The Classic Heathland Tour
A collection of revered Surrey and Berkshire heathland golf clubs that represent the finest heathland golf experience.
The Classic Heathland Tour
A collection of revered Surrey and Berkshire heathland golf clubs that represent, along with Sunningdale, arguably the finest heathland golf experience anywhere in the world.
Some favour the 6,139-yard par 72 Red course that has six par threes, six fours and six fives, but the entire 36-hole complex at The Berkshire is a joy offering great variety where accuracy is rewarded. Set deep in the Bracknell Forest the courses offer breathtaking challenges with long carries over thick gorse, unforgiving heather and deep rough alongside the springy, wide fairways. The quality of the greens are a feature. Most holes are tree-lined so there is very little margin for error from wayward shots. Perhaps the par threes are the most memorable, especially the 188-yard tenth with its cavernous drop to the right and the idyllic 205-yard 16th.
Be aware of the tough start to the 6,260-yard par 71 Blue – a monster 217-yard par three to a distant green that lies beyond a heather-covered valley. Other memorable holes include the 199-yard tenth and the imposing 452-yard 16th – one of a testing group of five successive fours at the end of the round. Perhaps the Blue is not as tranquil as the Red as a road runs by holes 8, 9 and 10 while the 11th borders the A322. Both courses are maintained to the highest standards and the quality of the food makes the chore of donning a jacket for lunch well worthwhile.
Harry S Colt was called to construct St George’s Hill in 1912 and it has developed onto one of the cherished courses in a rich golfing area in Surrey. Each hole in the three loops of nine is memorable and the Red, Blue and Green nines offer a variety to members and visitors. The undulating fairways rollercoaster through the natural flow of the land with many elevation changes while pines, silver birch, sand and heather are characteristic features of a charming lay out. The 1920s clubhouse on the high point of the land overlooking the opening and closing holes is a masterpiece it itself. The main loop measures 6,500 yards, par 70, and will remain in the memory of all who play there. Max Faulkner, the 1951 Open champion, was once the club professional.
St. George’s Hill Golf Club
Golf Club Road St George's Hill Weybridge Surrey KT13 0NL
Designed by Harry Colt in 1912 and carved out of heather...
3,210 Yards Par 35
3,331 Yards Par 35
2,897 Yards Par 35
Swinley Rd, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 8AY
The Berkshire Golf Club is set in 470 acres of heathland...
6,379 Yards Par 72
6,260 Yards Par 71