Ed 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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Selby 11/09/2019

29th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Selby, one of Yorkshire's most establish clubs, is set on high ground in North Yorkshire and is easily accessible from both the M1 and M62 motorway networks.There are a w...

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Wheatley 11/09/2019

28th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Wheatley Golf Club, on the outskirts of Doncaster, is one of Yorkshire’s better courses but often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.This fast-running parkland cours...

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Crosland Heath 11/09/2019

27th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Crosland Heath Golf Club sits high on the hills above Huddersfield. It has commanding views of the town and down through the Colne Valley and as its name suggests this is...

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Bradford 11/09/2019

25th Yorkshire - Best in Area
The Bradford Golf Club, known locally as Hawksworth, is a fine example of a good Yorkshire golf course. Perched high in the beautiful and peaceful countryside this part-p...

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Wakefield 11/09/2019

23rd Yorkshire - Best in Area
Wakefield Golf Club, founded in 1891, is an established, traditional parkland layout in West Yorkshire with an excellent set of short holes. It is a prime example that di...

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Hornsea 11/09/2019

22nd Yorkshire - Best in Area
Hornsea Golf Club provides an enjoyable round of golf. Located just a mile from the sea on the East Coast of Yorkshire it's a fast running course, albeit a parkland layou...

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Headingley 11/09/2019

20th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Headingley is one of the many golf courses situated on excellent golfing land to the North of Leeds in West Yorkshire. This is a very fine parkland layout, housing firm r...

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York Golf Club 11/09/2019

13th Yorkshire - Best in Area
When one thinks of golf in York it is Fulford that normally springs to mind. Most courses are overshadowed by this powerhouse but York Golf Club, known locally as Strensa...

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Church Stretton 13/08/2019

6th Shropshire - Best in Area
Church Stretton Golf Club sits atop the stunning Shropshire Hills above the historic market town of the same name. Please believe me when I say the panoramic views from t...

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Brampton Heath 13/08/2019

5th Northamptonshire - Best in Area
Located on sandy ground, just to the west of Northampton, Brampton Heath is a semi-heathland course that belies its age of less than two decades.Opened in May 1995 it sti...

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Bungay & Waveney Valley 09/08/2019

9th Suffolk - Best in Area
The modest 6,000-yard, par 69 course at Bungay & Waveney Valley Golf Club, established in 1889, is yet another Suffolk treat in a county that continually delivers fine in...

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Hillside 07/08/2019

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking
I’ve played all three courses on this adjoining tract of linksland multiple times and I’m still undecided which is my favourite. You could also throw in Formby, located j...

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Enville (Lodge) 07/08/2019

8th Staffordshire - Best in Area
The Lodge course is regarded by some as slightly inferior to the Highgate but preferred by others, so I was intrigued as to what would lie ahead.As it turned out it was a...

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Crail (Balcomie) 07/08/2019

15th Fife - Best in Area 74th Scotland Ranking
Of all the links golf courses around the Fife Coast the Balcomie Links at Crail must be the most picturesque of them all.The view of the rocky coastline from the elevated...

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Hankley Common 30/07/2019

7th Surrey - Best in Area 26th England Ranking 61st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hankley Common is a heathland paradise played over a sprawling tract of land on the North Surrey Downs where the texture of the property is utterly divine. Pastel colours...

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Formby Ladies 23/07/2019

13th Lancashire - Best in Area
Formby Ladies is a uniquely special golf course where the 18 holes flow seamlessly over a varied landscape spawning an enjoyable and memorable experience.Although not a p...

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Fleetwood 23/07/2019

15th Lancashire - Best in Area
I like nice surprises. And that's exactly what I got when I played Fleetwood Golf Club. With so many notable courses, including no less than three Open Championship venue...

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Charnwood Forest 23/07/2019

7th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
Charnwood Forest is one the most interesting, natural and best nine-holers I have played. It’s a fascinating course that loops round the Hanging Stone Rocks, dated back o...

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Seaford 18/07/2019

11th Sussex - Best in Area
Located high on the Sussex Downs above the seaside town of the same name Seaford is a fine downland golf course with superb views.Panoramas of the glorious Sussex Downs,...

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