Latest Golf Course Reviews

Gog Magog (Wandlebury)

I’m very well acquainted with the second course at Gog Magog as I was a member here for a number of years and have played the Wandlebury (and the Old) in numerous competitions and friendlies down the years. It’s true that you can see the join between...

Carrick

Played here in June 2017. I have to say that the course set up was not good enough, specially on holes 2 to 4 & the 18th.Loch Lomond area is absolutely stunning so of course the track offers some very nice panorama. However the Carrick is not as bril...

Hillside

Having visited Hillside in May when the British Masters was held, I have been looking forward to returning and playing the course and yesterday I did just that, playing the course before the major Winter improvement works start on several of the hole...

Merion (East)

Merion East is deserving of being listed as being in the top seven golf courses in the USA and top twelve in the world. It is that special.I think of it as the most difficult “short” course in the world given that it plays less than 6200 yards from...

Trump Golf Links Ferry Point

A public golf course in The Bronx, what’s not to like? I liked the whole course, but liked the back nine better, I thought it was the easier of the two. The course has a lot going on being set in a dense urban environment. For example, the 11th hole...

The Bridge

As far as golf neighborhoods go, the Hamptons is as good as it gets. Thus, sometimes very good courses get overlooked because comparisons to their neighbors like Shinnecock, Maidstone and the National Golf Links is pretty tough. Case in point, the Br...

Aronimink

A beautiful Donald Ross course that sometimes gets overlooked due to its proximity to Merion. It has one of the greatest opening holes, with a tee shot from an elevated tee down into a valley and then up again to an elevated green. The par threes all...

TPC Sawgrass (Stadium)

I’m not the biggest fan of the Stadium course. Absolutely, it makes for dramatic TV to see professionals hit into the water on the 17th, but does one made-for-TV tricky hole make a good golf course? No. For me there is too much water for the average...

World Woods (Pine Barrens)

The Rodney Dangerfield of Florida golf, this is a course that doesn’t get enough respect because it is public and a bit off the beaten path. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course really does remind you of playing Pine Valley due to the wide fairways and...

Mayacama

Is it wrong to have more wine lockers (500) than actual lockers (300) for members? Not at all, especially if you’re located in the heart of Sonoma County. The course weaves its way through beautiful rolling terrain and Nicklaus took advantage of it,...

Bel-Air

The course starts with one of the most dramatic first tees in the game. It is perched on top of a hill overlooking U.C.L.A. and the Westwood section of Los Angeles. Set in the canyon below is a short 491 yard par five that is a great starting hole an...

Calusa Pines

Unlike other courses in Florida, Calusa Pines has hilly terrain and lacks water on most holes, which in my book are two positives. Playing the course feels more like you are in the Carolina pines than you are in Southwest Florida. The par threes wer...

Royal North Devon

A different style of course, Royal North Devon is rough-hewn and is not in the least bit polished. Therein lies its charm. Playing at Royal North Devon is the antithesis of sitting in a golf cart for a five hour round waiting for the group ahead of y...

St Enodoc (Church)

I know Machrihanish often gets accolades for the best opening hole in golf, but it’s pretty tough to beat the opening hole at St. Enodoc, a par five of 528 yards, where you tee off into a wildly undulating fairway with a big set of sand dunes guardin...

Oak Hill (East)

Oak Hill is a classic club and a classic course, however, over time it has been diluted and changed from its original Donald Ross design. Nevertheless, the course retains good “bones” and some fabulous holes. The 5th is a memorable, and difficult, pa...

Aberdovey

Fond memories reinforced on my July visit to this wonderful charming links on the Wales coast. I had visited many years before, had a wonderful experience and was anxious to return. Very glad I did. Warm welcome! The member who'd been so gracious yea...

Tenby

Worth a visit but all the courses in South Wales suffered this summer from a drought, if you can believe that. Would play again under better conditions. No caddies.

Ashburnham

Pleasant if unexciting. Same dry conditions as elsewhere in South Wales this summer. Probably better and more fun under normal conditions. Some good holes and some bland ones. A nice welcome.

Pennard

10 days in Wales, where it always rains, but it didn't. Actually, a drought brought rock hard fairways, which are heaving and hard enough to hit when there's grass! Nonetheless, a spectacular down land course set on cliffs overlooking the sea. Fantas...

Southerndown

Too bad, this summer Wales was parched, and the club has no sprinkler system. Rock hard fairways but regular greens were fine. Built on a bluff, it's down land not links but many well designed holes. Would be nice to play under better conditions.

Royal Porthcawl

Underrated. I've been to Porthcawl before, but the work theyve done to improve the course and conditioning is exceptional.A real links ON the sea, views from every hole. A very dry summer, do conditions not optimal, but quite good in the circumstance...

Pyle and Kenfig

10 day trip to Wales in July with my annual UK/Ireland regulars, P&K was first up, and perfect for first off the plane. Gentle front nice and lovely links in the dunes on the back. Pleasant ambiance, nice welcome, good caddies.nice way to start the t...

Aronimink

Donald Ross made a famous quote about Aronimink which is shown on the first tee on a plaque by the first hole. He said, “I intended to make this course my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize I built better than I knew.” It is a very good...

National (Moonah)

In my opinion, Greg Norman does not design nor build many good golf courses. At least he does not in the USA where I consider the resort course at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando the best I have played followed by The Medalist. Trump Ireland (Doonbeg)...

Crystal Downs

I can't imagine any golfer not loving CD. Had the luck of befriending a member, and enjoyed my 2nd visit immensely, though I didn't play well. Everybody recognizes the greens are especially difficult, but the undulations in the fairways are equally d...

Kingsley Club

I guess I'm not a DeVries fan. I was at cape wickham 2 years ago and while I thought CW was better than Ocean Dunes, I thought it wildly overrated. Kingsley isn't as good. Interesting maybe, but not golf as a very well traveled golfer knows it. sorry...

The Addington

Was interested to learn that the new design firm of Clayton, DeVries and Pont will be working on renovating The Addington. Excited to see the result and hopefully the course could then live up to its elevated rating!

Arcadia Bluffs (South)

As has been proven elsewhere, having a 2nd course elevates the whole. The south course certainly does that for Arcadia Bluffs: Completely different, and quite interesting;Essentially Flat as a pancake;Challenging greens. Fun!

Cathedral Lodge

I am not a huge fan of Greg Norman designs although perhaps I have not played enough of them. Prior to playing Cathedral Lodge, the only two golf courses I played and liked that Greg Norman designed were The National Moonah and Trump Ireland (former...

Els Club - Dubai

I played Els a number of times while in Dubai, and always enjoyed it. It's a classy place, and you realise that the moment you pull up at the clubhouse. The range (doublesided with the Butch Harmon school on one end) is excellent however sometimes th...

Abu Dhabi (National)

Played Abu Dhabi National a number of times alongside Yas Links, while in the UAE. I really like the course and the whole setting. It's definitely worth an overnight stay, with a fantastic Westin hotel on site.The facilities, range and short game are...

Saadiyat Beach

Played Saadiyat Beach a number of times while in the UAE. While it is a nice looking course I'm not the biggest fan of it. The fairways can get quite spongy which makes a precise strike paramount. The greens are very good, however, and I like the rou...

Yas Links

Played Yas a number of times while in the UAE. It's a spectacular setting and a strong design by Kyle Philips. I've enjoyed every visit and keep coming back. You can get some good tee time deals by checking their website or calling in on the day.The...

The Grove

I've played a number of rounds at the Grove over the years and have never been disappointed. You need to remember that this is Watford so the land isn't exactly spectacular. The architect, Kyle Philips, has done a wonderful job and there are many exc...

Cape Wickham

I played Cape Wickahm in Feburary, 2019. Wow! An incredible golf course where Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver did perhaps a perfect routing given a spectacular piece of land. There are only a handful of golf courses where I never wonder whether the...

Ocean Dunes

I played Ocean Dunes in February, 2019. I fear this gem of a course will close. The conditioning is poor. Already many of the fairways are not watered and several tee boxes are not being maintained. The sandwiches in the clubhouse are not good la...

El Prat (Arriba & Bosque)

I liked the front nine (Arriba) very much, but the back nine (Arriba) is quite hilly, up and down, back and forth. For a first time visitor, it is a quite confusing to find out what is your 1. and than 10. tee, and which out of the 5 9-holes courses...

La Reserva

Wide and long fairways, and ultra fast greens. Manicured course, but overall a bit baked by sun, despite lot of watering (played in late October). Fairly long transitions between most of the holes, so buggy is good choice here. 10. hole is a tough st...

Real Valderrama

Yes, this is one of the best golf courses in Europe. Yes, Ryder Cup was here. Yes, Volvo Masters an Spanish Open were played here. And it is Members Club - and staff will make sure, you as a visitor will know it. Your 400€ fee will help them to keep...

Barnbougle Dunes

A really fun course to play and very well routed. I thought it superior from a routing, interest, and challenge to Lost Farm, but to be fair it is on better land. I did like Lost Farm a lot, but I like the Dunes course more. The course does not h...

Vale Royal Abbey

A good layout with some good challenging holes. Possibly deserves higher ranking than it currently holds I feel.

Ringway

One of many decent club golfer parkland tracks in the area with some good holes

Heswall

Decent club golfers course, one of many in the area but worth ticking off your list

Wychwood Park

Prestwick or Old Course this is NOT. A long hard modern championship track. Good variety of holes with a few brutes. The 7th is very harsh - it has a spare fairway for really bad shots to the right of the trouble right of the fairway that catches man...

Reddish Vale

One of many decent members courses in a small area. Some interesting holes.

Dunham Forest

Good course through the trees with some good tough holes.

Caldy

Good variety of holes make this well worth a visit when golfing in the Wirral

The Mere

Good course and great if you live in one of the mansions but not sure (apart from £) why it is used for Open Q so often ?? Some fairly average up and down holes with a great finishing stretch.

Wilmslow

One of the best courses in this area and well worth a visit. Usually in great condition

Stockport

Lovely parkland track well worth a visit with some great holes and superb condition usually

La Reserva

Love this place. Course is really interesting and In top condition. Can’t fault it really, not quite a six star, as someone else put it, the soul of a top course isn’t quite there yet, but I think it will be. We keep going back year after year and lo...

Prestbury

Superb possibly underrated course with some great holes and very effective greenstaff.

Sandiway

Good course to play alongside the I think even better Delamere Forest. Strange how they named these two courses as Delamere has little forestry on the course and is very linksy /sandy and SANDiway cuts through a forest ?! Always in great condition an...

PGA Catalunya (Stadium)

It’s excellent. Amazing greens, undulating layout. Beautiful lakes, but I just can’t put it in the same league as Valderrama. PGA Catalunya gets a lot of traffic, Valderrama doesn’t. There were quite a few pitch marks in the greens when we played the...

Wallasey

My favourite course round these parts. Far better and more interesting than Hoylake in my opinion. Some fabulous holes in the mountainous dunes and in which the wind can destroy you. Favourite view up 18th as sun sets across all undulations.

Delamere Forest

Tremendous layout with absurdly quick greens in summertime. Some very good holes.

Cinnamon Hill

Good course - the Jamaica rankings are spot on ie Tryall and White Witch are superior - but still the next best with holes oceanside and views to die for. If squeezing 4 rounds into your Montego Bay holiday the top 4 are all in range and worth a visi...

Aroeira 1

A very nice and lovely course running through the pines on the west coast at the south of Lisbonne. Usually in good conditions, the track offers some really nice holes.Played it in April 2017. Tee boxes & Greens were very good as well as the bunkers....

Royal Porthcawl

Recently completed a two week visit to Wales, playing 10 rounds, the last at Royal Porthcawl. A few quick words about golfing in Wales before commenting specifically about this magnificent course. Through a bit of dumb luck we started our trip up in...

Glenbervie

While I have played Glenbervie in mid October after some heavy rainfall, the beauty of the course still shone through. A great parkland adventure with a variety of differing holes and challenges. They course is fairly open and not too penal from th...

King's Forest

Average - that's how I would describe Kings Forest. It's nice for a muni, but I always scratch my head as to why it is ranked so highly in Ontario and Canada for golf. The course is well kept for a municipal golf course, but compared to other high en...

West Cliffs

The Clubhouse is excellent, the facilities are good, the vistas are fabulous. On to the course itself - I have to say that for me it just isn't a golf course. I think it's great fun to play if you're part of a big group playing scramble but the green...

Osprey Valley (Hoot)

TPC Toronto @ Osprey Valley - Hoot is a fantastic Doug Carrick designed course situated about 45 minutes from Toronto. Hoot features many design queues from the famous Pine Valley, its pine tree lined fairways are well groomed and nice and wide for a...

Barnbougle Lost Farm

Without the wind Barnbougle Lost Farm is not a difficult course. It has a decent routing and the bonus two extra par 3's are fun. The fairways are overly generous in spots and four of the greens are silly with too much contrived ridge lines. Best...

Belfry (Brabazon)

The Belfry is synonymous with the Ryder Cup and represents the turning point between prior American domination and the current European stronghold on the event. For that reason, every amateur golfer has heard of the Brabazon course as many descend up...

Vilamoura (Pinhal)

My wife and I played this course in Oct 2019, having paid just over €110 each (buggy is extra €45), it was not the first time we had played Pinhal, indeed we have played it on numerous prior occasions.We were both very disappointed in the quality of...

White Bear Yacht Club

Landforms. To me it’s the landforms that give a course interest, excitement and charm. And White Bear Yacht Club excels in this regard. If you have ever played #7, #8, and #17 at Crystal Downs you will understand what I mean. Now if you are a player...

New South Wales

New South Wales is easily the best course in the Sydney area and certainly a top ten golf course within Australia, perhaps even in the top five. It is a delight to play and offers real choices to the player as they navigate the holes up in the hilli...

Lakes - Sydney

The Lakes has hosted many professional events and I can see why. It offers plenty of length and difficulty for the pro player due to the water, which is primarily on the back nine. After having played the courses in the Sandbelt, on King Island, Ba...

Royal Adelaide

I had the opportunity to play Royal Adelaide in February, 2019 while on an extended tour of Australia, King Island, Tasmania and New Zealand.It is a gem and well worth the extra flight or drive to get to Adelaide.My only regret is that my playing com...

Buenavista

I personally think this course should be rated much higher than it is. I had a fantastic time here, the course had sea views from 90% of it. Condition and layout were superb. Truly think it should be rated higher, well worth you coming to visit here...

Murhof

Murhof is the oldest golf course of Styria (Steiermark in German), the southeastern region of Austria. It is set in an unlikely place: whether you drive from Vienna or Graz, all you can see is mountains left and right of the road. Then, all of a sudd...

Schloss Schönborn (1-18)

Schloss Schönborn may be “just” a classic parkland course, but it has to be one of the classiest ones around, and the whole day there was such an experience I rate this golf club the best I have played in Austria so far. If you are looking for a b...

Waverley Country Club

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to join a couple members for a first round at Waverely. Although I’m from Oregon originally I didn’t golf when I lived there so I have a lot of catch up to do in terms of seeing all the local courses. Waverly...

Gamble Sands

Gamble Sands is perhaps David Kidd’s return to what made him famous at Bandon Dunes with that minimalist links like approach to golf. Some call Gamble Sands feel good golf and while that might depend on the tees you choose one thing is certain, there...

Wine Valley

Wine Valley is about the last thing I would of expected from Walla Walla. Wine, yes, onions, definitely, but great golf, well not exactly. Boy was I wrong. I drove hours out of the way to make a large cirle and hit Wine Valley on the way home. It...

Columbia Edgewater (Macan)

Last summer I had the pleasure of a visit to Columbia Edgewater. This parkland course runs along the Columbia River which dissects Oregon and Washington. It’s hosted several large professional tournaments in the past and is seen as a strong champions...

Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

I have played this course twice but not since the changes that are mentioned in recent reviews and as such I will need to go back and play again. I played twice in the course of a few weeks, once off the whites and once off the yellows. The course is...

Royal New Kent

Was thrilled to replay this course since the new ownership team has thoughtfully taken the time and spent the money to bring it back to Mike Strantz’s vision of how this course should look and feel. It is easy to get to with proximity to Richmond and...

Scarcroft

This is a nice course but when you’re spoiled by the other quality courses around Leeds, it doesn’t stand out as it might elsewhere in the county. It’s a nice parkland course set amongst mature trees, with spacious fairways.It has a few tough opening...

Palmetto

Palmetto may well of been the biggest surprise of 2018 for me. I had heard great things about this untouched classic gem that flew very much under the radar and in the shadow of its Augusta based neighbor however, the course, the club and the general...

Cape Kidnappers

I played Cape Kidnappers in February 2019 and was able to play it twice the same day. I experienced all sorts of weather in the two rounds.I read some of the other reviews and I understand some of the criticism as a resort course with a very differe...

Atlantic

I played Atlantic yesterday (10/14/19) and thought it was a gem of a golf course. I note that Golf Digest has it as the 17th best golf course in New York which feels about right given the quality of the courses above it. More importantly it reaffir...

JCB

One of the toughest and most intimidating opening holes in golf (especially from the Black tee tips) sets the scene at JCB Golf & Country Club. A 200-yard water carry will leave a long iron approach to a well-bunkered, offset green that’s also flanke...

Ballybunion (Old)

Visiting Ballybunion for the first time in April 2019, I was very enthusiast to discover a track that i have wanted to play for years.I have not been disapointed at all !The course is superb and offer some of the most scenic holes you can find along...

Penha Longa (Atlântico)

This was the third course on our trip, Troia, Oitavos and here. This is the most interesting of the three set in fantastic scenery with some great holes and amazing views, high tees and interesting shots to play. Sadly it has been badly let down by t...

Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos was the second of three course we played in the last week, Troia was the first. Oitavos is certainly in a different league to Troia with the course being well cared for and the hotel being good if a little stark. My issue with the course is c...

Troia

After seeing how highly ranked this was a group of five of us decided to visit on a golf trip this month. It’s a 144km from Lisbon Airport but we thought the drive would be worth it, it was not. From the moment you arrive at the course you realise th...

Noord-Brabantsche - Toxandria

A good, traditional club with an old, classic Heathland Course. The course is a bit quirky (blind shots and many doglegs) and the course routing is a bit hard to get used to. 2 times you cross the fairway and at various holes you go back to the nex...

Diamond Country Club (Diamond)

Ten years after the original Jeremy Penn design, the golf course underwent extensive rework because the water table, depending on the nearby Danube river, had risen by quite a bit, exposing the course to frequent flooding. Thus were added a number of...

Colony Club Gutenhof (West)

Almost 6,500 meters from the back tees, this course may be flat but it is no joke… even less so for the golfers starting from any tees forward! In fact, the club has 6 sets of tees, and even the shortest one plays almost 5,200 meters, which is quite...

Shaker Run (Woodlands & Lakeside)

Suburban golf courses have been known to acquire odd shapes to better suit the properties that line the fairways. Shaker Run is a collection of especially amoeboid shapes...where the homes and condominium development came nearly 40 years after the co...

Mount Malarayat (Mt. Makulot & Mt. Lobo)

Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club consists of a 27-hole golf course that is located in a relatively cool and flat hilly area, located at around 1,300 ft. (400 meters) above sea level. I will be reviewing their best 18-hole course combination of Mt....

Westerham

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent round at Westerham in a society day, I must admit to being surprised given its lowly ranking on this site how good it was, possibly its short length is held against it, I would certainly rank it higher than the likes of...

Grand Saint-Emilionnais

Everything about the golf club is so wonderfully understated, from the simple sign on the roadside to the changing rooms and clubhouse, the charming staff and to the way the course sits in harmony with the landscape. The Mourgue d'Algue family chose...

Kinloch Club

Jack Nicklaus is often criticized for his golf course designs. Some of it is fair and some of it is not. I have had the privilege of playing several of his better designs: Muirfield Village, Mayacama, Pronghorn, Castle Pines, and some of his co-de...

Baltusrol (Lower)

Baltusrol, is a great experience in general, wonderful old school clubhouse, great history and an excellent golf atmosphere.The course is tough, they take pride in having their greens running as fast as possible and their rough next to their narrow f...

Astoria Golf & Country Club

Somehow, Astoria County Club, a true links course by every definition and one of the only true links courses in the US, didn't find it's way into George Peper and Malcolm Campbell's, True Links. Nor did it find it's way into the 246 Links Courses of...

Kauri Cliffs

We had a lot of rain at Kauri Cliffs even after waiting out a three hour rain delay in order to start, which meant I could only play one round on the golf course. Due to the saturation of the golf course, we played tees perhaps a bit shorter than th...