I have played Burhill's New twice now, once in the winter and now in the summer - for very obvious reasons the summer game is the one I'll base everything on. Clubs that have 36 holes are in a great position for their members and visitors alike and the two courses here do offer a very different offering. To put my cards on the table early, I prefer the Old
course by a fair bit as it is the 100+ year old Surrey style of course that is very familiar but the New is worth playing, in-fact the greens on the New, are superior to the Old. The style of this course is modern; USGA greens, bold and decent bunkering, fairly open and similar in style to the London Club
courses and maybe a little bit of The Oxfordshire
too. The first standout hole is the 330 yard 3rd - position is everything from the tee to leave a short manageable shot to a protected green. The 9th is good too - bunkering on the whole hole is perfect; under 400 yards and if you avoid the sand on both shots to the green, then you are doing well. The only real negative I have about any of the holes comes at the 13th; a monster of a par-5 (589 yards at the back) but it is just long, straight and that's about it - this hole is crying out for some shaping; squeeze the fairway from the left-side at about 250 yards and then from the right-side at 150 yards out, then you can create a snake-like hole that would be so much more fun to play, at present it is just two big hits without much trouble and then a short to mid-iron to a big green - add in that this is SI-1, this is going to be a 3 pointer for most! The 15th is a great hole; no bunkers at all but a lake in-play for the big hitters off of the tee and then for all on the approach, makes this a very strong par-4. Any course that ends on a par-3 will always get my full attention as it is not my choice of closing hole, so if it is there it better be good! Worry over, this is a strong hole - between 114-192 yards over water to a green (very tricky) with a severe run-off at the front and the beautiful clubhouse behind. I have enjoyed my rounds on the New but if I only had time to play 18 holes, then the Old is my choice.