Walton Heath (New) - Surrey - England

Walton Heath Golf Club,
Deans Lane,
Walton on the Hill,
Surrey,
KT20 7TP,
England


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The New course at Walton Heath Golf Club was designed by Herbert Fowler and opened for play in 1907 as a nine-hole layout. Fowler extended it to 18 holes in 1913.

Both courses (Old and New) are intertwined and have a very similar look and feel. The Old is tougher and a marginally better test, although the New is a demanding course with memorable holes of great variety; taking the two courses together can only be described as a real treat.

After a gentle start (the first two holes being pleasant, but straightforward), the New course really starts to show its mettle. The heather comes into play and the holes progressively become more challenging. There are six par fours measuring over 400 yards in length; the stroke index 1 is a massive 469 yards from the white tees.

Finish of the drive. James Braid on his 80th Birthday from James Braid by Bernard DarwinIt would be remiss not to mention James Braid when writing about Walton Heath. Braid loved the Heath; he was the club professional from 1904 to 1950. For much of his life, he lived at Walton on the Hill, close to his beloved golf courses. He proudly called his house Earlsferry after his birthplace in the Kingdom of Fife.

Bernard Darwin wrote the Biography of James Braid and nobody was better qualified to perform this task. After all, Darwin knew him for more than 50 years. In the early 20th century, Walton Heath had a decidedly political atmosphere. Lord Riddle was an authority at Walton Heath and probably introduced Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and Arthur Balfour to the Heath. In Braid’s Biography, Darwin refers to a speech made by Sir Fredrick Hamilton at Braid’s 80th birthday celebration. Hamilton, quoting Winston Churchill, is said to have declared that golf “seemed a good game for conversation”. Braid and Hamilton regarded Churchill as the inventor of “Greensomes”. The actual inventor of greensomes seems a mystery as Darwin commented: “I may add that whoever else did invent it, his name, like that of the last Laird of Ravenswood, is ‘lost for evermo’.”

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Description: Both courses at Walton Heath Golf Club are intertwined and have a very similar look and feel. The Old is tougher, although the New is a demanding course with memorable holes of great variety. Rating: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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Brian Ward
I had the great pleasure of playing Walton Heath New the day after US Open Qualifying last week. The course had endured 12 hours of continuous rain just prior to my tee-time but you would not have known it walking the course. Walton Heath (New) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThe greens were still extremely quick and must have been lightening fast for the Pros the day before. Having acquainted myself with the Old Course three years earlier I found the New to be not quite as tough but equally enjoyable. The course has three gentle Par 4’s, with holes 1 and 4 offering you the chance of a fast start and 17 giving some respite towards the end. This is balanced with a handful of long challenging holes, in particular nos.5, 9, 12 and 14. There are only three Par 3’s but all are attractive and varied in length and character. The ever present heather and well placed bunkers encourage caution from the tee at times and as I found to my cost just hitting the big greens does not guarantee a two putt. I spoke to the Chairman of Greens afterwards and was told that the course continues to move forward with improvements to drainage and heather regeneration. On my last visit the heather was suffering somewhat due a beetle infestation but the problem was swiftly addressed and the improvement is noticeable. Summing up - an attractive and challenging round of golf. Well worth a visit. Brian W
June 07, 2013
8 / 10
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Matthew Adams
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 Walton Heath (New) Golf Course - photo by revieweroptions 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.
August 10, 2011
6 / 10
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Max Monroe
Just as good an experience as playing the other course. Walton Heath is hard to beat, must drive it straight, with some beautiful holes and bunkering. Has a Links feel to it, plays like one when hot and dry.
July 24, 2011
8 / 10
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Simon Glastonbury
I have been waiting to play Walton Heath for some time and finally played the new course on friday. The welcome at the clubhouse was fantastic, all the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. The club house itself was very nice in a traditional golf club way. However, although the condition of the course was very good i was very disappointed with the course as a test of golf. Quite a few of the holes are very short (280 par 4's) and although 'rough' is a challenge it is not hard to make a good recovery. I would have expected a number of memorable holes but i am struggling to think of any. Perhaps the Old course is better as many reports suggest, however as the courses are inter twinned i doubt if it is vastly different and for me to return it would have to much much better. I have played many courses with a lesser rating which are much more fun and interesting to play (and also much cheaper). I was so looking forward to playing Walton Heath, but will not be going back.
November 08, 2010
4 / 10
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Hugh
November 08, 2010
I can understand where you are coming from, but both courses at Walton should ideally be played in the late summer when the heather is in bloom, the fairways are running hard and fast and the greens are like glass. Granted it's an easy start and Walton is not as pretty as many of the other Surrey heathland courses, but Walton is the truest heathland course of them all.
Jonny B
February 01, 2012
I am sorry, but I couldn't disagree with this comment more. There is 1 par 4 on the New that is below 380 yards and the rough and heather is very penal. Any course that has a par 72 and standard scratch of 75 is a serious test!
Jon Wilkinson
I've played both Walton Heath courses many times, and I would always far prefer the Old. Although the New is a tough test, it has very few memorable holes and you often get the feeling that you are threading your way through the bits that were left over after building the Old. It's a course that demands good iron play and club selection, the greens are vast and with subtle borrows. Now that they cut the heather it's not quite so murderous, but it's more enjoyable to play in early summer. I wouldn't place it anywhere near 32nd and would strongly recommend visitors to choose a day/time when they can play the Old.
August 06, 2010
6 / 10
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Cédric
Wallton Heath was sunny today, and that was very nice! Definitely a classy club. Strange though to have clubhouse and courses on either side of a dangerous road. Most of the greens had been hollow tined, so I guess the mark could be a 5 instead of a 4 ball. Anyway, this is a very pleasant course, deadly flat (which makes the course a bit bland in places) and incredibly open compared to the other heathland courses I've played in that area, with strategic and extensive bunkering. Open yes, but the rough and heather are deadly and will swallow your ball if you venture in there. I thought the routing was a little confusing sometimes, and a little quirky (drive on 18th over the 17th green from the back tees). As previously stated, the opening 4 holes are fairly easy.5th to 14th are quite tough. 12th is a 490 yds par 4!!! I'd love to return to play the Old Course, see how it compares...Cédric
October 12, 2009
6 / 10
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Richard Smith
Don't underestimate the New course at Walton Heath. Built only 4 years after it's more highly rated brother, this course is an outstanding test in it's own right. Although I agree with he rankings and I believe the Old is the better course, the New has a great deal of character and in my mind may have been even slightly more difficult to score on than the Old. The first is definitely a very short par 4, but we turned into a stiff wind on 2 so the usually easy 2nd, 3rd and 4th were a stern test. The 9th was a particularly difficult hole, some 450 yards, slight dogleg right dead into the wind. Both the Old and New courses demand excellent driving to negotiate the gentle dogleg angles without going into the devilish heather that lines every fairway. In my mind the only downside to the New was it's somewhat jumbled routing. The Old course flowed very naturally, but you always felt like you were skipping around trying to find the next hole on the New. That's a small price to pay to play a course that is a championship test in it's own right and serves as a proud companion to the outstanding Old course. If you make it to Walton Heath don't skip the New course. Richard Smith, Knoxville, Tennessee
August 04, 2008
10 / 10
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harryd
i played this course with my school friends, and i found it a quite fun course, but nothing outstanding, it is better than the Old course in n the fact that the holes differ, but it is much easier than the old (especially the first, which i almost drove when i was 13). so if you take a trip to Walton heath i would plat the old if you want a challenge, but if you are just looking for a nice course to play then the new is definitely for you
June 30, 2008
4 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
Very similiar to the Old course, but not as long or as difficult, particularly the opening 4 holes, a bit of a let down compared to the other 32 here!! The fairway bunkers are not as deep either, which helps. Overall though another great course, would seem better if it was its own course witout the awesome Old course there. A great 36 holes of golf to be had, a super condition course.
May 18, 2008
6 / 10
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Very similar to the Old – not quite as good a design and easier. · Par 4 first is well driveable, as is the 4th – combined with easy par 3 second makes it an easy start. The officious welcome in the clubhouse made it a memorable day but for the wrong reasons.
September 10, 2005
4 / 10
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marty
January 10, 2008
We're in the US and are playing there late June. Just curious .... what surprises happened to disturb the experience?