Walton Heath is without doubt one of the country’s premier golf courses and is our next fixture, Monday, June 20.

There will be two rounds of golf, singles in the morning on the Old Course in 4xBalls for the “President’s Trophy” and then drawn greensomes in the afternoon on the New Course for £115 to members.

It may be called the New Course but was first opened in 1907 and you could be forgiven into thinking the neighbouring Old Course, 1904, might be the better of the two famous courses, but it is almost impossible to select the best.

The £115 price is subsidised from funds and is only possible because of the regular fund raising at events during the year that gives Society members such a great price. Guest will be welcome at the actual cost of the day of £160. Associate members, former full Society members who have left the company and qualify will pay £135.

Golf Clubs throughout the country have increased prices dramatically but the cost we are charged reflects our long association with Walton Heath going back to well before the second World War.

An 18-hole green fee if you could get a booking would cost £225 or 36-holes £335 and that is without the food. Both the Old and New are heathland courses that have hosted many memorable tournaments, from the Ryder Cup to regular European qualifiers for the US Open.

The day starts with coffee and bacon roles from 7 a.m. with 18-holes stableford on the Old Course from 7.45 a.m.
After a 2-course carvery lunch it’s drawn greensomes on the New Course from 2.25 p.m. followed by tea with the prize giving from 6.30 p.m. Play will be from “green” tee boxes with 8-minute intervals both morning and afternoon.

It is important to keep up with the players in front so if you cannot score, please pick up to avoid slow play.
Take 3-minutes searching with another player for any lost ball and then drop a ball if lost.

To avoid having to go back to where you played any “lost ball” the Society rule is to drop a ball under a one-shot penalty at the nearest point of relief where you believe your “lost ball” landed and this includes dropping in a clear spot in the heather.

Club players with WHS handicaps should use the slope chart. Players without a WHS handicap play off their Society handicap without any slope. Playing handicaps must he entered on the scorecard and signed by both the player and a playing partner. Collect a scorecard either when signing in or from the Pro Shop.

Last year despite the rainy conditions, there was some great scoring with the winner of the “President’s Trophy”, the Daily Mail’s David Crump’s 38pts beating DMGmedia’s Dan Schwarz, whose 37pts beat Mailmetromedia’s Luke Turner on countback. The usual afternoon competition for the “Lady Rothermere Trophy” will be transferred again to the extra fixture later this year at Tandridge in September.

There will be the fund raising “Back the Winner” for the morning competition at £5 each pick and entries must be emailed to gpburden@ntlworld.com before play starts.

The “Ball Sweep” and “2’s” competition are both included in the £115 cost of the day so make sure you collect your ticket when signing in.
Payments including Back the Winner entries must be paid BEFORE play into the Society’s bank account, Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30-92-45, Account no. 01571241

** There is also still time to enter the Match Play knock-out competition, free to enter, with matches played either at your local courses or at our golf fixtures. Enter now by email and the draw will take place at Walton Heath by committee members Lee Terry and Barry Theobald.

Garth Burden
*The Next fixture will be played at The Berkshire on Monday, July 11, with two rounds on the Red and Blue Courses.