I am a Scottish based keen golfer who thinks too much about playing great golf courses and have been lucky enough to experience some of the best. I am a 14 handicapper with a lot of friends who are better, and a few who are worse. I have agonised over which courses to include on a golf trip with my friends and fantasised about playing the best in the world. I thought it was time I wrote some of that down!
Being based in Scotland has its advantages. There are some fantastic courses within an hour's drive of my front door (I live in Gullane, East Lothian - a good drive and a topped 4 iron from the first tee at Muirfield) and I have also played some great courses in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Golf rankings are always things of opinion rather than fact and are seen by some as pointless and almost always controversial. If I have a good round on a good course then my rose-tinted spectacles can elevate it to greatness. Likewise, too many duck hooks and a couple of shanks will probably set me against a course for no other good reason. Others have made them a thing of architectural purity and maybe lost a real sense of of fun from their judgement.
Having said that, I do think that it is possible to assess and classify golf courses. I always thought that the Peugeot European Guide had a pretty good scoring system. For that reason, despite its demise, I have used a version of that on this site. It should give you a good sense of the relativities of the courses and my views of them. Every course has a score and you can see rankings of those I have played here. I have tried to rank the top 100 courses in the world using a 'poll of polls' for a bit of fun. You can see that here.
In my course reviews I have also tried to include some of the important information for planning a golf trip. What's the atmosphere of the club like? Where's good to go locally? Which courses nearby make the grade when planning a trip? It's all very arbitrary and feel free to let me know what you think!
If you are looking for a comprehensive view of the best courses in the world to play try going here for some suggestions. If you want one guy's view on a bunch of great courses - read on!
March 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
The world of Twitter has drawn together an eclectic mix of golf architecture nerds and on episode 99 we meet another one: David Jones - aka UK Golf Guy. David is currently in Australia sampling some of the best golf we have to offer and sits down for a broad chat on all things golf and how the Australian experience compares with the rest of the world. David has travelled to almost every corner of the globe playing golf and his take on Australian golf is both fascinating and instructive for those in the business of bringing golfers to these shores. David also has some interesting thoughts on the broader issues facing the game including the role of professional golf in attracting people to play.