Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey
The history of Walton Heath is exceptional. The two world class championship courses have hosted nearly ninety significant amateur and professional championships and events, including five European Opens, The Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open Qualifying and most recently the Senior Open Championship . The world’s top players have taken on and enjoyed the challenges of these two outstanding heathland courses for over a century.
The Old Course is a course that favours the lower handicap golfer. Some of the carries across the heather are quite lengthy and if you don't hit the fairways, you can often wave goodbye to your ball. There are some really strong holes on the Old Course - one of the best of the outward nine is the 5th, a cracking 391-yard par four that demands a solid drive that must avoid the thick, tangly heather that frames the fairway. To the right the face of the hill is excavated in a deep and terrible bunker, and a ball ever so slightly sliced will run into that bunker as sure as fate. To the left there is heather extending almost to the edge of the green, and, in avoiding the right-hand bunker, we may very likely die an even more painful death in the heather.
The New Course at Walton Heath shares the same open heathland setting as the Old Course and is a fine Championship layout in its own right. It was designed by Herbert Fowler and opened for play in 1907 as a nine-hole layout. Fowler extended it to 18 holes in 1913. After a gentle start the New Course really starts to show its mettle. The heather comes into play and the holes progressively become more challenging with eight par fours measuring over 400 yards in length.
Old Course (par-72)
New Course (par-72)
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