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E is for Eden – Template Holes

The “Eden” is one of several templates finding its origins at the Home of Golf itself, the Old course at St. Andrews. It’s a decent hike from the Royal & Ancient, as No. 11 “High In”—the original Eden—is the farthest hole from the clubhouse.

E is for Eden – Template Holes

D is for Double Plateau – Template Holes

The Double Plateau is one of the occasional templates that has no obvious “original,” so the safe bet in such cases is to head to the National Golf Links of America​, C.B. Macdonald’s distinguished template gallery.

D is for Double Plateau – Template Holes

Exciting times for golf in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is the last of the four nations in the Visegrád Group that we've visited since 2017. We travelled to Hungary and Slovakia in the summer of 2017 and last year we were in Poland on a fact-finding golf mission.

Exciting times for golf in the Czech Republic

​On the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Trail in Italy

Italy doesn't have the same golfing appeal as some other Continental European countries, such as France, Portugal and Spain. That's not to say it should be overlooked as a golfing destination – far from it.

​On the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Trail in Italy

C is for Cape – Template Holes

NGLA serves as a showcase for template golf, and it’s only fair that Charles Blair Macdonald would contribute his own designs to the mix—rather than draw inspiration from Scotland. No. 14 “Cape” is a case in point.

C is for Cape – Template Holes

Response to Course Reviews

Adare Manor

Apologies, but forgot to say that Adare Manor is definitely a GB&I Top 100, probably just Top 50.

Hart Ranch

The courses are very different. Hart Ranch is more traditional. If you hate meandering creeks go to Red Rock. If you don't like greens that don't hold go t...

Hart Ranch

Would you recommend Hart Ranch or Red Rock if you had to pick one?

Royal West Norfolk

I also played this course in the first week of September. Perhaps 6 fairways were effectively out of action due to the maintenance work and this was a real sham...