Simon Bale

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

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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 20th England Ranking 47th 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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Notts 16/04/2019

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 18th England Ranking 45th 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

53rd 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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Royal Bled (King's) 22/08/2018

1st Slovenia Ranking 95th Continental Europe Ranking
Slovenia isn’t a country known for producing good golf courses, but it is known for its natural beauty and its rugged mountain ranges. What you’ll experience at Royal Ble...

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Hindhead 07/08/2018

11th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 80th Britain & Ireland Ranking
For those who like a course to use the land that mother nature intended, it doesn’t get much more-pure than Hindhead. As you work your way through the front 9 you could i...

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El Prat (Pink) 11/06/2018

2nd North East Spain - Best in Area 10th Spain Ranking 67th Continental Europe Ranking
Many golfers will be well aware of the name El Prat due to the extensive list of high profile European Tour players who have won at this club over the years. Dating back...

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Streamsong (Black) 30/01/2018

6th Florida - Best in Area 99th USA Ranking
Having already experienced the Red and Blue courses at what has now become a 'must see' golf destination in Florida, I was incredibly excited about the prospect of yet a...

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San Lorenzo 05/10/2017

5th Algarve - Best in Area 9th Portugal Ranking 49th Continental Europe Ranking
The Algarve is well known as a quality golfing destination so, with the increasing number of newly built courses here, maintaining a position near the top of the area ran...

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Coombe Hill 06/09/2017

15th Surrey - Best in Area 57th England Ranking
There is no doubt that, as soon as you enter the clubhouse at Coombe Hill GC, you get a sense the quality and attention to detail that’s ahead of you. The clever use of s...

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West Lancashire 25/07/2017

6th Lancashire - Best in Area 41st England Ranking 94th Britain & Ireland Ranking
On a trip up to the North West to watch the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale, which Jordan Speith won in spectacular style, we were lucky enough to include West Lancs in our r...

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