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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Moray (Old) 14/06/2017

5th North Scotland - Best in Area 28th Scotland Ranking 92nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The Old is an unheralded classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and some excellent green complexes. At 6,717...

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Renaissance Club 14/06/2017

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 18th Scotland Ranking 55th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I probably lack the savoir faire that The Renaissance Club expects from a golfer but regardless of this I recently seized an opportunity to peg it up behind the closed ga...

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Panmure 09/06/2017

2nd Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 46th Scotland Ranking
The start and finish to Panmure is often unfairly labelled pedestrian and whilst the opening three and closing four holes certainly don’t offer the rollickingly good golf...

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Southerness 09/06/2017

1st Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area 36th Scotland Ranking
Except for the undeniable beauty of the 12th hole there’s nothing truly outstanding at Southerness. Please note that this isn’t meant with negative connotations though be...

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Enville (Highgate) 08/06/2017

3rd Staffordshire - Best in Area
Enville is an extremely intriguing 36 hole golf complex located in deepest Staffordshire countryside that is slowly but surely building a reputation as one of the country...

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Blackmoor 06/06/2017

3rd Hampshire - Best in Area 75th England Ranking
I played Blackmoor on a beautiful evening, paid just £35 for a twilight green-fee and had virtually the entire property all to myself.I drove away in disbelief wondering...

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Delamere Forest 06/06/2017

2nd Cheshire - Best in Area 46th England Ranking
Delamere Forest must go down as one of the biggest surprises for me, and a very pleasant one at that. Living less than an hour and half away from this Cheshire course I h...

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Hayling 06/06/2017

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area 62nd England Ranking
Hayling is an extremely fast running golf course played over pure linksland. It begins at a nice steady pace then gathers momentum towards and around the turn before it g...

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Ipswich (Purdis Heath) 05/06/2017

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th England Ranking
The Purdis Heath layout at Ipswich Golf Club is an intimate heathland course played over rolling terrain and through beautiful, tranquil woodland in the heart of Suffolk....

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Moortown 05/06/2017

3rd Yorkshire - Best in Area 47th England Ranking
The 2016 Yorkshire Amateur County Championship brought me back to Moortown, a course I’ve played numerous times over the past couple of decades but not for at least half...

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New Zealand 05/06/2017

15th Surrey - Best in Area 60th England Ranking
New Zealand Golf Club is one of the least heralded golf courses on the Surrey sandbelt yet it is one of the most fascinating and maximises its relatively flat terrain to...

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Perranporth 02/06/2017

4th Cornwall - Best in Area 66th England Ranking
If you like your links golf a little bit on the extreme side (I do) then you will love Perranporth. It not only has a ‘wow’ factor, it has several of them!It’s crazy, it’...

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Saunton (West) 02/06/2017

3rd Devon - Best in Area 56th England Ranking
If anyone dare claim there is a better 36 holes of links golf at one golf club in England than at Saunton I'm pretty sure I could make an unquestionable case for this won...

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Seacroft 01/06/2017

2nd Lincolnshire - Best in Area 80th England Ranking
Seacroft is a golf course for those who like their links golf pure and undiluted. It's a classic out-and-back course with just the right mix of rugged duneland and quirky...

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