Regional Qualifying Feature – Burhill Golf Club
As one of the prize features in a portfolio belonging to the ancestors of the great Arthur Guinness, Burhill Golf Club is a host venue for The 147th Open Regional Qualifying on the 25th June 2018.
Along with a grand Georgian mansion, two golf courses sit amongst 1,000 acres on the Burhill Estate in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the newer of which will be hosting the event for the third year in a row.
Designed by the highly regarded architect Simon Gidman, The New Course was opened in 2001 by the owner of the Estate, Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh – a distant ancestor of the founder of the Guinness brewery in Dublin back in the 18th century.
Following his victory over a resurgent Tiger Woods at the Valspar Championship in Tampa, former Burhill junior member, Paul Casey will be hoping to lift the Claret Jug at Carnoustie.
“Paul Casey was a junior member here,” said Golf Services Manager Daniel Dodd. “He is certainly the home-grown success story. His dad Terry is a member at Burhill and is heavily involved with the club, he’s started getting involved with the junior section as well.”
With a rich history of successful golfers, Burhill will be hoping one of their own will have an opportunity to make it to Carnoustie. “We tend to have seven to nine people in there that at some point are linked to Burhill,” Dodd said.
“All the members are knowledgeable and appreciate good golf, they’re proud that their course is used as a qualifier” he added. “I think here the fact is that it’s quite an inclusive day, you’ve got home interests as the members know some of the players who are playing, then you’ve also got the members being heavily involved to help, and then you’ve got all the staff who love it.”
“From our perspective it’s the fact that the whole club gets involved, it shows that we are a club not just a golf facility. Everyone gets involved and works together to create a great day, it’s a community in the club vibe, that day everyone is here for the same reason.”
The club have added a lake on 13th hole but it’s another water hazard on the final hole that provides a tough finish in front of the magnificent clubhouse. Dodd said: “The toughest challenge is the 18th hole, the par three over the River Mole, towards the clubhouse.”
“It’s a very picturesque closing hole and that’s quite a challenge, you play 17 holes and get to the last one and think there’s a nice par three to finish, but you look to the club house and everyone is watching.”