Burhill (Old) - Surrey - England

Burhill Golf Club,
Burwood Road,
Walton on Thames,
Surrey,
KT12 4BL,
England


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In 1907 18 holes at Burhill Golf Club were ready for play. This was a huge achievement as Willie Park and his team had designed and built the course in just five months. The club gained enormous publicity as regular visitors included royalty from around the world and a collection of Dukes, Earls and Lords from these shores. Amongst the gentry was Rupert Guinness (2nd Earl of Iveagh) and today the Guinness family are still proud owners of the Burhill estate.

The magnificent Georgian mansion was originally built in 1726 as a private residence and today it’s home to the clubhouse, restaurants and conference rooms. It’s also a very popular wedding reception venue.

The Burhill estate is full of history and in 1940 The Ministry of Aircraft Production took charge of the clubhouse. This is where Barnes Wallis set to work and created his legendary 'Bouncing Bomb'. Today, in and around the clubhouse, there are many references to Wallis and his historic wartime contribution.

Today’s Old course at Burhill can be described as parkland with a sprinkling of heathland for good measure. There is a great variety of mature trees and a heather regeneration programme is now underway. After an average start to the course, the Surrey theme kicks in from the 4th tee and then there’s a string of good honest holes that have a rather familiar feel to them… certainly familiar to those who’ve played other Surrey courses. One of our favourites is the 7th, a nice right to left par four that measures a little less than 400 yards. The lowered green needs careful reading because it possesses some very subtle breaks indeed.

The original bunkering at Burhill is brilliantly strategic and even with the modern game they still seem to be in the right place to capture any wayward shots. The management team are currently assessing the bunkering with plans to enhance the existing traps and add a few subtle new ones. Burhill will not get any easier!

Burhill’s greens are quite beautiful; most are fairly small but in pristine condition with the tricky slopes and undulations a big feature. Take heed of local advice: “they all slope towards the River Mole!”

Special mention goes to Ryder Cup star Paul Casey who joined Burhill in 1992. During his time at the club he became the 1995 Surrey Junior champion and in 1997 the Colts champion. Paul has been added to the honorary life membership list.

Burhill seems to have slipped out of the limelight in recent years and has been overshadowed by many other great courses in Surrey. We tend to agree that Burhill is set just behind some of the Surrey heathland stars, but it’s not that far behind and, with a little TLC, the gap should start to close.

The Old course at Burhill is certainly worth a visit and it makes a pleasant change from the obvious courses in this locale.

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Description: Burhill Golf Club, set in rolling Surrey parkland, was once the home of the Duchess of Wellington and has been restored to its former Georgian splendour. Rating: 4.2666666666667 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Burhill Old is a pretty track, kept in immaculate condition for many months of the year. The strength of both the courses at Burhill is the condition and for that the green keeping staff should be commended. I liken the condition of a course to eating food in a new city - if it's good it can totally transform your opinion of a place, if it's bad you'll never come back!

Some have mentioned it is not a long course but at par 70 this is actually quite deceiving. It's incredibly rare for either of the two par 5's to be hit in two, and two tricky short-ish par 3's also allow length elsewhere. At no stage does the course feel short.

The highlight for me is the downhill par 4 11th. Having played the tough long par-3 10th, you crest the hill and look down on a flowing "S" shaped fairway with beautiful fairway bunkering that tempts you into driving towards the right hand trees. Do this though and you are met with low hanging branches hindering your approach to the green. The hole has a feel of the exceptional 13th at Tandridge when standing on the tee.

My main criticism of Burhill is the first 3 holes which for me just seem out of place. As a visiting golfer you also expect more from SI 1 and the 5th hole does not feel like a challenge to be feared.

All in all I am a little surprised by the ranking here and can't help but feel if Burhill Old was in another county it would probably fair much better. Whilst this review is just for the Old course it has to be said that Burhill do a fine job or presenting two very different courses for those seeking a 36 hole day.

5 / 6
Burhill (Old)
October 05, 2018


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Both courses are Burhill are somewhat overshadowed by their numerous high profile Surrey neighbours, particularly St George's Hill which is only a couple of miles away. Having said that I really enjoyed playing the immaculately presented and challenging Old course which I personally preferred to the New. The combination of high quality sloping greens and Burhill (Old) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerexcellent bunkering make for a good test even though it's not particularly long. Most of the bunkers look fantastic and frame the greens beautifully as well as creating a strategic challenge on the fairways. The par 3's are also good and I loved the two short par 4's which both offer good birdie opportunities. On the pretty dogleg 4th you must position your tee shot well to open up the green, before avoiding the greenside bunkers on your approach and the driveable 12th has an unusual sunken green to negotiate. Beginning at the 15th, the tough finishing stretch is particularly memorable and includes three par 4's measuring well over 400 yards. The new halfway house was having its finishing touches applied during my visit so I didn't get the chance to try it out this time around but it did look very pleasant. The course gets a 4-ball rating from me but falls somewhere between 4 and 5 in reality. Brian W

4 / 6
Burhill (Old)
May 29, 2016


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Played here yesterday 4th July 2011. As with most of the reviews I agree that the Old course was in great condition, the greens are very true with many subtle breaks as previously mentioned, so if your not a two putter then you're going to four putt regularly. Not particularly long overall but an excellent test of accuracy. Agree there isn't a hole that stands out as a signature or one with a true "wow" factor. All the same an enjoyable course to play. Staff were excellent, club house above average with a lovely view from the terrace of what looked like a really tough par three on the new course. Facilities are top notch although the range didn't have nearly enough bays for a large society outing. Would again agree if you're about to pay and play I'd check out Woking, Worplesdon and West Hill in the same area, in that order, lots more heather, be warned. With that in mind recovery shots were not to tricky unless you are really wayward! Put it on your list
4 / 6
Burhill (Old)
July 05, 2011


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I played the old course on the 7th July and the course looked well conditioned and played nicely. I have played both courses a number of times and its always a good game of golf - however in my mind Burhill is overated somewhat and the course is quite easy. The clubhouse is lovely and the welcome and facilities all complement what is a nice course. To my mind however if your paying to play then I would look first to some of the better courses with similar look and feel namely Moor Park, St George's Hill, New Zealand, Woking and Sunningdale.
4 / 6
Burhill (Old)
July 09, 2010


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To start with the practice facilities at Burhill are superb. There is a long-game grass and covered range, a great pitching area, and chipping, putting and bunker areas. The course gets off to a relatively dull but hard start. However, the holes improve markedly throughout the round. The bunkering is excellent. As well as being placed inconveniently wherever your ball goes they are also very pretty. However, the highlight for me were the greens. They were fairly large in comparison to what I am used to. They were also quick, true and rather slopy.I would summarise this course as one which has no ‘WOW’ factor holes. It does, however, have nine very pleasant holes and nine slightly better than average holes. The practice facilities are excellent and the clubhouse is very grand. As well as having an easy to get to location the course does not justify its green fee. It is a nice course but by no means a must-play.(P.S The new course is not as nice as the old course)
4 / 6
Burhill (Old)
June 18, 2010


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The old course and Burhill never lets me down. I have played here several times and it is always a delight. The staff are very good and welcoming. The course is a great mix and has always been in good condition. I can understand the view of being not quite up with Wentworth etc, fair comment but still a nice place to play golf and a great challenge to most level of golfers. Worth a visit.
4 / 6
Burhill (Old)
July 30, 2009


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i have played this course many a time, and it is always a very good course, but never up to any championship standardi always enjoy the oppurtunity to play this course, and it never lets me downgood course!
4 / 6
Burhill (Old)
June 30, 2008


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Wonderfully conditioned Course with some tough long par 4's and excellent par 3's, plays every inch of its 6500 yards from the white tees. I would say its presentation is very near the top of courses I have played in the UK. Magnificent clubhouse with very good service, highly recommended.
6 / 6
Burhill (Old)
May 19, 2008


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From arrival down the sweeping drive to the efficiency of the pro shop through to the convivial atmosphere in the imposing club house, it is clear that Burhill is a class act. I played the Old Course in mid March 2008 from the white tees off a handicap of 16. I thoroughly enjoyed the blend of parkland and heathland course and appreciated its open spaces and gently curving fairways rather than the monotonous pine tree lined avenues prevalent in so many Surrey courses. Much is being invested in the course, new bunkers, reinvigoration of the gorse and this is going to make the course even better in 2008. Particulalry impressive are the 6 holes of 400 plus yards par 4s which require both a good drive and a long iron into the green to make par. At just short of 6,500 yards from the whites, it was an excellent and enjoyable challenge and highly recommended.
5 / 6
Burhill (Old)
March 16, 2008


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A very imposing drive in fails to paint the right picture I'm afraid! Burhill falls some way short of the classic SURREY gems such as Sunningdale, Wentworth, Hankley, 3 Ws, Walton etc. It is very very flat and truth be told quite a boring golf course. Its hard to find some good holes!! 7th, 8th, 17th are good I guess. Not worth the money in my view, charges a lot considering its location but falls a way short.
3 / 6
Burhill (Old)
August 16, 2007


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k parfitt
August 28, 2013
I agree the drive and clubhouse is the most impressive thing about Burhill.I have played this course on an invite yearly and had some decent scores but finally gave it a miss this year and will continue to do so as it fails to get the golf juices flowing.