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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Seaford 06/08/2019

11th 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 61st 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

14th North Scotland - Best in Area 96th Scotland Ranking
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 90th Scotland Ranking
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 92nd 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

4th 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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Sierra 22/07/2018

7th Poland Ranking
This was my first experience of golf in Poland, playing three courses within 50 miles of Gdansk. First up was Sierra, a relatively modern parkland design similar to so ma...

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Royal Mougins 01/06/2018

6th South East France - Best in Area 34th France Ranking
As the recent recipient of an award for the best golf hotel in France, it will come as no surprise to read that Royal Mougins is a particularly luxurious place to spend a...

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Antalya (Pasha) 09/05/2018

8th Turkey Ranking
Although much shorter than the adjoining Sultan layout, the Pasha lacks nothing when it comes to interesting course design. Factor in the undulating, flawless greens plus...

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Antalya (PGA Sultan) 27/04/2018

4th Turkey Ranking 78th Continental Europe Ranking
Business seems to be booming once again in Belek with hotels and golf courses running near to full capacity. It's not difficult to see why, as we experienced high quality...

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Machynlleth 11/04/2018

5th Mid Wales - Best in Area
Machynlleth is an attractive moorland course routed across gentle foothills and lying in the shadows of some rather large hills. Maybe not one to travel long distances fo...

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Cleveland 06/02/2018

18th Yorkshire - Best in Area
My first visit to Yorkshire's only true links course turned out to be a rather pleasant surprise. Blighted for so many years by the neighbouring industry, particularly th...

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Utrecht de Pan 21/12/2017

2nd Netherlands Ranking 3rd Continental Europe Ranking 100th World Ranking
Great to see Utrecht De Pan join Royal Hague in the latest World Top 100 listing as it's arguably the best amongst the small but high quality group of Dutch courses that...

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The Addington 02/11/2017

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I worked out that it was almost 10 years since I last teed it up at the Addington and to be honest I'd forgotten just how good this course is. The conditioning of the fai...

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Bruntsfield Links 04/10/2017

15th Lothians - Best in Area 84th Scotland Ranking
Situated close to the city centre in a leafy and exclusive part of Edinburgh lies one of Scotland's oldest and most celebrated parkland courses. For much of its long hist...

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