20 Sunningdale Old

Architect: Park Jr
Stats: 6,308 yds, par 70, SSS 70
GF: £115-£190
Visitor information: Visitors permitted Mondays to Thursdays
W: sunningdale-golfclub.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 22 (Up 2)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: Numerous bunker renovations including complete renovation of those on 16, plus drainage and ditch work around and across fairway. Fitting of lightening protection system to Sunningdale’s iconic oak tree
Clubhouse: None  

The Old Course is one of the UK’s best-loved inland layouts. A Willie Park Jr design tweaked by Harry Colt, it’s set over a majestic swathe of heathland with holes sweeping past pines, heather and gorse to sprawling, sloping greens. Lurking among a strong cast of par 4s are three short ones – the 3rd, 9th and 11th that might just tempt you some days.

Panellists’ comments: “The ambience at Sunningdale is the best of any course in the UK”; “Exceptionally well presented”

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