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Sunningdale – Old Course

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Founded: 1901
Designer: Willie Park, Jr.
Championship Length: 6,627 yards
PAR: 70
Type: Heathland
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Sunningdale Old Course was designed by Willie Park Junior and opened in 1900. It was laid out in the last days of the gutty ball, over a mixture of hills, heath and woodland that had hitherto not been considered as suitable for golf course construction. Urns containing fourteen iron-age Skeletons were excavated during its construction. The course was considered extremely long and its popularity owed much to the development of the Haskell ball, initially imported from the United States.

Willie Park’s design was considered revolutionary at the time, and within a few years Harry Colt, the Club Secretary, had modified several holes and drastically altered others. Bernard Darwin in “Golf Courses of the British Isles”, 1910 believed that several of the holes had been greatly improved by the Colt changes.

The Old Course is considered one of the best inland courses in the UK and is regularly found in various “100 top courses” rating lists. Many amateur and professional golfing events have been played here including  the News of the World Professional Match Play Championship, numerous European Open Championships, many Ladies Open Championships, the Walker Cup, and more recently the International Final Qualification for the Open Championship.

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“Couldn’t have asked for a better golf experience overall, and have to add that Phil’s hole-in-one in the wind at Ardglass #2 really put the icing on the cake (at least for him)! Our sincere thanks for your attention to detail in the planning and arrangements for a truly outstanding NI golf experience!”

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