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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Reay 07/11/2019

14th North Scotland - Best in Area 86th Scotland Ranking
A minibus of American golfers is not the first thing I expected to see on arrival at Reay Golf Club; the most northerly 18 hole links on mainland Scotland!To our surprise...

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Powfoot 07/11/2019

2nd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 73rd Scotland Ranking
Powfoot is a no-nonsense golf course close to the Solway Firth just over the English-Scottish Border in Dumfries & Galloway.This semi-links has some fine features, a hand...

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Inverallochy 07/11/2019

11th North East Scotland - Best in Area
Quite often when you venture off the beaten golfing path you come across hidden gems like this and Inverallochy most certainly falls into this category.The biggest compli...

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Royal Dublin 04/11/2019

4th Dublin - Best in Area 27th Ireland Ranking
The drive into Royal Dublin Golf Club, over a splendid wooden bridge, sets a fabulous scene for golfing at one of Ireland’s most revered yet underrated golf courses.Playe...

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Minchinhampton (Old) 03/11/2019

8th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Those familiar with other Gloucestershire oddities; Cleeve Cloud and Painswick, will have a sense of familiarity when they arrive at the charming and bunkerless Minchinha...

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Oakdale 31/10/2019

32nd Yorkshire - Best in Area
Oakdale is an established parkland golf course close to the City Centre of Harrogate. Despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of city life, is set in well over 100...

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Scarborough South Cliff 31/10/2019

28th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Scarborough South Cliff is one of several clifftop courses along the East Coast of Yorkshire. There are two, arguably three, distinct sections to the course. Holes 1-3 ar...

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Portsalon 19/09/2019

5th Donegal - Best in Area 22nd Ireland Ranking
Portsalon provides a wonderful mix of high quality links golf in a beautiful part of Ireland. You could argue that because of its eclectic style the course lacks some con...

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Cruit Island 19/09/2019

8th Donegal - Best in Area 80th Ireland Ranking
If there are golf courses in heaven I suspect they will be very much in the spirit of Cruit Island.Reaching this remote course, set above the wild and rugged Atlantic Oce...

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North West 19/09/2019

9th Donegal - Best in Area 81st Ireland Ranking
North West Golf Club, a founder member of the Golf Union of Ireland located on the Inishowen Peninsula at Buncrana, is a hugely underrated links course laid out on a narr...

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Donegal 19/09/2019

3rd Donegal - Best in Area 17th Ireland Ranking
On the mile-long drive along a tree-lined, single-lane track towards Donegal Golf Club one would be forgiven for wondering if there was a links course within 100 miles of...

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Selby 11/09/2019

25th 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

24th 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

30th 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

26th 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

27th 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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