Sunningdale (Old)

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Sunningdale Golf Club is a golf club in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, located approximately 30 miles (50 km) west-southwest of London. Sunningdale Golf Club was founded in 1900 and has two eighteen hole golf courses: the Old Course, designed by Willie Park, Jr., and the New Course, designed by Harry Colt, which opened in 1923. Sunningdale has hosted many prestigious events in golf, including the British Masters, Walker Cup, Women’s British Open, and The Senior Open Championship. From 2004 to 2013, Europe’s International Final Qualifying tournament for The Open Championship was held over both the Old and New courses at Sunningdale. It will host the Seniors Amateur Championship in 2017.

Sunningdale is a classic heathland framed by Scots pines and undoubtedly one of the finest inland layouts in Britain. The great Bobby Jones is said to have been eager to create a similar feel at Augusta National. That says it all about Sunningdale.

Even on an off day, you wouldn’t rather be anywhere else – superb use of the terrain, the highlights of which are the approach shots to the 7th green and tee shot at the 10th. Daydream material. As soon as you drive through the gates you know you are somewhere special. Breakfast followed by 18 holes on the Old, before a Sunningdale lunch and a round on the New is a perfect day. The visual appeal and variety of holes on the Old are superb.

One of the best inland courses, it tests all of your game, while providing lots of risk/reward birdie opportunities. Suffering from being too short now with modern technology, it remains a delight to play.

A very special ambience permeates this traditional heathland course. Perhaps it’s because the heather, gorse and bracken are beautiful rather than intimidating, reminding everyone that this game is meant to be a fun day out. In the modern era of length is king, the Old Course isn’t afraid of the classic short par 4, a real risk-reward hole which still has its place.

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