Walton Heath, Old Course
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Description: Walton Heath is considered to be one of the most prestigious golf courses around the
world with a ranking within the top 100 courses. It’s major distinctive feature
lies in a fact that it is the only English Course to have had a Royalty as a
Captain (the Prince of Wales became King during the period of his captaincy in
1935/6). The Old Course is a perfect mix
of a typical seaside links course and inland golf.
History: The Walton Heath Club was established in
1903 and opened the course for play just a year after with the famous match of
Harry Vardon, J H Talylor and James Braid. The course was designed by W Herbert
Flower, an amateur golfer himself who created a great example of finest
heathland golf. It testifies his creativity that the Old course is ranked as one of
the top 100 golf courses in the world until nowadays. The Old Course has hosted
many prestigious championships and events, such as the 1981 Ryder Cup, several
European Opens and New World Matchplay Championships and the British and
English Ladies’ Championships just to mention but a few.
Signature Hole –
The Old Course does not have a distinctive signature
hole; however there are many really strong ones. Especially the first three
holes are considered to be a quite rough beginning.
is no more charming place on a fine sunshiny day, none where the air is fresher
and more cheering, none where the sky seems bigger. It is a plce where it is
good for us, alike for our game and for ourselves, to play golf” as Bernard Darwin
gives a lovely sum up of Walton Heath.
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