Andrew Harper: World’s Greatest Golf Courses
“For many Andrew Harper members, golf is clearly an abiding passion. Over the years, I have received innumerable requests for advice about golf vacations. Although my own golfing abilities are sadly limited, during more than three decades of travel I have been fortunate enough to play many of the greatest courses in the world. So experience rather than expertise perhaps qualifies me to express an opinion.
Alas, I can offer no simple answer. I have certainly acquired a store of indelible memories in both Scotland and Ireland, and the history-soaked tracks of the Old World still have an undiminished allure. But by common consent, the most innovative course design outside of the United States is today to be found in South Africa and New Zealand. (Knowledgeable friends tell me that many of the greatest golf architects are now plying their trade in Asia, especially China, but most of these developments are still works in progress.) South Africa and New Zealand both offer delicious food and wine, spectacular scenery and affable, English-speaking inhabitants. So, maybe my ultimate golf trip necessitates a choice between Johannesburg and Auckland. After lengthy deliberation, I found myself on a plane heading west.” –
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About Andrew Harper
Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write candid and unbiased travel reviews for a membership service, which provides personalized travel-planning assistance, bespoke tours and valuable travel privileges to its members. Free of advertising since its inception in June 1979, Hideaway Report is a private monthly publication for sophisticated travelers. The selection of hotels, resorts and restaurants for inclusion in this publication is made on a completely independent basis, with Andrew Harper, LLC paying full rate for all meals, lodging and related travel expenses.