Played by NCG 2017

Courses and Travel

From Sotogrande to Sutton Coldfield, we have been far and wide this year

When members of the NCG team are out and about doing what we are supposed to do – playing golf courses and telling you all about them – there’s only one thing we need to remember.

Namely, to prove we were there by taking a picture of our bag during the round and posting the evidence on Twitter with the hashtag #PlayedbyNCG.

Once we get back to our desks, we fill you in on the details with Played by NCG bite-size course reviews.

This year alone we’ve been as far a field as Iceland, Mauritius, Cyprus, Florida, Spain and Sweden – while the nearest course, Moor Allerton, is just 100 yards from our Leeds office.

Last year’s aim was to play 200 courses – and we came up short. But how did we do in 2017? Here is where we’ve been…

England

The Addington

Alwoodley

The Belfry (Brabazon)

The Berkshire (Blue)

The Berkshire (Red)

Blackwell

Boldon

Bovey Castle

Bowood

Bradford

Bristol & Clifton

Broadstone

Brockenhurst Manor

Brough

Bude & North Cornwall

Burhill (Old)

Burnham & Berrow

Camberley Heath

Cavendish

Centurion

Chesterfield

Cleckheaton

Cleeve Hill

Cleveland

Close House (Colt)

Close House

Close House (Filly)

Copt Heath

Coventry

Crookhill Park

Crowborough Beacon

Delamere Forest

The Dutch

Easingwold

East Sussex National (East)

East Sussex National (West)

Enville (Highgate)

Enville (Lodge)

Fairhaven

Ferndown

Forest Park

Forest Pines

Formby

Formby Ladies

Foxhills (Bernard Hunt)

Foxhills (Longcross)

Frilford Heath (Blue)

Frilford Heath Blue Golf Club

Fulford

Ganton

George Washington

Gog Magog (Old)

Goodwood

Great Yarmouth & Caister

Hallamshire

Hartlepool

Hayling

Headingley

Hesketh

Heworth

Hexham

Hillsborough

Hillside

Hollinwell

Isle of Purbeck

Kington

Kirbymoorside

Lanhydrock

The Leicestershire

Linden Hall

Lindrick

Liphook Longcliffe

Malton & Norton

Manor House

Mapledurham

Minchinhampton (Avenel)

Minchinhampton (Cherington)

Moor Allerton

Moortown

North Foreland

North Hants

Northants County

Northumberland

Notts (Hollinwell)

Oakdale

Okehampton

Old Fold Manor

Ormskirk

Orsett

Painswick

Pannal

Parkstone

Played by NCG Parkstone

Perranporth

Pike Hills

Piltdown

Pontefract

Prestbury

Ravensworth

Remedy Oak

The Renaissance

Robin Hood

Ross-on-Wye

Royal Birkdale

Royal Liverpool

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Royal Mid-Surrey

Royal North Devon

Rudding Park

Sandburn Hall

Sandiway

Sandwell Park

Saunton (East)

Saunton (West)

Scarborough South Cliff

Scarcroft

Seaton Carew

Selby

Sherwood Forest

South Shields

Southport & Ainsdale

Sprowston Manor

St Annes Old Links

St Enodoc

St Ives

Stockport

Sunningdale (New)

Sunningdale (Old)

Sutton Coldfield

Swinley Forest

Thorndon Park

Thurlestone

Wallasey

Wentworth (West)

West Surrey

West Sussex

Wetherby

Wheatley

Wheldrake

Whitburn

Whittington Heath

Wildernesse

Woburn (Duke’s)

Woburn (Marquess)

Woodhall Spa (Bracken)

Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin)

Scotland

Archerfield (Fidra)

Archerfield (Dirleton)

Crail (Balcomie)

Crail (Craighead)

Fairmont (Torrance)

Gailes Links

Gleneagles (Kings)

Gleneagles (PGA Centenary)

Kingsbarns

Loch Lomond

Machrihanish

Machrihanish Dunes

Monifieth

Muirfield

North Berwick

Prestwick

Scotscraig

Western Gailes

Ireland

Castleknock

Wales

Continental Europe

Penina

Salobre (New)

Salobre (Old)

San Lorenzo

Siglufjordur

Secret Valley

Sotogrande (Old Course)

Verdura

Vilamoura Old Course

United States

Champions Gate (International)

Omni La Costa

Reunion Watson

Reunion Nicklaus

Reunion Palmer

Trump Doral

Rest of the World

Abu Dhabi

Anahita

Aphrodite Hills

Constance (Legend)

Constance (Links)

Heritage

Elea

Minthis Hills

Mont Choisy

Paradis

Saadiyat Beach

Secret Valley

Total: 202 Courses

Our Highlights of the Year

Royal North Devon

Dan Murphy: On my first acquaintance, when I was younger and more foolish, Royal North Devon rather passed me by. When I went back in the late spring, it all fell into place. This is golf as I think it should be – minimalist, natural, rm underfoot, plenty of space, with subtlety of design for those who wish to seek it and, above all, fun.

Alex Perry playing St Enodoc 18th

Alex Perry: 2017 for me ended with a round at St Enodoc – a course I’ve dreamt of playing since I was young. It was everything I ever dreamed of. There is not a single hole out of place and it was a pleasure to play from start to finish. I also played Okehampton for the first time in about 20 years in the summer. No two holes are even close to being the same and it offers the chance for an array of shot making. I also had my first par-4 eagle and my playing partner aced the signature par-3 12th. A good day all round.

Royal Birkdale

Steve Carroll: I’ve been fortunate to play some wonderful courses this year – Royal Porthcawl and Swinley Forest spring instantly to mind – but the highlight of the year has to be Royal Birkdale. The term classic links has become a cliché but how else can you describe this Open venue?

James Broadhurst: Golf in Southern Cyprus is a case of quality over quantity – there are only four courses worthy of note but they are all outstanding. Aphrodite Hills, for me, was the pick of the bunch. The par-3 7th, which requires a shot over a ravine, is just spectacular.

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