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.
In the year that Costa Brava celebrates its ‘Year of Golf and Gastronomy’, Golf de Pals, the first venue to host a European Tour tournament – the 1972 Spanish Open – is celebrating 50 years in golf.
We conclude our biennial Best in State re-ranking exercise for the USA with new listings for courses in the New England Division. This final, ninth article concentrates on the Northeast states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
This eighth and penultimate article in our series of US reappraisals snapshots the very strong golfing states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania from the Mid-Atlantic Division.
Ballyneal announces the addition of a short course to complement its existing 18 holes. Tom Doak and his team at Renaissance Golf have signed on for the project and are currently routing the 13-hole short course.