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.

Reviews


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Brocket Hall (Palmerston) 13/03/2017

13th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
It is usually the much acclaimed Palmerston course that receives most of the plaudits but as I found out on my recent visit to the Brocket Hall complex there isn't much b...

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Frilford Heath (Green) 13/03/2017

4th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
The Green course stands at just a smidgen over 6,000 yards at its maximum length but with a par of 69 is no pushover. And whilst there are several holes that require plac...

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Sandy Lodge 08/03/2017

7th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Sandy Lodge is a course with tight, firm fairways and lots of interest throughout its 18 holes. When I played here in March the course was in fabulous condition, it was e...

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Brocket Hall (Melbourne) 02/03/2017

12th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
I'll start by saying that as a lover of links golf I always find it hard to truly appreciate parkland/woodland golf, even on the best courses. I much prefer the 'ground g...

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Clitheroe 02/03/2017

13th Lancashire - Best in Area
The county of Lancashire is well-known for its coastal stretch of classic links golf courses. However, once you head inland it is very much more a case of quantity and no...

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Forest Pines (Forest & Pines) 02/03/2017

3rd Lincolnshire - Best in Area
I’ve played all 27 holes at Forest Pines on a number of occasions. There are three nines at this Q-Hotels venue, all of relatively similar calibre, and it was the ‘Forest...

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Hessle 01/03/2017

31st Yorkshire - Best in Area
Hessle is one of the better parkland golf courses in Yorkshire. The gently undulating property lends itself to some lovely holes, particularly the two-shotters.The greens...

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Painswick 01/03/2017

15th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
On a recent drive from West Yorkshire to South Wales we decided to jump off the M5 and play a quick round at the highly unusual Painswick Golf Club. It proved to be one o...

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Rotherham 01/03/2017

18th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Rotherham is a really enjoyable parkland golf course located in the heart of South Yorkshire.The layout of the holes is very interesting and the changes in elevation, on...

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Tadmarton Heath 26/02/2017

5th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
Situated a short drive from the town of Banbury this delightful fast running course was a joy to play in mid-May when the plentiful gorse was in full canary-yellow bloom....

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Woodsome Hall 26/02/2017

13th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Some golf clubs hit you with a 'wow' factor the moment you drive through their gates. Woodsome Hall is certainly one of those.It is a traditional club steeped in history...

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Felixstowe Ferry (Martello) 20/02/2017

6th Suffolk - Best in Area
The Martello course at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club is the only links course in Suffolk and one of only a handful in East Anglia.This makes it a highly desirable venue for...

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Littlehampton 20/02/2017

12th Sussex - Best in Area
Littlehampton has one of the best starts to any links course I have played. The opening two holes really are of the highest order.The first is a formidable opener with fa...

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Temple 20/02/2017

12th Berkshire - Best in Area
The most striking point from a golfing perspective at Temple is the number of holes that sit close to the edge of par.Two par 3's measure 230+ yards whilst a third is pla...

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Weston-Super-Mare 16/02/2017

3rd Somerset - Best in Area
Dating back to 1892 Weston-super-Mare is a historic club with a true links course considered by many as one of the best in the South West. The easy walking course has man...

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Hawkstone Park (Hawkstone) 13/02/2017

2nd Shropshire - Best in Area
Hawkstone Park Golf Club is a venue that benefits greatly from having two 18-hole parkland golf courses. There is also a six-hole par three academy course on site making...

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