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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Holyhead 24/07/2019

8th North Wales - Best in Area 21st Wales Ranking
On a 2 day trip to Anglesey we played Holyhead the day after Bull Bay. Not dissimilar in style but with narrower fairways bounded by ferns and much gorse, almost moorland...

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Bull Bay 24/07/2019

6th North Wales - Best in Area 15th Wales Ranking
Bull Bay situated by the sea on the north coast of Anglesey promised much. A sunny Monday afternoon, a bargain green fee and the course almost to ourselves. Opening par...

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Aberdovey 24/07/2019

1st North Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
My second trip to Aberdovey in July 2019 after a gap of 6 years. Condition was generally good although the absence of eyebrow grass (since my previous visit) from most of...

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Hayling 05/07/2019

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 65th England Ranking
Hayling Golf course on arrival promises much, situated amongst the sandhills adjacent to the beach overlooking the Solent and with it's very smart art deco clubhouse. The...

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Whittington Heath 19/06/2019

8th Staffordshire - Best in Area
Following on from my first visit to Whittington Heath in 2017, I went again in 2018 and liked it even more and so thinking it was one of those under-rated courses that ju...

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Goring & Streatley 19/06/2019

13th Berkshire - Best in Area
Goring & Streatley has a reputation for good greens and this was certainly borne out the couple of times I have played it (the last in 2017). Clubhouse and opening hole a...

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Donnington Grove 19/06/2019

14th Berkshire - Best in Area
I have to concur with most of the previous review especially with regard the long walks between tees and sometimes over the bridges of the noisy A34. I played in early Oc...

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Maidenhead 19/06/2019

11th Berkshire - Best in Area
Maidenhead is a mature parkland course where you get a warm welcome, a well presented course and very good greens. You wouldn't really notice you are close to the centre...

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Reading Golf Club [NLE] 19/06/2019

Reading is a pleasant mature parkland course. Holes around the clubhouse (the first few and last couple) are very flat but the middle stretch of the course is more undula...

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Delamere Forest 19/06/2019

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 40th England Ranking 93rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
A top 100 heathland course is always something to be looked forward to and this was enhanced by a very warm welcome and a course that looked very apetising from the clubh...

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Harborne 06/06/2019

12th Warwickshire - Best in Area
Harborne sits in Birmingham suburbia only a few miles from the city centre. My first visit and another Harry Colt course so expectations were high. I would say Harborne i...

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Oxford Golf Club 24/02/2019

6th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
Haven't played Oxford for a while (infact it was known as Southfields back then) but I did recall it's fairly central Oxford location, hemmed in by houses and not particu...

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Bramshaw (Forest) 18/11/2018

19th Hampshire - Best in Area
Natural, old, beautiful surroundings, grazing animals and totally different, The Forest course is an absolute delight. Most people seem to prefer the Manor Course but I k...

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Bramshaw (Manor) 18/11/2018

14th Hampshire - Best in Area
Bramshaw is a course I have played a number of times over the years. The trip to the New Forest is part of the day and is always interesting with ponies, cattle, sheep, d...

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