Courses 51-60

51. Royal Dornoch (56)

6552 yards; Par 70; SSS 73

Green fees £50-£85

Tel: 01862 810219

Royal Dornoch sits on the coast where the tranquil Firth of Dornoch meets the more tenacious North Sea. It?s a fabulous setting, providing the perfect destination for golfers looking to escape the rat race. Links specialist Tom Watson, an honorary member here, said of his first visit to Dornoch in 1981: ?It?s the most fun I?ve ever had on a golf course.? Dornoch presents a challenge to say the least. With rolling fairways, run-offs and raised greens the layout demands creative shot-making. Accuracy is paramount for successful navigation and placement from the tee is often crucial.

52. Saunton West Course (51)

6403 yards; Par 71; SSS 71

Green fees £35-£80 including lunch

Tel: 01271 812013

This course is guaranteed to demand the use of every club in the bag. There is also the opportunity to open up your shoulders and give the driver a thump, however, and it is very playable for all handicaps. The general presentation of all hazards is excellent with the ditches and traps readily visible. The variety and the ever-changing slopes of the greens demand good approach shots to the right part of the green to give yourself any chance of a birdie.

53. Royal West Norfolk (60)

6457 yards; Par 71; SSS 71

Green fees £45-£80

Tel: 01485 210223

No official website

Very few golf courses get the adrenalin pumping and the smiles coming back to back like this course. It?s a tremendously exciting layout that lays down a true challenge for the amateur golfer. It is not until approaching the turn and beyond, namely the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, that the true greatness of the course can be recognised. It is a run of exciting and mischievous holes that cannot be surpassed. Remember to check the tide table before your round ? the course becomes an island at high tide.

54. Blairgowrie Rosemount Course (70)

6590 yards; Par 72; SSS 72

Green fees £45-£75

Tel: 01250 872622

The Rosemount course balances challenge with enjoyment. It?s a charming club in the most delightful of wooded environments. Its fairness is illustrated by the fact that solid tee shots taking the right line nearly always reap the benefit for the approach shot into the greens. The corridors created between the trees give terrific images of the fairways and pins in this most delightful of wooded environments. It is difficult to imagine that anyone could possibly not enjoy themselves at Blairgowrie.

55. Moortown (63)

6775 yards; Par 71; SSS 73

Green fees £35-£75

Tel: 0113 268 3636

This parkland course rewards finding the right spot on the fairways with relatively straightforward approaches to the greens. It offers a real tactical test and is a searching examination of course management from the tee. The setting just outside of Leeds is extremely pretty, with mature trees and bunkers protecting the well manicured fairways and greens.

56. Ladybank (58)

6601 yards; Par 71; SSS 72

Green fees £15-£55

Tel: 01337 830814

This is a superb heathland course providing a delightful contrast to the nearby links on the Fife coast. It represents excellent value for money, offers a warm welcome and is a real test for any golfer. The new second green and the addition of several new fairway bunkers have added to the challenge presented by this well preserved track.

57. Wentworth East Course (45)

6201 yards; Par 68; SSS 70

Green fees £60-£110

Tel: 01344 846306

A classic heathland course in a world-famous setting that?s living proof a course doesn?t need to be long to pose a challenge. Beautifully preserved, as you would expect from a course at this venue, it is a joy to play and is a popular alternative to the other two courses in the Wentworth collection. The greens and fairways were virtually flawless and the course rewarded good shots and penalised bad ones ? just as a top class course should.

58. Seaton Carew (54)

6842 yards; Par 73; SSS 73

Green fees £24-£37

Tel: 01429 266249

No official website

Another fine example of the good value found in the north of England, this delightful track is a test right from the start. I can?t think of one green that was not either small or undulating to test the resolve. Many of them are nestled away in the dunes and, along with the clever bunkering, I got the impression that the designer wanted the shaping of the holes to be an art form. All the holes have excellent names such as ?Cosy Corner? and ?Crocodile?.

59. Trevose Championship Course (52)

6415 yards; Par 71; SSS 71

Green fees £35-£55

Tel: 01841 520261

Everything you want from a course. Variety, fabulous bunkering, plenty of risk and reward opportunities and the need for accuracy. Whilst the strength and direction of the wind will always be a factor, course management is crucial if a good score is to be posted here. Distance control and club selection are crucial on this excellent links test. The top condition of the tees, fairways and greens will not disappoint.

60. St Enodoc Church Course (47)

6404 yards; Par 69; SSS 70

Green fees £45-£55

Tel: 01208 863216

The James Braid-designed Church course at this Cornwall club is one of the best maintained I have come across and it?s a credit to the management and the green staff. The greens were on the fast side but perfectly presented. Although the fairways had started to go brown due to the hot and dry weather this summer this did not prevent me from playing a full shot. All the tees had the full range of furnishings with the back tees offering a whole new game. The main bar and lounge areas are on the ground floor and overlook the 18th green. There are also great views to be enjoyed across the Camel estuary and north to the Atlantic.

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