Brian Ward

Brian lives in Cheshire and is the Top 100 Correspondent for the Midlands and the North of England. He is hanging on by his fingertips to a handicap of 7. He has played more than 1,300 golf courses, including the current Top 100 of Britain and Ireland and the English Top 100 (click here to read the story). His favourites include Morfontaine, Royal Dornoch, Swinley Forest, Old Head, Royal County Down and Sunningdale Old and Sunningdale New.

Brian now works full time in golf as Secretary of The Golf Society of Great Britain and he’s also a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association.

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Kettering 16/01/2021

7th Northamptonshire - Best in Area
Kettering started out as a nine-hole course in 1891 making it the oldest in Northamptonshire. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris it was soon extended to the full 18 ho...

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Bramhall 11/01/2021

Gem England - Best in Area
Bramhall is a pleasant and well maintained layout that lies six miles east of Manchester Airport. Like so many members courses in Cheshire, this is traditional parkland...

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Brokenhurst Manor 31/12/2020

6th Hampshire - Best in Area
Although fairly modest in length at 6220 yards from the back tees, this charming New Forest layout is far from easy. There is a spacious feel at Brokenhurst and though ma...

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Peterborough Milton 24/12/2020

4th Northamptonshire - Best in Area
Peterborough Milton is a well established and attractive parkland course located next door to Milton Hall, the largest private house in Cambridgeshire. The course began l...

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Rockliffe Hall 19/12/2020

2nd Durham - Best in Area
Rockliffe Hall is one of England's most luxurious golf resorts with a genuine five star hotel and excellent golf and spa facilities. The golf course is thought to be the...

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Cuddington 13/12/2020

25th Surrey - Best in Area
Cuddington may only rank 25th in the county but this just goes to show the impressive strength in depth of Surrey golf where the top 20 courses all feature in the English...

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Burnham Beeches 16/08/2020

9th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
Designed almost 130 years ago this fine wooded parkland course didn't disappoint when I played there for the first time during July. I would describe Burnham Beeches as q...

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Ulverston 21/07/2020

7th Cumbria - Best in Area
Ulverston offers spectacular views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells which goes some way towards cementing its reputation as one of the prettiest courses in...

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Carden Park (Cheshire) 24/06/2020

16th Cheshire - Best in Area
The two courses at Carden Park are very different in character and opinions are divided as to which is the better layout. The Nicklaus is longer and more American in styl...

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Workington 13/06/2020

10th Cumbria - Best in Area
Workington is an interesting and pleasantly undulating parkland layout in the picturesque surroundings of the Western Lakeland Mountains. Originally formed in 1893 as Wes...

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Bramall Park 29/05/2020

20th Cheshire - Best in Area
Originally founded in 1894, Bramall Park was re-designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1921 and is one of only two courses in the Cheshire Union attributed to the good doct...

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Wynyard 22/04/2020

4th Durham - Best in Area
It seems a distant memory now. The Wynyard hosted the Seve Trophy in 2005 and I've often wondered how they ever came to host such a prestigious event. Held on eight occas...

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Dingle - Ceann Sibeal 31/12/2019

8th Kerry - Best in Area 51st Ireland Ranking
This was a 36 hole day for us, playing Dooks in the morning before heading further west along the scenic Dingle Peninsula to play Europe's most westerly golf course. Addi...

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Cork 28/12/2019

2nd Cork - Best in Area 30th Ireland Ranking
Cork, or Little Island as it's known to many, has a lot going for it and should not be missed when visiting Old Head of Kinsale. Expertly routed across an interesting and...

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Llandrindod Wells 16/12/2019

1st Mid Wales - Best in Area 14th Wales Ranking
Llandrindod Wells is a lovely old course laid out across an attractive and undulating piece of moorland. As with near neighbour Kington, the lack of total yardage and san...

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Builth Wells 05/12/2019

4th Mid Wales - Best in Area 44th Wales Ranking
Measuring 5444 yards with six par threes and no par fives, Builth Wells is a well manicured but fairly modest layout by modern standards. To be honest I didn't find the e...

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Dooks 29/11/2019

5th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking
It's easy to miss Dooks on the drive between Ballybunion and Waterville. I did just that on my first visit to South West Ireland just over ten years ago and I've regrette...

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Killarney (Killeen) 26/11/2019

7th Kerry - Best in Area 35th Ireland Ranking
Killarney is now back to being a three course venue with the Lackabane coming back to life as a 9-holer. Having recently played there, Killeen is comfortably the best lay...

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Beaufort 23/10/2019

10th Kerry - Best in Area
Located less than 15 minutes away by car from the lovely town of Killarney, Beaufort is well worth checking out if you're planning a trip to this part of Kerry. The cours...

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Seaford 06/08/2019

8th Sussex - Best in Area
Despite playing on a rather wet May evening, I thoroughly enjoyed picturesque Blatchington. With an unwelcome sea mist slowly descending, this was not a day for taking in...

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