Latest Golf Course Reviews

Golf del Sur

I played Golf Del Sur a couple of times recently on a Tenerife golf trip, managed to play all 3 loops during a couple of rounds. It is an attractive looking course with the lush green frequently framed by black sand (although often more like gravel!)...

Berkhamsted

I played the course on a beautiful, sunny day in early May. I was very positively surprised. A course that is very different from the many other golf courses in the area. Without any bunker, but with a lot of other obstacles. Especially around the gr...

Las Americas

I played Las Americas in mid May, having played it plenty of times over the years it doesn't disappointment. It isn't cheap (but they do deals including lunch outside of peak seasons) but the condition is always great, on this visit the greens did ha...

Foxhills (Bernard Hunt)

Played in May 18, first time back after a number of years. Friendly welcome, good practice facilities including range, chipping and putting green. The course was very well presented, fast and true greens with some subtle and not-so-subtle breaks, the...

Las Colinas

Whatever you do, don’t take a look at the scorecard online and then take a look at a view of the course on Google maps and confidently predict that this will be a ‘walk in the park’. I can categorically state it most certainly will not! To score well...

Glasgow (Gailes Links)

Played 'Glasgow Gailes' last week and found the course in excellent condition. Over the past winters many of the trees and much gorse has been removed leaving vast sandy waste areas. There are new tees and the greens are the best I have played in the...

Machrihanish (Championship)

This is a stunning golf course and yes, it may well boast the best opening hole in golf ! Interesting and fun but also tough. Short hitters will struggle as there are many carries off the tee to be negotiated. Good variety of holes in terms of length...

Machrihanish Dunes

I was a fan of DMcLK before, I am now a big fan ! He has used the land seamlessly and produced a natural, attractive routing. Most holes have walks between the green and the next hole's tee which gives a sense of isolation and serenity. It is a much...

Kedleston Park

In terms of rankings, English parkland courses will always be behind links and heathland categories, unfortunate but that is the way it is and most would agree with this. There are some exceptions to the rule; Woburn, Stoke Park, Moor Park and few ot...

Fox Chapel

I've had the pleasure of playing a few Seth Raynor courses, including Fishers Island and Yale. Fox Chapel is another Raynor gem. There's a good balance between long par 4s and short par 4s. The yardage is short, but it is a par 70 with only two par 5...

Carya

This is rated the best golf Course in Turkey and I can see why. It is excellently laid out and in fantastic condition. The Course flows seamlessly with many excellent holes. I played it 3 times this week (mid May 2018) and loved the challenge. The fi...

Vilamoura (Old)

This was the 5th out of 6 rounds in our journey to Portugal and was one of the ones I wanted most to play due to it's history (will again host Portuguese Masters in 2018) and because I am a bigger fun of old fashion tracks instead of the new era Real...

Hunstanton

Once you’ve genuinely caught the bug for links golf, the treelined parkland variety just somehow feels inferior. Hunstanton is everything I’d expect of a traditional links course and one of the most honest links experiences I’ve played. Unlike Roy...

Machrie

Golf Monthly, noooooo ! How can the Machrie not be in your top 100 ? (Especially when the Belfry, Trevose, Staunton West and Tandridge are included) (I should say that all of these named are really good tracks - except the Belfry). This is a wonder...

Portmarnock (Championship)

If Portmarnock was an intimate relationship, it probably wouldn’t be a one night stand. It’s not a thrilling one-off encounter with a piece of Eye-Candy. No Dumb Blonde or Derek Zoolander. It’s quite flat with few enticing voluptuous dunes. Yet it wo...

Yokohama (West)

When Yokohama Country Club decided it was time to renovate, possibly the single best choice they could have made was to look towards the dynamic duo of Coore & Crenshaw. When you walk down the first hole it doesn’t take long to realize just how good...

Boot Ranch

While the State of Texas has produced the greatest depth of talent to play golf professionally in America, the lack of significant golf course design is equally striking on the flip side of the equation. That has noticeably changed in the last 25 yea...

Gleneagles (PGA Centenary)

Frankly, this is an American style design superimposed upon the Scottish landscape. As others have correctly opined, why would you play PGA Centenary when the King's and Queen's courses are on-site?The essence of Scottish golf is being able to facili...

Oak Tree National

When the wind is blowing -- which happens frequently in Oklahoma -- Oak Tree can be as demanding as any course bar none. Pete Dye was called upon to create an 18-hole torture chamber and the possibility for double-bogey or worse exists on nearly all...

Palmares (Praia & Lagos)

We played this one yesterday and it is unfair but the review will also carry a lot of details about lack of service, not helpful crew, missing clubs and things that would make me not willing to come back. I am first going to give a review of the c...

Glasgow (Gailes Links)

Excellent golf course which has to be close to the top 100 (albeit it is ultra competitive at that echelon). Like the gentle first few holes which ease you into the round (long iron, wedge). 3 and 4 are beautiful and strong par 4s. 5th is a top par 5...

Berlin-Wannsee (Championship)

I walked around Golf Klub Berlin Wansee a few winters ago and had the distinct pleasure of playing there yesterday. It is a heathland course in the mould of the Surrey/Berkshire courses (without the heather) and enjoys an amazing routing through vall...

Hilversumsche

This course is very good, but I think it could be great. The back 9 (11th tee to 18th tee shot) is already great, and the front 9 is good but there are elements that just pull the course back. The fairways were fantastic, rippled like any great lin...

Noordwijkse

I was really excited about playing on a course that sits in amongst some of the most spectacular sand dunes in Europe if not the World, the land is perfect for an unbelievable course. But I’m sad to say that I think the course makes the worst of a g...

Koninklijke Haagsche

I have always wanted to play Koninklijke Haagsche ever since I worked for TV when the European Senior tour played here a few years ago, I remember the site being breathtaking. Nothing changed as I stood on the tee, it's fair to say that the course i...

Utrecht de Pan

My round started on a misty morning in Utrecht, with the promise of glorious sunshine later. It was very apt way to describe the course at Utrecht de Pan.The first handful of holes broke you nicely into the round, very good, but the best was yet to...

California

Cal Club takes all the great elements of San Francisco courses and puts them all in a gorgeous 18 holes making it, in my eyes, as the best track in San Francisco. Do you want an excellent routing up, down and through hills? Cal Club has it. Do you wa...

Tennessee National

This is a pretty good Norman design set about 30 miles outside of Knoxville in a bend of the Tennessee river. The land is pretty flat but there are a couple of sharp elevation changes that add interest to the course. The greens are fair and not ver...

TPC Southwind

I like TPC Southwind. This a fun, playable but difficult course that gives the pros a pretty good challenge at the St. Jude classic but is a nice course to play on a daily basis. There aren’t really any outstanding holes that capture your imaginati...

Oceanico (Faldo)

Finca Cortesin at Algarve? Maybe! Similar setting, quality of service, course set up and maintenance, piece of land, amazing club house, crew very kind and helpful ... a really MUST! In the middle of the trip we played this course and loved it. Real...

Chattanooga

Chattanooga is an old Ross design that lies in a bend of the Tennessee river just across the river from downtown Chattanooga. It is a great piece of land which is bisected by a steeply banked Creek which flows into the river. The river is also most...

Southerness

Played on a sunny day with a 1 club wind (so feel fortunate!). Loved the tranquility of the golf course, with a quiet opening few holes with the mountainuous backdrop. There are some decent holes on the front but the true excellence is saved for the...

Amarilla

Despite having played most of the courses in Tenerife I finally played Amarilla. I remain undecided if it’s a good course or not, the condition isn’t great and it looks rather unloved and tired. Maybe the course surrounds of untidy wasteland and rath...

Costa Adeje

Having played Adeje many times over the years I thought it deserved a review. Some reviewers see it as a holiday golf course which seems unfair, there’s plenty of challenge for most golfers, fairways are wide but if you miss them the rough or waste a...

West Cliffs

An experience that may haunt my daydreams for a long time. This is a course for golfers, not holiday makers like some of the top Algarve courses cater to.Played at a 4pm tee time in early May. Atlantic mist hung over the course, and the winding rural...

El Tamarindo

What an awesome course! Perfectly manicured. We never saw another golfer on the course, it was like we had the whole place to ourselves. Even had a worker give us some grapefruits off a tree as he was picking them. Spectacular views along the Pacific...

Spring Creek Ranch

Spring Creek Ranch is an excellent Nicklaus design several miles east of Memphis in the town of Collierville. The course is built on some fascinating topography incorporating woods and wetlands and has a number of excellent holes. The fairways are...

Notts

A trip to Hollinwell came as one of the highlights in the itinerary of a recent golf tour proving to be a serious step up from all of the other inland courses we played during that week. I’ve now played many of what would be considered as the best in...

Lake Merced

LMGC is one of the most underrated golf courses in Northern California, which isn't surprising given its proximity to such luminaries as Olympic, Cal Club and SFGC. That being said, LMGC more than holds its own and the sum of its parts leads to a gre...

Quinta do Lago (South)

Played this one the following day to having played the North Course and the first impression is that the course is a little bit more challenging, specially from the tee boxes where you need to move the ball in both directions. Greens are a little bit...

Quinta do Lago (North)

A nice course to start a 7 days and 6 rounds Tour. I am writting this only after having played borth North and South so as not to compare them with the other 4 to come. North Course is one of those courses you can't say it was designed, but one w...

Valle del Sol

This Audubon International certified course is set on a plateau almost 3,000 feet above sea level with outstanding views of the surrounding Cordillera Central mountain range that form the Continental Divide. Open for public play, Valle del Sol offer...

The Addington

Greens were in great shape when we played -running at a good smooth pace. Fairways probably could be a little better-couldn't always pick out 1st from the 2nd cut. Maybe because it was just early in the season. Overall we found it a really interesti...

San Francisco

SFGC is world class, of that there is no doubt. The routing on the front 9 is audacious and holds your attention in the best possible way throughout. The one-two combination of the short but devilish par 3 7th and the fantastic par 4 8th is the best...

Lisbon Sports Club

Having been to Oporto, Miramar and Estoril in the past to soak up the atmosphere at these old golf clubs, Lisbon Sports Club was the last of the four pillars of Portuguese golf that I managed to visit on a recent trip to the Lisbon region. The 9-hol...

Worcester Golf & Country Club

A course designed by the famous Dr Alister MacKenzie seemed to warrant an hour trip so I made my first visit in May 2018. Played with a couple of members and it would appear there have been quite a few changes since the original design, and I believe...

Wilmington (South)

The best thing I can say about the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. layout is that the South Course is simply dull. The architecture style Jones used is more of the same he carried out at so many other courses during his long career. Immense greens with big b...

The Peninsula

A quality layout from the Nicklaus team but one not breaking any new ground in terms of overall presentation. There are a few holes where the "danger meter" ramps up but it's more about the superior overall turf quality rather than the holes themselv...

Four Mile Ranch

Architect Jim Engh is wont to add plenty of man-made features to his designs. Sometimes the heavy hand can take away from the primary objective in providing for holes that do not need the overloaded approach. Here at Four Mile Ranch -- Engh got the d...

Quail Hollow Club

Over the last 30 years I have witnessed the various design changes made to Quail Hollow. The course was always a fine test but nothing really stood out architecturally. Changes were made -- courtesy of plenty of money -- and the club is enhanced by b...

Saint Endréol

This is a very nice course tucked away in the hills with some fantastic views from the elevated tees.The keyword here is elevated as this is a very hilly course and walking the course was a bit of a task. Any warmer than 24C and a cart would be a mus...

Hacienda Chicureo

Played this very nice venue one month ago in beautiful fall colours at this time of the year around Santiago de Chile. I had played in the area 16 years ago in the neighbour Brisas de Chicureo (both courses) but this one was still not there. I have...

Royal Cinque Ports

Time slipped slowly over the preceding days and ever decreasing nights. We set off at dawn for Deal and as the roads narrowed toward the precipice of the shore, the sky brightened, kissing the distant horizon of the glistening, mottled Channel beyond...

Ponte de Lima

An underrated course compared to others on the Portugese list. Typifies the green Minho region: lush flora i.e. vine wrapped trees, and rabbits bouncing around the back nine are only amplified by what may be one of the signature holes, the par 5 3rd,...

Wallasey

We walked into the pro shop to hear a 5 handicapper say to the Pro that he shot a brilliant round and couldn't play any better. The Pro behind the counter asked what he shot gross and the player replied "16 over". I knew then that we were in for a to...

Ribagolfe (1)

The 36-hole Ribagolfe facility is located an hour’s drive from Lisbon, with both 18-hole courses laid out across one third of a large estate that’s mainly covered in carob oak trees. It’s said that a clubhouse cannot be built next to the opening and...

Aroeira 1

The Aroeira estate is an Orizonte Lisbon Golf facility located just over ten kilometres as the crow flies from another Orizonte course at Quinta do Peru, where I played the day before I teed it up here. The two courses might be relatively near neighb...

Quinta do Peru

Some might make the big mistake of looking at where this course is ranked in the Top 100 Lisbon and Centre listings then subconsciously disregard it because it occupies a mid-table place in the chart – that would be a very big mistake, believe me....

Royal Liverpool

Royal Liverpool certainly has a lot of prestige being a regular Open rota venue and we were very excited to be playing it. I even bought a brand new TaylorMade hybrid in the pro shop prior to the round.Unfortunately I was a little bit underwhelmed by...

Las Vegas Paiute (Wolf)

When we played the Wolf at Paiute I hadn't actually realised it was a Pete Dye course, but looking back it was clear to see his handiwork.The course is an oasis of green plonked in the middle of barren desert. When you drive to the complex you strugg...

TPC Las Vegas

Even though we were playing Wolf Creek and the Wolf course at Las Vegas Paiute, in the same week, we were still quite excited to be playing an ex-PGA Tour course to see what the top pros had to face.And we certainly weren't disappointed. TPC Las Vega...

Huntercombe

When the alarm went off at 3.30am yesterday morning I did question my sanity as I dragged myself out of bed, staggered into the shower and then jumped into the car for the 200-mile drive to Nuffield for a 7.30am tee time. Maybe I should have stayed l...

Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

It felt a bit like playing the “reborn” Ailsa at Turnberry in 2016 when I returned to one of my all-time favourite courses at Royal Portrush the other day – would the recent changes to the layout now diminish, rather than enhance, my love for the Dun...

Castlerock (Mussenden)

I returned to the Mussenden course the other day to have a look at the renovation that took place over the winter. With Martin Hawtree as the architect and Esie O’Mahony of SOL GOLF overseeing the construction, I expected a good job to have been done...

Donegal

Played Murvagh in a 3-club wind and, from the 12th to the 14th, a violent squall off the Atlantic. Under those conditions some of the longer holes are very long indeed, even off the 6500-yard green tees that were the only ones in play on the day. How...

European Club

Some of the features on show here - 120 yard green at the 12th, horseshoe green at the 13th, sleepered bunkers, conspicuous burn protecting the 18th green - could split opinion, but don’t. Almost all reviewers on this site (and elsewhere) seem to gre...

Antalya (Pasha)

Although much shorter than the adjoining Sultan layout, the Pasha lacks nothing when it comes to interesting course design. Factor in the undulating, flawless greens plus numerous water hazards and you're left with a fun course that is enjoyable for...

Narin & Portnoo

According to the gentleman in the pro shop Narin and Portnoo is about to undergo some further alterations, and some course architects have been engaged to that end. If so I hope they give most of their attention to the start and finish of the course,...

Coombe Hill

I spent a perfect Spring day at Coombe Hill in April 2018 (coincidentally, the warmest April day in London in 70 years) - and can honestly say it was one of the most pleasant experiences of my golfing life. This course may lack the one-through-eight...

Knole Park

I played Knole Park on a perfect April morning in 2018. The course lies on rolling - even hilly - ground, and the hole designs inevitably reflect this fact. There is a lot of "up and down" on this course, which makes for a nice variety of both vist...

Walton Heath (New)

I played the New course under clear, but windy and fast conditions in April 2018. This course has a nice blend of shorter and lengthy par fours, and windy conditions (as well as gorse and perhaps heather, which were fairly tame in April) put some r...

Stoke Park (Colt & Alison)

I played early on a wonderful Spring morning in April 2018 and was treated to a wonderful layout and scrupulous course conditions. The fairways are rather generous and the average length of hole is not too demanding for the reasonably accomplished g...

Hankley Common

I played Hankley Common on a warm, still - but threatening - Sunday in April 2018 as a single. The Pro Shop was nice enough to encourage me to tee off before an afternoon competition, which made the round much more enjoyable at an unrushed 3-1/2 hou...

Huntercombe

I had the pleasure of playing Huntercombe on a temperate, sunny day in mid-April 2018. Fortunately for me, this perfect day was described by many locals as "the first day of Spring", since it was preceded by weeks of wet and chilly weather. Course...

Berkshire (Blue)

Like its sister course is in great condition . Plays very fair but beware of the heather again . Superb tree lined course well worth a visit although it's not particularly cheap.

Berkshire (Red)

The club itself remains entrenched in the mid fifties with a rather sniffy feel. The course on the other hand is every bit as good as the reviews suggest . The condition all round is top notch with some great holes. Avoid the heather and it's possibl...

Bedford & County

A great course for five months of the year. Being a mature tree lined course once the leaves start falling miss the fairway and you can lose a ball on every other hole under all the leaves. Very small greens mean you need a sharp game here as it also...

Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands

Not the longest course around but it does have some memorable holes. You won't leave thinking you have just played a world beater but it is a good steady course if your in the area.

Millbrook Golf Club

This place could be by far and away the best course in beds, but has not been in very good condition for some years. It plays long, very long but lacks any visual presence. The greens were just about good enough the bunkers although being improved st...

Great Yarmouth & Caister

Really don't get or like the first hole but after that it is a superb course. Plenty of scary shots and a few easier holes to give you a chance. Take plenty of balls as there is gorse aplenty. It's a tough walk but also an enjoyable one. You'll get p...

Royal Cromer

Super course great fun to play brilliant condition friendly clubhouse. Yet again another great Norfolk course that is not rammed with players. Played at a good pace still with time to savour the panoramic views. Not a true links nor a true parkland c...

Hunstanton

A great course but really difficult especially first time out. The condition was pristine and really couldn't be faulted. Not sure about the two ball rule or foresomes only but nevertheless enjoyed the course. Like many clubs in the area the clubhous...

Sheringham

Without doubt my favourite course in the uk. I can't claim to have played too many top courses but this is the best I've played. A gentle start for three holes before you are rewarded with some magnificent holes and beautiful views. The greens are tr...

Royal Hobart

I played Royal Hobart on a driving and golf trip to lovely Tasmania and had a great day. Unlike some other Royal courses I could name, they were were very welcoming to an individual visitor sorting me out with clubs and a playing partner. This was he...

Christchurch

I played "Shirley", as it's known locally, before the earthquake and had a tremendous day at a friendly course, certainly more enjoyable than some of the more modern courses nearby. One note of caution, try to ensure your tee time doesn't coincide wi...

Invercargill

I found myself in Invercargill with a spare afternoon before a trip to fantastic Stewart Island (which has the most fun and arduous 6 hole golf course imaginable) and enquired about a game here. They couldn't have been more helpful, and I enjoyed a q...

Queenstown (Kelvin Heights)

I played stunning Kelvin Heights on a driving/golf trip to NZ (highly recommended !) several years ago, so can't comment on current condition. However it lives the longest in my memory. I played on a lovely sunny day, The Remarkables looking close en...

Country Club of Orlando

Ron Forse changed everything but the routing here in 2017………and for the better. While Forse’s specialty is course restoration (he’s done 39 Ross restorations), the biggest challenge at CCO was restoring the greens. With Ross’s field sketches unavaila...

Plum Creek

Plum Creek was on the verge of shutting down several years ago because of bankruptcy, and it was very clear to see how seeing the condition of the course back in 2012 or 2013. It's bounced back recently, however, which is relieving since it's got the...

Arrowhead

You're hard-pressed to find a more scenic course that's not alongside a body of water than Arrowhead. Holes 10-14 make up a great stretch of golf where you get to play through and around the beautiful rocks you see in the famous pictures of Arrowhead...

Rio Real

Having played Rio real 4 years ago I was very excited to be playing it again. We had a bad experience with slow play last time and was hoping not to encounter this again.I arrived at the course straight from the airport and received a great welcome....

Queenstown (Kelvin Heights)

When I first played golf in queenstown this was far and away the best course around. It has been eclipsed by so many big budget foreign owners building new modern resorts. That said it still is a great course with superb iconic views. It remains in g...

Hamilton - New Zealand

Locally probably the best course around. It does nothing dramatic but also it never lets you down. Neat and tidy and very affordable.

Hastings

Probably the best course in hawkes bay outside of kidnappers. Always in great condition with some challenging holes. Very friendly staff always keen to ensure you enjoy the round. Anyone visiting the bay would rewarded with great scenery and perfect...

Is Arenas

I was a bit disappointed of Is Arenas. Not that it's a bad course. But after playing Pevero the day before and expecting Is Arenas to be even better (according to the ranking on this site) it was quite a letdown. Is Arenas is a Resort course in the m...

Pevero

I played the course a few days ago and although I am not particularly a fan of RTJ I have to admit I liked it a lot. The course is cleverly routed through hilly terrain and rock formations in two Loops that reach on opposite sides toward the sea. The...

Sherwood Forest

The opening stretch at Sherwood Forest is all laid out in front of the clubhouse so it’s a wonderful vista to display what’s in store for the first time visitor. You’re introduced with an undulating and pretty start where the first four holes play in...

Blackmoor

I have been a member for three very happy years. I wish I could play it again for the first time but like a great marriage it just keeps getting better. It is in the best condition I have ever seen it. Truly first class. Always a challenge. Always...

Hammock Dunes (Creek)

Though the Creek course touts the fact that no real estate can be developed anywhere on the property, the course still has a lot of the feel of a Florida cartball-only layout. With but five holes from which one can see another hole, there’s a sense o...

Ferndown (Old)

When I go to a golf club, especially a well-established one, I like to feel like a member for the day. On tour in Dorset playing what are widely regarded as the top four clubs in the county, the only place I did not get that was the day we played Fer...