Ian Henley

Ian is our Welsh correspondent who also covers Southwest England. He started playing golf after learning to bike ride, so golf came even before girlfriends, but he still plays off a 7 handicap and reckons he got the balance about right! He played his early golf on England’s south coast and he’s played more than 50 of Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 courses favouring those that offer dramatic settings and unique challenges.

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Mar Hall - Earl of Mar 23/07/2014

4th Renfrewshire - Best in Area 91st Scotland Ranking
We were fortunate to play the Earl of Mar on the sort of Scottish summers day you always hope for and therefore we saw the course, it's location and the grand Mar Hall ho...

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Pine Valley 20/07/2011

1st New Jersey - Best in Area 3rd USA Ranking 3rd North America Ranking 3rd World Ranking
Reflecting on what one can write about Pine Valley you are left with an overwhelming sense of guilt that any other course review written before had inevitably been subjec...

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Teignmouth 23/02/2011

9th Devon - Best in Area
Teignmouth Golf Club in South Devon is a wonderfully natural heathland course set in an outstanding location with 360-degree panoramic views from its elevated position ab...

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Los Flamingos 20/11/2010

44th Southern Spain - Best in Area 91st Spain Ranking
Flamingos is a decent enough course that has some excellent holes interspersed with some very average stuff. The start is very tight with the first 5 holes set close to t...

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Llandrindod Wells 02/11/2010

1st Mid Wales - Best in Area 16th Wales Ranking
Llandrindod Wells is a real surprise package and in the truest definition of a hidden gem it represents one of Wales best kept secrets. The trip to Powys is a trek for mo...

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Royal Liverpool 10/10/2010

1st Cheshire - Best in Area 15th England Ranking 39th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Playing any open championship track should be the pinnacle of your golfing experiences, but I admit to being somewhat deflated by the Royal Liverpool layout. It is crying...

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Dundonald 07/07/2010

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 26th Scotland Ranking 82nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Dundonald is rightfully becoming yet another great course on the Ayrshire coast. It's closest neighbour, Western Gailes is a measure of the very best in the area and this...

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Woking 01/11/2009

8th Surrey - Best in Area 27th England Ranking 68th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Woking will always have a special place in heathland golf history, being the original track in the Surrey/Berkshire belt. The course certainly holds its position as still...

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Sherwood Forest 01/11/2009

2nd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 54th England Ranking
Making a recommendation to go and play a course that will measure up to everyone’s expectation is a tough ask, but in recommending Sherwood Forest you will be guaranteed...

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Remedy Oak 22/08/2009

2nd Dorset - Best in Area 38th England Ranking 87th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Remedy Oak is only 5 years old and has maturity beyond its years. It is easy to see why it is living up to the top billing as the setting and layout of the championship c...

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Broadstone 16/08/2009

1st Dorset - Best in Area 31st England Ranking 73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The debate between which is the best, Broadstone or Parkstone is a popular talking point at both clubs. In reality both courses are excellent, but I think there are legit...

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Dartmouth (Championship) 01/03/2009

7th Devon - Best in Area
Dartmouth is blessed with a rolling landscape ideal to design a dramatic golf course and I am pleased to say that the setting out of this layout has used every opportunit...

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Neath 25/01/2009

16th South Wales - Best in Area 35th Wales Ranking
Neath is truly one of Wales unsung golfing gems. Whatever criteria you base your assessment of Neath it matters little for it is a course that has James Braid architectur...

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Cardigan 17/01/2009

5th West Wales - Best in Area 20th Wales Ranking
One could contend that Cardigan is not easily accessible from most parts of the UK, yet many golfers have heard of it. The remote location and quality of the course provi...

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Torrequebrada 23/11/2008

39th Southern Spain - Best in Area 83rd Spain Ranking
Torrequebrada is one of the unsung hero’s of the Costa Del Sol and perhaps is less known than some of its neighbours from along the coast (in Marbella). Its location is...

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Pontypridd 24/09/2008

Gem Wales - Best in Area
Pontypridd is set high above the town and the views will hit you the moment you step onto the course. It is a great asset but its panorama is not all it has to offer. Wha...

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Monmouthshire 16/06/2008

18th South Wales - Best in Area 41st Wales Ranking
A course in a beautiful setting with a sprinkling of very good holes. Not overly long but some beautiful holes carved through woodland and rolling hills.

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