Burhill

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Many clubs in the stock­bro­ker belt to the west of Lon­don are blessed with im­pres­sive club­houses, but the grand white 18th-cen­tury man­sion at Burhill Golf Club just off the A3 is ar­guably most im­pres­sive of all.

Both club and es­tate are rich in his­tory, with Burhill com­ing into ex­is­tence in 1907 when a group of lo­cal busi­ness­men leased the man­sion and suf­fi­cient land for two golf cour­ses from the Guin­ness fam­ily.

Those who last played here more than 15 years ago may query the ‘two golf cour­ses’ el­e­ment of that pre­vi­ous The 18th hole on Burhill’s New course sen­tence, as the New course only opened in 2001. But un­til the sec­ond world war, Burhill also had a South course, with the land given up for arable use to help the war ef­fort.

The Old course was cre­ated by two-time Open Cham­pion, Wil­lie Park Jr, and of­fers an ex­tremely en­joy­able mid-length stroll through the leafy Sur­rey coun­try­side. Park, it would seem, had a slightly mis­chievous mind when it came to putting. When the greens on the Old are at peak sum­mer pace, you can face some very test­ing putts, es­pe­cially on the 4th, 6th and 7th.

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