A unique competition played since 1934 and open to Professional and Amateur, Men and Ladies. Played under special handicap.
International Final Qualifying (Europe)
Open Championship Final Qualifying has been held at Sunningdale as far back as 1926 and more recently from 2004 – 2014. Played over 36 holes on the Old and New for players on the European Tour wishing to qualify for the Open. Further details can be found at the Open Website.
Senior Open Championship
The Senior Open Championship was played on the Old Course at Sunningdale at the end of July 2015. The strongest field in the history of the event gathered, and was won by Marco Dawson. It was also contested at Sunningdale 6 years earlier in 2009.
Some quotes from the tournaments:
“Some of the American players have not had chance to play courses like Sunningdale before, and I tell them it is how golf should be. It is unique and it brings out the child in you”
“Sunningdale is beautiful,” he said. “It’s absolutely magnificent for the eyes. You see the heather blooming, trees and the rolling hills, the bunkers. It’s really pretty for the eye, and most holes are by themselves. It’s not a golf course where you can see three or four holes all at once. You’re really secluded as you play your own hole.”
“My memories of Sunningdale are all good,”.The Old Course is a truly classical course where you have to drive well to score well. It’s got everything a classic golf course should have.”
“I don’t think there will be many people with more local knowledge than me. I am hoping to put it to good effect. It’s a magnificent course. It is the first time The Senior Open has come inland and to the South of England, rather than links golf, so it will be a different type of Senior Open but it is a beautiful course.”
“Absolutely magnificent. I love playing Sunningdale, he said. It’s one of the smartest moves I think from the R&A’s perspective, for MasterCard, for Sunningdale to bring the tournament here.”
” I’ve had a great time, said the American. “This is really one of my favourite golf clubs in the world. I just think that Sunningdale has that something extra special that most clubs don’t have, starting with the two great golf courses, great clubhouse, great membership, great head professional, good bunch of caddies. Everything you want in a club, it’s here, and I just love being here.”