Australian golfer Peter Fowler was impressed with Stapleford Park following his Senior Masters tour victory at the Leicestershire course.
The 51-year-old shot a closing three-under-par 70 to finish on 10 under for the three rounds, three strokes clear.
Fowler told BBC Radio Leicester: "The people here have been very friendly and it is part of the world I hadn't played in before.
"It was nice to get up near Leicester. I would love to come back."
Fowler, whose top ranking in the European Order of Merit was 22nd in 1989, was on his first visit to Stapleford Park, located close to Melton Mowbray.
"It was testing," he said. "A bouncy course, but I really like the way it plays.
"I like the complex and I feel very comfortable here.
"It is very much like a links course. It's a mark of a good golf course that you can play it when it's hard and bouncy, or when it's soft and you can fly the shots at the flag.
"At good golf courses you can play in all conditions and this seems to be one of them.
"It is a beautiful setting, some great buildings here and the course is laid out pretty good."