Latest Golf Course Reviews

Lancaster (Meadowcreek & Dogwood)

There's not much to add from what Fergal and Mark have stated. The most enduring aspect of Lancaster for me is the tremendous usage of the land and how Flynn keeps players on one's toes in slotting the holes so well.Like a savvy baseball pitcher, you...

Albi Lasbordes

One of the better courses in the area, some 60kms from Toulouse, with spectacular views over the river Tarn and the magnificent cathedral in Albi. The course is relatively open but water comes into play on some 9 holes, including each of the last 4.T...

Toulouse Palmola

The choice of courses around Toulouse is not huge but for anyone in the area looking for a game of golf, Palmola is probably the best choice. Laid out in the forest of Buzet, accuracy is preferable than length, especially since the club has recently...

Hallamshire

Hallamshire is a stunning Colt/Fowler-influenced out and back inland gem that makes great use of the prevailing terrain. A combination of heathland, moorland and parkland characteristics, Hallamshire appears somewhat underrated when you see where it...

Moonah Links (Open)

The Open course is an absolute beast. As a beast, it is a great track and a great test of golf. These assets do detract from the playability of the course for the average player. Yet if you want a more playable course, go somewhere else; you don’t ne...

Mountain Lake

This a true gem and a fun course. I will admit to being a Seth Raynor bigot, but he created fun and interesting courses. Do not be misled by the name, while it is one of the highest point in Florida it is barely 100 feet above sea level. As usual,...

Southern Pines

There are not enough adjectives in the golf course reviewer’s thesaurus to capture the masterpiece that is the restored Southern Pines Golf Club. While the layout was no doubt charming and stimulating before, the artistry of Kyle Franz and his team h...

Walton Heath (Old)

Walton Heath occupies a big landscape of wonderful rolling London heathland. It is sand based and perhaps more open and exposed to wind than many of the other heathland courses.I love heathland turf, but for me Walton Heath is defined by magnificent...

Harborside International (Port)

"Port" at Harborside International Golf Center is the older of two courses just south of the city of Chicago. Dick Nugent's architecture is prevalent as you play across reclaimed landfill getting windswept by a consistent breeze off Lake Calumet. You...

Golspie

A 36 hole day at Golspie on a perfect October day is a golfing memory I won’t soon forget. If there’s another course with such a natural flow through all sorts of landscapes, with firm and fast rolling links turf, I haven’t played them (but I should!...

Big Run

With Cog Hill and Ruffled Feathers just a driver and mid iron away - Big Run GC tends to get overlooked by people looking for a tee time in the Chicagoland suburbs...and it's honestly a shame.The oldest of the Des Plaines River Valley, Big Run is a 9...

Castle Stuart

The Castle of Stuart. What turned out to be the star of the show of an immense week of Golf in the Scottish Highlands. Castle Stuart pops from start to finish.The hospitality and welcome were top drawer - folk can't do enough for you. The iconic 1930...

Oldfield

Oldfield Golf Club is tucked behind a security gate in an affluent community in the Bluffton area and thus doesn’t get as much exposure as some of the other courses in the Hilton Head area. The course is spectacularly maintained with true and fast gr...

Westhampton

The mark of a great golf course architect is how they can design a great course on a flat piece of property. Most certainly it is easier to design an interesting and varied course with hilly terrain and landforms that move about. The land at Westhamp...

Carne (Kilmore)

Having gone around the Kilmore 9 on 7 or 8 occasions now I can safely say it’s only getting better and better.I first played the Kilmore 9 in the 2020 Pro-Am after it had reopened in 2019. It was very fresh at the time and probably wasn’t ready for a...

Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

This was one of my first Open Championship courses of which I played before Trump took over and thought it was fantastic then. I came back and played it last year and couldn't believe the changes which were made to improve it even more.You get a grea...

Ko'olau

Played here while stopping off from a cruise, this place is straight out of the Jurassic period. The course plays long due to being sculpted through a rain forest so there is no real run on the ball but the elevation changes make up for that. A nice...

Dumbarnie Links

Lets start off with just wow, looking forward to playing this course more in the future. The layout is fantastic and really enjoy the changes in direction of the holes. Stand out holes on here are 5th hole which an really fun tee shot deciding to go...

Royal Fremantle

I was very fortunate to be based here when flying out for a friends wedding, first of all where do we start? The first hole which provides an elevated tee feeding down to a treelined fairway doesn't disappoint as great start. The course itself is a g...

Royal St George's

Incredible course, Number 1 in the world for me and i have played some one the best. Words cant do this justice, just perfection from start to finish. Such a beautiful club, each hole is different and everyone if enjoyable. Fantastic greens and fair...

Aberdovey

Awesome return visit to Aberdovey on an autumnal weekend morning. Course was in great condition, the welcome in the pro shop and clubhouse was first class.Its clear to see why Darwin fell in love with this place, a good stern test of links golf, with...

San Eliseo

This one is a rarity in Buenos Aires as most of the courses around the area are Parklands and mothern american design. San Eliseo can be pointed as an inland links and it quite behaves that way with almost no trees, high rough in many spots and the f...

Sierra de la Ventana

Played this one way back in time 1991 during the Argentine Junior Amateur which gathered 90 boys a 36 girls. Course is set in a beautiful piece of land in the Ventania Hills and has a layout going away from 1st hole and returning close to the Club Ho...

McLemore Club

Above (edit: Among) the Clouds: Have you ever seen a geological feature and thought: "Yeah, that would be a good place for a golf course"? McLemore is a gorgeous mountain track that crescendos into a vertigo inducing 18th hole.As you might expect fro...

Panmure

Panmure is a must play if visiting Carnoustie. The course is right next door so please do yourself the favour of visiting when you’re travelling through the region. Unlike its more illustrious neighbour that lacks a genuine clubhouse (it actually has...

Southerndown

Southerndown, grazing sheep up ahead,Don’t forget what Tom Doak’s book said,Something special gonna come at the last,Downland fairways are running fast,Southerndown.The urge to paraphrase Neil Young’s famous rebuke of southern values is strong becaus...

Westhampton

When the top tier courses on Long Island are mentioned you won't find the herd of people touting the likes of Westhampton and that's surely because of the individual's ignorance. The first original Seth Raynor design has much to celebrate.First, Ferg...

Sands Point

Before delving into the merits of Sands Point -- which are quite endearing -- it's important to point out how geography plays a role in keeping Sands Point more in the shadows than the rightful recognition the club deserves. Consider this -- when one...

Las Colinas

A very fun course and it has been in great condition when we have played it. The only negative for me it’s quite far between some of the holes. I recommend taking a buggy.

Wentworth (East)

My second time at Wentworth was spent playing the East, having played the West earlier in the year. Clearly their characters are very different but I felt the glowing charm of this Colt classic right from the off and it left me feeling great respect...

Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)

For many years after opening in 1999, USA golf magazines ranked the Tom Fazio designed Canyon course at Barton Creek in the top 100 public courses in the USA. Due to the many fine resort courses that have opened since including Streamsong, Bandon D...

Infinitum (Hills)

The Hills and Lakes courses at Infinitum are poles apart in terms of style and terrain. The flatter Lakes course, which relies heavily on water as its main defence, is a very different proposition to the tree-lined Hills layout. Both are fun to play...

Chenal (Founders)

Chenal Country Club has two courses and I agree that the Founders is the belle of the ball. The first hole is a welcoming par five that leans right and is reachable by big hitters. It is tree lined with a fairway bunker left about 165 yards out. T...

Royal St George's

Played December 2021. First things first. Prior to my visit to Sandwich Bay I had read elsewhere that the welcome at Royal St. George's is somewhat lacking. I was a little nervous about how this might impact my day. Well, if my experience is anything...

Trump International Golf Links - Scotland

Played September 2021. Forget the name of the course. Remember the welcome and the challenge.I was greeted with friendly faces when I arrived at the course. I'd grabbed a reasonable twilight deal a few days beforehand. At the pro shop I was given a w...

The Addington

Played August 2020. I played this course before the extensive renovation work started. When it was 'overgrown' and the ground allegedly sub-par. And immediately I loved it. I'm very much looking forward to playing the course again in 2022. I know it...

Murcar Links

A course of two halves - let down by the second. We played Murcar on a sunny September afternoon, having read a lot about the course and its recent hosting of the Scottish Amateur I was excited to hear what the fuss is about. Holes 3 -> 10 were me...

Cruden Bay (Championship)

Played August 2020. From the moment you arrive and walk past the modest clubhouse to view the course beyond you know you're somewhere special. The view out to the North Sea is breathtaking. In golfing terms you're probably largely looking at the St....

Berkshire (Red)

Played November 2021. A fair and varied test. The fairways were wide enough to give players of all standards a decent chance to hit them, but the heather was tough enough to punish errant shots, whilst still giving a chance to find the ball and get i...

Harbour Town

Harbour Town is a great Pete Dye design that may not test your length, but will certainly test your accuracy. Many who say the course is "overrated" don't appreciate the angles Pete and Alice Dye want you to use while playing the course. After you wi...

Country Club of Buffalo

Fantastic Donald Ross design that will test your iron play on the par 3s and give you some very long and very short par 4s to use all of the clubs in your bag. The par 3 7th "volcano" hole is one of the most visually interesting holes you may ever se...

Architects

Solid golf course with a neat concept of using different architects' styles on each hole. Cool idea but not much of a flow to the course.

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

A must play for any UK based golfer and following just one round here a top 5 that I've ever played - including the back nine.Arriving at Royal Aberdeen i'd read the reviews, watched the videos and was excited to play the best front nine in golf - de...

Nairn (Championship)

Fantastic course - opening run along the sea front hugely enjoyable and very memorable.My memory of the course is probably aided by how well i played the first dozen holes in quite miserable conditions, but a course i am raring to get back and play o...

Goswick

An overlooked and underrated links - well worth a day out. A narrow and twisty road off the A1 takes you across the train tracks and to the dunes and links land that of Goswick. Each 9 holes is a loop from the clubhouse, lending itself to a 27 hole d...

Gleneagles (Queen's)

With only enough time to play two courses at Gleneagles, my travel companion was a little surprised that I chose the Queen’s as our second round as opposed to the Ryder Cup course. As a big James-Braid guy, and not a lover of modern penal designs, th...

Darkhorse

Keith foster did a wonderful job with darkhorse. He took a great piece of property and created 16 great holes. There are only 2 holes I would say leave it shot of a 4.5 or 5.Darkhorse is golf focused. No club house, only a shack. Just a range, green,...

Crown Colony

Crown colony is a hard one because the design of the course is a 4 but the condition of the course is a 2.5. I really enjoyed my time around the course. They tee shots make you think. The greens are a mixture of sizes and challenges. Frankly the desi...

La Costa (Champions)

La Costa was a staple of playing golf and growing up in San Diego. Tons of junior tournaments are played here. It's a real insitution.The course itself is a good challenging track with solid bones. Interesting holes with solid designs. Playing from t...

Royal Cinque Ports

Happy to admit to being a “homer” as I am a very proud member of “Deal”! The work done over the past few years have the course in world class condition. Mix the condition with the great layout and incredible green complexes and you get an insanely g...

Hockley

One of the main challenges of designing a golf course on higher ground is how to both climb and descend the hill at the beginning and end of the round. The clubhouse of courses such as this are usually located at the most accessible (often the lowest...

Pinehurst (No.2)

Hitting a decent golf shot and watching it roll away from your target is a different and unique form of punishment. Being from just outside Cleveland, Ohio; we're used to knowing that a ball that physically lands on the green should always finish SOM...

Pine Needles

The day after playing Mid Pines, I wake up in my lodge at Pine Needles, grab some breakfast at the awesome bar in the clubhouse, hit a few balls and found myself on the 1st Tee box. It's supposed to be a relatively "easy', short par 5 to get your rou...

Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

I have been visiting this part of Dorset annually for a number of year’s, and have played Isle of Purbeck each year as part of the trip. Over the past few years the course conditioning had sadly declined, to the point where I wasn’t going to play it...

London Club (International)

We played this course last weekend as part of our end of year society matches. What a course! given the time of the year the course was in amazing condition. the greens where fast and true, the fairways soft, level almost felt untouched. There was st...

Classic Club

Classic Club is classic Arnold Palmer. Fun routing, decent shape. Play it if you're one of those people that wants to play PGA Tour courses.i was lucky enough to catch it on a calm day, which I've heard is a rarity, and I enjoyed the round and had so...

Stone Eagle

Stone Eagle probably deserves a higher rank amongst the golf courses in California. I'd like to say it's a classic Doak, but I've heard the stories of the amount of dirt that was shipped in to help supplement the construction. Regardless it's a fanta...

San Roque (Old)

What a joy it was to be back at San Roque and play the historic old course and experience the upgrade just a few weeks after the reopening and there is no little renovation that has been carried out consistently for the better.The previous first nine...

Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

The work being carried out on the course is really impressive. The tees, fairways and greens were the best I’ve seen at Isle of Purbeck. The team are removing a lot of gorse which is really opening up the vistas. The views are simply spectacular. Exc...

Pine Needles

I echo the comments provided by Adam and David. Pine Needles often gets less attention than the ensemble of layouts connected to Pinehurst CC. Glad to see the Women's Open returning for the 3rd time in '22 and hopefully the visibility from the teleca...

Long Cove

It amazes me how Long Cove is not really talked about given its prominence in the Palmetto State. The Dye duo -- kudos to Alice -- did a stellar effort. Yes, there's housing on a number of holes but the placement doesn't really take away from the gol...

Camelback (Padre)

If you could only play one of the Camelback tracks, Padre is the one. The first hole leans right and is a welcoming par four with a greenside bunker right. The 2nd is a short par four that bends left and is a good birdie oppty. There is a jog in t...

Camelback (Ambiente)

Camelback Ambiente (which translates to environment?) The first hole is a welcoming dogleg left. There are bunkers on both sides of the elbow. Play for the middle of the fairway and have a short iron in to a green with bunker front left and back...

Victoria Hills

This course is upsetting to me. I went into it not knowing what to expect but quickly was hit with the lack of care this once beautiful golf course has received. Playing Victoria Hills you can quickly notice that this at one point was a top Orlando g...

Waverley Golf Club

$20 to play this Gem was an absolute bargain! After reading Tom Doak's comments I knew it was a must play course and I was not disappointed. Most of the round I felt like I was at home in Scotland on this majestic setting. Minus the Scottish weather...

Kidderminster

A great members club, one you happily play again and again, improving drainage work is increasing the condition in the winter.As a design it is a very pretty tree line golf course and tests the golfer to keep it on the straight and narrow, the greens...

Capitol Hill (Senator)

The Senator is the most open of the Prattville RTJ courses. Lots of moguls and pot bunkers. The first hole is welcoming dogleg right. It has 9 pot bunkers, two on the inside elbow. If you can fly this you will have about 150 yards in to a green wi...

La Purisima

The "4" description of "good course to seek out if in the area" is how I'd best describe La Purisima. Southern California golfers would probably understand a comparison to Lost Canyons (which has since closed). We played today in a shade under four h...

Greenacres

Greenacres lies on one half of Best Island, a flat teardrop shaped island within Waimea Inlet, in what appears like a complex estuary system but with only a rather piddly little river feeding it. It’s a fairly unique setting for a golf course, certa...

Stourbridge

A very honest course on a very small plot of land, for its very traditional layout using the land given to shape it’s design it’s worth a visit. Interest of crossing holes and shared tees are not to everyone’s taste but for me an enjoyable quirk that...

Seaford

There are many ways to make a golf course hard; narrow fairways, long rough, small greens, large greens, fast greens, water. One of the less well known ones is to make it shorter. How so? Trim a hundred yards off two par fives and they become par fou...

Carnoustie (Championship)

Each time we play golf in Scotland it feels as if we are playing a game of Russian Roulette with the weather. To date, we’ve been for the most part, lucky. At Carnoustie the gun finally went off and shot us point-blank between the waterproofs. This i...

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove is the golf deal of the Monterrey Peninsula. For about $65 on the weekend, you will be treated to one of the best coastal golf experiences you can get.The course overall has smaller greens which is expected for a shorter course but they...

Rancho Santa Fe

For the choice few who get to play, Rancho Santa Fe lives long in our memories after we play. I've had the pleasure of playing it 25+ times as the home course to my highschool team and as a guest of some friends who were members.Architecturally it's...

Torrey Pines (South)

Torrey Pines has a special place in my heart as someone who grew up in the area. Having public access at a resonable price to a PGA venue and US open course is an absolute treat. It's a great challenge at all times a year and really asks you to hit f...

Dundonald

Dundonald has been transformed since being purchased by Darwin Escapes in 2019. £25 million has been invested by the new owners with a very impressive two-storey clubhouse being the most noticeable upgrade since my previous visit. A new halfway house...

Streamsong (Red)

My first time on the property was courtesy of architect Tom Doak when he guided a few lucky invitees to see his work on the adjoining Blue Course. I happened to venture over to a number of the holes from the Red that were being created at the same ti...

Wentworth (West)

Played it in November so not a great time of year to play condition wise for most courses.... but it was still outstanding. Fantastic layout with a huge variety for a woodland course, not too tight but tight enough to make very challenging and a few...

Capitol Hill (Legislator)

The Legislator starts with a 600 plus par five that bends right. There is a pesky fairway bunker right in the landing zone and then two more left about 60 yards further. Play it as a three shotter. The 2nd also leans right and is slightly downhill...

Emirates (Majlis)

I’m afraid this course is extremely over-rated by many and it’s great to see it has fallen down the rankings. I first played four years ago and reserved judgement until returning this week. If you’ve got 5 days or less in the UAE, skip this course....

Els Club - Dubai

The Els Club is one of the best two courses in Dubai. Unlike many in the region it isn’t just target golf and it is all the better for it. Instead of soaking the fairways with as much water as possible, the course is left firm and fast in compariso...

Woking

Woking is a lovely heathland course with an old world feel. The course is routed through rolling terrain, with the fairways carved out of the woodlands.The bunkering is impressive and with the heather in bloom and the occasional burn or lake in play,...

Tecina

When you first set forth on the mountainous Canarian island of La Gomera, roughly the size of the Isle of Wight, you cannot understand how it would be possible to build a classic golf course here. The lunar-style landscape has roads that climb up and...

Sundridge Park (West)

Sundridge Park is a 36 hole layout which is hidden in the busy suburb of Bromley, South East London. The West course is a rolling Parkland course that uses undulations and thick trees to navigate you through 18 holes. The first thing you notice on ar...

Carton House (Montgomerie)

It is not easy to get the call to host a World Amateur and both Courses at Carton House held that honor back in 2018. Unfortunately I was not able to play O’Meara to give a full comparison between them (I only walked some holes) but in tough windy an...

Powerscourt (West)

Sometimes you get to courses by accident and this was the case for Me as I was trying to play another one but a busy Sunday made it impossible. And with the help of my local friend Sean a round at this great McLay Kidd design was part of my trip.Mr D...

Royal Dublin

I have to fairly say that RDGC was not in my top spot bucket list but a nice meeting with Jeff at IGTM and the fantastic video of the course he showed pointed me that I was mistaken! Harry Colt is one of the Greatest Designers in Golf Course Architec...

Portmarnock (Championship)

This one was a long awaited since a kid as The Golf Tournament held at my St Brendan’s College had an award named “Portmarnock” for the best attitude on the day and it was one very special prize won by special people. Having been educated at an Irish...

Royal Porthcawl

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Royal Porthcawl on two separate occasions over this calendar year, and on reflection I’d have to categorise it as one of the finest links courses in the UK. The routing is magnificent, the beachside setting is beau...

Omni Tucson National (Catalina)

Over the years the Catalina Course was the home layout for the PGA Tour's big event in the Tucson area. The course is more parkland than actual intersection with the desert. There's also the clustering of houses on a number of the holes.The golf prov...

Oregon

The bright spotlight caused by the magnificent cluster of courses in Bandon not only casts shadows over other layouts in the USA but truly impacts the roster of quality layouts found in the Beaver State.Case in point -- Oregon Golf Club.I have played...

McCormick Woods

A quality layout by Jack Frei -- the man responsible for the even better Desert Canyon in Orondo -- and best of all, available for the public to enjoy.The main deficiency with the layout is the stacking of the housing that engulfs much of the propert...

Silver Lakes (Heartbreaker & Backbreaker)

Heartbreaker starts with a demanding uphill par five. There is a large fairway bunker right starting about 165 yards out. The fairway wraps around it to the left, however, it is only about 15 yards wide. There is another large fairway bunker left...

Quinta do Lago (South)

The final leg of our recent visit found us with an early start at the South course. With the recent large spend on the course I was interested to see what changes had been made. The answer was not many, which in some sense was a relief as the lay...

Hayling

Simply put, Hayling is one of the best links courses you’ll find anywhere in the UK - and maybe even the world!!!Why it is ranked so low I will never know! Amazing views just blend in to one there’s so many, and the course backs them up with a fantas...

Dunbar

For our first golf trip to Scotland we settled on East Lothian as our location, with vast riches of top quality golf courses all within a short drive this was the perfect place to get off the mark on our Scotland golfing journey. In a trip that would...

Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)

I agree with Mark and Adam. I was underwhelmed with the course. Probably, the best thing about the course is you certainly get your heart rate up with the up and down terrain. If you offered to pay for me I would pass.

Amendoeira (O'Connor)

A good second course for a resort like Amendoeira, where the faldo's challenge is the bunkering the o'connor is protected by water on over half the holes. Definitely the easier course however and less pleasing on the eye due to the flat land the cour...

Amendoeira (Faldo)

The Amendoeira resort is a perfect spot for a golfing weekend with friends, everything you need is on site with very well appointed villas and two good golf courses that bring very different challenges. For this review i will focus solely on the Fald...

Royal Golf Club (Montgomerie)

Desert golf is most certainly a game of contrasts, but the Montgomerie course at the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain is one of the more extreme examples I have seen in the Middle East. The emerald rippled avenues stitched between the man-made dunes stando...