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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Simply stunning and great fun.After playing the New twice now I can recommend anybody to locate a member and join for a round. Some superb holes set in amongst stunning card wrecking heather. Stay straight and scoring isn't too difficult but the heather lines fairways and hides balls amazingly well. Superb golf club with great food and staff. Quintessentially English. Perfect.
September 04, 2005
10 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
The name is a bit of a misnomer as in truth its only a handful of years younger than the Old course and as a consequence does not suffer from the 'new course totally different from the main course' feel that is evident at so many golf courses. The surroundings are amazing with heathland everywhere and a beautifully crafted course, intertwined with the Old and that is a great test. As for the courses condition, I felt it was in great shape, especially after a pretty wet winter. A perfect day is playing both courses, and in this day and age very good value for money!
September 10, 2004
8 / 10
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Naithan
Much better than its current ranking. Should be in the top 100.
August 27, 2004
6 / 10
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Billy
Breaks you in gently and then it gets tough. Not far behind the Old. I reckon that Walton Heath could make the best composite 18 holes of heathland golf on the entire planet.
April 14, 2004
6 / 10
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