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A year in architecture - 2018 newsmakers (Part 2 of 3)

A year in architecture - 2018 newsmakers (part 2)... M. James Ward weighs in on the golf ball distance debate, says goodbye to Pete Dye and takes a look at the alternative golfing options that are emerging around the world.

A year in architecture - 2018 newsmakers (Part 2 of 3)

A year in architecture - 2018 newsmakers (Part 1 of 3)

The 2018 calendar is drawing to a close and looking back there were a number of key newsmakers clearly providing a significant impact on the architectural side of things. In some cases the headliners of 2018 will carry forward into 2019.

A year in architecture - 2018 newsmakers (Part 1 of 3)

Review of the Month November 2018 – Oitavos Dunes

Here’s the rub, in fact here’s two rubs. Oitavos purports to be a natural links course. It’s not. No run on fairways, hit and stick on the green, best played through the air and crater plug marks on the fairways. It looks somewhat like a links, but plays more parkland...

Review of the Month November 2018 – Oitavos Dunes

The ranking and rating conundrum

Over the years, many people have written in asking us to explain our ranking and rating process. In this article we explain that design is the most important element of consideration but we also admit that subjectivity is impossible to eliminate.

The ranking and rating conundrum

Review of the Month October 2018 – Lough Erne

On my first visit a few years ago, Lough Erne blew me away… I’ve [since] become less enamoured by the course… the widow’s peak style bunkers, clover-like in their appearance, aren’t to my taste and the fairway conditions can play very soft.

Review of the Month October 2018 – Lough Erne

Response to Course Reviews

Ballybunion (Old)

Fair points. My view, (which I acknowledge is in the overwhelming minority) is that because of the number of "weaker" holes, Ballybunion Old is not in the panth...

Ballybunion (Old)

David: My difference between Ballybunion getting six (6) balls versus Pebble Beach getting five (5) balls is that the California layout touts a "links" associat...

Ballybunion (Old)

Excellent review - not sure how you arrived at 6 balls when there were a number of offsetting words to the general positivity. Let's get real, of course Bally...

Golf du Palais Royal d'Agadir

It was a few years after playing here that I discovered RTJ didn't create the course at all -- it was all done by his associate Cabell Robinson, who has designe...