Review's of Burnham Beeches Golf Club
Burnham Beeches is a members club in the village of the same name, near Slough, Buckinghamshire. The club claim it to be the best in the county. Woburn may dispute this! It was established in 1891 and designed by the legendary J H Taylor. Many illustrious golfers have played the course.
The course is a par 70 parkland style course, intensely tree lined and well bunkered. However, while there are numerous blind and dogleg tee shots the fairway landing areas are generally generous and only very wayward tee shots should end in trouble.
Played in September 2017, their par 3 6th green is being rebuilt at vast expense and a temporary card is in place with a temporary short par 3 9th hole taking its place, whilst holes 7, 8 & 9 move down one respectively. The temporary 9th hole is still a bonafide challenge but the course will be all the better when the 6th hole is reinstated.
The par 3 10th hole is a visually intimidating carry over a wide and deep cross bunker in front of the green with vertical railway sleepers propping up the bunker. Avoid! The index 3 par 4 14th is also pretty challenging.
The course was generally in good condition but after a night of intense overnight rain, 'clean and place' on the fairways was in operation. There were parts of the course walking to and to the side of the fairways `that were squelchy which doesn't bode well for the condition of the course throughout the winter.
The greens were generally large, undulating and well guarded by deep bunkers front and side. The pace of the greens were moderate causing judgement of speed problems on the longer putts.
Midweek visitor green fees are £60, £25 with a member or £30 with a County Card.
I played the course by entering their annual 'visitors only' Seniors Open Stableford Cometition. The competition entry fee was £40, including a wonderful bacon roll and coffee, 18 holes, a two course carvery, coffee and prizes. A great vfm way to play the course.
The club was very welcoming and the catering was excellent. Unlike Brigitte below, the coffee vending machine gobbled up my £1.20 but didn't deliver the coffee. The human touch is so much better!
I enjoyed the course very much and look forward to getting another chance to play it in the future, especially when the par 3 6th hole has been reinstated. However, it is not a £60 green fee quality course. Play it if you can get a deal or know a member.
The one downside is its location and the traffic problems encountered en route. Coming up the A3 I had to take a detour to avoid being stuck in a traffic jam following an accident and other competitors reported severe traffic delays on the London bound M4 again because of an accident. Easier for me to travel 90 minutes down to Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex than attempt this journey.
As beautiful & challenging as ever, a new green in the making.....,
What a pleasure to return to Burnham Beeches, a course I love and played 5 years ago.. We got an invite form current Member Keith P. who was the perfect host to us 3 TSG Ladies. The course is still as challenging as it was, even more so today with the wind and constant drizzle during the last 9 holes, but somehow Mrs TSG managed her best game this season.....
A new green is being created,so 3 holes have been interchanged for the duration of this creation (next Spring will see th new green in use, I believe)), temporary cards are being issued to reflect the holes number & their respective length. A very colourful flower bed acts as a hazard to the temporary 9th, short Par 3.
For the technical minded, and the ones who have played the course before:
Present 6th hole was the 7th
Present 7th hole was the 8th
Present 8th hole was the 9th
Present 9th hole is a temporary Par 3 with the most colourful & huge flowerbed acting as a "water hazard" (so same rules apply).
The yardage is still 5700+ yards from Red and 6200+ from Yellow.
The welcome in the Pro was warm & friendly, nice Ladies clothings and lots of equipment and Men's clothing too with accessories.
The traditional Clubhouse has had a total revamp, modern & stylish & very comfortable, lovely minted colours. The Ladies changing room has a fantastic revamp too.
The Half way hut has a very good coffee from a dispenser for £1.20 , water on tap available for a refill, and soft drinks & sweeties dispenser.
Very posh toilets at the back with the most modern hand dryer "a la Dyson" air blade type .
To cap it all, a lovely golfing day on a beautiful course and a great deal @ £30 Guest rate on a Sunday morning tee time. Thank you Keith for inviting us' Anna & Noirin for this enjoyable &memorable game, well Keith is over the moon as he won his Mixed Matchplay with I...... Noirin got 2 fantastic chipping putts along the way but got stuck in the most intimidatin bunker on the 10th.......
We shall return in the Autumn to admire the varied species of trees and their changing colours.
Tucked away from the maddening crowds in rural Buckinghamshire, this course is fantastic! I had little expectation despite the good reviews but was very impressed by this layout. It reminded me in some ways of Brocket Hall and Foxhills. Pine tree lined in places, the course gradually undulates around a parkland setting. The contours lend themselves to good play, which is rewarded if you don't try too hard. There are plenty of holes that stick out but the tee boxes deserve the greatest accolade, as I have played on worse greens! All in all a very pleasant course to play and lots to keep your interest as you go round. Also a lovely spot to enjoy a drink on the patio outside the club but we were happy to enjoy the clubhouse from the inside. Well done Mark T for promoting this place in his initial review. I will definitely be revisiting this course again! :-)
Memorable day out - despite traffic & rain!
Sometimes a TSG game is posted at a course I've not heard of, so "Where is Burnham Beeches?" Not far from J2 of the M40 in Buckinghamshire, but farther than I would normally travel - I always think I'll be driving past so many other courses to get there! But, from the website, it looked interesting and the reduced green fee arranged convinced me to give it a go.
Traffic delays (M25) made three of us late, but a friendly welcome in the Pro shop allowed us to move our game back, to give time for refreshments on the terrace and brief use of the extensive practice area. In the changing room, a member 'apologised' that the greens were running slow due to scarification last week, but hoped we would still enjoy the course - after coming 'so far'! This is a private members club, but he seemed pleased we were there.
Usually, after playing a course for the first time, I find it difficult to remember some holes when looking back at my scorecard - but not here. Each hole has it's own challenges with slopes, doglegs, bushes and deep craters - but no water, to be negotiated. Teeing areas are immaculate, with ballwashers, towels and bins provided. All holes are tree-lined, but fairways are not narrow. Greens were slow today, but ran true, most having just subtle borrows so pace of putt was paramount. Sadly, fading light and persistant rain meant the last six holes were seen from under an umbrella, but this is a delightful and varied course which I would recommend to players of all levels.
We dried off over a drink in the comfortable lounge and checked our damp scorecards. Okay, I played quite well today but, score aside, this is an outstanding Golf Club. Many thanks to my three playing partners and to all those at Burnham Beeches for making this such a memorable day ..... I will be back!
Classy, stylish but not stuffy...my kind of place.
Burnham Beeches golf course/club is over 100 years old in an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by beeches where its name comes from. It is gravel based, so good drainage. The layout and scenery will keep you interested till the end of the round, even if you finish in the pouring rain as we did today...
You feel welcome from the moment you step out of the car, members say hello, chat to you as they gather you are a visitor if you park in a certain designated area. The Proshop is equally welcoming, has lots of Ladies (yes Ladies) stylish clothing, more than Men's in this instance , and all sort of equipment. I am sure I shall find the "matching" red golf peak cap.
The course is well maintained, good signage, superb Tee boxes (more like green carpets), wide enough fairways in excellent condition, well defined paths to next tee, about 3 or 4 water fountains along the way. Some very attractive sand bunkers (some huge & sleepers bordered) with very decent sand, soft enough to fly the ball onto the green or the next bunker ! The greens were recovering from having been treated last week, so putting was more delicate that usual and one needed more than a magic putter on 1 or 2 occasions...
Fairly long, ondulating course, some tough holes, ie the 12th & 14th, some blind tee shots on the 5th & 12th. On this course accuracy is probably more favourable than distance, saying that some long hitters today managed a very good score indeed, which is very rewarding.
Favourite hole, the most intriguing to me:
14th, Par 4, 430 yds (Yellow) or 370 yds (Red): needs a long Tee shot on a fairly wide fairway, trees lurking on the left or right, a narrow dipping valley with all sort of vegetation that you rather not explore, the green at the bottom of the valley with a very tall pole marked with an "X" as the green is not seeable from the fairway. Big bell to signal you have finished on the green.
I nearly forgot to mention there are no water hazards. A smart half way hut with pleasant seating area (photo will be posted).Beautiful practice putting green adjacent to the outside seating area, large chipping, sand bunkers area, 2 big nets and a big field for longer shots: well, it is superb. Friendly staff in Clubhouse, scrumptious ham/egg/chips, very reasonable prices & pleasant service. Excellent tasting coffee from a dispensing machine for 70p only...
The Clubhouse is stylish but not OTT, lovely décor, nice furniture, cosy seating area with warm lighting where one could spend hours chatting after the round. In fact, it is just what our ("Wow") 4 balls did tonight: the TSG family has so many topics & characters that some familiar names sort of cropped up, some still at the guessing stage ????? some very good impersonations were being made too ... ideas were being discussed etc... It was dark when we all left to go back to Middlesex or Essex. Security coded exit barrier with a metal ramp. Changing rooms (Ladies) are large, modern & chic with all the toiletries/towels etc.. one needs. Lockers available for visitors.
Thank you Mark T. (and John A. too) for organising the venue at such a pleasant place, very good value for us TSGers during August. I recommend that you try the course as I am sure you will experience an enjoyable round and you will be made welcome.
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What A Course!!
I played here today as a quest to a society day through work, and what a course. Every hole was a challenge, for someone of my level, but was great to play. The greens are the fastest and smoothest I have every played on. The course is uphill, down hill, over ditches, around bends you name it, the course has it!!! The club was founded in 1891, and in the club house you can view every club captain, and various winners of every challenge to present day, so whilst eating dinner there was plenty to view and ponder over. The rules are strict and enforced (one of my group had to buy white socks or not play as he had shorts on). I also got introduced to Texas Scramble in the afternoon, I like that!!
Should you ever get the chance to play here I would take it with both hands!
Burnham Beeches Golf Club
A gem of a course, must get to play it sometime in your golfing life.