GOLF RE­SORTS OF THE WORLD

Inside Sport - - ONE ON ONE WITH... - BY DANIEL FAL­LON, NEWHOLLAND,$49.99

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.

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