So far in this series of articles about resort golf in Europe we’ve concentrated on Portugal and Spain but now it’s time to look further afield and check out what’s on offer to the north of the Iberian peninsula in the much under-rated golfing nation of France. With the six resorts profiled below, Deauville has 27 holes in play and the other five each boast two 18-hole layouts at the same location.
The message of great, strategic golf course architecture is clear. The actual words used to describe those golf courses, however, are many. The Glossary column will examine more precise terms and concepts that one will find when exploring golf course architecture.
The purpose of the Review of The Month feature is twofold. Top100GolfCourses has always aimed to salute and encourage those who are putting admirable effort into reviewing the world’s great golf courses. We’ll be chatting with the month’s star authors and discussing topics such as golf in their area, what they like to see in a strong course review, and of course dig a little deeper into their own winning review.
We began a series of resort golf features a few months back with a look at The Argarve, which many consider to still be the top region for resort golf in all of continental Europe. We then followed that write-up with three similar articles on the Spanish Costas, the Canary Islands and Mallorca in the Balearics. It’s now time to return to Portugal to highlight some of the great golf on offer around Lisbon.
It’s not often we get a chance to closely inspect a course that’s closed during serious renovation work – indeed the last time was probably with architect Martin Ebert when the Ailsa at Turnberry underwent a total makeover in 2015 – so we were pleased to be invited a few weeks ago to have a look at a nearly completed major refurbishment project overseen by American architect Kurtis Bowman at La Hacienda Links Golf Resort in San Roque.
In the last few weeks we’ve published ranking charts for Northern Ireland, Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland so it’s now time to extract the best 100 of those 380 courses and present them in a re-ordered fashion within our Britain & Ireland Top 100 listings. In this revision, 32 layouts move up, 50 drop down, 13 stay in the same place and 5 are new entries or re-entries.
This is the fifth and final biennial revisions for nations in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for 2022. Now that this exercise has finished, we’re in a position to update and publish a combined “chart of charts” for the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland. For now, we concentrate on the best one hundred golfing layouts located across the “Home of Golf” in Bonnie Scotland.
The Republic of Ireland is the latest country in our Britain & Ireland region to have its Top 100 chart reappraised and this is the ninth biennial revision of the listings for the nation’s twenty-six counties. We maintain separate standings for the six counties that comprise Northern Ireland but maybe one day we’ll get round to producing a combined Top 100 for the island.
This is the third biennial chart release for countries in Britain and Ireland. Over the past few weeks we’ve reported on Northern Ireland and Wales and now it’s the turn of England, where we actually feature more than 500 courses across thirty-six regional listings. The 100 layouts ranked below represent the crème de la crème of a very strong golfing nation which extends to more than 1800 golf courses.
Welcome to the ninth biennial edition of our rankings for Wales. We started out with a modest Top 15 for the country in 2006 which we then doubled in size four years later. By 2014 we’d extended the listings further to a Top 50 and that’s how things have remained since – what’s also remained constant over the last sixteen years is the identity of the nation’s No. 1 golfing layout.