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Moor Park (High) 14/01/2012

5th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
Very disappointed in the recent bunker renovation work on the Moor Park courses. Not in keeping with the classic 1920s style that Colt built and similar to any run-of-th...

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Wentworth (West) 02/05/2009

5th Surrey - Best in Area 20th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Wentworth has been steadily dropping through the golf rankings and will be out of the top 100 world by the time Ernie Els is through with it. Els hasn't designed a course...

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Belvoir Park 02/05/2009

3rd Down - Best in Area 9th Northern Ireland Ranking
This is a fine course and definitely the best inland course in Ireland. The new 7th green is however a disgrace and sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Moor Park (High) 19/11/2008

5th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
Thes old courses at Moorpark have sadly been vandalised with a JCB. The bunkers and grass shaping were hand built in the 1920s but these have now been wrecked. It's aki...

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Ashridge 12/03/2008

2nd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 73rd England Ranking
The greenkeepers at Ashridge know how to present a classic course! The bunkers are beautifully rugged, in the style of the original designers and the turf is always firm...

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Bearwood Lakes 12/03/2008

4th Berkshire - Best in Area 51st England Ranking
No, this course is a bit of a yawn. There must be 500 similar courses in the USA alone and if 6 balls represents one of the best in the world (Pine Valley et al), then Be...

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Longniddry 07/11/2007

11th Lothians - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking
In a glowing review of Longniddry, the famous golf course architect, Tom Doak wrote in his book “The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses”: “bunkers are big, deep and plent...

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Hankley Common 26/10/2007

7th Surrey - Best in Area 26th England Ranking 61st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hankley Common has something that many of the “heath” courses now lack : an expansive beautiful heath. The outstanding holes are 6, 7 and 18, the rest are good but don’t...

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St Andrews (Eden) 30/09/2007

16th Fife - Best in Area 92nd Scotland Ranking
There are lots of great greens on The Eden, not just the 1st. In fact all of the originals are superb. It's the Donald Steel redesign holes that are a real shame...the...

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The Addington 30/09/2007

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Addington is uniquely brilliant. It has such aan amazing routing using the ravines to the greatest effect. Forget the ranking, old Aber's Addington is one England's gem...

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Bearwood Lakes 30/09/2007

4th Berkshire - Best in Area 51st England Ranking
Given the paucity of good golf course being built in The Isles in the past generation this is pretty good. But to put it at the top of British inland courses is way off...

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Hankley Common 30/09/2007

7th Surrey - Best in Area 26th England Ranking 61st Britain & Ireland Ranking
A course on a great expansive heath, Sunningdale, Woking, The Berkshire etc. should take note on what a heathland course is supposed to look like i.e. more heather and le...

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Whittington Heath 02/09/2007

4th Staffordshire - Best in Area
Whittington Heath (Barracks) is a good pick as a hidden gem. In fact the course wouldn’t be out of place at the bottom end of the Top 100 in the Isles. The terrain move...

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Moor Park (High) 01/09/2007

5th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
Moor Park High has a pleasant mix of holes. The most interesting holes are over the best terrain: holes 11-14. But most of the holes have some interest with the 2nd and...

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Woburn (Duchess) 01/09/2007

4th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 79th England Ranking
Duchess has a better routing than the Dukes with far fewer back and forth, parallel, holes. But I don’t think its best holes are quite as good as the best on the Dukes. T...

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Oxfordshire 01/09/2007

4th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
In the yardage book for The Oxfordshire, its American designer Rees Jones writes “If I were to summarize my philosophy…I would rather create a natural, classic course tha...

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Carne (Hackett) 01/09/2007

1st Mayo - Best in Area 12th Ireland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
At some point sand dunes get too big for great golf; Carne is beyond that point. It’s spectacular but you either hit it straight or you’re up in mountain goat territory;...

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