The “Eden” is one of several templates finding its origins at the Home of Golf itself, the Old course at St. Andrews. It’s a decent hike from the Royal & Ancient, as No. 11 “High In”—the original Eden—is the farthest hole from the clubhouse.
The Double Plateau is one of the occasional templates that has no obvious “original,” so the safe bet in such cases is to head to the National Golf Links of America, C.B. Macdonald’s distinguished template gallery.
The Czech Republic is the last of the four nations in the Visegrád Group that we've visited since 2017. We travelled to Hungary and Slovakia in the summer of 2017 and last year we were in Poland on a fact-finding golf mission.
It's top on many a Swedish golfer's bucket list, at least on the domestic side, and for good reason. It's also worth a look for the window it provides into Swedish golf course architecture and history.
Italy doesn't have the same golfing appeal as some other Continental European countries, such as France, Portugal and Spain. That's not to say it should be overlooked as a golfing destination – far from it.
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.