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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Radyr 23/08/2016

17th South Wales - Best in Area 39th Wales Ranking
Visited Radyr in August 2016. General impression was that course presentation was below average and slightly tatty, although in fairness it was a very wet day; also the '...

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Kington 15/08/2016

1st Herefordshire - Best in Area
A most enjoyable hilltop course with 360 degrees panoramic views. Played in August 2016 in fine weather; the greens were in very good condition, the welcome from the pro...

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Parkstone 12/08/2016

2nd Dorset - Best in Area 44th England Ranking 97th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Stunning; revisiting Parkstone for the first time in 25 years have to say recent reviews are not wrong. The conditioning of the whole course was excellent with quick gree...

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Southerndown 11/07/2016

3rd South Wales - Best in Area 6th Wales Ranking
Played Southerndown for the first time in July 2016 in their mixed open. Biggest surprise was the glorious location adjacent Ogmore-by-Sea with sea, river and inland coun...

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Newport Golf Club 16/06/2016

9th South Wales - Best in Area 24th Wales Ranking
Newport Golf Club was to be honest a bit of a disappointment. The website says hole 2 is it's signature hole, and yes this is a nice well bunkered par 3, but nothing exce...

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Langland Bay 16/06/2016

15th South Wales - Best in Area 34th Wales Ranking
Played Langland Bay in June 2016. Excellant views, reasonable greens and a variety of holes. Fairly confined and as a result quite a few holes criss-cross which is not al...

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Cardiff 01/05/2016

12th South Wales - Best in Area 28th Wales Ranking
Enjoyed Cardiff GC. Although not long, with six par 3's, there are a number of long par 4's plus a couple of short par 4's making for a nice variety of holes. Most holes...

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Royal North Devon 13/04/2016

2nd Devon - Best in Area 60th England Ranking
Having played RND quite a few times in the last 10 years (most recently in April 2016) I find this quite a difficult course to rate. Some people love it, some people hate...

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Blackwell 15/10/2015

1st Worcestershire - Best in Area 88th England Ranking
Played Blackwell for the first time in October and it was in excellant condition. Greens were an absolute delight to play with extensive undulations and run-offs making t...

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Copt Heath 15/10/2015

5th Warwickshire - Best in Area
Fairly average. Pllayed in early October and the greens were quite slow. No real stand-out holes and fairly flat. Not bad but just not inspiring. Par 3 13th probably the...

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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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Frilford Heath (Green) 16/08/2015

4th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
My personal favourite at Frilford. Always in good condition with top class greens, the Green course is a real delight. Accuracy is at a premium (especially off the tee),...

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Frilford Heath (Red) 16/08/2015

2nd Oxfordshire - Best in Area
The Red used to be my favourite at Frilford, but I'm afraid the changes to the opening holes (especially 2 to 4) to accommodate the Blue seem just so out of character to...

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Frilford Heath (Blue) 16/08/2015

10th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
The Blue is my least favourite of the three courses. The best holes seem to be at the start of the round (especially 1, 2, 3) but after that (especially after the 10th) t...

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Foxhills (Bernard Hunt) 08/07/2015

33rd Surrey - Best in Area
First impressions were excellant with tennis, golf and all the facilities in one location. A couple of interesting short par 4's to start with, but by the time I got to t...

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Clyne 21/06/2015

13th South Wales - Best in Area 30th Wales Ranking
A very welcoming golf club with good onsite accommodation. The course was generally well presented with greens in good condition. Some good views of Swansea Bay, combined...

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West Hill 22/05/2015

10th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played West Hill in May 2015 and enjoyed the course very much. A fairly typical Surrey heathland course which with a par 69 for the 6400 yards was no pushover. Enjoyed th...

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East Devon 12/05/2015

4th Devon - Best in Area 72nd England Ranking
First played East Devon in 1994 and finally made a vowed return in May 2015. I can't think of any reason to criticise the course but it just didn't seem to have any wow f...

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