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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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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Neath 29/09/2019

14th South Wales - Best in Area 33rd 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

9th 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 (The Lodge) 24/09/2019

6th 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

7th 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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