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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Hartlepool 21/06/2019

5th Durham - Best in Area
Hartlepool is a slow burner of a golf course. It takes three or four holes to really warm up but once it does it produces some excellent true links golf.There are a handf...

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Strandhill 20/06/2019

3rd Sligo - Best in Area 39th Ireland Ranking
Strandhill Golf Club is a links course that often lives in the shadow of its GB&I Top 100 near neighbour, County Sligo, and that is doing it a real disservice because thi...

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Appleby 17/06/2019

7th Cumbria - Best in Area
I’m easily pleased. All I ask for is good turf, natural movement in the land and engaging greens. Simply give me all of those on a golf course and I’m a happy bunny.Sadly...

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Woking 14/06/2019

8th Surrey - Best in Area 27th England Ranking 68th Britain & Ireland Ranking
In the summer of 2019 I returned to Woking after a 20-year absence. Much has changed over the last two decades but the atmosphere of the club and the strategy of the cour...

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Effingham 14/06/2019

24th Surrey - Best in Area
The inclusion of Effingham in Golf World Magazine’s recent “Top 100 golf courses of England” peaked my interest in this Surrey downland course located just outside the Lo...

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Llandrindod Wells 13/06/2019

1st Mid Wales - Best in Area 16th Wales Ranking
Atop a large hill in Mid Wales, above the Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells, lays a topsy-turvy, rough-and-tumble, bags-of-fun sort of golf course.It was originally...

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Castletown 13/06/2019

1st Isle of Man Ranking
If you’ve got an itch sometimes you’ve just got to scratch it… even if it’s in a hard-to-reach place! And in my personal quest to play all the true links golf course in t...

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Carne (Kilmore) 12/06/2019

Gem Ireland - Best in Area
The talk of tagging the Kilmore 9 (which does have a couple of routing issues) onto the back nine of the Hackett to make the main 18 would be an error in my opinion. The...

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Carne (Hackett) 12/06/2019

1st Mayo - Best in Area 12th Ireland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The Hackett 18 is currently the main configuration although the addition of the Kilmore 9 in 2013 (but closed until recently) may change this in the future. Either way if...

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Isle of Harris 11/06/2019

Gem 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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Royal Portrush (Valley) 26/03/2019

2nd Antrim - Best in Area 6th Northern Ireland Ranking
Royal Portrush can also boast a second course and a very fine one The Valley Links is too. The first tee is located around 700 yards from the main clubhouse (you can driv...

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Kirkistown Castle 15/03/2019

7th Down - Best in Area 14th Northern Ireland Ranking
Kirkistown Castle is a true links golf course near Cloughy on the Eastern shore of the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland.The present day layout of this no-nonsense, old-...

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Castlerock (Bann) 11/03/2019

4th Londonderry - Best in Area 20th Northern Ireland Ranking
Castlerock has a superb relief 9-hole layout called the Bann Links, designed by Frank Pennink in 1986. If you’ve got a spare hour, 90 minutes at most, I would urge you to...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 11/03/2019

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
Castlerock… simply rocks! I’ll admit straightaway that the Mussenden Links at Castlerock in County Londonderry is right up my street.It’s an authentic, genuine, rugged li...

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