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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Hawkstone Park (Hawkstone) 21/10/2018

2nd Shropshire - Best in Area
Really enjoyed the Hawkstone course. In the Shropshire countryside, a nice clubhouse with balcony views over the course, a well organised team event and well presented go...

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Sandy Lodge 03/10/2018

8th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Awesome greens in great condition (October 1st), of good speed (I would guess around 10) and with some interesting and difficult slopes. My first visit to Sandy Lodge and...

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Monmouthshire 17/09/2018

18th South Wales - Best in Area 41st Wales Ranking
The Monmouthshire (at Abergavenny) starts pleasantly enough with a short dog-leg par 4 followed by an uphill par 3 without margin left (ob) or right (a steep bank). A cou...

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Ogbourne Downs 17/09/2018

Gem England - Best in Area
More than a little surprised to see this the review for Ogbourne Downs. I too am a member but not in my wildest dreams could I consider Ogbourne worthy of a five ball rat...

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Edgbaston 25/08/2018

3rd Warwickshire - Best in Area
Edgbaston and another Colt course to play ! Not the easiest of places to get to in Birmingham, the course is fairly confined and although only 6106 yards in length (on a...

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Mannings Heath (Waterfall) 24/08/2018

7th Sussex - Best in Area
Having played one hilly course (Manor House Castle Combe) I found myself playing another one at Mannings Heath a few days later, the big difference being at Castle Combe...

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Glamorganshire 15/08/2018

Gem Wales - Best in Area
Initial impressions of the Glamorganshire were that it was lacking investment with tired clubhouse and parking areas, however the welcome was fine. Course had obviously s...

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Buckinghamshire 06/08/2018

5th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
The Buckinghamshire promises much; nice entrance, nice clubhouse with patio facing putting green and chipping areas. The opening par 5 is interesting with water down the...

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Little Aston 13/07/2018

1st Staffordshire - Best in Area 43rd England Ranking 97th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Mixed reviews, parkland, parched fairways .. was I going to like Little Aston ?. Answer is Yes. Despite the spell of dry weather the greens were really very good, hand cu...

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Teignmouth 18/06/2018

9th Devon - Best in Area
Absolutely loved Teignmouth and wonder why I haven't made the trip before. Played in their 2018 festival week and the course was in good condition with excellent and well...

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Tidworth Garrison 18/06/2018

5th Wiltshire - Best in Area
Tidworth is a fairly old style Wiltshire downland course with lots slopes and a few blind tee shots. I have just returned after a gap of 25 years and the first thing you...

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Mendip 25/10/2017

6th Somerset - Best in Area
Mendip is undulating (very up and down infact), quite peaceful, with some excellent views from the higher points. I have played here a number of times over the last twent...

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Coxmoor 07/10/2017

3rd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area
Coxmoor starts pleasantly enough, with an undulating opener, the 2nd a long downhill well bunkered par 3 and the third a birdeable but nice looking par 5. The 4th was my...

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Tadmarton Heath 07/10/2017

5th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
After a pleasant drive into the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside, Tadmarton Heath just oozes traditional golfing charm with it's stone buildings and setting. Delight...

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Sutton Coldfield 25/09/2017

2nd Warwickshire - Best in Area
Sutton Coldfield is another one of those good quality under stated heathland courses in the midlands. On arrival the clubhouse is somewhat dated and you then have to cros...

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Enville (Highgate) 14/09/2017

3rd Staffordshire - Best in Area
The Highgate course is the pick of the two courses at Enville and provides a good test off the whites at 6703 yards (albeit a par 72 with four par 5's), especially as thi...

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Berkhamsted 06/09/2017

6th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Berkhamsted is one of those older style bunkerless natural English courses that are a real pleasure to play. Hit it straight and avoid the trees and heather means you can...

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Bowood 06/09/2017

1st Wiltshire - Best in Area
Bowood is a modern style golf course and very different to the traditional Wiltshire courses. The drive to the carpark is impressive as are the clubhouse and facilities....

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Kingsdown 06/09/2017

3rd Wiltshire - Best in Area
Kingsdown is one of the older downland style Wiltshire courses that I grew up playing on the county card system. I returned early in 2017 for my first visit in a while an...

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