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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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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The Island 29/11/2019

2nd Dublin - Best in Area 8th Ireland Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Despite being played over similar rugged terrain no hole feels even remotely the same and this is its biggest asset; 18 individual and exceptional holes where the array o...

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Corballis Links 29/11/2019

13th Dublin - Best in Area 97th Ireland Ranking
Corballis Links is a real head-spinner of a golf course around a 30 minute drive north of Dublin.I make no apology for absolutely loving golf courses like Corballis. It i...

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County Louth 29/11/2019

1st Louth - Best in Area 11th Ireland Ranking 57th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Baltray Links, as it is more commonly known, succeeds massively in balancing classic links golf with enough individuality and moments of brilliance to rightly give it a p...

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Windermere 29/11/2019

8th Cumbria - Best in Area
Located in the very heart of the Lake District, Windermere Golf Club must be one of the most adventurous golf courses I know and I make no apology for loving bamboozling...

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Seascale 29/11/2019

2nd Cumbria - Best in Area
Seascale is a 125-year old links oozing charm, character and class. I had previously visited the course, on the west coast of Cumbria, around seven years ago and it was n...

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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 23rd 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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