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Last updated: 23 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

Above all, Sunningdale is elegant. It is a terrific test of golf, and couldn’t be more beautifully situated, in the Berkshire/Surrey sand-belt, surrounded by glorious pines and sturdy oak trees. The surfaces here are carpet-like and fast.

But it all comes together in its remarkable elegance, which is perhaps best appreciated on the elevated 10th. All around you is the history of the place: it was here that Bobby Jones shot his ‘incredible and indecent’ 66 in 1926 – before going on to win the Open Championship at Lytham by two shots.

Next to it is the ‘New Course’, which is almost as good; play them together and you’ve played the best 36 holes in England.


Price from: £275
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The course is less than a quarter mile from Sunningdale Station, just off the A30. Men need a maximum handicap of 18 (24 for women) to play; handicap certs must be presented in the pro shop. Guests playing before 11.50am get breakfast as part of their tee time; there is a nice halfway house serving food at the 10th.



When to do it

The course is open throughout the year; it’s best played between April and September when the weather is best. Opt for an early-morning tee time to get out ahead of the crowds.

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