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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Musselburgh (Old) 11/04/2006

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Musselburgh Old Links is my 2nd favourite 9 holer (behind Royal Worlington). It’s a bizarre layout but it’s presented in amazing condition for what is effectively a munic...

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Hayling 11/04/2006

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 62nd England Ranking
The previous reviewer must have caught a couple of the old boys on a bad day, the last time I played here (autumn 05) the welcome could not have been friendlier. This is...

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Cork 24/03/2006

2nd Cork - Best in Area 34th Ireland Ranking
Most overseas visiting golfers head to this neck of the woods with Old Head and Fota Island firmly in their sights and few people know how good Cork really is. In my view...

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Royal Liverpool 15/03/2006

1st Cheshire - Best in Area 15th England Ranking 39th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Some would say it's flat and boring and I'd agree with the flat bit but boring it certainly isn't... it's a supreme test of golf albeit a bit austere. As the historc 200...

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Mannings Heath (Waterfall) 14/03/2006

7th Sussex - Best in Area
Played the Waterfall in January and it is as good as the previous reviews suggest. The overall condition was good and it’s an interesting and memorable test. A bit hilly...

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Royal Blackheath 14/03/2006

18th Kent - Best in Area
Ah Royal Blackheath a lovely course but make sure you take your sand iron, there are bunkers all over the place. Greens were a bit slow when I played here in Feb but it’s...

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Braid Hills 14/03/2006

23rd Lothians - Best in Area
Braids Hills No.1 is not long but it’s hilly, perhaps too hilly in parts with viscious changes in elevation. Leave your driver in the car, it’s tight and narrow in places...

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Pennard 14/03/2006

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 72nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Challenging, rugged, natural and the Real McCoy! Pennard was the highlight of our trip. Expect some bad bounces and don’t come here expecting to play to handicap (especia...

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Mendip 14/03/2006

6th Somerset - Best in Area
Mendip is a lovely varied Vardon course with great greens that are true and fast. Not a bad winter course and pretty good value too. Perhaps more of a gem than a top rank...

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Malahide 14/03/2006

18th Dublin - Best in Area
Malahide golf club is one of Dublin’s more friendly clubs and on each occasions we’ve played here we’ve had a warm welcome (more than can be said for the nearby Island Go...

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East Renfrewshire 14/03/2006

1st Renfrewshire - Best in Area 69th Scotland Ranking
Not as well known as it should be, East Renfrewshire is a real gem on this website. It’s a varied and enjoyable challenge, not quite up to the Gleneagles standard but Eas...

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Moor Park (High) 14/03/2006

5th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
Moor Park is a very popular corporate venue and you can immediately see why. The whole facility is quality through and through from the dazzling clubhouse with its sumptu...

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Burhill (Old) 17/02/2006

26th Surrey - Best in Area
Lovely parkland course with some really long and testing par-4s. Apart from the long two-shot holes, the Old is relatively short but nevertheless a good challenge. The cl...

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Irvine 30/08/2005

8th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 53rd Scotland Ranking
Irvine is a fine classic links set a little way away from the shoreline. Some great holes oozing character and charm, including the tricky 4th and 5th, which provide a gr...

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Linden Hall 23/08/2005

Gem England - Best in Area
An interesting resort course that keeps you thinking and on your toes all the way round. Great par 3's as already mentioned and also really good greens and general condit...

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Ipswich (Purdis Heath) 08/08/2005

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th England Ranking
One of the delights of East Anglia. Not very well known but it really should be because it's a wonderful course. The undulating ground makes for interesting golf and alth...

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Edzell (Old) 25/07/2005

8th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 99th Scotland Ranking
First of all, this course is better than many in the Top 100... it's a genuine hidden gem and should be ranked higher. The scenery is fantasic with panoramic mountain vie...

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