Sunningdale (New) - Surrey - England

Sunningdale Golf Club,
Ridgemount Road,
Sunningdale,
Berkshire,
SL5 9RR,
England


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  • 0.25 miles from Sunningdale station

  • Contact in advance - Not Fri, Sat, Sun or public hols

Taken together, the New and Old courses at Sunningdale Golf Club represent the finest 36 holes of golf in the whole of the British Isles. The same architect who made modifications to Sunningdale’s Old course, Harry Colt, designed the New course, which opened for play in 1923 to meet the ever-increasing demand for golf.

This is a superb driving course for it is more open than the Old; the trees do not encroach quite so much. Having said this, the New demands long carries from its elevated tees over heathery terrain to narrow fairways. The club has been following a programme of regeneration that has involved the felling of a number of trees, thereby allowing the heather to return. In addition, this has cleared the way for long lost views to reappear across to Chobham Common in the south.

Many people will come to Sunningdale hell-bent on playing the Old course, but if it’s a real athletic challenge you are after, you will get severely tested on the rugged 6,700-yard par 70 New, a tougher, more rounded test of golf than the Old. For many years, Jack Nicklaus held the course record with a 67, which was a testament to the technical test of the New course. However, in June 2009, in Open Championship Final Qualifying, England’s Graeme Storm smashed the course record with an amazing eight-under 62 thereby securing his place in the 2009 Open at Turnberry.

There are many excellent and memorable holes on the New, perhaps not as many as there are on the Old but certainly the 5th is worthy of mention, a charming par three. The views across the treetops to the common beyond are superb.

Sunningdale is located on Surrey and Berkshire’s famous, magical sand-belt, home to so many other fine golf courses. There is no better natural inland golfing terrain anywhere in the world and Sunningdale is blessed with two of the world’s very best heathland courses.

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Description: Taken together, the New and Old courses at Sunningdale Golf Club represent the finest 36 holes of golf in the whole of the British Isles. Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Reviews: 37
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Ian
Played here towards the end of september. Greens weren't as good as had heard about but probably due to the time of year. Lovely set up and the course is extremely good. We played from the white tees and if your driver isn't working then it becomes very greulling. A real tough test of golf, all be it very enjoyable. My favourite was the dogleg par five 6th which is just a stunning hole. I found the front nine more enjoyable than the back nine. A low handicap here is well earned!
October 12, 2007
8 / 10
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Tarby
Stunningdale New! This course together with the outstanding Old must be the best two courses associated with one club in the British Isles. For me the Old just pips this one. Another 'must play' though.
June 24, 2007
10 / 10
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Andy
Probably not quite up there with the Old course at Sunningdale (tough act) but the New stands up on its own and is a real pleasure to play. With the mature trees, the gorse, the heather and the sandy soil – this with the Old makes up arguably the best 36 hole venue in GB&I; difficult to disagree really. There is a run of three holes starting at 4th, that say it all…just a brilliant run, with a par-4, par-3 and a visually stunning par-5…you could play these over and over again, timeless. If you get the chance to play the New course, always say yes.
April 19, 2007
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

I played the course when all the greens had just been hollow tined so I cannot say what the holes are really like to putt onSunningdale (New) - Photo by Jim McCann – though if they are anything like the Old course which I played in the afternoon then they will be top notch.

In places, the New course is at least the equal of the Old next door. The holes just flow one after another with subtle greens constructed to repel all but the most precise approach shot.

The run of holes from the 3rd to the 7th were absolutely wonderful – with my favourite on the whole property, the dog legged 6th hole, a fantastic par five.

Many of the fairways have been opened out to return the course to what it was eighty years ago and the Hawtree design company are involved in major remodelling work at the 18th so Sunningdale cannot be accused of resting on its laurels.

Surprisingly, for such an old, established club, the clubhouse was one of the most informal, relaxed and welcoming that I have come across with staff as attentive as you could ever expect to find. It goes without saying – the ONLY way to do Sunningdale justice is to play all 36 holes then wrestle with your golfing alter ego to determine which is the better of the two.

It might be a close run fight between two coyurses that don’t have such a thing as a weak hole between them.

Jim McCann

March 30, 2007
8 / 10
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John
The New course is perhaps the most underrated layout in the country and it does not get the accolades it deserves. I’ve played here on many occasions and a word about the club itself… stunning. The New is not that new really dating back to the 1920s but its routing is exemplary and bunker placement both cunning and cruel. This is a driver’s course and if you get it away well off the tee, the chances are you’ll score well. The halfway hut serves as a popular and welcome break as it sits between the two layouts. Don’t hang around for too long otherwise your game will go off the boil and you’ll start dropping shots when that sausage roll kicks in! Numerous doglegs make the new course a challenge and it helps if you can shape the ball in both directions unless you are pinpoint accurate off the tee. Sunningdale is a club to which anyone would be proud to be a member. The best 36-hole experience bar non.
October 18, 2006
10 / 10
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Hugh
Sunningdale has style and it doesn't really matter whether you play the Old or the New, they are both first class courses. This is certainly a traditional club but somehow it doesn't have quite the same the pretentiousness as some of the other clubs on the Surrey/Berks heath belt. For me, the New is a far more challenging test and from a value perspective it's certainly cheaper to play here but it's definately not pay and play golf! The New is now a tremendous test of golf, it's a real driver's course. I played both courses in September and I certainly prefer the New, it's a more strategic course. Either way, both Old and New are both superb, but for me, the New just has the edge.
March 14, 2005
8 / 10
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Billy
In many ways I prefer the New to the Old. It's more challenging and plays on higher ground with more elevation changes. Not only that, it's cheaper too!
April 01, 2004
8 / 10
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