T P Dean

I'm a member of Hindhead Golf Club and a Top 100 GB&I panellist. Playing to a single figure handicap, I've played over 60 of the top 100 GB&I courses and close to 80 of England’s top 100. My bias is strongly towards links golf, although I have a passion for heathland golf too. And if the course is quirky, undulating and has some great views, then you're starting to mix some of my favourite ingredients.

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Hillside 07/10/2021

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hillside was a course that had escaped me before this year, and a large amount of improvement work had already taken place on the front nine ahead of my visit. But on the...

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The Grove 26/09/2021

1st Hertfordshire - Best in Area 78th England Ranking
The Grove has its market and they’re happy steering directly into it. There is a certain type of customer base in mind here. Within easy reaching distance of the cash ric...

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Cavendish 16/09/2021

1st Derbyshire - Best in Area
The joys of Cavendish do not just start when you set foot on the course, but on the beautiful, winding journey here. Cavendish is located near Buxton, in the heart of the...

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Delamere Forest 01/09/2021

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 40th England Ranking 93rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Delamere has one of the most exclusive memberships in Northwest England, but thankfully that exclusivity does not extend to visitors who have always been made welcome by...

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Wallasey 23/08/2021

3rd Cheshire - Best in Area 64th England Ranking
Wallasey is unlike any other course along the North-West links coast. Despite being only a short distance from Hoylake just a few miles across the other side of the Wirra...

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Sandiway 17/08/2021

4th Cheshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
Growing up in Cheshire as I did, I was often informed of the magical Sandiway, touted by some members of my home course as the best in the area. I had to wait over 25 yea...

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Aberdovey 29/07/2021

1st North Wales - Best in Area 3rd Wales Ranking 73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Aberdovey is the archetypal links course. Not unlike nearby Royal St. David’s, you must cross a live railway line to get to the course that’s sandwiched between the sea a...

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Ashridge 27/07/2021

3rd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 85th England Ranking
I’ve known of the Ashridge Estate for many years now, having once lived in Berkhamsted and having visited the business school that lies within the beautiful grounds there...

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Conwy 21/07/2021

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking
The walled market town of Conwy and its grand medieval castle has always made this seaside town well worth the visit, but it’s also home to one of the best and heartiest...

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Ashburnham 20/07/2021

2nd West Wales - Best in Area 8th Wales Ranking
According to the club’s website, Harry Vardon declared Ashburnham as his favourite course in Wales. I’m not sure how 1950s Ashburnham compares to the present day version,...

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Seacroft 16/07/2021

2nd Lincolnshire - Best in Area 74th England Ranking
I’d never planned on visiting Skegness. When it's described to me as a smaller yet worse version of Blackpool, it’s not going to end up high on my bucket list. Skegness w...

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Royal Liverpool 04/06/2021

1st Cheshire - Best in Area 16th England Ranking 42nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
As a club, Royal Liverpool has to be one of the finest. The Hoylake membership is one of the friendliest and most welcoming I’ve encountered. There’s clearly a pride that...

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Tenby 01/06/2021

1st West Wales - Best in Area 7th Wales Ranking
Maybe it’s my slightly eccentric taste in golf courses searching for something a little out of the ordinary, but I was dazzled by the opening holes at Tenby. Having read...

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North Wales 25/05/2021

5th North Wales - Best in Area 13th Wales Ranking
I have to be honest and admit that North Wales left me a little cold. Given the seaside location of a course that hugs the coast as well as its strong reputation, I must...

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Flempton 18/05/2021

10th Suffolk - Best in Area
The woke golfing crowd may flock to Mildenhall to visit the Sacred Nine, but just fifteen minutes east of there beside the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds lies an...

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Painswick 19/04/2021

15th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Painswick has fast been gathering cult status, and as Tim reflects below, this has led to some well-respected rankings now including Painswick within their top 100 lists....

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West Hill 08/12/2020

10th Surrey - Best in Area 33rd England Ranking 79th Britain & Ireland Ranking
There’s very little to choose between the 3Ws, but I’d make the case that West Hill is the most consistent of the three courses when measured across the eighteen holes. I...

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