Which courses did our panel think were most unlucky to miss out on a place in our list of England's Top 100 Courses?
I’m very disappointed that Centurion is not listed. I think that Simon Gidman’s course is a splendid and varied test and of those I visited this summer and had not played before, it would be the one I would most want to play again.
There are plans to strengthen the current design that does need tweaking but this course has some of the most outstanding views in UK golf and usually plays in a stiff breeze. It’s always fun to play.
Fairhaven, Seascale and Royal Cromer are three more courses that I like that have missed out.
Close House and Centurion
The list is heavily weighted in favour of old courses and I wonder whether it has gone a little too far in that regard. I would definitely have included Close House and Centurion – and probably The Buckinghamshire as well.
I’m obviously biased, being a member, but Enville is starting to get some national recognition with competitions, including the British Girls last summer. We do have two great golf courses there, the Highgate and the Lodge, and I do feel looking at the lower end of the list that both courses should be featured.
It’s situated inside Formby, which has come out extremely high, whereas Formby Ladies gets overlooked. As a golf course it’s fantastic. The conditions are always great too so I believe that was one that was omitted.
There was one course I would have nominated but I hadn’t played it in time and that was Appleby, in Cumbria. It’s just a natural golf course with some really interesting green sites.
Formby Ladies, Cleveland and Crowborough Beacon
Hands up – both Formby Ladies and Cleveland should have been on our shortlist. They would both have had a genuine chance to make the top 100 and I can only apologise. I played and loved both of these courses this year. Someone always has to finish 101st in these lists and unfortunately for Crowborough Beacon, it was them. With nearby (and similar in style) Royal Ashdown Forest finishing in the top half, they can count themselves genuinely unfortunate not to have made the list themselves.
An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish.
There’s a links course in Yorkshire which is called Cleveland that I went to for the first time this year to play in the Yorkshire Amateur and I thought it was top quality.
I thought one of the Frilford golf courses might have got in because I’ve played them for a long time, certainly the red and the green I thought would have stood a chance. There’s a lot of courses on the list that they are on a par with.
If golf is about enjoyment, this lovely woodland layout provides it in spades. There are many richly rewarding drives that sweep through mature trees before finding elegantly placed putting surfaces.
I am amazed if there are 100 courses in England better than this one. Great views and conditioning.
Reigate Heath is part of a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which covers some 120 acres. While the site makes for a stunning golf landscape, the post mill which evokes thoughts of times gone by.
It’s currently being refurbished. It fell into disrepair with the previous owners – possibly why the panel did not rate it. Not convinced by some of the bunkering but overall I consider Faldo’s design as interesting and challenging.