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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Machrie 13/07/2015

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 61st Britain & Ireland Ranking
These are exciting times for anyone involved with the Machrie. With a major course renovation well under way and a new hotel in the pipeline the latest owners have certai...

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Spey Valley 14/06/2015

8th North Scotland - Best in Area 44th Scotland Ranking
We played Spey Valley on a bitterly cold day under the snow capped Cairngorm mountains wearing full winter gear to keep warm. Not quite what we were expecting in the firs...

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Brora 04/06/2015

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 29th Scotland Ranking 89th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Brora was the venue for the opening round of our recent Highlands tour and following an eight hour car journey all aches and pains were soon forgotten as we stepped out o...

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Ponte de Lima 24/04/2015

5th Porto & North - Best in Area 49th Portugal Ranking
The course at Ponte de Lima is unique in my experience with two vastly different nines To say that the front 9 is quirky is an understatement with it being routed through...

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Estela 23/04/2015

1st Porto & North - Best in Area 14th Portugal Ranking
Estela is beautifully situated next to a fine stretch of beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The course is pure links containing all of the ingredients that you would find on o...

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Oporto 22/04/2015

3rd Porto & North - Best in Area 42nd Portugal Ranking
Oporto certainly isn't the highest flyer in northern Portugal but it is the oldest and for that reason I would recommend a visit. Besides the warm welcome in the clubhous...

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Kedleston Park 24/02/2015

2nd Derbyshire - Best in Area
Derbyshire is not renowned for high quality golf and only a handful of courses could be described as worth going out of your way for, however KedlestonPark definitely fal...

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Old Head 18/02/2015

1st Cork - Best in Area 16th Ireland Ranking 68th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Playing the Old Head of Kinsale is certainly right up there amongst my most memorable on-course experiences. Despite having to endure strong winds and heavy showers for m...

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San Lorenzo 27/12/2014

5th Algarve - Best in Area 9th Portugal Ranking 49th Continental Europe Ranking
This is a beautiful course laid out alongside the picturesque Ria Formosa estuary. Well bunkered throughout, this undulating layout winds its way through and around the m...

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Woodbridge (Heath) 15/12/2014

3rd Suffolk - Best in Area 90th England Ranking
I finally decided to make the long four hour drive to Woodbridge on a bright autumnal day and found it to be an absolute pleasure from start to finish. The course is a pa...

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Lough Erne (Faldo) 30/09/2014

1st Fermanagh - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
Having read the typical mixed reviews for a parkland resort course we played Lough Erne during August with no great expectations. This was the final leg of our trip which...

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Donegal 13/09/2014

4th Donegal - Best in Area 18th Ireland Ranking
Although not quite as dramatic as some of the other big name links courses in Ireland, Donegal is a very fine layout indeed. This is one of the longest courses you will f...

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