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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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 44th England Ranking 97th 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

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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