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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Fairhaven 22/09/2021

7th Lancashire - Best in Area 97th England Ranking
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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Hayling 02/08/2021

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 65th England Ranking
Sometimes when you return to a course you are disappointed, but sometimes the opposite happens. I returned to Hayling two years after my first visit and absolutely loved...

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Ashburnham 02/08/2021

2nd West Wales - Best in Area 8th Wales Ranking
Why have I waited so long to visit Ashburnham ?. Absolutely loved it and even with a 3 hour drive I am planning to return next year. A bargain green fee in their open wee...

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Brokenhurst Manor 02/08/2021

6th Hampshire - Best in Area
A trip through the New Forest is always a nice way to start a days golf, but in fairness once you arrive at Brokenhurst you enter a treelined isolated course that makes y...

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Sherborne 08/07/2021

6th Dorset - Best in Area
Sherborne is very much parkland in lovely quiet countryside with many surrounding trees and good views, with 11 holes one side of the road and the 7 finishing holes on th...

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Thurlestone 23/05/2021

9th Devon - Best in Area
Thurlestone has long been on my target list and finally got to play a new course post covid in May 2021. Once you have negotiated the country lanes to get there, a specta...

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Yeovil (Old) 23/05/2021

8th Dorset - Best in Area
Not sure the severe wind and rain conditions were best way to review a course, but have to say course stood up pretty well to recent bad weather and it was very well pres...

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Ogbourne Downs 23/05/2021

Gem England - Best in Area
Much improvement in course condition has occurred since my negative review in 2018. Pleased to report greens are now good, fairways as always drain well and the course is...

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Taunton & Pickeridge 02/10/2020

9th Somerset - Best in Area
Returned in September 2020 to play the full course. Playing in a mixed open the course condition was much better than on my last visit. Greens were in generally good cond...

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Newbury & Crookham 18/09/2020

8th Berkshire - Best in Area
Newbury & Crookham offers plenty of interest for the visiting golfer, with a variety of holes. This is not basic parkland as it has some uphill holes, downhill holes, fla...

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Kidderminster 04/09/2020

6th Worcestershire - Best in Area
Kidderminster is set in amongst houses and roads, and is in places congested. Most holes are treelined, with much Silver Birch in evidence and I thought the bunkering was...

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Enmore Park 24/08/2020

5th Somerset - Best in Area
Enmore Park were very friendly and helpful, although the round was a bit slow. Post covid19 course conditions pretty good, with springy fairways nicely mown and true gree...

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Tiverton 24/08/2020

17th Devon - Best in Area
First played Tiverton a couple of years ago in teaming rain and my over-riding impression was of a lot of approach shots to concealed pins. Thought I should revisit on a...

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Honiton 24/08/2020

Gem England - Best in Area
A pleasant enough parkland track in a nice countryside location with some views. Although on top of a hill it's fairly flat and doesn't seem to be a taxing course with a...

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Chipping Sodbury 24/08/2020

13th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Chipping Sodbury is a typical 1970's style of parkland course with numerous water hazards. I have played it a few times and twice post covid lockdown when it has been in...

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Remedy Oak 24/06/2020

3rd Dorset - Best in Area 47th England Ranking
Remedy Oak is nice. A a very modern style course with wide fairways set in very pleasant countryside, with each hole in splendid isolation cut through the expanses of hug...

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Broadstone 12/05/2020

1st Dorset - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 74th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Broadstone is quite an undulating open heathland course. I particularly like the first six holes which provide plenty of variety, including the delighful par 3 at hole 6....

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Hindhead 12/05/2020

11th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 80th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hindhead is an enjoyable course, and the pick of the holes are from the 2nd to the 7th which really utilise the valleys between the tree and heather clad banks. Quite a q...

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St Mellons 11/04/2020

19th South Wales - Best in Area 46th Wales Ranking
Another of those parkland courses in the Cardiff area, St.Mellons does seem a bit hemmed in and carpark and clubhouse areas on arrival seem in need of some tlc. I've play...

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