Latest Golf Course Reviews

Sunset Hills

I’m not sure quite how to feel about Sunset Hills. The golf course feels like a Frankenstein monster of sorts, with holes being stitched together from different eras of design to create the current version. There are a few absolutely excellent holes...

Jefferson City

It’s always cool to play a course you know absolutely nothing about and come away floored by how much fun it was. That, in a nutshell, was my experience at Jeff City CC. With a lovely rolling property, a clever routing, and well-bunkered modern green...

Glen Echo

Olympic golf! Many scholars of golf history are well aware that such a competition existed before the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, but for the less-well versed, there were two previous golf events in the Games – in 1900 and 1904. The former was held...

Denison at Granville

Denison Golf Club was an original Donald Ross design. It used to be called Granville CC and during one recession was forced to sell land and reconnoiter three holes. Granville is a picturesque little community that reminds most folks of New England....

Eagle Ridge (The General)

The facility is literally just across from the Mississippi River and includes several different courses on property. The focus is geared towards those looking for a full-scale resort with various golf options.The General is blessed with rolling terra...

Winchester

The opening hole is indicative of what you will encounter for much of the round at Winchester. The "short" par-4 plays directly uphill and turns right in the drive zone. Generally, at most courses you don't get such a starting hole. The Ross design w...

Tartan Fields

Tartan Fields is a Palmer design in golf crazy middle Ohio. One is a welcoming par four. Favor the right off the tee this should take the left greenside bunker out of play. The 2nd leans eft and has a large fairway bunker and water hazard right....

Shennecossett

Super fun course and great local muni vibe with interest/challenge for the low handicapper and accessibility for the higher handicappers. Plays far longer than the yardage would suggest. Truly amazing green complexes that play differently as the dew...

Grayhawk (Talon)

This is a great course and well maintained. Not a terribly challenging course but it is not an easy course.

Whistling Straits (Irish)

The views and the environment of The Irish is outstanding. I played it in the fall weather and is by far the best condition course I have played. 10/10!!

Lac La Belle

This course just did a major renovation and will be one of the best courses in the state once the grass grows.

Bishops Bay

My Grandpa is a member here and the course is in great shape, did go through a big renovation and took out a lot of bunkers which made the course easier.

Limestone Springs

Im only giving this 2 1/2 because they are doing a lot of green repairs on it right now. Other than that, this course has a fantastic set up and is going to be really fun to play once the greens get fixed. Once that is done, 4/6 for sure.

FarmLinks

Awesome golf course here. Definitely worth your time to come spend a weekend out here. This course can be found on some farmlands in Sylacauga, Alabama. If you are an outdoorsmen with a set of clubs, this is your spot.

Country Club of Birmingham (West)

Either one of these courses would be considered excellent in my book. Great part of Birmingham and a lot of rich history can be found here.

Country Club of Birmingham (East)

Either one of these courses would be considered excellent in my book. Great part of Birmingham and a lot of rich history can be found here.

Capitol Hill (Senator)

Only links style course I've ever gotten to play and it was in Prattville, AL of all places. The area isn't great for a weekend visit but if you are in town you should definitely find time for this course.

Capitol Hill (Judge)

Very difficult lay out but cool set up. RTJ in Prattville might be one of the best three course golf clubs you will ever go to. This course in particular is a 4 but the place is certainly worth a weekend visit.

Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)

a lot of elevation changes in this course layout. Some holes are pretty tough some are not. Typically very packed on the weekends so be sure to call in advance to book a tee time. Above average for sure.

Royal Liverpool

This is a very good course, but not a great course. The history and status elevate this place way above where it should be in the rankings. There are many fine courses in England which sit lower down in the rankings but offer a more entertaining and...

Olympic Club (Lake)

Overrated, definitely not a top 50 course at best in the 90s being difficult does not make a great golf course. The course is touted due to its history but you can only live on the allure of the club and the burger dog for so long. Members seems to t...

Ivy Hills

Ivy Hills is a Smyers design in an old quarry. Lots of up and down as one would expect. Unfortunately, i did not make a lot of up and downs.The first hole looks intimidating but is, in fact, welcoming. Yes, there is a water hazard left, but there...

The Currituck Club

The main anchor that weighs down The Currituck Club is the sheer number of housing sites that engulf far too many holes. The developers saw fit to maximize out as many units as possible and the golf therefore suffers accordingly for the straight jack...

Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

Much has been written about Teeth of the Dog and while I concur with the comments of those citing the holes closest to the water there's the counterpoint with the inland holes while satisfactory are hardly electrifying. In many ways, Teeth of the Dog...

Warrnambool

Warrnambool Golf Club is located on rolling sandy terrain on The Shipwreck Coast not far from the heart of the busy regional town of Warrnambool. Up to seven hundred sailing ships were thought to have foundered on this coast line! These days a stiff...

Little Mountain

Little Mountain is a par 70 Hurdzan/Fry design that is a golf course with a housing development in the middle of it. Also, Little Mountain is misnomer, perhaps rolling hills.The first hole is a welcoming par five. From the tips it will be hard to g...

Lac La Belle

The history at Lac La Belle is quite remarkable; a mini-museum in the clubhouse pays tribute to what it calls one of the original majors — the Oconomowoc Open — which at one time offered the highest prize pool in golf. Even if you don’t buy into that...

Banff Springs

"A course that is best in the region, worth flying in to play"I actually convinced someone to get up at 3:30 am to catch a flight to make an afternoon tee time at Banff Springs and he thought it was worth it.As Stanley Thompson mountain courses there...

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

"A good course to seek out in the area, worthy of a full day out:"After years of playing golf in PHX and having heard good things, we finally decided to venture into the SE to play Southern Dunes. The drive is long enough to have thoughts of "This be...

New Albany (West & North)

New Albany CC has 27 holes. A Nicklaus design, true to form, the first hole bends right. It is a welcoming par 4 with 4 bunkers on the inside elbow and two more greenside front right. The 2nd is a ho-hum par 3. The third is a tough hole. A creek...

Wedgewood Golf & Country Club

Wedgewood is a RTJII design that opened to much fanfare in the 1990s. The first hole is not welcoming a long par four. Fairway bunkers left so favor the right side off the tee. The approach is slightly downhill with a greenside bunker left. The 2...

Moraine

Moraine is a treat from start to finish, great variety in the different types of holes and conditioning is always fantastic. Favorites holes are 4th - uphill Par 5, 5th - short Par 3 and 7th - short Par 4. On the back nine, my favorite holes are th...

Oakbourne

The course was built in 1955 and designed by Dick Wilson. It has a very few fairway bunkers in play off the tee on holes 1, 8 and 10. My favorite part of the course are the 3 short holes in a row: Hoe 10 - short Par 4 with a crazy spine running the...

Royal Porthcawl

A fantastic golf course always in immaculate condition, a true links gem.Having played most of the uk's top links course I understand why this is just a nudge behind the british open courses and hasn't yet made its way on to the rota, however recent...

Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

A much under-valued course in my opinion and tainted by over expectation.To me this is one of those courses that because of its reputation as a ryder cup course, leaves some people expecting amazing and therefore give a slightly skewed review when it...

Ballycastle

A friend and I played Ballycastle during a 5 day trip to Northern Ireland for The Open in 2019 and was one of 5 courses we played (the others being Castlerock (Mussenden), Royal Belfast, Clandeboye (Dufferin) and the Riverside course at Portstewart)....

Skokie

Whatever this is rated it needs to be higher! Great atmosphere with an amazing course. Was blown away by how good it was.

Butler National

Awesome layout stuffy atmosphere and prefer Bob O’Link just purely for the ambiance but BNGC is a better tract. Tough made for low hitters.

Bob O'Link

Great spot better atmosphere than Butler National. Top notch clubhouse that is unmatched with pictures of each member. Fun course with great greens complex’s. If you get the invite take it.

Lakes - Cape Breton

It's very hard to break thru when the headliners include the likes of Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs and Highlands Links on Cape Breton Island. Credit Graham Cooke in crafting a routing that clearly provides a range of different movements. For just about...

Brora

The comments from Tom and Mark are spot on. I have been to Brora on two different occasions and when I played Dornoch for the first time a number of seasoned Scots insisted that I head there to play to truly soak in the atmosphere.Brora is unpretenti...

Royal Ashdown Forest (West)

In reviewing this course, it is difficult not to judge it by comparison with it's big sister, the Old course. This would I think be a grave injustice. In it's own right this is a lovely course and one well worth playing by itself if in the area. It i...

Praia D'El Rey

What a great place to have your first post Covid lockdown visit. Beautiful weather, nice sea breezes and a lovely resort course located in the dunes and coastal pine forest. Praia D’El Rey has a nice mix of varied golf holes, plenty of width and vari...

West Cliffs

The last couple years there has been tremendous buzz and media exposure around this new course on Portugal’s West Coast which is a welcome addition to the Praia D’El Rey Resort. Last month, I had the chance to visit it for the first time. Better late...

Mattaponi Springs

We've played Mattaponi twice, and since its an hour + away from my home in Northern Virginia along the 1-95 corridor, we try to play either 27 or 36 holes that day. It is a well conditioned and fun course. Given the elevation changes, hazards and g...

EagleSticks

Having lived and worked in Columbus, Eagle Sticks is a polarizing and a bit quirky golf course about an hour east in Zanesville. Hurdzan and Fry did a masterful job shoehorning the course into the rolling hills. Do not be surprised by the elevation...

Moor Park (West)

I am fan of everything at Moor Park; the courses, the mansion, the tournament history and the obvious air of quality. The West course in places is as good as the High course here with around four holes that are superior.My earliest memory of being at...

Cordillera (Valley)

The range of golf options when at Cordillera is clearly present. The Valley Course includes the usual Tom Fazio "look" dimensions. The course is appropriately routed so you have enough diversity but the strategic implications are fairly banal.Turf co...

Shackamaxon

Fortuitously, there still is a Shackamaxon to opine about. The layout faced an uncertain future just a few years back and the possibility of the entire course closing because of an aging membership and the push for real estate development on the prop...

Ashburnham

A course that has some great holes yet some not so good ones also.Honestly if I turned up at the course I would think I was playing a poor course until I got the the 5th hole, the first is a bland par 3 and the second is a bland par 4 , this is a qui...

Brookside Golf & Country Club

Brookside is a parkland course. The first hole is a welcoming par four. Fairway bunker right and greenside bunkers left and right. The 2nd is a long tight par five with several fairway and four greenside bunkers. The 3rd is a good birdie oppty....

Lookout Mountain

This is a really good course that stays under the radar. The front nine does not have a Par 5, but still scores high on the fun factor. Holes 4 (Biarritz Par 3), Hole 5 (Bowl Par 4), 6 (Short Par 3) and Hole 7 (Long Par 4) are some of best holes on...

Buenavista

A spectacular golf course. Very well maintained, very courteous staff. Beautifully situated in a large bay directly on the sea. Some of the (very fast) greens are directly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with high shooting spray. You can easily car...

Leopard Creek

Nowhere in the world do you find this setting for a golf course. In the middle of the Kruger National Safari Park. The 13th green is 40meters in the air overlooking the Crocodile River. You can see Hippo, Crocs, and other wild life while putting.

The Hawthorns

This is a very flat course, which leads to a predictable design. It is also a predictable track that was really a real estate for the omnipresent housing development.The first hole is a welcoming par four followed by the long right leaning number on...

Clovernook

Clovernook is a charming course from the pen of William Langford and the bulldozer of Theodore Moreau; To the club’s credit, the steep-sided greens preferred by the pair are evident across the course, making its putting surfaces unique to almost ever...

Bramshaw (Manor)

Pleasant course in a lovely setting in the middle of the New Forest. Some nice dogleg holes, quite a few short par fours that tempt you to have a go off the tee, but the course is let down by a bland finish. Holes 15-17 have no interest, 18 is tricky...

Harewood Downs

The bunkering is excellent, and there are a couple of really strong 200 yard par threes (8 and 12) to elevated greens. The greens had a good mix: some were flatter, others had subtle slopes and a few had devilishly tricky contours - especially a back...

PGA National (Champion)

Originally designed by George and Tom Fazio but re-designed and then updated by Jack Nicklaus, the Champion course at PGA National remains one of the best public golf courses in the southeastern part of Florida. The PGA National resort and spa has f...

Slaley Hall (Hunting)

Quite a pretty course, I played it in May several years ago when the rhododendrons were in bloom. Note - having flowers on the course does not make it "the Augusta of the north".Some interesting holes, and a large number that blend into one. The leng...

Forest of Arden (Arden)

Played and stayed a number of years ago. Front nine is instantly forgettable, although it is challenging and somewhat strategic it lacks character. Back nine much more interesting, lovely setting in the deer park and some good holes. Conditioning was...

Manor House

A couple of great holes over the river valley, the 2nd in particular is a spectacular par 3. Then there are some average holes, and some really weak holes e.g. uphill 13th. I understand the desire to build the course around the signature holes which...

North Berwick (West)

Quirky, charming, unique, eccentric, but above all fun! NB has many unorthodox features that probably wouldn't be allowed on a new build course today, but playing this course you feel like you are exploring history - fun and interactive history.I jus...

Royal Wimbledon

For a course that we can certainly call a Surrey great (#19) and also strong in country (#82), Royal Wimbledon does not get the attention of others either in the area or those with a similar ranking – and do you know what, I think the club are very c...

Loch Lomond

A lot has been written about this course, what more can I add? Everything about the place is world class: the clubhouse, the hospitality, the practice facilities, the setting, and of course the 18 magnificent holes.Yes, the experience is special, whi...

Niagara Parks (Whirlpool)

Played in a chilly day before 2020 season closing. Enjoyed its easy walk. A classic course with well placed bunkers. 4 of 5 par three holes are long (over 200 yards from blue tee). These high raised greens in hole 9, 18 are legends. It's also fun to...

Mittelrheinischer Bad Ems

Lovely golden age design. It rarely disappoints. This one seems fairly well preserved and having read about this afterwards, the newer holes (1955) fit in really well. The course is quirky, has a great variety, minimal but distinctive shaping and suc...

Dundonald

Full disclosure: although I'm writing this review in 2020, I last played the course a long time ago when it was still the 2nd course of the exclusive Loch Lomond club.Dundonald has a fairly unassuming entrance, and with a temporary clubhouse (I under...

The Grove

Not often in this life can you say “I’ve hit that like one of the greats of the game…” but here at The Grove you can…But we will come to that…Currently The Grove Golf Club sits proudly as the No.1 golf course in Hertfordshire and no.78 in England in...

Dunbar

Dunbar runs out and back along a narrow strip of links land alongside the coast, bordered by a deer park. In places, the distance between the coast and the deer park wall is not much more than the width of a green. It really is squeezed into a space...

Liphook

It’s all change at Liphook. A club I’d previously considered to be relatively set in their ways has made the bold and progressive step to make some major course changes at one of Southern England’s most beloved heathland courses.I’ve always found the...

Riviera

I was never excited to see Riviera on TV. Then I played it. Now I watch every shot every year. Surprisingly I get sick every year on a Thurs/Fri in February. Who knew that was a thing?To start your day, the Starter announces you on the first tee rega...

D'Arcy Ranch

"Worthy of a full day out"Falls into the Gem category. Not many would tell you to go out of you way to play it, but it is an unbelievable value. I live in the areal, I have a golf membership elsewhere, and this is the golf course I make sure I get o...

Ohio State University (Gray)

There are typically two opinions when discussing Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course: one, that Jack Nicklaus did a fine job restoring the course to championship-caliber glory from the bones of the Alister MacKenzie that sat there, or two, that Ni...

Ardglass

"Worthy of a full day out"This is not a long course, but it is so much fun. It is not expensive. It is convenient to RCD. If your travels are taking you to Northern Ireland for golf do yourself a favour and take a day to play it. Super short course,...

Lundin

Lundin starts off with a bang, 4 holes in a row along the shore, into the prevailing wind, which take you to the furthest part of the course where an attractively bunkered par three, guarded by a burn at the front, is waiting for you next to Leven go...

Leven Links

No frills classic links course. Comparisons with neighbouring Lundin are inevitable: Leven feels a little less polished, but I actually preferred the layout, it feels more pure links-like than next door.Some really interesting holes here. You need to...

Bear Mountain (Valley)

I just returned from 4 days at Bear Mountain playing both courses. It was cold and wet. We had wind and rain. The Valley course was my preferred course. It was a sincere golf course whereby the higher acclaimed Mountain course had a couple of gimmick...

Gullane (No.2)

Gullane can blow you away - literally - because the wind can be relentless out on that exposed hill. No2 is a little short to be called a championship course by today's standards, but with the wind buffeting you it can certainly provide a challenge....

Gullane (No.3)

I've been to Gullane a couple of times to play no2 and no3. Although I fancy playing no1, it is hard to justify spending so much more when 2 and 3 are routed over the same terrain and appear to offer only a slightly inferior experience. As a complex,...

Dalmahoy (East)

It's really long. There are some interesting holes and interesting greens, but a lot of bland holes that all merge into one.It's been in good condition whenever I've played it. My driving has always been on form too - this is essential because it's r...

Southern Hills Plantation

What an AWESOME course. Club house is straight forward. Cost at 105 is a wee high. Incredible layout. Nice wide fairways, no gimmicks and lots of fun. No statues :( Lots of hills - which is rare in Florida. Just wish they would drop the price.

Crail (Balcomie)

This is simply a fun course. Great to play it for the history, the holes along the shore are the most interesting for me. Some quirky holes too, which might not be to everyone's liking, just don't take it too seriously and you will have fun.

Disney (Palm)

Palm should have something to call it's own. Magnolia has the mickey mouse bunker on hole 7 and has had the tour play there. I guess the tour was also at Palm at one time but I feel like Palm is the little brother - I preferred Magnolia. It is still...

Crail (Craighead)

This is a good looking course, it doesn't quite play as good as it looks though, you want it play it like a links but the turf is not links turf without the roll. The USGA greens rolled well, but again weren't really what I was expecting given the se...

Juliette Falls

What a GEM! The falls are fake but the course is the real deal. The layout is amazing and I had the course to myself. It seems to be in the middle of nowhere but that is where the best courses are usually fount right. Greens roll true and are quick....

Fairmont St Andrews (Kittocks)

Amazing views on the holes by the sea, some of the best I've ever enjoyed with a fairway descending to an infinity green. I was lucky to play the course on a beautiful day where the blue skies and blue sea contrasted the green turf in the sunlight......

Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

You know you’re playing a special course when midway through the round your Fourball are discussing the best inland courses in the UK. For me, Woodhall Spa must be considered when it comes to that conversation. This is a fantastic golf course and wel...

Red Hawk Ridge

Piggybacking on what Ethan said in his review -- I played Red Hawk Ridge not long after it opened. At that time the course was free of all the invasive clutter. There are homesites and the golf experience is a good bit less than its glory beginning d...

The Hawthorns

Generally, I have found the body of work from Arthur Hills to be focused primarily on how a given layout "looks" rather than a clear and meaningful connection to how a course "plays."The Hawthorns is a good bit more than your run-of-the-mill cosmetic...

Chechessee Creek

As a member, I may be biased, but the low-key design at Chechessee Creek is one of the better kept secrets in the Southeast. Unlike Secession GC a few miles to the east, Chechessee is not at first glance dramatic or heroic. But multiple rounds reveal...

Berkshire (Red)

The second course I visited on the heathland leg of my trip, The Berkshire is one hell of a place to play golf. Out of every course I visited over the last 6 weeks, this place would be very high on the list for places most desirable to be a member of...

Columbus (Championship)

Columbus CC is a classic throwback. With a design that has the fingerprints of such luminaries as Tom Bendelow, Donald Ross, Dick Wilson and Brian Silva it is not lacking in pedigree.The first hole is not exactly welcoming. Favor the right side off...

Pine Dunes

Loved the layout. Not extremely long, but there's a different challenge every hole. Definitely get a good bang for your buck, and the replay is good till sundown! Excellent hospitality from staff as well.

Swinley Forest

Beautiful on the eye and intriguing from start to finish, Swinley Forest is a heathland masterpiece. Only a Par 69, but played off the back tees this is a real challenge, with long irons called for into a lot of greens, and shot shaping required. Off...

Ardfin

I had the great pleasure of playing Ardfin in the COVID summer of 2020. A major investment but justified by being both my anniversary and the penultimate round of my own top 100 challenge.At the time they were only hosting one group per evening, so m...

Lochmaben

As we all know playing in Scotland during the end of October can have its drawbacks especially on parkland surfaces, however Lochmaben was an absolute joy. The fairways and greens very good and dry for the time of the year, the layout winds around a...

Hirsel

Hirsel GC, located in the Scottish borders, founded in 1948, is a splendid example of traditional parkland golf. We received a super friendly welcome from the pro and found that we had the course to ourselves, hopefully only due to the forecasted wea...

Thunderbird

Thunderbird is the quintessential country club from yesteryear. The layout has been updated and the facilities sport an elegant side of things with a desert motif that clearly shines. The issue for Thunderbird is that the overall level of golf archit...