Latest Golf Course Reviews

Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg

I offer a huge congratulations to SOL Golf, Martin Hawtree and Brian Shaw (head pro for 17 years) for renovating this original Greg Norman course into a truly sensational 18-hole layout. Greens were moved, holes were completely changed and the routin...

Kennemer

This 27-hole property is no stranger to hosting major tournaments with a commendable list of Dutch Open winners. The B&C nines with the involvement of Colt & Pennink are widely identified as the best nines, however the routing used for championship g...

Utrecht de Pan

Thanks to the genius of Frank Pont, this classic Harry Colt layout has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Utrecht de Pan is the Dutch first cousin of Swinley Forrest, which can only highlight the brilliance of the strategic routing, the...

Noordwijkse

Without doubt Noordwijk has the most natural piece of land of all the courses I played in Holland. It has an uninterrupted relationship with nature, where the only distraction is the beauty of the rolling sand dunes. It quite rightly has a reputation...

Koninklijke Haagsche

Royal Hague is routed across a hugely impressive rolling piece of links land that’s ideal for golf. The changes in elevation are dramatic in places, sometimes leading players to exposed crowned green-sites bursting with challenge. Ironically, for suc...

Ardfin

Just as I was beginning to think that golf course development in the UK was stalling in recent years, along comes Greg Coffee to purchase half of Jura Island and hire the brilliant Australian architect Bob Harrison to build a private course along the...

Western Gailes

Much has been documented about the “unconventional” out and back routing of this course, and let it be known that I am a huge fan of the configuration. The opening four holes in the same outward direction immediately illustrate marvelous green-sites,...

Gleneagles (King's)

Gleneagles King’s is an underrated course in Scotland – should be closer to rank #12 or #13 in the country. It’s the toughest, most impressive 6,000-yard golf course I’ve ever played. It’s an extraordinary piece of land that reveals the holes to you....

Leven Links

Returning to Leven Links after a gap of several years I found it even better than I remembered. Along with Brora this may just be the perfect example of a classic links golf course. No frills, no changes of elevation, humps and bumps on the fairways,...

PalmGolf Ourika

I played Ourika on a perfect late September morning, still and cloudless. As other reviewers have noted the challenge from the tee is carrying waste areas and water, choose the correct tee carefully and the generous fairways with minimal tough should...

Royal Portrush (Valley)

Two years since the last review! Seems legitimate, since we were the only ones on the course that rainy morning. After spoiling ourselves during the one hour delay in the great pro-shop at the Dunluce course, we got off and after two or three mediocr...

New Zealand

24 of England's top 100 completed and a thoroughly enjoyable day. New Zealand is a lovely course.At first you look at the shortness, but as others have said you will need all your clubs. Good par 4s are what make this course and from the outset you...

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Played it a couple of years ago now i have to say i had a really good time there the clubhouse as has been said in previous reviews had plenty of interesting things to see , the staff were very friendly and welcoming . The course did not disappoint h...

Frösåker (Stora)

What a fantastic course! I have played the majority of 'top 20' courses in Sweden and this is defintely on my top 5 list. So underratted! Particurarly for low handicaped golfers, the course is elegantly designed and in great condition. Greenfee is mo...

Jack's Point

This is as good as it gets.Its difficult to find words that do justice to this setting. You're playing right at the feet of the Remarkables mountain range. This means that even on the holes that don't look out over the majestic Lake Wakatipu, its fee...

Rock Creek Cattle Company

Owner Bill Foley allowed Tom Doak to site his golf course anywhere on Foley's 30,000 acre ranch and Doak picked out a fine site. The splendid mountain scenery adds to the experience, but the golf would be excellent in any location.I found the par 4s...

Bond Head (South)

Played the South Course at The Club at Bond Head today. Very open heathland style layout with few trees, huge greens, high fescue and deepfaced bunkers. Front nine is much shorter than the back. Even though there are 5 sets of tee blocks they need to...

Manawatu

Impeccable condition for a club course. These greenkeepers deserve medals. Big fat medals.It feels like the length of every fairway here is lined with massive trees. Not quite all of them actually are, but good God does it feel like it. I'd relish oc...

Lakes - Pauanui

This is a bloody good spot, in nice condition every time I've played there. You know that real nice condition without being perfect? Yep that sort. Often quiet given the isolated location, except for peak summertime and long weekends when the Aucklan...

Elanora

Elanora is a hidden gem in Sydney - a private members course which is maintained to an extremely high standard. Although not long, it presents its own challenges when the greens are prepared to their slickest speed. Wonderful views over the ocean f...

Gullane (No.1)

I have played a few of the top courses here in the UK and it is not very often you can say 'the course had 18 great holes'. Sunningdale Old and New has a few 'weak' holes as does Swinley and the Old Course has more than it's fair share etc etc yet th...

Tidworth Garrison

Tidworth Garrison and High Post are regional downland rivals and “Royal” High Post as it is locally referred is currently ranked higher than Tidworth in the Wiltshire Best In County rankings. There’s no doubt in my mind which course is best.“Tidworth...

High Post

The most notable feature of the course at High Post is the grassy mounds and hollows that surround some of the greens and also run alongside the occasional fairway. This is my overriding memory from last Friday morning when I played here in lovely au...

Walton Heath (New)

This is heathland terrain in the purest sense. At Walton Heath, there’s a vastness to the ground that both courses cover. It’s an immense wide open space. On some parts of the course you must be able to see about twelve other holes in all directions....

Portsalon

It is easy to leave very good courses off the itinerary because there are great courses nearby. I would argue that anyone who ignores Portsalon and puts Rosapenna Sandy Hills and Ballyliffin Glashedy on their list instead makes a mistake as they risk...

Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

Coming back to Rosapenna, I noticed how much more I appreciated Sandy Hills. The course felt a lot friendlier than I remembered it to be.This hunch was quickly confirmed by the pro shop: there has been a lot of tweaking of mowing lines and other desi...

Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris)

This is a difficult review to write: I really enjoyed the variety of the previous edition of the Rosapenna Old Links with the Coastguard holes providing great views and quite modest quality golf and the Valley holes the opposite. It was also a very...

Waipu

Sometimes, without any real clear objective reasons for it, a golf course can just give you a good feeling. You just like it. And if you’re asked to name the great holes subsumed within, you can only point the finger at two or three, but the overal...

Mangawhai

Mangawhai separates itself from the majority of well-conditioned, tree-lined parkland courses in New Zealand by virtue of its changing character. Whilst there may be several mundane parkland holes, there is some form of journey as you go along, most...

Formosa

When I moved to New Zealand nine years ago, I remember seeing this clifftop course bordering Auckland Harbour from the plane – it was the first glimpse of New Zealand golf that I saw, and I remember thinking it looked pretty decent from the air, alth...

Chisholm Links

I’m not one of those people that believes there are any objective truths when it comes to the appreciation of golf courses, so there are no rights or wrongs really. Nevertheless, reading my initial review of the golf course formerly known as Chishol...

Alwoodley

For a long time I’d heard great things about this Alister MacKenzie gem tucked away in the middle of England near Leeds. I recently, finally had the wonderful pleasure of experiencing a round here. MacKenzie is my favorite architect and the more of h...

Portsalon

Cant believe this is ranked above Tom Morris course at Rosapenna.

Hossegor

Quite liked this course but the pace of play is so so slow especially if you play in the afternoon. Very tight.....

Seignosse

Not for me thanks.......poor tees, poor grass on the fairways, ok greens but if you want simple holiday golf then its OK. However it cannot be one of France's top 10 surely!?

Les Aisses

Very quick review - this is a fabulous golf course. Think Walton Heath with water (just a little). 5 stars.

Jack's Point

Jack’s Point is no doubt the most famous course in Queenstown. It is 100% all about the nature and spectacular views. The course has been set up for real-estate project and over the years I’m sure more and more houses will spring up. This hopefully e...

Piltdown

Given its modest length of just over 6,000 yards Piltdown packs a mighty punch in terms of challenge. There is just a solitary par-five on the par 68 layout, six two-shotters measuring 400-yards or more and not a single par-four less than 310-yards....

Chart Hills

Chart Hills is a flamboyant Sir Nick Faldo designed layout located in tranquil Kent countryside that contains some excellent holes amongst its bold and lavish bunkering.During 2017 the course has undergone some major course refurbishments. The striki...

Castlerock (Mussenden)

Castlerock shouldn’t be missed. It’s a classic links on a fantastic parcel. Dunes, burns and elevation changes make for an interesting course with lots of variation. The second half of the front nine is where it really gets going, with some cracking...

Lindrick

It was like returning to meet an old friend when I played at Lindrick last week – and I did indeed meet up with an old friend, club archivist Graham Mann – nearly three years after my last game here. Weekend tee times for visitors at most clubs are g...

Gleneagles (King's)

It’s always a pleasure to tee it up at Gleneagles and my game on the King’s a few days ago was just that. Ahead of celebrating the King’s centenary in 2019, a lot of work has gone into presenting the course as it would have looked back in James Braid...

Enville (Highgate)

The Highgate course is the pick of the two courses at Enville and provides a good test off the whites at 6703 yards (albeit a par 72 with four par 5's), especially as this September there was not a lot of run. The 1st is a nice gentle par 5 with the...

Crail (Craighead)

I finally got round to visiting Crail last month, playing the more exposed Craighead in the morning and the Balcomie in the afternoon. Gil Hanse has created a modern design that beautifully compliments it's historical older sibling next door and alth...

Clandeboye (Dufferin)

The Dufferin course at Clandeboye is an excellent test of golf. It is always in good condition despite the unpredictable Irish weather. Coupled with the sporting Ava course and a fine clubhouse it is a good place to visit where good golfers can be we...

Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

If you come here expecting spectacular beauty then you will be disappointed. It is pretty but never stunning. Where it scores however is the sense that as you trip round this easily walked, well routed course that there are very few, if any, occasion...

Panmure

Played Panmure on Sept. 11 and greatly enjoyed it! The wind was ferocious -- right to left and slight into my face on most of the front nine and, thankfully, often at my back on the back nine. As is often said, the middle part of the course is spec...

Castlerock (Bann)

Hands down the best nine holecourse I played! While the course doe not have any bunkers, they really aren't missed. The course really lays on the most spectacular piece of land on the parcel, next to the river 'Bann' on the coast. The course is tucke...

Berwick-upon-Tweed - Goswick Links

Before writing this review I did have a browse back through past comments as far back as 2009 and I can now say I've picked myself up off the floor, applied some restorative cream to my aching ribs and I'm ready to go! I did say aching ribs and that...

Royal Liverpool

First things first: I'm on a quest to play all Open courses both past and present and as such Hoylake had to be played as it inched its way towards the top of my listing. Muirfield, Carnoustie, Birkdale, Troon, Turnberry and Royal St Georges from the...

Le Touquet (La Mer)

We decided to write in for the 24the Amateur Classic Tournament held at Golf du Touquet at the end of august this year.The tournament is scheduled for 4 days: 2 rounds at Touquet la Mer and 2 rounds at Touquet la Forêt, alternating.Having played la M...

St George's Golf & Country Club - New York

Devereux Emmet was a close friend of CB Macdonald and the influence of this friendship is hugely evidence in Emmet’s work at St. George’s, especially with the mind-blowing throwback green shapes and bunker designs. The club was established in 1917, a...

Taconic

Any student lucky enough to go to Williams College in Massachusetts may well have the best college golf course in America at Taconic Golf Club. Wayne Stiles routed a fabulous looking course with epic green-sites, which was only further improved by a...

Ekwanok

Walter Travis made it up to Vermont to create Ekwanok Country Club which is surrounded by jaw-dropping mountains in a beautiful setting. The routing has a few interesting elements. The first three holes play parallel to each other and the last thre...

Highlands Links

I returned to Cape Breton 4 years after my last visit. I was delighted to see an improvement in playing conditions and the state of the greens at Highlands Links.Putting this course in the hands of professional golf course architects and maintenance...

Essex County Country Club

There is fabled hype about the back nine at this Raynor/Banks layout at Essex County Country Club in New Jersey, to the extent that the front nine is almost never mentioned. The opening three holes play in a triangle with a commendable downhill dogle...

Vineyard

The Vineyard Golf Club is no longer a Donald Steel golf course. 98% of Donald Steel’s work has been removed and replaced by a magnificent Gil Hanse masterpiece. Gorgeous sprawling bunker complexes were instituted, holes were re-routed and greens wer...

Ballyliffin (Old)

One immediately feels the difference between The Glashedy and the Old Course. The Old has a more classic feel to it. The bumpy fairways have not been leveled so level lie will be found rarely. Especially on The first 11 holes, I all found them good g...

Ardfin

Almost exactly a year after I last visited the new Ardfin course on the isle of Jura (to read the story click here), I returned last week with a couple of other members from the Top 100 Team to see what progress had been made with the project. Having...

Machrie

I looked ahead to my visit to Islay last week with a degree of trepidation – would the new Machrie be so radically different to the old course that I wouldn’t like it? I’d played the original layout twice before and I loved it to bits so I was really...

Royal Cromer

A group of 12 played the course and enjoyed it. It was in very good condition with great views. A real joy to play and we hope to visit again.

Muirfield

I played Muirfield for the first time 7/9/17. As you read my review know that I am comparing this course against others in its class and not your local average muni. I am also grading it against its price tag to play. I have played about 40 top 100 c...

Royal Troon (Old)

I played Troon 5/9/17 and had a delightful round and experience. The old course at Troon is "good" but not more when compared to other top clubs and when considering you've just paid the 230 pound visitor fee. It is all relative, I am not comparing t...

Elie

Elie might be viewed as a little eccentric by some, after all it's not often you play a course with just two par-3's and sixteen par-4's. Any concerns about the lack of variety when first viewing the scorecard are soon dispelled however as there are...

Harrogate

I recently played at Harrogate Golf Club in the 36-hole Vardon Grip 36-hole open competition on an early September day with a tiny hint of autumn in the air.The current course measures a little less than 6,198 yards and plays to a par of 69 but with...

Nordelta

Again, this winter is being different in the Buenos Aires area. And courses are reacting to this in different ways. While the old ones, with less developed drainage systems and less soil quality are suffering the new ones like Nordelta, Pilará and Bs...

Buenos Aires (Green & Yellow)

Although I live in Argentina, it is not more than once or twice a year that I play here despite knowing many members. It´s been a very hot and wet winter here in the area and when fairways and tees should be yellow (dormant bermuda) we have them gre...

Arrowtown

No question that one of the biggest surprises of my extensive New Zealand golf tour was Arrowtown. It’s also immediately the most underrated club in the country. It enjoys a wonderful natural routing on a site where little dirt must have been moved....

Paraparaumu Beach

I can’t help feeling that Paraparaumu Beach remains one of the world’s most underrated golf courses. At one point it broke its way miraculously into the World Top 100. I’m amazed it had received enough visits from panelists to give it its due credit...

Kinloch Club

The next stop on our whirlwind tour of New Zealand was a short and pleasant 3-hour drive from Cape Kidnappers. Talk about a beautiful area, bordering on the huge lake Taupo is quite the tourist destination in the middle of the country. The Kinloch...

Walton Heath (Old)

It is a testament to the original designer of the Old Course at Walton Heath in that not a lot of the course has changed from its opening in 1903. The land on which the course sits is relatively flat with the occasional elevation change but there’s n...

Osprey Valley (Toot)

Have played the Heathlands course (which is excellent) for years, but this was my first time on the Toot. Was very impressed. Course was in excellent condition. A very different feel to Heathlands and a more forgiving layout. Osprey is a big proper...

East Berkshire

Not a long course by current standards but it is protected by bunkering and it feels quite tight off the tee. The holes cover all points of the compass and as they are all tree lined it can be difficult to read the wind. Measuring at just around 60...

Sandiway

We played last week after over an inch of overnight rain, you'd never had known. What a great course. There are 18 very different holes, with some real gems - especially the back 9 with views over the Petty pool. Greens are excellent, all the par 3's...

Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted is one of those older style bunkerless natural English courses that are a real pleasure to play. Hit it straight and avoid the trees and heather means you can score well here. The course is fairly flat (ie. easy walking), however there ar...

Bowood

Bowood is a modern style golf course and very different to the traditional Wiltshire courses. The drive to the carpark is impressive as are the clubhouse and facilities. The course generally seems to be in pretty good condition, however I have played...

Kingsdown

Kingsdown is one of the older downland style Wiltshire courses that I grew up playing on the county card system. I returned early in 2017 for my first visit in a while and nothing much had changed except for the new driving range. A pleasant enough c...

Las Colinas

The course and facilities at Las Colinas are around seven years old and whilst there is still plenty to do off-course, the 18 holes are strong and very enjoyable to play but do choose the appropriate tees to get maximum enjoyment. I played twice in A...

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

Early in the morning, we teed off on the Glashedy. The opening holes are short-to mid length par 4’s and all great holes. Positioning off the tee is of great importance and the greens are well protected. The second hole is the loveliest of the three....

Frilford Heath (Green)

The club at Frilford Heath is strong, 3x18 hole courses and a new 6 hole academy course just open. Most 54 hole set-ups have an obvious order of the 1, 2, 3 of the courses but I am not so sure here. The Red course often appears highest in rankings bu...

Coombe Hill

There is no doubt that, as soon as you enter the clubhouse at Coombe Hill GC, you get a sense the quality and attention to detail that’s ahead of you. The clever use of space throughout the venue is noticeable in every department, from clubhouse, to...

Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart was the first of the courses I played on a week-long tour of Northern Scotland during Spring of this year and it was an extraordinary way to start. A mere five-minute drive from Inverness Airport means that it’s now an easy place to get...

Royal Wimbledon

I recently took the opportunity to play Royal Wimbledon Golf Club in their 36-hole scratch open competition, The Royal Wimbledon Trophy.It’s a golf course that has long been on my radar to play but the consequence of having to drive deep into London...

London Club (International)

The London Golf Club can boast two courses that have both hosted European Tour events.Each track is clearly cut from the same US-style piece of cloth and it is easy to see why the European Tour – who has a regional office on site – would find either...

London Club (Heritage)

The members-only Heritage layout staged the European Open in 2008 and 2009 whilst the 2014 Volvo World Matchplay Championship was contested on the International course.I recently enjoyed a full day here with a morning outing on the “International” fo...

Moor Park (High)

In a county with several top-end parkland courses Moor Park is certainly very close to the summit when it comes to discussing the best of them. Played over some lovely rolling and firm terrain the routing is particularly pleasing as it leads us aroun...

Brancepeth Castle

Brancepeth Castle is an exhilarating parkland course played across good turf on the outskirts of Durham.The first tee is located down a lovely wooded path from the clubhouse (formerly the stables and coach house for the deer park) and this sets a lov...

Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale is a golf course which is incredibly hard not to like but at the same time it’s not an easy one to truly love.If it were a football team it would probably be the Arsenal side that won multiple trophies under George Graham in the late 8...

Colorado

There are 5 excellent holes at CGC and worth the price of admission alone to this exclusive club. The playability of the course is fantastic, allowing golfers to throw up shots or run them around the ground at their discretion.Unfortunately I think s...

Black Sheep (1st & 2nd)

If I could be a member anywhere in Illinois, make me a member here! 27 holes give you a heathland/links vibe yet you look out over a sea of corn making for a pleasantly jarring experience.The best of the property is along the north side as it dips do...

Warren - Indiana

The subtle parkland routing of the front nine gives way to a fantastic back nine capped off by a great stretch from 16-18. I have never played an English heathland course but I imagine this is as close as it gets in the US. Fantastic routing around s...

Sand Valley

Very good but not great is what comes to mind with SV. The location is stunning, the use of sand is amazing and the conditioning was top notch.However, I felt the course was over tweaked for difficulty. Fairways and undulations shaved to go into the...

Lawsonia (Links)

A great course in the middle of nowhere! The conditioning is fantastic and I really liked the routing with both two nines. The par 3 with the severe slope to the right is outrageous and a must play.The only downside is that there is too much similari...

Puakea

One of the most underrated golf courses in Hawaii. The first few holes provide a straight ahead warmup for the great golf to come. Great mountain views, jungle encroaching on several holes and great use of bunkering and approach shots makes Puakea a...

County Louth

Our second day in Ireland would be the first of true golf, and for that we had chosen County Louth G.C., or Baltray, as it is commonly known in Ireland.From Dublin to Baltray there is not much more than 50 kilometers, most of them by motorway, but it...

Anfi Tauro

Managed to play Anfi Tauro last week and had a great time. I played a twilight fee for €41 which included a modern set of Taylormade and R1 driver, and paid €5 for a buggy loaded with GPS and water.. Great value for a course of this magnitude.The gre...

Hadley Wood

A well laid out, handsome course. Only one blind shot and a very fair test, at 70 off the yellows. However, I played in August after moderate rainfall the day before after a dry week. Unfortunately the course was very soft in places and the greens we...

El Cortijo

I played El Cortijo last night managing to get out for 18 holes during a family holiday to Gran Canaria. I played the course solely based on the high ranking on this website.Let me start with the positives.- Friendly honest staff, the young man in th...

Portsalon

Portsalon was the second course we played last week and the drive along the Wild Atlantic Way got us right in the mood. After a warm welcome by some members we teed off on the rather peculiar first hole, where one drives right over the entrance to...