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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Dumbarnie Links 13/09/2021

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
I love Castle Stuart (played it 5 times) and feel that Dumbarnie is just as good – as such it is a top 20 calibre course in GB&I. It is visually stunning with the use of...

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Goswick 06/09/2021

1st Northumberland - Best in Area 87th England Ranking
Ranking of just inside the top 100 links is about correct although it is vulnerable to dropping out with Dumbarnie Links definitely and possibly others being included. I...

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Dunbar 05/09/2021

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking
As mentioned a few times below, the 4 holes that are situated on the right of the dividing wall are not as exhilarating as holes 4 to 17 on the other side, however they a...

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Gullane (No.2) 04/09/2021

7th Lothians - Best in Area 42nd Scotland Ranking
I think it is close between Nos 1 and 2 in terms of quality and holes 4, 6, 13, 14 and 16 on the No 2 is as good as any hole on No 1. Hole 3 is not great but it is a way...

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Leven Links 03/09/2021

9th Fife - Best in Area 48th Scotland Ranking
Decent track. Fairways were not the best (I met a Europro Tour player doing some prep work for the upcoming tournament at Leven, and he said "like the course but greens a...

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Elie 03/09/2021

7th Fife - Best in Area 35th Scotland Ranking
Proper links (in comparison wth near neighbours Lundin and Leven, where there is also a parkland/heathland feel). Lots of quirkiness (which 8 love). Holes 11 to 13 are sp...

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Panmure 31/08/2021

2nd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 37th Scotland Ranking
A wonderful mix of links and heathland with glorious purple heather animating the course in a number of areas. Always a fan of a gentle opening hole, to allow golfers to...

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Montrose (1562) 30/08/2021

3rd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 49th Scotland Ranking
It has a feel that you are playing golf on a course "from olden times" and it is wonderful for it. As many reviewers have mentioned there is a sense of melancholy as a nu...

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Ipswich (Purdis Heath) 17/09/2020

1st Suffolk - Best in Area 48th England Ranking
A wonderfully aesthetic golf course with good variety of holes and some of the best bunkering throughout the course both from a visual and strategic standpoint, I have ex...

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Royal Cromer 09/09/2020

5th Norfolk - Best in Area
With the stunning views of the coast from a number of parts of the course it is easy to overlook what a very good golf course this is. Ok the first five holes do not have...

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Links Golf Club - Newmarket 02/09/2020

4th Cambridgeshire - Best in Area
Although this is a solid course in its own right (redesigned in the 1930s by Colonel Hotchkin of Woodhall Spa fame), it is the location of the course which makes it an ex...

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Tenby 18/08/2020

1st West Wales - Best in Area 7th Wales Ranking
A number of reviewers have described Tenby as a natural or typical links course. In my view, it is on the margin of being a links course with at least half the holes with...

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Perranporth 17/08/2020

2nd Cornwall - Best in Area 62nd England Ranking
Wonderful fun golf course with drama throughout. Reminded me of the outstanding Carne course on Ireland's west coast. Yes it's quirky and the elevation at times is extrem...

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Beau Desert 23/07/2020

3rd Staffordshire - Best in Area 55th England Ranking
I agree with this website ranking the course just outside the top 100 in GB&I (other rankings have it inside). Good course no doubt and worth a visit. Outstanding last 5...

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Seacroft 19/07/2020

2nd Lincolnshire - Best in Area 74th England Ranking
Classic out and back course - played with the wind going out (lots of short irons and a reachable par 5), lots of long irons / fairway woods on the way back. Although Sea...

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Talking Stick (O’odham) 16/04/2020

23rd Arizona - Best in Area
A polarising course among the group of us who played. Personally, I thought is was understated, almost raw, completely unplugged and in many ways a refreshing contrast to...

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