Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey England
Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey England Highlights
The Old Course at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey’s Walton-on-the-Hill is a monster along the London M25 orbital, and renowned as host of the 1981 Ryder Cup Matches. In that particular year, Walton Heath Golf Club hosted an American team generally regarded as the best of all time. Photos of Nicklaus, Watson, Trevino, Floyd, Irwin, Miller, et al adorn the inside of the Walton Heath Golf Club clubhouse. Walton Heath Golf Club was a worthy host to that Ryder Cup, as Walton Heath is arguably the most difficult of the great heathland courses around London, with England’s most punishing heather lining both sides of each fairway. Even if you are lucky enough to find your ball in Walton Heath’s difficult rough, it may be impossible to advance. Walton Heath Golf Club actually has two championship courses, with the New standing alongside the Old, and the championship layout is actually a hybrid that incorporates a few holes on the New Course as well. The reason for the hybrid is the first hole at Walton Heath Old, a long par three set by itself in a veritable island separated from both the clubhouse and the rest of the course by local access roads. The just can’t fit it in when a major championship is held at Walton Heath Golf Club. Both Walton Heath Old and New Courses were designed by Herbert Fowler, designer of Cruden Bay and The Berkshire and in-law to the club founders, and James Braid was the first Walton Heath Golf Club head professional. Of all the courses around London, Walton Heath Golf Club perhaps plays the most like a links, and a day on the two courses here at Walton Heath is unforgettable. Don’t miss an evening putting contest on the best putting clock in this part of England if not the entire British Isles, right outside the Walton Heath Golf Club clubhouse Gentlemen’s Bar!
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