Latest Golf Course Reviews

Broadstone

These comments expand on my previous post on 11 August 2015.I visited Broadstone as the guest of a member on 21 May 2017. I have had the joy of playing this wonderful course many times over the past 5 years or so and I’m glad to say it’s never looked...

Dunbar

As previously mentioned the first 3 holes and the 18th are played on the slightly interior land. I say interior but to me not inferior. I thought the massive dune running down the length of the par 5 2nd gave this part of the course great character a...

Tain

Tain is too often overlooked by golfers headed for Royal Dornoch on the other side of the firth, but in truth presents a great test of true links golf. It should be on every golfer's itinerary in the North of Scotland. A huge variety of holes offers...

St Andrews (Castle)

There’s no doubting that the Castle course doesn’t fit easily into the collection of courses that are administered by the St. Andrews Links Trust.It isn’t located within town and it isn’t even really a links course, certainly not from the same mould...

St Andrews (Jubilee)

The Jubilee course carries on in much the same vein as the New. It is slightly longer at 6,742 yards but has a par of 72 so in reality plays about the same length.Some say it is the toughest of all the courses but I would put it on a par with the New...

St Andrews (New)

Sandwiched between the Old and Jubilee courses the New is at the mercy of the wind and essentially plays out towards the Eden Estuary and then back towards town.Many locals say they prefer the New to the Old and you could argue it is the truer, faire...

Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

Royal Ashdown Forest is an architectural example that modern architects could learn a lot from. Rarely will land like this become available but in my view this the best natural course in England that is devoid of any man-made features. Holes 5 thru 7...

Crowborough Beacon

There’s not a lot to choose between Crowborough Beacon and Royal Ashdown Forest in the Sussex rankings and one earlier reviewer suggests Crowborough should be ahead of Royal Ashdown. IMO RAF is well ahead of Crowborough because RAF has at least five...

Piltdown

Piltdown may be short in yardage but on the numerous occasions I’ve played here I’ve always found it tough to play to handicap due to its series of tough par fours that are often out of reach in two shots and its low par 68. #13 and #17 are two tough...

Pyle and Kenfig

Apparently, you can’t write a review about P&K without mentioning nearby Royal Porthcawl. So, I will. I've never played it and probably I never will. Personally, I find it a bit eyewatering on the green fees. I wonder if they have an open? So, Pyle a...

Trinity Forest

Highly disappointing considering Jonas Woods and Tom Dundon built this course up over the past few years to be something that did not live up to the hype. Unfortunately I found it to be a bit kitschy and felt as if the architects were trying too hard...

Machrihanish Dunes

Never have I felt my on-course golf experience as tightly linked with my clubhouse experience as I did at Machrihanish Dunes. I’ve read earlier reviews posted here, so I know that Peter and Lorna have already been praised, but I strongly feel that t...

Aberdovey

My round at Aberdovey was played in possibly the worst weather conditions that this golf course reviewer has ever experienced on a golf course.Persistent rain from daybreak and a forecast that showed it was set in for the day meant it certainly wasn’...

Conwy

It mixes challenge with charm to produce an exhilarating links golfing experience. It stands head and shoulders above anything else on this stretch of coastline and it is very easy to see why it’s such a popular repeat venue for many golfers.Easily a...

Pennard

Pennard is one of those fantastic links golf courses that has a little bit of everything.Its remote and rugged location on the Gower Peninsula mixes strategy and quirkiness to good effect and boasts a handful of truly excellent holes. The high cliff-...

Royal St David's

Royal St. David’s is regarded as one of the best links courses in Wales and has a reputation for being a fearsome test of golf.The numbers certainly back that claim up. The par of 69 from the championship blue markers has an SSS of 73 and the maximum...

Paris International

Played here in May 2017. The huge stainless doors, and the fountain in front which greets you turning into the entrance is a sign of things to come. I understand that very few French play this course, which is open only to foreign visitors and pro's,...

Courson (Vert & Noir)

Played here in May 2017. An interesting golf club, given its 4 x 9 hole courses, which I gather are quite different. The pro told us that the Green and Lilac were the toughest, with the Black being the most picturesque, as it contains both trees and...

National (L'Albatros)

Played here in May 2017. They are doing some refurbishment to the clubhouse, but having nowhere to change, or shower, was pretty shabby. We were sent to the hotel next door for a post round beer, but were then moved about as they were setting up for...

Saint Germain

Played this in May 2017, and it is a wonderful course. It is quite flat, with most fairways fairly tight and tree lined, making this a tricky course, which was in fantastic condition. A lovely old clubhouse, and a generally quaint feel to the place m...

Fontainebleau

Played this course in May 2017, and this is one of the best courses I have ever played. The most understated club, with the entrance through two large green door marked "golf", but then you arrive at a beautiful clubhouse. The course is a very tight...

Chantilly (Vineuil)

Played this course on the last of a 6 day tour in May 2017, in 28deg heat. Sadly it was a big disappointment. I suppose this highlights how subjective rating courses can be, but for anyone looking for any sort of challenging golf, just don't bother w...

Tenby

Golf courses such as Tenby are very few and far between. For me they capture the absolute essence of links golf.They provide not only a true test of the game but give you much more than that; they provide a memorable and scintillating golfing experie...

Luffness New

Luffness New serves up an uncomplicated yet delicious feast of pure and traditional links golf laid out naturally across unbelievably firm and fast turf, some of the best I’ve golfed on.Thanks to the gentle, but not insignificant undulations, I could...

Dommel

De Dommel is a beautiful little gem. It used to be a 12 hole course in the forest, and these older holes are a delight to play, whereas the newer holes have a whole different character. Not that they are bad golf holes, but they are laid out on a rat...

St Andrews (Castle)

As a very keen golfer and one that looks forward to a trip months before I go, I search for the good before the bad when playing a new course. On a trip last week to St Andrew's we decided to put the Castle Course on our itinerary along with the Old,...

Coombe Hill

I was lucky enough to play Coombe Hill earlier this year and what an absolute pleasure it was. Even the drive up to the club is truly exciting - you come off the busy A3 and find an oasis! The staff were extremely welcoming and were always one step a...

Coombe Hill

An outstanding golf course so close to the centre of London. The whole experience was enjoyable; service, facilities, course and staff. There are some special holes and we had sunshine to top off the experience! The greens were in great shape too whi...

Moortown

Me and 3 others played in the AMAM here this Sunday gone. I had been looking forward to playing here for a long time and wasnt disappointed at the entrance to the course (almost magnolia lane like) and the big board with names and tee times on it. Th...

Eyemouth

Eyemouth starts and finishes in a parkland setting but in between has some wonderful seaside holes. I am reluctant to call it links but arguably there is a stretch of it.The much mentioned 6th hole really is gob smacking from the back tees. The follo...

Machrie

A couple of disclaimers in writing this review: 1. quite a few years ago, one of my daughters attended a wedding on Islay and brought home some souvenirs from the Machrie course for me; I’ve been marking my ball and fixing my ball marks with Machrie...

Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris)

What a piece of land ! Rosapenna offers a world class 36 holes of golf. Whilst Sandy Hills is the more dramatic in terms of dunescape and routing, OTM is more classical links. In terms of OTM, my view is that the back 9 is prettier and with a slightl...

Saunton (West)

The Saunton "resort" is top quality in terms of having 2 excellent links golf courses (maybe only St Andrews, Rosapenna, Ballybunion and Ballyliffin better as a 36 hole links resort). Of course the West is a level below the East but still a solid cou...

Strandhill

The Donegal has some truly magnificent courses and although Strandhill is a level below Donegal, Sligo and Enniscrone, (mainly as there a couple of more inland holes which do not have the wow factor that the other holes do) it is a wonderful course a...

Silloth on Solway

Classic out and back course with the wind hard against on the front and with on the back and subsequently shot 89 (52 and 37 !). Notwithstanding the breeze (force 5), I felt the front 9 was generally tighter, although it was closer to the sea so topo...

Duke's St Andrews

Lovely contrast compared with the other St Andrews courses and well worth playing. Apart from the 3rd, the rest of the par 3s are circa 200 yards. This is not only tough but lacks variety. The holes are very decent though. The front 9 is “prettier” t...

Moortown

Excellent golf course, comparable to Notts, Woodhall Spa, Alwoodley and probably a level above Sherwood Forest. Gentle opening hole, which is a good design feature although 2 and 3 are long, tough par 4s. The aesthetics of the course come to life on...

Littlestone (Championship)

I love pretty much everything about the intriguing and challenging links at Littlestone. There is a rustic charm to this most appealing of layouts where you enjoy all the best traits of seaside golf.The 18 holes traverse flattish, but naturally undul...

Stoneham

Stoneham’s biggest asset is undoubtedly its superb routing over adventurous terrain which ultimately lends itself to some unique and brilliant golf holes.And with well over 3,000 trees recently cleared the beauty of the property can now be showcased...

The Addington

The Addington is a golf course that divides opinion. Some say it is one of England's finest courses. Others regard it amongst the World's best!Wherever you place it there's no denying that this is a very fine golf course and in many ways a little dif...

Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

The Isle of Purbeck is often noted for its glorious 360 degree panoramic vista over the nature reserve that its engaging holes have been thoughtfully etched through. The views are indeed superb yet the course is every bit their match.The course is un...

Las Colinas

When 16 golfers completely agree on how wonderful this golf course is, this is a sign of something special. This is a modern classic that will thrill you beyond believe. We are a small golf society that has travelled Europe for the last 14 years look...

Glen Mills

It really surprises me that Glen Mills is only 40th in the state rankings. I played with 2 gentlemen who both agreed this is the best public golf course in the Philadelphia area. It's easy to see why they would think that! There's a nice combination...

Hindhead

We played Hindhead on a lovely warm, sunny May day and it is an exceptional experience. To echo the other recent reviews, the course is beautifully presented in a stunning location. Starting with a relatively benign down hill par 4 from the friendly,...

Ferndown (Old)

Played last week in lovely sunshine in great condition and 4 of us had a fantastic game on a beautiful, tough, well conditioned course. Alone of the 3 classics in the area, Ferndown has a highly recommended summer twilight rate after 3:30 pm which wa...

Hayling

Hayling was the surprise package of a recent week in the South-West/South of England finally getting to play some courses that had long been on the radar thanks to this site. Driving down to Hayling Island you are conscious of being close to centres...

Saunton (East)

Saunton is a great golfing destination that we very happily played last week in beautiful sunshine with our Editor in Chief. If you are interested in my overall thoughts, rather than copy and paste I would ask you have a look at the opening to my con...

Saunton (West)

We played Saunton last week in the esteemed and very enjoyable company of our Editor in Chief under an eventually cloudless blue sky in 2 club winds on a links that felt like July due to the very dry Spring. I really wanted to rate the two courses wi...

Falsterbo

This was my favourite layout from the nine courses played during a highly recommended tour of south west Sweden. The course lies in a beautifully secluded and peaceful coastal location and although it can only be described as classic links there are...

Knole Park

Stumbling across Knole Park on a balmy May afternoon was like finding a little golfing treasure trove. There’s lots of golfing goodness to be found at this most English of golf courses.I’m not sure where this course has been all my life but I’m so gl...

Ashridge

Variety and ambience abounds at Ashridge and tranquillity is very much the order of the day.Each of the 18 holes has its own personality but significantly there is only one time in the round when the following hole has the same par as its predecessor...

Broadstone

Broadstone is a wonderful golf course on a truly amazing property in an area of the country that is quickly establishing itself as a region for top class golf.Traversing some superb golfing terrain it is an idyllic place to play golf with a spaciousn...

Camberley Heath

Camberley Heath is a golf course that I think you will be hearing a lot more about over the coming years.The Club recently celebrated their Centenary after its foundation in 1913 when Harry Colt routed this wonderful heathland course on a narrow but...

Waverley Golf Club

Waverley Golf Club is a challenging course, interesting approaches, tricky greens, some great holes, watch out for the sheep...really worth the walk

Liphook

There’s no denying that Liphook is a very fine golf course, 18 holes played over beautiful undulating heathland with fairways that wander through mature woodland.It has some interesting green complexes, superb putting surfaces, fine bunkering and is...

Little Aston

Little Aston is a traditional golf club that exudes excellence both on and off the course.There are several bunkers strategically placed throughout the 18 holes. I didn’t count them all but I suspect it will be close to 100 in total. You may think th...

North Hants

North Hants, home of the elite amateur Hampshire Hog golf tournament, is one of the several ‘second tier’ courses situated on the notorious sandbelt to the South-West of London.This is the most westerly of them all lying in Hampshire and to say that...

Remedy Oak

Remedy Oak is a prestigious, exclusive and unique golf course recently constructed in Dorset and was the brainchild of local businessman Bill Riddle.Since opening its doors in 2006 it has quickly established itself as one Southern England’s finest an...

Hardelot (Les Pins)

First class golf course. The site is fantastic, best sandy subsoil you can dream of for a track, the trees are majestic, the fairway grass leaves are so fine they would put to shame most greens in France, bunkers are perfect even if a bit firm.The ma...

Nairn (Championship)

I have been to the Highland area a couple of times now and always ignored Nairn. I played it a few day ago and I have to confess: I made a mistake a couple of times. What a great course this is. Perhaps it is easy to fall in love with a golf course o...

Belle Dune

A complete letdown after playing the beautiful Hardelot Les Pins. This is not in the same league at all and it is a shame as the original site was the best you could get.Lots of bad design (trees on the 3rd and 18th fairways, badly designed tee shots...

Somerset Hills

If I were to name a quintessential "member's course" I would be hard pressed to name those able to exceed what Somerset Hills provides. The course is not a "championship course" by any means but includes a rich variety of fascinating design elements...

Bali Hai

If you are in Vegas and have a craving to get out and play some golf, but: a) have a relatively limited budget so the ‘premier courses’ are out of the question; and b) cannot be bothered to travel to far to play? If so, then Bali Hai Golf Club is you...

Belfry (PGA National)

The PGA National is the only PGA branded course in England and was built to represent more of an ‘inland links’ style appearance. It is set up to play hard and fast off the fairways, with quick undulating greens and is protected by some absolutely br...

Belfry (Brabazon)

Considering we were playing at the end of the first week in April, we completely ‘lucked out’ with the weather, which was in the late teens all weekend. This meant that the course played pretty well despite the previous couple of weeks having been we...

Essex County Country Club

When New Jersey is mentioned the usual golf suspects are generally mentioned from the likes of Pine Valley, Baltusrol, Somerset Hills and Plainfield, to name just four. The most underappreciated course in the Garden State is Essex County Country Club...

Portstewart (Strand)

Portstewart is a sporty links which should be included on an itinerary to the North Coast. As most reviewers have already said, the front 9 are thrilling. Many of these holes are truly memorable, from the 1st, where you hit down, down into a dogleg r...

Castlerock (Mussenden)

A course of extremes in terms of fairly flat terrain (but still interesting with a stream running through a number of holes), on the front 9, moving to more dramatic dunescape on the back. Standout holes front 9 are 4, 7, 8 & 9. All holes on the bac...

Narin & Portnoo

Fabulous golf course with the majority of holes in the dunes as good as any at more illustrious courses. The real fun starts at the 5th and continued unabashed until the 16th. The par 5, 15th is a special hole. Yes, there are some weaker “inland hole...

Portsalon

Lovely lovely golf course with an out and back feel. Some great links holes, especially on the front 9, (hole 2 is the most dramatic). Excellent variety on the back 9. A course that is definitely worth playing.

Berwick-upon-Tweed - Goswick Links

A real gem of a course and it's clear to see why the R&A are bringing Open qualifying back to Goswick next year. There's an unpretentious feel to the course and the clubhouse. As others have rightly said it would be much more highly rated if it was i...

Dunbar

I've played Dunbar many times over the years during visits to East Lothian and had a chance to play it again last week. The course condition has improved a great deal over the past 18 months (new head greenkeeper apparently). The layout remains unalt...

Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)

This course should be a lot higher in the rankings. Played as second course of a three course trip. Club house was great. Practise facilities were excellent. Played pines and olives. Greens very firm but true. But also very large. Round was quite lon...

Salgados

Played salgados last weekend as last course on a three course trip. Hard to compare to VdL royal and pineheiros altos, but was still enjoyable. Clubhouse is good. Greens were very good. Course is not long at all and with water everywhere you have to...

Vale do Lobo (Royal)

Played VdL royal last week as first course of a three course trip. Clubhouse is great, with great facilities. Course is fairly tight especially on first few holes but is quite short. Greens were very good as expected. Buggies are essential. Round was...

Sherwood Forest

What a treat. Few courses are as picturesque as Sherwood. The clubhouse is set on a plateau so the views over the course are very pleasing to the eye. The course is not overly long, but challenging enough! The greens were very fast, especially for ap...

Notts

I visited Nottinham in late april and plyed this course and Sherwood. I loved them both but Hollinwell is a cut or two above Sherwood. The clubhouse and first holes are set in a wonderful valley and it whets the appetite for the round you're going to...

Royal Troon (Portland)

Possibly the most underrated course in Scotland. Terrific layout great conditions and a perfect compliment to the Old course. You will be making a mistake if you overlook this hidden gem.

Cleeve Hill

Cleeve Hill certainly covers a large acreage, the views are very good and the yellow gorse was in bloom (although didn't actually affect play much). Clubhouse is old, parking not great, but sheep poo and walkers on the day no problem. Fairways are wi...

Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

Royal Ashdown Forest is home to two fine golf courses; the Old and the West. It’s a distinguished traditional members club that has been used by the R&A as an Open Championship Regional Qualifying venue as well as hosting several national amateur cha...

Sandiway

A round at Sandiway, on a glorious spring afternoon, completed my playing of all the recognised top inland golf courses in Cheshire.And this one pushes my personal favourite, Delamere Forest, very close to topping the list. There are so many good thi...

Sheringham

The setting is one of the most dramatic, animated and pretty that I have ever played. Don't be fooled by the picturesque landscape though because this course does have teeth and will bite if you don't show it respect.It has been debated previously if...

St Annes Old Links

St Annes Old Links sits amongst distinguished guests along England's North West coast. It holds its own.However, this is a different type of course compared to some of the big names in this part of the country. It is flatter and more expansive than i...

Punta Espada

Not sure how this is not in the worlds top 100. Just an unbelievable place. Certainly needs to be reviewed again and is now regarded the best course in the Caribbean! It really is a special place! Play it and you won't be disappointed

Black Bear

The Black Bear Golf Club is located at Poverty Point State Park near Delhi in the most northeastern portion of the Louisiana. This Bechtol Russell design has consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in the state. I must admit it was probab...

Tobiano

The most striking feature of Tobiano is its incredible beauty -- breathtaking is an understatement. The land is abrupt in certain spots but the views clearly catch your eye and it's so easy to be distracted and fail to execute the shots one needs to...

Tandridge

I tagged Tandridge onto a visit of some of the very top heathland golf courses in Surrey. And whilst this course couldn't quite match them on a consistent basis throughout the entire 18 holes it was more than worth the trip to go and play. In fact th...

Berkshire (Blue)

A full day of golf (and lunch) at The Berkshire is one of life’s little luxuries and definitely worth saving up for.I played both courses on the European Amateur Golf Tour so not only did I get to experience both courses in their best condition but a...

Walton Heath (New)

Walton Heath’s two courses, both originally laid out by Herbert Fowler, intertwine gracefully and whilst the Old is clearly the superior of the two the New is the more playable.Walton Heath is not without flaws but these are easily forgotten. The New...

Woburn (Duke's)

The Duke’s, the oldest of the Woburn trio having being founded in 1976, is around 300 yards longer than the Duchess’ and has a little bit more seniority about it. This layout has hosted several prestigious professional and amateur golf tournaments in...

East Devon

We played East Devon today in lovely sunshine on the swing from Saunton to Ferndown, the golf preceded by a scenic drive across green and pleasant Devon. We had a local ale on the terrace of the friendly, very well appointed cub course over looking t...

Blackmoor

Blackmoor is a course that ruined my game for two years. Having arrived here as a competent 12 handicap after playing Blackmoor I quickly realised that I would never get down to single figures if I could not hit both straight drives and left to right...

Liphook

Quality course, deserving of being at the very top of the county listings. You will probably not play faster greens anywhere than they get them here, the course is a delight, except for the busy road which punches through the site and which you have...

Oxfordshire

I have to say my visit to the Oxfordshire left me quite underwhelmed. A clubhouse that doubles as a hotel is a little "soul less". The course itself, well if you are a fan of longish open field "mounded and moulded into stadium type" courses then thi...

King's Lynn

I played this course around 2 years ago without any idea what a gem it would be! I have not yet played a better inland course in Norfolk. It is tight, tree lined and forces you to move the ball both ways within the opening four holes. Great layout wi...

Royal West Norfolk

If you are a lover of traditional golf clubs and links golf at its best, please visit this one! nothing will disappoint although beware they still operate "two ball" only times so check in advance. Also the tide will isolate you on this strip of land...

Hayling

Having played this lovely course many times it never fails to challenge your golfing ability. There are no easy putts on the fast undulating greens and some holes such as the first Par 3 you can play anything from a 9 iron to a full driver depending...

Ferndown (Old)

Ferndown is one of those golf courses that simply looks the business, the bees knees, the mutts nuts… I could go on. It must be a photographer’s dream.Standing on the first tee you look down the hole and your eyes take in a beautifully defined fairwa...

Coxmoor

Coxmoor Golf Club is currently three years into a 10-15 year project to restore their course back to its true heathland characteristic.Almost 2,000 trees have already been axed, playing corridors are being widened and heather regeneration is in full...

Edgbaston

Edgbaston is a highly impressive private members golf club laid out on a rolling, albeit compact, parcel of parkland just one mile from the centre of Birmingham.Having been established in 1896 Edgbaston had a couple of different homes before the curr...