Swinley Forest Golf Club – The perfect course

Swinley Forest Golf Club – The perfect course

Swinley Forest is only just over 6,000 yards from the back tees but it is 6,000 yards of outstanding heathland golf combined with a peaceful top-notch atmosphere. Harry Colt believed that Swinley was his finest course, often talking about ‘a craving for my usual game around the Swinley Forest.’

Swinley Forest Golf Club
One of the superb par 3’s at Swinley Forest

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Donnington Grove – Newbury, Berkshire

Donnington Grove – Newbury, Berkshire

The parkland layout at Donnington Grove, accompanied by the Gothic hotel, is overlooked by Donnington Castle. Offering a stern test for most golfers with a good selection of tees ensuring that it is playable for everyone. The higher ground of the front nine provides great views but leaves you exposed to the elements, while the back nine requires negotiating the tree lined fairways and water features.

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Datchet Golf Club – Berkshire

Datchet Golf Club – Berkshire

The first two holes at Datchet are a little short for par fours but after that the holes lenghten and the course looks in good condition with quite a few well placed bunkers.

I enjoyed my round here with the double set of tee areas providing a slightly different nine holes second time around, although the course looks like it could get quite crowded if a lot of 3 or 4 balls went out.

Billingbear Park Golf Club – Wokingham, Berkshire

Billingbear Park Golf Club – Wokingham, Berkshire

Billingbear Park was rebuilt in the late eighties as a result of being farmed during the two world wars. It is now quite a reasonable nine hole course with a small cosy clubhouse. I wouldn’t say the course presentation was championship standard but the green staff do keep it in very good condition for a small club.

It is hard to pick a favourite as none of the holes really stand out but the dogleg eighth with a ditch running across the fairway and a lake up near the green is probably the best hole here.

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