Stuart Eastwood

Kenya based, ageing fast, a septuagenarian golfer now playing off 16, still bent on completing the Top 100 in the British Isles with just a few to go. Have I left the best til last? Loch Lomond. Machrie, 2 x Machrihanish?

My '18’ favourites? That’s hard but maybe… Royal County Down, Kingsbarns, Castle Stuart, North Berwick, both Sunningdale courses, Waterville, Tralee, Saunton East, Royal West Norfolk, Alwoodley, Enniscrone, Rosapenna, Burnham & Berrow, The Addington, Swinley Forest and for its history, Prestwick.

The one course that I feel should appear in the top 100? Dooks… a lovely links amid fantastic views. Seriously underrated IMO.

And the best outside the British Isles? Augusta. Now that was day well spent!

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Liphook 19/09/2019

1st Hampshire - Best in Area 45th England Ranking 100th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Back at Liphook after a year to find that the club is to undergo a major course alteration, designed essentially to avoid the present hairy/scary road crossing after hole...

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West Lancashire 06/09/2019

6th Lancashire - Best in Area 44th England Ranking 99th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Who is keeping West Lancs such a secret? An outstanding golf course with some magic holes and presented in wonderful condition. Every bit as good as its close neighbours...

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Gullane (No.1) 07/07/2019

4th Lothians - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 66th Britain & Ireland Ranking
From Clubhouse to Clubhouse this smacks of class. The East Lothian coast is a golfing mecca… you could easily spend a fortnight there and play a different but excellent c...

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Sherwood Forest 26/05/2019

2nd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 54th England Ranking
Definitely a course worthy of a trip to play... well presented, wonderful greens, some lovely holes and very walkable. I would love to play that again.

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Southerndown 17/05/2019

4th South Wales - Best in Area 9th Wales Ranking
How would you describe this links in the sky… moundy, bumpy, sheepy, fun? All true. Classy golf course with superb greens. Plenty gorse to avoid!

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Pyle and Kenfig 17/05/2019

5th South Wales - Best in Area 10th Wales Ranking
As described, P&K is a tale of two halves. The first 9 is truthfully quite flat and bland but after the turn, the course turns into a links with some memorable holes. Yet...

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Pennard 17/05/2019

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 72nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
One piece of advice for any septuagenarian golfer with a dodgy knee… take a buggy! Walking Pennard was close to torture! The course is magnificent albeit you need to co...

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Ashburnham 17/05/2019

1st West Wales - Best in Area 6th Wales Ranking
A hugely enjoyable and very walkable golf course with excellent greens and so many memorable holes. A must play if in Wales.

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Vipingo Ridge 08/04/2019

1st Kenya Ranking
Undoubtedly the best golf course in East Africa and a real pleasure to play. David Jones has created a masterpiece and there are very few holes that are not memorable. T...

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Ferndown (Old) 22/03/2019

4th Dorset - Best in Area 52nd England Ranking
Arriving early at the golf club, friendly staff and members made us feel most welcome. Yes, the starter was a bit long winded on the do's and don'ts but as the vista ove...

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Saunton (West) 21/03/2019

3rd Devon - Best in Area 56th England Ranking
The second course at Saunton is certainly not 'inferior'. Like its sister, this is a wonderful links and is surely a must play if in North Devon. The first half dozen hol...

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Remedy Oak 16/03/2019

2nd Dorset - Best in Area 38th England Ranking 87th Britain & Ireland Ranking
As you arrive at Remedy Oak it is clear that this is a wonderful piece of ground. The clubhouse was superb and the staff very welcoming. All in all, worthy of long drive...

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The Island 04/03/2019

2nd Dublin - Best in Area 8th Ireland Ranking 50th Britain & Ireland Ranking
One review aptly describes the Island as a 'no frills golf course that is very harmonious with its surroundings'... succinctly put. Wonderful day out. A treat!

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Moortown 04/03/2019

3rd Yorkshire - Best in Area 47th England Ranking
Having played Alwoodly the day before, we were looking forward to the MacKenzie neighbour... but were very disappointed. The course was poorly presented on the day and t...

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Alwoodley 04/03/2019

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 14th England Ranking 37th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Not to be missed... and outstanding golf course and well worth playing. Loved it. Would play it again if I had the chance. Everything was perfect.

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