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Welcome to Sunningdale Golf Club, host to the 2015 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex. 

For the past twenty seven years, The Senior Open Championship has been played over some of the best courses in the world, including Royal Lytham & St Annes, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Royal Aberdeen, Muirfield, Royal Troon, Sunningdale, Carnoustie, Turnberry, Walton Heath, Royal Birkdale and Royal Porthcawl.

On behalf of the European Senior Tour, The Senior Open Championship, The R&A and the Champions Tour, we trust you will enjoy your visit.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, 22 July 
Official Practice Day 
Gates open to the public at 07:00

Thursday, 23 July 
Championship Round 1 - 144 competitors tee off from 07:00
Gates open to the public at 06:00

Friday, 24 July 
Championship Round 2 - 144 competitors tee off from 07:00
Gates open to the public at 06:00

Saturday, 25 July 

Championship Round 3 - Leading 70 players and those tied for 70th place tee off from approximately 08:15
Gates open to the public at 07:00

Sunday, 26 July 
Championship Round 4 - Leading 70 players (and ties) tee off from approximately 08:15
Gates open to the public at 07:00


TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The Championship is a 72 hole stroke play event with 18 holes being played each day.

The Championship will be played on the Old Course.

A field of 144 competitors are eligible to play in the Championship. The field shall include all exempt and qualified Amateurs.

Players not qualified under any of the exempt categories listed under Section 4 of the Entry Form are required to play an 18-hole stroke play qualifying round on Monday 20 July at Burhill Golf Club, Foxhills Golf Club, Camberley Heath Golf Club & The Berkshire Golf Club.

A minimum of 24 (total) spots will be available. Ties for qualifying and alternate places will be determined by hole-by-hole play-offs. 

The field plays one round on each of the first two days, after which the leading 70 players (and those who tie for the 70th place) will go forward to the third and fourth rounds.

In the event of a tie for the first place there will be a hole-by-hole play-     off.

PRIZE MONEY 

The prize fund is £1.3 Million. The leading Professional aged 60 years or over and completing 72 holes receives The Fred Daly Award (UK£3,000).

PRIZE GIVING 

The Prize Giving will be held on the 18th green upon the conclusion of play (approximately 18:45) on Sunday 26 July. 

PARKING

Public car park is free.  Please follow AA road signs to the Public Car Park.  Please see PARK AND RIDE.

Name

Location

Use

Car Park 1

Club Car Park

Players / Key Officials

Car Park 2

Front of Range

Media / Caddies / Overflow Players

Car Park 3

2nd Half of Range

Club Members / Sponsors / Officials/ SGC Staff

Public Car Park

Broomhall Farm

Public Car Park

TV

2nd Fairway New Course

TV Personnel

Deliveries must go to the top of practice ground (this will be sign posted by the AA from Monday 5th July

Disabled car parking must be applied for directly.  

Please contact:
Rashid Mumtaz
Tel: 01344 840 477
Email: rmumtaz@europeantour.com.  

The disabled car park will be located front of Car Park 2. BLUE BADGE HOLDERS 

TRAVELLING TO THE TOURNAMENT
Sunningdale is approximately 30 miles (45km) west of central London and 10 miles (15km) south west of Heathrow.

Driving From London:
1. Turn right onto London St/B375, Continue to follow B375
2. Turn left onto St Ann's Rd/B375 
3. Slight left onto Staines Rd/A320 
4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Thorpe Rd/B388
5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Green Road
6. Continue to follow B389

SPECTATORS ARE REMINDED TO FOLLOW THE “AA” EVENT SIGNAGE WHICH WILL BE IN PLACE DIRECTING THEM TO THE OFF-SITE CAR PARK FOR ONWARD TRAVEL TO THE EVENT.

PARK AND RIDE
FREE PARK AND RIDE FOR ALL PUBLIC
SPECTATORS ATTENDING THE EVENT
All Public Ticket holders (INCLUDING ADVANCE TICKET HOLDERS) will be directed to a Park and Ride site.

SUNNINGDALE Park and Ride: Located at Broomhall Farm, Sunningdale SL5 0HD.

PLEASE ONLY FOLLOW YOUR SAT NAV SYSTEMS UNTIL YOU PICK UP THE “AA” EVENT SIGNAGE, WHEN WE WOULD ASK YOU TO PLEASE FOLLOW THE YELLOW AA SIGNS TO THE PARK AND RIDE SITE.

ALL CAR PARKING IS FREE AND THERE IS A FREE BUS SHUTTLE FROM THE PARK AND RIDE SITE TO SUNNINGDALE GOLF CLUB.

The Park and Ride Car Parks will open from TBC on Tournament Days and from TBC on Practice Days.

Shuttle Bus Hours of Operation
Wednesday 22 July TBC hrs – TBC hrs
Thursday 23 July TBC hrs – TBC hrs
Friday 24 July TBC hrs – TBC hrs
Saturday 25 July TBC hrs – TBC hrs
Sunday 26th July TBC hrs – TBC hrs

The bus shuttle service will run continuously throughout the day.

To return to your Park & Ride site, make your way back through the Championship Village and collect the free bus from the drop off/ Collection point at the front of the car park.

EVENT ACCESIBITLITY
Event Mobility provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs at events nationwide for use by the disabled, elderly and mobility impaired. The Event Mobility Trailer & Tent will be located at the entrance gate. The electric scooters and manual wheelchairs are Free to hire, however, a donation to the Event Mobility Charity is expected to be made. Contact Number: 01386 725391

Event Mobility are located at the front of the Public Car Park.
There is designated parking for Blue Badge Holders at the front of the Public Car Park near to Event Mobility.
www.eventmobility.org.uk

TRAIN 
For all journeys your destination station is SUNNINGDALE. Less than half a mile from Sunningdale Golf Club and is approx. a 5 minute walk.

A free dedicated shuttle service is operated to ferry spectators arriving by train at Sunningdale train station to and from the event. Passengers are set down and picked up at the end of play at the drop off point next to the Championship Village.

Sunningdale Train Station can be accessed easily from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Woking, Weybridge and many other stations.
For more details on services and timings please visit www.thetrainline.com

TAXI
Pick-up and Drop-off will be at the Bus Park & Ride Collection Point. 

The following Taxi companies service the area:

Ascot Cars Tel:  01344 297297
Gemini Cars (Egham) Tel:  01784 471111
Windsor Cars Tel:  01753 677677

BY PLANE
Driving from the Airport to Sunningdale Golf Club
London Heathrow Airport - 9.3 miles - 30 min via A30/M25
London Gatwick Airport - 37.6 miles - 60 min via M25/M23
London Standsted Airport - 90.6 miles -1 h 50 min via M25/M4/A406/M11 

Times are approximate and dependant on traffic.  Please allow plenty of time when travelling to and from the Airport as the roads will be busier than normal due to Tournament traffic.

BICYCLES
Bicycle parking will be available at the front of the Public Car Park.  Please provide your own lock.

COURSE
Spectators can move freely around the golf course but please stay outside the ropes. Controlled crossing points, which are clearly marked, should be used when crossing fairways.

EXHIBITORS 
There will be a number of outlets located in the Tented Village: 

Official Merchandise (by Level 4)

Exhibition Times

Open

Close

Wednesday 22 July

(Practice Day)

09.00

17.00

Thurs 23  and Fri 24 July

 09.00

19.30

Sat 25 and Sun 26 July

09.00

18.30

PUBLIC CRÈCHE 
There will not be a crèche at this event.

BANKING
There are no banking facilities on site.  The nearest cashpoint is located in Sunningdale High Street.

PUBLIC CATERING
- 14th Tee Catering area
- 10th Green 
- Tented Village 

There is Public catering located within the Tented Village and will serve a variety of food and drink. 

SEATING AREAS
There are seating areas located in the Championship Village surrounding the Theatre of Food.  

THE BISTRO PACKAGE
There will be a bistro package available, details will be uploaded in due course.

LEADER BOARDS
Leader boards will be located in the following areas:
4th Green, 7th Green, 10th Green, 12th Green, 13th Green, 14th Green, 15th Green, 16th Green, 17th Green, 18th Green and a Hole by Hole Leader Board in the Tented Village.
 
GRANDSTANDS
Free Spectator grandstands are available in the following locations:
- 1 Tee
- 5th, 13th,16th and 18th Greens  
Course grandstand seating is free and available to the public on a first come first served basis. NO ALCOHOL OR SMOKING in the grandstands is permitted and spectators are kindly asked not to stand up on the stands during play.
A dedicated wheelchair viewing area will once again be provided on the18th green.

COURSE SHUTTLE
There will not be a public shuttle service around the course.

TELEVISION TIMES 
SKY Sports (Local Time): 
Thursday 23 July 11:30-14:30; 16:00-19:00
Friday 24 July 11:30-14:30; 16:00-19:00
Saturday 25 July 14:00-19:00
Sunday 26 July 14:00-19:00

World Feed (Local Time): TBA
Thursday 23 Friday,
Friday 24 July
Saturday 25 July
Sunday 26 July

TOILETS
Public facilities will be available in the Tented Village and at Catering locations on site. 
- 14th Tee Catering area
- 10th Green 
- Tented Village 

TICKET PURCHASING

  Pre-Event  On the Gate 
 Practice Day - Wednesday 22nd July £12  £15
 Any One Day - Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 £25 £30 
 Season Ticket - Wednesday 22nd - Sunday 26th July £70 £80 

Junior Admission: Under 16's are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult on all days. 

Please purchase your tickets through official website www.senioropengolf.com
or contact our ticket hotline on 0800 023 2557

TICKET COLLECTION / WILL CALL
There will be a ticket office located at the Shuttle Bus drop off/pick up location.
A form of ID will be required when collecting tickets.

TICKET CHECK
All tickets will be checked on entering the Tournament Gate. Please ensure you have your tickets ready to be checked.

PROGRAMMES
Programmes will be available for spectators to purchase. The cost of a programme including free drawsheet is £5.00.  
The daily draw sheet can also be purchased on its own for £1.00.

MARSHALS
The Senior Open Marshals are managed by Graham Wallage Chief Marshal. The Marshals are extremely influential in helping to ensure that play runs smoothly. The purpose of a marshal is to ensure that the competitors are able to compete under the best conditions. Many of the marshals have volunteered at a number of other golf events across the country and have a good understanding of the appropriate golfing etiquette.

LOST PROPERTY 
Lost property that has been found on-course or in the tented village will be handed in to the Championship Office at the end of each day. The Championship Office is located within the Tented Village located near the Information tent.

LEFT LUGGAGE
There will not be a left luggage facility at this tournament.

EVACUATION PROCEDURE
If it is necessary to evacuate the site, please follow the instructions of the course marshals, volunteers and event officials in an orderly fashion.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY FOR SPECTATORS 
Observe the leaderboards and big screens throughout the golf course for signs that will appear prior to inclement weather moving into the area. When this sign appears, Marshals will be instructed to start clearing grandstands and spectators are advised to take precautions PRIOR to play being suspended. If the siren sounds, seek shelter immediately. 
AVOID THE FOLLOWING: 
• Open areas • Hilltops / high places • Isolated trees • Golf carts • Wire fences

FIRST AID
First Aid support will be on-site at the Senior Open Championship and located in the Tented Village or please ask a Marshal or Championship Official.
The nearest hospital is Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot.

EVENT ACCESIBITLITY 
Event Mobility provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs at events nationwide for use by the disabled, elderly and mobility impaired. The Event Mobility Trailer & Tent will be located at the entrance gate. The electric scooters and manual wheelchairs are Free to hire, however, a donation to the Event Mobility Charity is expected to be made. Contact Number: 01386 725391
Event Mobility are located at the front of the Public Car Park.
There is designated parking for Blue Badge Holders at the front of the Public Car Park near to Event Mobility.
http://www.eventmobility.org.uk/ 

MOBILE PHONE ZONES
Spectators are prohibited from using mobile phones whilst on the golf course. Mobile Phones can only be used in the Tented Village. Mobile Phone Zones will be signposted accordingly. 

Mobile Phone Policy
Mobile devices are permitted but must be on silent.
Calls are only permitted in designated “MOBILE PHONES ZONES”.
Data use is permitted outside these areas but please be respectful to the players and spectators around you.
No video recording permitted at any time.
No photographs permitted during competition round (i.e. after Wednesday)
Violation may result in the confiscation of your mobile device or removal from the tournament.

CAMERAS
Cameras are permitted ONLY on Practice Days – Tuesday and Wednesday 
Cameras are NOT permitted on Match Days – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Although mobile phones are permitted on all five days of the event, the use of the camera facility is as per the above.

PRACTICE GROUND
The practice range is located on the 1st and 18th fairways of The New Course. 

Putting Green
The Practice Putting Green is adjacent to the Clubhouse and 1st Tee.

Chipping Area
Short game area is located behind the back of the practice ground.

PETS
No pets are allowed, with the exception of guide dogs, on the course and we respectfully suggest that you do not leave your pet in the car.

CLOTHING AND WHAT TO WEAR
It would be recommended to wear casual golf wear. The ground is uneven and particularly under wet conditions the ground may become slippery therefore appropriate footwear should be worn to avoid injury.
Blue denim Jeans are not permitted to be worn in the Clubhouse or for guests attending the Hospitality Pavilion

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY AND PROHIBITED ITEMS
All tickets are issued subject to the ground regulations and terms and conditions of the Tournament and the European Tour.

Lost, stolen or damaged tickets cannot be replaced. Tickets are non-refundable including in the event of curtailment or cancellation through adverse weather.

The ticket holder acknowledges the risk of being struck by a golf ball and agrees that they are assuming all risk and danger arising from their attendance at the event. To the extent permissible by law the promoter, venue, European Tour, players, sponsors and their respective employees, servants, agents, independent contractors or representatives will not be liable for any injury, loss or damage suffered by any person entering the venue including liability for any injury, loss or damage caused by the negligence of the promoter or venue, their employees, contractors or agents.

Making or distributing broadcasts, commentary, news reports, data, results or statistics by any means in any format or media including any such by mobile phone or other wireless device is not permitted.

Ticket holders consent to being photographed, filmed and recorded at the Tournament (including by CCTV), and consent to use of any such film, image or recording at the discretion of the promoter and/or European Tour and their licensees and partners without compensation or notice.

No dogs (other than guide dogs) or other animals are permitted on the course.

All promotional, commercial, political, religious or offensive items of whatever nature including, but not limited to clothing, banners, signs, symbols and leaflets are prohibited.

The ticket holder must comply with all relevant statutes, signs, safety announcements, directions of stewards and ground regulations whilst attending the Tournament. Breach of any of these conditions or any unacceptable behaviour likely to cause damage, nuisance or injury shall enable the venue or event management to revoke this ticket and to eject the holder without compensation.

Tickets are non-transferable. Any transfer of this ticket will render it void. The ticket remains the property of the Tournament at all times.

NO Cameras (except on practice days when cameras are allowed) Thursday – Sunday

The use of mobile phones are permitted, restricted to dedicated areas only. Please refer to on-course signage.

COURSE INFO

 
Sunningdale’s Old Course, which opened in 1901, was laid out by Willie Park Jnr. It is pure enchantment that characterizes Sunningdale Old. Virtually every hole is played in splendid – and beautiful – isolation, and in harmony with nature...There is subtlety here, a measure of drama, and a wealth of that one indispensable ingredient, pleasurable excitement......No wonder it may be the most beloved inland course in the British Isles. 

1st hole, 492 yards, par 5
This opening par 5 has been altered recently to encourage the drive to be played to the left of the fairway. The “bumps” in the middle were an iron age burial site.  

2nd hole, 466 yards, par 4
The 2nd tee has been pushed back over the years, and the low handicapper will need to draw his drive. The second shot, holed by Karen Stupples, Ladies Open Champion in 2004 , must be stopped on a green that slopes from front to back.

3rd hole, 292 yards, par 4
Recent bunker changes have greatly improved what had become an over easy drive and pitch. The ease of the approach is affected by the placement of the drive.

4th hole, 157 yards, par 3
A short to mid iron up a hill to an awkwardly sloping green.

5th hole, 407 yards, par 4
A Drive from the high ground with bunkers and a pond to avoid. The pond is more of a hazard for the poorly hit second shot.

6th hole, 386 yards, par 4
The drive is over heather, followed by a challenging second over more heather with bunkers short and right, to a green which slopes severely from the back.

7th hole, 393 yards, par 4
The drive is a blind shot over a large bunker now disused. The major Colt change to the original Park course, altered a dog-leg left second over a now disused bunker to a green now deep in woods, up to its present site much higher and on the right.

8th hole, 168 yards, par 3
Possibly the most severe of the short holes across the side of a right sloping hill to a similarly sloping green, surrounded by bunkers, some quite severe.

9th hole, 267 yards, par 4
This is probably the easiest of the short par four holes, and is viewed by stronger golfers who must wait for the two tier green to clear, as being a virtual par 3.

10th hole, 475 yards, par 4
This hole presents one of the most attractive views on the course. Standing on the tee at the top of the hill, the fairway Is set out before one, with the Half Way House and its friendly reception to await one.

11th hole, 322 yards, par 4
The 11th is widely regarded as one of the classic short par fours. The drive is over a severe bunker, with several more on the right, and with plenty of heather around it must be properly hit to give a chance of birdie.

12th hole, 442 yards, par 4
This is the stroke 1 hole with the drive penalized either side and a difficult second shot to a higher green protected by a mound on the right and a heather and  gorse bank on the left: A challenge for any golfer.

13th hole, 185 yards, par 3
This downhill par 3 is protected by a wide bunker at its front and grassy gullies around the back and sides. A fold in the green often complicates the putting.

14th hole, 503 yards, par 5
The longest hole on the course, the average golfer has to contend with an echelon of cross bunkers after threading his drive between a bunker on the right and rough on the left with barely 20 yards between. There is a hidden bunker to the green’s right.

15th hole, 239 yards, par 3
This hole is A long flat par 3 that many will require a driver to reach. A variety of tees on the left and right provide a variety of approaches for the handicap golfer. The green is bunkered on the left and short right, and a heather bank guards the right.

16th hole, 434 yards, par 4
This hole plays longer than its distance due its uphill second shot with long iron or wood, and many regards it as a par 5 due to the cross bunker short of the well bunkered green. The drive between bunkers must be straight to give a chance of a par.

17th hole, 425 yards, par 4
A downhill drive between a copse on the left and a hidden bunker on the right leave a second shot over a cross-bunker to a right sloping green.

18th hole, 423 yards, par 4
The drive falls away to the bunker on the right, which is a “par killer”.
The second shot is over a cross-bunker to a green partly protected by bunkers provided by the Luftwaffe in 1940, which remained when it was found that they improved the hole.

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Card Of Course

Sunningdale Golf Club (Old Course)


HoleParYardsMetres HoleParYardsMetres
15492450 104475434
24489447 114322294
34318291 124442404
43156143 133185169
54419383 145503460
64433396 153228208
74406371 164434397
83193176 174425388
94273250 184423387
Out3531792907 In3534373141
7066166048


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