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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Newburgh-on-Ythan 22/03/2017

10th North East Scotland - Best in Area 97th Scotland Ranking
Newburgh-on-Ythan is very much a tale of two halves, but each one is worth listening to.Dating back to 1888 this delightful links course was originally a nine-hole layout...

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Forest of Arden (Arden) 22/03/2017

4th Warwickshire - Best in Area
A round on the main Arden course – there is also the par 69 Aylesford course – is very much a tale of two halves and allows you to walk in the footsteps of the stars of t...

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Great Yarmouth & Caister 21/03/2017

7th Norfolk - Best in Area
Great Yarmouth & Caister was founded in 1882 making it the oldest golf club in Norfolk. It’s also one of the best.Steeped in history The Club was adopted by members of Ro...

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Royal Cromer 21/03/2017

4th Norfolk - Best in Area
Royal Cromer, founded in 1888, was originally designed by Old Tom Morris and has recently been recognised as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in England.With over 125 year...

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West Cornwall 21/03/2017

6th Cornwall - Best in Area
Established in 1889 West Cornwall Golf Club at Lelant is the oldest in the peninsula county, it is also one of the finest.The course benefits from a splendid location clo...

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Wilmslow 20/03/2017

7th Cheshire - Best in Area
Wilmslow is one of the many fine wooded parkland courses to be found in the tranquil Cheshire countryside. It’s also one of the oldest, the club having been founded in 18...

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Worksop 20/03/2017

4th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area
Worksop is a lovely fast running woodland course with sandy fairways and tricky greens.The course is not particularly long but has putting surfaces that slope wickedly an...

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Craigielaw 20/03/2017

13th Lothians - Best in Area 79th Scotland Ranking
Craigielaw is somewhat of the New Kid on the Block when it comes to easily accessible links golf courses in East Lothian.Established just before the turn of the millenniu...

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Gullane (No.3) 18/03/2017

21st Lothians - Best in Area
The No.3 course has a certain charm and character to it. Not that the other two don’t but this, the shortest of the three, has a few more eccentric holes. The greens are...

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Longniddry 18/03/2017

11th Lothians - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking
Due to the proximity of the coast Longniddry can certainly be classed as a seaside course although it is not deemed a true links.Many of the holes have the wonderful play...

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Royal Troon (Portland) 18/03/2017

13th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
The second links at Troon, the “Portland” created by Fernie in 1895 and formerly known as the Relief course, has its moments of excellence too but undeniably plays second...

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Shiskine 16/03/2017

12th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 95th Scotland Ranking
Shiskine Golf (& Tennis) Club, set in a truly stunning location at Blackwaterfoot on the Isle of Arran, may only have 12 holes but there is nothing lacking in terms of th...

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Troon (Darley) 16/03/2017

17th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
The Darley links is one of three courses emanating from the starters office at the Troon Municipal golf complex which is owned, managed and run by South Ayrshire Council....

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Wigtownshire County 16/03/2017

7th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
Just off the A75 in Dumfries & Galloway you will find one of the most genuine and authentic links courses in Scotland; Wigtownshire County.It may not be one of the best c...

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Borth & Ynyslas 16/03/2017

4th West Wales - Best in Area 18th Wales Ranking
Borth & Ynyslas is a classic ‘out and back’ true links course. It may not be in the same class as its near neighbour, Aberdovey, located on just the other side of the Dov...

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Bamburgh Castle 13/03/2017

5th Northumberland - Best in Area
Bamburgh Castle most definitely falls into the ‘odd sock drawer’ of golf courses… and that’s a good thing!Sporty in nature this entertaining course was in fantastic condi...

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Brocket Hall (Palmerston) 13/03/2017

9th 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

3rd 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

8th 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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Nairn Dunbar 08/03/2017

9th North Scotland - Best in Area 61st Scotland Ranking
Nairn Dunbar may live in the shadow of its Walker Cup hosting neighbour located on the west side of town but please don’t dismiss this enjoyable course from your Highland...

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