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Yokohama (West) 17/01/2021

2nd Kanto - Best in Area 5th Japan Ranking 8th Asia Ranking
YCC was founded in 1960 and took Takeo Aiyama six years to design and build two courses - West and East. In 2014 Bill Coore was hired for a major two-year renovation of t...

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Tokyo 17/01/2021

1st Kanto - Best in Area 4th Japan Ranking 7th Asia Ranking
Kasumigaseki and Tokyo Golf Club (TGC) actually touch each other. What is amazing is that the rolling terrain at Kasumigaseki becomes basically flat at TGC. TGC is the mo...

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Takanodai 12/01/2021

10th Kanto - Best in Area 17th Japan Ranking 53rd Asia Ranking
Takanodai was designed by Seiichi Inoue (Japan’s top architect) in 1954. It is 7,132 yards, par 72. The Japan Open has been held at TCC four times, most recently in 2011....

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Palmetto 11/01/2021

5th South Carolina - Best in Area
Palmetto’s rhythm and variety are delightful. The handsome bunkers and great green complexes fit smoothly into the hilly and somewhat rugged terrain. There are many diffe...

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Wee Burn 09/01/2021

5th Connecticut - Best in Area
The Devereux Emmet-designed course opened 1925. Geoffrey Cornish did some minor renovation work in 1978. After playing St. George’s rough-and-tumble-looking course, my ov...

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Country Club of Farmington 08/01/2021

30th Connecticut - Best in Area
The Country Club of Farmington was founded in 1892, and Emmet completed an 18-hole course in 1924. Some renovation work has been done over the years by Orrin Smith, Geoff...

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Keney Park 07/01/2021

11th Connecticut - Best in Area
Keney Park is a Hartford-community playground on 694 acres four miles north of downtown. The golf course opened in 1927 with nine holes designed by Devereux Emmet. The ba...

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Sleepy Hollow (Upper) 05/01/2021

16th New York - Best in Area 92nd USA Ranking
Walking with a caddie is mandatory at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. The course is only 6,902 yards long, but it is really hilly with some steep uphill and downhill walks. T...

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Maidstone 04/01/2021

8th New York - Best in Area 32nd USA Ranking 36th North America Ranking 71st World Ranking
The main West Course at Maidstone opened in 1925. (There is also a nine hole Members Course.) Scotsman Willie Park, Jr., along with younger brother John, are credited wit...

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Seminole 03/01/2021

1st Florida - Best in Area 21st USA Ranking 21st North America Ranking 37th World Ranking
I first played Seminole in Juno Beach, Florida in the mid 1970s when it was rated as one of the very best courses in the world. Sadly, I did not feel the excitement then...

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Olivos (Blanca & Colorada) 02/01/2021

1st Argentina Ranking
It was 75 degrees, partly cloudy, and a light 5 mph breeze. We have caddies. Ronnie Damm is a former mini-tour player. I love talking to golf course superintendents, so I...

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Jockey Club (Blue) 31/12/2020

19th Argentina Ranking
At 2:30 p.m. we are on the Blue course which is 6,378 yards par 72. Besides the golf, the highlight of the afternoon was Clasby and McCoy zipping around the course on Bra...

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Jockey Club (Red) 31/12/2020

2nd Argentina Ranking
We were wondering how MacKenzie could do his architectural magic on such featureless terrain. It was working with drainage expert Koontz. All the flat land for the fairwa...

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Gávea 31/12/2020

5th Brazil Ranking
A busy main road runs through the course. Tall apartment buildings are on two sides of the course. Another side of the course is a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach an...

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Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course 31/12/2020

2nd Brazil Ranking
Since the 2016 Olympics there had been negative rumors about the survivability of the course, so we were apprehensive. Our fears were heightened when we were greeted at t...

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Santapazienza 30/12/2020

1st Brazil Ranking 98th World Ranking
Santapazienza is the ultimate “estate course” with only two members and play only from their guests. In addition to having the course to ourselves, another plus was how q...

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