Continuing in my quest to play the Top 100 courses in England - this is ranked 45 (in the book that I am using) and was the venue for the 1957 Ryder Cup (a little different from the ultra modern Celtic Manor!). Established in 1891 and laid out on common land it has a mixed heathland and moorland feel. In immaculate condition, the turf is lovely, the greens are subtly borrowed, very fast and well protected by bunkers. The two sides of the course are divided by a busy main road which takes away some of the charm of this layout and I found the clubhouse facilities old fashioned and unwelcoming. Nevertheless, I did enjoy my outing (the course was deserted!) but the £60 green fee would dissuade me from returning in a hurry.