Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort

It is not often that the European Tour visits the best course in a country to host an event. Morfontaine and Les Bordes are not in the equation for France, Holland’s Utrecht hasn’t hosted the Tour since the mid ’80s while Himmerland and Victoria are few golfers’ choice of the finest courses in Denmark and Portugal. Valderrama, PGA Catalunya and Royal County Down have recently bucked the trend, though, in Spain and Ireland.

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Nick Wright
Lykia Links

The 2015 US Open was not short of narratives, but the strongest were centred on the course that played host. In addition to debates over its fairness, conditioning and all-round suitability to host a major was the question of whether it was a links. What definitively constitutes a links is much-debated, due in some part to golf course owners’ (and their marketing departments) widespread eagerness to have their course regarded as one.

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Nick Wright
Antalya (PGA Sultan)

“Tiger Woods gave me a great quote… he said it was ‘a shotmaker’s course’ while Rory McIlroy, whom I’ve known since he was just nine years old, also had a chat and said he really liked it. It’s always gratifying to hear that from the best pros.” Something of an understatement there from David Jones, a thoroughly unassuming and highly likeable Northern Irish Tour player turned golf course architect. 

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Nick Wright