Walton Heath New is a fine course worthy of its ranking. After a welcomingly gentle introduction for the first three or four holes the course starts to show its teeth. Driving lines are tricky for the first timer with hard summer fairways giving up easy distance but making choice of driving line, and adherence to it, all the more important. Risk and reward options are present throughout, although the first-timer will be best served erring on the side of caution, especially with bunkers that ask strategic questions rather than provide window dressing. Pin placements in the corner of any green make the approach more fraught for those aiming at flags especially on holes such as the 11th with a flag behind its heather-topped bunker combined with the steep bank on its far side. However, no golfer should complain about the quality of the greens when chipping back on or holing out. They are maintained to the same quality as the Old course at Walton Heath: fast, true and for the most part without severe breaks. The green surrounds also offer various challenges and shot choices. The New course also benefits from being slightly further away from the M25 for those who are put off by traffic noise. In summary, a very good course, of comparable quality to Walton Heath old, although less challenging and more fun to play.
Date: August 10, 2011