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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Brora 23/05/2018

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 29th Scotland Ranking 89th 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 88th 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

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 61st 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 43rd 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 45th 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

16th Surrey - Best in Area 58th England 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 92nd 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

15th 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 15th 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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La Moye 31/05/2017

1st Jersey Ranking
The Island of Jersey offers 2 excellent golf courses, the Royal Jersey, which is a traditional links course and La Moye which is cliff top course which combines links lik...

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Archerfield (Fidra) 31/05/2017

5th Lothians - Best in Area 32nd Scotland Ranking
Lovely mixture of tree lined (first 3 holes) and links golf. Course opens up with the lovely par 3, 4th hole. Holes 5 and 6 have a more links feel before holes 7 to 11 ar...

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