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: 6.5 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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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.
August 16, 2007
4 / 10
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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.
Andy Skilton
We arranged a charity golf day for 60 players at Burhill GC in late March 2007 around the Old Course and I wouldn’t fault any aspect of the day from start to end. Despite dreadful weather early in the day, including light snow, rain and a severe chill, the club officials managed to get us away on time and the course held up extremely well to the weather and golfers of varying ability. The course is presented in very good condition, as befits a traditional course, with an interesting and testing layout – especially in this, the club’s centenary year. In recognition of this milestone, the club have added additional bunkers and improved existing features around the course in an attempt, I understand, to re-create the feel of the original layout of the course 100 years ago and it has worked very well indeed – one word of warning, however, make sure to invest in a new course guide if you want to ensure you know where all the new bunkers have been added! The course is comparable to other local Surrey parkland courses without any serious hills but rolling fairways and good quality greens; the course is maintained very well and is a joy to play. A word of praise also for the club officials and staff who all went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to help us with all aspects of our day – from early planning ahead, to arrangements on the course and supper in the evening. The best compliment that I can play to Burhill is that a number of our guests, who had come from far and wide, wanted to know how and when they could play the course again!
May 22, 2007
8 / 10
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Tarby
A lovely Surrey course that is pleasing on the eye and in very good condition when I played here this week. Has a feel of Moor Park's High Course. The quality of the greens are without doubt equal to the best I have played on this year. Has a number of fairway bunkers that are very nicely placed to gather up the slightly miscued tee shots, as I found on more than one occasion. You'll get a very warm welcome when here. This is definately worthy of its gem status.
May 05, 2006
8 / 10
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Hugh
Lovely parkland course with some really long and testing par-4s. Apart from the long two-shot holes, the Old is relatively short but nevertheless a good challenge. The clubhouse is an amazing building and it's surely one of Surrey's more friendly clubs too. Has always been in immaculate condition on the occasions I've played here over the years.
February 17, 2006
6 / 10
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Nice clubhouse, good greens (nice and small) for the better Iron players. Both courses are pretty flat and not quite up to the standard of the Surrey heathland courses. I found both courses a slight let down it has to be said. Friendly staff and nice food, but the courses fall some way short of great.
February 01, 2006
4 / 10
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I’ve played the Old course on two separate occasions, both on society days and I’ve always come away impressed and I’ve always had a great time. Each time the course was in superb condition, especially the greens and tees. You need to be accurate to score well and prudent club selection is really important. Not quite up to the standard of some of Surrey’s heathland courses but from a society perspective Burhill represents much better value and the clubhouse and facilities were truly first class. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was great. Nial.
November 10, 2005
6 / 10
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