Course Review: Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club is a 27-hole members golf club in Somerset, England which has hosted Britain’s leading amateur golf tournaments, including the Brabazon Trophy and English Amateur.

For the links purist this classic layout will not disappoint. Listed by the Alistair MacKenzie Society, Burnham & Berrow rightly sits as one of the world’s 52 “links” layouts, which the Society recognises.

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The course was designed and laid out in 1890 by Royal North Devon Professional, Charles Gibson, with subsequent work undertaken by Herbert Fowler and Hugh Alison. Dr Alistair MacKenzie also added touches during the later stages of development.

At 6400 metres from the championship tees, this is a course which demands precision from the tee and a strong mid-iron game and the course rightly attracts the 31st best UK course as ranked by Golf Monthly.

A golf course’s strength lies in its par 3′s and Burnham & Berrow’s four par 3′s are nothing short of spectacular and demanding.

“We pride ourselves on our par 3′s,” says David Haines, the local PGA Professional and former tour player.

“We have a classic links layout where you need to hit every shot and use your imagination around the greens.”

“With stunning views across the Bristol Channel, your game will be tested with the prevailing west and the south-west winds producing tough cross breezes. It’s a classic test of pure links golf.”

Haines is quick to also point out a number of present tour professionals frequent Burnham & Berrow to sharpen their game with many playing there as amateurs.

“A few weeks back Luke Donald played here and Chris Wood is a regular.”

“It can be a different course during the one day and that’s the beauty and the challenge of our course. You need to expect the unexpected, it will test every aspect of your game.”

Over the past 125 years, Burnham & Berrow has played host to over fifty national and international championships including the British Ladies Open, the English Amateur on six occasions, the Brabazon Trophy three times and as a sign of the layout’s strength it has hosted multiple Open qualifiers during the 1990′s and early 2000′s.

“Our members take pride in showcasing our course and hosting major amateur events,” says Andy Birkett, Course Director and a club member of over 45 years standing.

“It’s a tough genuine links with a beautify sand profile and fast greens. We see our role towards developing elite amateur golf and hold a major event at least once a year. Quite simply, it’s a course which you must play.”

The Burnham and Berrow golf course certainly attracts your eye. It’s worth a visit and being only 25 minutes from Bristol and 2 hours from Heathrow International airport, it’s conveniently located for the golfing purist.

“We’re an open and friendly club,” says Birkett.

“Players who appreciate links golf will not go away disappointed. The course presents all the challenges and that’s her attraction.”