HOW WE RANKED WALTON HEATH OLD
Long par-3 1st is an underwhelming start. From here on, Fowler’s light touch and beautifully sited greens ensure fun and fairness.
Subtle elevation changes preclude real drama, but the natural open heathland imbues an authentic feel.
Rightly set up to play firm, fast and natural, with linkslike close-cropped fringes. Heather-clad bunkers can be costly but distinguish the course.
Penalty for missing generous, but often hard to see fairways is severe. Large greens make it hard to short-side yourself.
First hole excepted, the three shorties are a joy. Plenty of stern long par 4s, though generous fairways and expansive greens make them playable.
Three hectares of greens across both courses, yet uniform pace is some achievement. Large teeing areas mean limited wear.
A thoroughly modern test on ancient land, this subtle, rugged golf course is a purist’s paradise.