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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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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Pyle and Kenfig 11/04/2020

5th South Wales - Best in Area 10th Wales Ranking
The reviews for Pyle and Kenfig do seem to have a consensus in that most think the front nine is below average and the back nine is very good. I fall in between in that I...

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Tenby 11/04/2020

1st West Wales - Best in Area 7th Wales Ranking
Tenby is a natural links course with nice views of the bay including Caldy Island. First hole reminds me of the tough first at Saunton East (although it does depend on wh...

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Moor Hall 08/04/2020

11th Warwickshire - Best in Area
Played Moor Hall in the summer of 2017. Course starts pleasantly enough and with par 5's at the 1st and 5th there is a chance of getting off to a good start. The early pr...

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Hillside 07/04/2020

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hillside has a much heralded back nine but I have to say that although flatter I also thoroughly enjoyed the front nine and the opening holes had plenty of interest and s...

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Hesketh 07/04/2020

14th Lancashire - Best in Area
I've played a number of links courses with one good links nine and one lesser more parkland nine (Pyle & Kenfig, Porthmadog, Pwhelli etc) and Hesketh is similar albeit th...

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Oswestry 28/03/2020

3rd Shropshire - Best in Area
Oswestry could best be described as mature rolling parkland. Sloping fairways mean that accuracy off the tee is required to avoid running off into the trees flanking the...

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Ludlow 28/03/2020

8th Shropshire - Best in Area
Ludlow golf course is set within the racecourse and therefore fairly flat but that should not detract from it being a pretty good golf course. I have played Ludlow a few...

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Manor House 24/02/2020

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area
The recent reviews remind me that since 2012 I have played Manor House (Castle Coombe) a couple of times, in August 2018 and November 2019, and so experienced the course...

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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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