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Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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.

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