David Worley

David Worley lives in Melbourne and plays off an 11 handicap. He's a member of three golf clubs: Commonwealth, Sorrento and Moonah Links. He's also a member of the Australian Golf Writers Association and is on the judging panel for The Golf Course Guide in Australia. He's played 299 courses in the UK and Ireland, many more than once, and has written four golf books to date. In 2007, his third book, Journey through the Links, was voted the number 1 golf book in the world by Sports Illustrated and the sequel, Another Journey through the Links, was the only golf book to be shortlisted for the 2011 British Sport Books Awards. In April 2015 he published Golf in the Heather and Gorse, reviewing many inland and heathland courses of England and Scotland and, as with his previous books, Peter Thomson wrote the Foreword.

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Kilmarnock (Barassie) 01/05/2015

11th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 64th Scotland Ranking
The opening hole should be an easy par five with its length being just 509 yards. You need to keep away from the right which is a wall of trees bordering out of bounds an...

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West Kilbride 01/05/2015

10th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 61st Scotland Ranking
West Kilbride is a really enjoyable course to play. Beside the opening holes there are attractive houses beyond the out of bounds fence and on the home run there are love...

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Glasgow (Gailes Links) 29/04/2015

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 43rd Scotland Ranking
Glasgow Gailes is in that marvellous stretch of land between Troon and Irvine that yields lovely springy turf fairways. In 1924 the club purchased Gailes golf links from...

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Western Gailes 29/04/2015

3rd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 34th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Western Gailes is laid out on a narrow stretch of land between the railway line and the sea. Except for the short 13th, all holes run north or south with never enough roo...

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Dundonald 29/04/2015

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 82nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
From the championship tees Dundonald is a serious test of golf. For example, the opening hole is a par four of 465 yards and is 435 yards from the medal tee. The first pa...

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Prestwick St Nicholas 23/04/2015

9th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 58th Scotland Ranking
Although it measures just 6044 yards, there are some tight drives through gorse and there is almost always the wind to take into contention. The first three and last thre...

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Irvine 23/04/2015

8th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 55th Scotland Ranking
You will be punished for any errant shots at Irvine as most fairways are flanked by heather, gorse and broom. Irvine mainly has a real links feel but in several areas the...

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Southerness 21/04/2015

1st Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 45th Scotland Ranking
Southerness is the most southerly of Scottish links courses on the west coast. Situated on the Solway Firth, not far north of Silloth, there are lovely views of both the...

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Prestwick 21/04/2015

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 16th Scotland Ranking 35th Britain & Ireland Ranking
There aren’t many better opening holes than the 1st at Prestwick. A par four of just 346 yards that is almost dead straight – what could be more simple? Well firstly, the...

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Machrie 14/04/2015

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 56th Britain & Ireland Ranking
This is a teaser of a course. At 6292 yards it is about the same length as Machrihanish. There are a number of short par fours, for example the 1st, 3rd, 8th, 15th and 17...

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Askernish 14/04/2015

13th North Scotland - Best in Area 82nd Scotland Ranking
The land is part of a large estate owned by the island community. After protracted and at times heated negotiations the go ahead was finally given for Askernish to be res...

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Dunbar 13/04/2015

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
The course is in two sections with a narrow slither of land in the centre bordered by the old deer park stone wall on the one side and the sea on the other. This strip is...

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Kilspindie 12/04/2015

10th Lothians - Best in Area 59th Scotland Ranking
Don’t let the total length of just 5480 yards mislead you. This is a wonderful course to hone your accuracy and have lots of fun. And when the wind blows off Aberlady Bay...

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Luffness New 12/04/2015

8th Lothians - Best in Area 46th Scotland Ranking
Luffness New is not overly long but it is still a very good test of your golfing skills. The rough in places is quite penal. The bunkers are neat and well defined and the...

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Craigielaw 12/04/2015

17th Lothians - Best in Area 85th Scotland Ranking
The fairways can get very hard and fast – a deliberate policy as there are no sprinklers other than on tees and greens. The bunkers are all quite steep and are very well...

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Gullane (No.2) 11/04/2015

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
From the public clubhouse you see only the 1st and 18th. Two rather flat and uninteresting looking holes on the east side of the A198. Once you cross the road, there is a...

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Gullane (No.3) 11/04/2015

20th Lothians - Best in Area
The first and last three holes lie on the east side of the A198 and perhaps mislead you into thinking there is not much variety here. However, the remaining twelve holes...

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