Cooden Beach Golf Club

Type of course? Is it a lush links course? Is it a parkland course with few trees? Is it more of a hybrid? Who knows, who cares. Pleasant staff? Yes, and also very jovial, friendly male members on the course. Nice to be made to feel so welcome! Best hole? The par 4 10th signature hole is really very good. There’s water across the fairway and to the left and a raised green protected by two...

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Worthing Golf Club (Lower Course)

Type of course? Downland Pleasant staff? Bit grumpy behind the bar! Best hole? I enjoyed the 10th for its elevated tee and interesting shape, with quite a narrow area to land your ball and an even narrower green. I mean really, I would normally hate that kind of hole where precision is essential, but I parred it, so I guess I’m still surprised and that’s why it stuck to my mind....

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Slinfold Golf & Country Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Very nice Best hole? The 10th, purely because you have to tee off over a lake. Après golf? Nice cup of tea (with a biscuit!) before our round. Nice round? It was a practice round for Charlotte’s upcoming County semi-final. We’d played a foursomes comp in torrential rain that morning and the weather was gorgeous by the time we teed off at...

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Lewes Golf Club

Type of course? Steep downland Pleasant staff? Nice pro Best hole? The 7th because you get to drive over the hill and then, as you walk up, a massive wind turbine slowly comes into view. Quite spectacular even though it’s not as close as it appears at first. Après golf? It was our second 18 holes after playing a medal in the morning, so we threw our clubs back in the car and went home....

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Tyrells Wood Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland Pleasant staff? Lovely Best hole? The 10th. It’s 299 yards and all downhill, so it’s very satisfying to see a good drive sail towards the left of the fairway, catch the slope and settle just a short wedge away from the green. Après golf? It was the women’s Open, so we were treated to a great buffet. Nice round? Opens are rarely anything but a...

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Golfklubbúr Mosfellsbæjar

Type of course? Links as it’s right by the sea, but not really according to this definition. Too much lava, not enough sand. Pleasant staff? Very lovely and chatty, in perfect English of course. Best hole? The 10th looked really tricky, with a ditch and cliffs to negotiate in order to reach the green. Après golf? Excellent fish and chips and burger from the gorgeous, modern clubhouse...

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Purdis Heath Ipswich Golf Club

Type of course? Heathland Pleasant staff? Helpful pro Best hole? The 4th is a brilliant par 4 with the fairway suddenly ending in a steep grass slope/precipice with the green far below.  Après golf? We didn’t stay as it was early evening and we both needed our dinner. Nice round? Nope. Still shanking. Special memory? Finding two Pro v1s in the heather and topping up my tan nicely. Must...

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Hunstanton Golf Club

Type of course? Links Pleasant staff? Nice and welcoming Best hole? The 18th because it was the last one Après golf? Nice pre golf tuna sandwich in the company of the two ducks who come every day for their lunch. Nice round? Horrendous. One word: shankytown. Special memory? Chipping onto the 6th elevated upside-down saucer green, only to see my ball dribble over the edge and end up at the bottom...

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Royal Cromer Golf Club

Type of course? Heavenly clifftop links Pleasant staff? Yes Best hole? The signature hole is the 14th leading to the lighthouse, but the 9th par 3 is particularly daunting and beautiful, with seven pot bunkers protecting the green. Après golf? A rush back to the house so my panna cotta would have time to set. Nice round? Fantastic. Every hole is different, the setting is stunning and the course...

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Thetford Golf Club

Type of course? It’s described as heathland, but really, it’s more of an enchanted forest type of course. Pleasant staff? Very nice. Best hole? There is no standout hole golfing wise, but the 17th green is surrounded by particularly beautiful trees. Après golf? I had the cheesiest cheese toastie this side of Switzerland before playing. Superb. Nice round? Lovely. The course is very...

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