For golf courses architects…travel to work

I received in today’s mail a summary from Tom Doak’s office of their design and potential design jobs  in 2012.

Selfishly from an international travel perspective the future is bright;

Melbourne, Australia – Reconstruction work on East Course at Royal Melbourne

Rio de Janiero, Brazil – Bidding on 2016 Olympic golf venue…thankfully that will not be a political decision!

Hainan Island, China – New golf course on an island in the midst of a river, with a second course starting in late spring/early summer

Mangawhai, New Zealand – As if Cape Kidnappers was not sufficient, an American funded project approximately 100 miles north of Auckland. This will only add to New Zealand as a great golf destination.

St. Emillion, France – In the heart of Bordeaux, finishing a current project.

Aldea del Fresno, Madrid, Spain – An 18 hole co-design with Mike Clayton at the El Rincon winery – starting in July.

….and finally in the USA

Mullen, Nebraska – completion of second 18 holes at Dismal River

Medinah, Chicago, IL – the day after the Ryder Cup concludes a renovation commences on Medinah #1 to accommodate tournament facilities

Polk County, Florida – this is the resort I am told will be VERY IMPRESSIVE. The Blue Course opens in October, alongside the Coore/Crenshaw Red Course at the Streamsong Resort.

Tom is one of the premier golf course architects and rightfully very proud of his work. There is little new construction in the US, if you want to work, you need to pack your bags and passport!

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+


Links Magazine’s Spectacular 10

Links Magazine recently published its list of the top 10 most spectacular courses in world golf; and it makes for interesting reading with Old Head Golf Links in Ireland finishing in top position.  Located just south of Cork, Old Head stands on cliff tops in a remote location that’ll make you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.  Another notable course on the list is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, China which is an 8,500 yard course built 3000 feet above sea level.  I had the pleasure of playing it in 2008 and, whilst it’s the longest course I’ve ever played (by some distance), the altitude meant I’ve never hit drives so far in my life…which made for great fun!   The top ten as positioned by Links Magazine is:

  1. Old Head Golf Links, Ireland
  2. Cypress Point Club, California
  3. Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
  4. Black Mesa Golf Club, New Mexico
  5. Pebble Beach Golf Links, California
  6. Whistling Straits, Wisconsin
  7. Weihai Point, China
  8. Pinnacle Point, South Africa
  9. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, China
  10. Cabo Del Sol, Mexico


By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.


Golf in China – An experience by any measure

There are many magnificent locales to play golf around the world, each one more inviting that the last. For someone who enjoys these experiences, a visit to China which includes golf will be an eye opening journey. Not every facility is like Mission Hills as Larry describes below, but it will certainly add to your knowledge of how golf has developed around the world.

The World’s Largest Golf Resort

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If you read my blogs, you will soon discover that I am pretty obsessed with world records. A few years back, for a story for Golf Magazine, I broke the Guinness World Record for “The Greatest Distance Traveled Between Two Rounds of Golf Played in The Same Day,” an impressive 7,496 miles. Last year I wrote a very interesting book about the history and culture and …

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About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+


Golf Exploding in China

China has approximately 4 million golfers…yet only 400 clubs; but figures are constantly rising, especially now that golf is back as an Olympic Sport, with an unbelievable approximate annual growth rate of 50%.  It’s predicted that by 2020, China will surpass America and have the world’s largest golfing population.

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort, Kunming
Spring City Golf & Lake Resort, Kunming

Whilst the links courses of the British Isles are the holy grail and generally top of everyone’s list, combine some of China’s great courses with it’s breathtaking sightseeing and mouth watering cuisine, and it’s fast becoming a ‘must visit’ country for well-travelled golfers.  Whilst it can be difficult and relatively expensive to take a trip as a couple or part of a small group (Chinese law requires that you have guides throughout the trip regardless of the size of your party), if you have a group of friends who travel regularly, and you’re on the lookout for something different (and a bit special) look no further than China.  It will blow you away!

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is responsible for our China programs.


World Cup of Golf Finds a New Home in China

The World Cup of Golf has been moved from the Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, to a new home in Southern China.  From 2011, it’s going to be held at the fantastic new Mission Hills resort in Hainan Island, which boasts a remarkable 22 courses.   The event, will take place biennially – on the Blackstone Course -meaning it won’t clash with golf at the Olympics, which makes its long awaited return in 2016 when the Games are held in Rio De Janeiro.  

The switching of the venue to Hainan Island is set to enhance Mission Hills’s plan for global domination, as it wouldn’t surprise me to see one of the World Golf Championships – the WGC-HSBC Champions – moved from Shanghai to Shenzhen in the next few years.   Watch this space…

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By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our agents responsible for our China programmes.