Linkside Journal
January 2002
So, You Want the Best?
Linkside Journal
Kauri Cliffs

Linkside Journal has had several enquiries as to our opinion of the best that golf travelling has to offer. We have compiled a list of "tidbits" that we thought you might have fun reading over the holidays. So, grab a glass of eggnog, build a fire, and dream of ultimate par 4s, dramatic tee boxes, and the finest "bubbly's" we could find!

Stupefying Par 4's
Visually (tie): 16th at Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
9th at Royal County Down (Northern Ireland)
Mentally: 12th at Lahinch (Lahinch, Ireland)
Spiritually: 1st at the Old Course St Andrew's (Scotland)
Stunning Par 5's
Visually: 17th at the Old Head (Kinsale, Ireland)
Mentally: 17th at Cashen (Ballybunion, Ireland)
11th at the Old Head (Kinsale, Ireland)
Spiritually: 15th at Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
11th at Ballybunion (Ballybunion, Ireland)
Premier Driving Range
  Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
Most Scenic View from the Clubhouse
  Kauri Cliffs (Bay of Islands, New Zealand) The Old Head (Kinsale, Ireland)
The Most Dramatic Tee Box
  15th at Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
Back Tee on the 18th at Old Head (Kinsale, Ireland)
Pristine Condition
  Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
"Take Them Home" Amenities (tie):
  Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal)
In the Eyes of the Golfer... the 5 (6) Most Visually Beautiful Courses
  1. Kauri Cliffs (The Bay of Islands, New Zealand)
  2. The Old Head Golf Links (Kinsale, Ireland)
  3. Fregate Golf Club (St-Cyr-sur-Mer, France) The Challenge at Manele (Lanai, Hawaii)
  4. Tralee Golf Club (Tralee, Ireland)
  5. Turnberry Ailsa Course (Scotland)
Forget Score and Look at the Surroundings; the 5 Most Spiritually Uplifting Golf Courses
  1. The Old Course at St Andrew's (St Andrew's, Scotland)
  2. The Old Course Ballybunion (Ballybunion, Ireland)
  3. Kauri Cliffs (Bay of Islands, New Zealand)
  4. Waterville (Waterville, Ireland)
  5. San Lorenzo (Algarve, Portugal)

Linkside Journal' Ultimate Day of Golf…
Although this is a tough question for any lover of the game, it comes with no surprise the unanimous consensus as to where we want to spend our "Ultimate Day of Golf."Kauri Cliffs (Bay of Islands, New Zealand)…the entire experience is one of spiritual, visual and mental indulgence.

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