M J Smyth

Still hanging onto my category one status and lucky enough to work in the golf industry for the digital pioneers at Mediadrive. I spent all my formative years playing golf at the under rated City of Derry GC in Northern Ireland and in recent years have become a member at Hadley Wood GC just inside the M25.

A lover of true links Ballyliffin & Waterville are two of my favourite courses on the emerald isle with Dornoch & Muirfield getting the vote in bonnie Scotland. Porthcawl gets the vote in Wales but for a multitude of reasons Sunningdale is my favourite on these shores. I hope one day to play all the UK&I Top 100 courses of which I am well over half way.


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Hankley Common 24/09/2018

7th Surrey - Best in Area 26th England Ranking 61st Britain & Ireland Ranking
We played early September after the hottest Summer on record, when most other courses in the Greater London area were parched with the oppressive heat. Not Hankley which...


Pennard 29/05/2018

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 72nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Pennard Golf Club is also referred to as ‘The Links In the Sky’ and with good reason given its lofty location 200 feet above sea level on the rugged and picturesque Gower...


Formby 01/08/2017

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 18th England Ranking 44th Britain & Ireland Ranking
We were fortunate enough to play Formby GC on the famed stretch of England’s Golf Coast the week of the Open Championship at nearby Birkdale. It was a warm welcome in bot...


Hindhead 09/11/2015

11th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th Britain & Ireland Ranking
On getting a recent invite to Hindhead (mid-October) the first thing that struck me was just how many times I remembered the legendary voice of golf Peter Alliss talk of...