David Baxter

Although I have played golf for over forty years now (generally in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire) it is really during the last 10 years that it is has become my primary sport and my real interest in different courses has developed. This has been enhanced by the development of websites such as this and the increase in number of Open competitions, which is a great way to play different courses at a reasonable cost. I have been a single figure handicap golfer for about 10 years and am a country member of Saunton Golf Club. I played my 200th course in November 2016, and am a bit of a traditionalist golf course wise (not too keen on some modern layouts) and think course conditioning (in particular the greens) and location is more important than off-course food and clubhouse. I particularly enjoy links and heathland courses and my favourite courses to date would be Royal Porthcawl, Notts Hollinwell, Saunton (East and West). Other favourite gems would be Pennard, Cardigan, Llandrindod Wells and Parkstone. Royal Dornoch is top of my must visit list, and there are many areas of the UK I would like to visit... would be good to play at least one course in each county.

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Bowood Park 13/10/2019

9th Cornwall - Best in Area
Bowood Park is very much a child of the 90's, a modern style course with generous but sloping fairways and the awful mounding to the sides; little in the way of bunkers s...

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Neath 29/09/2019

16th South Wales - Best in Area 35th Wales Ranking
First couple of holes at Neath are uphill from the clubhouse, the 1st being an ok par 5 but the 2nd is a totally blind par 3 which for me is fairly pointless. Hole 3 is a...

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Luffenham Heath 26/09/2019

1st Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
Played in the mens open at Luffenham Heath in September 2019 and the course was in excellent condition with quick true and very testing sloping greens; fairways and tees...

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Burnham Beeches 24/09/2019

8th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
Course condition in September 2019 was ok with good greens. Fairways and green aprons were very lush and green, infact for me they were too soft and this contrasted with...

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Enville (Lodge) 24/09/2019

8th Staffordshire - Best in Area
Two quality courses at Enville and both provide a similar mix of heathland and woodland, invarably in good condition. Although I have a slight preference for the Highgate...

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Ross-on-Wye 24/09/2019

1st Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Having played Ross-on-Wye a long time ago I was a bit surprised to see it at the top of the Gloucestershire rankings so I returned in September 2019 to view for myself.A...

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Redditch 16/09/2019

6th Worcestershire - Best in Area
Redditch in August 2019 was well presented; the greens were good and had interesting and subtle contours. The course itself is a mixture of parkland, woodland and more op...

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Stourbridge 16/09/2019

9th Worcestershire - Best in Area
Played Stourbridge in April 2019 and fairways and rough were still struggling to recover from last years dry weather. Greens were very good though. The course is quite ti...

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Moseley 16/09/2019

2nd Worcestershire - Best in Area
Played Moseley in September 2018 and was very impressed with the condition of the course, especially the greens which were very good. I generally like Harry Colt courses...

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The Worcestershire 16/09/2019

4th Worcestershire - Best in Area
The Worcestershire is pleasantly located below the Malvern Hills and comes complete with a very nice modern clubhouse. Sometimes the course can be wet, but the last time...

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Henley 14/09/2019

9th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
Another fairly average parkland course, nothing to really criticise but nothing to get the pulses racing either with a few too many bland holes. Four fairly average par 5...

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Long Ashton 24/08/2019

5th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Long Ashton for me is a tale of two parts, the first ten holes and the last eight starting from the 11th tee adjacent the clubhouse. After an innocuous opening hole the f...

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Wenvoe Castle 19/08/2019

19th South Wales - Best in Area 46th Wales Ranking
Wenvoe is one of what seems like a plethora of similar parkland courses in the Cardiff area. Three par 5's and three par 3's makes for a par of 72 with a white tee yardag...

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Church Stretton 16/08/2019

6th Shropshire - Best in Area
I think the previous review of Church Stretton is pretty well spot on. To start with three par 3's is very very unusual and the first is in particular a very difficult pa...

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Lilleshall Hall 16/08/2019

7th Shropshire - Best in Area
Visited Lilleshall in July 2019. Front nine was fairly average parkland played off firm clay baked fairways so ball bounced far. Back nine was much nicer, more woodland a...

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Oake Manor 12/08/2019

9th Somerset - Best in Area
Oake Manor is a modern style course with quite a few lakes and streams which seem to present most of the hazards. I have played Oake probably three times now (the last be...

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Cotswold Hills 12/08/2019

9th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Last played Cotswold Hills in October 2018. A good welcome and good facilities, with range and delightful external balconies/seating areas. Course was in good condition (...

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