I was lucky enough to be invited to Sunningdale by a friend’s father and it really is the most magnificent club. From the signature 10th to the changing rooms in the palatial clubhouse, the place just oozes class and quality. Sitting in the members lounge taking in all the history and the aura of the place (with Sam Torrance and John King on the table next door) it was very easy to forget I was there to play golf!
On the old this time, we perhaps didnt get to see the course in all its glory given we were playing in mid winter, but the quality of the holes - in terms of all routing, condition, layout and aesthetics - was obvious throughout, with 2, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 12 all absolutely belting examples of heathland golf. The old is apparently very different to the new - shorter, more strategic and more closed, as well as quirkier - which wasnt completely to my taste, but it impossible for any serious golfer not to be bowled over by it.
Now just waiting for the invite to come back and play the new in summer !
Date: March 02, 2018