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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Hillside 23/08/2004

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
It's not all about the back nine - the front nine is varied and tough too. But there is no doubt, the back nine is special. I doubt whether there are three better courses...

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St Annes Old Links 22/08/2004

9th Lancashire - Best in Area
St Annes Old Links is a nostalgic links course - well worth playing alongside Royal Lytham St Annes and Fairhaven, but don't expect a classic. Stunning views across the a...

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Formby 22/08/2004

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking
No sea views to drink here at Formby, but the pines make up for it. It's also a tough monster - you really need to be on your game. It's a must play course if in the area...

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Belfry (PGA National) 28/07/2004

13th Warwickshire - Best in Area
Played here in sideways rain, therefore the PGA National, in my memory, is a complete nightmare. It's certainly a tough course. I'd like to play it on a sunny summer's da...

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Bearwood Lakes 23/07/2004

4th Berkshire - Best in Area 52nd England Ranking
Bearwood Lakes must be one of the most underrated courses in the area. Superbly designed with the varied holes going in all directions. Especially memorable are the holes...

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Collingtree Park 17/07/2004

5th Northamptonshire - Best in Area
An exciting layout with plenty of water. Some good holes, most notably the 10th and 18th. Can play tough, especially from the back tees, so don't bite off more than you c...

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Dartmouth (Championship) 07/07/2004

8th Devon - Best in Area
One of the most challenging courses I've played - the Championship course at Dartmouth Country Club is brutal. You need a buggy here - walking 18 holes feels like 36! Man...

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East Devon 07/07/2004

4th Devon - Best in Area 72nd England Ranking
There is no doubt - East Devon is enchanting, a course which has a bit of everything. Not as well known as it should be but possibly all the better and certainly quieter...

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West Hill 07/07/2004

10th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Lovely traditional course set next to Worplesdon and Woking. Played here in 2002 - 36 holes of thoroughly enjoyable golf. Possibly a bit on the short side but charming no...

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Woburn (Duchess) 03/07/2004

5th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 96th England Ranking
A truly beautiful golf course. This is, for me, one of the very best inland courses. The greens are small and well protected. Scoring well on the Duchess is a real test....

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Moortown 20/05/2004

3rd Yorkshire - Best in Area 53rd England Ranking
Varied and interesting layout that provides a testing challenge. Par threes are especially strong and the greens are simply superb. Play it in the summer and be prepared...

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Perranporth 14/04/2004

2nd Cornwall - Best in Area 62nd England Ranking
Fantastic links but one which you need to get to know - so many blind shots can leave you in deep trouble. Extremely natural and those views are amazing. Would never get...

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Rye (Old) 06/04/2004

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 55th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Tough to get on, but it's worth persevering because it's a joy to play. Greens are stunning, firm, fast and hard to read. Some of the fairways are pencil thin, especially...

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Frilford Heath (Red) 03/04/2004

2nd Oxfordshire - Best in Area
A lovely course, perfect for society days with so many holes to choose from. Some of the holes on the Red have a parkland feel but nonetheless it's a great golfing venue.

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Moor Park (High) 03/04/2004

5th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Lovely well maintained parkland course - you'd never believe you were so close to London. Fantastic food in the clubhouse completes a perfect day's golf.

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