The Berkshire Country Club is an experience of unforgettable anticipation - an anticipation of excellence that is always rewarded and fulfilled.
It is a of place unparalleled escape. It is a place where "breathtaking" and "stunning" apply to the campus, the clubhouse, the experience and the lifestyle. You have, indeed, arrived. This is where you belong.
Founded in 1899, member-owned and governed, and steeped in tradition, The Berkshire Country Club provides a masterful blend of leisure, athletics and elegance. It is a country club lifestyle the way it was meant to be enjoyed - with a proud legacy of exceptional service, opportunity and the benefits only available at such a grand private club. Sophisticated. Surrounded by casual elegance.
Whatever your passion - golf, tennis, swimming, business or a vibrant social calendar - you will find it all here at The Berkshire. From superb athletic amenities to a clubhouse that is beyond compare to a celebrated social calendar to dining and entertaining options for the most discerning palate to a very personal sense of arrival and belonging, The Berkshire is the pinnacle of country club life the way it was meant to be enjoyed. One visit, and you will understand why The Berkshire Country Club is the region's premier country club experience.
The first golf club in Reading was formed, first being called the Berkshire Golf Club.
The Berkshire Country Club of Reading Pennsylvania was incorporated as non-profit organization
The Berkshire Country Club opened its doors on May 31, 1903 on what was originally the J. Howard Jacobs farm. The golf course opened several weeks later because of extremely wet and then very dry weather. The original course was a 3,000 yard 9-hole course.
The club purchased 18 acres of land located between the clubhouse and Bernville Road. World renowned golf architect Willie Park Jr. was hired to lay out an 18-hole golf course. The Park plan was accepted with the understanding that only 14 holes could be placed on the existing club property and additional acreage would be needed. According to club minutes Park’s bill was $196.75.
The club purchased 26 acres of land to the west of Bernville road. The additional holes were constructed and plans were made to open all 18 on September 1, 1922. However the 4 holes were not ready and the entire 18-holes were finally opened in the Spring of 1923.
In September of 1929 the club hosted the first Berks County Amateur Championship which was won by club member Hawley Quier.
The first Reading Open was held at the club, The Reading Open drew the top professional men golfers in the US as well as the best-known international stars of the day. Over the next three years names such as Jimmy Demaret, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead were some of the names to grace our course.
The Woman’s Eastern open came to the Berkshire.
The Jack Nicklaus golf exhibition to benefit the Easter Seals Society came to the Berkshire.
The tunnel to cross Route 183 was opened!
The Pool House was totally refurbished.
New Men's and Women's locker room areas and pro shop construction was begun.
3 Million Dollar club renovation was completed with the addition of the new 1899 Bar Room and Patio.