Walton Heath Golf Club

L-R: REG WHITCOMBE, HENRY COTTON, BOBBY LOCKE AND SID BREWS

Our Heritage

The Club was founded in 1903. Walton’s first Captain, HRH the Prince of Wales, was not appointed until 1935. Our Captain became King Edward VIII the following year. Our first Professional, James Braid, won five Opens and stayed for some forty-five years. Winston Churchill played regularly at Walton Heath. We staged the European Open in the seventies and eighties, the Ryder Cup in 1981, the British Ladies Amateur in 2000, and the Senior Open in 2011.

1899

Herbert Fowler approached by his brother-in-law, Sir Cosmo Bonsor, about the possibility of making a golf course at Walton Heath

1903

5th August Walton Heath Golf Club Company is incorporated


1904

14th May The course is opened by Vardon, Braid and Taylor. The Prime Minister A.J. Balfour joined, followed by three future Prime Ministers; Lloyd George, Bonar Law and Winston Churchill



1904

James Braid, winner of the 1901 Open, becomes the Club's first Professional

1905

George (later Lord) Riddell, Sir Alexander Kennedy and Edward Hudson take over the Club

1905

News of the World Match Play Championship; the first of 21 at Walton

1907

The first 9 holes of the New course are opened

1910

72 hole Man v Woman Challenge match at Walton Heath and Sunningdale between Harold Hilton and Miss Cecil Leitch. Miss Leitch wins 2/1

1913

Golf Illustrated Gold Vase; the first of 26 at Walton

1913

The full 18 holes of the New course opened by the Lord Mayor of London

1914

English Ladies Championship; the first of 2 at Walton


SIR ERNEST HOLDERNESS

1922

Sir Ernest Holderness, W.H. Member, wins the first of his 2 Amateur Championships

1926

English Amateur Championship; the first of 4 at Walton

1934

Lord Riddell of Walton Heath dies; the Carr family take over

1935

The first Club Captain appointed – HRH The Prince of Wales

1936

January - Club Captain becomes H.M. King Edward VIII, with Walton Heath the only club to have a reigning monarch as Captain. In December, he abdicated and his brother, the Duke of York, becomes King George VI. The new King becomes Patron of Walton Heath

1936

Sir John Simon, W.H. Member, becomes R & A Captain

1938

The last of the big Challenge Matches is held at the Club; Henry Cotton and Reg Whitcombe beat the South Africans Bobby Locke and Sidney Brews


Herbert Fowler

1941

Herbert Fowler dies. He had become one of the great golf course architects of his time


James Braid

1950

James Braid dies. The 5-times winner of The Open and an Honorary Member of the R&A was still the Club’s professional

1951

Harry Busson becomes the Club’s second Professional and remains in service as club-maker until 1993

1968

British Ladies’ Championship; the first of 3 at Walton

1971

The Members buy the Club from the News of the World

1971

Alick Renshaw becomes the first Members Club Captain

1977

Ken Macpherson becomes the Club’s third Professional, retiring in 2009

BOBBY WADKINS’ APPROACH TO THE 16TH OLD COURSE

1978

European Open Championship, the first of 5 at Walton, won by Bobby Wadkins

1980

European Open won by Tom Kite


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1981

The Ryder Cup; U.S.A. beat Europe 18½ to 9½   

1982

Ladies British Amateur won by Kitrina Douglas

1983

Jill Thornhill, W.H. member, wins the British Ladies Amateur Championship

1987

European Open won by Paul Way

1989

European Open won by Andrew Murray

1991

European Open won by Mike Harwood

1998

Golf Illustrated Gold Vase won by Rupert Rea

1999

England v Spain; England win 16-8

2000

Ladies' British Amateur won by Rebecca Hudson

2002

 English Amateur Championship won by Richard Finch

2003

The Club celebrates its Centenary

2003

Varsity Match; Oxford beat Cambridge by 10 to 5

2005

U.S. Open Qualifier and annually thereafter. Walton qualifier Michael Campbell (N.Z.) becomes U.S. Open Champion at Pinehurst

WHEN HARRY MET SEVE

2005

South of England Open Amateur Championship and annually thereafter

2006

Michael Lunt, Past Captain of Walton Heath and former Amateur Champion, becomes R & A Captain

2009

Simon Peaford becomes the Club’s fourth Professional

2010

Seniors Open Amateur Championship won by Paul Simson (U.S.)

2011

Senior Open Championship won by Russ Cochran (U.S.)

2014

Arnold Palmer Cup; Europe beat U.S.A. 18½ to 11½

2017

Alfie Plant (ENG) wins the European Men's Amateur Championship and goes on to win the Silver Medal at Royal Birkdale





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