Burhill Golf Club, Walton-on-Thames, is delighted to announce that its New Course has been chosen to host Regional Qualifying for golf’s most famous event, The Open Championship, starting in 2016.
Playing 6,957 yards to a par of 72, Burhill’s New Course joins a plethora of five-star venues including Frilford Heath, Little Aston, Panmure and Fairhaven as one of 13 Regional Qualifying venues around the United Kingdom and will play host until 2020.
Since opening in 2001, the New Course’s undulating, fast greens, strategic bunkering and meandering water hazards have presented elite players with a stern test in Senior Open Qualifying and on the EuroPro Tour.
With the 2016 qualifier set to be held on June 20th, professionals and amateurs with a handicap of scratch or better will vie to make it through to Final Qualifying, with the ultimate goal of teeing it up at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon in July.
Matthew Hazelden, General Manager at Burhill, who incidentally played in the last Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2004, commented, “It’s a real honour to have been selected as one of the thirteen UK Regional Qualifying venues and speaks volumes about the regard in which Burhill is held among the golf community.
“The New Course will provide a real examination for both professionals and top amateurs alike, and we look forward to showcasing the exceptional facilities on offer here at Burhill,” continued Hazelden.
Established in 1907 and nestled in leafy parkland on the outskirts of Walton on Thames, Burhill has a long-standing reputation as one of the finest golf clubs in Surrey and the south-east. The venue is highlighted by two superb 18-hole golf courses and a Georgian mansion clubhouse which is home to two bars, The Green restaurant and private dining facilities for up to 150 guests.
For more information about Regional Open Qualifying at Burhill, please visit www.theopen.com/Qualification/RegionalQualifying/Burhill