Edward Battye

Ed founded Golf Empire to help UK amateur golfers find out where and when competitive golf will be played. He currently plays off a handicap of one and lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Having spent much of his golfing career playing off scratch he has competed in Open Championship qualifying, the British Mid-Amateur Championship and several World Amateur Ranking Golf tournaments (...quite unsuccessfully in most of them it must be said!).

Nowadays most of his time is spent playing open events all over the UK as well as travelling far and wide to carry out golf course reviews for the Golf Empire website. In total he has played well over 400 golf courses, mostly under competitive conditions, and has a love for pure links golf.


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Parkstone 24/07/2017

3rd Dorset - Best in Area 51st England Ranking
The biggest compliment I can give to Parkstone is that I cannot think of many inland golf courses in the British Isles that are superior.By my personal reckoning there ar...


Wentworth (Edinburgh) 24/07/2017

19th Surrey - Best in Area 86th England Ranking
The demanding yet delightful Edinburgh golf course is a John Jacobs design with input from Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher. The idea of a third course at Wentworth, to...


Pleasington 24/07/2017

9th Lancashire - Best in Area
Pleasington, a former Regional Open Qualifying venue, boasts a fine inland golf course - irrefutably one of the best tracks in the county away from the sea.Unusually the...


Leven Links 14/07/2017

7th Fife - Best in Area 41st Scotland Ranking
Leven Links, home to the Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club, is just about as genuine a Scottish links as you can get. This old fashioned layout goes somew...


Manchester Golf Club 14/07/2017

12th Lancashire - Best in Area
The Manchester Golf Club is routed over almost 300 acres of mostly moorland with touches of heathland and a sprinkle of park thrown in. Surrounded by scenic and far-reach...


Bingley St Ives 14/07/2017

10th Yorkshire - Best in Area
I’ve played at Bingley St. Ives several times over the past couple of decades but it had been a few years since my last visit. Little has changed in the intervening time,...


Askernish 12/07/2017

19th North Scotland - Best in Area
Following a 4am alarm call we’d already driven for more than six hours and covered over 350 road miles before boarding a ferry at Oban sailing to Lochboisdale.The 'Lord o...


Silloth on Solway 06/07/2017

1st Cumbria - Best in Area 21st England Ranking 48th Britain & Ireland Ranking
In my eyes Silloth is a golf course that has the ability to transcend your typical ‘championship links’.It has charm, character, intrigue and an identity all of its own b...


Muirfield 06/07/2017

1st Lothians - Best in Area 3rd Scotland Ranking 4th Britain & Ireland Ranking 9th World Ranking
It’s no surprise that every hole at Muirfield is a strong one, each relentlessly demanding but all accepting of good and well-thought-out shots. The position of the bunke...