S(T)UNNINGDALE – Wow!

Stunningdale!

This iconic English venue ticks all the boxes and the historic venue boasts traditional values but also offers the stern test that top golf courses offer!

A touch of class from start to finish, from booking the date in October 2016 to finally hosting the eagerly awaited event for 48 golfers, all hungry for that Bucket List experience.

“Sensational”

“Exceptional – Value for money”

“Wow”

“Peter, thanks for a great day at Sunningdale, what a great event”

“Brilliant just brilliant”

There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe a day which exceeded all expectations.

The journey down the night before for our stay at the Royal Standard Guest House in Virginia Water just a 7 Iron away from the entrance of Wentworth GC was a long but clear one and we where ready for the 6am alarm and excited to get going.

Clear blue skies………… In Dreamland!

Pulling back the curtains and looking outsides is EVERY golfers 1st thing to do in the morning on game day, any weather forecasts are instantly scrapped and the “seeing is believing” is the only forecast worth looking at.

As the birds tweeted, along with avid twitter followers excited about the day ahead, changed and ready to go, we made the short journey from Virginia Water to Sunningdale.

Clubhouse was opening at 07:30 for the players but we were ushered in through the back door and through the kitchen into our home for the day “The Critchley Room” named after the European Tour Commenter, Bruce Critchley’s mother Diana who had an extremely successful amateur career and going on to later Captain the Ladies Curtis Cup team.

By 07:30 the players were bustling in through the door taking photos as the well schooled staff and greens team welcomed the players for Breakfast and to there Masterpiece.

1st Tee Time………

The “New Course” although over 85 years Old was the 1st course as Paul Mullen, Mike Newman, Martin Humphries and Iain Hayes got the proceedings underway at 08:12 after a short tutorial from our fantastic starter for the day.

Smiles were from ear to ear as the players looked forward to playing but only after sampling the breakfast barms, croissants, cakes and cereals on offer beforehand.

On to the courses and the golf…….

Both courses offer a sensational layout and it was split down the middle with the preference of course being split 50/50.

Harry Colt’s masterpiece winds through the Berkshire Countryside offering stunning hole after hole, there are many highlights but looking back up the 10th fairway from the halfway house is a cracker.

With heather in abundance and some long carries from the tees it is quiet clear from the outset that accuracy is key from the outset but after struggling early on David Oldham who now resides on the Isle of Wight having been a regular on the tour found his form from the 7th on the New Course and later went on in the afternoon to card a stunning 39 points and the “only” player to break par in the afternoon on the Old Course, seen as the championship venue here at Sunningdale.

Fulford Heath member Rob Aston (10) was the player top of the tree after round one on the New Course, with some solid golf just pipping Hindley Hall Golf Club member Tony O’Brien (5) by one shot. Scarborough Golfer Peter Wilson was back on the tour and the left hander produced some fine golf and post 37 points but lied 3 back after a hard fought back nine.

All was set up for a great afternoon and Charles Burke of Huddersfield (Fixby Hall) GC tried his best to compete with David Oldham 39 points but found happiness with his 36 points, and eventually securing 2nd place but as Rob Aston faltered and Peter Wilson couldn’t quiet match his morning’s birdie blitz it was left in Tony O’Brien’s hands, but as blurred vision caused a wayward drive on the 12th, which playing partner Paul Aspey said was from the size of his hooter rather than a medical condition, but he was composed again by the picturesque 13th were a crisply struck iron was finished off by a solid 10 foot birdie putt, but as the wheels were turning nicely a duo of blobs followed but 34 points where enough for a -1 finish and enough for the spoils to join the many who have lifted trophies at this stunning golfing venue.

Celebrity Spotting and value for money…….. 

Sam Torrance was mingling through the day along with Former Australian Rugby Union Record Holder Michael Lynagh, but it was the value for money which had today’s players the most excited.

£299 per person included, breakfast, 2 rounds at Sunningdale GC along with a stunning 3 course carvary and afternoon tea – with complimentary food & drinks in the halfway house too. If booking this package at the club alone it would fetch £500 plus as each Green Fee would command a £240 during March to October each year.

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TWO’s Club

AM – New Course – 44 entries – 8 Two’s = £13.75 each

PM – Old Course – 44 entries – 8 Two’s = £13.75 each

*These have now been added to your Finch Golf Tour Account

Winners Club

Best Am Score – Rob Aston

Best Pm Score – David Oldham

36 Hole Championship

1st Place – Tony O’Brien

2nd Place – Charles Burke

3rd Place – Peter Wilson

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