3. Walton Heath (1981)

Critics have carped in recent years about Big Money's influence on Ryder Cup venue selection, but this was not always the case. For the 1981 event, according to Phil Pilley's club history, Heather and Heaven, the leadership of Walton Heath Golf Club charged a whopping £6,000 as its site fee. The event was played over a Composite Course, but the club's two Herbert Fowler layouts, Old and New, are both well worth seeing—they stand as two of the purest and most elegant expressions of the heathland style.

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