Walton Heath was founded in 1903, and both courses were designed by Herbert Fowler. The old Course was Fowler's first effort in golf design and opened for play in May 1904.
A further 9 holes was laid out by Fowler in 2007 and then an additional nine added to complete The New Course in 1913.
A leading amateur golfer, Fowler went on to design a number of top courses around the world including: Aberdovey, both courses at The Berkshire, both courses at Saunton, Burnham & Berrow- and Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Fowler also had a hand in redesigning both courses at LACC in Los Angeles with George Thomas.
Walton Heath occupies a big landscape of wonderful rolling London heathland. It is sand based and perhaps more open and exposed to wind than many of the other heathland courses.
I love heathland turf, but for me Walton Heath is defined by magnificent purple heather and impressive bunkering.
The course builds in difficulty throughout the round, with the closing stretch longer and more challenging
Notable holes include:
- the short par 4 third hole, a delightful risk/reward (see picture at top of page)
- the par 4 fifth hole, a longer par 4 with a smart green complex set at an angle to the fairway with deep bunkering protecting the new side
- the par 4 ninth hole, a pretty dogleg with a challenging approach shot
- the par 4 tenth hole with another ripping green setting
- the par 4 eleventh hole- possibly the best hole on the course- long and challenging with eye catching bunkering
- the par 5 sixteenth, downhill and turning with a high green and deep, dramatic bunkering
The London Heathland is one of the premier clusters of golf courses in the world.
Walton Heath is a quality course that every Travelling Golfer should experience
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