Phil Ree

Nomad golfer trying to play wherever I can without a membership & proper handicap.

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Saunton (West) 29/10/2020

3rd Devon - Best in Area 61st England Ranking
Saunton West may be the little sibling of the two layouts, but it’s almost as tough and plays closer to the area’s tallest dunes. A few greens are tucked into these hills...

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Saunton (East) 28/10/2020

1st Devon - Best in Area 21st England Ranking 48th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Saunton is set on an amazing piece of land. It doesn’t feel quite as sandy as some other links, but the dunes, rumpled fairways and scenery make up for it. As a layout, S...

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Royal North Devon 27/10/2020

2nd Devon - Best in Area 60th England Ranking
Playing with a large group, Royal North Devon split opinion exactly as you’d expect. Much of it as flat as a pancake, some holes seem as wide as they are long, and thanks...

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Felixstowe Ferry (Martello) 14/10/2020

6th Suffolk - Best in Area
I like Felixstowe Martello. There is a road that bisects the course and I understand why some view the inland half as inferior. It’s flatter, there’s more water, there ar...

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Ipswich (Purdis Heath) 14/10/2020

1st Suffolk - Best in Area 48th England Ranking
Purdis Heath is an impressive site for golf, allowing for plenty of flat holes, dramatic holes, plus views across the central lake. Apart from one hole it feels a lot mor...

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The Grove 14/10/2020

1st Hertfordshire - Best in Area 78th England Ranking
Ignoring the hospitality, this is a parkland course which is decent but nothing special. It’s not particularly strategic, the land is just one long hill, some holes feel...

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Berkshire (Blue) 17/09/2020

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area 36th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I played the Blue on a day when the greens had been recently sanded so I didn’t see the course at its best. It’s a flatter, more straight-forward course than the Red but...

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Bramshaw (Forest) 04/09/2020

19th Hampshire - Best in Area
This may not be the objective best of The New Forest’s courses, but it’s certainly my favourite. It’s fun, quirky, cheap and might have the most animals of all the area’s...

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Carnoustie (Buddon) 04/09/2020

10th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
The Buddon is a course of two halves, starting and ending as pure links and running nicely alongside Hogan's Alley and the Championship course's 7th. This is the Buddon's...

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Brokenhurst Manor 02/09/2020

6th Hampshire - Best in Area
Brokenhurst Manor’s reputation has grown this year thanks to it hosting a Rose Ladies’ event. The New Forest is one of my favourite places in England so I had high hopes,...

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Lundin 06/08/2020

5th Fife - Best in Area 31st Scotland Ranking
Lundin’s worthy of any Scottish itinerary. By links standards it’s very hilly, making for many dramatic holes, blind shots and bumpier fairways than usual. The whole plac...

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Leven Links 06/08/2020

9th Fife - Best in Area 48th Scotland Ranking
Leven is a ‘rough and ready’ links. Its fairways are still in bad condition post-2018 drought, but the greens were good and the layout provides a solid test of golf. The...

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St Andrews (New) 05/08/2020

3rd Fife - Best in Area 26th Scotland Ranking 85th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Running alongside The Old Course, the New has a good amount in common – you can putt from everywhere, there are hollows and humps to play with, it’s scoreable if the wind...

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St Andrews (Jubilee) 05/08/2020

8th Fife - Best in Area 47th Scotland Ranking
I feel it’s a somewhat mixed bag on the Jubilee, there are a few bland holes but there are more top drawer ones which make up for it. It’s a bit of a slog, the shortest t...

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Panmure 04/08/2020

2nd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 37th Scotland Ranking
A classy golf course but one of two halves – the holes nearer the clubhouse, and the half on the wild links-land. It’s also a real tough layout when the wind is against,...

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Carnoustie (Burnside) 03/08/2020

8th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
Burnside’s short yardage doesn’t make it easy. In some way’s it’s tougher that its big sibling next door – tighter fairways, smaller greens, more gorse and heather. The f...

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