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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Hankley Common 27/05/2022

6th Surrey - Best in Area 25th England Ranking 58th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played Hankley Common last week in the Mizuno Pairs event and after a wonderful moment on the first tee when the event starter, having asked one of our group what his nam...

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Wallasey 16/12/2021

3rd Cheshire - Best in Area 61st England Ranking
Very,good course. As with most links courses, the outstanding holes are adjacent to the sea and the stretch of holes from 3 to 5 are wonderful, including the stunning vie...

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Lundin 16/12/2021

7th Fife - Best in Area 34th Scotland Ranking
I found Lundin to be a very interesting course to play with an appealing mix of traditional links fayre (majority of the course) to 4 or 5 holes that had a discernible in...

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Seaton Carew (Old) 15/12/2021

1st Durham - Best in Area 72nd England Ranking
Authentic raw links course sprinkled with top end holes. Turf is wonderfully firm and the course has consistent topography and with no weak holes. Having 4 extra holes ha...

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Delamere Forest 15/12/2021

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 42nd England Ranking 95th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Excellent heathland course in fabulous condition and worthy of its place inside the GB&I top 100. Enjoyed the contrast in 9s, with the front 9 very muscular with all of t...

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Conwy 14/12/2021

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking
Solid links course built on a fabulous location on the flat lands between sea and mountains. Standout holes are the strong par 4, 7th, the strategic par 5, 12th and the a...

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Dumbarnie Links 13/09/2021

3rd Fife - Best in Area 17th Scotland Ranking 40th Britain & Ireland Ranking
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 83rd 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 41st 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

11th Fife - Best in Area 50th 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

6th Fife - Best in Area 33rd 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 32nd 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 53rd 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

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th 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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