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Crystal Downs

“Sit, sit, sit… oh, no.” Mrs W’s ball had ascended to the top of Crystal Downs’ 11th green and taken a dramatic turn. It funnelled down...

Oakland Hills (South)

In August 1972, Mrs W and I would have been enjoying the summer with thoughts of our third year in the same class at primary school. Yes,...

Praia D'el Rey

Mist was lifting, dew was still on the ground and the ball nestled to within eight feet of the flag. The only sounds were of waves...

West Cliffs

West Cliffs is simply one of the best golf courses we have played. It had the wow factor from the opening of the doors at its clubhouse...

Oitavos Dunes

Is that a galleon?” The replica ship, conjuring thoughts of Portugal’s most famous son, Vasco Da Gama, glided past as we supped our...

Penha Longa (Atlantic)

“Go, go, go!” On land where silence had been the byword of five hundred years, I shouted in desperation for my ball to clear the water....

Camberley Heath

“Oh, look at that poor bloke… he’s never going to find his ball,” mused Mrs W, as we looked down Camberley Heath’s dramatic 18th before...

Royal Porthcawl

“Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” they sing in homage to Wales being Old Land Of My Fathers. For me, Porthcawl is the land of my grandmother and her...

JCB

It finally happened! JCB is the course that has eluded me more than any on my top 100 travels so far and yet it should have been one of...

New Zealand Golf Club

It is a lovely paradox that one of the world’s first banked motor racing circuits should be built on the same estate as one of the most...

Ardfin

A dizzying combination of wonderfully scenic, dramatic golf holes with world-class, ultra-exclusive accommodation. If anywhere matches...

The Machrie

“Sit on the bench on the seventh tee, admire the incredible views and have a wee dram on us.” The Isle of Islay in the west of Scotland...

Machrihanish Dunes

Is Machrihanish Dunes set to be one of the world’s major golf destinations? The prospect seemed unlikely when the lovely lady behind the...

Machrihanish Golf Club

“ I guess this is the complete antidote to the high pressure of being a lawyer in a big city in the United States?” Our generous host...

Gullane No.1

It mattered not a jot that the wind was gusting at up to 38 miles an hour. My smile remained transfixed. Gullane No.1 was tremendous -...

Coombe Hill

"Aim at the top of the Shard!", The UK's tallest building is just under 310 metres high and is 12 miles away from Coombe Hill, so I...

St Andrews Castle

Away from the hectic of the town are quirky, unforgettable links with all the quality of the St Andrews brand. The Castle is perched on...

St. Andrews New

"How did you enjoy your round on the New?" asked the Golf Assistant, as he marshalled walkers across the Old Course's first and 18th...

Woburn (Marquess)

It was the top 100 quest’s most poignant moment – a son teeing off, yards from where the ashes of his parents are buried on his dad’s...

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