Latest Golf Course Reviews

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

Having spent the autumn visiting some of Central Scotland's delightful nine-hole courses I decided to take on a couple of the 'big beasts' and so, after the Jubilee I headed north to Royal Aberdeen. The weather gods were on my side and as I stood on...

St Andrews (Jubilee)

There may be fifty shades of grey but on Valentine's Day in St Andrews there was only one - the East Coast of Scotland variety. Still, I thought maybe the stiff wind would whip my game into shape and anyway here I was at the Home of Golf in February...

Palmeraie (Jbilettes & Atlas)

Ranked 19th in Morocco designed by Robert Trent Jones three nines Jibilettes, Atlas and Tensift.We played (in February 2017) the J/A as the new nine was a bit new looking. Overall a good course; if you hit the fairways you get run and if in the rough...

Amelkis (Blue & Red)

We played the mature Blue & Red courses as Green is a bit green! Very good layout good par 3’s and the 15 hole is a good par 5 index 1 where you need to hit fairway off the tee. Nice setting where the flatness of the surrounding landscape is well bal...

Royal Marrakech (Vert & Rouge)

Old style designed in 1927 extended in 2007 so the trees have matured and shed leaves on the fairways and in the bunkers- tight- reload if your ball heads towards the trees. Ten holes are around 300 meters so leave the driver in the bag for these unl...

PalmGolf Ourika

Palm Golf OURIKA Marrakech. Ranked 8th in Morocco; six lakes and cart only course. The Atlas mountain backdrop creates a good surround although also bounded by quality properties built well back from the course where there is lots of freedom. In gre...

Samanah

SAMANAH Marrakech, Ranked 7th in Morocco. Five tee boxes per hole so choose according to your handicap. Great design and good grass on fairways and greens. No great scenery but the Atlas mountains are in the backdrop. Very good flow and transition ar...

Berkshire (Red)

A decade has passed since I last visited The Berkshire and I took great pleasure reacquainting myself with the Red course last Friday on a pleasantly warm and sunny mid February day. Despite the heather not being in flower and playing towards the end...

Felixstowe Ferry (Martello)

The Martello course at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club is the only links course in Suffolk and one of only a handful in East Anglia.This makes it a highly desirable venue for a number of golfers, visitors especially, who seek out all-year round play on fa...

Littlehampton

Littlehampton has one of the best starts to any links course I have played. The opening two holes really are of the highest order.The first is a formidable opener with fairway bunkers to initially avoid down the right but it is the green setting that...

Temple

The most striking point from a golfing perspective at Temple is the number of holes that sit close to the edge of par.Two par 3's measure 230+ yards whilst a third is played uphill at 213 yards. To offset this there are a handful of par fours that du...

Gamble Sands

In the go-go days of course development in the 1990's in the United States there was a strong push to bring to fruition various golf courses where overall difficulty was the prime emphasis. The reason? Developers in their zest to outdo various compet...

National Golf Links of America

The word transformative speaks to those situations and outcomes that clearly provide a benchmark never seen previously. In American golf some might say Augusta National, Pinehurst #2, Merion / East, Oakmont or Pebble Beach provided such situations re...

Santander

Definately overrated.Sure it is a great course, always in great shape and with second to none facilities, but it is nowhere near the Top 10 in Spain.Most of the holes ar alike, without personality, and its only challenge is its length from the back t...

Real Puerta de Hierro (Abajo)

It is by far one of the greatest courses in Spain and just 5 minutes away from the city center. Problaby not taken too much into considaration due to its extremely private and members only policy.Always in perfect shape, with really fast greens. The...

Old Town

The more I travel, and the more courses I play, the more I truly understand the greatness of Old Town Club.The restoration work undertaken by Coore & Crenshaw has truly restored this golden age masterpiece back to its full glory. The routing is the...

Weston-Super-Mare

Dating back to 1892 Weston-super-Mare is a historic club with a true links course considered by many as one of the best in the South West. The easy walking course has many subtleties and was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the man who helped shape...

Musselburgh (Old)

It’s not every day you get to play the oldest golf course in the world! But that’s what happened when I pegged it up inside the racecourse at Musselburgh Links and played the Old Course; host to the Open Championship on six occasions. It was an absol...

Old Head

Old Head is without question one of the most scenic locations for golf on earth. The issue is whether the golf is as good as the scenery? To borrow a Texas expression -- Old Head is "all hat and no cattle" -- which equates to a course centered on the...

Highland Gate

Played this in January 2017 after the drought had broken. The course was in superb condition and the greens were in great shape. The rough was brutal following said rains! Course is very enjoyable with some magnificent views (Especially the 4th) and...

Royal Dornoch (Struie)

We also sampled the second course; The Struie. This 6,265-yard, par 71 layout has seen many changes over the years and caters for all levels of golfer. It has a good start and the newest holes – nine to 13 – are very appealing and along with the fine...

Glen

The Glen Golf Club, often referred to as North Berwick East Links, is one of the most popular and the best value of all East Lothian golf courses.Overlooking the town of North Berwick the cliff-top course enjoys simply sensational views across the Fi...

Royal Cinque Ports

Proximity to great courses can get you noticed -- but it can also provide a large shadow for those facilities providing top tier golf offerings too.Consider the southeast coast of England. To be specific - the immediate Sandwich area.The 800-pound go...

Capilano

Capilano Golf Club or “Cap,” as members and locals affectionately call it, is rightly placed at the top of the list of BC’s golf courses. Located a brief drive across the Lion’s Gate Bridge and up into the North Shore Mountains, Cap’s perch overlook...

Sant Cugat

A beautiful Harry Colt layout. A short "old style" course, but Harry Colt made the most of the terrain and the holes are strategically interesting, beautiful and fun to play. Club is very welcomimg, course was quite full on a Tuesday in February. Gre...

Holyhead

Holyhead is a cracking little golf course located close to Trearddur Bay on Holy Island, Anglesey. Enjoying fantastic views towards the mountains of Snowdonia and situated only a mile from the port of Holyhead, gateway to Ireland, the course is a cha...

Porthmadog

The drive into Porthmadog from the North, down the A487 from Caernarfon, is an amazing and beautiful journey. As you descend down to the harbour town, situated on the Glaslyn Estuary, you get a distant glimpse of the course located close to a sandy b...

Hawkstone Park (Hawkstone)

Hawkstone Park Golf Club is a venue that benefits greatly from having two 18-hole parkland golf courses. There is also a six-hole par three academy course on site making this one of the most popular venues in Shropshire. Both of the main courses offe...

Aviara

Aviara has a lot of reasons for praise. The back nine has a great stretch of holes featuring several lakes, rolling topography, a double green (at a resort course nonetheless!), two par 3s that might be the best in Southern California and a 18th hole...

Rhyl

Rhyl is a cracking little nine-hole links course on the North Wales coast. It’s not going to win any awards for being one of the best in the country but I really enjoyed my outing here.The course plays firm and fast like any good links course should...

St Enodoc (Church)

I have always believed quality golf starts squarely with superior land. In any assessment of a course it is the terrain from which any course emanates from. In my mind, no less than 60% of any course rating is based on how good the terrain is. Rarely...

Maioris

I've just come back from a trip to Majorca and played this course. I know it is winter there but the course was in a sorry state. The greens were a patchwork of repairs and the whole place seemed unkempt and in need of TLC. Although there were some i...

Cornelia (Prince)

Cornelia was the last of nine courses that I visited on my recent golfing tour of the Belek region and it was the one that (pleasantly) surprised me most of all with the general naturalness of the layout, apart from one or two water-laden holes on th...

National Antalya (Irmak & Tuna)

I hadn’t planned on visiting the National during a recent short trip to Belek but when three different people with good local knowledge suggested I should check it out then I just had to make the effort to have a look around. It’s now owned by the sa...

Antalya (PGA Sultan)

I was taken aback a few months ago when I saw that Turkey occupied six of the top thirteen places in Golf World’s inaugural Top 100 Golf Resorts of Continental Europe listings, with Antalya ranked at number 7. After my recent trip to Belek, I now und...

Antalya (Pasha)

The Pasha plays second fiddle to the PGA Sultan at an upscale 36-hole establishment but there’s absolutely no shame in that support role because this shorter course was clearly laid out to offer a gentler challenge to that of its championship-calibre...

Las Vegas Paiute (Wolf)

Played here the day after Wolf Creek during a trip to Vegas, and whilst not in the same league as Wolf Creek, Paiute Wolf, did not disappoint.As you drive to the complex, despite there being 54 holes, you cannot see the golf course. It's amazing. Thi...

Wolf Creek Golf Club

I've now played more than half of the top 100 courses in England, and this beats every single one of them. The golf course is simply incredible. Every single hole offers something different with incredible views included. Conditioning wise, the green...

Quivira

Among world golf destinations Cabo San Lucas Mexico is clearly at the very top of the charts for the overall interest it creates on a range of fronts. Located at the far southern tip of Baja California where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez inters...

Sagebrush

Sagebrush has suffered through several seasons now of non-play. It is likely due for a serious re-adjustment on where it stands among BC's golf courses. Most in BC will know of the plight and ensuing legal issues surrounding the development. The c...

Royal Lytham & St Annes

I was fortunate enough to return to Royal Lytham last year on a beautifully warm autumnal day. One thing is for sure, when the rare opportunity of a game here comes my way I always grab it with both hands. Compared to the other open rota courses many...

Pine Valley

In the golf pecking order of ultimate greatness -- the name Pine Valley resonates as the first among equals. It is the "Citizen Kane" of golf courses. When rankings of the global best layouts are spelled out -- it is the New Jersey-based club which n...

Grand Saint-Emilionnais

It’s always a special thing to play a newly designed course. It gets even more special when it’s a Tom Doak course.And even more when playing with the course owner who during the 18 holes keeps giving you the insight of how the course was designed, t...

Falkenberg (18-hole)

Falkenberg neither has the cachet of nearby Tylösand with Halmstad GK's flagship North Course, only slightly more than half an hour's drive along the coast to the south, nor the price tag that comes with it. Many of the aspects that make people wax l...

Son Gual

First time I played Son Guál, all I saw was a course that was so much better in every aspect than virtually every other course on the island, except perhaps Alcanada, which occupies a much prettier site.Having played the course five times, I still th...

Puntiro

Having played 15 of the island’s 23 tracks overall and Puntiró four times over the last two years, I can comfortably say that this course is the course I most like to return to! Of course, Son Guál and Alcanada are better tracks, but Puntiró offers m...

Gloria (Old)

I’m surprised to see the Old course at Gloria sitting higher in the national rankings than the New – for me, the New course is easily the better 18-layout – in fact, I enjoyed playing the new 9-hole Verde course so much that I’d probably prefer to ta...

Gloria (New)

Having stayed a few days at the Serenity Resort during the recent PGAs of Europe Annual Congress, I was only too aware of the quality of Gloria’s off-course facilities. The 45-hole golf complex that accompanies the three attached resort hotels more t...

Lykia Links

I’ve just had a look at some of the previous reviews for this course and I’m glad to see there are a couple of recent 3-ball marks from golfers who might agree with me when I ask the question “how on earth can this course be ranked number 1 in Turkey...

Carya

This was the first course I had a look at on a recent visit to Belek. I’d heard a lot about the region beforehand but I wasn’t really prepared for either the scale or the quality of the golf product on offer within this very golf-orientated region an...

Jack's Point

Have played a couple times many years ago before the price rise ,would be great if they gave a discount for local GC members ..I would certainly like to play again on special (or if I was feeling rich)... At the time I played to a 18 HC ....I found i...

Kawana (Fuji)

Late November 2016 was a brief holiday in Japan which included checking out four golf courses within a few hours of Tokyo.All were beautifully presented and considering it was well into autumn were in excellent condition.Without doubt the standout co...

Mount Temple

Real roller coaster of a course..great thinkers mans course..come and beat Shane Lowry's course record of 67...

Naruo

Naruo Golf Club is one of the most historic courses in the whole of Japan that has 2,400 courses in total. It features small Kourai (Japanese lawn grass) greens. If they were changed to bent grasses, the course’s rating would be a little higher. Kour...

Rathcore

great test of golf ...alway a treat to play..

Verulam

I've been fortunate to play Verulam with a family member a number of times, and enjoy it every time.It's much what one would expect of an M25 area old golf course, but has variety in elevation changes, forced carries and hogsbacks in the old style, r...

Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

I've been lucky to play the Isle of Purbeck a couple of times, and can highly recommend it both as a small game and as a Society.The area itself is lovely, the trip over the Sandbanks chain ferry notable, and if you like real ale a stay in beautiful...

Cavendish

A group of us played Cavendish on spec on the way back through from a Summer golf trip drawn by the McKenzie connection and positive word of mouth.It was very damp underfoot after some recent wet weather (athough not Deluge-like) with the ball pluggi...

Tytherington

I played Tytherington on a lovely sunny day as part of a Society which was inaugurated 20 years previousy at this very course.A good parkland course in lovely countryside ideal for Societies with a friendly club, and some easier but also some very to...

Dartmouth (Championship)

Great fun in a beautiful location, excellent value, and a top place to stay and play in the lodges with a group of friends.Don't take the golf too seriously, and I would strongly recommend taking a buggy (very rare for me) - the comparisons to St Mel...

West Cornwall

Near lovely St Ives, the drive to get to West Cornwall ("Lelant") golf course is slightly unprepossessing.However, after the slightly strange downhill par 3 first the charm becomes very clear, with some great links holes and views with the possibilit...

Kingswood Golf Estate

I played Kingswood in late January 2017, as part of an extended golf tour of the Western Cape. I had a great time and I found the course to be great fun to play, with plenty of elevation changes, which made for some superb tee shots and approaches to...

La Reserva

Would that I lived down here this would be my choice to play day in day out given how surly they are at Valderrama even when taking your 300 euros for the privilege to play. The clubhouse is spectacular, the staff helpful and welcoming and the food a...

Rio Real

Despite being one of the oldest courses on the costa this has become a favourite. Conditioning for January was little short of miraculous given a bucket load of rain overnight while we were there. In fact there was less than 2 puddles anywhere on the...

Torrequebrada

Played last Sunday morning and pretty much had the course to ourselves for most of the way. Fun to play with some really oblique dog legs and interesting drives off the back tees. Some of it feels very tropical. Sadly let down by conditioning; a lot...

Terravista

Imagine playing match play on one of the most beautiful courses in the world against the person who designed and built it. Yes, it doesn’t get any better than this. Why is Terravista so beautiful? Imagine a course that runs near the Ocean. OK that’s...

Canons Brook

It is around 30 years since my first round at Canons Brook and I have returned a couple of times each year since then. I like the course in places a lot and there are the inevitable holes that just need a little more thought – in saying that, this is...

Anvaya Cove

Anvaya is hands down the most beautiful and scenic course in the Philippines. A massive statement to make, but you'll understand once you're there. I would go as far as saying it is the Pebble Beach of the country.The course runs along the beach and...

Dormie Club

The Dormie Club is a nice complement to any trip among the Pinehurst courses and Pine Needles nearby, and a real treat. As a fan of the Coore Crenshaw portfolio, I was excited to play the course and it did not disappoint. The course required a grea...

Country Club - Philippines

The second iteration of the ultra-exclusive Country Club has officially made it the longest course in the country. Playing 7,650 yards from the champion tees, this beast was commissioned in order to host the 2017 Philippine Open and maybe a future PG...

Berwick-upon-Tweed - Goswick Links

This is a cracking course which, if it were nestled in amongst others in East Lothian or Lancashire, would be rated far higher I think. It is undoubtedly worthy of being in the English Top 100.It's a course full of variety (and no little beauty), fin...

Bayonne

One of the real advantages architects had when golf grew rapidly during the classic period of golf course development in America in the 1920's was the availability of choice parcels for golf course usage. That was a period of time long before the exp...

Falsterbo

I have a bit conflicted feelings about Falsterbo. It's the Swedish club that is the "most golf", they like their traditions here, which is definitely a big plus in my book, but that is also something which is off-putting (no pun intended) to some, es...

Arrowtown

The jewel in the South Island’s crown from a golfing perspective is Arrowtown Golf Club. It’s a short bundle of fun that flies under the radar of its more famous neighbours: The Hills and Millbrook Resort. After Tara Iti and Paraparaumu Beach, I c...

Jack's Point

While the North Island has by far the superior golf, the South Island gifts us with a snow-capped mountainous landscape of Hollywood proportions. Sitting at the base of Queenstown mountain range known as “The Remarkables”, the South Island showcas...

Tara Iti

With the backing of financial powerhouse, Ric Kayne, Tara Iti Golf Club has burst onto the golfing map with emphatic fanfare and exclusivity.The land on which the golf course is routed was once a dense forest along the Te Arai coastline and the trees...

New South Wales

New South Wales Golf Club is so good that even members of the Sandbelt courses give it praise. While discussing various Australian cities and giving compliments to somewhere other than your hometown, I laughed when one of my Melbourne mates said, “it...

The Australian

Heading North up the eastern coastline, golf in the Sydney area doesn’t have the same level of attraction as that of Melbourne or Tasmania. I did play The Australian Golf Club and made a welcome return journey to New South Wales Golf Club. The Austra...

Cape Wickham

The property at Cape Wickham was the number one choice on King Island for golf developers. Mike deVries, with input from Darius Oliver, serve golfers from the same menu by launching into the dramatic coastal holes. The fairways are generous and the f...

Ocean Dunes

All 18 holes at Ocean Dunes were completed in June 2016. This coastal masterpiece was built by Graeme Grant, who has a decorated CV, including being head greenkeeper at Kingston Heath for 16 years. I had the pleasure of Graeme’s company for the trip...

Victoria Golf Club - Australia

While the back nine at Victoria Golf Club has possibly the greatest collection of holes in the Sandbelt, it is sometimes let down by conditioning, especially on the greens. Victoria was my favourite course on my last trip to the Sandbelt and I jumped...

Kingston Heath

I developed a deeper love for Kingston Heath on this trip and was fortunate to play it on three occasions with various Pennant (interclub team scratch match play competition) level members. Although on a flatter piece of land, the strategy for ball p...

Royal Melbourne (West)

Royal Melbourne (West) continues to be number one in the Australian rankings. This is due to the fabulous piece of land the holes sit on, but more so the genius of the green complexes. It certainly feels like the golfing cathedral of the southern hem...

Mullion

Mullion is a real treat and holiday golf at its finest. Mullion has an eclectic mix of tasteful par 3s, short and long par 4s, and a couple of good hikes on the holes away from the sea and toward the clubhouse. In one of the most remarkable scenes...

Cypress Point

Cypress Point is a special day and, for me, the epitome of golf course design. The course is all of strategic, challenging, thrilling, fun, playable, and memorable. Dr. MacKenzie’s distinct bunkering and camouflage elements are spellbinding. Followin...

Pound Ridge

The name Pete Dye is one of the true giants in golf course architecture. Dye made his mark by going in the opposite manner of the man he replaced as the giant in golf architecture -- Robert Trent Jones, Sr.Dye brought a resurgence for key features fo...

Royal Colwood

Royal Colwood Golf Club was founded in 1913 and designed by architect Vernon Macan who's famous around the Pacific Northwest for designing some truly amazing golf courses. The course received its Royal designation in 1931 after King George played. Th...

Victoria Golf Club - Canada

Victoria Golf Club sits on the southern most tip of Vancouver Island overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca, it has 15 holes which you can see the ocean and 7 holes where the ocean is less than 10 steps away from you. Victoria is in a micro climate...

Pasatiempo

Pasatiempo Golf Club opened for play in 1929 and was designed by the legendary Alister Mackenzie, Mackenzie called Pasatiempo Golf Club his greatest creation even ahead of Augusta and Cypress Point Club. The course is located in Santa Cruz, Californi...

Metacomet

Metacomet Country Club was founded in 1901 by local businessmen and built by Leonard Byles, Donald Ross was later hired in 1924 to redesign the course to its current standing. The name of the club came from the Chief of the Wampanoag Tribe - Metacom...

Newport Country Club

Newport Country Club was founded in 1893 and is one of the founding 5 members of the United States Golf Association and is one of the most historical courses in the United States. The course sits on the southernmost part of Newport, Rhode Island. As...

Worcester Country Club

Worcester Country Club is located in Worcester, Massachusetts about 45 mins outside of Boston to the East. The course was founded in 1900 at another location and in 1913 Donald Ross was hired to design a course on the current site. The course was off...

Wanumetonomy

Wanumetonomy Golf and CC is located in Middletown Rhode Island 5 mile away from Newport. The course was established in 1922 and Seth Raynor is the architect on record as designing the course. Wanumetonomy has recently undergone a renovation to bring...

Sakonnet

I was fortunate enough to play Sakonnet Golf Club with the Donald Ross Society who go around and play Donald Ross designed courses throughout the US, society members get to play courses that they may not ever get a chance to play and you also get to...

Diamante (Dunes)

Had the pleasure of a first visit to Diamante Dunes in October. Stamped with Davis Love’s trademark, the Dunes course is a work of art from course architect Paul Cowley and what a wonderful course his labor of love has sculpted from these ferocious d...

Hacienda

Hacienda may be hemmed in by history and geography but what is contained inside is a charming and challenging course that every golfer who enjoys Golden Age architecture should play. The greens are lightening quick the conditioning is top notch an...

Verulam

Anyone remotely interested in the Ryder Cup should visit Verulam Golf Club, home of Sam Ryder. I’ve played Verulam numerous times with a member, a certain Mr Peter K. There are so many mature parkland courses in North London and Verulam fits slap ban...

Castelgandolfo

Castelgandolfo is a gem. The course is cradled in a palatial, rectangular park framed by ridges that overlook the course and define some of the holes. While I’m touching sacred ground here in more ways than one, the lay of the land reminded me of S...

Marco Simone (Championship)

I had the good fortune to play Marco Simone on a warm summer day. The course is laid out on a grand scale, over rolling terrain outside of Rome. There is plenty of room to work with and good bones in the initial design, so I suspect Mr. Fazio will...

Jockey Club (Red)

The Jockey Club carries much history, cache in the local sporting scene, and atmosphere, which creates a great sense of occasion by the time one is on the first tee. To dispense with the qualifiers first, as is mentioned in reviews here and elsewher...