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Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean)
We played the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island near Charleston, South Carolina, USA this month (Nov. 2014). Pete Dye designed the course in 1989-90, I believe, to host the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches. It is a
Double Eagle
Double Eagle is known for its superior condition, and I would wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. It felt like we were walking on plush carpet for 18 holes. The greens are true and quick. There
One call from my pro and we had a tee time at Valhalla, the site of the 1996 PGA Championship. It took us about three hours to fly to Louisville, Kentucky, where we got a courtesy car from the airport
Sand Hills
Sand Hills is all about the golf. “Golf courses are built for many reasons,” Bill Coore said over lunch months later. “The main ones are demographically driven: to support real-estate development or p
Trump International (Championship) - West Palm Beach
good track similar to Shadow Creek from Vegas. Trump spends money and keeps the courses in good condition.
Mountain Lake
A true hidden gem that doesn't get talked about too much. I loved the square greens and bunkers....biarritz, redan, and a fairly good amount of hills for the middle of florida.
Bear's Club
Very upscale and manicured golf course
Baltusrol (Lower)
Baltusrol holds a cherished place in golf’s rich history. It has hosted 16 national championships. The giants of golf have walked its fairways for more than a hundred years: Bobby Jones was here. So,
Shoal Creek
Shoal Creek hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships; the 1990 Championship brought notoriety to the club that it much rather would have avoided. A month before the championship, Hall Thompson, foun
I’ve had the good fortune to play some fabulous links golf courses including, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Royal Birkdale and Royal Porthcawl. Now I’m not saying that Pennard is in the same lea
Country Club, Brookline (Clyde & Squirrel)
It was very windy (two to three clubs of wind) the day I played the Country Club, but I had an excellent front nine. I shot 40, followed by a 46 on the back nine for an 86 on the day. Then Ed showed m
Salem Country Club was designed by Donald Ross. I’m usually not a big Donald Ross fan, but there are two or three of his courses I really like and Salem is one of them. Ross must have spent a lot of t
Pine Valley
Pine Valley. . . Where to start. I believe when reviewing PV one must first state, and understand, the level it is being rated at, and the courses it is being ranked against. PV appears at #1 in the v
Golf Club
The Golf Club was founded in 1967 by Fred Jones. Rumour has it that Jones wanted to get into Scioto but couldn’t get an invitation, so he decided to build his own club and hired a virtually unknown Pe
Platja de Pals
Excellent Golf Course. Last time I played was october the 26th. Fairways & greens where cleaned and fast. Pay attention to 7th left dog leg hole, a wrong club choice at the tee, could make you in tro
Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
The greens were in beautiful condition with very subtle and hard-to-read breaks. The front nine was the warm up to a hilly and exciting back nine with some great holes and elevation changes. Number 16
Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps is without doubt one of most stunning locations in world golf. As the course is perched high upon a 1500 metre plateau, it can be very difficult to tear your eyes aw
Thornhill Golf & Country Club
Thornhill is an exceptional course laid out near the heart of a bustling city. Though not often talked about, Thornhill is a hidden gem and is a Stanley Thompson masterpiece. While not as long as some
Anfi Tauro
I was really looking forward to playing Anfi having read the great reviews. Unfortunately it ended up being a disappointing experience. We turned up nice and early to warm up properly only to be
Llavaneras is worth a visit – here is a Spanish course in easy reach of Barcelona with some history (opened in 1945) and it is not like many of the newer courses of the country which can be set-up to
Thorndon Park
Played 11/11/14 although the course was a little wet in places,overall it is a excellent Colt course,a top surrey course in Essex,if that helps if you've not played. A pleasant clubhouse with very fri
Shinnecock Hills
I was the only one there, save a couple of employees. The sun, a massive orange ball, greeted me as it rose slowly over the end of Long Island. I took my time touring the locker room’s photos and view
St George's Golf & Country Club - Ontario
Both times that I have played at St. George's have been excellent experiences. The conditioning of the course was fantastic with some of the fastest greens I have putted on. Though neither time, I pla
Muskoka Bay
Muskoka Bay is probably the best public golf course in Ontario. The course is difficult but very dramatic and extremely fun. The highlight of playing Muskoka Bay is definitely being able to see (and h
Bayview is a great course which is always impeccable condition. It has a good routing as well as excellent staff and facilities. Currently, it is undergoing renovations to update the irrigation system
East Sussex National (West)
I remember making the trip to play here when the courses first opened in 1990 to great fanfare. The much anticipated opening was big news back then. Billed as England's Augusta, no expense was spared
Grand Lucayan (Reef)
The Reef course is heading in the same direction as its sister course, the Dick Wilson-designed Lucayan, which closed. I stayed at the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort and frankly they would do thems
Garden City
There are three rules at Garden City: 1. No women; 2. Wear a sport coat in the clubhouse; 3. No cell phones on the course. That’s it! Anything else goes. Word has it that no one cares whether or not y
Spey Bay
Its been a few years since I last played Spey Bay and it is always nice to play so close to the sea, however my visit was somewhat overshadowed by how much the course/club has changed (for the worse),
Isla Canela
A group of us from Gloucestershire have been going over every December for the last 10 years or so to play for a week on the “Spanish Algarve” and always play Isla Canela at least once. Handicaps 5-20
Salobre (South)
A short but tight layout set in a valley with holiday villas on both sides (fortunately far enough back that they don't entrude on the course). We played in early November, which seems a good time of
Harbour Town
I had heard from several locals that the course would be in terrible shape, and parts of it were, but most of it was fine. The day was overcast and rain was predicted, but as I stood on the first tee
Ferndown (Old)
Played Ferndown a couple of weeks ago in glorious autumn sunshine. Received a warm welcome from all and knew from walking onto the first tee I was in for a treat. The course was in superb order and ha
Thracian Cliffs
Given its spectacular setting and the glorious weather my group enjoyed it sounds almost churlish of me to disagree with these other reviews of fulsome praise for the course. But disagree I must.
Burnham & Berrow (Championship)
The first tee gives you a small hint of what’s in store as their appears to be only a slither of fairway available to hit.... it’s no illusion! Lots of drives requiring total accuracy or you will lik
Quinta do Lago (North)
Played the newly re-designed North course on the opening day having previously play it in its old guise several years ago. I believe that this may now be the number #1 course in Portugal alongside Mo
Long Cove
We were in for more Pete Dye golf at Long Cove, but this course was a treat, even though I was a bit tired since it was our second 18-hole round of the day… The first hole had water all down the left
Gleneagles (King's)
What a gorgeous golf course...played on a windy fall day with sunshine & unlimited visibility, one Kodak moment after the other. I had played the
Duke's St Andrews
What a fantastic course, and in lovely condition in mid October. Our first round in a nine day trip to St Andrews, and it did not fact at the end of the trip it was still one of my thr
Chart Hills
Played Chart Hills in September for the first time since 2007 and I was shocked at the poor condition. In a similar vein to the
Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean)
In Bury Me in a Pot Bunker, Pete Dye writes that because Kiawah Island lies east to west off the Carolina coast he was surprised to learn there is no prevailing wind. It blows alternately from the eas
Mountain Ash
I really quite liked Mountain Ash, although I fear it's going down hill (not literally!). Some fairly new trees seem to be about, suggesting a lack of appreciation of classic architectural principles,
Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)
I'm not sure how this made the top fifty in Wales, let alone the top five. It's a modern course which will follow the predictable pattern of slipping further and further down the ranking as time goes
Woodbridge (Heath)
Woodbridge somehow manages to keep itself under the radar. Presumably they like it that way. It is without doubt one of the very best in the area and the county as a whole has many fine courses which
Crystal Downs
Alister MacKenzie, in my opinion, is the greatest golf architect to ever shape raw land into a golf course. He designed Augusta National, Cypress Point, Pasatiempo, Valley Club, and Crystal Downs, amo
Silloth on Solway
Utterly brilliant. Every holes a challenge and looks stunning! Warm welcome (not always the norm at some great Links venues). Greens are true and well sloped and some of the bunkers a delight! Will ru
Played here in a Society day and the course was in excellent condition. Firm quick greens even in autumn and the course is tight and challenging.
Oakland Hills (South)
Ben Hogan called it the “Monster” and the name stuck. Oakland Hills, located in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, has two courses, North and South. That’s probably about as much as you need to know about
Medinah (No.3)
Course #3 has three tee boxes: 7,508 yards, 7,096 yards, and 6,776 yards. We played the short 6,776 tees (yeah right, real short). Course #3 is cut out of woods, one long tree-lined hole after the oth
Donnafugata (Parkland)
I have to confess to being a little disappointed with the opening holes on this course; they seem a little too straight-forward in appearance and are made difficult only by their length. All that chan
Verdura (West)
There is little between them but I thought the West course had the edge over the East in terms of all round enjoyment. In a similar vein to its companion course it features a friendly opening, this ti
Verdura (East)
I played Sicily’s top four courses in September – the two each at Verdura and Donnafugata. I didn’t really know what to expect of golf here but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how good the courses
Donnafugata (Links)
Well it isn’t a links course but from the outset you will see what they mean – in the background are hills and rolling fairways rising behind the first tee. It looks delightful and I have to say this
Palmeraie (Jbilettes & Atlas)
Tempted by unlimited Golf for five days and four nights for under £500 we found ourselves at the Grand Palmerai Resort. It is situated ten minutes from the bedlam of downtown Marrakech, but happily, o
Aronimink is another Donald Ross design, and the plaque on the first tee states, “Donald Ross thinks this is his best work to date.” The course was in fabulous shape, although a few of the holes were
Heritage Golf Club
I played here (quite a few times) with my family in April 2012, staying on an all-inclusive package at the Heritage Awali hotel, and, because the golf course is part of the hotel and its sister hotel,
Sahalee (South & North)
Recently I had the nice experience of playing Sahalee with a friend who's a member there. He asked me to come and provide honest feedback about the course. It's a great private members club with super
Shinnecock Hills
Two weeks ago Thursday I became one of the extremely fortunate few to have had the opportunity to play Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. As someone with a tremendous passion for GCA this is truly as good as
Congressional (Blue)
I assumed Congressional would be overrun with members of Congress, but I don’t think that’s the case (although I think it was the case when it was founded). There are two courses, East and Gold (go fi
Burnham & Berrow (Championship)
Played here 30 years ago, playing off 5. Shot 76 gross am. Had lunch, walked out to play 18 holes pm. Got stopped by an elderly member. He said, "Not going to play out there this afternoon are you"? "
Sahalee (South & North)
Sahalee, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, was designed by Ted Robinson, his only entry on the Top 100. Caved out of the tall cedar and Douglas fir trees that are native to the Northwest, Sa
Trevose (Championship)
Fairly undulating and open links course with panoramic views to the sea from the clubhouse, looking down over the course. No real stand out holes, although the fourth green is in a fantastic location
Seminole was designed in 1929 by Donald Ross and sits right on the ocean in North Palm Beach, Florida… I’ve played many Donald Ross courses now, and some are outstanding (Seminole,
Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)
Woodhall Spa Hotchkin is outstanding,make the effort to go,even if it's in the middle of nowhere,(sorry it just feels that way)I have to admit I played it over 20 years ago,no GPS or range finder gadg
Walton Heath (Old)
In September I played the Old Course for a second time,& my fondness of the 18 holes has not diminished.from the long but fair par3 start it's a wonderful experience.I feel that it rewards good golf,a
Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)
Played the west course in the morning and old course in the afternoon in sept 2014.the west course is a lovely course in itself,many clubs would be honoured to call it thier main course.after a superb
Royal Cinque Ports
In 2014,I had the pleasure to play 36 holes in a day twice at RCP.once in feb and again in June,from the moment you arrive you know this is how a golf club should be,the old style clubhouse,polite fri
This is a great golf course with great people in the clubhouse and shop. This was my 191st golf course so I've seen a few. I cannot see any creditability for any of the negative reviews here. On the 1
A good course in need of lots of TLC, tees were awful and bunkers had the consistency of concrete. Some excellent holes, par 5 14th. is as good a hole as you will play anywhere and the 17th. green ha
J ai joué à plusieurs reprises sur ce golf. Il est magnifique esthétiquement parlant et complet sur le plan technique! Les fairway sont souples comme de la moquette et les greens impeccables. La secon
I really enjoyed this golf course. It can be quite hard for beginners as it is technical, but I found it really fun. It has a beautiful design in the Tuscan sea landscape. I stayed at the resort on si
Jupiter Hills (Hills)
George Fazio (Tom Fazio’s uncle) designed the course in 1970 with Tom’s help. Although it’s called Jupiter Hills and the clubhouse sits on the highest point in the county, most of us who don’t live in
Nairn (Championship)
It's hard to find much wrong with Nairn; it's conditioning is certainly as good as you'll find anywhere in the country. Ok, so it may not have the towering dunes that give some of the other great link
Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)
Four of us made the pilgrimage to Rosapenna in August, playing Sandy Hills in the morning and the Old course in the afternoon. Not the easiest of locations to get to but we were so glad that we made t
Our group played Ross-on-Wye as part of a trip that included the Players Club, Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham & Berrow earlier this month. We expected quite a lot from Ross, which is ranked very highly
Players Club (Codrington)
Played the Codrington course earlier this month on a sunny day with a two-club wind and enjoyed it very much. Challenging course with numerous memorable holes of great variety but also very playable f
Carne (Kilmore)
Five years ago, when I was last in Belmullet, there was talk of a new nine being laid out (by American architect Jim Engh) amongst the towering dunes adjacent to the existing 18-hole
Valley Club of Montecito
It seldom rains in Santa Barbara; in fact, it hadn’t rained in two months, but it rained that day, almost all day. It began raining on the second hole and never let up. After Number 5, Annie quit and
Lykia Links
Just came back from Belek and Played 5 courses during the Hurricane week. From the moment you see those bunkers with the sleepers, you know you are going to experience something different from the nor
Pinehurst (No.2)
This course is on everyone’s Top 10, but to be honest I don’t know why. I liked it but I didn’t love it…

Ross is probably the most prolific designer who ever lived; he designed more than 400 g
Martin invited me to play Hindhead earlier this month and so, after being too long away (some 8 years), I returned to sample one of Surrey’s delights. A gorgeous, shirt-sleeved autumn day set the tone
Claux Amic
On arrival, golfers are bound to be struck by the sight of a wonderful new modern clubhouse and practice facility. When you then see the ongoing construction of an adjacent 50-bedroom hotel and 90-apa
Grande Bastide
Opened just over 20 years ago in 1992, this course has now matured nicely into one of the outstanding parkland tracks in the region. There’s a few water hazards around the place – particularly on the
Opio Valbonne
I’m no lover of fairways that dog leg at a right angle off the tee and Opio Valbonne opens with just such a hole, unfortunately. Later on the front nine, at the par five 7th, the angle of bend in the
Hong Kong (New)
This course is very similar to the Eden course. It is a little flatter and contributes 10 holes to the HK Open European / Asian Tour event. Always presented in excellent condition it has the trademark
Hong Kong (Eden)
I am surprised that this is ranked as low as it is. I am a single figure handicap golfer and I would rate this the number 1 course in Hong Kong. It is not a long course and perhaps that hurts its rank
Ria Bintan (Ocean)
Played Oct 2014. I am a single figure handicap golfer and Ria Bintan is the best course to play of the courses in Bintan. The Ocean course is very well maintained. It is not an overly long course but
Augusta National
I just dropped a three-foot putt for par on Number 12 at Augusta National, my first par of the day. I am at the apex of Amen Corner, a place I never dreamt I would be standing. Jack Nicklaus calls thi
Montrose (Medal)
Played this course in early October on a beautiful day without too much wind. Thought the course was superb in every aspect, tees, fairways, the first rough (as I was lucky enough to stay out of the d
Porto Carras (Olive Grove)
I played this course twice in the past and my impressions were positive, as I've stated in the other review. I went to play there in July 2014. The course has gone to seed and is in need of maintenanc
Pine Valley
I was ready for a difficult day of golf. Everyone said I would never break 100 on my first visit here. But I parred Number 1 and ended the day with a 92. This is one hard course, par 70 with a rating
We drove to Wheaton, a small suburb northwest of Chicago, and as we were looking for the entrance drive, we finally saw what may be the smallest sign ever made for a golf course. I don’t want to give
This resort is very poor and run down, the only reason it is still in business is that there are not too many rivals. The golf course is in terrible shape. We played when they had just aerated the gre
Ipswich (Purdis Heath)
I'm writing this review to get a sense of perspective here. This is certainly a very good course but to give it 6 balls to compare with the likes of Pebble Beach, Augusta? Do me a favour. And trust me
Maidstone was created in its current form in the 1920s by Willie Park. It lies in East Hampton and, to some people’s thinking, may be the most exclusive club on Long Island. The south end of this peni
Just wished I lived closer as I think a no brainer as for being a member there.Great interesting course which is aesthetically very pleasing also a very decent half way house. The first hole doesn't
After my lunch at Quaker Ridge, I met up with my host and we were off to the Stanwich Club for a one o’clock tee time. The Stanwich Golf Club is in Greenwich, Connecticut (about 20 miles from
Fortrose & Rosemarkie
Great fun. Tight, short, but a proper links course in a great setting.
D' Aro
Nice holiday course. Not outstanding but good as part of a trip to the Catalonian Coast. Up a very hilly mountain road, which was too much for one of our group after a night out. Some big changes in e
Very enjoyable course. Many of the holes feel like genuine links holes and even those set away from the beach add interest. Well worth a visit. Testing in the wind.

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