The finale of the FedExCup Playoffs concludes this weekend at East Lake, where all thirty golfers who progressed to the season-ending Tour Championship have a mathematical chance to win the $10m jackpot.
We first published rankings for Japanese courses in 2009, so this is our fourth biennial update, which started out eight years ago in a very modest fashion with a Top 10. We’ve gradually increased our coverage in Japan and we now present the latest edition of those listings.
The Ardfin Estate was acquired in 2010 from the Riley-Smith family, brewers from Tadcaster in Yorkshire, by retired Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey and the London-based owner has embarked on a long term redevelopment project to restore the semi-derelict C-listed Jura House to its former glory and construct a top class 18-hole golf course.
Dave Finn, our Canadian Correspondent, visited Panama on two separate occasions this year to sample the best courses on offer at the lower end of the continental divide that separates North and South America.
Another self-confessed golf nut named John Sabino set off a few years ago “in pursuit of golf’s Holy Grail”, his task was to play the World Top 100. He wrote a blog as he progressed along his golfing journey before being approached by a book publisher to write about how he gained access to some of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world.
Playing the World Top 100 Ever list involved conquering 317 courses (including the MacWood Spoof list) in 37 different countries. An eye-watering number of air miles later, only one person in the entire world can say “I’ve done it” and now “the New Golf Life Begins… Return to Great Ones”
Swedish courses feature prominently in our Continental European Top 100, so Jan Nordstrom, our Nordic correspondent, was keen to show us what golf was like in the south of the country, so we joined him for a nine course golfing excursion around the city of Malmö.