Walton Heath is one of a few 36 hole clubs that has two good courses. The Old is consistently rated as the better of the two which I would go along with. The opening hole is a very long par three that requires little thought and in my option would be far better if it was 60 yards shorter.
Holes 2 and 3 are very good…the 2nd is a long dog leg left to right par 4 which you approach to a raised green. The 3rd a fun short drivable par 4 with a green that slopes from left to right. The 5th is another shortish par 4 with a green that has more tiers and undulations than any green on the course. Holes 9, 10 and 12 are cracking holes all doglegs tempting the player to cut the corner or skirt bunkers to leave a shorter approach but if you miss judge the line from the tee bunkers, rough and heather await.
The closing holes are steady rather than spectacular although the 16th is the standout a cracking par five that sweeps from right to left to a green protected by a huge bunker. The condition of the course was fine and played very links like although the fairways were borderline as to whether preferred lies should have been in operation. This made it difficult at times to pick your line from the tee and with minimal semi rough keeping the ball on the fairway was a challenge. The greens putted well and the bunkering is decent with consistent sand depth throughout. I read a previous review that put WH on a par with Sunningdale, The Berkshire and Deal/RSG which it is not but it is still a very good 36 hole day out if you get the opportunity.
Date: August 12, 2020