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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Minehead & West Somerset 16/04/2018

10th Somerset - Best in Area
I’ve played Minehead and West Somerset twice in the last twelve months, most recently at the end of January 2018 after one of the wettest autumn and winters on record. It...

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Newquay 03/04/2018

7th Cornwall - Best in Area
If a league table for flying under the radar existed, Newquay would be near the top of the list. I’m sure Newquay has been dismissed by many as holiday golf, after all, t...

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Mullion 01/04/2018

8th Cornwall - Best in Area
I’ve wanted to play Mullion for a number of years, as my local home course is also a member of the 1895 Club. Last Tuesday morning I finally made it down to the southernm...

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Teignmouth 03/11/2017

7th Devon - Best in Area
There’s a parallel between Teignmouth and Yelverton – both courses are lie of the land and both have their clubhouses located on the opposite side of the road to the cour...

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Royal North Devon 30/09/2017

2nd Devon - Best in Area 60th England Ranking
“Bohemian” is how my playing partner described Royal North Devon when we teed it up here a week ago. “Interesting description” I replied and it sums up RND rather well in...

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Bude & North Cornwall 30/09/2017

6th Cornwall - Best in Area
Those that admire greens hidden in punchbowls, greens raised onto plateaux, blind drives, blind approaches, stirring topography and hard and fast surfaces need look no fu...

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Tidworth Garrison 19/09/2017

3rd Wiltshire - Best in Area
Tidworth Garrison and High Post are regional downland rivals and “Royal” High Post as it is locally referred is currently ranked higher than Tidworth in the Wiltshire Bes...

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High Post 18/09/2017

9th Wiltshire - Best in Area
The most notable feature of the course at High Post is the grassy mounds and hollows that surround some of the greens and also run alongside the occasional fairway. This...

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Reigate Heath 03/08/2017

27th Surrey - Best in Area
Reigate Heath is right up my alley and I’d happily be a member here if I lived locally. I have an affinity with 9-hole courses (I’m a member of a 9-holer in Devon). In th...

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The Addington 25/07/2017

16th Surrey - Best in Area 58th England Ranking
I certainly enjoyed The Addington when I teed it up here alongside Jim (and Richard & Ruth Smith) on a scorching hot Sunday afternoon earlier this month. I was amazed at...

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Brokenhurst Manor 02/07/2017

6th Hampshire - Best in Area
I was rather impressed with Brokenhurst Manor when I teed it up here yesterday afternoon in warm sunshine. The routing is slightly quirky but rather intriguing with three...

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Remedy Oak 26/05/2017

3rd Dorset - Best in Area 47th England Ranking
I have never seen a better site for a modern inland UK golf course in more than thirty years of looking. The land on which Remedy Oak is laid out is truly magnificent and...

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Yelverton 28/04/2017

6th Devon - Best in Area
One of the biggest golfing mistakes I’ve made was failing to play Yelverton Golf Club when I lived just around the corner on the Bere Peninsula some ten years ago. I’ve d...

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Wildernesse 16/04/2017

7th Kent - Best in Area
Wildernesse was the last course we played during a mini Kentish break that included Prince’s and Knole Park. I squeezed 63 holes, a 600-mile round trip and an evening’s M...

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Knole Park 16/04/2017

5th Kent - Best in Area 89th England Ranking
[Knole Park] “is still very new, but I think, when it is a little older, few, if any, park courses will be better. Certainly none will be prettier.” Wrote Darwin in The G...

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Berkshire (Red) 20/02/2017

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
A decade has passed since I last visited The Berkshire and I took great pleasure reacquainting myself with the Red course last Friday on a pleasantly warm and sunny mid F...

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Verulam 16/01/2017

22nd Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Anyone remotely interested in the Ryder Cup should visit Verulam Golf Club, home of Sam Ryder. I’ve played Verulam numerous times with a member, a certain Mr Peter K. The...

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Enmore Park 21/12/2016

5th Somerset - Best in Area
Enmore Park wasn’t on my to-play radar, but it was one of only a few higher ranked West Country Best In County courses that both Brian and I hadn’t seen. So we settled on...

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Dartmouth (Championship) 18/12/2016

8th Devon - Best in Area
Dartmouth is much more popular with sailors than it is with golfers and there’s a great deal to like about this upmarket sailing port. Dartmouth Golf & Country Club is th...

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