Billy

I started posting reviews on this website soon after it came online and I found it fun to air my views on the many courses I’d played over the years. I soon realized that my opinions were sometimes shared by others and sometimes not. It’s easy to post negative reviews after bad experiences and equally simple to post positive ones following great experiences. I found myself thinking about why I felt disappointment after playing some top courses. Disappointment was of course due to expectation. On the flip side I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing some hidden gems because expectations were lower. If only sites like this were around a few decades ago I probably would have enjoyed some of the top courses much more.

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Carden Park (Nicklaus) 24/01/2006

17th Cheshire - Best in Area
Very very impressed with the Nicklaus course . Certainly a course that makes you think with classic Nicklaus double fairways and plenty of water. There’s a feeling of an...

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Linden Hall 19/01/2006

Gem England - Best in Area
Thoroughly enjoyed Linden Hall. We played here on a glorious Sunday afternoon and stayed the night in the hotel. Not many golf clubs have their own pub and we did have on...

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Forest Pines (Forest & Pines) 05/01/2006

3rd Lincolnshire - Best in Area
I’ve played Forest Pines a couple of times and there is no doubt that the Forest and the Pines loops are the best, the Beeches comes up short. I partly agree with the pre...

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Manor House 10/11/2005

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area
Dramatic, varied, entertaining, exciting and exhausting sum up my feelings about the Manor House. The course is laid out cleverly using the land to its full effect, some...

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Wentworth (Edinburgh) 18/10/2005

21st Surrey - Best in Area
It's a complete surprise that the Edinburgh is not a ranked course... this layout is far better than just a gem and it deserves more. From the regular tees, it's challeng...

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Brookmans Park 18/10/2005

21st Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Another average but enjoyable North London parkland course. A strong collection of par fours and generally a pleasant track but not that memorable on the whole.

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Brocket Hall (Palmerston) 21/03/2005

13th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
I have only played the Palmerston course and I have to say that it is good...very good in fact. In many ways it's reminiscent to the Marquess course at Woburn. Everything...

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Hadley Wood 07/03/2005

2nd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 84th England Ranking
Played here during an organised society day a couple of years ago and I was very impressed. Hadley Wood is a delightful parkland course with plenty of interest, lots of u...

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Hindhead 15/02/2005

11th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 80th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Recognition at last for one of Surrey's finest (and there's plently of great golf to be had here). In my view Hindhead is better than a huge number of already ranked cour...

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Felixstowe Ferry (Martello) 15/02/2005

6th Suffolk - Best in Area
This is an unusual links course and extremely enjoyable too but it has something missing and I can't put my finger on exactly what it is...perhaps it's the lack of dunes....

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Berkhamsted 29/01/2005

6th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Berkhamsted, a relatively undiscovered heathland delight...this is a quality golf course which oozes class. Played this course for the first time a couple of weeks ago an...

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Berkshire (Red) 13/11/2004

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The Red is definately the better of the two courses, which are tough to spilt after the first visit. The Red is tighter and more intimate, with each hole shielded from th...

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Berkshire (Blue) 13/11/2004

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area 36th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The Blue's a good course but not as good as the Red. The opening hole is an absloute brute of a par three. Not the easiest opener after lunch and a couple of beers. The B...

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Seacroft 02/11/2004

2nd Lincolnshire - Best in Area 74th England Ranking
Seacroft is an honest undiluted test of golf. There's nothing frilly about this links course. A basic 9 out 9 back affair with a small ridge of dunes between the outward...

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Linden Hall 24/09/2004

Gem England - Best in Area
I can't make my mind up about Linden Hall. Clearly its best facet is the excellent group of par threes - they are first class. There are more doglegs here than at Batters...

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Brampton 24/09/2004

6th Cumbria - Best in Area
Brampton certainly plays its length, you need to bring your best driving game with you. There are some excellent holes and the variety of trees around the course is quite...

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The Grove 24/09/2004

1st Hertfordshire - Best in Area 78th England Ranking
The Grove is a good course, laid out on an ordinary piece of land. The conditioning was faultless and the service second to none. The greens are certainly first...

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Fairhaven 23/09/2004

7th Lancashire - Best in Area 97th England Ranking
Fairhaven is a great course, memorable and honest...it's also very tough and there's plenty of sand to catch you out. Don't overlook Fairhaven in your rush to play Royal...

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Royal Norwich 23/09/2004

4th Norfolk - Best in Area
Royal Norwich is the best course in and around Norwich, although Eaton comes a close second. RN, whilst most definately a parkland course has loads of gorse,which is more...

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