The two courses, Red and Blue, were both laid out on 372 acres of stunning Crown Estate heathland in 1928 by Herbert Fowler, who also designed Walton Heath, and Cruden Bay. Among the great course architects of the era, he had a special talent for designing courses of great natural beauty which blend into their landscape and surroundings. The Berkshire courses are considered by some to be the finest examples of his follow-the–land style. A tribute to his skill is that very few, and only minor alterations have been made to his original design. He had the perfect natural materials, with heather, trees, slopes and streams, and his talent has meant that nature and man have combined to fashion two courses which are both highly picturesque and offer an exacting, but fair challenge to golfers of all levels.