For the feeling of having reached golfing paradise on the edge of the earth, Portpatrick Dunskey is nearly up there with Carne Links in Mayo, Ireland from my experience.
Even the most casual tour follower is familiar with the original Road Hole, the penultimate challenge at the Old course, which often serves as the deciding test, such as when Seve parred the hole to Tom Watson’s bogey during the 1984 Open.
Welcome to the latest edition of our ranking chart for the Caribbean and Atlantic Islands. It’s a vast area of more than a million square miles, where most of the land mass lies to the southeast of the United States and northwest of South America.
This Alpine edition for Austria and Switzerland is the ninth and final publication in a sequence that has taken us all the way from the Mediterranean Sea in the south to the Atlantic Ocean in the north.
This release covers the five nations of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. We’re increasing the number of courses featured in this region, so we now list nearly 200 layouts across this vast northern section of Europe.
South East Europe doesn’t have much golfing tradition, with fewer than ten thousand registered participants in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, so visitors play the vast majority of golf in these countries.
Claiming an “original” Punchbowl green is probably a lost cause, as the earliest of designers didn’t necessarily look at the decision as a piece of golf strategy. It was, in reality, a piece of agronomic planning.
Almost 200 courses are located across the five Central European countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. We feature 38 in our five national ranking lists and we’re confident these courses are the best you’ll find in this region...
Here I am in cold, dark mid-winter, post Christmas blues, but luckily there is a burst of sunshine and joy on my TV screen. The annual Tournament of Champions provides a welcome slice of escapism, transporting me back to the tropical paradise of Maui every January.
We’ve been ranking courses in Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands since 2008. Of course golf has been played in these Low Countries for many years and it was the Dutch who invented the game of kolf in the 13th century.