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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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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Marlborough 10/12/2019

Gem England - Best in Area
Marlborough is a tale of two nines, the flatter and older common land forming the back nine, and the newer front nine which opened in the 1970's and is built on sloping f...

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North Wilts 10/12/2019

8th Wiltshire - Best in Area
The older ten holes above the road that dissects the course are for me the better holes. These holes are typical Wiltshire downland holes with small greens and with sever...

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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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Tidworth Garrison 18/06/2018

3rd 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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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

4th 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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Manor House 18/04/2012

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area
very much agree with the review of 17/04/12; an average course with a couple of decent holes; too many better courses to give this anything more than a 3 ball. DB

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