Courses – New Course
Sunningdale’s New Course was designed by Colt and Morrison and opened in 1923, on heathland including small copses and broom. The first five holes were more or less as now, although the track of the first and eighteenth holes had to be reversed. Colts sixth hole played down the line of today’s ninth hole, though along its left hand ridge to a green over the path down to Valleys End and the Brickmaker’s Arms.
Holes 7-10 were hilly and in today’s woods right of the tenth hole on the Old. The tenth hole was played from the hill above, onto today’s tenth green, and the last eight holes were much the same as current, although the thirteenth was fifty yards longer, and other green locations have been altered.
More land became available in 1934, allowing architect Tom Simpson to scrap the hilly holes and create a clockwise loop, with a 500 yard tenth onto a green on today’s eleventh fairway, and the course was renamed the Jubilee course. This was not popular with members and in 1939 Colt and Morrison were asked to reassess. They reversed the loop, using Simpson’s greens, and built new greens for the thirteenth and eighteenth holes. Their re-design has lasted.
1st hole, 465 yards, par 4
The drive onto a right sloping fairway is followed by a long iron or wood to a narrow green. A straightforward opening to a round.
2nd hole, 171 yards, par 3
The first of an excellent set of five short holes is to a two tiered green where only a perfect tee shot can finish on the upper tier.
3rd hole, 409 yards, par 4
As with other holes on the New, the golfer must decide how much of the right dog leg to cut off, and the choice affects the next shot.
4th hole, 475 yards, par 4
A severe uphill par 4 where length is a real asset. Many will reach the green to see their ball trickle back 15 yards. The green has a bunker on its left and a heathery hollow on the right.
5th hole, 183 yards, par 3
A classic and much photographed Colt short hole, where the penalty for missing the green is swift and sure. Bunkers, heather and slopes abound to protect the green, and only a well struck shot will succeed.
6th hole, 510 yards, par 5
A long and strongly right dog legged hole with downhill drive and uphill second. Water hazards in the angle can present an added problem, as can a deep heather pit to the left of the well bunkered green.
7th hole, 378 yards, par 4
A blind drive where one must avoid fading into a hidden ditch in the heather. The approach to the right bunkered green is affected by a mound to its short left, which must be carried or negotiated.
8th hole, 399 yards, par 4
The drive is uphill over heather and any sort of fade is likely to finish in heather or trees. The second shot must climb a hill to a narrow and elevated green which will reject all but the straightest approach.
9th hole, 461 yards, par 4
A switchback blind drive which, provided it is straight will run 50 yards down the hill to leave a second which demands high or a drawn stroke if it is to avoid sliding off the green to the bunker or worse on the right.
10th hole, 217 yards, par 3
The tee shot must avoid trees tight on the right and clear a cross-bunker defending the green. And then to the Half Way House.
11th hole, 446 yards, par 4
The drive for this dog-legged hole around a wood is dominated by a tree in the angle. The long hitter can carry it but most must cannot. The green is narrow.
12th hole, 396 yards, par 4
Yet again the player must decide how much heather to carry on the left. A sound decision will leave a tight second to a green protected by bunkers and heather.
13th hole, 562 yards, par 5
Colt’s original hole was over 600 yards long, and was driven from a tee above the present 5th tee to a green to the right, and 50 to 60 yards beyond the one now in use. Straight driving is the key to success here.
14th hole, 191 yards, par 3
Yet another outstanding short hole to a two tiered green, with a large left bunker to carry, and every sort of heather and trouble to the sides of the green.
15th hole, 431 yards, par 4
A dog leg to the right around a pond , which can be cleared by the longer hitter. Another narrow green has bunkers on both sides. Heather borders the fairway.
16th hole, 395 yards, par 4
A rare out of bounds challenges the drive on the right, but that avoided, and the cross bunker carried, the second shot faces a bunkered two tier green.
17th hole, 171 yards, par 3
A target green where only a long high shot or a faded mid iron will stay on the green., which falls steeply to the left, with bunkers on the right.
18th hole, 469 yards, par 5
The drive must be straight, with copses left and right, but for the second, the bunkers short of the green make a risk reward evaluation essential.