A year in architecture - 2018 newsmakers (part 2)... M. James Ward weighs in on the golf ball distance debate, says goodbye to Pete Dye and takes a look at the alternative golfing options that are emerging around the world.
The 2018 calendar is drawing to a close and looking back there were a number of key newsmakers clearly providing a significant impact on the architectural side of things. In some cases the headliners of 2018 will carry forward into 2019.
Here’s the rub, in fact here’s two rubs. Oitavos purports to be a natural links course. It’s not. No run on fairways, hit and stick on the green, best played through the air and crater plug marks on the fairways. It looks somewhat like a links, but plays more parkland...
Why isn’t the holiday course at its best when my home course is in great condition? Three factors conspire to make certain times of the year very trying for Mallorcan greenkeepers…
Over the years, many people have written in asking us to explain our ranking and rating process. In this article we explain that design is the most important element of consideration but we also admit that subjectivity is impossible to eliminate.
On my first visit a few years ago, Lough Erne blew me away… I’ve [since] become less enamoured by the course… the widow’s peak style bunkers, clover-like in their appearance, aren’t to my taste and the fairway conditions can play very soft.
It’s nearly two years to the day since we published the last edition of our Australian Top 100, so it’s time we presented the latest biennial revision of this ranking list, where you'll also find nine courses sitting comfortably within our World Top 100.
We left a few loose ends behind when we returned from The Netherlands last year. Our visit back then covered most of the country’s top tracks but there were a few courses that we just didn’t have time to see, until last week...
Oops I did it again; I got sucked into playing an overly expensive Asian golf course that rates fairly highly within the country. In the case of Navatanee, likely based on two factors: it clings to the World Cup 1975 tag and it's an expensive and mostly private club.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Michlifen Golf & Country Club is the Golden Bear’s first Signature course in North Africa and it’s been built to a standard that makes it more than capable of hosting both national and international tournaments.