Golf Turns Back the Clock With Resort Courses Tailored to Fit the Landscape

Brian Kendall, Editor, Canadian Golf Traveller (Image: Sharon McAuley)

How courses in Vietnam, Arizona and Scotland are returning to more natural and traditional designs by incorporating rice paddies, reclaiming the desert, and herding Hebridean sheep.

Tee Off Amid the Tumbleweeds in Scottsdale

The Boulders Club, Arizona (Image: The Boulders)

Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf and other top architects have built courses unique in the golf world by embracing the natural drama and beauty of the Sonoran desert in Scottsdale-Phoenix.

Memories of Rory McIlroy at Northern Ireland’s Portstewart and Lough Erne

Brian Kendall, Editor, Canadian Golf Traveller (Image: Sharon McAuley)

Though he played other-worldly golf while winning back-to-back tournaments heading into the final FedEx Cup shootout in Atlanta,  Rory McIlroy came up just a little flat on the weekend. But, then, so did Tiger Woods, who, according to no less an authority than Greg Norman, is “intimidated” by the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland. Like Woods before […]

The Miracle of China’s Mission Hills

Mission Hills Hainan, China

The explosive growth of China’s two Mission Hills golf resorts—with 12 golf courses in Shenzhen and 10 more in Hainan—makes this a must-see golf destination.

New Golf Hot Spots: Tunisia, Estonia, Turkey

The Residence Golf Course, Tunisia

Tired of teeing it up at the same old destinations? Tunisia, Turkey and Estonia offer championship courses and exotic locales for intrepid golfers craving new experiences.

Challenge Muskoka’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairways

Muskoka Bay Club, Gravenhurst, Ontario

Not since Stanley Thompson’s groundbreaking Rocky Mountain layouts opened in Jasper and Banff in the 1920s has another golf destination equalled Muskoka’s impact on Canadian golf course design. Just as Thompson established a template for mountain courses followed to this day, Tom McBroom, Doug Carrick and other top architects are using the granite outcroppings of […]

Muskoka’s New Signature Hole, Remembering Moe Norman, and Vietnam’s Golf Boom

Brian Kendall, Editor, Canadian Golf Traveller (Image: Sharon McAuley)

  Muskoka, a rocky, lake-filled tourist district a two-hour drive north of Toronto, has long been one of Canada’s top golf destinations. Muskoka Bay Club, Bigwin Island, Taboo and Deerhurst Highlands are all highly rated tracks. Recently, I had the opportunity to play the newest addition to the roster, Oak Bay Golf and Country Club, a 6,503-yard Shawn […]