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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London Club (International) 27/06/2006

10th Kent - Best in Area
Played the International a couple of times on corporate invites and I have to say I really enjoyed it, although I must confess that I looked lovingly at the Heritage cour...

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Bovey Castle 08/06/2006

5th Devon - Best in Area
Played Bovey Castle last week in glorious sunshine and it is a gorgeous course. It has come on a long way since the re-design that took place a couple of years ago and do...

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Sand Martins 25/04/2006

Gem England - Best in Area
One of the companies I used to deal with many moons ago had corporate membership here at Sand Martins and I used to skive off and pretend to have a meeting on the course....

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Prestwick 08/04/2006

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 35th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Prestwick is one of those courses that simply must be played. As one of the previous reviewers said, it's interesting. The start is good and the finish is excellent but t...

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Wentworth (West) 24/03/2006

5th Surrey - Best in Area 20th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played the West course last week for the umpteenth time and it's an experience I always enjoy. It was a cold and miserable March day and after the round I still came away...

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Carden Park (Nicklaus) 24/01/2006

16th 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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Dalmahoy (East) 11/01/2006

18th Lothians - Best in Area
I've played and stayed at the Dalmahoy and I really enjoyed the whole experience, a beautiful old hotel with two enjoyable golf courses. The East course has just undergon...

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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 93rd England Ranking
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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Hadley Wood 18/10/2005

4th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 96th England Ranking
A nice parkland course in a Moor Park stylee. I've only played it the once but I recall tricky greens and clever bunkering. One of the better North London courses and wor...

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Brookmans Park 18/10/2005

16th 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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Waterville 06/10/2005

2nd Kerry - Best in Area 5th Ireland Ranking 32nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Having just returned from a visit to Southwest Ireland, I can safely say that Waterville was the highlight of our trip, which included both courses at Ballybunion, Tralee...

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