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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Mount Juliet 23/12/2006

1st Kilkenny - Best in Area 19th Ireland Ranking
I can’t understand some of the naysayer comments below. I think Mount Juliet is one of the most underrated courses in Ireland and perhaps this IS big Jack’s best European...

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Ashridge 21/12/2006

2nd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 73rd England Ranking
Ashridge is one of the most beautiful golf courses I’ve played and it blends nature and golf together in an agreeable manner. The course itself is not the sternest test,...

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Druids Glen 11/12/2006

2nd Wicklow - Best in Area 21st Ireland Ranking
Druids Glen is one of my all-time favourite golfing venues and the whole experience is memorable from the moment you arrive until the last pint of Guinness is downed. Eac...

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Kingussie 02/12/2006

19th North Scotland - Best in Area
Kingussie is nice course but it’s not great. The Cairngorm views are spectacular, especially from the higher parts of the course but expect a bit of a hike to get there!...

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Inverness Golf Club 02/12/2006

18th North Scotland - Best in Area
A cracking course is Inverness and the exoerience is much improved since the new clubhouse was built. With lovely Loch Ness views and fairly generous fairways it's a cour...

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St Andrews (Eden) 02/12/2006

16th Fife - Best in Area 92nd Scotland Ranking
Perhaps the Eden is the most enjoyable and fun course of all the St Andrews tracks. It’s not the most exacting course but there’s something really engaging about it that...

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Connemara Isles 16/11/2006

9th Galway - Best in Area
This is one of those courses that whispers what is best about Irish golf. OK it’s not one of the big names but for modest green fee, this is where the average golfer will...

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Thurlestone 16/11/2006

8th Devon - Best in Area
First of all don’t come here expecting to play a links course, in many ways Thurlestone has similarities to Southerndown in South Wales but it’s not quite as good. The fr...

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Balbirnie Park 14/11/2006

19th Fife - Best in Area
Balbirnie Park is laid out superbly and you wouldn’t know its a relative youngster. With plenty of variation and a number of tight drives, especially at 12 and 13, and so...

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Carnoustie (Burnside) 14/11/2006

9th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area
Well, what can I say? In my view the Burnside IS a gem and I would absolutely recommend you play it. If it wasn’t positioned next to the Championship course it would sure...

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Prestwick St Nicholas 14/11/2006

9th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 56th Scotland Ranking
Prestwick St Nicholas is totally overshadowed by its esteemed ancient neighbour but it many ways and certainly pound for pound, St Nicholas is every bit as good. The char...

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Strathpeffer Spa 14/11/2006

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
A tough walk is Strathpeffer Spa but it’s well worth it. If you are in the Highlands add it to your itinerary immediately and I guarantee that you’ll come off tingling wi...

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Royal Burgess 14/11/2006

12th Lothians - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
One for the men only is Royal Burgess and if you’re a male and in the Edinburgh area it’s worth a look. It has so much history and a delightful clubhouse which really ove...

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Lisheen Springs 08/06/2006

14th Dublin - Best in Area
Played here last week in lovely weather. It's a nice new course but not yet a classic. It needs time to settle down and mature and I'm sure in a year or two it will be up...

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Bowood 17/05/2006

1st Wiltshire - Best in Area
Played Bowood last week and was very impressed. The last time I played here the condition was nothing to write home about but they seem to have improved things. Not sure...

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Manor House 17/05/2006

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area
Played here last week as part of a golf trip to Wilts and thoroughly enjoyed. Wished I'd have checked here first and taken advantage of the free buggy offer. Ouch! Anyway...

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High Post 13/04/2006

7th Wiltshire - Best in Area
Not a bad course that's perched on high ground (hence its name) in open country on the Salisbury Plain. It's right next door to a busy main road and the Boscombe airfield...

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Clandeboye (Dufferin) 11/04/2006

4th Down - Best in Area 10th Northern Ireland Ranking
What brilliant fun Clandeboye is and it has to be one of the best 36 hole venues around. The Dufferin course offers just about everything with a real mixed bag of holes w...

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