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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Lundin 20/04/2017

5th Fife - Best in Area 31st Scotland Ranking
I have wanted to play Lundin Golf Club for a number of years, ever since I glimpsed across from neighbouring Leven Links in the summer of 2001.It took me 14 years to come...

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Monifieth (Medal) 20/04/2017

4th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 54th Scotland Ranking
The Monifieth Golf Links Trust manage two wonderful golf courses that are the home to a trio of golf clubs.It’s easy to see why the more famous of the two courses on this...

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West Kilbride 20/04/2017

10th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 61st Scotland Ranking
The West Kilbride Golf Club at Seamill is located on a stunning piece of the Ayrshire coast, with spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the beautiful island of A...

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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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Machynys Peninsula 18/04/2017

3rd West Wales - Best in Area 11th Wales Ranking
The opening of Machynys Peninsula to a blaze of publicity in 2005 hasn’t quite changed the golfing landscape in South Wales but it has certainly provided something differ...

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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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Cleeve Hill 12/04/2017

6th Gloucestershire - Best in Area
Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire was selected as a stop-off course to break up the five hour journey down from West Yorkshire to Devon.As my ears popped on the drive up to...

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Frilford Heath (Red) 12/04/2017

2nd Oxfordshire - Best in Area
The Red course, generally regarded as the best of the trio, is of a similar mould to the Green, however, it’s a much sterner test.The par for the course is 72 whilst SSS...

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Old Fold Manor 12/04/2017

14th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
In a County that is noted for its many fine parkland golf courses Old Fold Manor is certainly up there as one of the best and undoubtedly one of the most interesting.This...

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Sand Moor 07/04/2017

7th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Sand Moor Golf Club, located in the golfing-haven of North Leeds, was developed under the guidance of the famed Dr. Alister MacKenzie in the mid 1920s.Situated close to t...

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Stockport 07/04/2017

6th Cheshire - Best in Area
At Stockport Golf Club you will find a moderately undulating mature parkland course that will ask tough questions of every part of your game.The first five holes are a re...

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Bovey Castle 07/04/2017

5th Devon - Best in Area
Stood on the fourth tee at Bovey Castle I’m already three golf balls down, having not found any of my tee-shots, and am hobbling like an old man thanks to a pain in my fo...

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Thetford 04/04/2017

6th Norfolk - Best in Area
I’ve never known an inland golf course play as firm and fast in March as Thetford did on my first ever visit to this lovely Norfolk venue.Traversing superbly dry and fast...

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Thorpeness 04/04/2017

5th Suffolk - Best in Area
In my experience the vast majority of coastal golf courses that are situated close to the sea, but are not on linksland, usually fail to deliver and I ultimately come awa...

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Lanark 04/04/2017

1st Lanarkshire - Best in Area 68th Scotland Ranking
A quick stop-off at Lanark, to break up the journey on the way home from St. Andrews, proved to be a very enjoyable few hours out on one of Scotland’s premier inland cour...

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Moray (New) 31/03/2017

15th North Scotland - Best in Area 87th Scotland Ranking
The New course, designed by Henry Cotton and opened in 1979, is the perfect foil for the Old. It doesn’t quite have the volume of exceptionally good holes of its elder si...

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Peterhead (Old) 31/03/2017

6th North East Scotland - Best in Area 60th Scotland Ranking
The Craigewan Links at Peterhead is set mostly amongst splendid duneland and fully encapsulates what golfing by the sea in Scotland is all about.We got a very poor day we...

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St Andrews (Eden) 31/03/2017

16th Fife - Best in Area 79th Scotland Ranking
After nine holes I was certain that the Eden links would be my favourite of all the courses at St. Andrews and, despite a run of blander holes on the back-nine, it is sti...

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