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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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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Hayling 11/04/2017

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 65th England Ranking
Played Hayling in the sunshine and light winds and was an absolute joy. I liked the description that a recent reviewer used – tranquil. Pure links turf and undulating fai...

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Berkshire (Red) 11/04/2017

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
In many ways the Red benefits from the unusual configuration of holes with 6 par 3s, 4s and 5s as this quirk gives the course a natural variety and interest. Undoubtedly...

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Dundonald 05/04/2017

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 90th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Im glad Dundonald has consolidated its position in the Top 100 (only Golf Monthly does not include it). Every hole is strong – my standouts include 1, 5, 10, 11, 14 & 15....

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Donegal 04/04/2017

4th Donegal - Best in Area 18th Ireland Ranking
In my view the best pure golf experience in the area which is praise as the Rosapenna and Ballyliffen resorts are nearby.The course hits you square in the face at the 2nd...

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Aberdovey 03/04/2017

1st North Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Fortunate to play in glorious sunshine and medium wind, which always help. Out of the way location but brilliant sense of isolation which added to the pure golf experienc...

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