Sunningdale New course, UK

Sunningdale is located just outside London and has 2 courses in the world top 100. We played both the old course and the new course on the same day.

the course

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The opening hole is pretty tough. It requires a long drive up the left hand side and the ball will feed down the hill. I had 185 to the pin and came up just short by managed to save par.

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Hole 2, Par 3, 156m

Slight uphill par 3 where I missed the green right but got up and down for par.

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3rd green and the well designed bunkers
best par 3 at sunningdale new course
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Hole 5, The best par 3 on the course

A very good looking par 3 where I made my only birdie of the round. Hit a solid 5 iron to almost a gimmie.

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5th green
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Hole 6, Par 5, 466m

A dogleg right Par 5 where I managed to find the green in 2 shots, but was left with below putt. As you can see there is a large slope and I 3 putted.

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6th green
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Hole 7, Par 4, 345m

There is more space than it looks from the tee, especially on the left hand side. However still requires a good shot, but it is relatively short par 4 so you don’t need a driver from the tee. I missed my drive right into the rough and couldn’t reach the green in two, so a bogey.

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Hole 9, Par 4, 421m

A long par 4, but it is downhill and if you hit the fairway you will get some extra meters roll. I just missed the fairway on the right but a good lie, but missed the green and made bogey.

the back nine at sunningdale new course
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Hole 10, Par 3, 190m

A great looking par 3 and it looks shorter than it plays. We both came up short and should have taken a longer iron from the tee. bogey time…

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Approach to 13th

A good long par 5 with a well placed bunker in the middle of the fairway.

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Hole 14, par 3, 174m
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14th green
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Hole 15, Par 4, 394m

A slight dogleg right where you hit across the fairway and need to decide how much to take on. There is lake on the right hand side as well. I hit a good drive, but into the sand on my second shot resulting in a bogey.

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Hole 16, Par 4, 361m
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Hole 18, par 4, 428m

A short par 5 where you really need to hit the fairway. The tree on the right hand side is well placed and is where I ended up. I played my second down the 1st fairway and unfortunately missed my approach shot and a finishing bogey as a result.

my experience

I shot 80 which was a reasonable good score for me. The course is really nice and challenging. A good warm up before heading out to the old course.

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