Sunningdale – Old Course, UK

The old course is ranked higher than the new course on the world top 100 and after playing the new in the morning we were looking forward to the Old Course.

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good short game area
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view back at the clubhouse from the 1st tee
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Hole 1, par 5, 449m

A slight dogleg right opening par 5. It is an easy opening hole and even though I missed my drive into the left hand rough I almost reached the green in two.

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first green with beautiful bushes and trees
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Hole 3, Par 4, 292m

A short par 4 where I played a hybrid from tee, but made bogey due to a poor approach shot.

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Hole 4, Par 3, 143m

A slight uphill par 3 which I hit in regulation but 3 putted for bogey.

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Hole 5, Par 4, 383m

A really well designed hole with the water and bunkers in play from the tee. You stand a bit elevated and I decided to go for the driver down the left hand side. Hit a solid drive but a poor approach again resulting in bogey.

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5th green
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Hole 6, par 4, 395m

An uphill par 4 where I hit my drive straight into the trees and made double bogey. It is a really good looking hole.

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Tee shot on 7th.

Completely blind tee shot on 7th where I my driver. Even though I hit the fairway it is too risky as you can go long into the trees and not an approach shot for the green. I will definitely be taking a shorter club next time. Made a nice par.

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approach to 7th
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Hole 8, Par 3, 176m

Uphill par 3 where I hit my 6 iron into the right hand bunker. The bunker was extremely hard and literally no sand. Hit a poor shot and made double bogey.

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One of the houses you can see from the course. hole 8
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Hole 9, Par 4, 249m

I decided to go for the green and reached it on my drive. 3 putted which was really annoying after a decent drive.

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9th green
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Hole 10, Par 4, 434m

A fantastic par 4 with the halfway behind the green. We had a bit of wind against and both hit perfect drives down the middle and had a rescue club left to the green and made par. A really good hole that requires solid shots to make par.

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Approach to 12th hole
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Hole 13, Par 3, 169m
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Approach to 16th with the beautiful bunkers influencing your mind. They are placed well short of the green but looks to be closer and distract you.
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17th dogleg right par 4
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17th green with the clubhouse in the back
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Hole 18, Par 4, 389m

A good finishing par 4 uphill where I hit a good drive in the fairway.

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18th green

The Old Course is a fantastic golf course and was perfectly conditioned and maintained when we visited. It is a good test of golf and has some long par 4s that requires good shots to score well. I understand why both courses are ranked amongst the top 100 and you experience why the Old Course has been there for more than 100 years on a great piece of land for golf course design.

I shot 85 which wasnt satisfying, as I felt it could have been better and too many loose shots and missed GIR out there. I will certainly be back one day to play both courses again.

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