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 1,400 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, Royal County Down, Sunningdale Old, Ardfin Estate, Santapazienza and Royal Portrush.

Brian now divides his time between top100golfcourses.com and The Golf Society of Great Britain where he fills the role of Secretary. Brian is also a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association.

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Dunstable Downs 06/01/2022

2nd Bedfordshire - Best in Area
Dunstable Downs is a fine course with the added advantage of being laid out over well-maintained, fast-draining downland. The two nines are very different in character; t...

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Fulwell 30/12/2021

2nd Middlesex - Best in Area
Fulwell occupies a relatively flat, tree-lined parkland location although it was originally constructed as a much more open heathland layout. In more recent years signifi...

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Hull 29/12/2021

40th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Located in the village of Kirk Ella on the western side of the city, Hull is a tree-lined parkland course laid out over predominantly flat land measuring 6,235 yards from...

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Brickendon Grange 21/12/2021

20th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Hertfordshire is certainly one of the better English counties when it comes to high-quality parkland golf. While it would be fair to say that Brickendon Grange doesn’t qu...

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Leominster 18/12/2021

5th Herefordshire - Best in Area
Leominster is unlikely to be on anyone's must-play list but for a very modest green fee, this is a pleasant round of golf in the pretty Herefordshire countryside. The cou...

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Infinitum (Lakes) 17/12/2021

20th North East Spain - Best in Area
For those who love the excitement that water hazards bring to a round of golf then the Lakes course at Infinitum is the place for you. Including the 11th hole, where an o...

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Infinitum (Hills) 03/12/2021

7th North East Spain - Best in Area 38th Spain Ranking
The Hills and Lakes courses at Infinitum are poles apart in terms of style and terrain. The flatter Lakes course, which relies heavily on water as its main defence, is a...

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Dundonald 27/11/2021

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 100th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Dundonald has been transformed since being purchased by Darwin Escapes in 2019. £25 million has been invested by the new owners with a very impressive two-storey clubhous...

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Spalding 29/03/2021

10th Lincolnshire - Best in Area
Spalding is a testing Par 72 parkland layout measuring just over 6,500 yards from the back tees. Accuracy from the tee is key to scoring well here as some fairways are qu...

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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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