The new year in golf architecture began with word that two veteran golf architects died on January 1st, both in Arizona and apparently within hours of one another. Jeff Hardin, a native of Arizona, was 84. Dick Nugent, a Chicago boy who retired to the Phoenix suburb of Sun Lakes 15 years ago, was 86.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is known as the crown jewel of American public golf courses—the place most golfers put on their bucket lists and vow to play at least once before they die. And while the course lives to up to its lofty reputation, many visitors are equally vowed by a completely different, somewhat surprising
You probably don’t recognize the name, but Anthony L. Williams is a superstar in golf. Not as a result of displaying his talents on the field of play, but by preparing those fields of play. The 53-year-old Williams, Director of Golf Course Maintenance and Landscaping Operations at Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club in the
For the first time since 1962, Pine Valley Golf Club‘s 18-hole routing — consistently recognized as the No. 1 golf course in the country — has been captured on video. Golf Digest has the exclusive footage of the rugged, sand-capped beauty that is a study in Golden Age golf course architecture. There is good reason
The Preserve at Oak Meadows, a daily-fee in Addison, Ill., north of Chicago, may be the most important new golf course to open in 2017. Its harnessing of a notorious creek that had periodically destroyed property upstream and down demonstrates that a golf course can serve not just golfers but also a greater community. The
The visual impact of the stunning Sand Valley course at Sand Valley Golf Resort is immediate and gasp-inducing. It begins with the opening tee shot, off a high sand dune dubbed The Volcano, to a ribbon of rumpled fairway flanked by vast expanses of natural, exposed sand, dotted with low-growing vegetation and copses of pines.
We can all learn something from Paul Rudovsky. Though none of us will come close to touching his accomplishments — playing golf in 45 countries, playing every course that has every appeared on a golf publication’s World 100 rankings, and every course still in existence that has hosted a men’s major around the world —
The art of caddying is enjoying a kind of renaissance in the U.S., due in part to the love affair we’re having with links golf and the belief shared by many that golf is best enjoyed on your own two feet. At the forefront of the movement is Streamsong, the award-winning new golf resort an
The perfect lodging for golfers offers the best views, proximity to the course and amenities that are first-rate but not over-the-top. What are the rooms that add the ultimate touch for a golf getaway? With input from Golf Digest editors and our 1,300 course-ranking panelists, a well-traveled bunch, we created this list of 18 greats.
When he first saw the Dallas property that he and partner Ben Crenshaw would turn into the new Trinity Forest Golf Club—a drab, treeless, 165-acre tabletop city dump perched above the tree-lined Trinity River—golf architect Bill Coore ignored the abandoned refrigerators and scattered tires to focus on the flow of the land. It was a
Playing an old golf course is like walking through history. Who’s teed it up there before you? What memories have been made there before your own? How have architects and Mother Nature shaped and changed the golf course over time? Playing Hyannisport Club offers a heightened sense of such history. You see, the golf course
The golf “buddies trip” is a tradition as old as the game itself—a group of friends plan a trip to a golf destination where they will play more golf in a long weekend than they thought humanly possible, and pair it with great food, activities and camaraderie. The golf professionals at the American Club Resort
The Hill Country west of Austin has a dozen or so small towns worth exploring, many with buildings and sites on the National Register of Historic Places. If your time between rounds is short, focus on Fredericksburg, the unofficial capital of Hill Country. The German settlers left their mark on the town, which you can
Austinites are passionate about their barbecue—brisket, spareribs and sausage. Don’t expect the white glove treatment—this is casual at best—and be prepared to wait in line. Brown’s BBQ (512-517-8520 or Facebook) and La Barbecue are local favorites. If you’re looking for table service and air-conditioning, Freedmen’s is a full-service restaurant and smokehouse in an historic brick
If you’ve yet to play Gil Hanse’s terrific Rio Olympics course in Brazil—we’re looking at you, PGA Tour players—a more-than-reasonable substitute is Hanse’s Black Course at Streamsong, the just-opened third 18 at the famed Central Florida resort. In fact, the Black is a bigger, broader, bolder version of Rio. The course is reshaped from a
The 20 Most Beautiful Courses in the United States – Golf Digest Golf Digest Rankings They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But when it comes to our course rankings, we keep our panelists to a certain set of parameters in determining a score for our Aesthetics category: How well do the