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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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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Stinchcombe Hill 14/12/2019

14th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Stinchcombe Hill is perched on the edge of an escarpment and as a result has good views down to the south and across to the River Servern to the west. Although it plays l...

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Broadway 14/12/2019

12th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Finally got to play Broadway in August 2019 after 3 aborted attempts in 2018/2019 due to waterlogged course. Greens were in good condition but very hard, fairways were a...

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Ross-on-Wye 24/09/2019

1st Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Having played Ross-on-Wye a long time ago I was a bit surprised to see it at the top of the Gloucestershire rankings so I returned in September 2019 to view for myself.A...

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Long Ashton 24/08/2019

7th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Long Ashton for me is a tale of two parts, the first ten holes and the last eight starting from the 11th tee adjacent the clubhouse. After an innocuous opening hole the f...

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Cotswold Hills 12/08/2019

10th 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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Minchinhampton (Cherington) 10/08/2019

3rd 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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Cleeve Hill 12/05/2017

6th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Cleeve Hill certainly covers a large acreage, the views are very good and the yellow gorse was in bloom (although didn't actually affect play much). Clubhouse is old, par...

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Bristol & Clifton 08/01/2017

9th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Bristol & Clifton is arguably one of the better courses in the Bristol area. Parkland in nature it has quite a few changes in elevation and with only two par 5's (at 9 an...

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Knowle 08/01/2017

11th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Knowle is a tree lined parkland course, with reasonably generous fairways, and a few uphill holes and a few downhill holes. My favourite holes would be the dog-leg 3rd an...

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Players Club (Codrington) 22/12/2016

4th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
I have played the Players a few times over the years, and indeed was a member briefly to use the practice facilities which for me are the biggest plus. My latest visit wa...

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Painswick 01/03/2013

15th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
As per the other reviews; quirky, an experience, shared fairways, views, cheap green fees, mats (played in february), lots of walkers, dogs, blind shots, etc. This was th...

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