Royal North Devon Golf Club (Westward Ho!) Review

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On my travels I occasionally play somewhere that catches me off guard. Royal North Devon—or Westward Ho! as it is often called—was one such place. I visited the course on a recent trip to England with my wife. She doesn’t play golf, but we walked the course together, ate lunch in the clubhouse, and left saying, “Why aren’t more clubs … Read More

St. Enodoc (Church Course) Review

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I wrote about my trip to England for LINKS Magazine, and in that article I opened with an anecdote about Tom Doak. I think it’s worth repeating here. I played a round with Tom a couple of years ago and he told me about a phone call he received from a course owner. The owner asked where to go on … Read More

Streamsong Resort Black Course Review

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My first visit to Streamsong Resort wasn’t for the purpose of playing golf. The trip took place in 2016 before the Black Course opened, and I was there to walk the new Gil Hanse layout and explore the design. I didn’t hit a single ball on the course (yes, it was painful not to), but I spent hours walking the … Read More

Meadowbrook Country Club Review

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This review was written by my good friend Tim Gallant. Tim is an avid golfer living in Edinburgh, Scotland, who boasts North Berwick as his home club. We have played rounds together across Scotland, England, and the U.S. comparing notes and debating designs along the way. Tim is a real student of the game – enjoy his review and reach … Read More

Harbour Town Golf Links Review

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When I played Harbour Town for the first time around eight years ago, I got a last minute late afternoon tee time while on a road trip. Little did I know that I’d later live and work near Harbour Town and play the course many more times. After my most recent round I decided it was time to rewrite my … Read More

Winter Park Golf Course Review

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Part of being a passionate golf traveler is having people always recommend destinations for the next trip. Occasionally, a place keeps coming up and when multiple knowledgeable golfers insist I see a certain course, my ears perk up. I must have had over a dozen people insist I see Winter Park over a year period, which put this nine hole … Read More

Streamsong Resort Red Course Review

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On my first visit to Streamsong, I was only able to play the first six holes of the Red Course. You can imagine the feeling of going to one of the best restaurants in the world to only eat an appetizer. I was able to return recently to spend more time and see the entirety of the Coore & Crenshaw-designed … Read More

Pine Valley Golf Club Review

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The feeling of driving through the gates at Pine Valley is a mix of nervousness, excitement, and a frantic need to soak in every single moment and view. All of those emotions are heightened even more when you pull up to the clubhouse where everyone seems to share an unspoken, “can you believe we’re at Pine Valley?!” look every now … Read More

Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle Review

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When I recently visited Skibo Castle and the Carnegie Club, the main purpose of the weekend was to see the recently renovated Carnegie Links. The course had long been on my Scottish to-visit list, but it was always a tough trip to make because of the club’s location and exclusivity. In the end, the round happened years after moving back … Read More

Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle – The Experience

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I was lucky to be invited to stay for a weekend recently at Skibo Castle, located just outside of Dornoch, Scotland. The castle is home to the private Carnegie Club and I look back at it as my favorite place I’ve ever stayed. I don’t say that lightly!The club is private, which is relatively rare in the British Isles, and ... Read More

Royal Dornoch Golf Club Review

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My two trips to Royal Dornoch couldn’t have been more different. My first trip was during my time at the University of St Andrews. A buddy and I took the train up from the Auld Grey Toon via Dundee, Perth, Inverness, and Tain, before catching the local bus from Tain into the town of Dornoch (a long day of travel). … Read More

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

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Although I’ve spent years and much of my childhood traveling to Pinehurst, NC for golf, it’s only been in the last year that I played Pine Needles. Unlike sister course Mid Pines, I don’t have memories of Pine Needles prior to its most recent renovation and it’s always been the course that barely slipped off the itinerary, always being shoved … Read More

Mid Pines Inn and Resort Review

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Some of my earliest junior golf tournament memories reach back to rounds at Mid Pines on trips with my Dad. I grew up in Asheville, N.C., so at least once a year we’d journey down to Pinehurst for a junior tournament or two. The tournaments were often played over a number of area courses, but it seemed like Mid Pines … Read More

Colleton River Club – Dye Course Review

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Hilton Head Island, S.C. has a reputation for being a heavy-hitting golf island, but if you take private courses into account, Bluffton, S.C.—just inland from Hilton Head—gives the island a run for its money. On the mainland you’ll find Belfair with its two Fazio courses, Berkeley Hall with its two Fazio courses, Colleton River Club with its Nicklaus and Dye … Read More

The Cradle at Pinehurst Resort Review

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“Innovate or die.” Think back to the hottest golf destinations of 30 years ago. How many are still considered top of the pack? Many of the popular destinations of the past failed to embrace that “innovate or die” theme, and in turn they’ve been left behind in an ever-evolving world. Pinehurst Resort has managed to stay near the top of … Read More

Trump Turnberry – Ailsa Course Review

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My first round at Turnberry was in 2011, prior to the major restoration, and prior to my understanding about not rushing golf trips. We arrived at the course, played our round, and rushed off to our afternoon loop elsewhere.  For my second visit to Trump Turnberry, I slowed things down and really enjoyed my time. I arrived the evening before … Read More

Forest Dunes – The Loop Review (Black Course)

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“What is a reversible course?” Those active in the golf world may think it’s an obvious answer, but I’ve been asked the question many times when describing The Loop at Forest Dunes.  A reversible course is one where the routing can be played from the first hole to the 18th (clockwise), and then switched to play from the 18th back … Read More

Golfer’s Guide to Scotland’s North Coast 500

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Driving Scotland’s North Coast 500 – a 500-mile route through the Scottish Highlands – was one of the best travel experiences of my life. I made the trip for work (my job at LINKS Magazine), and wrote about my experiences extensively both on the LINKS website, and in the digital and print magazines. This post is different. I’m writing this … Read More

Reay Golf Club Review

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If you’ve read my reviews recently, you’ll notice a theme: extremely rural Scottish courses. Reay perfectly fits that mold as it’s the most northerly 18-hole course on the British mainland. If you thought that Royal Dornoch was way up north, Reay is 2 hours north of Dornoch! I made the journey to Reay as part of my trip on the … Read More