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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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...


Streamsong (Black) 19/11/2018

6th Florida - Best in Area 95th USA Ranking
Utterly mesmeric and staggeringly attractive. Very different from Blue and Red in respect of scenery and green complexes but similar to the older courses in terms of widt...


Monte Rei (North) 25/08/2018

1st Algarve - Best in Area 1st Portugal Ranking 9th Continental Europe Ranking
Is this the best course in the Algarve - yes. Is this the best course in Portugal - no. I would suggest that Oitavos Dunes and West Cliffs are better. I have played MR 3...


Fontainebleau 03/07/2018

3rd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 6th Continental Europe Ranking
I am sure that this was once a great golf course and deserving of its elevated ranking – sadly it is not now.As with many historic courses, the passing of time has change...


Little Aston 28/05/2018

1st Staffordshire - Best in Area 43rd England Ranking 97th Britain & Ireland Ranking
A course that clearly divides opinion ! I can see where some of the negative reviews generate from as the first 4 holes are bland - the par 5, 3rd hole is awful with tree...


Murcar Links 26/05/2018

4th North East Scotland - Best in Area 38th Scotland Ranking
The rankings have it right, Murcar is not quite top 100 being a manifest level below those courses comprising 90 to 100. It's a decent course but feels tight and stifling...


Brora 23/05/2018

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 94th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Brora is very very special. Played this morning on a hazy morning which added to the ethereal feel. There are few golf courses that can match this one in terms of natural...


Moray (Old) 23/05/2018

5th North Scotland - Best in Area 28th Scotland Ranking 92nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Last minute decision to play Moray today and so pleased I made the decision. Super track with great mixture of holes. Thoroughly deserving of top 100 status. The highligh...


Machrie 18/05/2018

2nd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 19th Scotland Ranking 56th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Golf Monthly, noooooo ! How can the Machrie not be in your top 100 ? (Especially when the Belfry, Trevose, Staunton West and Tandridge are included) (I should say that a...


Glasgow (Gailes Links) 17/05/2018

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
Excellent golf course which has to be close to the top 100 (albeit it is ultra competitive at that echelon). Like the gentle first few holes which ease you into the round...


Southerness 16/05/2018

1st Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 36th Scotland Ranking
Played on a sunny day with a 1 club wind (so feel fortunate!). Loved the tranquility of the golf course, with a quiet opening few holes with the mountainuous backdrop. Th...


The Addington 22/04/2018

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
This review is provided whilst ignoring the poor conditioning (shocking winter / spring) and based on aesthetics, design, shot making etc. In my view, the Addington is pl...