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A.W. Tillinghast

A.W. Tillinghast was born in May of 1876 to a well-to-do rubber making family in the Philadelphia area. His reputation does not resound as loudly when compared to a Donald Ross or Dr. Alister MacKenzie but it can certainly be placed in the same...

Club de Golf Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico Club de Golf Mexico was opened in 1949 by the Mexican President at the time, Miguel Aleman. One of the two designers of the course was six-time Mexican Amateur champion, Percy Clifford. I traveled to Mexico for the first time...

Return of an April Tradition

2021 Masters Preview Photo Credit: David J. Phillip A lot can be said of the year 2020. For most of us, we’d prefer to leave it behind and move forward. For golf, it brought many ups and downs. Golf’s global tours collectively did an amazing...

The Commonwealth Golf Club

South Oakleigh, VIC, Australia Another of the famous Australian layouts in the Melbourne sandbelt. It does not receive the same notoriety and accolades of the others but is a unique, fun experience. The club as it is located today was built in 1920...

Black Mountain Golf Club

Hua Hin, Thailand As a remote golf and family vacation spot, I don’t know that I have seen anything better than Black Mountain. It was founded by Scandinavian entrepreneur Stig Notlov. Formerly a successful businessman in the hardware industry, Stig...

The Metropolitan Golf Club

Oakleigh South, VIC, Australia I played ‘Metro’ as it is known to most golfers in Australia, once in the early 2000’s. Prior to playing I had heard rumors regarding the fairways, many who had visited compared them to Augusta National Golf Club...

Los Inkas Golf Club

Lima, Peru I have been fortunate to travel to Lima on two separate occasions. First to play the Lexus Peru Open in 2013 at the Los Inkas Golf Club. The course was laid out by Argentinian designer, Eugenio Dunezat in 1945. Set in the foothills of the...

West Hill Golf Club

Surrey, United Kingdom I played West Hill Golf Club for the first time in 2005 on my way back to Australia following my freshman year of college at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. My home club in Australia, Kooyonga Golf Club, shares...

The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong My final competitive tournament as a full-time touring professional came at Clearwater Bay in November 2017. I had travelled to Hong Kong in the past, some 7 years earlier, to play the UBS Hong Kong Open at Royal Hong Kong...

Kooyonga Golf Club

Lockley’s, SA, Australia Kooyonga has held and continues to hold the fondest place in my heart. I have called Kooyonga my home club since 1999 when I joined as a 15-year-old junior member. Despite living primarily in the United States since 2004, I...