Photo of Walton Heath Golf Club (Old course)

Walton Heath Golf Club

Deans Lane, Walton-on the-Hill,

Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7TP

  • Office

    +44 (0)1737 812 060 (bookings)
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1737 812 152
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1737 814 225
  • Golf pro

    Simon Peaford

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Heathland course. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    Herbert Fowler

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7171
6361
5937
Par
72
72
74
SSS or slope
74
71
74

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Old course. Also at Walton Heath GC is the 18-hole New Course (par-72; 7,165 yds from back tees; SSS 74).

Location

Latitude:

51.277901

Longitude:

-0.243791

How to get there:

18 miles S of central London

Leave the M25 at exit 8. Follow the A217 direction Reigate/Sutton (alongside the M25). At roundabout turn right and follow the A217 direction Sutton. After 2.3 miles turn left into Mill Rd, direction Tadworth / Walton-on-the-Hill (B290). After o.3 miles turn left onto B2032 direction Dorking. After o.8 miles turn right into Deans Lane. Golf Club is 100 yards on your left.

Walton Heath Golf Club (Old course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1903

Walton Heath Golf Club (Old course): Top golfers and golf writers have long acknowledged Walton Heath as one of the finest heathland courses in the British Isles. In fact there are two courses here, the Old and New. Over the years many great heathland layouts, including several of those around London, became more and more tree-lined, creating a genre of "wooded heathland" courses. But not so Walton Heath. Here you can still enjoy 36-holes of championship golf in a wonderfully open golfing environment.

As was intended over 100 years ago, when the Old Course was carved out of the heath's jungle of heather, gorse and bracken, your game is tested on an open inland links. The open heathland frequently inspires thoughts of golf "as it was meant to be."

Your journey on the Old Course starts with a long and testing par-3. Walking away from this opener with par or better will put a smile on your face as you cross the Dorking Road, and begin an out-and-back journey across the sweeping heather-clad terrain. The next five holes are challenging par-4s, one following the other "in series" to the far end of the course. This opening stretch clearly sets the tone for your round. The heather and gorse lined fairways are never overly wide nor unforgivingly tight. Most are protected by prodigious bunkering on one side, and deep heather, gorse or out-of-bounds on the other. The large greens are generally defended by one or two good-size steep-faced bunkers.

Many years ago the great Bernard Darwin wrote of Walton Heath, "there is no more charming place on a fine sunshiny day .... none where the sky seems bigger." This applies as much today as it did in Darwin's time. One small interruption to the unparalleled splendour of this illustrious English gem comes at the far end of the course, where the rumble of traffic from the M25 motorway is briefly heard (but not seen).

List of courses: Around London

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome after 9:30am on weekdays, and after midday on weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (March thru' Oct) on Old or New course: weekdays £190; weekends & bank holidays £215.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities

Limited

Did you know?

Walton Heath Golf Club was founded in 1903 by Sir Cosmo Bonsor, a brewer and businessman who, among many other achievements, organised the amalgamation of London brewery company Watney Combe & Reid. Sir Cosmo and his son Malcolm commissioned Herbert Fowler (related to them by marriage) to create a golf course from the jungle of heather, gorse and bracken that the heath then was.

In 1981 Walton Heath played host to the Ryder Cup, easily won by the USA team (USA 18.5, Europe 9.5). This was the first Ryder Cup on European soil in which the USA faced a European team, rather than GB&I. Walton Heath has also hosted many top-level championships, including the inaugural and some subsequent European Open championships, the News of the World Matchplay for many years, the English Amateur championship and, again for amateurs, the Golf Illustrated Gold Vase.

Published ranking

Old course:
World: 90th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 29th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
England: 7th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).

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    • Golf at this hotel:

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    • Golf at this hotel:

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