Latest Golf Course Reviews

Raffles (Lake)

The Lake provides a challenge that can be enjoyed from the more to the less accomplished golfer. The condition is great and the service excellent. A prestige country club in a top location.

Red Mountain

We played nine rounds of golf on a golf cruise round South East Asia. Red Mountain was probably the stand out course. It was definitely a unique Asian experience with great golf holes winding between trees, lakes and cliffs produced by the tin mine....

Kota Permai

Don’t be put off that Kota Permai is a golf course in a residential development. It is a great Asian golf course presented in superb condition. Holes are generally played without the intrusion from other players. It is very fair and challenging...

Cannes-Mougins

How can Cannes-Mougins golf country club only be rated 11th in South East France? Having just come back from playing it, chronically out of season in early December, I would rate it as one of the very best courses it has been my pleasure to play anyw...

Sentosa (New Tanjong)

A very impressive entrance to the golf club is matched by the quality of the golf course on New Tanjong. The course is very playable with relatively wide fairways with lakes and bunkers providing the major hazards. We played nine games on a golf cr...

Abama

Played 2 rounds here in November and even as hotel guests the fee was €160/ person - so it is roughly twice as much as other courses! I'm afraid it looks better from the clubhouse than it plays... obviously millions more were spent on building this t...

Sedgefield (Ross)

One of my rating shortcuts is that courses one sees on television tend to be overrated. (Another is that the quality of a course is in inverse proportion to the size of the scorecard……but that’s a matter for a different day.) Sedgefield is the except...

Olivos (Blanca & Colorada)

A really enjoyable course. About 45 minutes from Buenos Aires and well worth a visit. The set up is parkland style and has an American country club feel on the course. There is quite a lot of variation between the holes. Some long par 4s and some sho...

Troia

To reach Troia take a two hour drive from the Algarve or much more fun is to arrive from the north from the Lisbon area. The route heading south is via the Setubal ferry; which is a 30 minute crossing direct on to the Troia peninsula and within 5 min...

Spring Valley

Spring Valley is located in the famous Sandbelt region of Melbourne. I categorise it as one of the best “Tier II” courses of that area ie: it is not in the class of Royal Melbourne or Kingston Heath but is still a strong course all the same.Originall...

Oitavos Dunes

The central area of Portugal is a very strong region for quality courses and Oitavos Dunes is one of them and a must play. Plenty of excitement, plenty of drama and a course that is so much fun to play. It will take around a 40 minute to drive to t...

Ardfin

The biggest surprise of my golf year has been Ardfin. First of all, just the opportunity to go out and pre-play this course during a couple day visit to the Isle of Jura is extremely special. However, that pales in comparison to what we found once we...

West Cliffs

Ridiculously good… I was there on opening day in June and the promise of playing something special was delivered with ease. 14 years in the making and holes shaped through what used to be dense woodland along Portugal's Silver Coast. A great quote f...

Machrie

The mixed reviews below say quite a lot about the “New” Machrie. The former European Tour Player turned architect Mr. David Russell was contracted to give the old Machrie a complete facelift. Personally I truly wish I could have experienced the origi...

Dooks

What this web site summary here shared about Dooks is worth repeating and expanding upon. Yes, it is probably one of the most natural links golf courses in the world, certainly in Ireland -- the play is warm, fun, easy-going and enjoyable, like spen...

Vintage

The Vintage is the best course accessible to the general public in the Hunter Valley of NSW. A Greg Norman & Bob Harrison design it has a lot of their usual features: bold bunkering, use of natural features and a strong variety and collection of hole...

European Club

My wife and I had the privilege and pleasure of playing The European Club twice this past August -- once, in a torrential downpour with 30mph gusts -- the second time, days later, with the threat of even worst weather, but sun and light breezes preva...

Royal Ostend

First time playing here and all I have to say that this is a must for any golfer. Only links course in Belgium. The whole maintenance is in outstanding condition with really fast, smooth greens. Tee boxes and fairways are fantastic to play off. Holes...

Costa Navarino (Bay)

I got a chance to play the course two days running, nine holes one day then nine the next day, using the routing that will eventually become the recognized front and back nines. I must disagree with the previous two reviewers who thought the Bay was...

Costa Navarino (Dunes)

I played the Dunes course at Costa Navarino last week, immediately after the conclusion of the International Team Championships that were taking place during the 2017 PGAs of Europe annual congress, so you can imagine the course was in absolutely imm...

Magenta Shores

Perennially rated in Australia’s Top50 courses Magenta Shores is a must play when on the Central Coast of NSW. Magenta Shores is probably Ross Watson’s best design in his portfolio.The golf course has gone through a transformation over time. When Mag...

Cleveland

Cleveland is one of a small handful of true links golf courses on the North-East coast of England; the only one in Yorkshire and the oldest too.It is an excellent rugged links with a consistent feel to all 18 holes, many of which have superb strategi...

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

Royal Dornoch was my first experience of a World Top Ten course so expectations were naturally high. Playing the course in Spring of this year also meant the gorse was in full bloom meaning that my first visit to Dornoch would come at a time when the...

Fota Island (Deerpark)

Played Fota Island Deerpark course about 4 years ago in the Cyder Cup. I thought it was in excellent condition and the practice green was tremendous. Considering it has held the Irish Open I was a little bit underwhelmed, but perhaps the fact that I...

Oubaai

This was the best course I played on a golfing tour of George and surrounds. Ernie Els has crafted a course for all levels (although the carry from some tees to fairways were a bit dramatic, such as the par 3 sixth). There is a good mix of short and...

Meadow Brook

This was a great course! Challenging, fun, excitement on every hole. I would highly recommend this course to anyone at any level.

Pezula

Played here in October. All I can say is thank god for golf carts, because I have never played a course with so much elevation change. Overall, this is a fine course with a mixture of spectacular sea views and forest holes. The standout is quite clea...

Pedrena

Real Golf de Pedreña. Many tell history, but only a few make it. And history is precisely what is smelled and appreciated once you walk in this little town up north of Spain, even before walking into the club house. Pedreña is a small town 20 minute...

Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo (North)

RSHECC, Madrid, Spain. Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo was first founded in 1901. The course was built in the center of the city of Madrid, and years after had a new “Club de Campo” built 16km up north of downtown. Club de Campo is still...

Ballybunion (Old)

Probably more so than any other course in Ireland, Ballybunion (Old) gives the player (and visitor) the best overall golfing experience one can imagine. The drive to the property, as one nears the entrance, is full of butterflied anticipation. The...

Newport National (Orchard)

Went there on a windy 50 degree day in December. The course is in immaculate shape.Would highly recommended it to any golfer and would love to shoot it again in warmer weather.

Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course

I have been in contact with the construction of this golf course since the very beginning as the Construction Superintendet worked with me at Punta Blanca in Dominican Republic. Neil Cleverly from England is maybe the best paspalum grass grower in th...

Ellerston

Ellerston is one of the World’s most exclusive golf courses. It is built on the 70,000-acre private estate of the Packer family in the upper Hunter Valley of NSW. The Packers are one of Australia’s wealthiest families and made their fortune in the me...

Querencia (Fazio)

Querencia is an exclusive private community located within one of the many luxury developments of Cabo San Lucas. I was fortunate enough to meet a member who extended an invitation to check out Q and play the Fazio designed golf course. The course i...

Terravista

During the IAGTO Fam Trip to Rio we took 2 days to go to Porto Seguro and experience Trancoso in fantastic 4 bedroom villas plus play this awesome golf course located in a piece of land similar to Dye fore or Teeth of the Dog in Dominican Republic. I...

Tamarina

I played Tamarina in July 2017 as I was staying in a hotel relatively nearby. It is a lovely course, and the setting is very striking, what with the river and the estuary and Mount Rempart. The mountain forms the backdrop to a number of holes – appro...

Gavea

I had heard Gavea GC was a great Club but had little to no info about the course. And sometimes this is good because you don't create false or extra expectations and just play the course to afterwards evaluate it, review it and make your own conclusi...

Centurion Club

Perfect Corporate Venue. Whilst the course is very pleasing and the first 6 holes are absolutely stunning opening holes, the back 9 loses the links with the firs and with that loses a little bit of character. the course is built to be played off the...

Itanhanga

Played this course this past November in an IAGTO Fam Trip with other 15 TTOOs from the rest of the world. The trip was very well organized and we were able to also play Gavea, the Olympic Course and Terravista GC in Trancoso. It was the first day of...

The Island

The Island exceeds expectations -- if not re-defines them. What golf course anywhere starts a round of eight par-fours in a row? One might imagine that sort of opening to become boring and dreary pretty quickly ... but not here. The strong variety...

Blackwell

I came here with perhaps unreasonable expectations having been told it was the best in the midlands, but both myself and my partner agreed that all in all it flattered to decieve. Considering it was late November you could tell the condition was gene...

Rolls of Monmouth

Came here with my Dad as part of a weekend rugby trip and I must say, having read some glowing reviews beforehand, that we both left pretty disappointed.The house is of course magnificent and the grounds as picturesque as you would expect in this par...

Crail (Balcomie)

This is a must play for anyone in Fife. A classic "old school" links course with some of the best scenery in the world. There are several short holes and some are in close proximity to each other, so be it, they are beautiful and fun. The history is...

Tralee

It's tough to review a golf course fairly when there's bad weather. My wife and I played Tralee back in August (with August being a summer month, we were told, right? :-) -- frigid temperatures at tee-time, 30 mph gusts on the front nine, 40 mph gus...

Old Head

I'm conflicted regarding Old Head. On one hand, this is the closest one will probably ever get to playing a golf course that actually resembles The World's Most Difficult Holes calendar (you know, that fun parody calendar that comes out every year?)...

Links of North Dakota

I salute golfers who make the trek to this remote layout. Architect Stephen Kay did a fine job in bringing to life a number of holes -- but the first third of the layout is really forgetful -- the holes really do not stand apart in any noticeable way...

Trump National Doral (Blue Monster)

Credit Donald Trump in bringing on board Gil Hanse to add life to an extremely predictable and Florida formulaic layout. Hanse did improve the "Blue Monster" but that's akin to having a patient go from being a corpse to one in the intensive care unit...

Pennard

If there's anything in golf more important to achieve it's "fun golf" and you see that dimension front and center when playing at Pennard. The location of the course high on the Gower Peninsula gives the course a geographic location of distinction. T...

Littlestone (Championship)

I was scheduled to play Royal St. George's when the member I was supposed to play with bailed out because of a family emergency. Looking for a quality course nearby the lodging location I was staying at recommended a slight detour in heading south to...

North Berwick (West)

Don't go here, don't play here, don't visit the town! I want it all to myself. This is the most fun course in the world. The history is fantastic and the membership is wonderful. I have been playing here since 1990, the more you play it the better it...

Dunbar

Wonderful fun course. I am very fortunate and spend a lot of time in East Lothian. Dunbar is good historic and now very well conditioned. Over the last two years the course has become one of the best conditioned links courses in Scotland. From the th...

Carton House (Montgomerie)

Here's the good news -- The Carton House is a warm and wonderful top notch resort property, fortunate in having two good and different golf courses to choose from, with The Montgomery being better of the two (with The O'Meara being more "easy going"...

Woodlands Club

According to the USGA, the Woodlands is one of the dozen most difficult courses in New England……at least if one considers slope rating as a good criteria for difficulty. Of that dozen, all but two were opened between 1986 and 2005, with the crescendo...

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

Just back from 36 holes on the Glashedy and Old is there any better setting in golf? absolutely magnificent 2 days of golf mountains, sea, rainbows and of course spectacular golf holes everywhere! The welcome as always was legendary from the young...

Enniscrone (Dunes)

It has been a privilege to have played Enniscrone many times over the last 20 years on my yearly trips to the emerald isles. I have played all the major courses in Ireland and for sheer enjoyment and variety of golf holes Enniscrone stands supreme it...

Aberdovey

I'm not sure I can add much to the conversation on this whole place.Amazing, classic links ... lovely clubhouse ... picturesque setting ... fantastic accommodation ... postcard town ... welcoming, friendly staff ... running links ... true greens ......

Borth & Ynyslas

Borth has a wonderful setting, the cliffs to the back of the first tee remind one of being on the South Coast of England or the North York moors ... its a great frame. The course is a minimalistic links, almost a journey back in time. There are a few...

Pinon Hills

Few people will likely never play Pinon Hills because of its remote location -- in the far northwestern corner of New Mexico -- not far from where the Four Corners area is located. The municipally-owned layout is well done and is the handiwork of arc...

Southern Hills Country Club

Southern Hills has been an active participant in American championship golf since hosting the 1958 US Open won by Tommy Bolt. The Oklahoma course is blessed with wonderful terrain -- the clubhouse at the highest point. As has been mentioned the openi...

Royal County Down (Annesley)

Played it for the first time back in August (only because, despite our begging and pleading, we couldn't get squeezed on to the Championship course :-) The course is short, quirky and somewhat fun, especially if one is fresh to the country and looki...

K Club (Palmer Ryder Cup)

Played it for the first time in August. Now don't get me wrong, I love Arnold Palmer -- but I'm not a big fan of his golf courses. Hole designs are somewhat redundant -- rare uniqueness is somewhat forced -- leading to, unfortunately, a forgettable...

Morgado

I like Morgado. I have played there 3 times, the last time in February 2017, in foul weather.The first few holes are a bit flat and bland, though tightish, then the course opens up into a lovely undulating challenge, with some water thrown in for goo...

Royal St Kitts

I play here most years. My 2017 visit was in January. The course is now thoroughly bedded in after its redesign, and is a real pleasure.It is beautiful, a proper challenge, but reasonably forgiving. A bad shot costs you a shot or two, not a reload....

Old Town

I’d heard all about Perry Maxwell’s “rolls”, but had never seen any until I arrived at Old Town. They might better be called hillocks as most are little humps providing a putting challenge unlike any I’d experienced before. There’s plenty of challeng...

Ta Shee (Kingfisher & Egret)

Ta Shee Golf & Country Club is a hilly and forested course that’s located in naturally beautiful terrain surrounded by mountains. With a total of 27 holes, the course consists of three loops: East, Center, and West Course. The West is the shortest ni...

Taiwan Golf & Country Club

The course at Taiwan Golf & Country Club is laid out in undulating woodland. The century-old dense forest is positioned on both sides of the fairways. This oldest course in Taiwan is popular as its nickname, Old Tamusoi Course as the golf club is...

Streamsong (Black)

When Streamsong opened 36-holes featuring Tom Doak's Blue layout and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore's Red course there was little question quality design -- far beyond the pedestrian level found at many Florida courses, clearly was set in motion. A thir...

National (L'Albatros)

The course is in great condition due to Ryder Cup preparation. It's a lot better than it used to be (especially during winter months).Not the best course for amateur golf. It feels like the course is made or TV. Nevertheless some holes are interestin...

Empire

The Empire Hotel & Country Club is located along the coast and has moderate ups and downs. The course makes fantastic use of the natural terrain through the use of its tropical rainforest. Although the front 9 is not so difficult, the routing is very...

Prince's (Shore & Dunes)

I recently played the Shore & Dunes loop on a cold & wet November day & the weather didn't detract from what is a great test of golf. I'm lucky enough to have played this course several times in the past & to say Princes is the lesser of the 3 on thi...

Red Rock

For those making the trek to visit Mount Rushmore it pays to stop off at nearby Red Rock. Designed by Ron Farris -- he worked initially for Pete Dye when Long Cove was constructed -- the layout is on hilly terrain and Farris has done well with the in...

Laurel Valley

I do like a few of the designs from Dick Wilson but Laurel Valley is an example of a long over-watered layout with little in terms of memorability or character. Much of the fanfare comes from its ultra-private status and that the club has hosted a fe...

Oakland Hills (South)

In all of American golf, Oakland Hills and its rightly revered South Course deserve a special place of recognition. The history has been previously mentioned so I will not repeat it. The collective quality of the putting surfaces is among the 2-3 bes...

3 Creek Ranch

The views of the Grand Tetons in the nearby distance are the main benefit when playing the course. The unfortunate aspect is that the land the 18-holes occupy is just forgettable. Totally flat with little in terms of memorability and compelling archi...

Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill)

Initially, when I was making plans to head to the northeast corner of Scotland I did not have Fraserburgh on my list. Thank heavens I was able to benefit from the comments of a fellow golfer who sent me an email prior to my journey. I'm glad I receiv...

Buckinghamshire

The clubhouse and surroundings were immediately impressive, yet I wasn’t sure what to expect with the course when I noted the venues ranked ahead of it in the county and my concern with the fact that I had no choice but to play from the forward yello...

Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

If you’re going to take your non-golf playing partner out onto the golf course, then look no further than Isle of Purbeck. The views here are spectacular. Located above Poole harbour, a stretch of beautiful heathland and woodland lie below you with s...

Huntingdon Valley (Toomey & Flynn)

Huntingdon Valley is one of the many strong Flynn courses in the Philly area (accompanying other very fine but often under the national radar clubs like Lancaster CC, Rolling Green, Manufacturers, Lehigh, Philly CC, among others). The routing of th...

Ellerstina

I knew the course existed but never made a big deal of it. I had the chance of making a call and go play it but really never got to read anything about it. Until my colleague David confirmed his trip to Argentina and was very keen to play it so had t...

Gulph Mills

Gulph Mills is a beautiful course outside of Philadelphia that often does not receive its fair share of praise compared to some of the other stalwart courses in the area. My guess is that is because of the exclusivity and the fact that the membershi...

Oakmont

I had the privilege of playing Oakmont in the beginning of October and it lived up to its billing of being a world class course and test in golf. As this was my first time I cannot contrast what the experience was prior to the removal of the vast am...

Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill)

Fraserburgh is quite an unfashionable links for many a touring golfer but seems to be increasing in its popularity as word gets out about this genuine hidden gem. Oddly, the clubhouse is on the other side of the road from the eighteen holes that make...

Waitangi

After a relatively ho-hum front nine that really seemed a pretty standard rural parkland course, something happened at the turn as you cross the road toward the Waitangi peninsula. Suddenly the views are of the water and the sweeping piece of land t...

Stavanger

The main golf course in Stavanger, set next to a suburban lake about 10 minutes from the centre of the city. It's a parkland members course that seemed generally busy and the fairways and greens showed plenty of wear but without unduly affecting the...

Houtrak

A parkland course set on the outskirts of Amsterdam, I guess it is probably quite typical of many Netherlands courses in that it has little canals (and therefore water hazards) everywhere. And I mean everywhere. From a brief count there are probably...

Boat of Garten

The Boat of Garten hasn't been on my radar before (and I suspect is not on the radar of others for the same reason) because it is a wee course, as the Scots would say. It plays 5,648 yards from the tees that visitors are permitted to play from, with...

Trump International Golf Links - Scotland

Although the location and dunes at Trump Links Scotland are dramatic, the course badly misses the mark and has some serious design flaws that make it a less than enjoyable place to play golf. In particular, all but one hole is routed in a north-south...

Castle Stuart

Having recently completed play on Castle Stuart on a chilly October day I was very impressed with the course and believe it is among the best routed courses in the world along with Cypress Point, Pine Valley, Carnoustie, Sunningdale, and Royal Portru...

Tamarack

One of the best golf courses in the New York metropolitan area. This Charles Banks masterpiece is an underrated gem and is always in outstanding condition. A must play if you can score an invite from a member.

Bagan

I think that the first thing everyone must acknowledge if coming to play this course: it's a rural course in an area where virtually none of the local population plays golf. Certainly the airport staff, taxi driver and hotel staff weren't really sur...

Luxembourg

A spectacular parkland course set in and around a mature forest, stream, hillside and the Domaine de Belenhaff, a grand country chateau. There are some weaker holes in the section between holes 2 and 11 but most are still high quality, especially th...

Salobre (Old)

Some nice holiday golf to be found at Salobre. When I played a couple of years ago this course was called the South course and was the more established of the two 18's. The resort style course is set on hilly terrain about a kilometre inland from t...

Chicago

A common cliche is saying how it feels like you are back in the 19th century when playing a course this old, but that is truly the case at Chicago Golf Club. It's something about feeling all alone with nothing to worry about that makes it so special....

Shoreacres

Shoreacres is one of my favorite spots on earth. I am lucky enough to get to play it very often, and am never disappointed after a round. It showcases Raynor's best template holes, and I consider it the second best course in Illinois behind another R...

Westmount

Another excellent example of how Stanley Thompson designed golf courses continually stand the test of time. Westmount Golf & Country Club has consistently been ranked in the top 20 golf courses in Canada. It has hosted many prestigious events includ...

West Lancashire

It was the day after The Open and we'd decided to have a quick round somewhere locally prior to heading back home. We had our preferences but most of them were understandably full and West Lancashire wasn't our first choice. Their regular green-fee a...

Potrerillo De Larreta

Un lugar único, un campo de Golf espectacular, historia y tradición con calidez para recuperar espacio y tiempo.

Ellerstina

With extensive golf travel you start to realize that it’s pretty rare to run into courses or projects that are truly unique. Often concepts are repeated, some of these are great but others less so. Cookie cutter templates often serve to keep design c...

Dubai Creek

Great course with a fantastic layout. If you’re afraid of water I’d suggest a different course! How this is only ranked 5 in the UAE is a mystery

Cypress Point

I recently got the opportunity to play Cypress Point, and the course lived up to every expectation that I had knowing it was regarded as the best course in the world. The first tee shot was one of the most intimidating shots of my life as the tee box...