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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Saunton (East) 27/04/2011

1st Devon - Best in Area 21st England Ranking 48th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Fantastic links course with isolated fairways and large greens; excellant condition all year round; lots of par 4's but great variety and in my opinion not a weak hole; T...

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Saunton (West) 04/05/2017

3rd Devon - Best in Area 61st England Ranking
The 2017 West course at Saunton must now be as good as the East. Having played the changed course off the blue (back) tees I feel justified in uplifting my previous ratin...

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Camberley Heath 20/09/2014

18th Surrey - Best in Area 80th England Ranking
Delightful traditional heathland course; lovely variety of holes with changes in elevation and although not long there is a need to shape the ball both ways and use a var...

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Cardigan 29/09/2015

5th West Wales - Best in Area 19th Wales Ranking
Cardigan is a long way from anywhere but well worth the visit. A thoroughly enjoyable cliff top links type course with unbeatable views to sea and inland down the estuary...

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Royal St David's 07/07/2013

2nd North Wales - Best in Area 4th Wales Ranking 86th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played in the open week at Rotal St David's. The welcome was excellant and the course in good condition, albeit the greens a touch on the slow side. Although the weather...

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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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Beau Desert 25/06/2017

3rd Staffordshire - Best in Area 55th England Ranking
My third trip to Beau Desert and once again I really enjoyed the course. In good condition with very tricky greens which would seem to hold the key to a good score. Previ...

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Beau Desert 31/05/2013

3rd Staffordshire - Best in Area 55th England Ranking
Such an enjoyable course. The tree lined dog-legs are a real feature and require accuracy and shape from the tee. The real test is the large undulating greens, where 2 pu...

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Ferndown (Old) 31/05/2013

4th Dorset - Best in Area 51st England Ranking
I always find Ferndown a delightful course to play. Tree lined fairways, heather, great condtioning welcomes you. Played in their Open week this year and the greens were...

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Ferndown (Old) 05/10/2021

4th Dorset - Best in Area 51st England Ranking
Returned to Ferndown in August after a gap of a few years, Still a delightful heathland course with plenty of interest for a day out. Course condition was just out of thi...

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Saunton (West) 28/09/2016

3rd Devon - Best in Area 61st England Ranking
Saunton West does more than compliment the East, and together they form 36 holes of quality golf (is there any where better ?). Most of the other reviews cover the salien...

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West Hill 28/05/2017

10th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th Britain & Ireland Ranking
After my second visit to West Hill I feel I underestimated how very good this course is and therefore should update my review of May 2015. Beautifully presented (greens c...

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Sheringham 01/08/2019

3rd Norfolk - Best in Area 79th 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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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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