Get ready for a great day at WALTON HEATH, MONDAY, MAY 13, for £79 ….the same price as last year.   This includes the Ball Sweep and the 2’s competition but not the £5 needed for the “Back the Winner” competition.

Because of the price, there is no reduction if you only play the one round.

We play the New Course in the morning for the singles competition and then the Old Course in the afternoon for the drawn greeensomes.  There are bacon rolls and coffee to start the day, a carvery lunch (Jacket over casual, no jeans or trainers) and sandwiches at close of play before the prize-giving.

We are lucky enough to play these two wonderful heathland courses as the Club prepares for the European qualifier for the US Open golf tournament that takes place over the same courses early in June.

There is always the chance that one of the professionals on the European Tour will be out having a practice, as happened when the afternoon Northcliffe players met up with Miguel Jiménez as he hit balls on the course.

Our Society have some wonderful fixtures during the year, but Walton Heath stands out for sheer class and quality.  Steeped in golfing history and carved out of natural heath land, there cannot be a finer setting for our May fixture than this famous Surrey course that has hosted the Ryder Cup, US qualifier, Senior Open Championship and this year the British Masters.

The morning singles on the not so young “New Course” is for “The President’s Trophy” and then, after lunch, the amazing Old Course, both ranked among the top 100 courses in the World. The afternoon is drawn Greensomes  for “The Viscountess Rothermere Cup” so make sure you let me know if you are only playing the one round.

Last year’s winner Clive Heard in the morning singles for The President’s Trophy scored an impressive 38pts off his 6 handicap to win the trophy, presented to the Society by Lord Rothermere, Chairman of DMGT and President of the Golfing Society, in memory of his late father, Vere, who was such a great supporter of the Northcliffe.

The afternoon greensomes round for the Lady Rothermere Trophy was just as impressive a score by winners former Captain John Morgan and partner Ian McIlgorm who tamed the tough Old Course scoring 42pts to win.

 ENTER THE MATCH PLAY KNOCK COMPETITION

Entry will also close for the “Match Play” knock-out competition for the Cousins Bowl.   Holder Ian McGowan will be out to defend the Trophy so make sure you enter this free to enter contest.   Matches can be played at your home course, or if unable to fix a date, then it is possible play the match at one of the Society’s golf days although this does sometimes work against the chance to win the Trophy of the Day.   Whatever you decide to do, make sure your name is in the draw for the chance to win one of the Society’s main trophies.

Remember that again this year, to conserve the funds normally spent on engraved glassware for winners, this cost will go towards the prizes presented on the day, so enabling the cost of the day being kept to the minimum. The winner’s name will be engraved on the trophies that are displayed at the office entrance.

Handicap penalties carry over from last year so if you haven’t played off your reduced handicap for 3 appearances, this is carried over.  All individual games qualify for handicap reductions but not any 4 x ball competition, match play knock-out or the Christmas Scramble.

Garth Burden

  • Enter by submitting your details on the website for the Walton Heath fixture.
  • Please send your name and contact details via the Contact Us page or email them to mailto:gpburden@ntlworld.com.
  • Payments of £79 can be made direct to the society’s account.
    Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30-92-45, Account no. 01571241. (please inlude your name for payment reference)
  • Guests can be invited if numbers allow and will cost £130 for the day.    Check out the Club website https://www.waltonheath.com and see what a bargain price your golf day will be.
  • Walton Heath Golf Club
  • Deans Lane, Walton on the Hill,
    Surrey KT20 7TP
  • Tel: 01737 812380
  • Order of the day
  • The Clubhouse opens at 7 a.m for bacon roll, tea or coffee followed by Carvery  lunch.
  • Sandwiches at end of afternoon round followed by prize giving.
  •  Morning competition from 8 a.m on the NEW COURSE.   “The President’s Trophy” Holder: Clive Heard

  • 18 Holes stableford singles competition off full handicap. Green tee Boxes.
  • Champagne will be awarded for “Nearest the Pin” on the 2nd
  • Afternoon Greensomes from 2.30 pm Old Course. “The Lady Rothermere Trophy”     Holders: John Morgan and Ian McIlgorm.

  • Half combined handicaps.  Green Tee Boxes
  • Champagne will be awarded for “Nearest the Pin” on the 17th.

A list of playing partners and tee-times will be circulated before the day.

                                   Remember the new golf rules brought in at the beginning of the year. These include 3-mins to search for a lost ball, dropping the ball from knee height and the Flag can now be left when putting. For a refresher or the full list check out  the R&A list.  https://www.randa.org/RulesEquipment/Rules/20RulesMustKnows

Walton Heath is followed by Addington Palace in June, The Berkshire July; Northwood August; the North Foreland annual match early September with Royal Cinque Ports on the following day; West Hill in October and the year ends with the Christmas Scramble at The Berkshire in November.

What a selection on offer for the £30 annual membership and don’t forget the return this year to the Society’s proverbial golf home, Hardelot in September for the Inter-company competition.

The recent Grove fixture was the start of the annual “Order of Merit” competition that runs throughout the season, with the top four players taking part in a play-off for the “Golfer of the Year” trophy.   This competition is not won on the points scored at golf days, but the total of your best 3 finishing positions during the year and is free to enter.