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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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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Crail (Balcomie) 07/08/2019

13th Fife - Best in Area 67th Scotland Ranking
Of all the links golf courses around the Fife Coast the Balcomie Links at Crail must be the most picturesque of them all.The view of the rocky coastline from the elevated...

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Dunaverty 29/06/2019

5th Argyll & Bute - Best in Area
I wanted to keep this review short and sweet – just like the golf course itself – but there is far too much good stuff going on at Dunaverty to make that even a remote po...

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Isle of Harris 11/06/2019

26th North Scotland - Best in Area
The Isle of Harris Golf Club at Scarista is a cracking little nine-hole golf course that delivers a true links experience.The opening tee shot sets a strong tone that res...

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Machrie 04/03/2019

3rd Argyll & Bute - Best in Area 21st 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 63rd 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 71st 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

16th Lothians - Best in Area 84th 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

18th 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

27th 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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Spey Bay 23/08/2017

13th North East Scotland - Best in Area
I’m going to buy Spey Bay a drum. They obviously haven’t got one... because nobody is banging it for them. And they should be!I stumbled across this natural and highly ca...

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Spey Valley 23/08/2017

8th North Scotland - Best in Area 44th Scotland Ranking
I suspect many fools dash past Spey Valley, located at the foot of Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore, as they bomb up the A9 towards Inverness and beyond.‘Tis true, they...

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Kingsbarns 23/08/2017

2nd Fife - Best in Area 7th Scotland Ranking 13th Britain & Ireland Ranking 42nd World Ranking
Just how good Kingsbarns is may not be truly known for another century but in today’s golfing landscape it is undoubtedly extremely good and a style of course that is in...

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Ladybank 23/08/2017

10th Fife - Best in Area 52nd Scotland Ranking
If you’re in Fife and looking for a game away from the links then Ladybank would be as good a choice as anywhere.In fact few courses away from the coast in Scotland can b...

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