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Donnington Grove CC / Parasampia G&CC

Donnington Grove CC,Berkshire
Address Donnington Grove Country Club, Donnington Grove, Grove Road, Newbury, RG14 2LA
TelephoneTee times / Pro shop: +44 (0)1635 551975
Hotel, corporate, function and general enquiries:
01635 581 000
Holes 18-hole championship classic parkland course, with an abundance of beautiful trees and water hazards. The course is open all year round with no temporary tees or greens.
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Yardage White Tees: 7,108 yards
Golf breaks at Donnington Grove
Offers available at this course Open Fairways Golf Discount Scheme
Play at all times except Sat and Sun mornings. Please telephone in advance to book. All tee times are subject to availability.
Societies 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, phone 01635 581000
Green Fees
Weekdays E per round, Weekends F per round
Twilight / Junior rates available
Dave Thomas
LocationNW 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 Donnington Castle.
• Restaurant offering both traditional and Japanese menus
Business functions / 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
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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.

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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.
The meandering 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??).
Making our 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.
After 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 in itself.
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!
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