Burhill Golf Club New Course Review

The New Course at Burhill is a superb test of golf and has some of the best greens you'll find

Burhill Golf Club New Course Review

The New Course at Burhill is a superb test of golf and has some of the best greens you'll find

Burhill Golf Club New Course Review

Burhill is one of Surrey's premier golf clubs, featuring two excellent 18-hole courses, vast practice facilities and a beautiful 18th century Georgian Mansion clubhouse.

The Old Course, designed by Willie Park, dates back to 1907 with the New opening for play in 2001.

Whilst the New is only 17 years old, Burhill has had two courses before.

The South Course was given up to be used for arable land during the second world war.

The New Course is now on the land formerly occupied by the South and is a 6,940 yard par-72 layout.

The stunning Georgian Mansion clubhouse

It is a regional Open Qualifying venue and features superb greens built to USGA standard. It has also hosted the EuroPro Tour before as well.

The course is highlighted by the stunning par-3 18th hole playing over the River Mole towards the mansion clubhouse, where on a sunny day you'll have a lot of spectators.

The opening stretch should offer up birdie chances, with two par-5s in the first five holes.

The par-5 second hole plays just 507 yards from the white tees but a ditch at around 280 off the tee will mean longer and medium hitters leave the driver in the bag, especially in warmer conditions.

The 3rd is a short dogleg-right par-4 at just 318 yards although the green is guarded with two large bunkers and a run-off area around the back.

There is also a bunker at around 220 off the tee to avoid.

The 4th is a 180 yard par-3 where anything but a solid long iron shot will leave you struggling for par, although the next is a par-5 measuring just under 500 yards from the whites.

It doglegs left, hugging the out of bounds, with a narrow inroad to the green.

The 6th and 7th are two strong par-4s both at over 425 yards from the whites with a lake to the right of the fairway on the 7th and a ditch to the right of the green.

The 7th hole

Handicap golfers will be relieved to get through these unscathed.

The 8th is a pretty par-3 at 157 yards whilst the front nine's closing hole is a dogleg-left par-4 measuring 368 yards from the whites and featuring no less than seven bunkers.

The 400-yard 10th doglegs right and benefits the longer hitters who can take it over the corner to leave a wedge in, before the 540 yard 11th.

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The 11th poses an tricky question off the tee - do I go right, or do I go left? A bunker splits the two fairways whilst more bunkers await at around 230 - one in the middle of the fairway and one to the left.

Longer hitters will be able to take it over them but anything pushed to the right could require a re-load.

There is then water to the right of the green that will play on your mind if you're going for the green in two.

A strong par-3 follows at the 12th, measuring 190 yards off the whites with just one bunker protecting the green.

Looking back down the 13th

The 13th is a brute at 530 from the whites and 590 from the blacks. It is another par-5 with bunkers in play off the tee and, like the 11th, there is water short and right of the green.

The 350 yard par-4 14th features a tight tee shot with a ditch running down the right and long, whispy rough down the left.

The is another ditch at around 260 yards off the tee. Keep the driver in the bag here and go in with a mid-to-short iron.

15 is another tricky hole at 410 yards with a huge lake short of the green which the fairway winds itself around to the right.

16 is one of the most memorable on the course with two huge trees in the middle of the fairway.

Don't get stuck behind the trees on 16

Do you fly it over them, go under them or simply hit and hope? I went for the latter. Don't open your shoulders up too much as out of bounds awaits down the right.

The 420 yard 17th is a tough par-4 with two bunkers in play off the tee before the stunning par-3 18th back over the Mole.

The New Course is great fun and has a superb set of par-5s, all offering up plenty of risks and rewards.

The closing hole

The greens are as good as anywhere and the condition of the course really is top-notch, from the tees to the fairways and the greens. There's a reason why Open Qualifying and the EuroPro Tour (in the past) have come here.

The par-3s are all testing and there are plenty of water hazards and ditches to keep you on your toes.

If you score well around the New Course, you've earned it.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV