Stephen S

I'm a PGA Professional from Scotland with a huge interest in golf course architecture. I grew up in South West Scotland playing and caddying at Turnberry and Western Gailes. When I was 15 my family moved to Adelaide, Australia where I fell in love with sand belt courses. Having represented state and country in amateur golf there, I decided to move back to Scotland to pursue my PGA degree. I was fortunate enough to start my apprenticeship at the Old Tom Morris designed Machrihanish. Since then I have been a teaching Pro at Turnberry and now reside in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I would say my taste in architecture comes from my appreciation for old links courses in Scotland like the Old Course, Machrihanish, Royal Dornoch and North Berwick. There are not many courses in the world that are more enjoyable to play than those 4 and we need to get back to these short fun quirky courses that challenge ones imagination without feeling the need to thrash driver on 14 tee shots. My favourite architects are Harry Colt, Pete Dye, Mike Strantz and Alistair McKenzie (mainly for his bunkering).


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Chambers Bay 29/09/2021

2nd Washington - Best in Area
Chambers Bay received bad press after the 2015 US Open due to its agronomy issues but don't let this put you off playing here because it truly is an excellent course. The...

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Craigielaw 18/08/2021

17th Lothians - Best in Area 85th Scotland Ranking
I don't have a lot of good or bad things to say about this course. Its a typical modern design with very little imagination. Greens were raised up and very challenging if...

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Tradition Golf Club 18/08/2021

31st California - Best in Area
A beautiful and very well maintained course with decent architecture but nothing I haven't seen before. The fairways were generous and greens pretty standard. This course...

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Caledonia 02/07/2020

9th South Carolina - Best in Area
This is my favourite course in Myrtle Beach and possibly the most enjoyable golfing experience I've had in all of the low country. I am a strong advocate for shrinking go...

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Gullane (No.1) 01/07/2020

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Gullane No1 is a classic design with very minimal contouring and extremely good turf conditions. There are very few standout holes on this course but the views and pure l...

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Manele 15/06/2020

3rd Hawaii - Best in Area
I've never been a huge fan of Nicklaus designs but this one is excellent. The routing and cliff top views are as good as you'll see anywhere in the world and the course c...

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Wigtownshire County 15/06/2020

6th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
A great little course with good turf. The Stranraer area is blessed with hidden gems but this course and St Medan are the only two that play like a true links. My only gr...

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Kirkcudbright 15/06/2020

8th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area
This course is a hidden gem in the beautiful town of Kirkcudbright. The course has a lot of character and is in good condition. I liked how far back the rough was cut, it...

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Tobacco Road 03/05/2020

8th North Carolina - Best in Area
I have played a lot of the great courses in the world and Tobacco Road is now my favorite. I played it on 22/4/20 in perfect conditions. EVERY hole is interesting and fun...

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True Blue 09/04/2020

28th South Carolina - Best in Area
I am astonished to see True Blue as 28th on the list of SC courses, it is firmly inside the top 10 in my mind. I played True Blue in late March in beautiful weather and w...

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