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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East Devon 02/05/2017

4th Devon - Best in Area 72nd England Ranking
East Devon, at Budleigh Salterton, is a golf course that had eluded me for far too long. However, I set that matter straight with a visit in the early Spring of 2017 and...

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Bearwood Lakes 30/04/2017

4th Berkshire - Best in Area 52nd England Ranking
At Bearwood Lakes you will be greeted with perfectly manicured fairways and quick greens as you work your way around the course that starts well, gets better and then rea...

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Blackwell 30/04/2017

1st Worcestershire - Best in Area 88th England Ranking
Blackwell is a lovely mature parkland course with undulating terrain, tricky greens and some fine holes that require much thought and intelligence.The Club was founded in...

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Bude & North Cornwall 30/04/2017

6th Cornwall - Best in Area
There is uniqueness about Bude & North Cornwall that lovers of true and natural links golf will find not only alluring but extremely exciting.The movement in the land thr...

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Centurion Club 30/04/2017

4th Hertfordshire - Best in Area 100th England Ranking
On a recent visit the golf course at The Centurion Club was every inch playable, and indeed highly enjoyable, although there is still very much a work in progress feel to...

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Crowborough Beacon 28/04/2017

5th Sussex - Best in Area 86th England Ranking
Crowborough Beacon Golf Club was founded in 1895 and boasts far-reaching views which are just as mesmerising as the golf course itself.Admittedly I was a little disappoin...

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Fulford 28/04/2017

5th Yorkshire - Best in Area
The true glory days of Fulford Golf Club may now be behind it but the course still remains a fine and fair test of golf and is undeniably one of Yorkshire’s best venues.I...

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Goodwood (Downs) 28/04/2017

6th Sussex - Best in Area
Goodwood is a spectacular Estate in the heart of West Sussex and is home to the world famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and the annual ‘Glorious Goodwood’ horser...

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Huddersfield 27/04/2017

9th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Huddersfield Golf Club is probably not given the sufficient coverage it deserves on a national scale. It's a very, very fine golf course.As a regular host to the Yorkshir...

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Kington 27/04/2017

1st Herefordshire - Best in Area
There’s something quite remarkable about Kington. It has what I call the “Double Q” factor; Quirk and Quality.It has a similar eccentric personality to many other hilltop...

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Lindrick 27/04/2017

4th Yorkshire - Best in Area 59th England Ranking
With more than 200 golf courses across Yorkshire Lindrink sits very close to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discussing the best of golf in the White Rose County....

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Luffenham Heath 24/04/2017

1st Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
I arrived at Luffenham Heath Golf Club on a beautifully bright and mild March morning after a pleasant and stress-free two hour drive.The car park was empty, the course w...

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Northumberland 24/04/2017

3rd Northumberland - Best in Area
North-East England is not widely regarded as an area with an abundance of top quality golf courses. However, The Northumberland Golf Club stands proudly as a fine excepti...

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Pannal 24/04/2017

6th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Pannal is undoubtedly one of Yorkshire's finest. It offers a beautiful tranquil mix of woodland, moorland and heathland on the edge of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.Always...

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Belfry (Brabazon) 24/04/2017

1st Warwickshire - Best in Area 76th England Ranking
Truth be told, waterfalls and fountains don’t do a lot for me on a golf course.And there’s a lot of other things at The Belfry that aren't to my personal taste, but consi...

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Caldy 20/04/2017

8th Cheshire - Best in Area
Caldy is situated at the end of the Wirral Peninsula, alongside the river Dee, and enjoys some wonderful views whilst playing the series of cliff top holes on the front n...

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Berkhamsted 18/04/2017

6th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
The humps, bumps, swales and hollows of Berkhamsted add a real charm and help create an atmosphere for enjoyable golf on fast-running, heathy-style terrain. Couple this w...

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Reigate Heath 18/04/2017

27th Surrey - Best in Area
They say that nice things come in small packages and that is exactly what Reigate Heath is and does.It’s a dramatically stunning nine-hole golf course located just outsid...

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Cavendish 18/04/2017

1st Derbyshire - Best in Area
At just 5,700 yards Cavendish may be on the short side in terms of length but there is nothing lacking in the amount of fun that can be had at this Derbyshire delight.Her...

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