James Reader

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St Andrews (Eden) 02/01/2022

17th Fife - Best in Area 79th Scotland Ranking
Shouldn’t be overlooked among the St Andrews courses (particularly given the green fee increases for 2022; it’ll be half the price of the New and Jubilee this summer). Th...

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Woodbridge (Heath) 13/12/2021

3rd Suffolk - Best in Area 93rd England Ranking
Well deserving of its place in the England top 100, Woodbridge could, for me, be ranked even higher. Its heathland setting provides wonderful turf for golf, even in Dece...

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East Devon 26/10/2021

4th Devon - Best in Area 70th England Ranking
In an area of the country that isn’t awash with good golf, East Devon is the exception. A stunning setting, lovely heathland turf (for the most part) and a number of ver...

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Charnwood Forest 19/09/2021

5th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
As is often the case, I find myself agreeing with everything Ed Battye says in his review. If you’re looking for somewhere to play to break up a journey up the M1, Charn...

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Spey Bay 21/08/2020

13th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I only played Spey Bay this evening because I wasn’t able to get a tee time on the four other courses I tried first, but I’m really glad I did. It’s a really good, old-f...

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Downfield 17/08/2020

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 66th Scotland Ranking
There are a lot of trees at Downfield - beautiful trees admittedly (it’s a bit like playing in an arboretum) - but, for me, there are too many holes that feel similar and...

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Halifax 08/08/2020

20th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Must be one of the best value rounds of golf in England. A wild moorland setting for a great collection of holes which live up to the Braid/Mackenzie pedigree, and sever...

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Monifieth (Medal) 24/07/2020

4th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 55th Scotland Ranking
The fact that there are more than 50 better courses in Scotland (at least according to this website) says more about the strength in depth of Scottish golf than it does a...

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York Golf Club 05/07/2020

12th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Less heralded than it’s near neighbour Fulford, but every bit it’s equal in my opinion. Makes really good use of a completely flat piece of land with many greens raised s...

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Crail (Craighead) 02/01/2019

15th Fife - Best in Area 72nd Scotland Ranking
I played Craighead for the first time on New Year’s Day - actually putting out on the first as the sun came up over the North Sea. There’s no shortage of great courses i...

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Boat of Garten 23/04/2018

7th North Scotland - Best in Area 38th Scotland Ranking
Over 30 years ago there was a “Golf Courses of Scotland” supplement in Golf World, which I read avidly as a young golfer. Amongst all the great links courses, there was...

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Duke's St Andrews 26/09/2017

8th Fife - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
Played at the end of September 2017 and was incredibly disappointed (I could have been on any number of great links courses within 15 miles!). The condition of the cours...

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Manor House 20/06/2011

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area
Nice course, but absolutely agree with the comments about the routing. Some long and steep walks between several greens and tees. Course marketing is also a bit over th...

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