Steve Smith

Love links golf, played all 75 links courses in Donald Steel's book "Classic Golf Links of Great Britain & Ireland" - old friend of Top 100.

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Durban (Country Club) 16/07/2007

1st Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area 2nd South Africa Ranking
I had the good fortune to play this Course in January 2005, the Pro Am before the SA Open which Tim Clark won. A treacherous opening hole, although we began on the 10th,...

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El Saler 16/07/2007

3rd Southern Spain - Best in Area 4th Spain Ranking 11th Continental Europe Ranking
The best way I can describe this classic is a cross between Ganton, and an Open Championship Course. A start in woodland, and a few similar holes in the Back Nine, and a...

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Old Head 24/10/2005

1st Cork - Best in Area 15th Ireland Ranking 65th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The caddies say that Tiger Woods took 3 wood, 6 iron and pitch to the "signature hole" 12th. My colleague (Handicap 1) managed rescue club, 5 iron and 2 putts. Wonderful...

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Pannal 14/07/2005

6th Yorkshire - Best in Area
A fine course with a mixture of long Par 4s, tricky 3, and Par 5s, though not long, test the player's accuracy.Opening Par 4 a real tester, and after 5 holes, an equally...

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Dunbar 27/04/2005

6th Lothians - Best in Area 32nd Scotland Ranking
After an average start, this course proved how it is possible to fit holes into a narrow strip of land without giving the golfer the impression that shots could encroach...

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West Lancashire 27/04/2005

6th Lancashire - Best in Area 44th England Ranking 99th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The beauty of this course is its variety. While the wind is always an influence, it is never overpowering as the layout of two loops of nine provides relief from what mig...

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Muirfield 27/05/2004

1st Lothians - Best in Area 3rd Scotland Ranking 4th Britain & Ireland Ranking 10th World Ranking
I've played virtually all the links courses in GB & Ireland, this one half a dozen times through the nineties, generally with the same group of friends. It's not the hard...

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Seaton Carew 27/05/2004

1st Durham - Best in Area 70th England Ranking
Seaton Carew, hidden within industrial Teesside, is proof that a classic course can be found in an apparently unpromising area.As Donald Steel wrote in his "Classic Link...

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Tralee 27/05/2004

3rd Kerry - Best in Area 13th Ireland Ranking 62nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Perhaps the least prominent of the SW Ireland Courses, but probably my favourite. Sometimes opinions are coloured by factors such a weather, form on the day etc. I played...

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Machrie 27/05/2004

2nd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 19th Scotland Ranking 56th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I was the only player on the Course in a gale, and began by wondering how many balls I might need.In the event, I managed quite well, and enjoyed the solitude, and isolat...

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Saunton (East) 27/05/2004

1st Devon - Best in Area 16th England Ranking 40th Britain & Ireland Ranking
When I rang to arrange to play this course, the Secretary suggested a Wednesday morning.Despite my relative youth, he suggested I play in the Competition the Seniors/Vets...

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Hillside 27/05/2004

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Greg Norman describes this course as having the best back 9 in Britain. I'm inclined to agree!! After playing the short tenth, there are a series of doglegs, right and le...

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St Andrews (New) 27/05/2004

5th Fife - Best in Area 29th Scotland Ranking 93rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
In my experience, a harder challenge than its illustrious neighbour. One of the Par 3s is either hit the green, or finish in gorse. Well worth a visit, even if the Old Co...

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Gullane (No.1) 27/05/2004

4th Lothians - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 66th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Unique terrain, and at the high point of the course, the views are tremendous. Good course, but is it really any better than No 2 which welcomes countless visitors each y...

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Luffness New 27/05/2004

9th Lothians - Best in Area 45th Scotland Ranking
We had the pint in the broom cupboard as well! However, renowned as having the best greens in Scotland, and they are fairly good. It may help that the course always looks...

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