I grew up playing Woodhall Spa, and yet am lucky enough to play Sunningdale a lot. I love the Old for its beauty, variety and subtlety, and yet, if forced to choose, might just prefer the New. This is the most complete test of golf inland that I have seen. Holes like 4, with its fearsome second shot, 5, perhaps the best par 3 on the property, 8 and 9 with second shots threatened by disaster on every side, and the marvellously intimidating tee shot at 15 will live long in any memory. Many is the time I have been at or close to par for the first 7, and run up a huge score! If one nitpicks, I am off 8,and this is almost too hard for me. I worry how much enjoyment a midteens handicapper can get here, so hard is it. That said, views, conditioning and design to die for for anyone who loves golf.
Date: November 22, 2014