One of golf's simplest questions but most difficult to answer
Steve: Rolling heathland and pines stir my soul. Roll that up into a mix with Harry Colt and you’ve got something close to perfection. I get misty eyed talking about Swinley Forest. Whether it’s those sumptuous short holes, the quiet stillness that always seems to envelope the property like a mist, or the quaint piece of a bygone England that is the clubhouse, it just sings to me. Spread my ashes there, I’m begging you.
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Dan: I’d want the course to be playable in the wildest weather so I could enjoy it all the year round. A great example is The Machrie. I played there in February in 50 mile-an-hour gusts and it wasn’t exactly warm. Yet the way the course is set up with generous fairways and greens that are protected by contours rather than excessive bunkering meant it was still playable and hugely enjoyable. Another major consideration is a course that you can get round in three hours. So somewhere that isn’t a huge walk and where pace of play is suitably brisk please.
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Alex: I recently played the UK’s most southerly golf course, Mullion, for the first time after years of it being on my bucket list. The combination of it being completely bonkers, the perfect mix of fun and challenging, and littered with glorious views out across the Atlantic Ocean make it irresistable. (There is a hint of recency bias here and I could really be describing any one of Royal North Devon, Perranporth, St Enodoc, Bude, Saunton, or West Cornwall.)
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Hannah: My home course, Huddersfield. I love the layout and think the overall design just suits my eye. The elevation changes and the frequent gusting wind make it a different challenge everyday.
So, you’ve got to choose just one golf course to play for the rest of your life. Which do you choose? Let us know in the comments below or you can tweet us.