Cambridgeshire Top 10 Golf Courses 2015

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Cambridgeshire Top 10 Golf Courses 2015

Cambridgeshire Best In County rankings updated

23rd February 2015

With only twenty-nine golf clubs affiliated to the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union, you might think that this area of England’s East Anglia is rather light on golf course quality, but you’d be wrong. Cambridgeshire may well be most famous for its universities, but a good number of its golf courses are worthy of close inspection.

Saffron Walden Golf ClubTo define our latest Cambridgeshire Top 10, we once again polled every club in the county and we received an amazing response with more than 60% of the county’s clubs participating in our survey. The results were interesting, not least because the No.1 spot in Cambridgeshire was the most fiercely contested position we’ve ever experienced. In the end it came down to the fifth decimal point to separate the Old course at Gog Magog from Saffron Walden.

So, by the narrowest of margins, Saffron Walden Golf Club becomes our new Cambridgeshire No.1, with the Old course at Gog Magog taking second place, while the Wandlebury remains in third position. They say change is as good as a rest and it’s exciting to see a new number one, but it’s also bittersweet for me, as I was a member at "the Gogs" for a number of years and I have a great deal of affection for both courses at this centurion golf club, where Bernard Darwin was once on the committee.

Links Golf Club - NewmarketLinks Golf Club Newmarket (No.4 in county) is also a centurion and it's laid out on a former steeplechase course close to the famous racecourse. Redesigned in the 1930s by Colonel SV Hotchkin of Woodhall Spa fame, Links Newmarket is an unsung gem.

A new saint displaces an old saint in our latest Top 10. A new course for the St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club opened for play in 2010, designed by Cameron Sinclair. It’s our only new Cambridgeshire entry and it replaces St Neots Golf Club, which hosted the 2014 County Championship (won by Links Newmarket’s Toby Crisp with consummate ease). Saffron Walden Golf Club is hosting the 2015 championship.

To see our new 2015 Cambridgeshire Top 10 Golf Courses, click the link. If you have played golf extensively across any English county and would like to have your say, please contact me ([email protected]). In the meanwhile a big thank you to everyone who has so far contributed.

Keith Baxter
Editor-in-Chief
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