Burhill Golf Club is owned by the Guinness family through the Burhill Group Limited and it’s the flagship facility of a burgeoning portfolio that now extends to ten golf complexes. The modern 18-hole New course at Burhill comprises one of twenty-two courses operated by BGL Golf within its collection of golf clubs and golf centres.
Former Hawtree design team member Simon Gidman – who came to prominence in very recent times with his critically acclaimed work at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire – was engaged by Burhill at the end of the 1990s to set out a modern new course as a contrasting, but complementary, 18-hole layout to the classic Willie Park-designed Old course.
The New course, along with the newly renovated clubhouse, opened with rather a fanfare in 2001 and by the end of the decade it had established itself as a preferred annual venue for the PGA Europro Tour, one of four development platforms for professional male golfers that exist one level below the Challenge Tour.
Highlight holes on the New course include short par fours at the 333-yard 3rd, where the fairway doglegs right to the green, and the 343-yard 16th, with water delineating out of bounds down the right hand side. Undoubtedly, the best is kept until the very last at the 192-yard 18th, which calls for a heroic carry across the River Mole to the home green.
Architect Simon Gidman commented as follows:
The New Course was built at the turn of the century to supplement the existing Willie Park-designed Old Course. Before the war, the Burhill Estate had two courses but the South Course was given over to the war effort and farming and it was not until nearly sixty years later that the idea of redesigning a new, more modern golf course evolved.
Many of the holes on the New course play close to, or in the case of the 18th, over the beautiful River Mole and most of the holes are framed by mature woodland or specimen trees. The course was built by Abbotts Ltd. and measures 6,957 yards from the Black tees. The course has matured to the point where it is frequently used for Europro Tour events.
Whilst it doesn’t live up to the Old, there is still enjoyment to be had on the new. Green complexes are tricky and some challenging chips and plenty of undulations. We played it the week after Senior Open qualifying and the rough and pin placements were seriously challenging; where I’d shot under handicap on the Old, I was well over on the New and it felt much tighter. Highlight holes would be short par 4 3rd, 4th is a gorgeous par 3, 10th very strategic par 4 and 14th beautiful par 4, couple of good par 5s in there too. Terrace is great and I’ve had really good hospitality and friendly service on both visits.
The New course at Burhill is the lesser of the two courses. The course which was built in the 1990’s is not overly interesting but does has some good holes such as hole 2 the long par 5 with OOB left which catches your eye from the tee and a well designed undulating green means that the player must find the correct level with their approach. The 10th is a decent dogleg left to right par 4 with a well shaped green protected by a bunker that eats into the front right portion. The best hole is probably the last which is set in front of the back drop of the magnificent clubhouse…this mid length par 3 requires the player to carry the river and avoid the huge pine trees to find the green which has a huge false front which catches the miss hit tee shot. The course itself could really do with some TLC as the tees and fairways were in poor shape due to significant play and the lack of rain we have this year. It would also be an improvement if some of the reed beds could be tidied up…holes such as 15 a very nice short par 4 is blighted as you cannot see the green for the reeds!
Not a very good or interesting course at all. It is basically farmyard golf as it feels like your on a field when playing. I wouldn't say that there were any memorable holes at all and they all felt the same, the only good thing about the course is that its normally in good condition but it really is very boring and uninteresting. I think the only reason why it is placed highly in surrey is because as a club it is nice due to the large clubhouse and the old course being quite a nice track. If you want to play here and have a choice between the old or the new, pick the old.