Chestfield Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland Pleasant staff?  Yes Best hole?  15th par 4, just because I love whacking the ball from an elevated tee. Après golf? Covid restrictions meant that having a drink wasn’t that attractive. Nice round?  Nice enough Special memory? From the elevated viewing platform on the 15th, telling Charlotte to aim right on one of the many blind drives so she’d end...

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Dorset Golf and Country Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Everyone was very nice Best hole? The slight dogleg par 4 over the water, as you have to decide if you’re going to risk going over the water for your second shot. I had a 50% success rate. Après golf? This was our section’s Autumn break, so we stayed two nights and had breakfast and dinner. It was ok. Nice round? We played 3 rounds on the 27...

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West Sussex Golf Club

Type of course? Heathland Pleasant staff? Very nice Best hole? 6th par 3. Oh the frisson of excitement as you decide to take on the lake. Après golf? Frites kindly donated by another competitor friend as we’d forgotten to order. Delicious. Nice round? It was a County competition and it poured from beginning to end. It was like the end of times. We were soaked to the bone after two holes....

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Hotchkin course @ Woodhall Spa

Type of course? Difficult big girl heathland course Pleasant staff? Very nice chatty starter Best hole? None stood out. They’re all great/horrible. Après golf? Quick drink outside before our round, and then we just wanted to get the hell out of there Nice round? It’s a very tough, busy course, so there was a lot of waiting around for the chaps in front to find their balls in the...

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Sedbergh Golf Club

Type of course? Gentle downland Pleasant staff? We didn’t see any! We’d booked online and there were scorecards hanging on pegs on a clothesline. Best hole? I loved the 8th because it’s a downhill drive and from the tee you have amazing 360 degree views of this part of the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. Après golf? No staff, no food, so we went to a pub in Sedbergh. Nice...

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Appleby Golf Club

Type of course? North Pennines moorland Pleasant staff? Couldn’t have been more welcoming Best hole? The signature 15th par 3 is simply delightful. You have to hit over a beautiful babbling stream at the bottom of a steep crag to reach a green that you can’t see. Gorgeous. Après golf? We had to dash, but we would have loved to hang out on the lovely terrace amongst the splendid views...

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Barnard Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? We didn’t really deal with anyone – the electricity was off, so we were told to tee off whenever we could and the alarm was screaming as we finished, so we went home. Best hole? I really liked the 9th par 5, up and down with a stream at the bottom. Probably because it was more typical of a downland course. Après golf? We fled the alarm, sadly....

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Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland and ravine Pleasant staff? Very welcoming Best hole? It has to be the 9th par 3 into the narrow ravine at the bottom of the castle. Gorgeous. Obviously I missed the green but escaped with a 4. Après golf? Avant was a delicious wrap and coffee and après was a lovely millionaire shortbread and tea under the trees. Such a gorgeous setting. Nice round? Fantastic. We both...

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Ashbourne Golf Club

Type of course? Downland/parkland Peak District-stylee Pleasant staff? Yes Best hole? I loved the SI 18 5th. It’s a short downhill par 4 with a dogleg left, so it’s all about picking the right line and you might end up very close to the green. We went too far right with our drive and underestimated the roll (or overestimated our ability to get the ball to stick) with our approach...

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Chichester Golf Club – Cathedral course

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Very Best hole? The 5th par 5. It’s quite short at 439 yards, but there is water on both sides and the entrance to the green is extremely narrow, with a long bunker on the left. You really have to plot your way carefully. I escaped with a 6 for 2. Après golf? A socially distanced drink on the outside terrace with our playing partners. Nice round? It...

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