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 9. 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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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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Hermanus (East) 23/04/2019

17th Western Cape - Best in Area 54th South Africa Ranking
Hermanus is a busy 27 hole members club laid out between the Klein River Mountains and the ocean in the pretty seaside town of the same name. You only encounter rare glim...

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Nairn Dunbar 07/02/2019

9th North Scotland - Best in Area 56th Scotland Ranking
Unfortunately, we chose a filthy morning to play Nairn Dunbar with persistent rain arriving early in the round and staying with us until we reached the 17th green. Despi...

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Elgin 31/12/2018

17th North Scotland - Best in Area
Elgin is located close to a cluster of famous Speyside distilleries where I suspect most tourists arrive in search of whisky, not golf. This seems rather a pity as Elgin...

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Pitlochry 31/10/2018

8th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area
A ranking in the lower reaches of the Scottish top 100 is probably as good as it gets for Pitlochry but the majestic scenery alone makes a visit here worthwhile. This was...

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Moray (Old) 24/09/2018

5th North Scotland - Best in Area 28th Scotland Ranking 88th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Moray Old brought back memories of wonderful days spent on some of Scotland's other great old courses such as North Berwick, Elie and the Old Course which also start and...

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Postolowo - Gdansk 26/08/2018

2nd Poland Ranking
Postolowo is quite possibly the longest course I have ever set foot on so I was mildly surprised when it turned out to be such an enjoyable round of golf. At 7,766 yards...

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Sand Valley 10/08/2018

1st Poland Ranking
When the idea to visit Sand Valley was first discussed at Top 100 my thoughts were immediately transported, mistakenly I should add, to the Midwestern state of Wisconsin....

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