Walton Heath Golf Club (Old and New Courses)
Ever since the USGA implemented overseas sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open in 2005, Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England has been a host site. The club's Old and New Courses are utilized for the 36-hole event, which features many of the top professionals from the European PGA Tour as well as elite European amateurs.
In its first year, Walton Heath was where Michael Campbell of New Zealand qualified prior to winning the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
Walton Heath is one of two international sectional qualifying sites; the other site is Kinojo Golf Club in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
The Old Course at Walton Heath was opened in 1904, with the New Course opening three years later as a nine-hole layout. In 1913, nine more holes were added to the New Course. Both layouts were designed by Herbert Fowler.
Walton Heath also has had a long association with royalty and politics, with Edward, the Prince of Wales having been the club's first captain in 1935, and former United Kingdom Prime Ministers David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Andrew Bonar Law and Arthur Balfour all having been club members.
Five-time British Open champion James Braid also served as a club professional.
Besides U.S. Open qualifying, Walton Heath hosted the 1981 Ryder Cup Matches when it stepped in as a replacement for The Belfry, which had not been completed in time for the event. In 2011, Walton Heath hosted the Senior British Open Champioonship that was claimed by American Russ Cochran.