Best Golf of 2018 Awards

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Every year I put together my “Best of Golf Awards” where I pick lighthearted categories to highlight experiences from the past year (you can read the Best Golf of 2017 Awards and Best Golf of 2016 Awards as well). I managed to play 57 different courses this year and despite their various styles and levels of quality, they all had something to … Read More

Best Golf of 2017 Awards

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While 2016 was a big year for my golf life, 2017 was a big year for my non-golf life. I got married in February… and then did it again in July. Our actual wedding ceremony was here in the United States, but we held a celebration party in my wife’s native England in the summer. It took the planning of … Read More

Best Golf of 2016 Awards

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I was fortunate to be the beneficiary of some very generous people during the 2016 summer golf season. A special thanks goes out to my employers at LINKS Magazine, who made many of these trips possible. Another thanks goes out to the individual members who hosted me on many of the other trips. One of my favorite aspects of golf … Read More

Cabot Cliffs Review

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This review was written by Keith Olbrantz, who has contributed Irish course reviews to the site in the past. Fortunately for us, he spend a few days up in Nova Scotia and the photos are amazing… To see all of his reviews, click here. In 2005, Ben Cowan-Dewar entered into an agreement with the town of Inverness on Cape Breton … Read More

Bandon Dunes Review

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My attitude towards Bandon Dunes prior to my first visit was a mixture of emotions. On one hand, I desperately wanted to visit the property and see the famous courses in person. On the other, I didn’t want be one of the Bandonistas who does nothing but sing the praises of the resort while comparing it to everything else. I … Read More

Pacific Dunes Review

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My flight into North Bend, Oregon swung low and made a sweeping pass right over the courses at Bandon Dunes. Despite having never visited the resort before, I quickly picked the clifftop holes at Pacific Dunes out of the crowd… Others golfers on the flight did the same, and the excitement was palpable as everyone de-boarded. Thankfully, only 35 minutes … Read More

Merion Golf Club (East Course) Review

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Philadelphia is one of my favorite golf cities in the world. I have made three golf trips to the area previously, but for various reasons, rounds at Merion always fell through. When the opportunity to play Merion resurfaced this summer, I was all-in. I flew from South Carolina to Philadelphia and met my good buddy Tim at the airport where … Read More

Maidstone Club Review

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When I left New York City after my last golf trip to the area, I would have laughed at you if you told me I’d be back four weeks later. But, as fate would have it, I was back in the Hamptons again one month later to play Maidstone Club. This second visit was with my golf buddy Tim, who … Read More

Quaker Ridge Golf Club Review

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Quaker Ridge marked the final round on a weekend that included Shinnecock Hills and National Golf Links of America. My host member at Quaker Ridge had played those first two rounds with me, and he jokingly warned, “Quaker Ridge will feel like a letdown after those two!” Instead of a letdown, I found a terrific club with a beautiful golf course. And, … Read More

National Golf Links of America Review

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National Golf Links of America was the last round to fall into place during the New York trip. Whenever I mentioned that I would be playing the course to friends ahead of the round, they all said the same thing, “You won’t find another course like National anywhere else! You’ll love it.” Quirky, fun, and unique were the words that kept … Read More

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Review

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One of the best aspects of golf is the relationships that are built through the game. My round at Shinnecock Hills was made possible through a golf buddy, and after four hours on the course, I left Shinnecock with three new friends. We started the day with lunch on the back porch of the clubhouse, which is undeniably one of … Read More

Oakmont Country Club Review

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The journey of playing top golf courses around the world takes you down unexpected roads. I was sitting at my desk at LINKS Magazine when an email came into my inbox. It was from the USGA and it offered the chance to play Oakmont in the 2016 US Open Media Day. The only problem was that it was a Tuesday, … Read More

Lahinch Golf Club Review

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This review was written by my good friend and golfing buddy, Keith Olbrantz. He has traveled to Scotland and Ireland enough to make any golfer jealous, and every time we speak he seems to have a new trip lined up. Enjoy his review of Lahinch, a place he’s played quite a bit, below! I have been fortunate enough to travel … Read More

Royal County Down Review

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

Royal Troon Review

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The journey to Royal Troon took longer than expected. A delayed journey to Glasgow led to a rush at the train station, which was followed by a public transportation nightmare. We got on the wrong train. A forward and rear train were leaving from the same platform, and we absentmindedly chose the train to Wemyss Bay instead of Ayr. After … Read More

Fishers Island Club Review

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Fishers Island is located just off the coast of Connecticut, but it is technically located in New York. The island serves as a summer getaway for the upper tier of society. It is a place of understated wealth, the “anti-Hamptons.” You do not see any overt statements of wealth on Fishers. Most of the families who spend summers on the … Read More