Calcot Park Golf Club – Overview
Calcot Park is an undulating, traditional, parkland course four miles West of Reading. Rated in the top six golf clubs in Berkshire, it is recognised as one of the best in the area.
It was designed by Harry Colt and is perhaps one of the lesser-known courses on his CV. It was constructed in the 1930s on land bought by Dutch merchant and jeweller Peter Vanlore, from the Crompton family. His manor house still stands nearby.
The prolific Colt also built, amongst others, Beaconsfield, Denham, Stoke Park, Sunningdale Old, Swinley Forest along with the East and West courses at Wentworth Club in Surrey. He participated in the design or redesign of over 300 courses around the world, including facilities in all six inhabited continents.
The clubhouse at Calcot Park offers extensive and well-regarded dining facilities, and can cater for up to one hundred guests. There is a modern, well-equipped conference centre on site, and arrangements can be made to combine a round of golf with meeting facilities and an evening meal.
The Par-70, 18-hole course is just shy of six and a half thousand yards off the White Tees and offers a challenging round of golf, without being unfairly difficult. There are two practice areas for up to a six iron and a third area for longer play, though possibly not for the longest of drivers.
There are two par fives, both reachable in two by strong hitters and four excellent par threes, including the 7th, which is played across a lake to an elevated green. The 13th is played across a stream in a shallow valley to a contoured green.
The course opens and closes with two, long par fours. There are three small practice areas, practice nets and two practice chipping and putting greens.
Calcot Park has an abundance of mature trees and shrubs and the area surrounding the course is home to a variety of wildlife including badgers, foxes and deer.