Walton Heath is a wonderful heathland golf course set in the heartland of Surrey, just an hour from London. It is a marvellous thing that such a wonderful scenic setting exists so close to the capital, and the serene setting will help you forget all about big city living and the hustle and bustle. Settle into a nice rhythmic cadence with your swing, and uncover the joys that Walton Heath holds.
Walton Heath’s defining moment must surely be that it was the venue for the 1981 Ryder Cup. This puts it in a very small group of elite golf courses that have held this prestigious event, and forever pushing it into the upper echelons of golf in England. America dominated the event, winning by nine points in the end. The event also turned out to be Jack Nicklaus’ last ever Ryder Cup.
Walton Heath has two championship courses on its ground, and in classic traditional style they are simply known as the old course and the new course. The thick heather offers a different kind of challenge when it is fully in bloom, adding another degree of difficulty to those trying to play out of the rough. The magnificent tall pine trees provide a fine border between holes, and will shelter you from what breeze there is on this inland course.
Take to the tee boxes at Walton Heath, and you are sure to play a round that is as stimulating as it is rich in natural scenery. The back nine on the old course is the equal of many of golf’s finest closing stretches, and will ensure you do not go home disappointed.