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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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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East Devon 17/12/2016

4th Devon - Best in Area 72nd England Ranking
East Devon flies under the radar because it’s out on a limb at Budleigh Salterton near Exmouth on the Jurassic Coast. There are no other courses of great repute nearby, s...

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Felixstowe Ferry (Martello) 14/12/2016

6th Suffolk - Best in Area
I too have a sentimental association with Felixstowe Ferry – nowhere near in the same league as Bernard Darwin, who might have had very good reasons to award Felixstowe t...

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Hankley Common 20/11/2016

8th Surrey - Best in Area 29th England Ranking 70th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I reckon it has been at least 14 years since I last played Hankley Common and I was keen to go back last month to establish whether or not my original thinking was correc...

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Cleeve Hill 19/11/2016

6th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Cleeve Hill is a course that will surely polarise opinion. The Marmite “Love it or Hate it” effect was coined for antiquities like this. I’ll put my cards face up on the...

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Exeter 15/10/2016

10th Devon - Best in Area
I played Exeter Golf & Country Club last week in lovely shirt-sleeved autumn sunshine. The purpose of the visit was largely to see the changes that Mackenzie & Ebert had...

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