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Post by Shotrock on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 3:34 pm

An interesting read to me. I enjoy the discovery process.

On the list, I've only played Brora (fun, but not one of my favorites), Golspie (I could play this course weekly and never grow tired of it) and The Addington (wonderful, but too many other tempting courses close by).

I suspect a lot of people here have played many and curious as to your thoughts ....

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Post by super_realist on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 3:48 pm

Played about 10.
Happy to see Ladybank at #2. Tremendous course.

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Post by navyblueshorts on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 4:37 pm

Hmm... Played:

Gullane #3 - fun but don't miss the fairways!
West Cornwall - love it. Shortish but great location and some good holes.
Little Aston - hated it. Can't see what the fuss is and too many members up their own rear ends.
Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin) - Oh yes. Play this if you get the chance.
Burnham & Berrow - decent links.
Beau Desert - excellent. Well worth a go.
Sherwood Forest - excellent and the greens can be frightening.
Hollinwell - one of my favourites, not a weak hole on it and some real beauties as well. Lovely terrain. If the greens were as good as the course itself, it would be outstanding.

Plenty more I'd like to play, especially St. Enedoc and Silloth.
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Post by kwinigolfer on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 5:27 pm

Just played a couple:
Stoneham that I love.
Ashdown Forest which I can hardly remember.
Almost criminal that I haven"t played Hayling or Liphook.
Great to see a 9-holer included!

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Post by JAS on Thu 17 Dec 2015, 6:00 pm

Played 24 of those, a good few more that I should have got round to as well. The South West ones are stunning value, even more so when you get them on Counties Card in the off season. Devon/Cornwall early spring and late autumn days can be like summer in other places

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Post by JAS on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 8:13 am

Glaring omission from that list (unless the price of a round has shot up significantly in the past couple of years) is North Hants (Justin Rose's old home course). Thought it was superb value.

Also played the Berkshire Red earlier this year for £80 which included Coffee & bacon bap on arrival and a superb 3 course dinner after, incredible value.

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Post by puligny on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 9:29 am

Great list - I've played 30 of them and would, and probably shall play each again. Also got Wallasey, Little Aston, HOllinwell and Sheringham to look forward to next year.
Favourites on this list, Silloth, Enville, Sherwood Forest and Hayling. Agree with JAS re North Hants, but in all honesty list could be 200 without diluting the quality. Must get around more of the Scottish courses

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Post by kwinigolfer on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 12:11 pm

Berkshire has best food I've ever had at any sporting venue . . . . . . . two fun courses to play, at least three delicious courses to eat.

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Post by McLaren on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 12:14 pm

Thanks for posting this list.

Would certainly recommend seeking out gullane 2 and 3. They may not be heavyweights in terms of ticking off bucket list courses but for under £50 can is there a more pleasant experience in golf?
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Post by super_realist on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 1:32 pm

We will probably see some better value in the years to come, with fewer people playing golf, courses can't sustain high green fees forever cant they?

Bit like some aspects of global warming, bring it on.

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Post by raycastleunited on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 2:14 pm

Thanks for sharing.

I've played 11 on this list. Most of them in Scotland... indicative really of the greater value that Scottish golfers enjoy.

Of the 11 I've played, the best deal I think is Prince's: you get an Open Championship standard course at a fair price without any stuffiness. And with 27 holes it's good for a day ticket.

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 3:09 pm

Played just 1 on that list.

Castletown.

Pathetic effort on my part but whenever I'm in the UK I don't have chance to golf. Only played about 4 courses in the UK. Turnberry, The Grove, one tree lined effort near Gatwick and one I can barely remember somewhere near Pershore. Add one in Dublin (Rathfarnam) and that's it for UK & Eire.

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Post by Shotrock on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 3:34 pm

I'm resigned to the fact that I will never play all the courses I want to.

I pretty much make a trip to the UK/Ireland every other year for golf (the off years, the lads come to the states). We now have some favorites we play almost every time (Walton Heath, Swinley Forest, St. George's Hill). I'm not notching my belt with the top courses in the world for bragging rights ... but, when I look at the expense of the trip, time away from work and family ... well, I have no trouble justifying the cost to play some great places (like Royal Dornoch or Ballybunion for instance).

That said, I am now committed to playing more courses on this list.

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Post by puligny on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 5:18 pm

Shot rock - making another trip to Arizona next year. 2 courses I haven't played have been recommended - Quintero, and Verde River. Have you come across either? Any comments?

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Post by Shotrock on Fri 18 Dec 2015, 7:38 pm

Puligny - I have not played either, but have heard very good things about Quintero. Two courses I really like in the Scottsdale area are We-Ko-Pa (public) and Whisper Rock (private). If you know of anyone at Whisper Rock, it's worth the effort (IMO) to play.

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Post by George1507 on Sat 19 Dec 2015, 11:20 am

It's a good idea to publish a list like that, but there are a lot of excellent courses which are omitted where I think the green fee is less than £100.

North Hants - as mentioned
Moor Park High Course - which most people who play it put in the top 10
Berkshire

and others.

So, on the other side of the coin, there are therefore courses in the list which are surprising. Little Aston, Broadstone, East Sussex, Berkhamsted. All nice courses, but not that good imho.

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Post by raycastleunited on Sat 19 Dec 2015, 10:21 pm

Very few courses charge more than £100 a round, and those that do have a very good reason... it's because the consensus is they are the best courses. As soon as a course is recognised as a top course the club are going to increase the green fees, it's just market forces.

There are loads of decent courses that could be on this list. As George states, he rates Moor Park High above Berkhamsted, so do I. I also rate Hadley Wood above it too, but we could find loads more of a similar standing that aren't on the list.

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