Sunningdale Golf Club New Course Key Information
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|Ridgemount Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire, SL5 9RR
|70 (Men), 75 (Ladies)
|135 (Blues), 133 (Whites), 127 (Yellows), 140 (Reds, Ladies)
|Harry Colt, Tom Simpson
Golf Monthly Verdict
A strong test of heathland golf with immaculate playing surfaces and captivating views. The par-3s are particularly strong and you'll find every element of your game has been examined by the time you get to the end of this Colt and Morrison gem.
REASONS TO PLAY
– One of the great heathland courses
– Striking setting with holes winding between pines and through heathers
– Played together with the Old Course, this is about the best day's golf you will get anywhere in the world
UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 10
Designed by Colt and Morrison, the New at Sunningdale opened for play in 1923 with the layout finalised by 1939. It has stood the test of time, Sunningdale’s New Course is a perfect heathland layout.
The New Course at Sunningdale delivers an exacting examination of the total game. The fairways are fairly generous but stray from the mown surfaces and trouble waits. You’ll generally find your ball, but it will probably require a hack out sideways either from heavy rough or Sunningdale’s notoriously punishing heather.
The greens are fast but receptive, though anything struck poorly or slightly off line will run off the putting surface. If the test had to be summarised in a single sentence it would be: Good shots will be rewarded and poor shots punished: The sign of an excellent layout.
Harry Colt’s legacy is perhaps best evidenced by the five, wonderful par-3s on the course. Each demands a precise tee shot, often to a deceptively narrow landing area. Only one of the five measures over 200 yards. It’s testament to the fact clever design rather than length makes a short hole challenging.
There are some stunning views as you make your way round the New Course. Perhaps the best comes on the 6th tee. From an elevated position you look out over the surrounding countryside before firing down to the fairway below. It’s an inspiring spot.
The clubhouse and facilities are absolutely superb and, a day’s golf here with a round on both the New and Old is tough to beat.
What The Top 100 Panel Said
A memorable layout with changes in elevation on most holes with raised greens/run-offs. The course winds its way through a mix of mature deciduous and coniferous woodland. The views are almost entirely of the course giving a very private feel without ever being claustrophobic.
The course fits beautifully into its surroundings... The challenge is there for every shot – whether it is a tight drive or an approach to a well-guarded green complex. There is also the real possibility of being left with a near impossible shot if you are out of position! The New is the less famous of the two courses at Sunningdale, but in some ways provides a sterner test.
Sunningdale Golf Club New Course Location
Sunningdale Golf Club New Course Green Fees
|11th Apr - 27th Jul
|29th Aug - 26th Oct
|36 holes (one round Old, one round New)
Visit the Sunningdale Golf Club website for more information on booking
Sunningdale Golf Club New Course Scorecard
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A heathland masterpiece at the same club as the New. A joy from start to finish, played across springy turf and rolling terrain. The course delivers a classic test of heathland golf, where placement and strategy must be to the fore. The greens and surrounds are always immaculate.
If you were asked to close your eyes and imagine in your mind a perfect, beautiful, traditional, heathland golf course as it would have been a century ago, this would be exactly it. This is one of Harry Colt’s greatest legacies.
For more great courses near Sunningdale, check out our guide to the best golf courses in Berkshire.
Best Places to Stay Near Sunningdale Golf Club New Courses
Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa - Book now at Booking.com
Styled like a French chateau, this historical manor is 1.5 miles from Ascot Racecourse and just over a mile from Sunningdale GC. It has a relaxing spa with swimming pool and gym, and boasts an AA Rosette-rated restaurant.
Royal Berkshire - Book now at Booking.com
An elegant country house hotel in the Berkshire countryside, just over a mile from Sunningdale GC. The buidling dates from the early 18th century and offers a traditional vibe. They do a famously good breakfast.
Sunningdale New Golf Club Gallery
Tournaments hosted at Sunningdale
- News of the World Matchplay
- The Walker Cup
- The European Open
- The Open Championship Qualifying
- The Women's British Open
- The Senior Open
Sunningdale Golf Club New Course Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I
- 2023/24 - 10
- 2021/22 - 10
- 2019/20 - 9
- 2017/18 - 9
- 2015/16 - 10
- 2013/14 - 10
- 2011/12 - 17
- 2009/10 - 19
Frequently Asked Questions
Can visitors play Sunningdale golf course?
Sunningdale is a private members club but both the Old and New courses are available to play for visitors between Monday to Thursday. Getting a tee time can prove difficult so make sure to book well in advance - email the club for more. You can also book on the Sunningdale website.
What is the green fee at Sunningdale?
Sunningdale has two of the best courses in the UK and the green fees put it up there with the most expensive green fees in the UK, too. A round on either the Old or New courses costs £325 from April to October in 2023, whilst you can play both courses in one day for £550.
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