No 28 - Walton Heath - Old

The immaculately conditioned Walton Heath Old course, with its profuse heather and masterful bunkering, combine to make a truly excellent test

Walton Heath Old

28 WALTON HEATH – Old

Architect: Fowler 2006 position: 38 Stats: 6,836 yds; par 72; SSS 73 GF: £105-£130 T: 01737 812060 W: whgc.co.uk

The Old course can stretch to more than 7,400 yards off the purple tees, but from wherever you tee it up, it presents a very tough test.

There is perhaps a slight imbalance in the flow of the Old, starting as it does with a long par 3, the crossing of a busy road to the 2nd tee, and then with three par 5s in four holes over the closing stretch.

However, the immaculate conditioning, profuse heather and masterful bunkering combine to make this one of the finest inland courses in England.

When compared to prices at other famous courses in the South East, Walton Heath offers genuine value for money. RS

+ Consistently superb condition; charming clubhouse; great visitor welcome - Par 5s very close to one another; road noise from the M25

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Rob Smith
Rob Smith

Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012 specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played 1,150 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions last year, he still managed to play 80 different courses during 2021, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but nine. Rob is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.