Latest Golf Course Reviews

King Kamehameha

The King Kamehameha GC is a private members club known world wide for its amazing clubhouse- a Frank Lloyd Wright design reputed to be originally designed for Marilyn Monroe. The look is quite distinctive.But functionally the clubhouse has some serio...

St Mellion (Nicklaus)

Simply a fantastic golf course that will test your game to the max! There are some truly world class holes, the 5th and 12th are possibly my favourite and the 18th is worthy of any championship finish. There are many top class courses in England whic...

Mirabel

Course was in great condition, a very nice country club in Arizona. Tight fairways with houses and rough on the sides. If you have the opportunity to play the course I recommend it.

Litibú

This Norman course is certainly worth half a day. Where it strengths lie is where Norman's did as a player - on the tee box. Nearly every hole requires a decision on club and line that isn't immediately obvious. I found myself hitting 3 wood or hybri...

Vista Vallarta (Weiskopf)

Vista Vallarta is a wonderful complex with a satisfactory driving range, putting green, chipping/bunker area, and very good restaurant. The vibe is pure resort course and you're made to feel welcome upon entering. The Nicklaus course has hosted some...

Guadalmina (Sur)

It was a long awaited one, we have been working with them and sending customers since long ago but for one thing or the other it never came together to play it. Now living here the chance came thanks to generous Ignacio Cuvillo (GM), I was able to pl...

Guadalmina (Norte)

In 2 consecutive days I was allowed to play and test these 2 famous courses which I had never been to before and the final word is they are both worth. I first played the South and then the North, which although neighbor it has not the same look and...

The Home Course

Played this one a while ago during a trip that included 27 holes at Chambers Bay the previous day (I loved it) and then we played a Public Course before heading to this one which I knew had hosted US Amateur back in 2010.It was during Soccer World Cu...

Bonita Bay (Bay Island)

Dogleg holes are often more interesting than straight ones. The strategic decision of how close to come to the hazard(s) at the corner makes for great fun and an opportunity to make a lower score. Fully half the holes at Bay Island are doglegs. Unfor...

Trevose (Championship)

Sadly, Trevose just didn’t quite do it for me. Maybe it’s because I was still in shock from the course we played the day before, the brilliant St Enodoc, or possibly because of my own personal preference when it comes to links design but it just felt...

Links Lady Bay

To describe this course as even ‘Links’ style is a pretty broad application of the term. Certainly the coastal views are special and there is an homage to the history of the game in a few places, as accurately noted by the previous reviewer, but that...

St Enodoc (Church)

I would like to start my review with one statement. St Enodoc golf club is my favourite course that I’ve ever played. Is it the best? No. Portrush and Turnberry are the ‘best’ courses that I’ve ever played, but without any hesitation this is my favou...

Port Fairy

Port Fairy is something special. Situated at the end of the Great Ocean road, I am told, its the closest thing we get to true Links Scottish Golf in Australia. While the most recent time I played (Feb 21), I had what is said to be a very rare windles...

Warrnambool

An absolute country gem, Warrnambool Golf Club is a Peter Thompson designed course and Marc Leishman’s childhood golf course. Thomson Perret has been consulting architecture firm since 1988. Stretch 4,5,6 know as the Shipwreck Bend are some fantastic...

Sandy Golf Links

Arguably one of the greatest parcels of land for golf in Australia, right on the Sandbelt and neighbouring RMGC, the new Sandy Golf Links (once known as Sandringham Golf Course) has had a complete make-over. The architectural genius of OCM in-conjunc...

Sunnehanna

The spotlight for exemplary golf is often riveted on the plethora of private layouts that dot the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) region and rightly so. Ditto the deserved fanfare for the smaller elite grouping of courses that call the greater...

Links at Gettysburg

The amazing thing about the Keystone State is how wide a gap exists between the best private clubs and the best public ones in Pennsylvania. Only New York, in my mind, has a wider differential between those two groups. For whatever the reason, the gr...

Hirsala

Hidden gem in the middle of the nature. Very beautiful course which offers challenge for even the top players as well as club players. Best greens in Finland. Great clubhouse.

Prince's (Shore & Dunes)

I've played here several times now over the last 10 years, and as a venue it is definitely moving in the right direction, both off course and on course. The work on the Himalayas has been fantastic, but now the Shore and Dunes are benefitting from th...

Alamance

Golf course architects are invariably remembered for their most hallowed designs. While this may make sense for designers with small portfolios, it minimizes the accomplishments of other historic greats. This is especially true for the visionary Dona...

Country Club of Waterbury

Sandwiched between the golf-rich behemoths of Massachusetts and New York, Connecticut’s spectrum of architecturally significant courses pales in comparison to its neighbors. Despite this lack of famous layouts, plenty of Nutmeg State golf clubs showc...

Tanglewood Park (Championship)

There is very little I can add to M. James Ward’s thorough commentary on the recently renovated Tanglewood Park Championship Course. Undoubtedly among North Carolina’s finest public tracks, this routing is full of bold, unrelenting features. The cour...

Nelson

A true links course that links to the sea, this course offers all the links characteristics apart from the rough. Generous fairways are bordered by a course wide rough of less than 3cm which is not punishing. Its not a long course and it needs a se...

Alcaidesa (Links)

This was my second time on the course after a round back in November 2008 during the IGTM Event. I certainly remembered most of the course but some details were off my mind and it was great to spend a day on the property reviewing both courses and ha...

Torrequebrada

Back in 2006 while working in the construction of Punta Blanca GC in Dominican Republic I was able to meet José “Pepe” Gancedo who was working on White Sands and had also designed 27 holes at Cocotal which I found pretty good. And during that time I...

Mijas (Los Lagos)

Last week I gave a ride and played Olivos which I liked and found a very good option here in the area. Many fellow golfers and friends have said to me that this one was better and that I would really see the difference and I have to say that yes, it...

Paraparaumu Beach

A true links course and some of the best holes in NZ are here, I feel the par 3s are the finest collection of short holes you will find anywhere in the world. The front nine is truely world class but am afraid the back nine does not match it. The 1...

Las Vegas Country Club

The most enduring element when discussing Las Vegas Country Club (LVCC) is the storied history and its ongoing place among golf options when coming to the gaming mecca of the USA. Amazingly, LVCC has been able to sustain itself over the years even wh...

The Virtues

Arthur Hills left nothing on the drawing board when he designed The Virtues Golf Club in Newark, Ohio a mere 40 miles from downtown Columbus. Up until 2016, The Virtues was known as the Longaberger Golf Club; on your way odds are you’ll drive by the...

Portmarnock (Championship)

A fantastic routing is at the heart of Portmarnock’s charm. The championship 18 possesses a superb set of par 3’s along with high number of quality par 4’s. 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17 & 18 are outstanding.

Yarrawonga Mulwala (Lake)

The Lakes course is almost the forgotten little brother of the Murray Course in the same complex. This was once the jewel of the Yarrawonga-Mulwala complex but the Murray course has overtaken it in recent times and the Black Bull (see Victoria) has a...

Yarrawonga Mulwala (Murray)

Before I start, I am bias, I grew up going on holidays to Yarrawonga and following my Pop around this course as he chased after a white ball. This course is a big reason why I love playing golf now. As of late when I have been here, its as pure as it...

Waterford Valley

Here is a genuinely underrated course. Always in great condition, Waterford Valley plays well in Summer and Winter. The Greens are often quick and have very subtle undulations that can catch you out if you aren't paying enough attention. The fairways...

The Rim

We teed off on the tenth hole of The Rim, a design by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, and after playing the first five holes I began to wonder how this course was rated so highly. There was not much I liked about the back nine due to the substantial n...

Canoe Creek

Since the recent change of ownership over the last few years this has converted this course to an outstanding golf course. New clubhouse, practice facility and course upgrades make this an almost unbeatable course based on the price. The staff in t...

Worcester Country Club

With a golf course that’s nearly a century old, the club has done well to stretch the length out to over 6700 yards. Two factors can make it feel even longer: Par is 70, so a typical par 72 version would get close to 7000 yards. Moreover, all but fou...

Hotchkiss

I very much wanted to like Hotchkiss. As a member of the Seth Raynor Society and the author of a history of a Raynor course, I was looking forward to playing another Raynor work.Alas, it was not to be. The highlight here is four greens (3, 4, 6 and 8...

Kapalua (Bay)

Designed by Arnold Palmer & Francis Duane, The Bay Course opened in 1975 and has since hosted a list of major professional tournaments. From the first live prime-time televised event in golf at the 1983 Kapalua International to the Kapalua LPGA class...

Lakes Entrance

The front nine at Lakes Entrance is predominantly a links, and holes three through seven run adjacent to the beach on the back of the primal dune. Combined with challenging opening holes (1 & 2 ) on the tidal lagoons, and the front half is a cracking...

Plettenberg Bay

Played last winter in the Wednesday Club competition, played with the club champ off +1 very enjoyable. Plet is a real members club, fairly straightforward, and whenever we have played it in good condition a must if you are in the area.

De Zalze

Played today, had the course to ourselves. Very reasonable cost. The course front 9 was solid but the back nine was spectacular, plenty of photos as we were not rushed. The course is well designed taking advantage of a couple of lakes and other strea...

Harbor Club

It is amazing at much golf is located in the area in and around Lake Oconee. And so much of the existing attention is paid to the several courses at Reynolds and clearly the work of Coore and Crenshaw at Cuscowilla.Harbor Club is often vastly underva...

PGA West (TPC Stadium)

There's little need for me to repeat what others have already said. The Stadium layout is not to be played for the feint hearted or for those who can't marry sufficient length and appropriate placement on a consistent basis. If you can't do that - st...

Paarl

Unfortunately Paarl have had problems with there irrigation system and therefore the course was in poor condition.The layout was ok but the poor fairways and greens let it down, will be interested to see what we feel when we return as I am sure we wi...

Stellenbosch

Played Stellenbosch Monday, I know lucky us being stranded in South Africa, where everything is very safe and golf courses & restaurants are open. Everyone is social distancing outside.Stellenbosch was a fairly straightforward course, well worth play...

Kapalua (Plantation)

In keeping with the scale of the surroundings The Plantation course has been built big and brassy! Significant carries, long holes, steep slopes, and exposure to the ever present wind- these are the trademarks of The Plantation Course.The fairways ar...

Rimba Irian

I played Rimba Iran at least 10 times over three visits in 2001 and it was just fantastic.I took groups from Darwin NT Australia for 5 or 7 day stays and played at least once a day. The local players and club staff including the caddies were wonderfu...

Pasatiempo

For a man with design credits of Augusta National and Royal Melbourne on his CV it seems strange to even contemplate there could be something better lurking in his back catalogue of work. But hidden amongst the cypress trees and tall pines in the hil...

Hillwood

Hillwood is an excellent parkland golf course in Nashville. An interesting design note are the five par threes and five par fives. A rule of thumb, putts break towards the $$$. This is referring to Nashville’s old money neighborhood, Belle Meade....

Golf Club of Houston (Member)

This course could be #1 in texas if it weren't for all of the houses on the course. They make it look way worse. I still think the layout is top 10 in Texas and the top 5 prettiest. Pace of play and conditions are outstanding besides one thing: The p...

Talis Park

Is Talis Park merely a “gem” or should it be listed in the top 100 golf courses in Florida, although at the lower end of the list? After playing Talis Park (poorly on a windy day), but mainly looking at it, there is rationale for either. For me, I...

Vilamoura (Victoria)

In a way, I think it’s tricky to fairly review a course you played on holiday. Everything seems better on holiday. You’re in Portugal. The weather is perfect. You’re with your best mates. You’ve got 4 bottles of ice-cold Super Bock in the buggy coole...

Mount Compass

If you are of a mind to experience some fine wines, good dining and a round or two of golf then a journey through the Fleurieu Peninsula, just south of Adelaide will fit the bill nicely. Along with enjoying the ambience of The Southern Vales wine reg...

Ka'anapali (Royal Ka'anapali)

Located on the west coast of Maui, north of Lahaina, The Ka'anapali Resort is home to two championship golf courses, five luxury hotels, and a host of condominiums. With a gorgeous beach, high end shopping complex, and typical western Maui weather it...

Manele

Manele has ocean views from nearly every hole, and is beautifully maintained. Nicklaus courses are always solid strategically- Jack the architect tells you what your options are from the tee- I like that! The bunkers are well positioned, and suit the...

Desert Dunes

I was a bit worried about this course when I first arrived…..not much if any landscaping in the parking lot or near the clubhouse and the golf shop was nearly void of any merchandise. I assume all this may have been due to the COVID status when I pl...

Lanhai International (Yangtze Dunes)

I played on this famous court right before the Lunar New Year came. It was my first time to play on a Links court and it was quite a unique experience. The bush and the open view on Chongming Island really reminded me of my time at Scotland. Various...

Boca Rio

This course right here is the #1 course in Florida, and the top 20 in the USA. Everyone who has played here will agree with me. Doesn't get much better than this. The reason I think it is so low on this list is that not many can play it. there are 12...

Naples National

Prior to the arrival of Calusa Pines, Naples National was considered by many to be the best course in southwest Florida.The courses were designed by the team of Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. Perhaps due to using the same architects, the two courses...

Cabo del Sol (Cove Club)

A very good, well-situated course, with amazing views and some memorable holes. In my mind, its not as well laid out as some of the other resort courses, but it is nonetheless a very enjoyable and memorable track.

Quivira

A very good course with some beautiful and challenging holes overlooking sweeping ocean fews. It can be very windy, which is not always great, but the layout and distance make it a pleasure to play.

Chileno Bay

A good course, nicely laid out, many ocean views, a few challenging holes and a good deal of fun to play.

Mayakoba - El Camaleon

In my view the best course in Mexico. Long, challenging, but eminently playable, it is extremely well maintained and its a course that will never get old.

Diamante (Dunes)

A great course, with an excellent layout, incredible views, pretty well maintained grounds a plenty of challenging holes to play while taking in the ocean beneath.

Caves Valley

A great course, with a very good layout, quite hilly and challenging and extremely well-maintained.

Bighorn (Mountains)

A subpar track in the desert. The layout is hilly, the holes seem crammed together and its not close to the Canyon course.

Wilshire

A fairly average course that has been in existence for a very long time with a long history.

Bighorn (Canyons)

A very good desert course, with a great layout and challenging holes. Much better than the mountain course.

Alotian

A magnificent course and a wonderful experience. Not easy by any means, well maintained and can be quite challenging.

Bel-Air

A classic in the heart of Los Angeles, the course was recently renovated. It is clean, challenging, but not as difficult as some of the other well-known nearby club courses.

Sherwood Country Club

A very good course, with some difficult holes, recently renovated and well designed.

Trump National - Los Angeles

Not deserving of the recognition it receives, it is well maintained, there are some challenging holes, although its also a gimmicky course stuffed into a hillside over the ocean.

Rustic Canyon

With some challenging holes and an interesting layout, the course is nonetheless poorly maintained and close in terms of quality to other courses rated below it.

The Madison Club

Beautifully maintained, a solid course with great design, some challenging holes and wonderful to look at.

Riviera

A masterful design, extremely long, somewhat difficult and no matter how many times played, it's just as challenging as the first time. Very few courses can match the quality of Riviera.

Los Angeles (North)

A challenging excellent course with hills and valleys, a good deal of distance and fast greens.

Andalusia

A course that, while not particularly long, necessitates a strategic approach. The US Open qualifier has been played here on a number of occasions. The course is extremely well-maintained, with a great deal of water and sand.

Colonial (South)

Colonial South made news in 1977 when Al Geiberger shot a record 59. Perhaps a harbinger of the improbable, two days earlier President Gerald Ford made a hole in one at the Danny Thomas Pro-Am.The first hole is a welcoming par five. Favor the left...

Rockaway Hunting Club

One of the sad elements that troubles me, and likely others, is when classic era courses opt to update and when doing so see fit to add mega-yards to the scorecard. Such knee-jerk reactions happen because either certain members or an ignorant consult...

Lake Merced

If one does not mind the traffic noise, this is a great place to play. As I exited the parking lot and came around the building to view the golf course, I could tell this was going to be something special. The course did not disappoint and after le...

Mijas (Los Olivos)

Although many in the area told me I should play Lagos the chance to play Los Olivos appeared first so why not! Close to Santana and in a similar piece of land this course is way different to it with Real Estate development, different trees (a lot of...

Santana

This course located in Mijas along a valley was one of the biggest surprises I had in all my golf rounds at La Costa del Sol. The designer made a great job in taking advantage of the piece of land to build a challenging, varied and fun course to play...

Turtle Bay (Palmer)

Located on the north coast of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort has two 18 hole golf courses integrated into the development- The Fazio course and The Palmer course.The Fazio Course was the original course at Turtle Bay, opening for play...

Kew

There is a lot of competition in Melbourne for quality courses, but for its location (along the banks of the Yarra River) it is the best in class.

Royce Brook (West)

The hardest aspect in designing a course is when one must overcome nearly dead flat land. Architects usually go in either one of two directions -- inserting a plethora of concocted elements that are clearly eye-sores and detract from the experience....

The Mines

One of the interesting things about host sites for major golf events is that there's no guarantee the overall course architecture will be compelling. That's the case with The Mines.The main claim to fame for the facility is that in 1999 the club host...

The Concession

The Concession Club gets its name from the famous concession Jack Nicklaus offered Tony Jacklin on the 18th hole of the heated 1969 Ryder Cup. The course is largely regarded as a very difficult golf course (Tips out at over 7,500 yards, max 155 slope...

Hudson National

The elevation change, dense tree cover, unique rock-outcroppings and majestic, long-range views make this place special. Tom Fazio designed an incredibly fun but challenging course just north of New York City and spared no expense doing so.The land t...

Newport National

The 18-hole links-style course sports sloping fairways, marshes, and strategically placed bunkers. The dramatic setting boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sakonnet Passage, while challenging golfers with steady winds coming off the Narragansett B...

The Olde Farm

Its rustic elegance and complete lack of distractions lend The Olde Farm its distinguished character and rural charm. The links-style course is a stunning piece of property full of creeks, streams, rocks, and rolling hills. With wide fairways, open e...

Black Creek

Black Creek is one of the better courses in Tennessee and is located at the center of large community. I'd like to start off by saying that I really like Black Creek and I have fun every single time I play it. I particularly love the back nine where...

The Olde Farm

One of the most underrated courses I've every played. There are very few courses that are as much fun as The Olde Farm. Its hard not to love the modern take on some of the classic templates. My personal favorite is the punchbowl 5th, a drivable par 4...

Chattanooga

CGCC, founded in 1896, is an old Donald Ross positioned along the Tennessee river near downtown Chattanooga. Below are summary of some of the better holes.1- One of the best opening holes anywhere. Downhill par 4 with bunkers on both sides of the fai...

Cruden Bay (St Olaf)

Given that Cruden Bay is my second favourite course in Scotland (just behind Carnoustie in my book) I am delighted to say that St Olaf's is a superb nine-holer entirely contained within the big course. It affords many of the same challenges with simi...

Glasgow (Killermont)

It is a source of mystery why Scotland's largest city has such a paucity of good courses. I suppose it is to do with the proximity of Ayrshire and its abundance of great links. But the same would be true of Edinburgh and East Lothian and yet the nati...

Hilton Park (Hilton)

You seem to spend an awful lot of time at Hilton Park hitting (and walking) uphill. Whereas at most courses the uphill holes are counterbalanced by a similar number downhill, at Hilton park the recompense for all the climbing comes at one hole! To be...

Dumfries & County

I have played here several times and endorse previous reviewers' opinions of D & C. Other than the irritation of the first tee the rest of the course does not stay long in the memory. There is nothing wrong with it but, like so many parkland courses,...

Wigtownshire County

My abiding memory of playing at Glenluce is the thunderstorm that brought our round to an end on the 17th, To be honest there was little of note to make me want to hurry back. The course was pleasant and in good condition but lacked impact.

Thornhill Golf Club

It's a long and winding road to reach Thornhill and I feel the remoteness of its location contributes to it being relatively unknown. I consider it a better course than several which feature in the top ten for its region. While there are some unprep...