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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Robin Hood 22/01/2020

8th Warwickshire - Best in Area
I have played Robin Hood GC a couple of times (both in autumn), and I have found the welcome and course condition more than satisfactory with excellent greens. A good var...

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Ladbrook Park 22/01/2020

6th Warwickshire - Best in Area
Played Ladbrook Park in August 2019. Condition generally good. Basic parkland but with overgenerous fairways so nothing much to get excited about off the tee. Some good h...

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Olton 22/01/2020

10th Warwickshire - Best in Area
Played Olton in the autumn of 2018 and didn't have the best of starts as they did make a muck up of our booking. A parkland course fairly confined, with a few gentle undu...

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Guildford 22/01/2020

35th Surrey - Best in Area
Played Guildford in 2018. In places felt a bit downland with open fairways and slopes, but in other places felt like open parkland. Most interesting holes seemed to be at...

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Drift 19/01/2020

44th Surrey - Best in Area
The Drift is very much a woodland course, with in places reasonably tight fairways where running off sideways is the main hazard. It can be fast running in summer, but co...

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Minchinhampton (Old) 14/12/2019

8th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Obvious similarities with Painswick and Cleeve Hill as mentioned in the previous review, including the issues of walkers wandering around. For me it's openness makes it m...

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Minchinhampton (Avening) 14/12/2019

5th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
There is very little to choose between the two courses at Minchinhampton 'New', and the Avening has the same advantages as the Cherington course, including two 18 hole co...

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Stinchcombe Hill 14/12/2019

14th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Stinchcombe Hill is perched on the edge of an escarpment and as a result has good views down to the south and across to the River Servern to the west. Although it plays l...

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Broadway 14/12/2019

12th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Finally got to play Broadway in August 2019 after 3 aborted attempts in 2018/2019 due to waterlogged course. Greens were in good condition but very hard, fairways were a...

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Marlborough 10/12/2019

Gem England - Best in Area
Marlborough is a tale of two nines, the flatter and older common land forming the back nine, and the newer front nine which opened in the 1970's and is built on sloping f...

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North Wilts 10/12/2019

8th Wiltshire - Best in Area
The older ten holes above the road that dissects the course are for me the better holes. These holes are typical Wiltshire downland holes with small greens and with sever...

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Berkshire (Red) 25/11/2019

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
What is there not to like about the Red course at the Berkshire ?. A very good Herbert Fowler designed course, easy to book, reduced winter green fee, friendly, no air's...

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Saltford 04/11/2019

8th Somerset - Best in Area
Saltford is standard parkland with a some ordinary holes, a few good ones and a few hilly holes. In recent years a covered driving range has been added. The feature hole...

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Clevedon 04/11/2019

7th Somerset - Best in Area
Some good holes, some bland holes, some newer holes, some quirky holes. I have played Clevedon a number of times over many years and remain to be convinced that the cours...

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Taunton & Pickeridge 04/11/2019

9th Somerset - Best in Area
Keith has asked for more raters to see Taunton & Pickeridge. Well I did on a beautiful evening in April 2019; cricket in Taunton finished early so it seemed a good time...

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Woburn (Duchess) 23/10/2019

5th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 96th England Ranking
The Duchess seems to be tighter and hence more claustrophobic than the other courses at Woburn. Personally I enjoy the Duchess as much as the other two, probably because...

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Woburn (Duke's) 23/10/2019

2nd Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 49th England Ranking
Played the Duke's in October 2019 and it was in good condition throughout; even off the yellow tees all the recent rain mean't it certainly played all of it's yardage, so...

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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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