Walton Heath, one of the country’s premier golf courses, is our next fixture on Monday, June 21,

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

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 to play, but it is almost impossible to select the best.

Both are heathland courses that have hosted so many memorable tournaments, from the Ryder Cup to regular European qualifiers for the US Open.

A decision will be taken nearer the day by the Club on the catering arrangements at lunchtime, either a full carvery or a plated meal served by the staff.  

There will be bacon rolls and coffee at the start of play and sandwiches at the end of the day.

The cost of the day will be £95 for members who have updated their annual subs to the new £50; associate members will pay £110 and guests £142, the full cost of the day.  

All players must observe social distancing, keeping 2-metres apart, with masks worn inside the clubhouse until sitting at tables.

Locker rooms and showers will be open. Players will not have to change for lunch as long as clothes are dry and not dirty but will need to wear a jacket if they don’t change. No shorts to be worn in the dining room.

The first tee-time will be 7.44 a.m from the “green” tee boxes with 8-minute intervals. This will be a stableford competition and if you cannot score, please pick up to avoid slow play.

After lunch the first tee-time for the greensomes will be 2.32 p.m. again with 8-minute intervals.

Club players with WHS handicaps should use the slope chart. Players without a WHS handicap should play off their Society handicap. Either handicap must he entered on the scorecard.

If your scorecard is not available from the Clubhouse, then The Pro Shop will be open.

Each player should mark their own scorecard with the score of another player in the group.

Society Captain Nick Stevens is on for a hat-trick of wins for the “President’s Trophy” after winning last year and the year before.

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 a “Back the Winner” Competition but all entries must be emailed to gpburden@ntlworld.com by the first tee-time of the day.

All payments must be paid direct to the Society’s Bank Account, there will be no cash payments on the day. The Society Bank details are:  Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30-92-45, Account no. 01571241

Garth Burden

*The Next fixture will be played at The Berkshire on Monday, July 12, with two rounds on the Red and Blue Courses.