Great golf courses in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
PUBLISHED: 09:46 03 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:46 03 October 2013
They say that discovering Winter Hill is like finding hidden treasure and there’s no doubt that the spectacular views across the Thames to Cookham and Cliveden take the breath away at first sight.
This course is special in another way. It is owned and managed by the John Lewis Partnership, having been conceived by founder John Spedan Lewis. Transformation of the former farmland to a course finally took place in 1976. As well as the par 72 course there’s a practice area and putting green. The club can tailor-make a package for societies and events.
Tel: 01628 527613, www.winterhillgolfclub.net
Make the most of spectacular views stretching over the Berkshire Downs from Reading towards Henley at Hennerton Golf Club, just outside Wargrave, and five minutes drive from the A4. Since 2006 it’s been expanded to 18 holes, having originally been a 9-hole course designed by Colonel Dion Beard and opened by Bernard Gallacher in 1992.
Golf architects Gaunt & Marnoch oversaw the expansion, with special care being taken to safeguard the ecology of the site. There’s a computer controlled automatic watering system to ensure that play is possible on the maximum number of days each year. This is a great place to try a ‘Get into Golf’ taster session.
Tel: 01189 401000, www.hennertongolfclub.co.uk
Iver golf club & Academy offers a picturesque, nine-hole golf course with tree-lined fairways and water hazards to keep you focussed. The 14-bay driving range is popular and this is an excellent choice for ‘newbies’. Iver has just been accredited with Golf Mark status from England Golf as a fantastic facility for junior golf and beginner golfers of all ages, with very few restrictions.
Practice and training facilities also include a pitching area, putting green and 3-hole Academy and grass range.
Tel: 01753 655615, www.ivergolfclub.co.uk
The Chesham location of Chartridge Park provides breathtaking views of the Pednor Valley and Chiltern Hills. It’s in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and members and visitors consider the course to be a ‘beauty’ in its own right.
The 18-hole par 68 golf course was designed by John Jacobs, with each hole presenting its own challenge. After a gentle opener, the challenges soon start. Visitors are welcome throughout the week but need to contact the club to book a tee time as members’ events may be taking place.
Tel: 01494 791 772, www.cpgc.co.uk