My Daily Journal from England - Day 1

To Heath and Links Study Tour is now underway in England.  Today found us all arriving to London, getting our bearings and making a refreshing and insightful tour of Sunningdale Golf Club and their noted “Lost Holes” by Harry Colt on the New Course.  Without getting into complicated details, a number of holes were repositioned circa 1934 in order to take advantage of newly available land and less severe terrain.  It seems the club is interested at very least in gradually uncovering the lost holes in some way… whether to play them, study them or utilize them in some historical way.  But in touring the former alignments, what we could see was a dramatic arrangement of holes, five of them, including holes #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10 on the New.  A broad, downhill sweeping tee shot with a difficult uphill approach was once the 7th.

Lost Hole #7 on the New

The photo of the par-three 10th reveals that a much more suitable angle of approach once existed… seemingly far better than the more difficult alignment today (from the right side).

A view from Himalayan - the 10th hole on Sunningdale’s Old Course

Lost tee position (atop the hill) on #10 on the New

Our brief introduction to Sunningdale left us all with whetted appetites for golf on Harry Colt’s "New Course” tomorrow… and we hope that rain will keep a distance.  We were treated to a brief presentation in the clubhouse by member and staff experts/historians before heading out on the abbreviated tour.  Sunningdale is a sight to behold… beginning with the clubhouse architecture, the famous tree and the entirety of the panoramic view from the terrace - all revealing of one of the finest heathland courses in the United Kingdom.
We’re all dead tired…it’s been a long day.  I’ll check in again following our round tomorrow.

Iconic clubhouse at Sunningdale

The new course is immense and I have to admit to preferring it to the old as there are lots of amazing holes! Love the closing 6 holes and all the par 3's are excellent
Comment by Mark justice - posted on 09/26/2015 04:33 am

What a gorgeous clubhouse!!! Sorry about the rain.
Comment by Liz Rogers - posted on 09/17/2015 04:50 pm

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