Sunningdale Golf Club New Course

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Sunningdale Golf Club New Course

Berkshire, England

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It is a walking-only course... you won't see any buggies or cart paths!

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Sunningdale Golf Club New was established after the committee of received a letter from the owner of their leasehold, St John's College Cambridge, with the request to build an independent 9 hole course.

In 1911, construction began in earnest on Titlarks Farm on what became known as Sunningdale Heath Golf Club, known colloquially as the 'chauffeurs course'. Just a few years later during WW1, the club ran into financial difficulties and was taken over by the main club with plans to extend it to 18 holes as the New Course.

In 1920, the Green Committee raised the proposal with members and James Braid was invited to advise! However, it was Harry Colt who would submit the plans which were eventually adopted. Construction was complete by summer 1922 and The Sunningdale Golf Club New Course opened for play on November 10, 1923. The total cost for Harry Colt was £8000 plus fees.

The New Course was considered to be more rugged and tree-lined but less bunkered than Sunningdale Old. Fairways were more narrow and lined with heather with classic Colt greens to be found on plateaux.

However, not all were smitten by Colt's layout and in particular holes 6 through 10. By 1934, plans drawn up by Tom Simpson were adopted and approved to replace holes 6, 7, 8 and 10. The Tatler reported on June 27, 1934, that five new holes were to be made and only three were to be left untouched. With the changes complete, the New Course was renamed the Jubilee Course - in honour of King George V's Silver Jubilee.

By 1939, Simpson's changes had fallen out of favour. Tom Simpson and former club captain, John Morrison, were again called in to reassess the situation. Changes were made to the same holes, which have now stood the test of time. After 5 years as the Jubilee Course, the course was renamed as the New Course.

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Berkshire, SL5 9RR, England

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