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The New eases you in with a short par-4, delightful par-3 combo, before a beautiful and, at times, very challenging heathland examination
Walton Heath Golf Club New Course Review
Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 54
Previous Rankings 2019/20 - 51 2017/18 - 50 2015/16 - 49 2013/14 - 49 2011/12 - 48 2009/10 - 42
Summer Green Fees
Round: £195wd, £220we; 36 holes: £290
Visitor Times: From 9.30am Mon-Fri and from 12pm at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Medal Tee: Par 72 – 6,648 Yards
Changes since previous ranking
No significant changes advised.
Walton Heath Golf Club New Course Review
The two handsomely expansive heathland layouts at Walton Heath are just a few years apart in terms of age, and like many Old/New combos, preference between the two can divide opinion.
Just as you’re perhaps thinking that the Old must be the tougher all-round test, you glance at the New’s scorecard and spot that the back nine off the often-tiny ‘purple’ tees is a mere 36 yards short of 4,000 yards!
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That said, while both are packed with challenging and strategic golf, punishing yet attractive bunkering, acres of heather and fast but subtle greens, the New could be said to be blessed with slightly greater character.
That character is in evidence from a bright start that consists of a potentially drivable par 4 and a delightful wedge par 3 playing gently downhill.
Herbert Fowler created both heathland beauties, with the first nine holes of the New arriving three years after its older sibling in 1907, before being extended to a full 18 in 1913.
When tour events and the Ryder Cup have visited this corner of Surrey, they have typically played a composite course.
A hint of the links
There is an element of inland links about Walton Heath, though the ever-present heather is as testing as you’ll encounter anywhere.
And don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the New’s seemingly straightforward start. Even if you wisely choose to steer clear of those purple tees, a string of testing par 4s after that will keep you on your toes, with the SI 1 5th one of the most challenging.
This monster two-shotter works its way from left to right down to a green where the safest approach is from the left.
Walton Heath Old may rank higher than the New, but other than the nuances of the individual hole designs, the New has all the same great strengths as its slightly more senior sibling and a day’s golf on both is one of the UK’s premier 36-hole experiences.
Same great conditioning as the Old course, the New at Walton Heath offers a strategic and playable heathland test.
A great test of golf that proves you don’t need to trick a course up to make it difficult.
As most of the holes are fairly flat, visual appeal comes from some clever bunkering, an abundance of heather and the fact that you can see many other holes on the complex.
The New eases you in with a short par-4, delightful par-3 combo, before a beautiful and, at times, very challenging heathland examination.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
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