These are the courses where our panellists received surprises when rediscovering them this year

Our panellists are a well travelled bunch but there’s nothing like returning to a course to see how things have changed and if our memories have played tricks. These are the top 100 golf courses in England that wowed our experts…

Seascale

I just loved playing Hillside and Prestbury again, and found them even better than remembered, but Seascale had to be the most revelationary – just so exhilarating. – George Oldham

Cavendish

It’s a shame people label it as a short course because it’s really a poor label. It’s a terrific layout, great greens, really good routing. It’s a great golf course. – Sean Arble

Prince’s

The work they’ve done on all three nines is really impressive. – Ed Battye

Silloth

In better condition than I can ever remember with a handful of holes that are as good as it gets. – Tom Irwin

Royal Lytham & St Annes

I had forgotten how simply brilliant the bunkering is. – John Mcloughlin

Beau Desert

They’ve taken out a significant number of trees and really opened up the playing corridors – considerable improvements. – Steve Watton

West Sussex

I just thought it was stunning in every way. – Greg Webber

Seaton Carew

I grew up minutes from Seaton Carew and thought it could no longer surprise me. But the work being done by course manager Tom Coulson is revelatory and the best is yet to come. It’s shaping up into the classic its design and pedigree always suggested it should be. – Steve Carroll

It’s a course I have known for years but I never quite appreciated its true credentials and specifically the quality of the design. It just goes to show how presentation shapes your view of a course. It’s great to see it being restored to former glories and it’s only going to get better under the expert eye of course manager Tom Coulson. – Dan Murphy

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Seaton Carew picture courtesy of Michael Cartwright and Seaton Carew Golf Club

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