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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Trevose (Championship) 02/11/2014

3rd Cornwall - Best in Area 66th England Ranking
Fairly undulating and open links course with panoramic views to the sea from the clubhouse, looking down over the course. No real stand out holes, although the fourth gre...

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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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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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Vale of Llangollen 07/07/2013

10th North Wales - Best in Area 29th Wales Ranking
Last course on our week in North Wales. The clubhouse sits above over the course and in the morning sun it looked a picture. Course was in reasonable condition (imagine i...

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Pwllheli 04/07/2013

9th North Wales - Best in Area 22nd Wales Ranking
Parkland front 7 holes start with a decent par 4, and are generally not without interest although holes 4 and 6 could do with some fairway bunkering (as could 18). The li...

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Nefyn & District (Old) 04/07/2013

4th North Wales - Best in Area 12th Wales Ranking
An eagerly anticipated trip to Nefyn, a sunny June afternoon and a virtually empty course. The long par 4 first downhill towards the sea was ok, and the second an excella...

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Aberdovey 04/07/2013

1st North Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played Aberdovey on a twilight fee in June; a good welcome, nice clubhouse, good course condition, and course to ourselves. Loved the bunkers as a feature with the long g...

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Porthmadog 03/07/2013

7th North Wales - Best in Area 20th Wales Ranking
A good start to our week in North Wales; after a 4 hour car trip the rain stopped and late on a Sunday the bar staff were most helpful in getting us on the course. First...

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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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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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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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Warren - Dawlish 14/10/2012

19th Devon - Best in Area
Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Dawlish Warren; despite recent rain the course was very playable and the greens true, albeit a touch slow. As the other reviews indicate thi...

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Bude & North Cornwall 01/10/2012

6th Cornwall - Best in Area
A confined seaside course close to the town centre, hemmed in by houses and roads and criss-crossed by public footpaths. Generally in reasonable condition, albeit greens...

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Weston-Super-Mare 29/09/2012

3rd Somerset - Best in Area
Flat confined course close to seafront; a most enjoyable course with fairly narrow fairways and the sea breeze factor. Have played W-S-M at leat once a year for the last...

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Fulford Heath 11/05/2012

5th Worcestershire - Best in Area
Bit disappointed after reading the reviews; played May 2012; fairways hadn't been cut (difficult to tell what was fairway and what wasn't), and although I guess this was...

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Manor House 17/04/2012

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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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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Pennard 08/09/2010

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 2nd Wales Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
A fantastic place for a day of golf; 18 holes of great variety, friendly welcome, stunning views, and even the cattle add to the 'naturalness'. Played in september open w...

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