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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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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Trevose (Championship) 21/04/2017

3rd Cornwall - Best in Area 66th England Ranking
A good golf course rather than great golf course highlighted by the world class 4th hole. Holes 7 to 9 are very good. The scenery on holes 11 to 16 is ordinary as the ter...

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Western Gailes 21/04/2017

3rd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 37th Britain & Ireland Ranking
A rare course indeed that has no weak holes and all very “linksey”, which again is quite rare – western Gailes is a rare course. A short par 4 to start which is a good de...

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Cruit Island 19/04/2017

8th Donegal - Best in Area 65th Ireland Ranking
Played Cruit Island a couple of years ago and noticed it is in the "Gem" list. It fully deserves to be in the list. Crazy, memorable and wild 9 holes. Forget the yardages...

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Royal Liverpool 18/04/2017

1st Cheshire - Best in Area 16th England Ranking 42nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Im a big fan of Hoylake and cannot understand the negative reviews. Everyone knows that Lytham is the worst course on the Open rota ! Yes its relatively flat and the dune...

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West Lancashire 18/04/2017

6th Lancashire - Best in Area 41st England Ranking 94th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Must be close to inclusion in the Top 100 list ! Very much a links course and the most of that ilk in the area. The dunescape is subtle rather than spectacular. Very few...

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Formby 18/04/2017

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Similar to Hillside in terms of mix of holes and landscape types with links like (mainly first few holes on the back 9), heathland and parkland holes (7, 8, 9, 10). Prefe...

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Hillside 18/04/2017

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Played on a lovely sunny day with light winds which always helps the experience. Nice gentle start which I support as a good design feature. Holes 2 and 3 use the stream...

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