Thomas Dean

I'm a member of Hindhead Golf Club based down in the Heathland belt of Surrey, England. Playing to a handicap of 7, most of my golf experience has been limited to the UK and Ireland, of which, I've played around a third of the top 100 courses.

Favourite courses played to date include Cruden Bay, Royal St George's, Royal Birkdale, Ganton, Royal Dornoch and St Enodoc.


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Worplesdon 07/06/2018

9th Surrey - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Worplesdon was the missing piece in my 3W jigsaw, so obvious comparisons were made during the round with nearby Woking and West Hill. One immediate area where Worplesdon...


Hunstanton 19/05/2018

2nd Norfolk - Best in Area 29th England Ranking 69th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Once you’ve genuinely caught the bug for links golf, the treelined parkland variety just somehow feels inferior. Hunstanton is everything I’d expect of a traditional link...


Notts 15/05/2018

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 45th Britain & Ireland Ranking
A trip to Hollinwell came as one of the highlights in the itinerary of a recent golf tour proving to be a serious step up from all of the other inland courses we played d...


Sherwood Forest 04/05/2018

2nd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 54th England Ranking
The opening stretch at Sherwood Forest is all laid out in front of the clubhouse so it’s a wonderful vista to display what’s in store for the first time visitor. You’re i...


Beau Desert 01/05/2018

2nd Staffordshire - Best in Area 55th England Ranking
There are a lot of positives that can be said about the course at Beau Desert as it makes a rise and fall through the outskirts of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding N...


Sheringham 24/04/2018

3rd Norfolk - Best in Area 77th England Ranking
Firstly, I have to point out that Sheringham is not a links. I’m struggling to understand why a number of reviewers are insisting that it is. The turf doesn’t compress li...


Royal West Norfolk 18/04/2018

1st Norfolk - Best in Area 17th England Ranking 43rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Royal West Norfolk, or Brancaster as it’s known to the locals is a completely unique experience and something I’d recommend as a “must play” for all keen links golfers. B...


The Addington 16/04/2018

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Having previously read several reviews below lavishing high praise on the course before playing here, I had to question whether I’d stepped onto the wrong course after pl...


Streamsong (Black) 05/03/2018

95th USA Ranking
Whilst Red and Blue feel similar, the Black is played across contrasting ground to the other two courses. Played across expansive sandy wasteland with big links style gre...


Streamsong (Red) 05/03/2018

4th Florida - Best in Area 55th USA Ranking 63rd North America Ranking
I managed to fit in playing all three courses at Streamsong over a period of just 30 hours and the Red was first up. Both Red and Blue occupy the same prime piece of land...


Boat of Garten 23/10/2017

8th North Scotland - Best in Area 41st Scotland Ranking
You might benefit from being part mountain goat if you plan to play this gem in the Cairngorms. As you’d expect from a location such as this, the scenery is beautiful and...


Brora 17/10/2017

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 94th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Brora is the wild-west of links golf and a completely unique experience. Whilst Royal Dornoch, a short drive down the road gets the plaudits, shame on you if you don’t he...


Penina (Championship) 10/10/2017

15th Algarve - Best in Area 28th Portugal Ranking
I’ve stayed at Penina twice now, over which time I’ve played the Henry Cotton Championship Course three, maybe four times. Whilst I’ve enjoyed my trips to the resort, it...