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

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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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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The Addington 02/11/2017

16th Surrey - Best in Area 58th England 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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Linden Hall 02/10/2017

Gem England - Best in Area
Linden Hall is a picturesque and relatively modern course set in the grounds of an attractive manor house, now transformed into a luxurious hotel and spa. The course is b...

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Bowood 19/08/2017

1st Wiltshire - Best in Area
Driving two hours to play a modern parkland resort course would never be top of my list when choosing a day's golf so with my expectation levels kept in check I have to s...

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Notts 18/07/2017

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 18th England Ranking 45th Britain & Ireland Ranking
This was my third trip to Hollinwell and with each visit I seem to grow more attached to its seductive charms. The tranquil setting is right up there with the very best o...

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Prestbury 09/11/2016

5th Cheshire - Best in Area
I've visited Prestbury a number of times over the years and have always enjoyed playing this well designed and fast draining parkland/woodland layout. Located in an attra...

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Clitheroe 31/10/2016

13th Lancashire - Best in Area
Lancashire may be best known for its outstanding links courses but drive just a few miles inland and the red rose county boasts a handful of good quality parkland layouts...

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Harleyford 07/10/2016

10th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
Harleyford is a very pleasant modern design routed across an interesting and undulating piece of land. Mature trees line many of the fairways on this 20-year-old course g...

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Fairhaven 14/06/2016

7th Lancashire - Best in Area 97th England Ranking
Returning to Fairhaven 10 years after my previous visit was a very pleasant surprise. I had remembered the course being flat, tree lined and heavily bunkered but not much...

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Burhill (Old) 29/05/2016

26th Surrey - Best in Area
Both courses are Burhill are somewhat overshadowed by their numerous high profile Surrey neighbours, particularly St George's Hill which is only a couple of miles away. H...

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Rothley Park 22/05/2016

3rd Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
There are a few good traditional parkland courses close to Leicester and Rothley Park is certainly one of the better ones. High quality greens and an interesting tree lin...

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Newbury & Crookham 27/04/2016

8th Berkshire - Best in Area
I enjoyed Newbury & Crookham when I visited for the first time last week. The course is unlikely to challenge some of the bigger names in Berkshire for a place in the Eng...

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Goodwood (Downs) 29/03/2016

6th Sussex - Best in Area
Designed over 100 years ago, the Downs course at Goodwood has gone through an extensive re-modelling programme in recent times, the latest phase, a complete bunker renova...

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Hayling 11/03/2016

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 65th England Ranking
I had the pleasure of playing at Hayling for the first time with Keith (see below) and I'm very pleased that we finally got there. After a steady start the course builds...

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Manor House 16/02/2016

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area
This was my first visit to the Manor House and given the recent spell of frustratingly wet weather the course was drier than expected. As mentioned in earlier reviews the...

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The Mere 09/12/2015

9th Cheshire - Best in Area
Although I live less than 30 minutes away I hadn't managed to play at The Mere for seven or eight years prior to last month's visit. I think most people would agree that...

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Hanbury Manor 25/11/2015

10th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
I played Hanbury Manor for the first time in late October and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Heavy rain had fallen for twenty four hours or so prior to the visit, lea...

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