Last week we visited The Netherlands to sample several old Dutch Masters that aren’t widely recognised beyond the Low Countries. The country’s top seven courses were on the schedule, so we knew we were in for a golfing treat before we landed in Amsterdam.
Located an hour’s drive north of Lisbon on Portugal’s spectacular Silver Coast, we take an early look at the new Cynthia Dye-designed West Cliffs, which officially opened its doors on June the 12th. This spectacular layout will fly high in future rankings.
The 117th US Open marked a first for both Erin Hills, the host site, and the State of Wisconsin. For the USGA the return to the Midwest for the first time since '03 showed how crucial it is to make sure the championship is staged at other locations beyond being the domain of the east and west coasts.
A specially-commissioned portfolio of new golf course images, revealed for the first time, perfectly showcases why PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, is regarded as Spain’s No.1 golf course and one of Europe’s finest luxury lifestyle locations.
Golf in Spain has a strong history and the sport has been incredibly popular for many years now. Established as a golfing destination in Andalucía during the early 1960s, Sotogrande now boasts some of the best courses and resort destinations that Spain has to offer.
We recently visited a handful of top courses in Hungary and were suitably impressed with the Zala Springs Golf Resort, which is conveniently situated within a three-hour drive of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Zagreb and Ljubljana, so it’s no exaggeration to describe its location as at the heart of central Europe.
The West Midlands is the second of seven English regional updates that will inform our higher-level rankings later this year. It’s not a popular destination for travelling golfers, but there’s one course in the region that’s a golfing household name, it’s the course that has hosted more Ryder Cups than any other.
The USGA is under intense scrutiny as it prepares to stage next week's US Open at Erin Hills. There is a growing feeling that players are losing patience with their ways. Former world No.1 Adam Scott described them as "panicky" and followed Phil Mickelson in piling pressure on the beleaguered organisation.
Many details are still works in progress: the hotel is still being built, the scorecard was a piece of paper, the clubhouse is a little cabin on the edge of the construction zone, and a course guide would prove a useful tool. But these details are minor ones: the course itself is terrific. Go there; it’s wonderful links golf.
The mantelpiece at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort in Sicily is brimming with just about every award available – and I’d heard the golf wasn’t too shabby either – so when I was invited by The Azalea Group to experience the luxury resort, set on the south coast of the Mediterranean’s largest island, I jumped at the chance.