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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Charnwood Forest 23/07/2019

5th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
Charnwood Forest is one the most interesting, natural and best nine-holers I have played. It’s a fascinating course that loops round the Hanging Stone Rocks, dated back o...

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Seaford 18/07/2019

8th Sussex - Best in Area
Located high on the Sussex Downs above the seaside town of the same name Seaford is a fine downland golf course with superb views.Panoramas of the glorious Sussex Downs,...

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South Moor 18/07/2019

8th Durham - Best in Area
South Moor is a very thought-provoking golf course in County Durham with a handful of excellent holes that has ties to the famous Dr. Alister MacKenzie who had a hand in...

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Leicestershire 18/07/2019

4th Leicestershire & Rutland - Best in Area
The Leicestershire Golf Club was founded in 1890 and is an established parkland course that maximises the use of the land it is played over particular well for a course o...

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Woodhall Spa (Bracken) 18/07/2019

4th Lincolnshire - Best in Area
The Bracken course provides a contrasting challenge to the Hotchkin. On this more modern layout you will find large undulating greens and water hazards the main obstacles...

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Leckford (Old) 03/07/2019

7th Hampshire - Best in Area
Designed by an experienced Harry Colt the Old Course at Leckford opened for play in 1929 and the layout has largely been preserved since then. This is a good thing, for t...

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Dunaverty 29/06/2019

5th Argyll & Bute - Best in Area
I wanted to keep this review short and sweet – just like the golf course itself – but there is far too much good stuff going on at Dunaverty to make that even a remote po...

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Warren - Dawlish 27/06/2019

19th Devon - Best in Area
It’s a real shame that Warren Golf Club, located at the seaside town of Dawlish Warren in South Devon, was omitted from the “True Links” book showcasing the 246 true link...

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St Mellion (Nicklaus) 27/06/2019

4th Cornwall - Best in Area 70th England Ranking
The four-star St. Mellion International Resort is not short of accolades. The Nicklaus course has been voted the 'Best Golf Course' in the West of England by Today's Golf...

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Yelverton 27/06/2019

6th Devon - Best in Area
There’s a real feel-good factor about playing golf at Yelverton. It’s great for your soul and can also be a confidence booster for your golf; that is if you catch it on a...

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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 40th 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

5th 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

7th Surrey - Best in Area 27th England Ranking 67th 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 14th 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 98th Britain & Ireland 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

4th Mayo - 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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