Overview of golf course named Walton Heath Golf Club - Old Course

Walton Heath Golf Club - Old Course

Walton on the Hill, England
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Holes

18

Par

72

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Type

Inland

Architect

Herbert Fowler

Walton Heath's greatest claim to fame is that in more than 100 years they only had three club pros. James Braid kicked off till the War, Harry Busson, a great club-maker in his day, was next, and Ken Macpherson during the last 30 years or so. Such loyalty would at least in part be due to the endless pleasure of playing Walton's two courses. While the Old holds pre-eminence, it is only just; these are two similar courses stretched out side by side across fairly level heath-land. There's scarcely a house to be seen and a lot of the pleasure of playing here is the undisturbed calm as you deal with one good hole after another. Trees have grown up over the years on what was wide open common land at the start, but the difficulties are usually provided by tight bunkering of both fairways and greens and short wiry heather if you manage to avoid those. These courses are quite high up on the downs and pretty open to the elements, so what with the sandy soil, heather, pine and birch, there is much of the seaside about the courses here. No surprise then that the club has long attracted top class amateur golfers as members. The Old Course here is the senior but only by a three or four years, yet has always been the one they have chosen on which to hold tournaments and championships. And there have been plenty. For a long spell in the middle of the last century Walton Heath was owned by the Carr family, proprietors of the News of the World, and for many years they sponsored the professional match play championship. That came to an end when the World Match Play Championship started at Wentworth in the mid 1960s. The European Open was started here in 1978 and a few times afterwards and in 1981 America brought probably their strongest team ever for the Ryder Cup and had the last of their resounding, one sided triumphs. All theses events and sundry English and county championships were played on the Old Course. Despite that there is little to chose between the two courses; they are similar length, style and make up. In truth the New has been altered less than the Old, which lost its 8th green and 9th hole entirely when the M25 was built. Certainly give yourself the chance to play both when in this part of the world.

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Golfclub Montfort Rankweil
Hcp 12 34 courses played
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9 November
Walton Heath Golf Club is one of the premier heathland tracks in the south of London and rich in history. King Edward VIII was once the club captain. Winston Churchill used to be a member. And the 5 time Open Championship winner James Braid was the club professional until his death in 1950 (make sure to also visit the James Braid exhibition right next to the proshop when you are there). The club has also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1981. The club has two 18 hole courses to choose from (New and Old Course) and both are of high quality. The Old Course is consistently ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world in most major golf magazines and I was lucky enough to play it on a mild December winter day. The Old Course starts with a rather dull and long par 3. The hole used to be a par 4 back in the day but as the crossing street to the club got busier they had to shorten the hole and make it a par 3. After playing the first hole you need to cross another road to get to the main property of the club where the remaining 35 holes of the club are laid out. The 2nd hole is then a tough 458 yards par 4 from the medal tees with an uphill approach into the green. My favourite hole on the front 9 is the par 4 5th hole. The hole plays a little downhill. There is a well placed front bunker short of the green which makes a running approach into this green very tricky. Most of the holes on the front 9 are running clockwise along the property boarder and overall I found the front 9 harder than the back 9. Once you reached the par 3 11th hole the course turns more into the middle part of the property and that's my favourite part of the course. The 14th is a beautiful downhill par 5 framed by heather left and right and you have great long views across both golf courses. My favourite hole on the back 9 is the par 5 16th hole. The fairway is sloped to the left which makes your tee shot hard as the best chance to attack the green in two is from the right side of the fairway. The green is guarded by a monstrous bunker on the right and I was pleased that my ball didn't end in there and I could pick up a birdie on the hole. Overall Walton Heath is probably the closest of an inland links course I have seen so far. Even in December the course didn't play soft. It's a classic golf course but still a tough test of golf. I really liked the unique unnatural mounds found on several holes on the course. They work at Walton Heath. And lastly: make sure to stay out of the heather. It's beautiful to look at but very hard to get out of. And at Walton Heath the heather just felt a bit more severe than on other heathland tracks I played in the area.
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23 August
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