The club welcomes golf societies of any size;
golf-day packages can be tailored to your exact requirements; competitions can be arranged &
joint golf and corporate business days are available,
Weekdays E per round, Weekends
F per round
Twilight / Junior rates available
Dave Thomas 1993
off Newbury, off old Oxford road (B4494). M4 Junction13, 3.5 miles. The Donnington
Grove Estate is set on the outskirts of Newbury and is overlooked by the historic
• Restaurant offering both traditional and Japanese menus
/ Social functions / Corporate events
• Jonathan Yarwood's Golf Academy / Golf lessons also video lessons. Bookings 01635 581000 / Putting Green
• Sauna and Steam Room
• Fishing, boating and tennis
The course consists of two halves
that are very different in character; the front nine is undulating on higher ground
and has stunning views over the surrounding countryside, while the back nine is
classic parkland, with an abundance of beautiful trees and water hazards. Donnington
Grove has held two Euro Pro Tours in recent years and in 2004 hosted the Donnington
Grove Computacenter English Challenge Open.
Driving down a quite residential road on the outskirts
of Newbury you could be forgiven for thinking you might end up disappointed by
your visit to Donnington Grove, that is until you turn into the entrance. Whilst
stunning would probably be too dramatic, the site that greets you is certainly
very pleasing on the eye. This course smacks of quality.
driveway takes you to the hotel and splendid views over parts of the course, the
river and incredibly spacious practice area.
Finding the Pro shop to pay
our green fees was a minor challenge (signage isn't in abundance at Donnington
Grove!) and once we did, the reception was slightly above average (what is it
about people if Pro shops you always seem so disinterested??).
way to the first green we were more than pleasantly surprised by what greeted
us. Broad sweeping fairways, slightly funnelled as you would expect of a course
of this standard and immaculately maintained.
As has been mentioned by others,
the course is definitely a course of two halves, maybe even thirds. The first
runs alongside the 9th then you cross the A34 (by footbridge) to the 2nd - 8th
before re-crossing back to the 9th. The 2nd through 8th are spectacular, challenging
holes every one. Quite hilly and not for the faint-hearted with all the holes,
even the par 3's fairly long. Great fairways, even better greens, nice touches
like seats on some tees, shrubs and a general air of quality combined with spectacular
views over West Berkshire make this a real treat. Even the rough and wooded areas
are well manicured. So much so (and this is rich coming from someone of my standard)
you would have to be pretty bad to lose a ball here!
Leaving the 8th takes
you back across the A34 and a long trek through the woods to the 9th tee.
the 9th you have an even longer walk to the 10th. Probably my only criticism of
Donnington Grove is the distinct lack of signage to the 10th, although the path
through the woods over narrow bridges spanning crystal clear streams is a joy
The 10th - 18th are in equally good condition but a little disappointing
after the first eight. Ordinarily these would be really good holes but as you
are somewhat spoilt by the first eight they are a bit of an anti-climax even if
there are some great views of Donnington Castle to be had.
Overall a pretty
faultless course that comes totally recommended. Add it to your 'must play' list,
you won't be disappointed.
PS As we enjoyed a 'trial membership' at a ridiculously
low rate the visit was even more exceptional! Phil Knott April 4,