The last Northcliffe fixture for the year, the Christmas Scramble, Monday, November 19 is at The Berkshire, and team places are filling up!

Don’t leave it too late to enter as a team of four, or, if you need a team to play in, just send your entry to secretary Garth Burden at

       The Scramble is always a fun day of golf, with fabulous raffle prizes, great auction items, champagne for “Nearest the Pin” on all the Par Three holes and the chance to win some big money in the Society’s “Back the Winning Team” competition.

         There is also a wonderful raffle – all items welcome – with money raised helping to raise funds for the Society.    

         Each team also donates a prize for the auction so check out your contacts to see what you can donate or have a team collection to purchase an item. The money raised again goes towards our funds plus a charity donation.

       Auction prizes on offer include several 4xball day outs, donated by some of the great courses we play during the year, plus a VIP 4-ball in Hardelot, France, donated by Director of Golf Ken Strachan and a 4 x ball at North Foreland with overnight accommodation at the Pegwell Bay Hotel.  

       There is also the fantastic “Lobster Cottage” in Grenada in the West Indies. With five bedrooms and full maid service it would make a great holiday destination for a family or group of friends. The Society has David Dutton to thank for donating a two-week stay that has to be taken after July 1 next year. There are also 2 x cases of champagne, donated by the Society’s President, Lord Rothermere, plus a host of other magnificent items. 

       An up to date list of what is in the auction will be circulated nearer the day so that if you are unable to play, you can still make a bid that will be made on your behalf.

Last year’s winners, Roland Agambar, Gordon Thomson, Nick Stevens and John Morgan, with Society President, Lord Rothermere.

      At just £69, the Scramble has to be the best golfing value of the year with a round of golf on The Berkshire Red Course, one of the country’s premier golf courses, a bacon butty with tea or coffee before you start and then the Club’s magnificent Christmas lunch…….with all those home-made desserts including sticky toffee pudding, Christmas pudding, trifle and ice cream. They are not for the faint hearted!

       Remember to leave plenty of time to beat the M25 traffic, it is better to sit in the Clubhouse with a coffee than be stuck on the motorway. The Clubhouse opens at 7.15 am for coffee/tea and bacon or sausage rolls which are included in the cost.

       I look forward to seeing you all at The Berkshire and remember, it’s a 9.30 a.m. Shotgun Start so leave plenty of time to get to your tee. Maps to show you the best way to your tee will be available at check-in along with Team score cards and raffle tickets to buy.   

                                                   Garth Burden.


Leave the M25 at M3 turnoff (Junction 12). Head westbound on M3 and take Exit 3.

 Take 3rd exit on roundabout on to A322 towards Bracknell, under A30 bridge then right hand fork

about 1-mile on. This is the A332 to Ascot, Clubhouse is a Driver and Pitching Wedge on the left.


Club: 01344 621495

Caddie Master: 01344 622627

Professional: 01344 622351

  • Metal spikes are recommended

  • soft spikes at your own risk! 

No trainers, jeans or tee-shirts and Jackets and Tie for lunch


Full Society handicap for all players. If in doubt, check before you play. New members play off a       maximum of 24. Team handicaps are added together and divided by 10 and this will be taken off the final MEDAL score to the nearest decimal point. (Any Team of 5 by 20)

Each player has to take 3 tee-shots during the game. The person whose tee shot is selected DOES NOT play the second shot. After the second shot has been played, all four players then play until the ball is finally holed. When putting out remember not to tap the ball into the hole until everyone has had a go as the first ball into the hole counts!

If in the rough, all balls must be dropped, there is no placing in the rough.

On all Par 3 greens, if the chosen tee shot is ON the green, all four players putt. If the chosen tee shot is OFF the green then only the other three players play.