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NCG Top 100s Wales panel

Meet the panel – NCG Top 100s: Wales

Get to know the people behind the NCG Top 100s: Wales list here…

 

For a job as big as compiling the NCG Top 100s lists, there has to be a large panel of experts in place, and these are the people behind our updated Wales list.

Over the course of a year, 16 panellists spent time playing a wide range of courses around Wales.

Some of those you will see on the NCG Top 100s: Wales list, other you won’t.

Each of these panellists took time out of their own schedules to do just that, and we thank them for their hard work in helping NCG to collate and compile this list.

You can learn more about the panellists here…

The NCG Top 100s: Wales Panel

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Dan Murphy

Name: Dan Murphy

Chairman

Occupation: Editor of NCG Top 100s
Handicap: 4 Home Club: Alwoodley

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Royal County Down – it’s in a class of its own!

A great course in four words? Design, turf, consistency, options

Name: Sean Arble

Handicap: 14 Home Clubs: Burnham & Berrow, Tantallon

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

A certain admiration will emerge for those who give Kington due attention

A great course in four words? Routing, soil, turf, greens

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Sean Arble
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Mike Atkinson

Name: Mike Atkinson

Occupation: Consumer brand investor, writer, speaker

Co-founder of Oltomo, publisher of Golfland Scotland

Handicap: 15 Home Club: Gullane

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Boat of Garten. James Braid at his finest. Scottish Highlands. Cairngorms. Beautiful.

A great course in four words? Setting, variety, fairness, condition

Name: Jim Banting

Occupation: Golf journalist and author

Handicap: 0 Home Club: West Sussex

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Saunton East – tough but fair

A great course in four words? Elegant, sophisticated, utterly unforgettable

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Jim Banting
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Ed Battye

Name: Ed Battye

Occupation: Runs golfempire.co.uk

Handicap: 3 Home Club: Woodsome Hall

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Royal North Devon

A great course in four words? Options, firm turf, cadence

Name: Steve Carroll

Occupation: NCG’s Club Golf Editor

Handicap: 11 Home Club: York

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Swinley Forest. The combination of pine and heathland is just gorgeous

A great course in four words? Fun, firm, variety, challenge

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Steve Carroll
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Alex Frolish

Name: Alex Frolish

Occupation: Commercial pilot and business owner

Handicap: 2.9 Home Clubs: Cleeve Hill, Saunton

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Royal Dornoch for its natural beauty and its simple yet majestic routing

A great course in four words? Strategy, variety, natural contours

Name: Neil Gray

Occupation: Marketing cosultant

Handicap: 7 Home Club: Centurion Club

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Burnham & Berrow – a challenging links with some great holes in top condition

A great course in four words? Setting, turf, design, greens

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Neil Gray
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Lewis Marr

Name: Lewis Marr

Occupation: Managing Director, Education Enterprise

Handicap: 0.0 Home Club: Seaton Carew

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Cruden Bay: A unique magical setting

A great course in four words? Challenge, variety, aesthetics, agronomy

Name: Craig Morrison

Occupation: Author

Handicap: 8 Home Club: Mendip

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

County Sligo. Yeats. Colt. Ruddy: that’s great company

A great course in four words? Meaning, unity, rhythm, balance

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Craig Morrison
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Chris Myatt

Name: Chris Myatt

Occupation: Tournament Controller, The PGA

Handicap: 9.8 Home Club: Knole Park

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Rye – perfect design across perfect land

A great course in four words? Strategy, routing, personality, condition

Name: Tom Price

Occupation: Lawn care industry (ex greenkeeper)

Handicap: 3.5 Home Clubs: Druids Heath, Beau Desert

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Seaton Carew was my highlight of the year

A great course in four words? Space, diversity, strategy, quirk

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Tom Price
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Mike Robertson

Name: Mike Robertson

Occupation: Account Manager, 18Players

Handicap: 3 Home Club: Crosland Heath

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Royal Cinque Ports – firm, fast and fun to play

Name: Peter Rudd

Occupation: Telecom company owner

Handicap: 6 Home Club: Woodbridge

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Kingsbarns. Some truly amazing holes

A great course in four words? Setting, design, fairness, turf

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Peter Rudd
NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - David Walker

Name: David Walker

Occupation: Business Operations Manager

Handicap: 1 Home Clubs: Paisley, Royal St David’s

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Muirfield – a perfect design

A great course in four words? Design, setting, challenge, fun

Name: Greg Webber

Occupation: Pharmacist

Handicap: 6 Home Club: Muswell Hill

A GB&I course outside Wales I love:

Royal Birkdale – a beautifully defined course

A great course in four words? Interesting, fair, memorable, accessible

NCG Top 100s Wales Panel - Greg Webber

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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