I’m an amateur golfer who for 13 years, worked in the golf industry and instantly became slightly obsessed with ticking off Top 100 golf courses. This obsession has taken me all around the world playing golf courses of all shapes and sizes, and staying in countless golf resorts.
It wasn’t any obsessive compulsive trait or even the challenge of getting on these courses. It wasn’t even the need to test myself…my golf leaves enough to be desired without feeling the masochistic need to put undue pressure on myself.
It was something more than that. There was something beguiling, something that fascinated me about why one course was considered better than another. The design, the challenge, the aesthetic, the service, the condition, the clubhouse….
But what I soon realised is these Top 100 lists are perpetually changing and they differ significantly from one person to another. Ask your golfing pals to each write down their Top 10 golf courses, each list will be completely different.
This captivated me and only fuelled my ambition to play as many of these courses as possible…without it being all-consuming (I still have a life!).
Working in the golf industry, it just so happened I was selling and account managing golf courses in various countries, which offered me the opportunity to start ticking off many of these outstanding courses.
So why the site?
Primarily because there is a dearth of information online about the ‘best golf courses’ in each State or region. There are without doubt some incredibly authoritative sites which break down each individual course, but little in the way of blog posts per State/region or golf destination.
So what swiftly followed was a passionate dive into researching and collating all this information, to try and educate and inspire you, throughout a series of blog posts. This journey has been truly inspiring and my ‘to play list’ just keeps getting longer and longer.
Oh, and if you were wondering what it is that makes a golf course a Top 100 nominee? For me it is the overall package, the experience, the sensation you get from the minute you enter the gates, to walking through the clubhouse, looking down the first fairway with nervous anticipation.
Each hole continually enthralling, making you think, making you smile. It’s then topped off by the beer on the terrace…well, maybe that’s a little unfair as even the worst course can be improved by the beer on the terrace. But you get the point, there is no one thing. And again, it’s all subjective 😉
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