NGLA serves as a showcase for template golf, and it’s only fair that Charles Blair Macdonald would contribute his own designs to the mix—rather than draw inspiration from Scotland. No. 14 “Cape” is a case in point.
L'expérience du sublime. Dinard is correlative with Pebble Beach and Old Head where the experience is so much more than the golf course in terms of the traditional ratings criteria such as design, challenge, variety of holes, presentation etc.
Richard Smith and his wife Ruth take a trip from Knoxville to Sand Valley via Lawsonia to check out a few excellent public access courses in The Badger State.
Most of the template holes replicated by Macdonald and his acolytes draw inspiration from originals based in golf's homeland, the British Isles. The Biarritz is a rare exception, most commonly traced back to the Southwest coast of France, in the region of the same name.
Irish golf is set for an extended spell in the golfing spotlight following Shane Lowry’s Open Championship victory, with the announcement of Adare Manor as host venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup.
Pairing golf with wine sounded good to us, so we headed to Bordeaux and Biarritz in the historical Aquitaine region to sample both pleasures.
North Berwick Golf Club has several holes that we now call “templates” and it may be responsible for the greatest of them all. C.B. Macdonald referred to the Redan as “the finest one-shot hole in the world.”
Over the coming months we plan to run a series of articles focused on template or replica holes that became the design foundation of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Let's start at the very beginning – A is for Alps.
It drapes across the landscape like it was always there… this is a modern course for the modern game. There are nods to history, spectacular Redan greens etc. It is not genesis, but it is a revelation.
Tom Doak has completed a routing proposal for the new St Patrick’s Golf Links in Ireland and his company has already constructed two greens as a first step on the path to full development of the site.