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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Anglesey 08/03/2017

18th North Wales - Best in Area 45th Wales Ranking
Hidden Gem Alert!! Oh my word, what a discovery Anglesey Golf Club was on a recent trip to North Wales. Tagged onto a visit to Bull Bay and Holyhead this venue at Rhosnei...

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Cardigan 07/03/2017

5th West Wales - Best in Area 20th Wales Ranking
Cardigan is not a golf course that is easy to build into a golfing itinerary of Wales. It is a bit of an outlier in terms of location tucked away in the south-west corner...

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North Wales 07/03/2017

5th North Wales - Best in Area 13th Wales Ranking
Founded in 1894 North Wales Golf Club, on the West Shore at Llandudno, is a course that is admired by many and provides some good old fashioned authentic links golf.It al...

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Prestatyn 07/03/2017

11th North Wales - Best in Area 28th Wales Ranking
Prestatyn is a fine championship links course on the North Wales coast and is easy to see why it’s regularly selected for the country’s top events.In 2015 it hosted the W...

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Brocket Hall (Melbourne) 02/03/2017

13th 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

12th 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

30th 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

Gem England - 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

15th 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

16th 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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Glencruitten 26/02/2017

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Glencruitten is a fascinating golf course I whole-heartedly recommend anyone should play.It’s certainly not a course for the faint-hearted, in more ways than one, but wil...

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Hopeman 24/02/2017

21st North Scotland - Best in Area
Hopeman is an enthralling clifftop links that just gets better and better as the round progresses, both in terms of the golf and the location.The 18 holes move gradually...

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Traigh 24/02/2017

24th North Scotland - Best in Area
A round of golf at Traigh is a unique Scottish golf experience. I’m not going to claim it is one of the best courses in the country but it’s certainly got an argument to...

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Troon (Lochgreen) 24/02/2017

18th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area
The Lochgreen 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 Counc...

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Welshpool 22/02/2017

3rd Mid Wales - Best in Area 31st Wales Ranking
The guy behind the bar who I handed my £12 twilight green-fee to simply laughed after he asked if I had played the course before and I replied, “No, Why?”.I tend to get t...

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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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