Robert Butlin

12 handicap golfer. Enjoys attempting lot hit it a long way and reviewing some of the less well known of a county’s better golf courses.

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Prince’s (Himalayas) 16/09/2021

6th Kent - Best in Area 99th England Ranking
I really enjoyed the Himalayas nine at Prince’s; indeed I felt it was certainly the most individual of the three. It’s played to the north of the clubhouse towards Pegwel...

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Wildernesse 16/09/2021

7th Kent - Best in Area
I’ve played a few times at Wildernesse now, and the course continues to grow on me. In fact I’d say it was the best tree-lined parkland golf course I’ve played. I think i...

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Walmer & Kingsdown 16/09/2021

21st Kent - Best in Area
Positives - great views, peace and tranquility, good value at £25 twilight green fee. Some decent holes, most notably 7, 10, 16 and 18. All of these were sweeping downhil...

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Guildford 21/08/2021

35th Surrey - Best in Area
Guildford is a course on the North Downs to the east of Guildford. It’s perhaps too much to say that it is a downland course: too many trees and greens too soft. It’s got...

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Worthing (Lower) 06/08/2021

15th Sussex - Best in Area
The Lower, or Colt course at Worthing golf club was a tough ask on a windy and later wet and windy day. There are some long par 4s, some long par 3s, some big climbs (com...

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East Sussex National (West) 04/08/2021

9th Sussex - Best in Area
As my recent review of the East Course would suggest I felt the West course at the East Sussex National golf resort was a little less good than the East. I say this not b...

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East Sussex National (East) 03/08/2021

11th Sussex - Best in Area
Perhaps it was the weather - a dry day, if still damp underfoot, perhaps it was because I played a bit better (at least more consistently), perhaps it was the rather bett...

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Knole Park 31/07/2021

5th Kent - Best in Area 89th England Ranking
The English language changes, often to the annoyance of the old. Many an old forest contains relatively few trees. So Knole Park golf club is not a golf course of tree l...

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Littlehampton 04/07/2021

12th Sussex - Best in Area
I really enjoyed Littlehampton. It’s an unpretentious and welcoming club, which offers something very different for those brought up on the tree-lined courses of most of...

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Chelmsford 03/07/2021

3rd Essex - Best in Area
Come to Essex for the hills. Not a phrase often said. But one which is definitely appropriate for Chelmsford Golf Club. Come to Essex for the par 4s and 3s would be a sta...

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Foxhills (Longcross) 20/06/2021

28th Surrey - Best in Area
One of the great positives of golf is that the terrain on which it is played comes in so many variations. The Longcross course at Foxhills fitted firmly into the tree lin...

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Brickendon Grange 28/05/2021

20th Hertfordshire - Best in Area
Brickendon Grange at the end of a wet May was very damp, perhaps even squelchy. Understandably winter rules on the fairway, and some plugged shots off fairway. Grass rath...

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Woking 18/04/2021

7th Surrey - Best in Area 27th England Ranking 67th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Woking prides itself as a very English club. In many ways it is; no heroic carries, some slight eccentricities (only two par 5s and they are back to back), the clubhouse,...

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Canons Brook 18/10/2020

7th Essex - Best in Area
Canon’s Brook does not subscribe to the easy start school of golf. Except perhaps for the longest hitter the first is a lay up with a long second over the brook itself. T...

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Bramshaw (Manor) 26/09/2020

14th Hampshire - Best in Area
I enjoyed playing the Manor course at Bramshaw last week. It is a nice parkland course with good holes to test a golfer. It also offers an appropriate mix of risk and rew...

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Wynyard 13/08/2020

4th Durham - Best in Area
Wynyard is a good, modern golf course. It is well maintained, well thought out, offers some decent challenges and offers more than one way to play many of the holes. As a...

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Seaton Carew (Old) 13/08/2020

1st Durham - Best in Area 68th England Ranking
I played the Old layout at Seaton Carew on a still, somewhat misty morning with a gentle zephyr out of the north east - all in all benign conditions. The pin positions we...

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Westerham 06/08/2020

19th Kent - Best in Area
There’s nothing wrong with a short par 4. But too many of them negates one of the fun bits of the game - the drive. The front nine at Westerham is a fairly conventional t...

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