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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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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The Addington 15/06/2020

16th Surrey - Best in Area 58th England Ranking
They don’t make them like the Addington any more. Ravines, bridges, bunkers, blind shots, uphill and downhill shots, narrow fairways, Wide fairways, some heather (but pro...

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Army 27/09/2019

8th Hampshire - Best in Area
I played Army Golf Club a day after some very heavy rain. My overall impression was a well loved course which was still suffering from the effects of the very dry 2018 an...

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Newark 20/09/2019

6th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area
All courses have front and back nines. None that I have played have more contrasting front and back nines. The front nine at Newark is tree lined, relatively long and, at...

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Broadstone 07/09/2019

1st Dorset - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 74th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Broadstone is a big course in a number of ways. First it has elevation, second it has views, third it has space and fourth, despite having only two par fives it has long...

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Blackmoor 25/08/2019

4th Hampshire - Best in Area 71st England Ranking
Blackmoor is an anti-dote the idea that good golf courses must come with a certain degree of snootiness. It is a very good course, and is very much not snooty. It’s a ver...

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Royal Blackheath 12/07/2019

15th Kent - Best in Area
Royal Blackheath is quite a grand club. It’s also a decent golf course, to my mind with a better back nine than front nine. A little unusually the course is essentially r...

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New Zealand 07/07/2019

14th Surrey - Best in Area 54th England Ranking
What shall we say about New Zealand? It’s certainly golf for gentlemen and gentle ladies. Driving range; I’m afraid not sir: chipping green; not here madam. Putting green...

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Fulwell 07/07/2019

2nd Middlesex - Best in Area
I recently played Fulwell. Like Ealing (another of my recent reviews) Fulwell is flat, and has tough greens. I think it’s a bit better than Ealing as there is more room a...

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Ealing 06/07/2019

4th Middlesex - Best in Area
Golf course come in many shapes and sizes. Some are grand - not Ealing. Some are long - not Ealing. Some offer you peaceful seclusion - definitely not Ealing. Some make t...

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Sweetwoods Park 08/06/2019

18th Sussex - Best in Area
I played very badly at Sweetwoods, so I’ve tried to de-couple how I played from the course. I do broadly agree with the the one previous reviewer; there are some rather d...

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Dunstable Downs 02/06/2019

2nd Bedfordshire - Best in Area
I do rather like Dunstable Downs, though it does definitely have some quirks. It’s a course of two parts; 1 to 9 are down in the valley, 10 works it’s way to the top and...

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Berkshire (Blue) 18/05/2019

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area 36th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
It’s been said before, and will no doubt be again, but the Berkshire experience is only in part about the golf courses. The other part is about the 18 hole putting green,...

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