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Walton Heath 2021

This is a special place! 

The true magnitude of the heathland astonished many players when they walked over the road and through the hedge, to witness for the first time the uninterrupted vista that is the extent of 35 holes of golf.  

With very few trees, this remains one of the last, true heathland golf courses, unadulterated by self-sets or the fashion for tree planting in the mid part of the twentieth century.  Although unusual today, this is how heathland courses used to be. The absence of trees, 575 feet above see level on the North Downs means that when the wind blows, it is said to be the nearest one gets to playing links golf inland.

The absence of trees, coupled with the fact that the courses are not especially long would have you believe that scoring would be reasonably easy.  Heather lined fairways coupled with rapid, subtle, undulating greens proved otherwise.

The wind was not blowing during our two day visit. Uninterrupted sunshine, temperatures in the high twenties and a light zephyr, that occasionally reached one-club strength, provided even less excuse to those who were missing the fairways and taking their medicine in the heather.  The key to playing these courses is straight hitting and good putting.

It was a delight to take Teetours to Walton for the first time, as I spent two days looking at smiling faces.

The courses are only part of the equation that made it a delight, the food was super and the staff in both the office, bar and dining room were excellent. Providing a most pleasant “nothing too much trouble” service.

Among the great names associated with Walton Heath, the one that astounds, is the first club professional, James Braid. He won The Open five times. He beat his age in both his sixties and his seventies;  and only missed by one shot repeating the feat in his eighties. But, for those who played last week, the most outstanding achievement is the fact that he had a two on every, yes, every one of the 36 holes of golf.  In our two days of golf,  with sixty four players,  only five two’s were recorded!

The twist of having all four scores to count on the last three holes made an interesting change and one that I think we will take to Burnham next month.

I negotiated the rate for this first visit with the original intention that we would be there in March. Lockdown meant a postponement. Fortune then fell our way on two counts, courtesy of the golf club:  We were offered an alternative date for the beginning of June and, very benevolently, at the same rate that would have been for March - Happy days indeed!!

I am proud of all those who attended;  they conducted themselves in a manner that has lead the club to offer us a return next year. The dates of which have yet to be finalised.

7TH JUNE

THE OLD - WHITE TEES

Position

PLAYERS

Points

1

Craig Tilke 14.0 Jonathan Naseby 21.6 Andy Bates 12.7 Nik Hardy 29.1

93

2

Martin Gadsby 9.9 Mark Geal 18.2 Peter Douglas 15.8 Glyn Douglas 15.5

92

3

Paul Jones 18.0 Warren Taylor 16.2 Ed Corfield 6.8 Nick Haste 4.7

86

4

Paul Osborne 12.6 Paul Gray 7.3 Mike Cheney 9.3 Dennis Mathers 4.9

85

5

Steve Bennett 9.8 Josh Bennett 6.1 Roger Meredith 12.0 Stevie Neale 4.0

85

6

Steve Hawke 6.2 Damian Magill 4.5 Ben Gilg 3.8 Frank Gardner 20.0

79

7

Gurps Mann 15.8 Stuart Cameron 12.6 Charlie Insley 14.0 Andy Insley 15.0

79

7

Mike Myers 8.5 Tony Davis 15.8 Simon Wingfield 3.4 Nick Chauhan 15.3

79

9

Jonathan Avill 13.9 John Avill 20.1 Martin Crosthwaite 23.6 Andy Naylor 7.2

77

10

Stuart Davis 11.8 Mark Roach 19.5 Martin Davis 11.5 David Hewitt 13.3

75

10

Bob Allcoat 5.6 Steve Cowen 8.6 Scott Deacon 7.5 Mike Seys 7.0

75

12

Colin Barnard 15.3 Geoff Charlton 18.9 John Wardle 19.2  Anne Wardle 13.9

74

13

Lee Harris 10.1 Matthew Bateman 7.7 Jeff Thomas 6.1 Chris Jones 3.7

73

14

Alan McPeake 18.6 Lee Hill 15.9 Dave Cooper 19.0 Robin Upton 18.3

72

15

Jonathan Fraser 10.3 Stuart Bond 10.4 Steve Pidcock 9.6 John Kidney 11.0

71

16

Mark Newbold 9.6 Neil Chatwin 9.8 John Close 5.9 Tom Murray 11.1

68

N.T.P. 7

Charlie Insley

L.D. 13

Chris Jones

2’s

Charlie Insley;  Ed Corfield;  Mark Newbold

8TH JUNE

WHITE TEES - THE NEW

Position

PLAYERS

Points

1

Martin Gadsby 9.9 Mark Geal 18.2 Peter Douglas 15.8 Glyn Douglas 15.5

90

2

Steve Hawke 6.2 Damian Magill 4.5 Ben Gilg 3.8 Frank Gardner 20.0

89

3

Paul Jones 18.0 Warren Taylor 16.2 Ed Corfield 6.8 Nick Haste 4.7

89

4

Gurps Mann 15.8 Stuart Cameron 12.6 Charlie Insley 14.0 Andy Insley 15.0

84

5

Mike Myers 8.5 Jeff Thomas 6.1 Roger Meredith 12.0 Stevie Neale 4.0

83

6

Colin Barnard 15.3 Geoff Charlton 18.9 John Wardle 19.2  Anne Wardle 13.9

81

7=

Craig Tilke 14.0 Jonathan Naseby 21.6 Andy Bates 12.7 Nik Hardy 29.1

79

7=

Lee Harris 10.1 Matthew Bateman 7.7 Steve Bennett 9.8 Simon Wingfield 3.4

79

9=

Alan McPeake 18.6 Lee Hill 15.9 Dave Cooper 19.0 Robin Upton 18.3

77

9=

Jonathan Avill 13.9 John Avill 20.1 Martin Crosthwaite 23.6 Andy Naylor 7.2

77

9=

Mark Newbold 9.6 Neil Chatwin 9.8 John Close 5.9 Tom Murray 11.1

77

12=

Stuart Davis 11.8 Mark Roach 19.5 Martin Davis 11.5 David Hewitt 13.3

76

12=

Paul Osborne 12.6 Paul Gray 7.3 Mike Cheney 9.3 Dennis Mathers 4.9

76

12=

Tony Davis 15.8 Nick Chauhan 15.3 Josh Bennett 6.1 Chris Jones 3.7

76

15

Jonathan Fraser 10.3 Stuart Bond 10.4 Steve Pidcock 9.6 John Kidney 11.0

75

16

Bob Allcoat 5.6 Steve Cowen Scott Deacon 7.5 Mike Seys 7.0

73

N.T.P. 6

Mike Seys

N.T.P. 18

1st: Jeff Thomas 2nd: Steve Bennett

L.D. 13

Scott Deacon

2’s

Andy Naylor;  Neil Chatwin