Niall

I completed playing the Top 100 in Britain and Ireland ten years ago and since then I’ve continued to play as many new courses as I can wherever I happen to be in the world. I travel a lot both on business and for pleasure and usually take my clubs with me. I’m prepared to play anywhere and not just the big-named courses – I’m just as likely to tee it up a local muni as I am on a top ranked course. I’ve played approaching 600 courses now and I tend to play around 40 new (to me) ones each year. I find it very exciting to tee it up for the first time on a course I’ve not played before. It’s really special.

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Davenport 06/07/2018

1st Iowa - Best in Area
Wow! Where has this course been hiding for nearly 100 years? Its location at Pleasant Valley does not do this classic layout justice. The valleys that are used to great e...

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Gamble Sands 23/03/2018

1st Washington - Best in Area 90th USA Ranking
I can’t fault Gamble Sands, apart from the location, which is far from convenient – it took four hours to get here from Seattle. A quick mention about the staff, I found...

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Kennemer 01/05/2011

3rd Netherlands Ranking 12th Continental Europe Ranking
My favourite Dutch course. B&C are for me the best combination but A is not inferior by much. A very tradiional club and 27 holes well worth playing. This is as good...

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Royal Fagnes 27/10/2011

4th Belgium Ranking 76th Continental Europe Ranking
If I had to be a member at only one club in Belgium it would be Fagnes. Spa is a wonderful town and this is a wonderful course perhaps not quite as stellar as Zoute but n...

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Sand Martins 16/05/2011

Gem England - Best in Area
Played Sand Martins recently and was very impressed. Wasn't sure what to expect as I'd read the review below and wasn't expecting much, but I found it to be an intersting...

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Rimba Irian 03/12/2018

1st Papua - Best in Area 21st Indonesia Ranking
I played here while on a trekking holiday to Lorentz National Park, a vacation I’ll never forget. The setting is completely jaw dropping where snow capped mountains tower...

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Weston-Super-Mare 17/05/2011

3rd Somerset - Best in Area
Weston is a cracking course, underrated and always in great condition. It's not well known and perhaps should be, so it's good to see it ranked. One of the few true links...

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Bath 17/05/2011

2nd Somerset - Best in Area
Used to be a member here in the 90s when I was working in Bristol and living in Bath. It's a classic tradional members club where you need to be accurate rather than long...

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Saint-Cloud (Vert) 23/02/2018

11th North East France - Best in Area 20th France Ranking
It’s quite likely that St Cloud is the nearest course to Paris city centre and the green course is definitely the better of the two layouts here. This is one of the trick...

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Innisbrook (Copperhead) 14/03/2012

29th Florida - Best in Area
I’m surprised to be the first poster for the Copperhead which IMO is better than the other regular PGA Tour stop at the Blue Monster. Copperhead does have stacks of chara...

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Meldrum House 02/07/2015

8th North East Scotland - Best in Area 80th Scotland Ranking
I’m not 100% convinced about the previous review. I played Meldrum House last May after a cold spring and the course was in good shape. Apparently fairway drainage work h...

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Wine Valley 23/03/2018

3rd Washington - Best in Area
Wine Valley is really very good. Its massive length is countered by the firm and fast surfaces and we left the 7,600-yard gold tips well alone and played from the 6,700-y...

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Warren 10/07/2018

4th Indiana - Best in Area
This is the second best 18-hole campus course I’ve played – only Yale is better in my opinion. Just like everything at the University of Notre Dame the golf course is per...

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Glenbervie 10/06/2011

1st Central Scotland - Best in Area
Glenbervie is not the cheapest course in the region at £45 per round but they are now doing a deal where you can play after 3pm for £120 for a fourball which also include...

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West Cornwall 20/05/2015

6th Cornwall - Best in Area
Cornwall was a gap in my golfing CV, so I visited in April during incredibly warm weather to play all the highly rated seaside courses and West Cornwall was a stand out s...

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Trevose (Championship) 20/05/2015

2nd Cornwall - Best in Area 64th England Ranking
Trevose split the opinion of our group when we visited in April during a heat wave. There’s no doubt that this is a class course but compared to many of the other Cornish...

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