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51 Silloth-on-Solway

No significant alterations to this fine links in the last two years apart from the odd patch of gorse being taken out here and there.

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52 Swinley Forest

One panellist thought Swinley worthy of the top 20. Most agreed its combination of charm and beauty deserved to move up – and moving just one place in this competitive Top 100 is no mean feat.

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53 Rye

No changes since 2010 to a layout on which only two-balls can be played and where foursomes are preferred in the morning.

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54 Castle Course

The Castle made some alterations to David McLay Kidd’s much-anticipated course in time for our 2010 listing, softening out some of the more challenging aspects, notably on the greens.

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55 The Berkshire (Blue)

An eye-catching rise for the Blue following considerable work on the course and the panel feeling the gap in the 2010 list between The Berkshire’s courses was too large.

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56 Woburn (Marquess)

The Marquess impressively holds its position in the top 60 with lots of movement around it. Tree planting and bunker refurbishment as well as conditioning of hitherto unreached levels are the reason for its success.

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57 Royal West Norfolk

No structural changes to the links, but RWN has installed a new irrigation system and have used sleepers on some more greenside bunkers.

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58 Notts/Hollinwell

A new tee on the 2nd and bunkers rearranged on the 6th and a change in shape of greenside bunker on the 3rd are part of the alterations at the Midlands’ classy heathland.

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59 Blairgowrie (Rosemount)

The Rosemount (the Lansdowne is also an excellent 18-hole course) is often under appreciated. But not by us. This is a wonderful heathland in Perthshire, a perfect stop en route to the jewels of the Highlands.

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60 Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

Rebunkering by Pat Ruddy was completed in spring 2011 with the overall aim to better frame the holes and bring strategic decisions into the mind of strong golfers off the tee.

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