Keith Baxter

My love affair with golf courses started more than thirty years ago. I’ve lost count of the number of different courses I’ve played down the years, but I have golfed across four continents and have played more than 90 courses in the Britain & Ireland Top 100. I’ve negotiated thousands of ordinary golf holes over the years and hundreds that are truly excellent, but many memorable experiences involved playing average golf courses in wonderful company. I’m the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Top 100 Golf Courses and sometimes play to a 10 handicap.

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St Annes Old Links 01/12/2019

9th Lancashire - Best in Area
Cheerless is one word I’d use to describe SAOL. Too many parallel holes run broadly in a north south direction making the going unpleasantly tough when the prevailing win...

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Delamere Forest 20/11/2019

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 40th England Ranking 93rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Delamere Forest was one of my golfing highlights of 2019. I teed it up here immediately after the club’s hosting of the Women’s County Finals in September and the course...

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Taunton & Pickeridge 04/11/2019

9th Somerset - Best in Area
I’d love to get more of our raters to see Taunton & Pickeridge as I think it’s a course that has plenty going for it. Should you be passing Taunton on the M5 motorway you...

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Ashbury (Kigbeare) 02/11/2019

20th Devon - Best in Area
I played the Kigbeare a few weeks back in a society event. Frankly I wasn’t expecting much at this popular 600-acre golfing (and much more) facility. The cost for the rou...

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Gog Magog (Wandlebury) 21/10/2019

3rd Cambridgeshire - Best in Area
I’m very well acquainted with the second course at Gog Magog as I was a member here for a number of years and have played the Wandlebury (and the Old) in numerous competi...

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JCB 15/10/2019

1st Staffordshire - Best in Area 42nd England Ranking 95th Britain & Ireland Ranking
One of the toughest and most intimidating opening holes in golf (especially from the Black tee tips) sets the scene at JCB Golf & Country Club. A 200-yard water carry wil...

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Temple 13/09/2019

12th Berkshire - Best in Area
Temple Golf Club was where Henry Cotton served as club pro in the 1950s. The course is decent but not great. The layout sports a number of architectural nuances that woul...

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Sherborne 23/07/2019

6th Dorset - Best in Area
There’s no hiding the fact that the first few holes are new and to be frank I wasn’t particularly impressed with the start at Sherborne when we teed it up here bright and...

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Yeovil (Old) 22/07/2019

8th Dorset - Best in Area
I was really looking forward to playing the Old course at Yeovil Golf Club after recently establishing that C.H. Alison laid out the club’s original nine-hole course. It...

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Tiverton 20/06/2019

17th Devon - Best in Area
If you’re looking for a decent and accessible parkland course en-route from Burnham & Berrow to Saunton or Royal North Devon (or vice versa), Tiverton is not a bad option...

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Tavistock 19/06/2019

12th Devon - Best in Area
While walking to the third tee at Tavistock early one sunny April morning, I was lucky enough to snap a photo of a pony basking in a gorse-sheltered hollow with her newbo...

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Bowood Park 07/05/2019

9th Cornwall - Best in Area
I’m sure I’m not the only one to have driven straight through Camelford on the A39 en-route to St Enodoc, Trevose or Perranporth and completely ignored Bowood Park, which...

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Orchardleigh 04/02/2019

6th Somerset - Best in Area
Playing parkland courses in the depths of winter is never ideal but we decided to take a look at the leafless skeleton of Orchardleigh last month after a spell of dry win...

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Centurion Club 26/01/2019

4th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 100th England Ranking
I’ve been umming and ahhing over this review for some time. It’s not easy to be objective about a course that isn’t your cup of tea. My feeling is that Simon Gidman ha...

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Mendip 22/01/2019

4th Somerset - Best in Area
The 2019 Somerset County Championship is returning to Mendip Golf Club later this year. We noticed lots of preparatory work being done in readiness for the event when we...

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Woodbridge (Heath) 30/12/2018

3rd Suffolk - Best in Area 90th England Ranking
The alarm went off at 4.15am and I was in the car by 5 o’clock heading to Woodbridge. Four and a half hours and 325 miles later I pulled into a relatively empty car park...

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Thorndon Park 01/07/2018

1st Essex - Best in Area 91st England Ranking
Despite being beaten by my daughter Rachelle (aka Baby Baxter), who rubbed salt into the wounds by holing a ridiculously long putt on the 18th to receive a standing ovati...

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Blackmoor 12/06/2018

4th Hampshire - Best in Area 71st England Ranking
Back in 2006 we formed the first English Top 100 ranking list online and we then went to print and published a book the following year. For some unknown reason Blackmoor...

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