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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Cavendish 18/09/2022

1st Derbyshire - Best in Area 88th England Ranking
My first foray into Derbyshire and where better to start than at the top of the rankings. Very much in a dale, first impression was that it was very green (despite the dr...

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Bangor St Deiniol 20/08/2022

16th North Wales - Best in Area 44th Wales Ranking
Good to see Bangor St Deiniol added to this website. Played there in 2013 when holidaying in North Wales, as I recall a 'pink' charity day and we were made to feel very w...

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Swansea Bay 20/08/2022

20th South Wales - Best in Area 46th Wales Ranking
Having passed Swansea Bay golf course from the M4 into Swansea on many occasions I finally got to play there in 2018. The clubhouse is one side of the A road into Swansea...

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Woodlake Park 20/08/2022

27th South Wales - Best in Area
I have played Woodlake Park a number of times, in various weathers, and one thing you are always struck by is the location by a reservoir with views to the Brecon Beacons...

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Gower 20/08/2022

30th South Wales - Best in Area
Played Gower when staying at the rooms on site and I'm afraid I was not blown away by the 90's style of open course. Only a couple of holes struck me as being decent, nam...

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Maesteg 20/08/2022

24th South Wales - Best in Area
Stopped off at Maesteg in 2016 and it was enjoyable, so good to see it added to this website. Moorland style course in very nice surroundings, with a few interesting hole...

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Creigiau 20/08/2022

22nd South Wales - Best in Area
Quite an interesting albeit short parkland course with plenty of trees to gobble up your balls. Stand out hole is the 9th, stroke index 1 par 4, over 400 yards; a good ac...

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Knighton Heath 07/08/2022

10th Dorset - Best in Area
Knighton Heath is a pleasant predominantly heathland course. Greens were in good condition, but as with all courses at the moment the parched ground mean't staying on the...

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Churston 24/07/2022

13th Devon - Best in Area
A first trip to Churlston and it did not disappoint. The 1st and 18th were a bit odd being detached from the rest of the course (holes 2-17) which are on the other side o...

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Torquay 24/07/2022

14th Devon - Best in Area
Basic parkland on a fairly confined site. Holes 1-5 and 11-18 are at low level around the clubhouse and are characterised by up and down fairways with side slopes, and as...

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Exeter 24/07/2022

10th Devon - Best in Area
Exeter Golf & Country Club is a parkland course on a confined site with houses all around. In good condition in July 2022 the course started off reasonably well, however...

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East Berkshire 24/07/2022

5th Berkshire - Best in Area
A fairly short heathland course of 6240 yards (par 69), requiring a premium on accuracy. This is the third time I have played East Berks (although not for a long time) an...

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Tavistock 04/07/2022

12th Devon - Best in Area
Didn't choose the best of days to play Tavistock (June 2022); started in the rain, lightning interruption and although the sun came out the 30-40mph wind made the course...

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Came Down 04/07/2022

Gem England - Best in Area
Came Down reminds me a bit of the downland chalk based courses in Wiltshire, although most holes are straight up or straight down the hills so little in the way of tricky...

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Llandrindod Wells 14/11/2021

1st Mid Wales - Best in Area 15th Wales Ranking
Llandrindod Wells remains an absolute treat and one of my favourite courses. Due to covid I missed my annual trip in 2020, but returned in October 2021 to find all is wel...

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Royal North Devon 14/11/2021

3rd Devon - Best in Area 59th England Ranking
Played RND in October 2021, primarily because I was interested to see the proposed changes due to coastal erosion. Hole 7 is a new par 5 that seems to blend in seamlessly...

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Ferndown (Old) 05/10/2021

3rd Dorset - Best in Area 49th England Ranking
Returned to Ferndown in August after a gap of a few years, Still a delightful heathland course with plenty of interest for a day out. Course condition was just out of thi...

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Blackmoor 05/10/2021

4th Hampshire - Best in Area 71st England Ranking
Harry Colt rarely disappoints and Blackmoor is a delightful venue for a game of golf. Heathland in style it reminded me very much of The Berkshire's but with less elevati...

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Fairhaven 22/09/2021

7th Lancashire - Best in Area
Fairhaven was very pleasant. Greens in good condition, everywhere neat and tidy, nice clubhouse, easy to book, 10 minute tee intervals and nice pace of play. Can't think...

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