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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Kirkistown Castle 15/03/2019

7th Down - Best in Area 14th Northern Ireland Ranking
Kirkistown Castle is a true links golf course near Cloughy on the Eastern shore of the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland.The present day layout of this no-nonsense, old-...

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Castlerock (Bann) 11/03/2019

4th Londonderry - Best in Area 20th Northern Ireland Ranking
Castlerock has a superb relief 9-hole layout called the Bann Links, designed by Frank Pennink in 1986. If you’ve got a spare hour, 90 minutes at most, I would urge you to...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 11/03/2019

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
Castlerock… simply rocks! I’ll admit straightaway that the Mussenden Links at Castlerock in County Londonderry is right up my street.It’s an authentic, genuine, rugged li...

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Machrie 04/03/2019

2nd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 19th Scotland Ranking 56th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Because I’d never played the old course, by all accounts an iconic throwback to dark-age golf but with an almost cult following, I’m not really in a position to compare a...

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Golspie 04/03/2019

10th North Scotland - Best in Area 64th Scotland Ranking
Walking off the 1st tee at Golspie towards a featureless, flat fairway it might not be immediately apparent about all the golfing goodness that lies in store and just how...

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Blairgowrie (Lansdowne) 26/02/2019

5th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area 75th Scotland Ranking
The more modern Lansdowne is billed as the ‘championship’ course at Blairgowrie and at over 7,000 yards, with narrow fairways flanked by trees, it is certainly a stern te...

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Royal Burgess 24/02/2019

12th Lothians - Best in Area 76th Scotland Ranking
In the not too distant future The Royal Burgess Golfing Society at Barnton on the outskirts of Edinburgh will celebrate its tercentenary.Just let that sink in for a momen...

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Durness 20/02/2019

23rd North Scotland - Best in Area
They say that life’s all about the journey and not the destination but playing golf at Durness is without doubt both a journey and a destination.From whichever angle you...

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Wick 20/02/2019

22nd North Scotland - Best in Area
Founded in 1870 Wick Golf Club is fast approaching its 150th birthday and is embracing its golden years by bringing new energy to the links.Upon arrival at the coastal co...

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Dunham Forest 19/02/2019

10th Cheshire - Best in Area
A quick afternoon dash around Dunham Forest in mid-March, following a meeting in Manchester earlier in the day, provided a very enjoyable couple of hours. In summary; the...

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Halifax 19/02/2019

26th Yorkshire - Best in Area
The Halifax Golf Club, often better known as Ogden, is a course that divides opinion. Some people love this fascinating James Braid layout whilst others hate it... and a...

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Newquay 18/02/2019

8th Cornwall - Best in Area
On a visit to the South-West that entailed no less than seven links courses Newquay proved to be the surprise package of the lot.Perhaps it was our pre-conceptions that d...

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Minehead & West Somerset 18/02/2019

10th Somerset - Best in Area
If you are seeking the joys of seaside golf in beautiful surroundings this ticks virtually all of the boxes.It’s a lovely location for a golf course and the setting produ...

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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...

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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...

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