Dating a colt 1911
Royal Birkdale Southport, England George Lowe Jr., 1889/Fred Hawtree, 1932 33. Cape Kidnappers Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Tom Doak, 2004 41. Following events such as the 2004 Ryder Cup and 2008 PGA Championship won by Padraig Harrington, the brilliant Donald Ross routing and beguiling green contouring has restored its status to "great," as opposed to "hard." Nine Bridges' appeal starts with its tranquil setting, with holes etched into pine-clad, rolling topography in the shadows of Mount Halla, at 6,000 feet, Korea's tallest mountain.
Lakes, creeks and wooded slopes not only contribute to the beauty and variety, but are seamlessly integrated into the strategic aspects of the design.
The variety of holes is superb, with no two consecutive holes that play in the same direction.
Ballybunion (Old) Ballybunion, Ireland Lionel Hewson, 1906/Tom Simpson, 1936 18.
Birkdale boasts towering sandhills and no blind shots, as most of the holes roll through valleys.
A Boston Brahmin society haunt for more than 100 years, this tree-lined track has played host to three U. The Clyde/Squirrel combo was used for the 1913 Open when local lad Francis Ouimet stunned the Brits.
Not quite a links, but built on sand and next to the sea, Diamante is like golf in Ireland, only 30 degrees warmer. Its wide, level fairways, flattish, if imaginatively configured bunkers, its sensibly paced greens and its paucity of forced carries encourage quick play.
Still, it's nature's fairway contouring and architect Tom Doak's virtuoso skill in designing green complexes that elevate the course. Royal Melbourne (West) Melbourne, Australia Alister Mac Kenzie, 1926 13. Royal Dornoch (Championship) Dornoch, Scotland Old Tom Morris, 1886 15. Boasting the biggest sandhills of all Open venues, Royal St. The current "Open" course borrows several holes from the Primrose nine, designed by William Flynn in 1927. "Sandwich" as it is known colloquially, serves up blind shots and supremely interesting contours in equal measure. Lahinch (Old) Lahinch, Ireland Old Tom Morris, 1894/Alister Mac Kenzie, 1927 42. At times the tumbling terrain resembles Scotland's Gleneagles.