“I played GW ’s Top 100 cour­ses”

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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 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.


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.

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