Bearwood Golf Club, Berkshire.
The club closed on March 31st 2014. The course was purchased by Reading Football Club and will be used as a training facility and football academy.
The club was situated on the picturesque Bearwood Estate near Wokingham, Berkshire. The proprietors of Bearwood Golf Club were the Trustees of the Royal Merchant Navy School Foundation, a registered charity.
The first golf course on the Estate opened in 1975 as a 9-hole public pay-and-play facility. The quality of the course continued to improve. In 1986, Bearwood Golf Club was formed into a members club. Bearwood Golf Club prided itself on being a friendly and welcoming club that maintained and enhanced its high standards for the benefit of both members and visitors.
There had been many developments and changes over the years, including some additional tees and a twin green to provide variety, although Bearwood remained a 9-hole golf course. One of the most significant additions to the facilities was the building of a 10-bay floodlit practice range in 1997. This became one of the core assets for the Bearwood Golf Academy and was an integral part of the training facilities offered to players enrolling for Academy Membership.
The 9-hole course included some alternative tees and a twin green for those wishing to play 18 holes of golf. Measuring a comfortable 5,605 yards off the back tees, the course may have appeared to be an easy test but it provided a challenge for golfers of all abilities.
The two opening holes were both par fours and were the longest on the course. The 3rd and 12th was a short dog-leg which offered a real chance of a birdie if a good approach was made to the double green. The next hole, when played as the 13th, required a solid drive from the elevated tee over the Victorian orchard to get into range.
The 5th /14th was fairly straight forward if you hit the ball straight. The Hawtree designed 6th /15th hole was a real test and rarely gave away birdies. The following two holes were the most picturesque on the course and required a drive over the Lake!
Finally, if the Out-Of-Bounds was avoided to the left of the approach, a relatively straightforward finish awaited.
In July 2013 Reading Football Club agreed a deal with the charity to buy the Bearwood Golf Club course.
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