Simon Bale

Surrey based golfer who loves heathland and links turf the most.
Enjoy target golf and my top 5 courses include Streamsong (Red), Valderrama, Swinley Forest, Royal St George’s & Aberdeen International Links.

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Santana 23/03/2022

16th Southern Spain - Best in Area 58th Spain Ranking
Santana was a golf course that really surprised me and over-delivered on my expectations. On first impressions, I thought that the venue may have lacked investment, as th...

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Mijas (Los Lagos) 07/03/2022

10th Southern Spain - Best in Area 31st Spain Ranking
I really enjoyed my round at Mijas, Lagos. I have visited the area many times but had never come across the course as it is tucked away in an urbanization area, so until...

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Real Sotogrande 17/01/2022

2nd Southern Spain - Best in Area 3rd Spain Ranking 9th Continental Europe Ranking
I am a massive fan of this golf course. I have played it twice now and the first time I didn’t realise how good it was, but, the second time, I realised what an amazing c...

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San Roque (Old) 24/10/2021

8th Southern Spain - Best in Area 26th Spain Ranking
Before reviewing the Old Course at San Roque I’d like to briefly describe the venue, as the recent investment has created a very high-end experience that gives a visitor...

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Dumbarnie Links 26/05/2021

3rd Fife - Best in Area 17th Scotland Ranking 40th Britain & Ireland Ranking
When we played Dumbarnie in May 2021, the course had been open for play for around a year. I was looking forward to seeing the course as had heard comparisons to Kingsbar...

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Buckinghamshire 07/09/2020

6th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
The Bucks is probably slightly underrated on the Top100 website. I can understand why, as it’s not a traditional or natural course, but it is a clever and interesting des...

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Silloth on Solway 31/08/2020

1st Cumbria - Best in Area 18th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I’d been hoping to play Silloth-on-Solway for some time as I’d heard loads of good things about the course. The chance arose when my son and I had a staycation in the Lak...

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Royal Ashdown Forest (West) 04/07/2020

10th Sussex - Best in Area
The West Course is great fun. It’s challenging and tactical from start to finish and if it’s windy you’ll need a combination of luck and skill to navigate your way around...

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Puttenham 04/07/2020

38th Surrey - Best in Area
Puttenham is no doubt one of Surrey’s hidden gems. It’s a great fun track that offers up frequent elevation changes and constant variety in the length and direction of ho...

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Streamsong (Red) 10/03/2020

3rd Florida - Best in Area 61st USA Ranking 70th North America Ranking
I’ve just returned to visit the Red course at Streamsong after 6 years, and boy is it as good as I remembered. I have played the Black and the Blue since and I can say th...

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La Reserva 13/01/2020

6th Southern Spain - Best in Area 13th Spain Ranking 73rd Continental Europe Ranking
We arrived at the course on a windy and cold December day and knew it was likely to prove a hard test of golf. From the moment of arrival the service was smooth and easy...

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Son Gual 15/09/2019

2nd Balearic Islands - Best in Area 16th Spain Ranking 83rd Continental Europe Ranking
Son Gaul is undoubtedly a top end golf course. The layout is perfect in almost every way, as you would expect from a purpose built design, with 2 loops of nice returning...

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Real Las Brisas 15/09/2019

4th Southern Spain - Best in Area 6th Spain Ranking 24th Continental Europe Ranking
If you’re looking for quality, class and style in a golf course Las Brisas will not disapoint. This is a very strong layout and It’s hard to find fault with anything abou...

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Hollinwell 16/04/2019

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 47th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The UK is blessed to have a few rare pockets of heathland in some random spots throughout the country. When the great golf architects of yesteryear found these spots to b...

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TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley) 29/03/2019

52nd Florida - Best in Area
It’s always great to come to a venue where there are two very different courses and that’s certainly the case at Sawgrass. Pete Dye is known for making courses tricky and...

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