HOW WE RANKED WAL­TON HEATH OLD

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DE­SIGN

Long par-3 1st is an un­der­whelm­ing start. From here on, Fowler’s light touch and beau­ti­fully sited greens en­sure fun and fair­ness.

SET­TING

Sub­tle el­e­va­tion changes pre­clude real drama, but the nat­u­ral open heath­land im­bues an au­then­tic feel.

PRE­SEN­TA­TION

Rightly set up to play firm, fast and nat­u­ral, with linkslike close-cropped fringes. Heather-clad bunkers can be costly but dis­tin­guish the course.

PLAYA­BIL­ITY

Penalty for miss­ing gen­er­ous, but of­ten hard to see fair­ways is se­vere. Large greens make it hard to short-side your­self.

HOLES

First hole ex­cepted, the three short­ies are a joy. Plenty of stern long par 4s, though gen­er­ous fair­ways and ex­pan­sive greens make them playable.

CON­SIS­TENCY

Three hectares of greens across both cour­ses, yet uni­form pace is some achieve­ment. Large tee­ing ar­eas mean lim­ited wear.

TO­TAL

A thor­oughly mod­ern test on an­cient land, this sub­tle, rugged golf course is a purist’s par­adise.

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