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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Pennard 29/05/2017

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 2nd Wales Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Mmm a very difficult review to write ! Played on a sunny breezy day. Absolutely loved the course and the experience, just great fun and to a certain extent eccentric. Fr...

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West Hill 29/05/2017

10th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th 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 31st England Ranking 75th 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 67th 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 54th 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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Hindhead 29/05/2017

11th Surrey - Best in Area 34th England Ranking 80th Britain & Ireland Ranking
A curates egg ! Front 9, resembles St Mellion (not my favourite golf course topography) in that most of the holes have massive elevation changes and played between valley...

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Saunton (West) 17/05/2017

3rd Devon - Best in Area 61st England Ranking
The Saunton "resort" is top quality in terms of having 2 excellent links golf courses (maybe only St Andrews, Rosapenna, Ballybunion and Ballyliffin better as a 36 hole l...

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Strandhill 17/05/2017

3rd Sligo - Best in Area 40th Ireland Ranking
The Donegal has some truly magnificent courses and although Strandhill is a level below Donegal, Sligo and Enniscrone, (mainly as there a couple of more inland holes whic...

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Duke's St Andrews 17/05/2017

6th Fife - Best in Area 33rd Scotland Ranking
Lovely contrast compared with the other St Andrews courses and well worth playing. Apart from the 3rd, the rest of the par 3s are circa 200 yards. This is not only tough...

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Moortown 17/05/2017

3rd Yorkshire - Best in Area 53rd England Ranking
Excellent golf course, comparable to Notts, Woodhall Spa, Alwoodley and probably a level above Sherwood Forest. Gentle opening hole, which is a good design feature althou...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 15/05/2017

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking
A course of extremes in terms of fairly flat terrain (but still interesting with a stream running through a number of holes), on the front 9, moving to more dramatic dune...

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Narin & Portnoo 15/05/2017

6th Donegal - Best in Area 28th Ireland Ranking
Fabulous golf course with the majority of holes in the dunes as good as any at more illustrious courses. The real fun starts at the 5th and continued unabashed until the...

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Portsalon 15/05/2017

5th Donegal - Best in Area 21st Ireland Ranking
Lovely lovely golf course with an out and back feel. Some great links holes, especially on the front 9, (hole 2 is the most dramatic). Excellent variety on the back 9. A...

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The Grove 04/05/2017

1st Hertfordshire - Best in Area 78th England Ranking
The architect has done an excellent job on land which is not the best golfing terrain, although there is a proliferation of dog leg left holes on the back 9, which gives...

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Rye (Old) 21/04/2017

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 55th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Loved the Rye experience, including wearing a tie and jacket for lunch ! The course is very, very good. I cannot recall any weak holes (which is unusual as most courses,...

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