Royal St. George’s Review – One of the Greatest British Classics

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There’s something special about Britain’s great old golf clubs. They embrace tradition dearly, their courses are revered and historic, and in nearly every case, they open their doors to visitors. It’s a combination not found at U.S. private clubs and it’s part of what makes international golf travel so much fun. Royal St. George’s is perhaps the ultimate example of … Read More

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

Royal St. George’s Review (By Tim Gallant)

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This review was written by my friend and site contributor Tim Gallant, who visited Royal St. George’s this past February. Enjoy! Royal St George’s, or Sandwich as it is commonly referred to, is one of the very best links golf courses in the world. While you may hear pros complain about the course due to its humps and bumps that … Read More

Swinley Forest Golf Club Review

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Swinley Forest is completely different from any other club that I have visited. “Extremely exclusive” and “very unusual” only begin to scratch the surface of the club. The membership is comprised largely of British aristocracy and high ranking members of the British military. The Duke of Edinburgh (the Queen’s husband) and the Duke of York (the Queen’s son) boast membership … Read More

Wentworth Golf Club (West Course) Review

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For interesting reading about recent (12/16) developments at Wentworth, read these two excellent articles from the FT. (One and Two) My visit to Wentworth Golf Club marked my third foray into the great golf that England has to offer. I was excited to play at Wentworth, which has hosted the Ryder Cup in 1926 and 1953 among many other European Tour … Read More

Ganton Golf Club Review

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Our trip to North Yorkshire’s Ganton Golf Club was a great day filled with history and enjoyable golf. The trip down south was paired with a round at Woodhall Spa, and, as with that review, you will see me draw comparisons between the two clubs.Ganton’s beautiful clubhouse and locker room typify a traditional old golf club within the UK. The … Read More

Woodhall Spa Golf Club Review

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My visit to Woodhall Spa Golf Club marked my first taste of English golf. It is also my latest check mark on the world top 100 list, on which the Hotchkin course is ranked #62. It has taken me three years to make the trip south from Scotland with my golf clubs in tow. This trip included rounds at Woodhall … Read More