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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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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Leominster 10/08/2019

5th Herefordshire - Best in Area
Leominster is quite a hilly course and that is the overriding memory of playing Leominster, and this probably does detract from one's liking of the course. The other thin...

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Sapey (Rowan) 10/08/2019

4th Herefordshire - Best in Area
Sapey was disappointing. Basic modern parkland without much in the way of excitement or quality holes. The 9th was for me the pick of the holes, a par 4 with a good looki...

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Burghill Valley 10/08/2019

3rd Herefordshire - Best in Area
Played Burghill Valley for the first time in May 2019 and thought it was reasonable enough. A few miles from The Herefordshire it is a more modern course but offers a sim...

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Herefordshire 10/08/2019

2nd Herefordshire - Best in Area
The Herefordshire is set in the middle of the countryside and is a beautiful spot and the course itself makes use of the natural contours. Flat it is not and when you sta...

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Sandwell Park 10/08/2019

6th Staffordshire - Best in Area
Sandwell Park is located adjacent the West Bromwich junction of the M5, but to be honest traffic noise doesn't seem to be a major issue. A course designed by Harry Colt i...

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Minchinhampton (Cherington) 10/08/2019

4th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Set in pleasant Gloucestershire countryside, a relatively new course constructed on farmland in the 1990's. Holes 1, 2 and 18 remain from the original new (Avening) cours...

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Sheringham 01/08/2019

3rd Norfolk - Best in Area 77th England Ranking
Played Sheringham on a first trip to Norfolk and it provided a wonderful contrast to Hunstanton. We were blessed with a lovely sunny July day and about a 13mph breeze, ju...

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Hunstanton 01/08/2019

2nd Norfolk - Best in Area 29th England Ranking 69th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hunstanton is a proper links course, fairly flat behind the dunes with a few glimpses of the sea and seriously impressive fairway bunkering. Played it twice during July 2...

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Borth & Ynyslas 24/07/2019

4th West Wales - Best in Area 18th Wales Ranking
Borth & Ynyslas is so very very different. To start with, as you approach the clubhouse you realise the course is dissected by and each side of a B road, and very close t...

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Abersoch 24/07/2019

14th North Wales - Best in Area 39th Wales Ranking
Abersoch can basically be divided into 3 parts. Firstly there are a number of holes sitting centrally in front of the clubhouse as you look out; these are congested with...

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Pwllheli 24/07/2019

9th North Wales - Best in Area 26th Wales Ranking
Returning to Pwhelli in July 2019 I think it reasonable to comment/update my review of 2013. Nothing much of note on the parkland holes 1-7, but from hole 8 onwards it re...

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Caernarfon 24/07/2019

16th North Wales - Best in Area 42nd Wales Ranking
Stopped off at Caernarfon GC on way back from Anglesey to North Wales. Basic parkland in below average condition with very very slow greens; in need of some TLC !. The op...

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Holyhead 24/07/2019

8th North Wales - Best in Area 24th Wales Ranking
On a 2 day trip to Anglesey we played Holyhead the day after Bull Bay. Not dissimilar in style but with narrower fairways bounded by ferns and much gorse, almost moorland...

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Bull Bay 24/07/2019

6th North Wales - Best in Area 15th Wales Ranking
Bull Bay situated by the sea on the north coast of Anglesey promised much. A sunny Monday afternoon, a bargain green fee and the course almost to ourselves. Opening par...

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Aberdovey 24/07/2019

1st North Wales - Best in Area 2nd Wales Ranking 64th Britain & Ireland Ranking
My second trip to Aberdovey in July 2019 after a gap of 6 years. Condition was generally good although the absence of eyebrow grass (since my previous visit) from most of...

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