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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The Island 07/06/2005

2nd Dublin - Best in Area 8th Ireland Ranking 50th Britain & Ireland Ranking
This is not the cheapest course to play, nor is it the most welcoming club in Ireland but it's certainly an amazing old fashioned links course that is basically surrounde...

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Hayling 27/05/2005

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 62nd England Ranking
I’m stunned that nobody has yet posted a review for Hayling, so here goes: It’s a toughie but really enjoyable and entertaining. There is more than enough variation here...

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The Addington 27/05/2005

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I’ve played the Addington on and off for more than 20 years and it’s an absolute dream. At one stage the club and course was run down but they are now working hard on ret...

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Woburn (Duke's) 27/05/2005

2nd Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 40th England Ranking 89th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Although the Dukes is a great course I think it is the weakest of the three here at Woburn, but having said that, I think it has the best greens. They are huge, tricky to...

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Coxmoor 23/05/2005

3rd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area
Played here last May in a society day and it was stunning. The course is varied and keeps you interested all the way round. Condition was superb and they looked after us...

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Pleasington 23/05/2005

9th Lancashire - Best in Area
A really good course that has been thoughtfully designed. It has a tendency to play its length with some challenging par 4s and it certainly favours the longer hitters. S...

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Cavendish 23/05/2005

1st Derbyshire - Best in Area
This is one of my favourite gems – superb greens, fast and true and with some devilish contours which is what you’d expect from the master MacKenzie himself. It’s a cours...

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Ilkley 23/05/2005

11th Yorkshire - Best in Area
I can’t fault his course except that it can sometimes be wet in this neck of the woods. But this is one of the warmest golf clubs around and the course itself is maintain...

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Fulford 23/05/2005

5th Yorkshire - Best in Area 91st England Ranking
Fulford is a great course, but despite the mature trees it’s fairly open and inviting off the tee. Clearly modern technology has caught up with the course…it’s certainly...

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Crail (Balcomie) 14/05/2005

15th Fife - Best in Area 74th Scotland Ranking
I had an absolute blast playing the Balcomie (even though I lost about 4 balls into the sea or in deep rough during the round.) The course is spectacular, challenging and...

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Lundin 14/05/2005

6th Fife - Best in Area 33rd Scotland Ranking
Lundin blew me away. The course was in immaculate condition, with excellent greens. The course snakes around, back and forward, up and down, making it a challenge just to...

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Leven Links 14/05/2005

7th Fife - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
Leven was a bit of a letdown at first. The weather had closed in and the course seemed a bit scrubby and tired in comparison to Lundin. In places it was showing signs of...

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Belfry (Brabazon) 14/05/2005

1st Warwickshire - Best in Area 68th England Ranking
I played the Brabazon for the first time last week and my expectations were low based on comments in the golf press regarding condition and also backed up on this website...

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New Zealand 29/04/2005

15th Surrey - Best in Area 60th England Ranking
This a delightful and stylish course...it's not long so you won't need your driver very often but you do need to keep the ball in play. The surroundings are gorgeous and...

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East Devon 28/04/2005

4th Devon - Best in Area 74th England Ranking
This is a total gem if ever there was one. It’s a great test of golf but at the same time completely enjoyable for both the low man and for the higher handicapper. The 10...

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Liphook 27/04/2005

1st Hampshire - Best in Area 45th England Ranking 100th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Liphook is a really pretty and exceptionally challenging heathland track that requires a great deal of thought to score well and of course you’ll need to keep out of that...

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Donegal 27/04/2005

3rd Donegal - Best in Area 17th Ireland Ranking 91st Britain & Ireland Ranking
“Murvagh” as the locals fondly know it is an absolutely stunning course. The views are simply breathtaking with the Atlantic crashing all around. The best holes tumble th...

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Ballybunion (Cashen) 27/04/2005

4th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking
Super course - get a day ticket and play it alongside the Old. Really enjoyable but a bit austere, especially if the weather is poor. Not to be missed when visiting Bally...

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Glasgow (Gailes Links) 27/04/2005

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
Glasgow Gailes is a worthy Open Qualifier and straight driving is paramount in order to find these tight fairwayst, otherwise thick, tangy heather and gorse awaits. The g...

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