Robert Butlin

Handicap index in the 11s (normally). Enjoys reviewing some of the less well known of a county’s better golf courses.

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Addington Palace 23/09/2022

36th Surrey - Best in Area
I've played Addington Palace a number of times, most recently in September 2022. While not up with the very best it's a good course; the holes are individual in character...

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Puttenham 26/08/2022

38th Surrey - Best in Area
While there are websites listing lost golf courses - I haven't yet found one listing courses that began as one type and are now another. Puttenham may well be in a small...

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Henley 23/05/2022

8th Oxfordshire - Best in Area
I do like a course with a bit of quirk. Not too much, but enough to make one think that the course designer has avoided the formulaic 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 12 par 4s opt...

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Copthorne 22/04/2022

16th Sussex - Best in Area
Copthorne was a pleasant surprise, to me and a number of others in our group for whom playing over 10 years ago had left very few impressions. It's a broadly tree-lined p...

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Foxhills (Bernard Hunt) 14/04/2022

33rd Surrey - Best in Area
It's a couple of days since I played the Bernard Hunt course at Foxhills and I'm still a little undecided about the course. It's well maintained, though perhaps a little...

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Nizels 03/01/2022

24th Kent - Best in Area
It is difficult to view Nizels as a golf course without mentioning that, on 3 January 2022, every hole was somewhere between damp, slippery or just downright and horribly...

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Seaford 28/11/2021

8th Sussex - Best in Area
There are many ways to make a golf course hard; narrow fairways, long rough, small greens, large greens, fast greens, water. One of the less well known ones is to make it...

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Parkstone 18/10/2021

2nd Dorset - Best in Area 37th England Ranking 88th Britain & Ireland Ranking
If I was to be born again as a scratch golfer I'd be reborn as a 20 year old woman. I'd be able to play all the golden age courses as they were designed, rather than be f...

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Weston-Super-Mare 17/10/2021

3rd Somerset - Best in Area
Holiday golf can mean a number of things - pejoratively as golf which is deliberately easy; more neutrally as golf played when on holiday and generally at the coast and p...

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Woodcote Park 03/10/2021

42nd Surrey - Best in Area
I felt Woodcote to be solid, but lacking in inspiration. As the headline review states it's moved from being a downland course to very much a parkland design, and, in lat...

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Ely City 26/09/2021

5th Cambridgeshire - Best in Area
Ely City felt like a proper golf course, and is a proper golf course. Having played a number of 1990s creations (by the way what part of the 1990s course designer's handb...

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Prince’s (Himalayas) 16/09/2021

7th Kent - Best in Area
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

8th 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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