For those of you who are scoffing at the distance of the course, the third hole, a 253-yard par three is a real gut check. Not only is it long, it is well protected with three small greenside bunkers and one large one at about 200 yards off the tee.
In June, our correspondent in France set up a week-long tour of top courses in and around Paris, with a cast list that included half the national Top 10. Here’s how events unfolded when we set out to play this stellar roster of French layouts…
Our Best in State biennial re-ranking exercise for the USA continues unabated, with the revision now focusing on Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin in the eastern half of the Midwest. 18 courses in this division also claim a slot within our US Top 100.
When we last re-ranked Brazilian courses, just before the start of the Olympics, the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course was listed at number 2 and it remains in the runner-up position in this revised edition of the Top 20 chart.
Since 1980 M. James Ward has been covering golf's grandest events and generally that emphasis focuses on the game's premier tournaments, the four majors. He’s been on scene for more than 100 majors, but which of the four is the first among equals?
Our Best in State biennial re-ranking process for the United States of America continues at pace as we reach the western half of the Midwest, embracing the Farm Belt states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Carnoustie, the most demanding links, hosts this week's 147th Open Championship. To better understand the fascinating elements that the links provides, four architects weigh in with their views.
Assessing golfers from across different time lines is no easy task. But the fun in doing so makes for interesting discussions. Ahead of this coming week's Open at Carnoustie, M. James Ward takes a detailed look and lists the Top 5 modern era links players.
One past Open at Carnoustie has received scant attention and it marks a milestone in time with its 50th anniversary. The eventual winner in 1968 was Gary Player claiming his second Open victory…
I first sampled the Gleneagles experience around thirteen years ago, I loved it then and the love affair deepened after my short visit last month when we stayed and played at “The Glorious Playground” in the height of mid summer.