“I played GW ’s Top 100 courses”
11-handicapper Nick Dungay completed a golfing odyssey spanning 36 years.
I bought a copy of Golf World in 1984 which had a list of the top 50 British courses. I realised I had played two of them and wanted to do more. By 1994, when the list extended to 100, I had played more and become interested in golf architecture, so I decided to do all 100.
The first I played was the Old Course – a pretty good place to start! I was on holiday in 1982 and asked the starter if there was any chance of a game. To my surprise I was on the tee within an hour.
THE LAST ONE
The final one was Royal Troon. I wanted to save a great course for my 100th to finish on a high. It was a wonderful place to complete the list.
I haven’t kept a detailed record of costs – life’s too short – but I would estimate around £20,000. If I started now it would be a lot more as green fees have risen considerably.
THE BEST ONE
If I had to pick one favourite, it would be Royal St George’s, Sandwich. Each hole presents a different challenge and every time I have been there, whether to play or spectate, my pulse rises. I just love the scenery, layout, turf, and seeing distant flags fluttering in the breeze.