Latest Golf Course Reviews

Belleisle

Ayrshire arguably boasts the best set of municipal courses in the land and many consider Belleisle the jewel in that crown. It is a serious test of your game with par fives bookending the layout and a series of long par fours. For balance, Belleisle...

Troon (Lochgreen)

A winter trip down to Troon is a staple of most golfers in the West of Scotland and by far the best test here is Lochgreen, There are some excellent holes here, notably the 5th and delightful par three 6th on the front nine and the loop from 11-14 on...

Largs

Granted, very few golfers come to Ayrshire to play parkland golf but were they to do so they would likely find their way just a mile or so from the Firth of Clyde to Largs (Kelburne). Like Crieff and Carnwath the round begins with a lacklustre uphil...

Santana

Definitely one of the best courses around. Beautiful course and kept in great condition.

Beaconsfield

Course is always in immaculate condition with picturesque tree lined holes. Definitely one of the best in the region.

Seven Canyons

Good course, but has a number of blind shots. The scenery is as good as it gets. We played in May, 2019 was in very good shape. Greens were probably running about 10, any faster and these greens would be very difficult, unless you played there a a...

Pinehurst (No.7)

Aptly described by reviewer Colin Braithwaite below, the Rees Jones designed Pinehurst #7 course is “newer” with a “throwback feel.” With many holes incorporating hilly terrain and the natural sandscape, challenges await players of all skill levels....

Bob O'Link

Excellent course and facilities. Well maintained, fun layout, and above all-else superior club service. One of the neat characteristics of the course is that the edges of the greens go directly into the rough, no fringe grass. The course is a well-de...

Devil's Pulpit

I became aware of Devil's Pulpit when playing another Hurdzan / Fry layout called Eaglesticks in Zanesville, OH in 1991. The word I received was how unique the design was and how the layout included holes quite spectacular. It's interesting to point...

Rutland

The thing that has always fascinated me about Rutland is how the layout oozes New England charm. The course is not overly sculptured as so many modern layouts that have entered the scene in this part of America. The reason why so many modern courses...

Leckford (Old)

Trying to unravel true architectural provenance for golf courses laid out almost one hundred years ago is extremely difficult. But, let’s be honest, most golfers couldn’t care less about designers. However, some (like me) appreciate little nuggets of...

Crow Wood

The clubhouse lies just off the very busy road north out of Glasgow in the town of Muirhead. Within a few minutes of teeing off at Crow Wood, however, you forget the urban surroundings. Mature trees abound here and it is a particularly attractive pla...

Colville Park

As befits the town of Motherwell there is nothing pretentious about Colville Park, This is honest parkland golf. Starting with a par three the holes make their way up and down slopes, the changes in elevation being a key feature here. Few holes stand...

Drumpellier

Drumpellier is a pleasant surprise. Situated at the west side of Coatbridge it provides a good test of golf in a tranquil parkland setting. Strangely, the hardest - and least enjoyable - holes come early. The opening two holes are a very long par fo...

Sand Hollow (Championship)

With so many great tracks in the state of Utah, getting the nod as #1 came w lofty expectations. Sand Hollow crushed those expectations from the very first shot until the last putt fell on 18. Fantastic staff, fantastic routing and perfect conditions...

Coral Canyon

After playing Sand Hollow a few times in April 2020, thought we would play Coral Canyon since the forward tees would be better for my wife. Unfortunately, the course does not live up to its billing. Conditions were below mediocre and even the great r...

Lahinch (Old)

My favorite course in Ireland, history, fun, varied and beautiful. Many memorable holes, some are quirky, which I love. The Dell is the short hole with the green between two dunes, a white rock is placed on the hill to tell you the line of the pin. W...

St Andrews (Old)

You really should not need a review here, this is the Old Course, where it all began! The town is great, the course itself is fantastic, different every time you play it. Any number of ways to play each hole, none inherently right or wrong, just golf...

Gullane (No.2)

There are things I like on #2 even more than #1. A couple holes that are not my favorites, but numerous wonderful holes. The back nine is great fun and has some holes requiring thought. Excellent views and good fun. Be sure to say hello to Tom in the...

Medalist

Rarely will you find a championship golf course built just 25 years ago that has undergone multiple overhauls and renovations as is the case with Medalist Golf Club, in Hobe Sound, Florida. The club ownership and Greg Norman did not see eye to eye o...

Lofoten Links

One of the most scenic courses I've played, but the conditions are average.

Ojai Valley Inn

Los Angeles is a great city but it is mostly a place of and for the new and not a place where you feel surrounded by history. On the other end of the spectrum, just up the coast is the Ojai Valley Inn where you feel like Jimmy Demaret is going to be...

Glenmaura National

The duo of Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry created a number of fine layouts during their partnership together. Hurdzan excelled on the turf side and Fry provided the critical "eye" in being able to adroitly create holes that would standout and captu...

Manufacturers'

For whatever reason the design at William Flynn at Manufacturers often gets little attention from those outside the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) area. The layout is smartly routed -- you are forced to adjust constantly and the nature of the...

Harrison Hills

A hidden gem in Indiana. Wide variety of holes on this layout. Some wide open links on the front nine, to lots of undulations and dog legs on the back. Beautiful bent grass greens and fairways and deep, healthy fescue to catch errant shots. Greens ar...

Friar's Head

When it comes to golf course architecture Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw are “bogey-free” with their design work. Their approach to golf course design is consistent each and every time; they make the best use of the natural land and move as little dirt a...

Yeamans Hall

With its enchanting setting, world class putting surfaces, perfectly firm turf, wide corridors, and strategic bunkering, Yeamans Hall left me more stunned after just one round than any other course I have played. My admiration for this Seth Raynor ma...

Gullane (No.1)

Great town and club. It was a wonderful host to the Scottish Open. The course itself is very good. The course is very firm and fast with very good greens and views that you will not forget. There are a couple holes that I don't love, but overall it i...

Kingsbarns

Arguably the best of all the "new" courses in Scotland. Beautiful and fun. The holes are excellent. It is a little to "American" for my taste and the lack of history keeps it off of my must play list in Scotland. This said, it is a wonderful track.

Carnoustie (Championship)

I played here in the early 90s and was very unimpressed, it was unattractive and difficult for the sake of being difficult. The club has since removed thousands of pine trees (planted for some reason after the war) and revealed a beautiful links that...

Muirfield

One of the best days of golf you will ever have. The holes are routing are as good as any, the clubhouse reeks of history, the lunch is wonderful. If you get the opportunity to play here, DO IT! There are no sea views but the course itself is beautif...

Royal County Down (Championship)

Spectacular setting and wonderful, albeit challenging, golf. The views are amazing as are most of the holes. The 17th is a head scratcher that just does not seem to fit, but this is a very minor criticism of one of the best courses in the world.

Cruden Bay (Championship)

One of my favorite courses in Scotland. Blind shots, amazing dunes, sloping greens, great variety and fun. Views are wonderful throughout. The club itself is friendly and welcoming. Just a wonderful place to play.

Buckpool

Buckpool combines good golf with superb views. I particularly like the view of the 12th green with the old town of Buckie beyond. There are some excellent par threes here, notably the 8th played away from the sea and the spectacular (and very difficu...

Inverallochy

'Blue is the colour' I will always associate with Inverallochy, Nothing to do with John Terry et al but a reference to the endless vistas of that hue that so enhanced my day here.There are views of the North Sea from every hole and there just seems t...

Arbroath

Arbroath is probably the least well-known of all the links courses on Scotland's east coast. In truth it is not of the same quality as its neighbours but it is worth a visit. The course is pretty wide open and exposed to the elements Any kind of wind...

Carnoustie (Burnside)

As Carnoustie is my favourite golf course, one of the many joys of playing Burnside is that it lies (for the most part) inside that majestic links meaning that at any time you can glance over to one of the many great holes that abound there. But Burn...

Newbattle

Newbattle is one of my more frequent destinations when I head to Scotland's capital. It offers decent golf in a tranquil location in Dalkeith. The opening hole presents a challenge with which you quickly become familiar here : trees all the way down...

Duddingston

Duddingston is tucked away behind Arthur's Seat and offers a testing round in a delightful location. A set of solid par fours - several featuring water - are backed up by a good set of par threes. This is up there with Mortonhall as the best course o...

Royal Musselburgh

Royal Musselburgh is a bit like a Chinese takeaway - fun at the time but less than substantial. While the overall impression of a round here is favourable, on reflection there is very little that is memorable. Perhaps because there are very few chang...

Buxton & High Peak

I’ve played Buxton High Peaks on many occasions and it is always in very good condition. Holes 1-6 are a great holes to start any round and have a distinct links feel to them due to the old quarry they are routed around and the blind shots this creat...

Grayhawk (Raptor)

Course was in perfect condition, greens were well maintained. There are stunning views all throughout your round.

Cabot Cliffs

My visit to Cabot Links occurred on September 8-9, 2016. The first time I played Cabot Cliffs I thought it to be fabulous. The second time I played Cabot Cliffs I thought it to be a course one plays more for the views and for fun, but not for the c...

Salish Cliffs

Beautiful yet tough course that offers you everything you expect for a top golf club. Located next to a casino and resort so you can easily make a fun weekend out of it.

Sand Hills

Sand Hills is a big property. The clubhouse and accommodation is tucked down near a gorge so that it is protected when in shutdown through the winter months.The golf course is a mile distant from the first tee, but the driving range and then the putt...

Chicago

Playing Chicago Golf Club is one of the coveted invitations in all of golf. In a suburb of Chicago called Wheaton, Chicago Golf Club is the first 18-hole course in America with a very small membership. The course was built in 1894 and is one of the f...

Geijsteren

Geijsteren lies in a pretty part of the Netherlands. It’s peaceful and quiet and far away from noise and distraction, apart from the quite fitting farmersland where top quality asparagus is harvested right next to the 4th fairway. It is one of those...

Lionhead (Legends)

Set in the valley and flood plain of the Credit River, this parkland design offers a combination of heavily forested holes, well-positioned bunkers and forced carries over wetlands and ravines.With a course rating from the black tees of 77.5 and a sl...

Keney Park

Bottom line up front: Keney Park is the real deal. Do not drive through central Connecticut without stopping to play this phenomenally routed, fabulously restored gem.Growing up and learning the game in the greater Hartford area, my friends and I tri...

East Renfrewshire

Virtually everyone who has reviewed East Ren has used the words 'enjoyable' and 'fun' and I will be no different. James Braid clearly had a ball here using the natural terrain to create a course that has challenge,variety and fine views from the top...

Mortonhall

Mortonhall might just be the best of the many course in and around Scotland's capital. It is more distinctive than Musselburgh/Monktonhall where tree-lined fairways abound. It is also quite a bit cheaper than Bruntsfield and Royal Burgess at the west...

Powfoot

The oustanding feature at Powfoot is the gorse and it presents a very pretty picture in early summer. The main challenge here is to keep out of the yellow stuff as many of the holes are lined on both sides. Powfoot is quite an unusual course; I strug...

Prince's (Shore & Dunes)

There is no doubt Princes is superb. It is faultlessly maintained, a real challenge and a great day out, so why does it leave me slightly underwhelmed?To my mind the greatest links courses boast changes in elevation, holes which hug the contours of t...

Fairmont St Andrews (Kittocks)

The Kittocks is that rarity - a seaside course that doesn't raise the spirits. For whatever reason the views lack a certain charm and the course itself is something of a slog. There are some nice holes by the seawall towards the end of the round but...

Blairgowrie (Lansdowne)

While clearly similar to Rosemount, Lansdowne is slightly more attractive as the holes wend their way through the tall trees for almost the whole round. It certainly puts a premium on straight hitting. Unusually, I think the 1st may be the best hole...

Crail (Craighead)

It seems impossible to review Craighead without comparing it to Balcomie. I am clearly not alone in preferring Craighead. I really like the varied challenge of the holes, especially those along the clifftop. Balcomie is one of Scotland's more over-ra...

Silloth on Solway

I was fortunate enough to learn to play at Silloth as a child without realising how blessed I was! Returning to it now is always a superb experience.It is the definition of true links where you are fighting nature as much as the course designer.On th...

Highlands Links

Cape Breton Highland Links was once listed by Golf Magazine and other publications as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. Designed by Stanley Thompson, it is truly a marvel for its location, requiring the removal of thousands of trees and...

European Club

A unique course which is quite differentiated from the rest of the Top 100 (or at least the 20 courses on that list which I have been fortunate enough to play). 20 holes, golf carts, etc. I have to say that I enjoyed my round here more than the oth...

Cruden Bay (Championship)

Good course and great experience. We arrived at Cruden Bay and as we checked in to pay our greens fees, the guy behind the cash register said 'Great - Ill be one of your caddies today so lets get out there!'. Friendly people all around and lovely g...

Bridgewater (Championship)

Course is always in great condition and has a great practice facility. The course is not very challenging, but is a fun play if you get the chance.

St George's Hill (Red & Blue)

Great course which maintains a traditional feel (perfect for the sunningdale crowd who still prefer requirements for knee socks, etc). Marvelous clubhouse and a real golfer's club - many affluent golfers in London who maintain memberships at the mos...

Trump International Golf Links - Scotland

Immaculate course and breathtaking views from many holes. Nothing traditional or spiritual about a trip here so it stands in stark contrast to the other great courses in the UK&I and even to Trump Turnberry. To me it is like Kingsbarns in that it i...

Bethpage (Black)

Incredible course and quite a unique experience to camp out in a van or panel truck overnight to get a tee time. Very hard course and I'd say one of the hardest in the Top 60-70. Clearly a name that I would prioritize in the northeastern US and at...

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

Wonderful golf course and terrific traditional feel to the place. As others note, a wonderful front 9 of golf and spectacular views on the back. Plays hard when the weather is kicking up so I wouldn't suggest bringing an 18+ handicapper out there u...

Portmarnock (Championship)

Superb course and more so than other courses in the Top 50, it can be enjoyed by players at higher handicaps. The cliche is that the course is the fairest links in the world and I can see why people say that - at least psychologically there seem to...

Kingsbarns

Very nice course and a level of service that is uncommon in the UK & Ireland. Spectacular views as well from many parts of the course. However, this is a decidedly 'new' course and in fact feels touristy starting with the parking lot that always se...

Lahinch (Old)

Played 2 rounds and was a wonderful experience. The golf purists will say that the design is perhaps not as good as Royal County Down and Portrush and while that may be true its has some really unique holes, amazing views, some of the best caddies a...

Carnoustie (Championship)

A very good golf course set amongst a quite modest hotel / clubhouse which is common in the UK. I have played it 7 times over the past few years and its a great experience and a must play on a golf trip over several days in that area. I give it a 5...

Pinehurst (No.2)

A fantastic experience that i cannot imagine anyone regretting and quite an accessible place to play. Amazing greens and a lot of places to recover from not such great shots. Clubhouse with a lot of history and great feel. I never hear this course...

Sunningdale (Old)

Lovely course and very accessible. I have played several times including as a guest at a corporate day. Id say the course could warrant 5.5 if you look at each hole in isolation as a varied test of the game. I gave it a 5 for 2 reasons - as an inl...

Royal St George's

An amazing experience and more deserving of a Top 20 ranking than several courses such as Pebble and Portrush in my view. The holes have great variation and it has the feel of a special place to golf. Not a single hole is just 'good'. They are all...

Ballybunion (Old)

Excellent course and fast and firm as a golf course should be. It gets a five ball as one of the weaker Top 20 because there are more holes that are simply 'good' than other courses in this rarified air, but undoubtedly an excellent golfing experien...

Pebble Beach

Wonderful experience in views that are hard to beat in the US. Like Portrush in Ireland, in my humble opinion it should be outside the top 20 and is not quite as good as Spyglass from a course perspective if you ignore the views. Still a fantastic...

Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

Excellent course and one of the greats in the world but not one that i would put in the same class as the other Top 15 courses. Every hole is solid but there are few that are truly world class (certainly fewer than one would expect for a course rank...

Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

Incredible course and feel (post renovation). Played twice over a weekend and was a great test of golf. Its worth a weekend (the Robert the Bruce course can also be played there but the greens were extremely slow when i was there). The weather in...

Kilspindie

You usually finish a round on one of Scotland's seaside links with a feeling of satisfaction not necessarily at the quality of your golf, rather at having survived everything Mother Nature can throw at you. This is not the case here at Kilspindie whe...

Peterhead (Old)

After an 'interesting' introduction involving a lengthy walk across a bridge from car park to clubhouse and the dull opening holes, you could be forgiven for wondering if the day would improve. It certainly does! The remainder of Peterhead is a visua...

Prestwick St Nicholas

A round at PSN is pure enjoyment! There is a wide variety of holes, some classic, some quirky and some bland. The Firth of Clyde is visible on every hole and on a sunny day this is a lovely place to be. The very best holes here are scattered through...

Monifieth (Medal)

Monifieth stands out from almost all its fellow links courses for its abundance of trees. But it does have many similarities : undulating fairways, firm greens and - best of all - a railway running along many of the holes! As other reviewers have no...

Montrose (Medal)

Montrose (Medal), one of Scotland's great old seaside courses, is seriously threatened by coastal erosion.Lovers of links golf should make sure they play here sooner rather than later. James W Finegan, in his masterly book 'Scotland - Where Golf is G...

Southerness

Those who make the trek to this remote part of south-west Scotland will be rewarded with a stern but fair test. There is nothing easy about Southerness and the back nine, in particular, takes no prisoners. The best hole is the wonderful dogleg 12th p...

Flint Hills National

First off, this place is super private. I had the rare opportunity to play this course and I really enjoyed it. The course was very well manicured and tucked away in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Clubhouse was superb and driving range looked amazing. Th...

Sand Creek Station

This course is definitely a must play when you are in the Wichita area. It is located in Newton, Kansas built around train tracks and Sand Creek, hence the name Sand Creek Station. The course is a tough track most of the time with the wind and has a...

Woodstock Inn

As James mentioned the North to South configuration of many of the holes greatly dimishes the shot value of the course. Coupled with a narrow property not much can be done to lengthen or revise the overall layout. Kedron Brook runs through many of th...

Scandinavian (Old)

As a former member, I've played this course many times. This course is worth a visit. Clubhouse and overall practice facilities in immaculate condition. Course greets you with tightly cut fairways and small grainy greens with run-offs. I feel there's...

Speidel at Oglebay (Jones)

I can remember my first round on the Jones Course came when the 1983 US Open was being played at Oakmont and a few people in the media suggested I should make the short drive to the panhandle of West Virginia and see firsthand. Oglebay is a wonderful...

Country Club of Charleston

After years of reading about his famous template holes, I finally had the chance to experience my first Seth Raynor design at the Country Club of Charleston. This property provides a striking reminder that even on relatively bland ground, a golf cour...

Glasgow (Gailes Links)

It is always a pleasure to play at Glasgow Gailes, as I still think of it. Despite the very flat terrain it offers a varied and challenging links golf experience. The turf here is as fine as anywhere in the land and when the heather is in full bloom...

Speidel at Oglebay (Palmer)

Credit West Virginia for a superb park complex at Oglebay. The terrain is very appealing and there's plenty of golf provided. Sad to say, only the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. layout, which opened in 1969, is truly worthwhile.The Arnold Palmer course that...

Twisted Gun

Twisted Gun is located on a firmer coal mining site and the site is indeed an interesting one because the course is isolated and free of any invasive clutter.The main issue is that the design is fairly ordinary. The design details that could have rea...

York Golf & Tennis Club

York was a great surprise. I was expecting another "good Donald Ross" course in New England, but it had some fabulous land and weaves through some beautiful seaside terrain. One or two holes may have been compromised over the years around the clubhou...

Prouts Neck

In terms of the "Golf Course", Prouts is a 4.5 as it has water views, sand soil, and the always sold and underrated Wayne Stiles design. There may not be any "all world" holes at Prouts, but there are 18 very good ones. In terms of "Place", Prouts is...

Santapazienza

It’s so hard to separate the fantastic overall playing experience from the course itself but the best way I can try to do that is ask myself the question I posed when I first played a truly private course twelve years ago: “if you strip away all the...

São Paulo

The course occupies a site that’s only around 135 acres in area – they somehow also fit a driving range and pitch and putt course into it – and it’s completely surrounded by the city but what a setting for a golf course in São Paulo’s southern distri...

Fazenda Boa Vista (Palmer)

The 18-hole Palmer layout at Fazenda Boa Vista was the last of four courses I played when I was in São Paulo last year and it was an ideal way to round off my visit before flying home later in the day. I anticipated a course from the Arnold Palmer De...

Fazenda da Grama

Fazenda de Grama was the first of four courses I played when I was in São Paulo last year and it set the bar of golfing excellence at a very reasonable height for my golfing visit. Although the course is set within a private gated community, there’s...

Gávea

I’d played the Rio Olympic course early in the morning then looked in at Itanghangá to have a look at the renovation work being done there on the way to Gávea so my round here would see me look at fifty-four holes on the first day of my short visit t...

Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course

It was a big thrill to tee it up here last year during a whistle-stop 24-hour stay in Rio de Janeiro, on my way to São Paulo. Paulo. My colleague Brian and I were delighted to play in the company of author Marcelo Stallone, a member of nearby Gávea a...

Yale

How to rate a golf course that is one of the most architecturally significant in the USA? How to rate a golf course for longer, better players where technology has eliminated many of the most interesting land forms and terrain changes resulting that...