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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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

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

15th 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 86th 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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