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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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

9th 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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Pyle and Kenfig 18/09/2004

5th South Wales - Best in Area 10th Wales Ranking
Pyle and Kenfig is undoubtedly a heroic links. The back nine is dazzling, set amongst towering dunes. The greens are as true and as fast as those at Burnham & Berrow - an...

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Hillside 23/08/2004

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 51st 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

8th 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 18th England Ranking 44th 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

14th 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 51st 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

3rd 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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Murcar Links 13/07/2004

4th North East Scotland - Best in Area 38th Scotland Ranking
The stretch of coastline to the north of Aberdeen must possess three of the very best links courses in the British Isles and Murcar is probably the pick of the bunch. Mis...

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Dartmouth (Championship) 07/07/2004

7th 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 74th 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

12th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 81st 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

4th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 79th 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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Dooks 01/06/2004

5th Kerry - Best in Area 31st Ireland Ranking
Whatever you do - don't miss Dooks, it's an absolute delight. This is fun golf with a capital F...the holes are so varied, exciting and unusual. The course is undergoing...

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