"Provide the best possible service to the members and visitors and ensure that everyone playing golf at Walton Heath gains the maximum pleasure from doing so.”
In March 2009, Simon became the fourth professional at Walton Heath. He has been at the club for nine years, initially, as Assistant Professional and more recently, Teaching Professional. When he was competing as an amateur golfer in Surrey, Walton Heath was the venue for some of the best events in the golfing calendar, so as a regular visitor to the club, it didn’t take long for him to rate the courses as his favourites. He will continue to serve the members and visitors to the very highest standards and has a fine reputation for his teaching.
The Club Professional from 1977-2009. Ken was made an honorary life member in 2003, the year of the club’s centenary. He began his golfing life as a child at Gullane in the heart of Scotland’s golfing wonderland. In 1971 he was appointed full professional at Kingswood Golf Club and began a friendship with Harry Busson, who he was to succeed at Walton Heath in 1977. It was a busy time at the club and in 1978, came the first European Open, and again in 1980. In 1981 it was the Ryder Cup matches and the sight of perhaps the greatest American team. Ken continues to be connected with Walton Heath.
Harry succeeded James Braid in 1951. He had spent 20 years at Formby Golf Club on Merseyside and playing in the 1929 Open Championship, probably the only man in the field to have made all his clubs himself. In the 1939 Open at St Andrews he shared the first round lead. He was regarded as an exceptional teacher and most recognised as one of the finest wooden club makers. His clubs were admired worldwide by tournament professionals and the mighty 1981 United States Ryder Cup team returned home with examples. Once he retired as Club Professional he continued as the club maker at Walton Heath well into his 80s.
James Braid was Walton Heath club professional for 46 years from its founding in 1903. He won five Open Championships in 10 years, finishing in the top five every year between 1899 and 1912. He was without question the best player in the world and could be described as the Tiger Woods of his day. He employed up to six assistants to manufacture and develop his club-making business at Walton Heath which produced world famous golf clubs. James travelled the length and breadth of the UK designing over 165 golf courses including Gleneagles, and still found time to be a constant face at Walton Heath, a golf instructor and a friend to all the members.