Nick Faldo

Full Name
Nicholas Alexander Faldo
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Year of Birth
1957
Place Born
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 1998: “Between 1987 and 1995, Faldo won six major championship – three Opens and three Masters. Although he has many tournament victories around the world, including six events on the PGA TOUR, Faldo’s focus has always been on his performance in the Masters, U.S. Open, Open and PGA Championship. In one stretch between 1988 and 1993, Faldo was never out of the top 20 in a Grand Slam event.”

Nick Faldo didn’t start playing golf until he reached the age of 14 and it’s said he only got into the game after watching Charles Coody win the 1971 Masters tournament on his family’s new colour television set. Only three years later, he was playing in the English Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa, which was an early indication of his dedication to the game.

In 1975, he won this event at Royal Lytham & St Annes and he also triumphed the same year in the now defunct British Youths Open Amateur Championship, before heading off to the University of Houston on a golf scholarship. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out there as anticipated and Nick returned home after less than three months of study in the Lonestar State.

He turned professional the following year and over the next two decades Nick recorded 41 wins around the world; 27 on the European Tour, 6 on the PGA Tour and 8 elsewhere. Six of those victories were Majors (three Opens and three Masters) and he finished runner-up in each of the other two Major tournaments (at the 1988 US Open and the 1992 PGA Championship).

For a man who many regarded as overly single-minded and rather detached, Nick did very well in team competitions as a player, winning both the Dunhill Cup and World Cup for England. He also played in eleven Ryder Cup events (winning five), amassing 25 points from 46 matches, making him one of the most successful participants in that biennial series of matches.

Nick launched Faldo Design in 1991 and one of his first courses was Chart Hills in Kent, a co-design with Steve Smyers.

Of course, Nick was still winning big tournaments during the 1990s – he won the Nedbank Mill...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Nick Faldo

Amendoeira (Faldo)

6th Algarve - Best in Area 10th Portugal Ranking 83rd Continental Europe Ranking

Faldo’s course at Amendoeira calls for golfers to play strategically, avoiding the desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops, wandering water hazards and olive trees that lurk in wait for errant shots.

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Angkor

1st Cambodia Ranking 82nd Asia Ranking

Angkor Golf Resort hosted a professional competition on the Asian Tour in 2012 when the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic, won by American David Lipsky, was played on the course.

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Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin)

3rd North East Germany - Best in Area 14th Germany Ranking

There are golf holes to spare at Golf Club Bad Saarow (formerly known as Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee) – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Faldo Berlin course.

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Beijing Honghua International

50th China Ranking

Honghua International Golf Club in Beijing is a Nick Faldo design that opened for play in 2004 and four years later the club hosted the Volvo China Open. Adroit bunkering and intricate green complexes feature prominently.

Chart Hills

10th Kent - Best in Area

Chart Hills Golf Club is set in the peaceful rural heart of the Garden of England where old oak trees stand guard and where there is sand, lots and lots of sand.

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Cornelia (Prince)

2nd Turkey Ranking 59th Continental Europe Ranking

According to Nick Faldo, Cornelia is routed over "an exceptional piece of land" and who can argue? It's an instant hit with holes routed through pines and across naturally sandy ground.

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Eagle Ridge (Nick Faldo)

12th Philippines Ranking

The Nick Faldo course at Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club is one of four layouts at a complex where indoor bowling, basketball, swimming and tennis are all on offer at this comprehensive 72-hole facility.

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Elea

1st Cyprus Ranking

Elea Golf Club is at the heart of a new, luxury residential development that is set in an idyllic spot, only two kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant town of Paphos.

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