Hugh

I've been playing golf for more than 40 years and have taken my clubs on my business trips and family holidays. I must have played more than 1,000 courses and all but a handful of Britain & Ireland’s Top 100. I’ve followed this website since its inception and have enjoyed airing my subjective opinions. It’s amazing how wildly views differ and sometimes I wonder if I played the same course as some reviewers as the gap in opinion is so often broad. My handicap has risen from 7 to 11 as my age has increased and my enthusiasm for practising decreased but I still enjoy playing different courses as much today as I did 4 decades ago. Vive les domaines de golf.

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Dartmouth (Championship) 28/04/2011

8th Devon - Best in Area
Played here last week in glorious warm April sunshire and it was fabulous for a new course. Pern has done a clever job with a difficult site and has made dramatic use of...

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Newbury & Crookham 26/04/2011

8th Berkshire - Best in Area
Undeniably Newbury and Crookham is an underrated course but 6-ball reviews have to be reserved for the very best courses and this is simply not in the same league as some...

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Royal Guernsey 27/01/2011

1st Guernsey Ranking
Played Royal Guernsey for the second time last summer and this time I enjoyed the course more. Previously I found it too hard, both in terms of challenge, but especially...

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Hilversumsche 07/09/2010

7th Netherlands Ranking 32nd Continental Europe Ranking
Played Hilversum last month for the first time in 15 years and was very impressed. It’s very similar to a flattened Worplesdon, Woking or West Hill, indeed you could be f...

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Sandiway 22/07/2010

4th Cheshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
Having recently played Sandiway (June 2010) after reading all these glowing reviews, I have to say I was disappointed. This course seems to have received too many 6-ball...

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Gog Magog (Old) 17/06/2010

1st Cambridgeshire - Best in Area
Played the Gogs Old course again after the recent Lagonda Trophy and it was a joy on sunny day to be on that high chalk escarpment. Apparently Andy Sullivan from Nuneaton...

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Santander 17/05/2010

5th Central Spain - Best in Area 19th Spain Ranking
Played Golf Santander on a recent trip to Madrid to find out if this really is worthy of appearing in Golf Digest’s 2009 non-US Top 100… in fact GD rated this course the...

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Hirsel 25/03/2010

7th Borders - Best in Area
I’ve played Hirsel quite a few times and it’s not the best course in wet weather, as it does tend to get soggy underfoot. However, I think the review below is a bit harsh...

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Carnoustie (Burnside) 05/03/2010

8th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
Definitely the Burnside is the understudy to the Championship course at Carnoustie but just like the Portland at Royal Troon and the Kintyre at Turnberry the Burnside is...

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Langland Bay 09/02/2010

15th South Wales - Best in Area 34th Wales Ranking
The high-rating reviewer cannot have played many golf courses, or perhaps they are members at Langland Bay and each has a pair of rose-coloured glasses. Langland Bay...

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Huntercombe 24/09/2009

1st Oxfordshire - Best in Area 75th England Ranking
If it’s charm you‘re looking for then Huntercombe will tick the box. For those interested in architecture there’s much to learn from the tricky and treacherous greens, wh...

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Wychwood Park 05/06/2009

13th Cheshire - Best in Area
I played Wychwood Park on the back of some very positive reviews on this website and was expecting something quite special as a consequence. I have to say that I was disa...

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Kington 05/06/2009

1st Herefordshire - Best in Area
Kington is without doubt the finest hilltop course that I have played, but aren’t hilltops meant for sheep and fell walkers? Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed the rou...

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Porters Park 05/06/2009

8th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Porters Park is one of many courses parkland courses located to the north of the capital and it’s one of the better ones for my money. This regional qualifying course for...

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Newmachar (Hawkshill) 05/06/2009

7th North East Scotland - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
Challenging course and in good condition on the two occasions I've played here but this is not a 6-ball course in my opinion. The design is a classic Dave Thomas affair w...

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Carton House (O'Meara) 05/06/2009

3rd Kildare - Best in Area 41st Ireland Ranking
The O'Meara course falls into a similar category as the Smurfit course at the K Club. It's a modern, entertaining, challenging and manicured course that ticks all the rig...

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K Club (Smurfit) 05/06/2009

5th Kildare - Best in Area 47th Ireland Ranking
A contrived and manufactured course that tries to be an American in Ireland. Basically you can spot them both a mile off, lakes, waterfalls, huge bunkers, moundings, mult...

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Castle Golf Club 05/06/2009

6th Dublin - Best in Area 56th Ireland Ranking
Played the Castle in May after reading about it on this website and also noting its rave reviews in the Pocket Guide. I was very impressed and it exceeded my expectations...

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