GOLF RESORTS OF THE WORLD
For non-golfers, the debates about the relative merits of particular courses would come off as surprisingly nerdy, like critics arguing film or pop music lists. There are certain conventions that are accepted in course architecture discussion: natural is better, golf should be the prime consideration, carts are evil.
On most of these fronts, resort courses usually don’t measure up. This is not to say there aren’t outstanding resort courses all over the world – icons such as Pebble Beach and Pinehurst are resorts, as are modern-day luminaries Bandon and Barnbougle Dunes. But “resort course” can sometimes read like an epithet.
This guide gathers together the best of the breed (all the courses above are mentioned), and the resorts are beautifully depicted, as you’d expect. It contains useful user information, and perhaps most critically, all of these courses are open to the public – always an issue in golf. This book would make for a pretty fair bucket list, nerdy debaters be damned.
GOODFOR: That golfer you’d otherwise be buying a box of balls.