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How long has the site been running?

Murray's Golf Guide was established towards the end of 2009.

Who reviews the courses?

Murray reviews all courses personally.  However with so much ground to cover, ocassionally other reviewers whose opinion we value, are relied upon.

Who reviews the hotels?

We do and photograph them as well, to give you a genuine impression rather than the frequently over-stylised images that you find on their own websites.

Who takes the pictures?

We do whenever possible.  However some days when we visit courses are just not great for photography and woudl give a false impression of the course.  In these cases we use outside photography until we have had  achance to return and take our own.

Do courses or hotels pay to be in the guide?

To maintain our independence no golf course is ever asked for money to be in the guide.  Hotels that we approve of and are happy to recommend make a small contribution to our running costs, which helps to keep our Mermbership fees as low as possible.

Why do you charge a Membership fee?

Put simply: because we like to do things properly and that takes time.  More fully: our desire is to present our reviews in a clear, professional manner so that you may glean all the information you need quickly and easily.  Reviewing a destination absorbs quite some time and expense, walking a course with a camera will typically take half a day and hotel reviews can take as long as four or five hours for some of the larger establishments.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay by Credit or Debit card or via Paypal.  All paymants are handled by PayPal's secure site, just click on the Credit/Debit card if you do not have a PayPal account.

What currencies do you accept?

Pounds Sterling - PayPal will convert the amount into your own currency if necessary.

What if I don't like the site?

If there is a gap in our information please let us know and we shall rectify the shortcoming.

How do I cancel my Membership?

Simply go to My Profile and select cancel: your account (and access) will be cancelled immediately.

Murray's course ratings

"How good is a golf course?" is right up there with "How long is a piece of string?" when it comes to unanswerable questions.  The number of correct answers is directly proportional to the number of people asked.  The evening debate is half the fun of travelling to new places and playing new courses, is it not?

However, we feel that most golfers would agree that courses can be ranked into five categories that will give you a good impression of the thoughtfullness and interest of the course design.  There are many styles of course: links, parkland, forest, cliff-top, target etc.  indeed many courses are a combination of two or three styles, dictated by the terrain.  We try hard to maintain our objectivity, having no particular favourite style (or least favourite!) and judge each course on its merits and the enjoyment and excitement it will give to visiting golfers.

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Exceptional courses, worth travelling just to play them.

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Very good courses that should not be missed if you are in the area.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 3 Goldenballs

Good courses that are enjoyable by all.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 2 Goldenballs

OK courses, nothing outstandingly memorable; can be a good low-pressure venue for higher Handicappers or nervous beginners (we were all beginners once upon a time!).

Golf Course ratings - 1 Goldenball

Cheap and cheerful courses, good for a first-day warm-up maybe, higher Handicappers or beginners

 

Condition ratings

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Almost too good for golf, verging on the artificial.

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High quality maintenance, crisp borders between Green and fringe, Fairways and rough, smooth Greens, raked bunkers.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 3 Goldenballs

Good general standard of maintenance, well tended.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 2 Goldenballs

A little untidy in places.

Golf Course ratings - 1 Goldenball

Bring a mower.

 

 

Clubhouse ratings

Our Clubhouse ratings have nothing to do with style: although we have a slight bias towards the traditional style Clubhouse, there are many modern (or modernised) Clubhouses where we would be happy to analyse a round with our favourite tipple.  Ratings have more to do with comfort, welcome and facilities.

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Everything you could dream of.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratingsGolf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 4 Goldenballs

Everything you could wish for.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 3 Goldenballs

Everything you need.

Golf Course ratingsGolf Course ratings - 2 Goldenballs

Quite a few things.

Golf Course ratings - 1 Goldenball

Not a lot.

 

 

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Who is Murray?

Murray has been involved in golf for twenty years travelling throughout Great Britain, Europe, America and Africa reviewing and photographing golf courses and hotels for an exclusive golf tour operator.  His wealth of golfing knowledge is now available through this site to Members of Murray's Golf Guide.

How old is Murray?

50

Murray's Handicap?

6

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