Nevill Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Really, really lovely golf pro. He couldn’t have made us feel more welcome. Best hole? I really enjoyed every hole, but the 14th par 4 (SI 1 for women) was brilliant. I love an elevated green and the stream just before the green makes for an interesting second shot (I thought I’d keep things simple and went in the water). Après golf? Another...

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Haywards Heath Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Nice friendly pro Best hole? None stood out Après golf? This was an after-work practice round for an important match (not for me), so the clubhouse was closed. Nice round? It was ok. Maybe I should stop reviewing parkland courses because I just don’t like them and I don’t like not liking golf courses. I like slopes that take your ball into...

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Rusper Golf Club

Type of course? Trees and ditches Pleasant staff? Lovely – we particularly appreciated them bringing us bottles of cold water while we were playing Best hole? None stood out Après golf? Great ploughman in the lovely shady outside area. I really like the whole ambiance of the club: very welcoming, unpretentious and down to earth. Nice round? Trees and ditches and deafening planes every 20...

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Horsham Golf and Fitness

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Yes. Best hole? None stood out. Après golf? It was a match, so we had average quiche and salad afterwards. Nice round? My opponent was lovely and I played well, so yes. Special memory? My opponent making a rare mistake and going into a pond. All I had to do to win the hole was avoid the pond and put the ball on the green. Simple, no? Splash. Must play...

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Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Links. Pleasant staff? Again, no pro shop. Is it a Northern thing? Again, efficient and nice service from the ladies behind the bar. Best hole? The 13th par 3. It’s not really about the hole, but more about the view you get from the tee of the impressive ruins of 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle. As a backdrop to a green, it doesn’t get much more impressive. It was also quite...

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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Northumbrian clifftops. Pleasant staff? No pro shop, so the efficient lady behind the bar took our green fees and told us where to find scorecards while cleaning the lines and generally busying herself with running the place. Best hole? The 16th. You have to drive over a chasm and when you get to your ball, you see that the fairway turns sharply left between two rocky outcrops...

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Goswick Golf Club

Type of course? Links. Whoever thought the area between beach and land would make an excellent place to try and hit a stone with a stick towards a small hole in the distance was a genius. Pleasant staff? Super friendly, especially the pro who almost convinced me to pick the sparkly pink ball marker instead of the classy black one. Nice try young lassy, but no. Best hole? It’s hard to pick a hole...

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Linden Hall Golf Course

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Very, both in the pro shop and in the bar. Best hole? The meandering 13th is tricky to get right and very attractive, with Linden Hall in the background of the green. Après golf? Delicious pecan tart and carrot cake in the beautiful, cozy bar. Nice round? I was playing in the mixed Open with my brother-in-law’s best friend. I love the greensomes format...

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Northcliffe Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland, but not the bad kind: the grass wasn’t too sticky and the trees mostly kept their distance. Pleasant staff? I liked the pro because when I whinged that women don’t get to drive over the ravine on the 1st, he said we could go off the men’s tee if we wanted. Scandalous! Best hole? It would be the first if I was a man, but as I’m not, it...

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