England's Top 100 Courses: Where our panel want to play next
West Sussex (Pulborough)
It has an outstanding reputation but it’s an awkward place to get to for me. The Berkshires are a close second.
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I’ve played most of the ones that are on my to-play list. There’s a couple of the exclusive ones, like Queenwood and Beaverbrook, that people speak very highly of. Obviously haven’t seen them so I can’t really comment on them. They’re the ones I’m likely to never see.
Minchinhampton Old, from what I’ve heard about it, will tick a lot of boxes that I like in a golf course.
Royal North Devon
Because it has been highly recommended to me by Dan.
I haven’t played Woodhall Spa. I’m really interested to have a look at that in the next couple of years.
It’s the highest-ranked course I haven’t played.
In the top 100 one which I haven’t managed to get to is New Zealand – I’m a great fan of those old heathlands so that would be one.
I keep getting told how good it is so I guess I must get there one day to see what the fuss is all about.
Playing some of the lesser known heathland has inspired me to play more and to that end I picked off Hindhead this year. Tandridge is next up – because I love the charm and history of these courses. There are many others too – including Seacroft, Prestbury and Cleeve Hill.
It comes highly recommended by my old friend Brian Patterson, with whom I played St Enodoc, and he described it as “the infinitely superior course”.
My goal was to have played every course on the shortlist by the end of the season. I missed out by one – unfortunately my visit was cancelled. That was the Edinburgh course at Wentworth.
Royal Lytham & St Annes
There’s one embarrassing hole in my CV which is Royal Lytham & St Annes. I haven’t been able to get to it yet but I will one day.
I’ve seen it on television over the years. It looks like a good challenge and well presented.
I am already itching to get on that 1st tee in York.
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