A NEW BEAUTY IN AUSTRALIA ur ranking is based on an editorial review by 1 800 course-evaluation panelists (1 200 in North America and 600 elsewhere), with added insights by the editors of 30 international Golf Digest editions. Such global coverage is responsible for the discovery of Cape Wickham Links Golf Club on King Island, Australia, just nine months old but worthy enough to make our ranking at No 24. With 11 holes touching Bass Strait and ocean views from the other seven, this exciting new destination was designed by American architect Mike DeVries and Australian golf writer Darius Oliver.
The trio of Mexican courses on the World 100 are right on an ocean. No 52 Diamante (Dunes) on the Paci c side of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is a Davis Love design that was recently improved by replacing two inland holes with two new ones on sand dunes along the beach.The nearby Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, newly ranked at No 70, is a unique Jack Nicklaus design that plays atop arid desert hills then descends to the Sea of Cortez on each nine.Tom Fazio’s Querencia, ranked No 98, is just up the coast from Cabo del Sol, perched on hills above the sea.
Ernie Els the course designer gets his rstWorld 100 entry, the bunkerless oceanside Malaysian beauty, Teluk Datai.
Nicklaus has four courses ranked among the World 100, which puts him second to Coore and Crenshaw for the most among active golf architects. Gary Player has three – all in South Africa. Besides Cabo del Sol, two other Nicklaus designs are oceanside: No 76 Punta Espada on the Caribbean in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, and No 94 Sebonack Golf Club overlooking Great Peconic Bay on Long Island. Nicklaus collaborated with Tom Doak on the latter. Doak also has No 16 Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand – 200 metres above the ocean but an ocean venue nonetheless – and No 33 Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and No 39 Paci c Dunes on the Oregon coast. Curiously, his links-like Ballyneal in the sand dunes of Eastern Colorado, ranked 68th in 2014, failed to make the list this time.