David Oliver

Single figure golfer, home club the Royal Jersey Golf Club. Played 95 of the GB&I Top 100. The only type of course I am not overly fond of are parkland / tree lined courses. Fan of Coore & Crenshaw, McLay Kidd, Doak and Harry Colt. Favourite resorts are Bandon and Streamsong. Favourite courses in no particular order are Chambers Bay, Royal County Down, Doonbeg, Les Bordes, Oitavos, West Cliffs, Pebble Beach, Streamsong Blue, Old Head, Birkdale, Carne, TPC Sawgrass, Pacific Dunes, Skibo Castle and Tobacco Road. Passionate about rankings but I find reviews of private courses frustrating as I, most avid golfers, want to the opportunity to play all courses especially if they are considered great.

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Mount Juliet 22/09/2019

1st Kilkenny - Best in Area 19th Ireland Ranking
Absolutely what a parkland should be - trees well back from playing areas except when they are placed strategically on of near the fairway. Apart from Adare Manor, these...

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Druids Glen 21/09/2019

2nd Wicklow - Best in Area 21st Ireland Ranking
Very good parkland course with a good variety of holes. Standout holes are the 2 strong par 4s on the front 9, nos 4 and 6. Hole 13 should be on a worlds best 100 hole l...

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Woburn (Duke's) 20/09/2019

2nd Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 40th England Ranking 89th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Better than the Duchess but a level below the Marquess. In my view Dukes is not a top 100 course and as the trees grow and the course gets more claustrophobic and therefo...

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Woburn (Duchess) 19/09/2019

4th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 79th England Ranking
Comfortably the blandest of the 3 Woburn courses. Only tree lovers would describe Woburn Duchess as pretty as everything is green - tees, fairways, rough, greens and even...

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Berkshire (Blue) 19/09/2019

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area 36th England Ranking 85th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Very little difference between Red and Blue, (Red shades it as there is more variety through its unusual configuration of 6 of each of par 3s, 4s and 5s.). In terms of wh...

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St Anne's 19/09/2019

9th Dublin - Best in Area 93rd Ireland Ranking
We are blessed in GB&I that a course as good as St Anne's is not in the top 100. This is a proper links course, which although not containing any large dunes, has all the...

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Seapoint 18/09/2019

2nd Louth - Best in Area 42nd Ireland Ranking
There has been some discussion on the site about the authenticity of Seapoint's links claims. My view is that only holes 3, 4 and 5 are not links holes. As a result the v...

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Corballis Links 17/09/2019

12th Dublin - Best in Area
€25 to play this gem of a course is the best value I have come across. Yes it's quirky, yes it has some blind shots but it has one of the prettiest par 3s I have ever pla...

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Lough Erne (Faldo) 17/09/2019

1st Fermanagh - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking
The scenery (sublime), can add so much to a course but it can also hinder. In this case, in order maximise the wonderful views, the course routing has to follow some topo...

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Dooks 15/09/2019

5th Kerry - Best in Area 31st Ireland Ranking
A very special place to play golf - the scenery can almost forget you have golf to play ! Despite being a short course, it is an excellent test as the greens are small an...

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Adare Manor 15/09/2019

Gem Ireland - Best in Area
At €375 a green fee (and compulsory caddie), the experience should be high end and it is. The course conditioning was truly remarkable. There are many wonderful holes (es...

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Ashburnham 12/09/2019

1st West Wales - Best in Area 6th Wales Ranking
Firstly, I enjoyed the course immensely. It is tough, with an excellent variety of holes both in terms of length and orientation. The greens are fast and pure. This is pr...

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Dinard 23/07/2019

4th North West France - Best in Area 27th France Ranking
L'expérience du sublime. Dinard is correlative with Pebble Beach and Old Head where the experience is so much more than the golf course in terms of the traditional rating...

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Army 08/06/2019

9th Hampshire - Best in Area
The Army GC is currently hosting the Hampshire County Championship at fairly short notice and proved to be a solid test for the County's best. The first hole is a short p...

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Mission Inn (El Campeón) 27/11/2018

56th Florida - Best in Area
This course is excellent apart from one aspect - a huge tree in the middle of the par 5, (560 yards) 17th hole. This in my view spoils what is a brilliantly designed hole...

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