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I am a law student and I find myself playing way too little golf. I have held a 4 handicap but that number has doubled over the years, however I still get in the zone once in a while. The higher my scores got the more I became interested in golf course architecture, which you can enjoy no matter how bad you play. I am a member of The Rosendaelsche Golfclub, one of the oldest courses in the Netherlands. I am a great fan of Colt, Simpson and classic links and heathland courses in general and I always try to avoid dull resort courses at all costs. My all-time favourite course is a hard one: It's a close call between Royal Porthcawl and Ballybunion. If you want to play a hidden gem in a great environment: play Pennard or Furnas. Lastly I'd really like to play the Bandon courses sooner rather than later, but that is one of the charms of this game: There always remains so much golf history and so many wonderful courses to be explored!

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Oitavos Dunes 18/08/2012

2nd Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 3rd Portugal Ranking 20th Continental Europe Ranking
I played Oitavos the 13th of August, returning after 3 years and had a blast from begin to end. The opening hole is very good, giving you many options with the approach t...

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Furnas 17/08/2012

1st Azores - Best in Area 13th Portugal Ranking
The Island of Sao Miguel is uncannily beautiful and this course is no exception. If there's such a thing as a 'hidden gem', this might be the perfect example. Mackenzie R...

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Fontainebleau 19/07/2012

3rd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 6th Continental Europe Ranking
My expectations were pretty high considering all the great reviews i had seen and the course definitely lived up to them. There are no weak holes to be found and some are...

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Hilversumsche 14/06/2012

6th Netherlands Ranking 34th Continental Europe Ranking
Just five weeks ago was the first time I played here, and it was such a great experience that I rushed back today. The course was quite 'firm and fast' despite some rain...

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Utrecht de Pan 07/05/2012

2nd Netherlands Ranking 3rd Continental Europe Ranking 100th World Ranking
I played 36 holes yesterday and those being my 4th and fifth round at de Pan, it was the first time it really made me realize what a special place this is. Every par 3 is...

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Hilversumsche 05/05/2012

6th Netherlands Ranking 34th Continental Europe Ranking
It took me three hours to get here by train, bus, and a half an hour walk so I was really hoping it was going to be worth the journey ( which could have been a lot shorte...

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Hoge Kleij 02/04/2012

11th Netherlands Ranking
Since the last time I played here, Frank Pont has made some pretty big changes around the place. I played 36 hole here yesterday and I thought most of those changes were...

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Hardelot (Les Dunes) 26/03/2012

27th North East France - Best in Area 64th France Ranking
I played Les Dunes right after Les Pins and La Mer. i had already played the course once two years ago, but back then it was all torn up and played as a par 67. The first...

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Hoge Kleij 26/11/2011

11th Netherlands Ranking
This is a very nice track! it's still a pretty young course so it will only improve with the years. It's an exciting lay out that has some superb holes. It's not an easy...

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Tralee 09/07/2011

3rd Kerry - Best in Area 13th Ireland Ranking 62nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I fell in love with Tralee . There isn't a weak hole at all and I can't think of a course with more ocean holes. The stretch from 11-17 is just magical. the twelfth is th...

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Ballybunion (Cashen) 05/07/2011

4th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking
What an extraordinary golfcourse. I understand the arguments that the course is too quirky but I think that's one of the charms of the course; never a dull moment! There...

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Killarney (Killeen) 05/07/2011

6th Kerry - Best in Area 36th Ireland Ranking
Played all of the Killarney courses and the Killeen was the best by far. Had great fun. The holes by the lake are fantastic but I wasn't disappointed by the rest at all....

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