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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Parkstone 24/07/2017

2nd Dorset - Best in Area 44th England Ranking 97th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The biggest compliment I can give to Parkstone is that I cannot think of many inland golf courses in the British Isles that are superior.By my personal reckoning there ar...

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Wentworth (Edinburgh) 24/07/2017

21st Surrey - Best in Area
The demanding yet delightful Edinburgh golf course is a John Jacobs design with input from Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher. The idea of a third course at Wentworth, to...

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Pleasington 24/07/2017

11th Lancashire - Best in Area
Pleasington, a former Regional Open Qualifying venue, boasts a fine inland golf course - irrefutably one of the best tracks in the county away from the sea.Unusually the...

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Leven Links 14/07/2017

9th Fife - Best in Area 48th Scotland Ranking
Leven Links, home to the Leven Golfing Society and Leven Thistle Golf Club, is just about as genuine a Scottish links as you can get. This old fashioned layout goes somew...

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Manchester Golf Club 14/07/2017

8th Lancashire - Best in Area
The Manchester Golf Club is routed over almost 300 acres of mostly moorland with touches of heathland and a sprinkle of park thrown in. Surrounded by scenic and far-reach...

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Bingley St Ives 14/07/2017

11th Yorkshire - Best in Area
I’ve played at Bingley St. Ives several times over the past couple of decades but it had been a few years since my last visit. Little has changed in the intervening time,...

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Askernish 12/07/2017

13th North Scotland - Best in Area 82nd Scotland Ranking
Following a 4am alarm call we’d already driven for more than six hours and covered over 350 road miles before boarding a ferry at Oban sailing to Lochboisdale.The 'Lord o...

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Silloth on Solway 06/07/2017

1st Cumbria - Best in Area 20th England Ranking 47th Britain & Ireland Ranking
In my eyes Silloth is a golf course that has the ability to transcend your typical ‘championship links’.It has charm, character, intrigue and an identity all of its own b...

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Muirfield 06/07/2017

1st Lothians - Best in Area 4th Scotland Ranking 6th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking
It’s no surprise that every hole at Muirfield is a strong one, each relentlessly demanding but all accepting of good and well-thought-out shots. The position of the bunke...

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