With two truly majestic golf courses and a rich tradition, Sunningdale is without doubt one of England's most prestigious and revered inland golfing venues.
With a rich tournament history including annually one of the world's premier pairs competition, The Sunningdale Foursomes, a trip to this venue is one all golfers should experience.
Both The Old Course and The New Course are regularly featured amongst The Top 100 Golf Courses in The World and have a rich history, ranging from European Tour events to The Seve Trophy and top-rated amateur events including The Brabazon Trophy and the annual Critchley Salver, for elite amateur lady golfers, and Gerald Micklem Cup, for elite mid-age amateur golfers.
As one of the world's best inland golf courses, a day of golf at Sunningdale is a must visit for any golfer, whether to play this in isolation or to visit as part of a golf tour in Surrey including the likes of Wentworth and Walton Heath.
Sunningdale's Old Course, which was formulated in 1901 by Willie Park Jnr., is a classic parkland layout, where every individual hole is carved through the mature woodland in splendid isolation. The subtlety and intelligence of Park's design results in a fascinating test, demanding true mastery of every facet of the game. Played in surroundings of remarkable beauty, the Old presents one of the most pleasurable golfing experiences to be found anywhere in the country.
Whether it is Bobby Jones' perfect round of 66 in 1926, containing 33 strokes and 33 putts, or more recently Loren "The Boss of the Moss" Roberts' win in the 2009 Senior Open Championship, The Old is a course which has played host to some of the greats of golf and looks set to continue its position amongst the world's best for many years to come. 2015 see the Senior Open Championship return to Sunningdale with the likes of Bernhard Langer, who won the 2014 title at Royal Porthcawl, Sir Nick Faldo, who indecently holds the course record of 62, and Tom Watson all vying for the title.
|Designed by||Willie Park, Jr.|
|Opened for play||1900|
|Previously hosted||Senior Open Championship|
|White||6,329 yards||SSS 70|
|Yellow||6,088 yards||SSS 69|
|Red||5,847 yards||SSS 74|
Sunningdale Old Course is ranked as one of the best courses in England
Sunningdale Golf Club's history is clear to see from its very early days. The club's 1st professional was none other than Jack White who had claimed The Open Championship at Royal St George's in 1904. The club's 1st secretary was a true golfing pioneer. Harry Colt went onto not only design The New Course at Sunningdale in 1923 but also left an indelible mark on the game having designed the likes of Pine Valley, often considered to be the world's best golf course, and Royal Portrush. Sunningdale even received a truly noteworthy quote from renowned golf writer Alistair Tait, saying, "Sunningdale is the quintessential English Club and as close to Augusta National as any club in the British Isles. Golf is the only thing that matters at Sunningdale."
The New Course was unveiled in 1923, and is among the most famed layouts in the portfolio of the esteemed Harry S. Colt. The New has a distinctly different character to its elder sibling, but is by no means inferior. Colt's design is more rugged and masculine, and is a beautiful place to enjoy inland golf.
|Designed by||Harry Colt|
|Opened for play||1923|
|Previously hosted||Sunningdale Foursomes|
|Blue||6,738 yards||SSS 73|
|White||6,444 yards||SSS 72|
|Yellow||6,080 yards||SSS 70|
|Red||5,677 yards||SSS 74|
Measuring just over 6,700 yards with a par of 70, the New offers great variation and places great emphasis on course management to navigate vast expanses of heather and pine which line these fairways.
It is difficult to assert which of the two courses is the better, but the one certainty is that Sunningdale is a golf club of monumental stature.