Phil Ree

Nomad playing wherever I can without a membership & proper handicap.

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Montrose (1562) 01/10/2021

3rd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 49th Scotland Ranking
Montrose has a famous front nine but its back nine is just as interesting, only without the views. I played on a day windy enough to be blowing my bag over, and it was st...

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Murcar Links 30/09/2021

4th North East Scotland - Best in Area 34th Scotland Ranking
Murcar’s front nine is similar to Royal Aberdeen’s in that it largely plays along the coast, is long and tough and will result in some lost balls. After that, it turns in...

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Cruden Bay (St Olaf) 29/09/2021

19th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Perhaps because of a hangover from the main course, we found St Olaf’s first few holes relatively flat and uninteresting. They’re not bad, but not enough to put St Olaf i...

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Western Gailes 28/09/2021

3rd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 37th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Western Gailes is at the championship end of the scale rather than quirky, and although fairly short from the yellows it’s one of the tougher courses you’ll find. It’s so...

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Prestwick St Nicholas 27/09/2021

9th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 58th Scotland Ranking
Prestwick St Nicks understandably goes under the radar but is worth well worth a try. It has a great mixture of par 4 lengths, is a little cheaper and won’t beat you up a...

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Prestwick 27/09/2021

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 16th Scotland Ranking 38th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Prestwick is very unique. Some holes near the clubhouse are totally ridiculous, plus at the far end there are some more modern, open holes which provides variety. The con...

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Painswick 18/08/2021

15th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
I played Painswick twice recently. Most courses are more enjoyable with some course knowledge but Painswick takes the cake. You’ll likely save at least half a dozen shots...

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Cleeve Hill 18/08/2021

6th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
A course for bombers, pretty long and extremely wide, helped by the ever vigilant sheep trimming the rough. The greens rolled very well for the small green fee, obviously...

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Mannings Heath (Waterfall) 09/08/2021

7th Sussex - Best in Area
Mannings has far more good than bad, and is as tough a walk as mentioned below. It felt like a pure parkland though, besides some bracken. Maybe in a less squalid summer...

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Dunbar 04/08/2021

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
The opening holes at Dunbar understandably get some criticism but they’re decent enough. For me the course is more about scenery than strategy, which is fine but there we...

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Braid Hills 04/08/2021

23rd Lothians - Best in Area
As mentioned below, this is a unique course and is worth trying if in Edinburgh. If you’re on the coast for a links trip, maybe stick to the seaside unless you’d like a c...

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Royal Ashdown Forest (West) 26/07/2021

10th Sussex - Best in Area
I really like shorter courses where play is faster and the average player has more par and birdie opportunities. At 5100 yards from the yellows Ashdown West would fit tha...

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Kilspindie 30/06/2021

10th Lothians - Best in Area 59th Scotland Ranking
I have a soft-spot for shorter, more fun courses – pace of play is better, they’re more suitable for novices and seniors, and for us in between we can make more pars and...

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Elie 29/06/2021

7th Fife - Best in Area 35th Scotland Ranking
Elie is one of the hillier links you’ll find, and that helps to keep a course with 16 par 4s incredibly diverse. The only similarities I found between a couple of holes w...

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St Andrews (Eden) 28/06/2021

16th Fife - Best in Area 79th Scotland Ranking
The front nine of the Eden is one of the best nines in St Andrews. It is gently sloping links-land that plays firmer than its well-manicured sibling next door, with some...

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Musselburgh (Old) 28/06/2021

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Well worth a try if passing through or if staying in East Lothian. It is council run but the greens were in excellent condition and the slightly lower maintenance meant t...

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