Berkshire Valley Golf Course
Great experience first time,, had issue with reservation second time
I loved the entire experience the first time I went with a client on October 17. Conditions, personnel, course, views, etc.
I then on the 25th booked a threesome for the 28th. then the fun began. I had three people set for an 11:30 tee time, 12 hours later I tried to add a fourth and they sold that position. I never encountered this situation before at other courses. And neither has anyone else I know. So I cancelled the threesome and went somewhere else. I don't think it makes sense to book singles 3 days in advance in a foursome. But you run it your way. next time, I'll book a foursome and then cancel 24 hours in advance.
One more thing. I don't like the configuration where you have to drive a long distance from the 9th hole to the club house for refreshments and back to the 10th hole. It was clear that during summer you have a picnic area, but what about us cooler weather players. We like refreshments too.
October 29, 2014
Beautiful course on a beautiful day
1st time and enjoyed it extremely. Played from blue tees, and found course challenging, but manageable. 1st 6-holes were tough, as were last 17. Greens in very good condition, especially after 2.5" of rain over previous 48hrs.
Views of fall countryside were an added bonus.
October 25, 2014
The first five holes will test your abilities ,especially in the wind.The course was in very nice condition,the greens were quick, but they held.The people at the course were very friendly and helpful.All in all it was a great place to play golf.
October 10, 2014
Morris countys' gem
Berkshire Valley has gotten better and better over the past 2 years. The course has been groomed and manicured to be like a private facility. It is a wonderful experience for any golfer that has moderate experience. It is not for beginners.
I recommend this course to be on the must play at least once during the golf season but especially in the fall when it is most beautiful
October 10, 2014
One of the Best Munis
The natural beauty of Berkshire Valley does not eclipse the quality of the course, but it's close. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is not a course which can be easily walked unless you are really looking for workout. The layout presents a number of challenges, including forced carries over water and waste areas, sprawling bunkers and some pretty good elevation changes. The greens were in fine shape. Overall, a very well planned and maintained course. A couple of caveats: most of the fairways are accomodating but if you don't hit it reasonably straight, you're going to lose some balls. Also, the snack bar is a snack bar (with a grill), quite limited. This is something Morris County should work on at all of its courses; it seems to be a pretty simple way in which the county could upgrade the golf experience even more.
October 6, 2014
First time at the facility, staff was nice and helpful. Course was in pretty good condition, the greens were mostly recovered from aeration, however, they were not very receptive whatsoever, lots of shots would land and roll through greens no matter what club you hit into them. Pace of play was a bit of an issue, however, I blame that more on the group ahead of us than anything else. They backed up the course. Also the drop zone on the par 3, 16th I believe is a total joke. Otherwise it was a good course, I'd play it again but I'm not rushing back.
October 3, 2014
Beautiful golf course
The only thing that I don't like of this golf course is pace of play it took me 5hour playing 18hole that was ridiculous but the course condition was great and the green very fast
September 25, 2014
One of the best NJ munis
Berkshire is a very good public course. It is not really a muni, but not really a high end daily play facility. Sort of just right. For the locals paying lower greens fees, its a gem. At $80 plus on the weekends, it is a little steep for non-residents. The pace of play can be a little slow. The second hole, a 210 yard par 3 from the whites, can back up the course early. On the back there is a drivable par 4 that can often create a wait. The rangers are usually out, but generally take a laissez faire approach. The course is very tight on the first five holes that run high upon a ridge overlooking the rest of the course down in the valley. Beautiful views. As the course turns down in the valley, it is more open, but water does come into play on several holes. Just about every hole has some interest. #13 is a brute of a hole with a good drive over water usually leaving a long 2nd shot to a tricky elevated green. The par threes are solid, with forced carries over the two on the back nine. The course was in very good condition as it usually is. The greens have recovered from aeration. There are very few flat greens on the course and they can run fast. It is a fun course that will challenge you, but will reward you if you are playing well.
September 22, 2014