Overview of golf course named Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course

Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course

Sunningdale, England

Details

Holes

18

Par

70

Built

1901

Type

Parkland

Architect

Willie Park, Jr.

Access

Yes, from Monday - Thursday (except public holidays).

The original, "Old," course at Sunningdale is the work of Willie Park Jr. In contrast with Harry Colt's New Course, Park's is less open, with more trees, and has a more historic feel. Every one of the holes is unique. The par 5 1st, which good players can usually reach in two, provides a leisurely start to the front nine that increases chances for a good overall score. The back nine holes become more difficult as you go; of particular note are the short par 4 11th, maybe the best hole of its kind anywhere, and the extremely demanding final four. The Old has attracted tournament play from the time when Braid, Taylor and Vardon were competing with each other; other highlights include Bobby Jones' incredible 66 on his qualifying round for the 1926 Open. The New Course is more demanding, but nothing beats the Old for sheer elegance.

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Hcp 12 55 courses played
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30 December
Sunningdale Old quickly leaped into my top 5 and I wasn’t even expecting it too. To be honest golfers in the states don’t respect heathland courses, that’s saying they even know what they are. Golfers dream of flying to the UK not to stay in London but to catch a connection to one of the many links courses. Onto the course itself, what a treat it is. A genius creation by Willie Park Jr and later the famous Harry Colt added his touch to the design. It’s everything you want in a good course and Sunningdale felt like I was playing the closest thing to Augusta (May be the closest I get to Augusta). The course weaves through pine trees with fantastic elevation changes that makes each hole different. A perfect mixture of long and short par 4’s and challenging one shooters it’s a course you will never forget. Each hole offers something new and some you want see from the tee box. With a few blind tee shots playing the course for the first time my be frustrating on these specific holes. I personally enjoy a blind tee shot or two during my round as it’s a feature added to protect some holes from low scores. The New course signature hole is number 7 a blind tee shot makes way for a spectacular view into the green after walking over the hill. A hole that plays left then right before approaching the green from the left. Sunningdale is classy with a very inviting staff. They make you feel welcome with a warm friendly smile. There is a caddy program on site or you have an option for a push cart (5 pounds a round). The course is very walkable and lunch with a pint will be waiting for you at the clubhouse upon your return. A halfway house is located after number 10 which serves the new and old course (has everything you may want or desire/cash only no cards at the halfway house). Caddies are available upon request and a great supply of push carts are available, I never saw a cart during my day. With the overground train only a six minute walk from Sunningdale’s clubhouse, it’s easy to get to from London by rail with no car needed (I recommend the Citymapper app). There is absolutely no reason not to play Sunningdale while visiting London, it’s also worth playing on any long layovers from Heathrow. It’s that good!
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Hcp 3 10 courses played
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15 November
Played this great heathland course in 2008 and what a spectacular test. Every approach shot requires accuracy and greens like carpet. Wonderful soil to hit irons off and a true Masterpiece.
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