Ed Battye

I founded Golf Empire to help amateur golfers find out where and when competitive golf will be played. I currently play off a handicap of three at Woodsome Hall Golf Club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

What I personally like in a golf course is one that gives the golfer plenty of options, especially regarding the way in which approach shots can be played into the greens and particularly recovery shots from around them. In my experience this nearly always stems from firm turf and natural movement in the land; the ball has got to do something when it lands otherwise I lose interest pretty quickly. Couple these favourable ground conditions with enough width to create strategic angles and that's when a golf course has really done its job for me.

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Stranraer 08/09/2021

3rd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 94th Scotland Ranking
Stranraer is not a great course but it is certainly a very good one with no two holes the same and boasts lots of varied and interesting shots.I called in as stop-off on...

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East Sussex National (East) 29/08/2021

11th Sussex - Best in Area
The East is very much a course set-up for tournament play with stadium mounding, large greens, longish green-to-tee walks, multiple tee boxes and is laid out in two retur...

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East Sussex National (West) 29/08/2021

9th Sussex - Best in Area
East Sussex National is a big hotel, spa and golf complex near Uckfield in, er... well as you might be able to guess.... East Sussex. The resort boasts two golf courses;...

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Foxhills (Longcross) 29/08/2021

28th Surrey - Best in Area
The Longcross is generally regarded as the better of the two courses and I can see why it may just edge it for some people but as I said earlier there's not a great deal...

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Foxhills (Bernard Hunt) 29/08/2021

33rd Surrey - Best in Area
The least known of the courses is the nine-hole Manor par-three loop that you can't miss as you drive into the sprawling estate. I did not manage to play this shorty on m...

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Prince’s (Himalayas) 25/06/2021

6th Kent - Best in Area 99th England Ranking
Over the last few years the Himalayas nine has had a major redevelopment and the results are superb. It has transformed what was viewed as the 'loop round the back' to on...

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North Foreland (Main) 25/06/2021

14th Kent - Best in Area
There's a wonderful sense of scale and grandeur to the 18 holes at North Foreland Golf Club that adorn the clifftops at Kingsgate in the North-East corner of Kent.I'll sa...

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Flempton 25/06/2021

10th Suffolk - Best in Area
Flempton is a lovely, tucked away, nine-holer close to the market town of Bury St. Edmunds in the sleepy Suffolk countryside. There is a wonderful ambience to quintessent...

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Wildernesse 25/06/2021

7th Kent - Best in Area
High class parkland golf can often be hard to come by but at Wildernesse we find a prime example of a mature, manicured and well-presented golf course.Immaculately condit...

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Thurlestone 25/06/2021

9th Devon - Best in Area
A bit like a coin there are two sides to Thurlestone. It packs a lot of fun and entertainment, as well as plenty of good golf, into its modest 6,189 yards that run alongs...

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Mullion 25/06/2021

8th Cornwall - Best in Area
An unusual creature called Mullion Golf Club lies on the southern Cornish coast. Mullion is one of those golf courses that throws the rule book out of the window at times...

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Cruden Bay (St Olaf) 07/04/2021

19th North East Scotland - Best in Area
The excellent nine-hole St. Olaf is 2,463 yards of pure delight. This is a smaller scale course that boasts a set of par threes, four of them all told, that most courses...

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Crail (Craighead) 11/12/2020

14th Fife - Best in Area 70th Scotland Ranking
There are wonderful coastal views and some fine holes on this exposed course which plays on much higher ground to the Balcomie. As you might expect from this elevated lay...

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Portmahomack - Tarbat 11/12/2020

30th North Scotland - Best in Area
Tarbat is a course I have long wanted to play but previous visits to Dornoch and travels through Inverness have not quite worked out in my favour to squeeze a quick loop...

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Grantown-on-Spey 11/12/2020

19th North Scotland - Best in Area
The 5,710-yard course, which owes its well draining nature to its gravel base, is easily split into three distinct sections.The first six holes are played on flatter, mor...

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Scotscraig 11/12/2020

11th Fife - Best in Area 53rd Scotland Ranking
During a recent family holiday to Edinburgh an afternoon pass from the wife gave my son and I the opportunity to drive 90 minutes north to Tayport for a round of golf. De...

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