)

Decent value on the above offer. Maybe worth playing once & was probably a bit better than i was expecting .The course is on an upland location so is fairly exposed (although most holes are tree lined) to the wind that sweeps in from the surrounding fields .You do get a feeling of isolation & solitude here & it was invigorating course to play .
Course was built in the seventies so doesn't have that more established feel that you get at older clubs.

A mixture of some decent holes & some holes that are less so .Some of the par 5's (the 1st & 9th) that played into the wind seemed to go on forever .The course plays in two separate areas with a path that leads to most of the back 9 & it does feel like a fairly long walk round.

A plus here was that due to its high position it was a lot dryer than other courses .Also ,the club was welcoming & the clubhouse was cosy (food prices seemed reasonable).

Greens ran true & were a very good pace for the time of year ,the bunkering was fairly good & were nice to play out of.

Posted by Kevin B. on 29/01/2015
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Returned here for the first time in six years. Course still recovering from the brutal rain in Dec, Jan and Feb, but looks in good order. A bit heavy under foot so the course played long. Greens look slow, but this was not the case. They were relatively quick and putts held their line. Very friendly members and pro whotold me to book with them direct as it would have been slightly cheaper. Booking in was done with a min of fuss. Only regret was that as we teed of relatively late ( only ones out on the course), there was no opportunity to enjoy the relaxed clubhouse. Next time we shall try to tee off earlier!

Posted by Craig on 04/05/2014
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We travelled a long way to play here, but it was worth the visit.

Not an amazing course, but we played off the very back tees, and it's nice to play that rare course that's 7000 yards.
The course was in good condition- very dry considering the weather.
great value for £17 each with a County card.

Posted by Neil on 18/02/2013
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Last played here some 14 years ago when many of the trees were young and marked as plantation, so free drop out.
Not now - they've grown into big moody teenagers that you need to avoid otherwise it'll cost you.
Some of the tee shots are now quite intimidating down the tree lined fairways.
Course is currently in very good condition, and is very long if you fancy the 6726 white tees.
Cat.1's or over-ambitious types have the blue tees at 7022 if you want a real challenge. 5 x par 5's, and 4 of them over 550 yards! It's not just a long schlep as there's plenty of variety in the other holes with no.12 being the shortest of a number shortish par 4's (there are enough long par 4's as well).
My mate booked our 4 ball on one of the online booking sites and got it for a silly price of £12. I shouldn't really be publishing this as many will surely take up this offer, and I intend going back there.
A word of warning if you don't know the area. Take your sat nav, or have a good look at a map is it's a bit remote down the lanes north of Newbury.

Posted by Kevin Robinson on 11/07/2007
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yeh i play regularly off 13 but when you shoot a 75 (+2) you realise that you're a bit of a bandit lol

Posted by James Mignanelli on 20/06/2007
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The course is always in top quality condition, and is always an interesting challenge whenever I play. The members are especially welcoming to me as a junior, and i have been helped by club pros, members and the captain to enter tournaments and meet new people in the social side of golf.

Posted by James Mignanelli on 04/10/2005
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It is an amazing course and has just had loads more great features added to it !!!!!!!! 10/10

Posted by Patrick Ramsey on 10/05/2004
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Having ventured through the local village of World's End to reach the golf club I can verify that the course is slightly out of the way. However, once you reach your destination you will not be dissapointed by what you find. Come prepared for a long walk as some of the holes are fine tuned for the big hitters. The final couple of holes are exceptional with a beautifully designed par 3 followed by a dog-leg par 4 taunted by water. 2-fore-1 (£17.50) made it great value for money, I only paid 17.7p per shot. Not a good score but a good course (I did win 3 nearest the pins to make up for the score, that's 3 pints thanks Neil).

Posted by Mike Fisher on 06/05/2003
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Returned to play this course on a glorious spring day after raving about it from a previous visit. Unfortunately my opinion now differs dramaticaly. The course is now extremely scruffy with bare patchy lies even in the centre of the fairway. Greens were also patchy, terribly scarred with previous unrepaired pitchmarks, and each one had a different pace and level of bumpiness!!
The two holes that I previosly considered a "let down" are now on temporary greens whilst the proper greens are redesigned and shaped.
I will return in the summer in the hope that the two new additions will be in play and that the rest of the course has been tidied. It would be such a shame if this course was left to deteriorate as the general layout and use of the natural shape of the ground is very good indeed.

Posted by Darren on 20/03/2003
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West Berkshire Golf Club is kept in very high condition and is very enjoyable to play, it is a long 18 holes and suitable for players with long drives off of the tee. There are testing par 4's and long par 3's, every hole is a different challenge. There are freindly staff and great food; a very enjoyable day.

Posted by james on 19/12/2002
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We arrived at the very grandly titled West Berkshire GC expecting to find a very grand club with sweeping drive and a bar full of ex colonels.What we actually got was a very understated club with friendly staff and an excellent course.
For £12.50 (2-FORE-1) we were allowed to play off the the tee of our choice and were almost alone out on the course.
At over 7000 yds the blue tees seemed to be a real daunting test but it was only the length of two of the par fives that bumped the yardage up. The rest of the holes are a good mixture where position is fairly important.The only let downs, as such,are the "monster" 5th, a tricky driving hole but with a rather uninspiring entrance to the green. The same can be levelled at the 8th although it is just a 3 wood and a flick.
All in all a very enjoyable visit and well worth a return.

Posted by Darren on 18/06/2002
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One of the criticisms that’s often made of The West Berkshire is that "it’s too out of the way." Well, firstly surely that’s a good thing when you want a peaceful round of golf! And, secondly, it’s not even really true: the course is only ten minutes from J14 (Hungerford/Wantage) of the M4 and it is in Berkshire after all - it’s hardly a trek to the far reaches of Cornwall or Cumbria!
The West Berkshire is set in picturesque countryside and presents an opportunity to score well. Although it is over 7,000 yards off the blue tees, the good condition of the fairways combined with the downland soil and turf give the ball plenty of roll.
The course starts with a gentle uphill Par 5 leading to a sequence of three Par 4s, the best of which is the attractive 4th. This is followed by a MONSTER 600-yard + (even off the standard tees) Par 5, which is a bit boring but certainly a challenge (and reputedly one of the longest holes in the south of England).
The best sequence of holes comes after the turn, with a tricky Par 3 at 11, followed by a great little Par 4 at 12 (similar to the 10th on the Old Course at St Mellion) where you can opt to either drive the green and risk the pond before it or just lay up short and get on safely in regulation. 13 is a nice Par 5 that is eminently reachable in two, especially with the wind behind.
The best hole on the course, though, is the Par 3 17th, where you have to be spot on to land on the green and come away with a 3.
Overall, there are a few bland-ish holes (3, 8, 10 in particular) but these are more than outweighed by the overall quality of the rest of the course, even if there are few holes that will etch themselves in your memory.
In addition, the course is about 25 years old now which means it has developed a character which easily distinguishes it above the raft of new courses that have sprung up over recent years. It’s definitely worth a visit... providing it’s not too ‘out of the way’ for you!
7/10
Young P

Posted by Young P on 01/05/2002
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The course was great fun. It is a difficult course to score on but is vunerable to the long player. I shot a 87 when i played there and i am going to go back to try and improve on that

Posted by Richard Brownhill on 12/10/2001
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A very good course - long and at times difficult with some water, deep rough and lots of young trees (in a few years time when they grow, it will be a very hard course). Quite out of the way, but worth a visit.

Posted by Dave Carver on 06/06/2000
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A WELL MAINTAINED, CHALLENGING COURSE. A FRIENDLY SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE CLUB. A MUST TO PLAY. A LITTLE OUT OF THE WAY, BUT WORTH THE DRIVE. I WILL DEFINETLY PLAY THERE AGAIN. REASONABLE GREEN FEES FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COURSE.

Posted by GAZ on 29/05/2000
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