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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Prestwick 23/06/2017

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 15th Scotland Ranking 35th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Prestwick has been on my hit list of golf courses to play for quite some time and I’m ashamed to say it has taken me far too long to visit this iconic links. From everyth...

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King's Lynn 23/06/2017

6th Norfolk - Best in Area
Firstly, I need to state I personally don’t think that tight, tree-lined courses generally produce the best of golf. Strategy is diminished, playing surfaces can be affec...

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Alwoodley 22/06/2017

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 14th England Ranking 37th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I was introduced to Alwoodley almost two decades ago by Nick Leefe, the then Chairman of Greens at the Club and also Honorary Secretary of the Alister MacKenzie Society o...

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Notts 22/06/2017

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 45th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I've been raving about the golf course at Hollinwell to anybody who would listen for the last 20 years since I first played here.Back then Notts appeared little known out...

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Beau Desert 22/06/2017

2nd Staffordshire - Best in Area 55th England Ranking
Beau Desert is like a good book, a real page turner. After finishing each hole you just can't wait to play the next.The course has 18 fantastic chapters. The first few se...

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Ganton 22/06/2017

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area 8th England Ranking 25th Britain & Ireland Ranking 77th World Ranking
Ganton, along with Royal Birkdale and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield) are the only clubs to have staged the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup....

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Royal North Devon 19/06/2017

2nd Devon - Best in Area 53rd England Ranking
In terms of the golf course it is one that can hold its own when compared to some of the best in the country. It is regularly ranked in the main 'top 100' lists and has s...

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Rye (Old) 19/06/2017

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 53rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
After three straightaway holes at the foot of a large dune ridge – the first being the only par five on the course, the short second the pick of this opening trio and the...

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Brora 19/06/2017

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 94th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Brora is the perfect example of how simple and brilliant golf can be. This natural links that James Braid has routed over perfect golfing land is quite simply out of this...

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Formby 15/06/2017

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 18th England Ranking 44th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Playing at Formby was one of my earliest links golfing experiences and I will therefore always have fond memories of what is undoubtedly a hugely memorable and top qualit...

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Wallasey 15/06/2017

3rd Cheshire - Best in Area 59th England Ranking
One of the features at Wallasey is playing your second shot at many of the par fours to raised greens, and it is a couple of these that provide the best holes. The third,...

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West Lancashire 15/06/2017

6th Lancashire - Best in Area 44th England Ranking 99th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The main challenge at West Lancs, apart from the length, is the nature of the green complexes. The vast majority are raised, almost upturned saucers, where the heart of t...

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Royal Liverpool 14/06/2017

1st Cheshire - Best in Area 15th England Ranking 39th Britain & Ireland Ranking
There’s no hiding away from the fact that Hoylake isn’t easy on the eye, certainly for the opening and closing holes where the exterior views are predominantly residentia...

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