Review by thegolfpilgrim of Sunningdale Golf Club

General impression10
Sunningdale Golf Club Old Course10
Sunningdale Golf Club New Course9.5
Course maintenance10
Facilities9.0
Clubhouse9.5
Value for money7.5
Hospitality9.5
Surroundings9.5
Restaurant9.0
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9.7
About the review
Written on: 17 October 2022Played on: 15 July 2022Handicap while playing: 12.3
thegolfpilgrim review

Is there a better venue than Sunningdale to play golf anywhere in the world? If so, I would love to play there. We had the very good fortune to play 36 holes on the Old and New at the height of summer. There is a sense of place as soon as you arrive. And even though the tourist bus was parked up, the course was not as overwhelmed by visitors as might be seen in Ireland or Scotland. Sunningdale is far from brash but still has an impressive pro shop and a top-quality menu in its gorgeous clubhouse where celebrities will almost certainly be spotted (at lunch, former snooker champion Stephen Hendry and cricketing giant Ian Botham were on adjacent tables). And the courses certainly meet the hype. The Old is the finest inland track I have played - wonderfully picturesque, superbly maintained and without a weak hole. My favourite was the fifth - a sublime downhill par-four which demands a tee shot over heather and an approach past a large pond. However, it is so difficult to choose because each one has challenges (usually heather, sand or water or possibly all three) but also potential rewards because they are not as long as one might expect. Comparing the New after playing the Old is the equivalent of going to a Rolling Stones gig when they were at their peak an hour after watching The Beatles when they were at theirs. I would always plump for the Fab Four in that battle of the bands but still love Mick, Keith, Charlie and co. We were intrigued to know if the same team worked on both courses because there were rougher edges to the New with fairways not as meticulously manicured and greens not quite as true. Perhaps they are deliberately going for a more natural look. Regardless, it is also deservedly rated among the top 50 tracks on earth. As we neared the end of our day, the heat was beginning to take its toll on our ageing bodies but put simply, this was the most spectacular day of golf I have ever experienced.

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Helpful?
thegolfpilgrim
thegolfpilgrim
6938 points
Gold
417 / 133,248
worldwide
4 / 4,746
United Kingdom
Total number of reviews:
45
Average review score:
8.7
Total number of photos added:
470
Handicap:
11.8
Member since:
29 September 2022
Golf gear:
Callaway irons, Ping driver
9.7
About the review
Written on: 17 October 2022Played on: 15 July 2022Handicap while playing: 12.3
General impression10
Sunningdale Golf Club Old Course10
Sunningdale Golf Club New Course9.5
Course maintenance10
Facilities9.0
Clubhouse9.5
Value for money7.5
Hospitality9.5
Surroundings9.5
Restaurant9.0
thegolfpilgrim review

Is there a better venue than Sunningdale to play golf anywhere in the world? If so, I would love to play there. We had the very good fortune to play 36 holes on the Old and New at the height of summer. There is a sense of place as soon as you arrive. And even though the tourist bus was parked up, the course was not as overwhelmed by visitors as might be seen in Ireland or Scotland. Sunningdale is far from brash but still has an impressive pro shop and a top-quality menu in its gorgeous clubhouse where celebrities will almost certainly be spotted (at lunch, former snooker champion Stephen Hendry and cricketing giant Ian Botham were on adjacent tables). And the courses certainly meet the hype. The Old is the finest inland track I have played - wonderfully picturesque, superbly maintained and without a weak hole. My favourite was the fifth - a sublime downhill par-four which demands a tee shot over heather and an approach past a large pond. However, it is so difficult to choose because each one has challenges (usually heather, sand or water or possibly all three) but also potential rewards because they are not as long as one might expect. Comparing the New after playing the Old is the equivalent of going to a Rolling Stones gig when they were at their peak an hour after watching The Beatles when they were at theirs. I would always plump for the Fab Four in that battle of the bands but still love Mick, Keith, Charlie and co. We were intrigued to know if the same team worked on both courses because there were rougher edges to the New with fairways not as meticulously manicured and greens not quite as true. Perhaps they are deliberately going for a more natural look. Regardless, it is also deservedly rated among the top 50 tracks on earth. As we neared the end of our day, the heat was beginning to take its toll on our ageing bodies but put simply, this was the most spectacular day of golf I have ever experienced.

clubs_1
clubs_1
clubs_1
clubs_1
10
Helpful?
thegolfpilgrim
thegolfpilgrim
6938 points
Gold
417 / 133,248
worldwide
4 / 4,746
United Kingdom
Total number of reviews:
45
Average review score:
8.7
Total number of photos added:
470
Handicap:
11.8
Member since:
29 September 2022
Golf gear:
Callaway irons, Ping driver
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