Mark White

I have played over 800 different golf courses, of which over 620 of them are on this website. I don't chase "lists" but I look at them to see whether a course worth playing is nearby on my travels. I have my own rating system and have ranked every course I have played. My golf bucket list is to play in every state in the USA (44 so far) and at least 20 countries. I lived in England from 1993-1998 and am a member of a club in Scotland so I continue to go every year to the U.K or Ireland. There are about 600 more golf courses I would love to play. So much golf.....so little time.

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Canyata 09/04/2020

18th Illinois - Best in Area
Canyata has been ranked on Golf Digest in the top 100 in the USA. When I played it on May 6, 2019 it was #63 on Golf Digest. It has one member who is the owner. He pur...

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Des Moines (South) 08/04/2020

4th Iowa - Best in Area
I played Des Moines South on May 5, 2019. Des Moines South is usually rated in the top four courses in Iowa. The South and the second course, surprisingly named the Nort...

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Harvester 07/04/2020

2nd Iowa - Best in Area
I played The Harvester on May 2, 2019 as part of a 3500 mile nine day driving tour that included a stop at The Dunes Club, The Harvester, Chicago GC, Des Moines (South),...

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Mountain Lake 02/04/2020

9th Florida - Best in Area
If there is a top fifty list for most fun golf courses to play, then Mountain Lake would be on the list. The only question would be how high on the list as one could pla...

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Old Memorial 22/03/2020

17th Florida - Best in Area
I think Old Memorial, a Steve Smyers design, is the best golf course in the greater Tampa, Florida area. It makes me want to seek out other golf courses that he designed...

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Old Corkscrew 22/03/2020

72nd Florida - Best in Area
Old Corkscrew, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is the best public golf in the greater Naples, Florida area. What I like the most about the course is that one sees no houses,...

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Calusa Pines 22/03/2020

5th Florida - Best in Area 76th USA Ranking 87th North America Ranking
Calusa Pines is often listed behind TPC Sawgrass Stadium as the number three golf course in Florida, the state that has the most golf courses in the USA. Seminole is cle...

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Talking Stick (Piipaash) 09/03/2020

51st Arizona - Best in Area
The Piipaash course at the Talking Stick Casino/Hotel/Resort designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw is a very average golf course suitable more for people who rarely play....

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Talking Stick (O’odham) 09/03/2020

23rd Arizona - Best in Area
As disappointing as the Piipaash course is, the O’Odham is a fine public golf course designed by Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw on a flat piece of land. Unlike the Piipaash whe...

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Estancia 08/03/2020

2nd Arizona - Best in Area
Is Estancia the best desert golf course in the USA? Many think so although some mention Shadow Creek, a couple of courses near Palm Springs, Desert Forest, and Forest Hi...

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Silverleaf 05/03/2020

10th Arizona - Best in Area
Arizona is blessed with the best of desert golf as Palm Springs does not have enough good land and New Mexico, Nevada and Utah do not have as many golf courses. Around P...

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Apache Stronghold 05/03/2020

37th Arizona - Best in Area
When I pulled into the Apache Stronghold Casino Hotel and Resort about two hours east of the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport at 4PM I was surprised to see only one car. But I...

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Dunes Club 04/03/2020

4th Michigan - Best in Area
What is the best nine-hole golf course in the world? Is it one of the 85 nine-hole courses in Ireland such as Cruit Island, Mulranny, Spanish Point, or Castlegregorry?...

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Llanerch 03/03/2020

35th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
A common question from people who are visiting from far away is “what is the hidden gem in the area?” Near St. Andrews the answer might be Elie, in Chicago it might be K...

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The Belfry (Brabazon) 01/03/2020

1st Warwickshire - Best in Area 76th England Ranking
There are three reasons to play the Brabazon course at The Belfry. The first is to play the course that has hosted more Ryder Cups than any other course in history. If...

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Wentworth (Edinburgh) 28/02/2020

21st Surrey - Best in Area
I like the John Jacobs designed Edinburgh course at Wentworth (with assists from Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher).I do consider Wentworth to be the best club in the UK...

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Berkshire (Blue) 28/02/2020

3rd Berkshire - Best in Area 36th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I will begin this review of the Blue course by copying the first three paragraphs and final paragraph of my review of the Red course, which I wrote first.A day spent play...

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Berkshire (Red) 27/02/2020

2nd Berkshire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
A day spent playing both courses at The Berkshire is in my top ten list of private clubs with two courses. This excludes resorts such as Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Barn...

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