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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Tain 29/03/2017

16th North Scotland - Best in Area 88th Scotland Ranking
Tain Golf Club, founded in 1890 and originally laid out by Old Tom Morris, is a captivating moorland-links course that delivers a number of very fine holes and should be...

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Bull Bay 29/03/2017

6th North Wales - Best in Area 15th Wales Ranking
Bull Bay is not only the best golf course on the Isle of Anglesey but it can rightly claim to be one of Wales’ finest.And if courses were ranked entirely on charm, fun, i...

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Denham 28/03/2017

7th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area
Denham is a traditional private members golf club tucked away in Buckinghamshire countryside where you will find a lovely parkland layout.The course was constructed in 19...

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Hallamshire 28/03/2017

8th Yorkshire - Best in Area
Hallamshire Golf Club lies on a narrow strip of land at the edge of the city of Sheffield, overlooking the Derbyshire Peak District National Park and Pennines.Golfers out...

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Hesketh 23/03/2017

14th Lancashire - Best in Area
A round at Hesketh is very much a game of two halves. Well almost.Whilst there is no doubting this is a true links golf course seven of the holes are certainly more 'link...

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Huntercombe 23/03/2017

1st Oxfordshire - Best in Area 75th England Ranking
After playing 36 holes in an open competition at Frilford Heath I decided to quickly dash across the Oxfordshire countryside to Huntercombe for an evening round rather th...

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Reddish Vale 23/03/2017

11th Cheshire - Best in Area
The golf course at Reddish Vale is one I would advise anybody to play. Not only is it one of the best value venues in the North West it is also one of the most interestin...

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Kilspindie 22/03/2017

10th Lothians - Best in Area 59th Scotland Ranking
The 18 holes at Kilspindie are such an enjoyable place to play links golf. You won’t find championship standard golf here but that’s not to say the course doesn’t present...

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Newburgh-on-Ythan 22/03/2017

10th North East Scotland - Best in Area
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

8th 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

5th 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

5th 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

17th Lothians - Best in Area 85th 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

20th 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 66th 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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