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The Long Road to Van Diemen's Land

The reference to Tasmania and “Van Diemen’s Land” relates to my 16-year quest to get to the masterpiece that is Barnbougle Dunes. Ever since I saw the launch pictures, sitting in my office in Holywood, County Down in 2004, I was smitten...

The Long Road to Van Diemen's Land

The New Gil Hanse-designed course at Les Bordes

We’re fans of Robert von Hagge’s mid-1980s course at Les Bordes so we were intrigued to hear that the club is constructing another layout, designed by Gil Hanse, to complement the original course.

The New Gil Hanse-designed course at Les Bordes

D is for Dell (blind par threes) - Template Holes

What’s the original blind par three? Considering the many courses that have come and gone among the many rolling dunes of Britain, it’s near impossible to guess. There is one, however, that stands more prominent in the lore of golf...

D is for Dell (blind par threes) - Template Holes

Responses to News Items

The Long Road to Van Diemen's Land

Hi ScarlettThanks for the comments, I was blessed to get the holiday in (knowing what we now know).I have also been very fortunate to get to travel a little wit...

The Long Road to Van Diemen's Land

A wonderful read Shane, especially with so much travel curtailed this year. I often wonder if we Australians realise just how good we have it: quality golf can...

Responses to Course Reviews

Dalmahoy (East)

Stewart, the East course underwent a £1m overhaul in 2005, which involved the introduction of two new holes (#13 and #14), new back tees and a bunker refurbishm...

Dalmahoy (East)

Hi Mark, I was wondering what were the major changes they made? I can see that the tight 13th and 14th are def new holes, and relaxing after our round, it looke...

Old North State

"none of his courses stand out as being particularly notable positively, or negatively". Give me a break! With all respect, this preposterous statement border...

St Andrews (New)

Interesting to read a review that reflects my own feelings about the New Course as I was also a little underwhelmed, particularly when comparing it to the magic...