Archive for the ‘Around the world’ Category

Gary Player Country Club Golf Course, South Africa

Mar 26th
2017

The Gary Player Country Club in the Sun City Resort, South Africa is acknowledged as a difficult and demanding course. When construction of the Resort began in 1978, the decision was taken to build a golf course that would rival the best in the world. South Africa’s most successful professional Gary Player, was an obvious choice to route the course in what is the crater of an extinct volcano. The result was an 18-hole golf course with a par of 72 that surpassed all expectations. Every December since 1981 it has been home to the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge(what used to be the Million Dollar Golf Challenge).

The course lies amidst beautiful nature and is regarded as one of the best in the world. Stretching over more than 7000 meters this typical parkland course is fairly flat, Gary Player C.C. is one of the world’s longest golf courses. All 18 holes are to be classified as difficult, with wide kikuyu grass fairways and bent greens, little rough, and many trees and streams, the many water hazards and sneaky bunkers. The magnificent views of the resort’s four hotels and lake, as well as the surrounding mountains that form part of Pilanesberg National Park, is enough to stir the blood. But wait, there’s more…

Pueblo De Cochiti Golf Course, New Mexico

Mar 20th
2017

Cochiti Golf Club is an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. public golf course located in Cochiti Lake, New Mexico. Being conveniently located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM it makes for a must play. The Cochiti Golf Club is consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in New Mexico. To go along with the fantastic layout of the course, it is nestled in the beautiful high desert terrain of northern New Mexico. After your round, take in the views at the Stone Kiva Bar and Grill. It’s not hard to see why this place is called “Heaven with a zip code.” But wait, there’s more…

Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, St. George, USA

Mar 13th
2017

Dixie Red Hills Golf Club opened in the mid-1960s and, because of its spectacular red rock setting and playability, it has been the favorite of recreational golfers ever since. This golfer-friendly course also features hundreds of mature Cottonwoods, Mondale Pines, Mesquite, and other trees that provide ample shade during St. George’s warmer months. But wait, there’s more…

McDowell Mountain Golf Club, Scottsdale

Mar 6th
2017

McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, has become one of the premier public golf courses in the Valley. This Scottsdale golf gem shines even brighter after undergoing a massive golf course enhancement and renovation in 2011. During this renovation, course architectural changes were overseen by the original golf course architect, Randy Heckenkemper and included making many of the playing corridors wider, created additional waste bunker and adding additional teeing areas! But wait, there’s more…

Dark Horse Golf Course, Auburn, CA

Feb 27th
2017

One of the finest courses built in Northern California in many years, DarkHorse lies in Auburn in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 50 miles east of Sacramento. The course was laid out on what was once a 1,100-acre cattle ranch and features magnificent elevation changes. But there is much more than that for those who truly love golf.

Holes were gently placed into the curving valleys on the site; the greens are subtly contoured; the bunkers are strategically placed and offer a variety of different shot making opportunities.

Course Designer Keith Foster has crafted 18 unique holes that will leave you anxious to play DarkHorse again.

Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, USA

Feb 20th
2017

Designed by former U.S. Open and PGA Champion David Graham and golf course architect Gary Panks, Grayhawk’s Talon Course is one of the most exciting and dramatic tests of golf in the Southwest. Located in North Scottsdale, the 6,973-yard Talon course is one of the highest rated daily-fee golf courses in Arizona, and is included on Golf Magazine’s prestigious list of the “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.”. But wait, there’s more…

Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland

Feb 13th
2017

Over the last  117 years Portmarnock Golf Club has hosted some of the  greatest tournaments in golf.   We have welcomed the greatest Amateur and Professional golfers to have played the game, from Arnold Palmer  to  Padraig Harrington. In an open competition in 1899 the great Harry Vardon established a record of 69 over a course measuring  5,810 yards. But wait, there’s more…

Lee Westwood Colt Course, United Kingdom

Feb 6th
2017

Set in the beautiful and serene Tyne Valley, minutes from Newcastle and nestled between the banks of the River Tyne and the ancient remains of Hadrian’s Wall, the 250-year-old Close House estate grounds have been lovingly teased into two of the best courses in the country, with the Lee Westwood Colt Course gaining entry to the UK Top 100 courses club almost as soon as it opened. But wait, there’s more…

Broadstone Golf Club, UK

Jan 30th
2017

Set in the glorious Dorset countryside, Broadstone is one of the finest examples of an unspoilt heathland golf course in the South of England, and deservedly sits in the Top 100 golf courses in the UK, as judged by Golf World and Golf Monthly. Within 250 acres of rolling terrain, the fairways run freely and separately through superb natural heathland with its swathes of heather, pine, gorse and rhododendrons, several holes offer magnificent views for miles around. But wait, there’s more…

Angkor Golf Resort, Thailand

Jan 23rd
2017

The world class Nick Faldo designed Angkor Golf Resort is the best golf course in Cambodia and by a wide margin. The six-time major winner Nick Faldo himself, received a blessing from local monks and then opened the golf course in December 2007, his first golf course in Cambodia. The Angkor Golf Resort brings Cambodia squarely onto international golf destination map.

Angkor Golf Resort, Thailand

Tess, fairways, and greens are all maintained as what you would expect from a Faldo designed and IMG managed golf course. The latest Paspalum turf insures excellent year-round playing conditions.

The Siem Reap course is a fair test of golf for all players and requires thinking and strategy on every hole to score well. For example, the strategically placed bunkers and water hazards are tricky, but easily seen from each tee box. The greens have plenty of subtle undulations and they reward and encourage a variety of approach shots. On the other hand each holes difficulty can be moderated daily by specific pin positions, easy or challenging. Furthermore, various tee box locations allow for both low and mid handicappers to choose the right course length for their game.  But wait, there’s more…