David Oliver

I am a single figure golfer (lowest 5.5!) whose home club is the Royal Jersey Golf Club. Situated in Jersey, playing the top courses is challenging as more travel is required. Played 80 of current Top 100 GB&I list. Favourite type of course are links but have thoroughly enjoyed playing 20+ of the top heathland courses in England (Surrey / Dorset / Yorkshire / Notts & Lincs) over last few years. I also admire the minimalist designs of Coore & Crenshaw and the natural scruffy look that Doak and McLay Kidd favour. My favourite resort is Bandon and my future favourite resort may well be Streamsong (I haven’t played the Black course yet, but Blue is epic and Red not far behind). Top courses played in no particular order are Chambers Bay, Pebble Beach, Tobacco Road, Muirfield, Oitavos Dunes, Carne, Les Bordes, Birkdale, Old Head, Doonbeg, Royal County Down, Pacific Dunes and TPC Sawgrass). I am passionate about rankings and believe that private / exclusive courses should not be included in any ranking as they struggle significantly to be objective ie the only people who play are members and extremely fortunate guests - so who is going to give a negative review!). Also, how “useful” is yet another stellar review of Pine Valley, Cypress Point, Augusta etc to the 99.9% of golfers? My next planned trip is to Machrihanish.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tandridge 22/04/2018

18th Surrey - Best in Area 78th England Ranking
My thoughts replicate the majority view in that the 2 9s represent very different challenges and topography. The front 9 belies its age and has a very open feel to it whi...

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Bom Sucesso 21/10/2017

12th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 41st Portugal Ranking
We stumbled across Bom Successor by accident when we were fogged off at Praia d'el Rey recently. The first impressions were not great as the only hole visible when drivin...

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West Cliffs 21/10/2017

1st Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 2nd Portugal Ranking 16th Continental Europe Ranking
The hype has not been exaggerated - this is a staggeringly scenic golf course. Stand on the 16th tee and look towards the ocean and you feel privileged to be a golfer. Th...

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Royal Jersey 01/06/2017

2nd Jersey Ranking
As my 100th review, I thought it would be an idea to review my home course - I will be as impartial as possible. The course has undergone some extensive changes in the la...

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