SJA offers chance of first-class course at Golf Day

Burhill Golf Club: rated one of the best courses in Britain, and SJA members have an opportunity to play there next month
Burhill Golf Club: rated one of the best courses in Britain, and SJA members have an opportunity to play there next month

The SJA’s Spring Golf Day will be staged on the Old Course at Burhill Golf Club, near Walton-on-Thames, on Monday, April 11.

Amid the Georgian splendour of its mansion house clubhouse, you’ll enjoy bacon rolls and tea or coffee on arrival, with three balls starting to tee-off around 10.30am, and then be able to compare your hard-luck stories of the day over a two-course lunch with friends and colleagues, and all for £60 for SJA members, a discount on society rates (£70 for guests).

Burhill GC’s Old Course is rated among the top 100 in Britain, while the club has also been selected to stage one of the regional qualifiers for this year’s Open Championship. So the SJA’s Spring Golf Day represents a terrific opportunity to play in tremendous conditions.

With our autumn golf day slated for its traditional venue of Muswell Hill GC, this is our annual venture south of the Thames, and Burhill is handily placed for access from around the Home Counties via the M25. Our slightly later tee times this year, we hope, will encourage more of our golfers to join us for an enjoyable social occasion.

If you are not a member of the SJA, but play a little golf and are interested in meeting us, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Association.

And for long-standing SJA members, the day represents an excellent opportunity to network with old friends and new colleagues.

Book yourself a place, and bring along a friend. All ages and abilities will be welcomed.

Don’t worry too much about your standard of golf  – with golf among the sports at the Rio Olympics, the SJA’s golfers will happily demonstrate that taking part is far more important than winning.

There will be prizes – for longest drive, nearest the pin, worst taste in golfing clothes, that sort of thing.

Burhill Golf Club describes the Old Course as, “Nestled in leafy parkland on the outskirts of Walton on Thames…At 6,479 yards, this par 70 is not long, but is a great challenge, whatever your handicap.

“A well thought-out game is required to beat the course, particularly the par 4, 4th hole, where a poorly placed drive leaves no shot to the green, and the par 5, 14th, where accuracy from the tee is paramount. The Old Course has some of the trickiest greens in Surrey. With many hidden slopes and undulations.

“Mature tree-lined fairways together with some typical Surrey heather, ensure a premium on accuracy from the tee. Between the 14th and 15th fairways lies ‘Dick Turpin’s Cottage’. This cottage was previously an alehouse, and some say it was used as a hideout by the highwayman. The ‘Kings House’ sits to the right of the 10th hole. This building was presented to King George V in 1935 and was later occupied by Lord Trenchard.”

To book your place, as a member, a guest or as a lunch attendee, please email Nick Cherrie at, writing “SJA Golf Day” in the subject field.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-reserved basis – so book yourself in straight away to avoid disappointment.

As well as your name and SJA membership number, please provide details of any special dietary requirements, and your golf handicap (if you don’t have one, just state so).

If you book and do not show, you will be expected to pay.