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Ranking: World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses – G…

Ranking: World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses – Golf Digest:

Brandnew great guide to the finest courses world-wide


Golf Digest’s third biennial ranking of the World 100 Greatest Golf
Courses is truly global, showcasing brilliant layouts everywhere from
Abu Dhabi to Vietnam, but not the United States. This is not a slight
against courses born in the USA; Golf Digest will continue to produce
biennial rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses
in odd-numbered years. A big part of the reason is that our two
rankings are determined differently. America’s 100 Greatest is always
based on evaluations by North American panelists judging courses in
seven criteria. The World 100 Greatest uses a single criterion of
overall greatness scored not just by Americans but also by international
panelists organized by our affiliate magazines around the world.

Modry Las rounds off 2017 in style Modry Las …

Modry Las rounds off 2017 in style

Modry Las Golf Club has ended 2017 in style after picking up a top honour at a gala evening celebrating the very best of international golf tourism. The West Pomerania Gary Player-designed course was named Poland’s best golf course at the World Golf Awards in Spain following a series of exciting developments at the resort and a bumper year on the course.

It is the latest in a line of awards secured by Modry Las since it was officially opened by Player in 2009. Earlier this year Modry Las received one of Poland’s top honours for its nine-hole championship course in miniature; Orli Las. This latest accolade from the World Golf Awards points towards ongoing improvements that have been supported by an internationally recognised design.

“Over the last eight years, Modry Las has been on a journey which has been underpinned by Gary Player’s fabulous design,” said Arthur Gromadzki, chairman of Modry Las. “That has been the foundation on which we have grown the resort. We have used the momentum created by Mr Player’s fantastic layout to develop the resort through on-site accommodation options, property opportunities and our wonderful nine-hole course. Modry Las has grown into an internationally recognised resort, but it all began with his vision.”

As Chris Frost, managing director of the World Golf Awards, noted, this latest honour confirms worldwide recognition for the resort. “Well-deserved congratulations to Modry Las on its success at the 2017 World Golf Awards,” he said. “Poland’s Best Golf Course is a prestigious international award that places Modry Las firmly at the top of the golf tourism industry.”

As well as picking up awards, Modry Las has also seen substantial increases in the number of rounds played, especially by visiting golfers. For instance, the number of green fees sold grew by a healthy 22% in 2017 while the number of rounds played as part of a stay-and-play package soared by 73%.

The impetus generated by the 18-hole signature course at Modry Las shows no sign of slowing down, especially during 2018 which is set to be another decisive year for the Polish resort. “The progress made at Modry Las has been significant and has resulted in us welcoming more golfers to play our courses,” continued Gromadzki. “Nonetheless, I am particularly looking forward to 2018 and the opening of our clubhouse. This is the next stage in the evolution of Modry Las and a pivotal point in its development.”

The clubhouse is due to open during the summer of 2018 and will act as a focal point for members, visitors and corporate clients with spacious reception areas and panoramic views. A sports bar, lounge areas, extensive changing facilities and a specialist golf boutique will elevate service levels once again, while 11 luxurious guest suites will provide additional accommodation just yards from the first tee and last green.

The contemporary country lodge will include an indoor golf practice studio, private-dining room as well as a 70-cover restaurant and terrace featuring international cuisine served with the best of Polish hospitality.

“This exciting project has been in the pipeline for a number of years,” said Gromadzki. “We wanted to get the feel of the place just right so that members and guests would feel at home, but also indulged. Our temporary clubhouse has been a great asset, but the new clubhouse will take the experience at Modry Las to another level.”

A number of smaller, but no-less important projects have preceded the clubhouse development, including the installation of a dedicated Tesla charging station at the West Pomeranian resort, which is now part of the Tesla Destination Programme. Elsewhere, the resort’s facilities have been photographed by award-winning photographer Mark Alexander who has not only captured the beauty of the championship course but has also taken the first images of the highly-anticipated clubhouse.

“It is always a great privilege to photograph Modry Las,” said Alexander. “The course has matured well and is looking terrific. The new clubhouse provides a fantastic backdrop to the closing hole, which was part of this year’s brief.”

Gromadzki agreed. “The photography taken by Mark has been viewed around the world, and I think his new set of images will generate even greater interest in Modry Las. In particular, he has used the light to capture views of the course that have never been seen before and reveal for the first time the new clubhouse.”

Wet day on the range fog and all that it could…

Wet day on the range fog and all that it could throw but still practicing at range up at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club.

Kingsbarns Marks Record-Breaking Year In a se…

Kingsbarns Marks Record-Breaking Year

In a season that saw Kingsbarns Golf Links host two European Tour events and its first Major, the Fife course has confirmed it welcomed more guests to Scotland’s east coast in 2017 than ever before. The results round off a memorable year for the celebrated links which also won the Best Customer Service accolade at this year’s Scottish Golf Tourism awards.

The annual results show a healthy upward curve in rounds played at Kingsbarns in 2017, and follow on from an equally impressive increase recorded last year. The year-on-year figures indicate a continual positive trend at Kingsbarns which its chief executive believes is underpinned by a commitment to consistent and continual improvement.

“The 2017 season has been outstanding for a number of reasons, not least hosting the Ricoh Women’s British Open,” noted Alan Hogg. “Welcoming the world’s best players to Scotland was a privilege that all the team at Kingsbarns enjoyed. It is, however, an approach we adopt day in, day out with our guests. The standard of service doesn’t alter. The fact we recorded more rounds this year than any other is testament to this consistent approach.”

The Ricoh Women’s British Open was held at Kingsbarns in August with the 2017 line-up boasting players from 27 different nations, including all 25 of the world’s top golfers in the Rolex Rankings. The course received praise throughout the week, most notably from Michelle Wie, who opened the tournament with a new woman’s course record of 64.

“The fact it is a course record is a huge honour for me, especially at a place like Kingsbarns, which is definitely one of the most scenic courses I’ve ever played,” she said following her historic round. “You get lost in the views out there and it almost feels like playing back home in Hawaii.”

While the players enjoyed views from the elevated tees at Kingsbarns, including new teeing areas at the 3rd and 16th holes, the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) recorded a remarkable set of performance figures during the tournament, culminating in some of the most unswerving championship statistics ever collated.

“The green speeds at Kingsbarns were some of the most consistent we have had during tournament testing,” said Richard Windows, STRI agronomy services manager. “It was a great example of the implementation of good agronomic practices executed by a team of expert greenkeepers.”

The STRI confirmed the women’s major was contested over an exceptional course. Windows continued: “Achieving the targets was particularly pleasing because of the challenging weather conditions experienced throughout the championship with heavy rain falling on most afternoons and evenings. The results were outstanding.”

The regular greenkeeping team at Kingsbarns, led by Innes Knight and augmented during the tournament by over 20 volunteer greenkeeping professionals from Scottish, English and international golf courses, worked tirelessly during the tournament to ensure the course was presented to a world-class standard. It is a policy the team adopts throughout the year regardless of whether the tee-sheet is packed with the best players in the world or not.

“Our policy is to present Kingsbarns to the highest possible standard throughout the year,” explained Knight. “It could be a mid-week match for local golfers, a four-ball of international tourists or the closing Sunday of a Major. It does not matter. All members of staff at Kingsbarns are committed to delivering a truly unique golf experience for all our guests.”

Art Dunkley, director of Kingsbarns Golf Links, agreed. “We continually seek to improve how we present Kingsbarns and welcome our visiting golfers from the UK and from around the world. Hosting the Ricoh Women’s British Open showcased our ability to meet the high standards expected of a Major venue.”

Kingsbarns is looking forward to an exciting 2018 with another busy tee sheet based on early golf bookings, the Open Championship taking place at nearby Carnoustie Golf Links and the 18th staging of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. In addition and as a follow on to this year’s Women’s British Open, an exciting new ladies-only golf day designed for the enjoyment of amateur golfers is scheduled for Saturday 14 April 2018.

Michigan’s Meadowbrook Country Club a 2017 Design Excellence…

Michigan’s Meadowbrook Country Club a 2017 Design Excellence Recognition Program Honoree

Historic course and renovation architect Andy Staples one of only 11 projects cited by the American Society of Golf Course Architects

The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) selected Meadowbrook Country Club for its accolade as a 2017 Design Excellence Recognition Program honoree.  Meadowbrook is one of only 11 courses to receive the prestigious designation.

Arizona-based architect Andy Staples of Staples Golf Design oversaw the renovation of the legendary suburban Detroit course.  Meadowbrook Country Club embarked on a major renovation of its historic 1916 course last year to mark the milestone occasion of its 100th anniversary, and took the bold step of closing the course entirely for play.  Originally designed by Scottish classic architect Willie Park, Jr., with a later contribution by the renowned Donald Ross, Meadowbrook unveiled its refreshed new look in May.

“On behalf of our membership at Meadowbrook Country Club, we’re honored to be acknowledged by the ASGCA as one of only 11 courses to earn the distinction for design excellence,” said general manager Joe Marini.  “This prestigious award underscores how proud we are of our new course.  Andy Staples and the design team did a spectacular job.”

“This was a tremendous project and I am proud to have been involved with the renovation of Meadowbrook’s vintage course,” said Staples. “I am especially honored with the ASGCA’s recognition.”

Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to practice facilities and renovations to classic courses. According to ASGCA President John Sanford, “The 11 named projects continue the tradition of the Design Excellence Recognition Program; well-designed facilities that make a positive impact on the game to benefit golfers and their communities.” 

Photo: Meadowbrook Country Club’s 12th hole green (4th and 13th greens are in the background)   Credit Brian Walters Photography

Trevose Golf & Country Club’s Brand New Website Boasts…

Trevose Golf & Country Club’s Brand New Website

Boasts Easier Navigation & Engaging Content

England’s Trevose Golf & Country Club (www.trevose-gc.co.uk) near Padstow in Cornwall has launched a brand new website that boasts easier navigation, stunning new visuals and more useful and engaging content for visitors.

The revamped site has also been developed to work more efficiently across all the various modern-day devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops where people are choosing to view digital content more and more.

 The Trevose homepage now opens with a video flyover of the resort showing its wonderful location on the north Atlantic Ocean, its championship links course and practice facilities, its range of accommodation, its Constantine Restaurant and its other on-site leisure activities.

As well as better showcasing the offering at Trevose, the new site now has online accommodation booking functionality and a tee time booking service, with start times now available up to 90 days in advance. 

Opened in 1925, Trevose is recognised as one of England’s most established golf resorts, thanks in the main to the three generations of Gammon family who have run the property since 1955 and, over the years, have continually invested in the property and its facilities.

Today Trevose offers three links courses; the championship links Main Course designed by renowned golf course architect, Harry Colt, the 9-hole Headland Course and the par-3 Short Course. The club also has a Performance Centre and all the usual practice facilities such as a putting and chipping area and a driving range.

 Meanwhile visitors can stay at a variety of 4 and 5-star apartments and chalets, enjoy dining at the Constantine Restaurant in the clubhouse that offers local Cornish cuisine and relax at the outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

 The resort is well located to a huge number of magnificent beaches (seven within a mile) including Constantine Bay and the popular surfing beach at Newquay, the bustling fishing port of Padstow and the various Cornish locations made famous by the TV series, Poldark.

 However it is still the family influence that remains fundamental to Trevose’s unique charm and character. It prides itself on being able to provide a friendly, welcoming escape, with family values running through the veins of the business.

 For those wishing to play a number of courses in the south west, Trevose is part of England’s Atlantic Links (www.atlantic-links.co.uk), a collection of the six premier championship links courses in the region which has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s finest golf tours.

Fife Club Takes The Lead in Attracting New Members The world’s…

Fife Club Takes The Lead in Attracting New Members

The world’s 13th oldest golf club has unveiled a far-reaching set of membership options that has propelled the 200-year-old institution into the forefront of the sport’s development. Scotscraig Golf Club, one of the most respected heritage clubs in Scotland, has revised its constitution to include a raft of new and innovative membership categories designed to encourage younger players and greater family participation.

Celebrating its 200th anniversary, Scotscraig Golf Club has enjoyed a packed season of festivities during 2017 while also completing a comprehensive renovation project that reinstated many original features of the famous links and heathlands course. Despite a hectic calendar, Scotscraig Golf Club captain John Rankin said the new constitution and expanded membership categories represent one of the most significant changes ever made at the famous Fife club.

“This is the most extensive overhaul ever undertaken at Scotscraig Golf Club,” said Rankin. “It provides more options for existing members and exciting opportunities to provide access for the next generation of golfers. It is proactive and forward-thinking, and provides a clear future for one of Scotland’s oldest clubs. The over-whelming support and backing from our members has been particularly encouraging and serves to illustrate the significance of the decision.”

As well as introducing a new Pathway category for those looking to take up golf, the club has also announced three new classifications for those aged between 18 and 32 helping in the transition from youth golf to those playing in their 30s. More importantly, the club has granted free membership to the children and grandchildren of full members.

“The Junior Section up to the age of 17 years will be offered to any children or grandchildren of any full club member on a complimentary basis,” Rankin explained. “This means parents and grandparents can spend time with their children introducing them to the great game of golf and the benefits of being part of a club at no additional cost. With the added benefit of no lower age limit, children of any age can play golf at Scotscraig for free until the age of 17. This is a bold and exciting move for the club.”

Scotscraig Golf Club was founded in 1817 and features a championship course in a traditional loop. The course has undergone extensive development which has returned all the green-side and fairway bunkers to their original size and removed and controlled extensive areas of gorse.

Additional changes to the fourth, 12th and 16th holes have collectively resulted in one of the most important development projects ever in the club’s 200-year history. Now to complement the on-course improvements, the club has made constitutional reforms that have provided more member options and new membership benefits to encourage even greater family participation.

Commenting on the changes, Derek McKenzie said the changes were part of a long-term strategy. “This has been an amazing time to get involved in one of Scotland’s oldest clubs and a championship course laid out under the watchful eye of Old Tom Morris and James Braid,” said Scotscraig’s general manager, who took up the post in April. “This year’s celebrations and open events have helped us double the number of new members we would normally welcome during a season. Now, with a new constitution and membership options, we hope to attract the next generation of golfers to Scotscraig.”

Scotscraig is a six-time former Open Qualifier venue located 30 minutes from Carnoustie; where the Open Championship will be held in 2018, and 15 minutes from St Andrews where the British Seniors will be staged. Scotscraig will host the British Seniors Open Qualifying in 2018.

Landslide Victories for Top Teams in 2017 European Father &…

Landslide Victories for Top Teams in

2017 European Father & Son Golf Championships in Andalucia, Spain

England’s teams Alford and Milliner secured landslide victories in the Handicap and Scratch categories at the 10th anniversary of the 2017 Sky SPORTS European Father & Son Golf Championships (www.fatherandsongolf.co.uk) in the brilliant sunshine of Cadiz in Andalucia, southern Spain.

Runaway champions Andy and son, Tom, from Branston Golf & Country Club in Staffordshire won by an incredible nine shots from their nearest rivals in the Handicap Championship whilst in the Scratch Championship, Gary and Justin Milliner recorded their third win to become the only team in the event’s 10-year history to win the Championship three times.

The three-day Championships were hosted by two of Cadiz’s finest golf courses, the Almenara Golf Club and San Roque Club near Sotogrande, and father-and-son teams from all over Europe and the US champions competed in the 2-ball, better ball format.

Sponsored by the Cadiz and Andalucia Tourist Boards, Andalucia was the perfect venue for the Championships as the sun shines virtually every day of the year,  making it an ideal location in which to hold a tournament in late October.

Given the popularity of this established event, bookings for next year’s Championships are already being taken so anyone interested in taking part in 2018 should log on to www.fatherandsongolf.co.uk to secure a place with a £200 deposit. 

Amazing aerial shot of Saunton GC in north Devon, England, which…

Amazing aerial shot of Saunton GC in north Devon, England, which features two stunning links at the edge of Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands… one of the five clubs in the Atlantic Links trail of championship links in south west England www.atlantic-links.co.uk

England’s St Enodoc Golf Club Premieres the ‘Holywell Movie’ to…

England’s St Enodoc Golf Club Premieres the ‘Holywell Movie’ to Showcase its Hidden Gem

England’s St Enodoc Golf Club  in Rock, north Cornwall, has premiered some dramatic drone footage to showcase its second course, The Holywell, the club’s hidden gem that lies alongside its championship Church Course.

Video can be viewed here

 Whilst the Holywell may be regarded as a short course by today’s standards – it measures just 4,082 yards and is comprised of nine par 3s and nine par 4s – it still provides a real test of golfing skill for players of all handicaps though it requires less length and stamina than the demanding Church Course that measures 6,547 yards from the back tees.

This makes it ideal for beginners and youngsters just getting to grips with the game and suitable for older golfers looking for an occasional round without having to deal with the challenging course elevations and scrambling required on the Church Course. Having said that certain golfers count the par 3 15th hole on the Holywell as the toughest par 3 in Cornwall so this second course is certainly no pushover.

Like the Church Course, The Holywell is a full 18 holes of links-style golf with its undulating fairways and fast-paced, target greens that offers spectacular views over the Camel Estuary and the north Atlantic Ocean as well as the rolling hills of Cornwall.

Moreover after two years of investment by the club, the Holywell is now in the best shape it has ever been and is maintained to the same high standard as the main course.

 Accessible to all, there is no need for any official handicap to play the Holywell and at just £25 per head for 18 holes, it’s both affordable and great value.

 The Holywell is so called in honour of an ancient ‘Holy Well’ to the left of the 12th hole. Although the history of it is somewhat clouded, one theory suggests that St Enodoc may have baptized his converts there as this area was the site of a small settlement.

For more on the Holywell Course at St Enodoc, visit www.st-enodoc.co.uk.