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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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

5th 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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Army 08/06/2019

8th 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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Little Aston 28/05/2018

2nd 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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The Addington 22/04/2018

16th 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

20th 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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West Hill 29/05/2017

10th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 81st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played the 3 Ws recently. Must admit to finding it difficult to choose between WH and Worplesdon but if I had to choose it would be WH as its par 3s are at a level higher...

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Worplesdon 29/05/2017

9th Surrey - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Start is gentle, which is good and holes 2 and 3 are possibly the least scenic on the course. 4 is a super par 3, uphill and tough to hold the green. The back 9 is better...

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Woking 29/05/2017

7th Surrey - Best in Area 27th England Ranking 68th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Having played the 3 Ws recently, my order of preference is West Hill, Worplesdon and Woking. My reasoning is that there at least 6 holes on Woking that have more of a tre...

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New Zealand 29/05/2017

14th Surrey - Best in Area 60th England Ranking
Was able to obtain a round at the New Zealand with a phone call an hour before the tee time. Club very hospitable and playing as a 1 ball was able to skate round in 2 ho...

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