Latest Golf Course Reviews

Ria Bintan (Ocean)

Played this course today (21/4/19)Excellent condition (albeit tropical broad leaf grass rather than my preferred couch)Greens were excellent The ocean holes are standouts The forest holes enjoyable if not inspirational Very long off the Blue tees (un...

The Addington

What an utter disappointment!!! Having seeked out a decent course in the area to play, we came across what is meant to be a top 100 course in the UK. Having played on a beautiful spring day (other courses in the area being in decent shape), the condi...

Barnham Broom (Valley)

I was surprisingly impressed with the Valley course at Barnham Broom. A very interesting design with plenty of strong holes – with a little extra care and investment into a bunker program then we could see the course get plenty of good opinion from v...

Country Club of the South

Country Club of the South is nice but not great. A Nicklaus design, it amazingly opened in 1987. A year after his comeback win at Augusta. The first hole is a good starter. Par 4 with trees and creek right. However, the creek cuts in front of the...

Ipswich (Purdis Heath)

I played Purdis Heath on a hot thursday in April and i was extremely impressed. In fact, as soon as we entered through the gates, we knew we would be in for a treat as the view of the water and the course on the other side was awesome. The course is...

Ozo

Ozo Golf Club is the first 18-hole golf course in Latvia with a total distance of 6400 meters from the back tees. The course also features riving range, putting green, clubhouse with pro shop, saunas and restaurant. Concerning prices it is acceptabl...

Cobblestone

Cobblestone, north of Atlanta, is not a long course but it is a fun course. Out of the gates, you have a welcoming par 5. Big hitters can get home, but the green is well protected by bunkers. Us marginal players can hopefully cobble together 3 dec...

Real La Manga Club (West)

Played here in Easter, breezy conditions and to be honest a bad back, played with my son (25 handicap) I am (16 handicap) after reading previous reviews and speaking to the pro shop - I feared the worst, was advised to take plenty of balls as the cou...

Calusa Pines

Calusa Pines is your typical Hurdzan/Fry with wide fairways, raised greens, and gigantic bunkers. The conditions are spectacular and you won't find a more photogenic course in Florida. If you like eye-candy over architecture, you'll rate this higher...

Streamsong (Black)

I had played the Blue course 3 times and the Red course only once because I favored the Blue. On my most recent trip, I played the Red again and the Black. The Black became my new favorite. Of the three courses, I'd rank the quality of the holes in t...

Pennard

My final day of my 3 day wales tour and what an unbelievable place to finish! Definitely ended on a high note as this truly is an awesome course, but be warned it will tire you out as it is extremely hilly. The views you get on this course are specta...

Wee Burn

The Nutmeg State has the honor in being squeezed between two States with a very deep roster of superior private clubs. I am referring to The Empire State of New York and the Bay State of Massachusetts respectively. There's little question concerning...

Leopard Creek

There is no doubt that Leopard Creek is a great course, with many memorable holes. However having paid full price (R4200 (£230), including having to stay at an expensive upmarket lodge for the chance to play the course) I was left VERY disappointed....

Georgia (Lakeside)

Golf Club of Georgia has two top ranked courses, both Arthur Hill designs. Lakeside opens with a par five with a significant slope right to left. It is possible to reach in two, but requires two excellent shots. The green is quite undulating and i...

West Cliffs

I must admit I cannot compete with the macho self satisfaction of some of the previous reviewers who seem to believe this is a ‘fair test’ when they lose 6 balls in a round. I happen to think that golf should be about enjoyment and this golfer didn’t...

Cuscowilla

I was able to parlay a round at Cuscowilla while on a golf trip to Reynolds plantation in 2018. Very different from anything in the area as there are really only 2 lake holes (10 and 11). Mega wide fairways and on the 3rd day of a golf trip it was gr...

Seaview (Bay)

I had the pleasure of playing the Bay view course in mid April 2019. Is this a true links course, no, more of a seaside course with a links/heath like character but that’s not a bad thing, reminded me most of a Walton Heath by the sea! It's a great f...

Notts

The UK is blessed to have a few rare pockets of heathland in some random spots throughout the country. When the great golf architects of yesteryear found these spots to build golf courses on, they were generally built to last. This is certainly the c...

Royal Porthcawl

2nd day of my Wales tour took me to the beautiful Royal Porthcawl. What a golf course this is. The condition was immaculate, beautiful tees, lovely fairways, speedy and pure greens. This adds to the already great golf course that Royal Porthcawl is....

Tamarack

The work of Charles "steam shovel" Banks is often either undervalued or simply forgotten by many and that's a real shame. Fortunately, those living in the metro NYC area have a number of his designs to enjoy if an invite to his private creations is a...

Pyle and Kenfig

Day 1 of my South Wales tour took me to Pyle & Kenfig golf course on possibly the hardest conditions i’ve ever played in. 50mph winds made it a very fun challenge however it was still a massively enjoyable day. It is a very much a course of two nines...

Ballyneal

I was lucky enough to play 36 holes last summer, and Ballyneal is hands down the best experience I have had in golf. We drove in from Denver and pulled in around 2:30 pm. They were kind enough to send us out with the Caddy Master. It was a firm and f...

Legends Golf Resort (Heritage)

For the last 7 years I have been travelling too and playing golf in South Carolina and the Myrtle Beach area and I have played the Heritage Course for the last 4 years as part of a package at the Legends Resort. It is by far the best conditioned an...

Royal St Kitts

We played 3 times on our March '19 trip to St Kitts and left having had a brilliant time, but longing for the course conditions we'd experienced on our previous 3 trips to St Kitts and Nevis. On my first trip in 2007, the course was still managed and...

Capital City (Crabapple)

The Capital City club traces it’s history back to 1883. I love their club crest, which at the bottom says “Carpe diem”. For those of you who have forgotten your Latin, never took it or never saw “The Dead Poet’s Society”, it means seize the day....

Bayville

Bayville is a lovely facility. They have numerous areas for short game work and an excellent range including covered hitting areas with substantial electronic tracking devices.The course is a diamond in the rough. You are taken back at the first hole...

Crowborough Beacon

I played Crowborough Beacon on Friday and had heard good things about it. In addition to this, the course ranks 76th in England so I thought it was going to be a beauty. Although I enjoyed the course and thought it was a lovely club, I am very surpri...

Nairn (Championship)

We played Nairn in late June of 2017. Conditioning was flawless. The course sits right by the Firth of Dornoch and the views are beautiful. It is a classic out and back links we a couple of holes on a hill inland (which the starter called the course'...

Sandestin (Burnt Pine)

Burnt Pine is a challenging golf course. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask the USGA. The 5910 yard tees slope at 137. No doubt the presence of water is one factor. The liquid stuff comes into play on all but 6 holes, including forced carries on thr...

Hyannisport

Conditioning can get more emphasis in these reviews than it deserves. After all, conditions can vary depending on a multitude of factors….while other factors, e.g. routing, shot strategy, green complexes, are constant and can compensate for occasiona...

Lindrick

This was my first visit to Lindrick and although I was aware of its history (Hosting the 1957 Ryder Cup and the 1932 Curtis Cup) I knew little about the course itself. The course is a joy to play with a mixture of left to right and right to left do...

Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

Unfortunately, the admin on our booking to play the course was not well handled but after a delay, we were able to proceed to the course. Others have commented that it is a quirky layout beginning with the first hole that shares a fairway with the 1...

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Darius Oliver, as so often is the case, said it best in his review at https://www.planetgolf.com/courses/england/royal-l...'the overwhelming impression of the modern Lytham is a course which probably exists more successfully now as a championship ven...

Real Valderrama

After my first visit to Valderrama back in 2008 and five more rounds since then, I think my latest in March 2019 gave me the total satisfaction that I had always wanted here. When we talk about courses at the very top-end, I think we are entitled to...

Mar del Plata (Playa Grande)

I have played this course so many times and what it is great apart from the greens is that depending on the conditions it is and the time of the year you play it can be a totally different animal. In my previous review I am driving 18th with fairw...

Grand National (Links)

Perhaps it could have been called Redundant National. Four of the first seven greens were identical: three tiered jobs. On the back nine, a new redundancy appeared: a ridge bisecting the green from right to left. There were still a few of the first r...

Country Club of Mobile

A couple years ago Country Club of Mobile hired Brad Klein to suggest improvements to their course. The former Golfweek architecture editor showed them he could do more than just assess architecture. In addition to conventional recommendations (rebui...

The Farm

The Farm is a Fazio design located in Rocky Face, GA near Dalton. The first hole is welcoming a short dogleg right. A decent drive should give you a wedge in, but the green is well protected with bunkers right and left. The green is the tricky part...

Kiva Dunes

The nearest Kiva is at least 2000 miles away (in New Mexico) and there’s not much in the way of dunes here either. What is here is a lovely golf course. Though water comes into play on 7 holes, only two require a forced carry. And half the holes requ...

Turnberry Isle (Miller)

To echo the points made by Colin -- there's only one course to play when coming to Turnberry Isle and it's not the Miller Course. Boring and predictable are the key elements with few shots of note to really wake you up from a deep slumber. Your best...

Disney (Lake Buena Vista)

Frankly, the main reason one plays here is because your kids are engaged at the facility and you need a diversion to do something. That's the extent of the design.There are the usual Florida inclusions where water is used to abundance at times and a...

Reunion Golf & Spa Resort (Palmer)

Florida golf as a whole has never been a locale to excite my golf desires. The topography, with very few exceptions, is extremely limited and the desire to max out housing developments of all types and sizes has meant a steady stream of fairly formul...

Paraparaumu Beach

I've been lucky enough to play here 4 times in the last 12 months. Each time I enjoy it more and can't wait to come back. I didn't have that feeling after Cape Kidnappers (where I actually played better than my first round at Paraparaumu) and Tara It...

Bluejack National

Awesome, creative, transformative.For those of you who have read my reviews, I do not think I am prone to hyperbole, but Bluejack National is amazing. It starts when you are driving into the subdivision and you see the community recreation area, poo...

Siem Reap Booyoung

Designed by Kentaro Sato, Siem Reap Booyung CC opened in 2009 and is located in the rice paddies just outside Siem Reap, and not far from the temples at Angkor Wat. The course has two nines named 'The Friendship Course', and 'The Love Course'. We c...

Phokeethra

With flat terrain the designer has used the assets he was given – water and trees – to fashion a challenging layout. Every hole bar one features at least one water hazard, sometimes two... The holes holes are framed by the natural vegetation and are...

Angkor

Cambodia is Asia’s newest golf destination and Siem Reap is the must-see destination in Cambodia. The nearby Angkor Wat temples are one of the wonders of the world and the beauty, symmetry and mystery of the monuments defy description. The Angkor Go...

Royal Liverpool

Despite playing 65+ of the top 100 courses listed on this site, and most of the top 40 or so in the UK, this is my first review on this web site. I felt compelled to somewhat 'defend' Royal Liverpool in the face of so many negative comments. And f...

Boone Valley

Boone Valley is a beautiful, challenging course located 45 minutes west of St. Louis. I've been fortunate enough to play the golf course 4 times now.Pros: P.B. Dye did a great job here of creating 18 unique holes that all fit together as one great go...

St Louis

St. Louis Country Club is easily the most prestigious golf course in the state of Missouri. This is one of the toughest invites in the Midwest, and I've played it once in May a few years back. Pros: A classic layout that showcases C.B. Macdonald's fu...

Highland Park

It has been 11 years since the last time I had played this course and a lot has changed, not only in the course but in my way of thinking. And I have to be fair and consistent with what I have read and learned this past 11 years to give a fair review...

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is easily the best course in Missouri. Having played the course twice now, once in mid-May and once in early August, I feel comfortable giving a five star rating.Pros: The course has a tremendous combination of rewarding length and accuracy...

Bellerive

Bellerive is one of the best courses in the state of Missouri. Having played the club three times now, I'll give a four star rating.Pros: Challenging, interesting greens that reward precision iron play, the club has a long history of major championsh...

London Club (International)

It’s an impressive clubhouse at the London GC. Green fees are a little high at times but this includes free balls on their grass range. It’s worth going early to make the most of that plus their chipping area and two putting greens.Number 1 is a toug...

Burhill (New)

Not a very good or interesting course at all. It is basically farmyard golf as it feels like your on a field when playing. I wouldn't say that there were any memorable holes at all and they all felt the same, the only good thing about the course is t...

Burhill (Old)

The old is quite comfortably better than the new as it actually has some style and character to it. The condition of the course is good and overall it is a fun round of golf. Some of my favourite holes would be the par 3 6th, a nice short uphill hole...

Vale do Lobo (Ocean)

The Ocean course at Vale do Lobo is nice, but the Royal is definitely the better of the two. There were some unusual holes on the royal that I didn't understand and thought weren't the best. For example the par 3 5th hole was just a pointless hole as...

Vale do Lobo (Royal)

The Royal course is probably the nicer of the two courses at Vale do Lobo as some of the holes on this course are fabulous especially the par 3 16th which is most likely to be the highlight of everyone's round. It is a long but beautiful par 3 going...

Quinta do Lago (North)

Great golf course with some beautiful holes, not quite as nice as the south course but still great to play, great condition and fantastic facilities. Well worth playing if you get the chance

Vipingo Ridge

Undoubtedly the best golf course in East Africa and a real pleasure to play. David Jones has created a masterpiece and there are very few holes that are not memorable. The greenkeeping is to such a high standard and excellent accommodation is availa...

Royal Norwich

Part 1: (1893-2019):Royal Norwich opens with a Par 3, but it’s a good one that requires an accurate shot to a well protected green. The deceptively placed central bunker ensures you need a decent full swing to start your round. Shame it comes so earl...

Lahinch (Old)

Lahinch is a world-ranked course and a world-class experience and this year will host the Irish Open in July. I have played the course four times now since 2005 and appreciate it more each time. The many player reviews posted on Top 100 are very cons...

Adare Manor

I first played at Adare Manor eleven years ago and the holes along the River Maigue (15th and 18th) were memorable but the course then was good but not great. My visit in April 2019 brought a completely different experience – I had heard of the inves...

Shannon

The course at Shannon did not impress me as much as I hoped; many similar up and down holes that did not inspire plus not in great condition this March. The course is a parkland style but as I mentioned all very samey with not a lot of excitement unf...

Amendoeira (Faldo)

I enjoyed playing the Faldo course and in my opinion it is better than the O'Connor as it is a lot more interesting and has some great holes. The par 5 4th is an absolute beauty of a golf hole as the drive is stunning and in addition to that when you...

Quinta do Lago (South)

What a place Quinta Do Lago is for golf courses. The best thing about it is that all 3 courses that they have are pretty much as good as each other, all in great condition and all give you a great golf course to play. The South course was fantastic a...

Vilamoura (Old)

Don't get me wrong I loved playing Vilamoura Old, its a fantastic golf course with some awesome holes, however the condition of Victoria and Quinta do Lago was a level above the condition of this course. The golf course itself was great and had lots...

Vilamoura (Victoria)

Every time that I have gone to Portugal I have ended up playing the Victoria one way or another and every time I have liked it more and more. Although it is a brutally hard golf course it is a course that I love because it is always in great conditio...

Beaconsfield

In my opinion this is definitely a top 100 course in england and I am very surprised that it isn’t in there. The course is fantastic with some beautiful holes with the par 3’s being particularly impressive. In addition to this it is in great conditio...

Hever Castle (Kings & Queens)

I played Hever Castle at the end of Feb 2019 and after ‘warming up’ on the Boleyn Course tackled the King and Queens. This is a strong parkland layout with water on some holes and a good mix of 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. The best part of the course is on the...

Salobre (New)

This is the 2nd time that I have played this course and whilst there are higher ranked courses in the vicinity (Maspalomas and Anfi) this course is unique as it built in the mountains with the majority of the holes running along gorge edges. The view...

Walker Course at Clemson University

The Walker Course is a wonderful spot to tee it up. Very close to the Clemson campus on the front, but also steps away from the lake on the back, so you get two completely different vibes here. #12 could make an argument as best par 3 in upstate SC....

University of Louisville

An extremely good course. Very nearly worth 5 golf balls. Best part about it is the amount of width and angles. A drastic miss into the native grass is the only thing that can take you out of most holes. Otherwise, with the exception of the few holes...

Persimmon Ridge

Persimmon Ridge just wears you out with the same sort of features over and over. 5-11 is exhausting as you get seven straight par 4's thrown at you that are on the tough side. Overall, it's a lot of doglegs where it's vital to hit the correct side or...

Pärnu Bay

Pärnu Bay Golf Links is one of the best golf courses in Estonia and Baltic States, real links course in the true sense of the word: a coastal stretch of land with sandy soil and fescue grasses. The course features wide fairways and expansive sand ar...

Royal Fremantle

About a kilometre away from Freo, this woodland course through rolling hills is nestled in suburbia. At points on this course you get amazing views of the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Port. The fairways are the highlight here, slightly weather beate...

Carnoustie (Championship)

Carnoustie. One of my favourites, flattish no spectacular scenery but you are there for the golf which is testing from the very start. Excellent design because as you progress around the course it gets tougher closer to the finish by which time you s...

Port Vila

This course was a disappointment. After playing a couple of courses in New Caledonia last week, the standard was higher and there are of course fewer golfers in Vanuatu and Port Vila is smaller, so maybe I should have reset my expectations.PVGC is a...

Royal County Down (Championship)

On my visit in June 2018, during one of the most prolonged hot and dry spells of my lifetime, they should perhaps have renamed it Royal County Brown. It was firm, fast running and just how nature intended the course to be played.Driving the ball well...

Royal County Down (Annesley)

I’m not really bothered if you’ve crossed an ocean, a sea or just the Irish border to make it to Royal County Down but missing a quick spin on their relief course would be a mistake. It’s a wee course full of character, contains some exceptionally go...

Wainui

I have very mixed feelings about this course. It is very nearly awesome...but unfortunately has a few let downs.The clubhouse is disappointing in appearance for such a potentially good course and in such an elevated position. But inside it does the j...

Shoal Creek - Alabama

I had low expectations going into Shoal Creek. Aside from Muirfield Village, the Jack Nicklaus courses I played were underwhelming. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Shoal Creek. The fairways were wider than I anticipated. The greens were very...

East Lake

I played Eastlake this week and after the first 4 holes I was underwhelmed. Then the rest of the course was fantastic. The par 5s are the highlight and are memorable. However, the par 3 9th and 15ths are very memorable. The course uses the "lake" ver...

Stanmore

I played Stanmore this morning in glorious weather. The professional was accommodating, as were the members. Stanmore is a reasonable test of golf, but i feel some of the holes are crammed in to this small space. Given that, the tees and greens were...

Troia

I played one time in Troia at middle of July and was bit disappointed. Maybe concerning middle summer heat and average field supervision golf course was not expected condition as one of the lead courses in Portugal. My opinion it is bit overrated and...

Real Las Brisas

Las Brisas was the final course on our short three day trip and had recently undergone a significant redesign under Kyle Phillips. The course set on a narrow piece of land uses the undulations and elevations really well. From the tee Las Brisas is no...

Monte Rei (North)

Just played Monte Res. What a track! The whole experience is first class. The service, greeting and organisation were better than anywhere I have played; friendly and welcoming as well as professional and appropriate. The course is possibly the most...

Old Thorns

Course has great potential, some good holes but then again also some very poor and unusual holes, the club was nice though and had a great sports bar, but course itself was very average

Kirkby Lonsdale

Some nice views to find on the course, pretty average overall but you get what you pay for

Costa Navarino (Bay)

I choose to play the Bay Course rather than the Dunes course, and wow it was an amazing course. The Clubhouse is still under construction and will be completed next month April, and it will be an "earth sheltered clubhouse" it was shaping up too look...

Spey Bay

We'd always wanted to visit Spey Bay, and are very glad we finally made it ! We played yesterday in breezy sunshine for a reduced winter rate, reflected in temporary tees, but not the greens which were excellent. Sadly only a couple of them were the...

Fazenda Boa Vista (Palmer)

Quality land, in my mind, makes up no less than 60% of the equation when assessing the merits of a given layout. When such land is available the architect clearly has an opportunity to place holes that really work in concert with the terrain and, at...

Royal New Kent

Today is the day Royal New Kent reopened. I had the pleasure to play today. The renovation of the course followed the goal to replicate the course as Mike Stranz originally designed. They brought in Mike's widow and she had all of the original plans....

Highlands of Elgin

Bad 'ole Keith Foster designed the front 9 and his former assistant Art Schaupeter designed the back 9. The course loses marks for poor walkability. I'm sure the routing was largely influenced to spread out the 4 holes around the quarry across the...

TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley)

It’s always great to come to a venue where there are two very different courses and that’s certainly the case at Sawgrass. Pete Dye is known for making courses tricky and uneasy on the eye from the tee, which is what you get here. The quality of the...

Barton-on-Sea (Becton & Needles)

I went to Barton-On-Sea golf club not expecting too much however as I played each hole I was starting to be very surprised how it wasn't further up in the rankings for Hampshire. The course is a gem and not many people talk about it in the county des...

Wentworth (Edinburgh)

The Wentworth Edinburgh is a course I have played a lot and I am truly baffled to why it is ranked 93rd in the country as I haven't played either of the other courses but I've played with plenty of Wentworth members and they have all said that the Ed...

Royal Wimbledon

Royal Wimbledon is a great golf course and I enjoyed my trip here for many reasons. Firstly the club is great and full of history with an absolutely huge practice green which I thought was very nice. The greens were in pristine condition and rolled v...

Camberley Heath

Camberley heath is a good golf course and would say that where it is on the top 100 list is fairly accurate. The course is good and has many nice golf holes such as the par 4 6th a nice short par 4 with plenty of heather to make it look nice, the par...

North Hants

As a member of this golf course for just over 9 years now, I would like to think that I can give a good, accurate and non-biased review of North Hants having played there so much now. It is a great course right up there with the best in Hampshire and...