Here’s The Shark’s List

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Most die-hard travel golfers re­mem­ber Jack Nick­laus’ fa­mous quote: “If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Peb­ble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s pos­si­bly the best in the world.” So, how about Greg Nor­man, where would you play if you were just an av­er­age guy who liked to play golf on his va­ca­tions? "You mean the world is my oys­ter," Nor­man asked, “where would I travel to?”

1. Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia: “Be­cause there are great semi-pub­lic golf cour­ses in a five-mile ra­dius – best con­di­tioned and best golf cour­ses in the world.” He named Royal Mel­bourne, Kingston Heath, Hunt­ing­dale, Yarra Yarra, Com­mon­wealth.

2. South­west Ire­land: Bally­bunion, Lahinch, Old Head, Doon­berg. Some say Bally­bunion has al­ways been great, but when they re­lo­cated the club­house in 1971 to the south­ern end it be­came an even bet­ter fin­ish.

3. North­east, Mid­west Scot­land: Nor­man bounced around on this an­swer – just too many to pick from. “I think Machri­han­ish is one of best links cour­ses ever,” Nor­man said. The list con­tin­ued to Turn­berry, Prest­wick, Royal Dornoch, The Carnegie Club at Sk­ibo Cas­tle. “An­drew Carnegie was smart enough to know there’s a warmer gulf­stream air flow where you can play in win­ter at The Carnegie Club,” Nor­man said. Machri­han­ish is a jour­ney. It was said that Old Tom Mor­ris needed a train, a steam­boat and a long car­riage ride to get there. It’s eas­ier to­day.

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