All Tillinghast designs are unique. At Berkshire Hills his imprint includes five par 5's (6 for women), five par 3's, and eight par 4's. In recent years, we have undertaken a beautification program consistent with Tillinghast design themes and the results have been outstanding. Berkshire Hills offers six different tee sets to challenge golfers of all skill levels!
Below is a hole by hole descriptive and some images of classic 18-hole layout!
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The dog leg right opening hole at BHCC provides great views of the mountains to the north. Most golfers should look to leave their drive on the top of the hill giving themselves a view of the green for their approach. Longer hitters may take their drives over the right side fairway bunker leaving themselves with a wedge or short iron into the green that is guarded on either side by two bunkers. One should try to leave their approach shot below the hole as this green slopes from back to front.
Straightaway par five with out of bounds running along the left side of the hole and continuing behind the green. Longer hitters will be able to reach the bottom of the hill with their drives leaving themselves with a chance to hit this challenging green in two. There’s a reason why this is the #1 handicap hole. The green is very undulated with two bunkers guarding the left and right sides. As with most approaches at BHCC, a low running shot may be utilized.
An uphill par 3 with out of bounds running along the entire right side of the hole. This green sloped from back to front with two bunkers guarding the left and right sides. A low running approach may be utilized on this hole, be careful not to get above the hole on this green as the it slopes from back to front.
Dogleg left par five. This is a true three shot hole. Long hitters may cut the corner on the left, but must be aware that there is risk involved with the long grass awaiting on the other side of the pine trees. Make sure to take note on pin placement as a well-placed approach shot can leave with you an opportunity for birdie or par.
This downhill par 3 typically plays a club shorter than the yardage, everything moves left on the surface making the tee shot very precise
The cape hole. This dogleg right makes you think about your tee shot over the pond. A conservative shot to the left is the safest play but will result in a longer approach to this large undulated green. Depending on the tee location long hitters may decide to shorten the hole by taking their tee shot over the middle of the pond or the willow tree.
An uphill par 3 with one greenside bunker situated on the right. One must take into consideration the added length to the hole caused by the elevation of the green. This green is sloped severely from back to front. An approach that stays short of the pin is your best opportunity to make a birdie.
The chute. This straight away par 4 is the second hardest handicap hole on the front nine. A creek runs across the fairway about 100 yards from the green. This will come into play for player’s second shots and for long hitters’ tee shots. This green has several subtle breaks and is one of the smaller complexes on the front nine.
This difficult front nine finishing hole requires a solid drive in order to leave an iron or hybrid in your hand to this elevated green. One can add 10-20 yds onto their approach shot due to elevation and the prevailing wind. Favor the right side of the fairway for a flatter lie on your approach.