Location: tadworth, surrey, england
Designer: james braid, 1904
The Old course at Walton Heath is a sprawling, airy and genuinely world-class heathland that rapidly gains momentum after a slightly disjointed and underwhelming start. Although the terrain is flat for the most part, it is liberally sprinkled with a litany of mischievous humps, hollows and channels, as well as a mixture of revetted and heather-encrusted bunkers. The back-nine is one of the truly great experiences in golf. While the outward journey is largely open-planned, the framing, definition and isolation of holes improves around the turn to create a more intimate and visually enchanting experience.