Rosapenna Golf Course, photographed by Nick Wall (Airswing Media), creates the backdrop for an atmospheric front cover design. It also forms part of our feature story on Ireland’s North Coast in Nick’s epic travel diary, The Wild Atlantic Way. From Royal County Down to Carne and all the big stops in between, this story is the culmination of five years of annual visits exploring the best Ireland offers. Caddie also previews St. Patrick’s Links, the latest exciting opening from Tom Doak and company, photographed and captioned by Clyde Johnson. The lush, exotic links of The Emerald Isle make for the perfect escape from lockdowns and travel restrictions – you may even start planning your post-pandemic trip mid-article.
The vicarious travel experiences continue with Ben Lyons and his emotive trip into the desert to play in The Clash at Rams Hill. Volume 10 also offers a first look at the much anticipated Bougle Run, the latest addition to the destination golf playground Barnbougle in Tasmania, Australia. Short courses are certainly in vogue now, but Bougle Run starts to blur the lines towards a complete golf experience. With 14 memorable holes and a rollicking ride across the highest dunes on the property, at the end of a circuit here, it’s fair to ask – do we need 18 holes to feel satisfied?
Indeed, 9-hole courses are also crucial to the golf experience, particularly inner-city public (or municipal) courses, where many of us learnt this great game, along with all its eccentricities and charms. In With Fresh Eyes, editor William Watt looks back at his entry into the game and a challenging future ahead for public golf, as pressure builds to harness the land it sits upon for more than ‘just golf’. Photographer and golf raconteur Adrian Logue also dives deep into the appeal of public golf, meeting the locals at the Bondi Golf & Diggers Club and asking what golf might learn more broadly from the experiences of those new to the game.
Elsewhere Nicklaus Mills returns to our pages with an interview with the co-founder of Palace Skateboards, Greg Finch. Next, Paul Verhoeven reviews Nintendo’s take on the game with Mario Golf: Super Rush. Caddie also meets Robert Wessel, who recalls his unusual entry into the game, playing amongst the sheep in New Zealand. Finally, Jack Gagnon explains how golf could bridge racial barriers during his childhood as Ben Hogan took him Under Hawk’s Wing.
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