By Tom Clarke
Bearwood Lakes in England has been ranked number 81 in Golf Monthly’s top 100 UK & Ireland golf courses 2015/16.
81. Bearwood Lakes: Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2015/16
Bearwood Road, Sindlesham, Berkshire, RG41 4SJ
T: 118 979 7900
Architect: Martin Hawtree, Guy Hockley
Visitor Information: Members and their guests only
Catering Options: Food served in the clubhouse all day, halfway hut open all day
2012 Ranking: No change
Work Undertaken since 2012 ranking: All holes have been remodelled to some extent including new bunkers and tees. Holes 9 and 10 have been totally rebuilt
Just a drive and a wedge from the motorway out of London, Bearwood Lakes is tucked away in a surprisingly tranquil spot.
Still a relative youngster, it offers a delightful course and a clubhouse atmosphere that is relaxed and unstuffy.
Martin Hawtree’s excellent design delivers first-class golf on springy turf through pines, heather and gorse with the view from the clubhouse and large terrace guaranteed to get the golfing juices flowing.
As with most Top 100 courses, there are no weak holes with the 7th a challenging, uphill, dogleg left and probably the toughest hole on the course.
Not a club to rest on its laurels, there have been some recent changes to enhance both the playing characteristics and the visual experience.
The most obvious of these has been to transform what was just a pond between the 8th and 9th into a lake, which means the latter is now a demanding par 3 across water.
There is an excellent halfway house before you encounter new ponds by the 10th green and 11th tee.
The 13th and 14th are effectively a pair of signature holes, both extremely attractive and calling for bold tee shots over the edge of the lake.You may need to call in a favour as the course is members and their guests only.
+ Lovely course that is surprisingly mature for its age
– No longer open to visitors
“A fair course although the lakes always come into play at some time during the round.”
“Recent upgrade has improved the course."
“Lovely, relaxed feeling throughout the visit - several extremely pretty holes.”
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