Edward Battye

Ed founded Golf Empire to help UK amateur golfers find out where and when competitive golf will be played. He currently plays off a handicap of one and lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Having spent much of his golfing career playing off scratch he has competed in Open Championship qualifying, the British Mid-Amateur Championship and several World Amateur Ranking Golf tournaments (...quite unsuccessfully in most of them it must be said!).

Nowadays most of his time is spent playing open events all over the UK as well as travelling far and wide to carry out golf course reviews for the Golf Empire website. In total he has played well over 400 golf courses, mostly under competitive conditions, and has a love for pure links golf.


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Cleveland 03/12/2017

18th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Cleveland is one of a small handful of true links golf courses on the North-East coast of England; the only one in Yorkshire and the oldest too.It is an excellent rugged...


Piltdown 18/09/2017

6th Sussex - Best in Area
Given its modest length of just over 6,000 yards Piltdown packs a mighty punch in terms of challenge. There is just a solitary par-five on the par 68 layout, six two-shot...


Chart Hills 18/09/2017

8th Kent - Best in Area
Chart Hills is a flamboyant Sir Nick Faldo designed layout located in tranquil Kent countryside that contains some excellent holes amongst its bold and lavish bunkering.D...


Harrogate 09/09/2017

14th Yorkshire - Best in Area
I recently played at Harrogate Golf Club in the 36-hole Vardon Grip 36-hole open competition on an early September day with a tiny hint of autumn in the air.The current c...


Royal Wimbledon 05/09/2017

20th Surrey - Best in Area 92nd England Ranking
I recently took the opportunity to play Royal Wimbledon Golf Club in their 36-hole scratch open competition, The Royal Wimbledon Trophy.It’s a golf course that has long b...


London Club (International) 05/09/2017

10th Kent - Best in Area
The London Golf Club can boast two courses that have both hosted European Tour events.Each track is clearly cut from the same US-style piece of cloth and it is easy to se...


London Club (Heritage) 05/09/2017

6th Kent - Best in Area
The members-only Heritage layout staged the European Open in 2008 and 2009 whilst the 2014 Volvo World Matchplay Championship was contested on the International course.I...


Moor Park (High) 05/09/2017

5th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 98th England Ranking
In a county with several top-end parkland courses Moor Park is certainly very close to the summit when it comes to discussing the best of them. Played over some lovely ro...


Brancepeth Castle 05/09/2017

3rd Durham - Best in Area
Brancepeth Castle is an exhilarating parkland course played across good turf on the outskirts of Durham.The first tee is located down a lovely wooded path from the clubho...


Hadley Wood 30/08/2017

4th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 96th England Ranking
No other county in England can boast such an impressive portfolio of high quality parkland golf courses than Hertfordshire.Routed over gently rolling terrain – once a dee...


Thorndon Park 30/08/2017

1st Essex - Best in Area 95th England Ranking
Essex is a county with many golf courses but it is not really renowned for having any venues near the top of the pyramid when it comes to discussing the best of golf in G...


Spey Bay 23/08/2017

14th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I’m going to buy Spey Bay a drum. They obviously haven’t got one... because nobody is banging it for them. And they should be!I stumbled across this natural and highly ca...


Spey Valley 23/08/2017

7th North Scotland - Best in Area 34th Scotland Ranking
I suspect many fools dash past Spey Valley, located at the foot of Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore, as they bomb up the A9 towards Inverness and beyond.‘Tis true, they...


Kingsbarns 23/08/2017

2nd Fife - Best in Area 6th Scotland Ranking 13th Britain & Ireland Ranking 42nd World Ranking
Just how good Kingsbarns is may not be truly known for another century but in today’s golfing landscape it is undoubtedly extremely good and a style of course that is in...


Ladybank 23/08/2017

11th Fife - Best in Area 52nd Scotland Ranking
If you’re in Fife and looking for a game away from the links then Ladybank would be as good a choice as anywhere.In fact few courses away from the coast in Scotland can b...


Parkstone 24/07/2017

3rd Dorset - Best in Area 48th England Ranking
The biggest compliment I can give to Parkstone is that I cannot think of many inland golf courses in the British Isles that are superior.By my personal reckoning there ar...


Wentworth (Edinburgh) 24/07/2017

21st Surrey - Best in Area 93rd England Ranking
The demanding yet delightful Edinburgh golf course is a John Jacobs design with input from Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher. The idea of a third course at Wentworth, to...