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Argentario
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
Ross-on-Wye
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
Hindhead
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
Chicago
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
Aldeburgh
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
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
Hindhead
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
Stanwich
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
Estela
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.
Castle Stuart
Fantastic experience. Great layout, stunning setting, fine facilities, invitingly playable but not easy. Expensive but worth it for a treat.
Barseback (Masters)
Surprised at the previous scores for this course. Thought the opening stretch pretty ordinary, the seaside section interesting but out of kilter with the rest of the course. Some very nice pine tree l
Barbaroux
OK. Very hilly in parts. Couple of daft holes.
Chateau de Taulane
Wonderful setting, great condition, some lovely holes, 9 and 18 back to the clubhouse in particular. A little off the beaten track but well worth the visit.
Saunton (East)
It has taken me 18 months to write this review, mainly because I am scarred. I was brutally swept away like aged flotsam on the nearby sands. After a morning round on the
Tytherington
I have played The Tytherington a few times this year. The course is fantastic, a great layout and in very good condition each time I’ve played it. The atmosphere around the club house is relaxed maki
Quaker Ridge
Before I embarked on my Top 100 quest, I’d spent a lot of time in New York City and I’d never once thought of golf. But many of the Top 100 golf courses are near New York City; in fact, 18 of them lie
Northwood
Northwood is a parkland course with a 'linksy' feel mostly due to the undulating fairways. I am a member and as such I am a bit biased. Nevertheless I think the course is worthy of a (first) review. A
Crail (Balcomie)
Played Balcomie in really difficult conditions in late-October. Very high winds and occasional heavy rain interspersed with bright sun produced a series of stunning rainbows against dark skies, green
Trevose (Championship)
Played this mid October and the course was in unbelievably good shape - great coverage on the fairways, super slick (and true) greens and immaculately turned out. Great test of true links golf with so
Tidworth Garrison
I know lots of golfers rate Bowood and Manor House above Tidworth, but having played Wiltshire golf for 45 years now, Tidworth is the one course I really look forward too. I know it's not heathland or
Chateau de Taulane
This is a feel-good destination well Worth a visit. Excellent course and BEAUTIFUL surroundings. It is an experience of nature to be out on the course. Highly recommended!
Whistling Straits (Straits)
Whistling Straits is a walking course only. I played it with one of the top-ranking amateurs in Wisconsin. The caddies were helpful even though the course had only been open for a few months, and watc
Spyglass Hill
I played Spyglass on a recent trip to Monterey and enjoyed the course. The first five holes border on spectacular, the rest of theSpyglass Hill Golf Course - Photo by reviewer
Pebble Beach
Since I've played most of the top courses in the UK and Ireland, I have decided to devote my later years to experiencing the great courses of my home country. First on the list was a trip to Monterey
Silver Lakes
I played the course for the first time two weeks ago and it was a pleasure I must say. I play off 15 and I shot 39 on the front 9 teeing off with a 9 iron on all holes bar par threes. The back nine pl
European Club
Taking everything into account, quite simply the best links course I have ever played. No weak holes, very interesting routing, beautiful views, lovely atmosphere (if you ever get a chance have a quic
Lahinch (Old)
Played the course from fairway mats in March. In spite of that, it was still a marvellous experience, as the course is great. The stretch of holes from no. 3 to 8 is particularly memorable. The only r
Milwaukee
Shortly after I introduced myself to my host at Milwaukee Country Club, he asked, “How did you like
Formby
The staff at Formby allow our group to play after we had been let down by Hillside. I can't thank them enough. The course was fantastic, with only one average hole and the some absolute stunners. I
Blackwolf Run (River)
If you’ve never been to Kohler to play golf, you must go. In the late-‘80s, Herb Kohler decided he needed a golf course and hired Pete Dye to design it; he named it Black Wolf Run, in honor of the chi
Kingussie
There are many courses labelled as 'hidden gems' but not many as worthy as Kingussie. I don't wax lyrical for the sake of it but if you want VERY reasonable green fee, a VERY challenging course, super
Spey Bay
Sorry to say did not reach my expectations by a a long way. Totally accept there has been substantial storm/tide damage at far end of course but little effort seemed to have been made to clear anythin
Los Angeles (North)
LACC sits on a very expensive piece of real estate – it wouldn’t surprise me if its land is the most valuable of any golf course in the U.S. It is surrounded by Century City, Beverly Hills, and Holmby
Chambers Bay
Just a brilliant golf course with sublime design and architecture. Chambers and Royal County Down are the best courses in the world
Merion (East)
Merion Golf Club has two courses: the West course and the more famous East course. Club members sent architect Hugh Wilson to Scotland to study the best courses. He came back and fitted the holes onto
Oakmont
I played Oakmont to complete the Top 100, but I have no desire to go back. I can’t understand why anyone other than the best of golfers who really enjoy being tested would want to join Oakmont. In my
Littlestone
I played Littlestone late September after reading some of the comments on this website. I have to say that I enjoyed the course and it certainly has some standout holes. The first hole is a nice littl
Greenbrier (Old White)
I have played the Old White course twice in the past 3 years, the most recent being May, 2013. I absolutely LOVE this course and how it has been restored to Raynor's original design. The holes are i
Old North State
I have played the Old North State Club about a dozen times since 2006, the most recent being early October, 2014. I have always enjoyed playing this course -- it is very scenic, well maintained and h
Royal Norwich
I've played this a couple of times in the past few months in competitions and charity events. The course itself is ok if unspectacular but a couple of things are irritating: The main problem is th
We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)
Played the Saguaro course in early October, 2014 and really enjoyed it! The setting is beautiful and the course is well maintained. The routing is challenging and subtle and most holes provide more
Desert Forest
The first time I played Desert Forest, it began hailing after eight holes and that was that. The following week, my host had me back, but I never got out of the clubhouse because it was cold and rainy
Druids Heath
Played 12/10/14 was a windy day and dry. Played off White tees. My handicapp is 2. First impressions, fairly open big wide fairways massive fairway bunkers, with big undulating greens which were fast
Crooked Stick
It was my second experience playing a Top 100 course alone in wet conditions, but it was wonderful. Every putt left a trail on the green, and I took this opportunity to practice green reading. When I
Saunton (East)
The East course starts with an intimidating teeshot (if you had to run straight from your car to the pro shop to the first tee) that is set on a large dune that gives you an overwhelming panoramic vie
Gut Larchenhof
Gut Lärchenhof is one of the most expensive courses in Germany and thus immaculate conditioning and a splendid clubhouse can be expected. However, the super casual mentality of the Cologne crowd - com
Reigate Heath
Having drifted away from golf for various reasons I am now back full of energy and loving the game. Why? Simple. Joining Reigate Heath G C An amazing experience and having played golf for over 40 yea
Blackwell
This is a very good course. Not the longest but a good test, it plays nicely and doesn't beat you up, really enjoyable to play and the greens were excellent, very true and quick, perhaps 11 on the sti
Coxmoor
Coxmoor is great fun. I played at the beginning of October and the course was in good nick. It's about to get better. They have a new greenkeeper who has already made huge strides in improving the gre
Prairie Dunes
Prairie Dunes, designed by Perry Maxwell in 1937, is a Scottish style course with hardly any trees and lots of trouble. God forbid they should put up a few trees to protect you from the wind. There ar
Honors Course
You’ll never find the Honors Course without specific directions – go past the third light, and when you see the large propane tank on the right, quickly look left and you’ll see the entrance road – bu
Mauna Kea
The course sits on a crescent-shaped beach where the pure white sand meets the shimmering aqua water. It has dramatic elevation changes, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped M
Aldeburgh
I have played in the region of 30-40 rounds at Aldeburgh Golf Club over the years, and have to say some of these reviews below astound me. I have played the course in all conditions, fast running summ
Princeville (Prince)
The Princeville Resort was luxurious and the golf course was like walking through a painting of a rain forest, with an emerald path cut down the center. It climbs, slopes, and careens up and down hill
Ganton
I first heard of Ganton after watching the Walker Cup in 2003 and its truly one of the best layouts I've ever played. At times you have to remind yourself your not at
Forest Highlands (Canyon)
When most people think of Arizona courses, they think of the desert courses of Tucson and Phoenix. But Flagstaff, two hours north of Phoenix in a completely different climate, is home to what may be t
Ilkley
Ilkley is an unbelievable little gem hidden away in the valleys below Ilkley Moor. The 1st 7 holes carved along the edge of the river Wharfe are breathtaking but at the same time scary holes to play.
Enniscrone (Dunes)
It can be a disappointment sometimes to return to a course that you’ve played once before and it turns out to be not quite as good as you remember it. On the other hand, what a joy to pay a second vis
Carne
Much has changed at Carne since I was last here in 2009, especially with the introduction of the fabulous new 9-hole Kilmore course, which has rejuvenated the whole setup. The original 18-hole Eddie H
Interlachen
Hazeltine and Interlachen are the two Minnesota courses on the Top 100. I have played both several times, and somehow I don’t think about them as courses on my quest, but they are no less important th
Wade Hampton
Wade Hampton has to go down as one of the most spectacular courses in the world. That might seem like a massive overstatement but the way the course winds its way through the stunning Blue Ridge mount
Rye (Old)
Everything about Rye eschews the propensity for superfluous accouterments found in various forms and enjoyed by other clubs. It is a knowingly understated, pure and simple golf club that presents you
Westport
The opening six holes are set out on a parcel of land that was once used as the Ballyknock Race Course, a fact I discovered since playing here when I read Padraig McLoughlin’s excellent centenary book
Portsalon
I’d visited Portsalon several times before but I’d never, for various reasons, completed a full round (a year ago in April when last here it was raining cats and dogs and I didn’t even get started). T
Swinley Forest
This course is situated in a wonderful location and is brilliantly routed through stately Pine Forests and Heath Land. The elegance of the topography is picture postcard in every respect. We played 36
Hazeltine National
Hazeltine and Interlachen are the two Minnesota courses on the Top 100. I have played both several times, and somehow I don’t think about them as courses on my quest, but they are no less important th
Lake Nona
Lake Nona is where the famed golf instructor David Leadbetter lives and does most of his teaching. I was hoping that a trip there would improve my game. Maybe a little of Leadbetter’s aura would rub o
County Louth
Played Baltray as part of a 4 course trip to the Dublin area during late September with all 8 of us walking off the course in wholehearted agreement that this is a great course and a serious challenge
Walton Heath (New)
After a lovely round on the Old course on the 1st of June we basically had the New Course completely to ourselves for a quick and fun follow up to the big brother running through the same property. Ev
Walton Heath (Old)
I had the pleasure of playing the Old Course on Sunday the 1st of June. I’d heard just enough about the course to develop an expectation that it would be very good however, I have to admit it was cons
Sherwood Forest
Very very good golf course and 1 that should be higher ranked (I have played 100+ of B&I top 100). Good mix of holes and very attractive landscape
Walton Heath (Old)
Stunning. As a 36, this definitely challenges Sunningdale. Just a brilliant days golf. Apart from perhaps 1st and 18th, every hole is a great design and challenging. As good as the Old
Hankley Common
Just a pleasure to play. Not sure there is a more aesthetic course, when the heather is out. Some great holes too and in great condition. An absolute joy to play. Played 70+ of B&I top 100 and this is
Notts
Superb golf course. For me, the course gets going on the 4th which is a magnificent par 4. The rest of the front 9 is very good but the back 9, especially good and from 12 onwards is breath taking. Th
Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)
6 handicapper that played Woodhall in the middle of September 2014. Played 36 holes on a bright sunny day. After the gentle start the course was stunning. The heather was new and ablaze with pink and
Heythrop Park
Played here a few days ago and wasn’t impressed, although this is partly influenced by the fact that the society I was with were on course for 5 hours but only managed to complete 16 holes. All due t
Inverness Club
Inverness has hosted four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, and a U.S. Amateur. A few of these tournaments have brought some notoriety to the course. In 1931, Billy Burke and George Von Elm were tied
Alwoodley
Simply unbelievable golf course that you wouldn't expect to find in North Leeds. For me this is the best in Yorkshire and is above
Pasatiempo
My favourite hole in all golf is here, so much my favourite that I built my home here. Alister MacKenzie, course designer.

In 1993, Pasatiempo was rated No. 100 on the list. Would it s
 


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