The Berkshire Blue

The mist was rising and, beyond the tranches of heather, the first green and its blue and white flag emerged. The Berkshire is surely one...

Crowborough Beacon

Its flame burned brightly for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee but Crowborough Beacon’s golf course remains one of the best-kept secrets...

Prince's (Shore and Dunes)

“Golf always makes me so damned angry!” The quote could have been attributed to me in a rare moment of rage after duffing an off-green...

Littlestone

‘Flippin’ ‘eck!’ The words of The Phantom Of The Open sprang to mind as I stood in the sand where Maurice Flitcroft’s bunker horror was...

Royal Worlington & Newmarket

Memories were prompted of the school tuck shop back in the 1970s as I rang the bell to pay for our round at Royal Worlington & Newmarket....

Ipswich (Purdis Heath)

How do you ensure that your fairways are akin to a carpet even when they appear to be nearly burnt to a crisp during one of the hottest...

Close House (Colt)

“You haven’t hired a buggy for the Colt?”, queried the friendly server in the Close House restaurant. “Then, you’ll need plenty of energy...

Silloth on Solway

“Approved.” The application form had been filled out and payment transaction completed. Minutes after completing her first round, Mrs W...

Sunningdale New

As soon as a review is written about a visit to Sunningdale, the question is posed: “Do you prefer the Old or the New?” Our host – who is...

Sunningdale Old

Paintings, photos and memorabilia reminded us of Sunningdale’s illustrious past inside the clubhouse while those who were the very best...

Formby

Being just a pen-pusher, I cast an envious eye at those who have the creativity and dexterity to make stuff. Thus, I was rather excited...

Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)

When I began my top 100 odyssey, it certainly wasn’t my plan to include an assessment of the health benefits of playing golf for a newly...

Dunstable Downs

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”. As well as the aqueduct, sanitation, public baths etc, the crowd listening to John Cleese’s Reg...

Cabot Cliffs

“How on earth did it occur to them to create a golf hole here?” We were perched in awe over the rocky chasm between the tee and the 16th...

Cabot Links

“This is just like Scotland,” exclaimed Mrs W, as we trundled around the 61st best golf course in the world I presume that William...

Hillside

“If you look in that direction, you can see the Three Graces and Liverpool Football Club and the other way, there are Blackpool Tower and...

Stoneham

“Are you with the society?” said the jolly chap who met me before I had taken even a step into the clubhouse at Stoneham. I confirmed...

Liphook

“Make sure you take in the scent from the azaleas on the 16th tee!” The friendly members at Liphook are rightly proud of the quality of...

Hankley Common

“Vinnie Jones!”, exclaimed my Hankley Common host as my promising approach to the first hole veered off to the right. “Sorry?”, I...

Royal Wimbledon

“It is brilliant that, no matter how busy it becomes, London maintains these wonderful green spaces.” I dwelt on the words of my Aussie...