Why I started The Top 100 Tour
I’ve been playing golf for almost 15 years now, and I’ve been lucky enough to play at some really great golf courses – from Princes and The Isle of Purbeck in the UK, to La Manga in Spain and The Cowboys course in Texas.
Last year, I spent a day at The Wisley; a members-only club in Woking, for a South Region against their Pro. The drive in took 10 minutes down a long, windy tree-lined entrance. The clubhouse was immaculate. The course was incredible. And I saw Francesco Molinari as we both made our way to the driving range… it was such a good day.
I know how lucky I am to have played at The Wisley and I suddenly realised that not all golfers get the opportunity to play at clubs like this. Even though I’ve arranged trips to Remedy Oak and other clubs in the past few years since starting NC Golf, I wanted to offer more golfers more opportunities to play clubs like that. The clubs that remind you why you love playing golf so much.
So this winter, I started looking at lists of the top golf courses in Hampshire, the UK, the world… and the idea of The Top 100 Tour was born. With the guidance of Golf World magazine’s 2019 list of the top 100 golf courses in England, I’ve launched a golf society which offers the opportunity to play these courses. From Parkstone and Hankley Common to Royal St George’s and Hoylake further afield, I want you to have the feeling I had when I played The Wisley last year.
So whether you just want to opportunity to play a few of the courses, you like the challenge of stamping them all off your list, or you just want to play with a group of friendly golfers at the best golf courses in the country, make sure you get involved.
I’ve played 21 on the list so far and I can’t wait to play them all – although I do appreciate it will take a little bit of time! There are six events scheduled for 2019 but I’m planning more per year in 2020 and over the next few years. I’m so pleased that we’ll be playing the first few courses during the summer months, when the courses really look their best – but in the coming years we might play some at different times of the year, which will impact the price (and maybe the weather!) The Tour is also open to everyone (you don’t have to be from Hampshire) – so if you have any golfer friends in nearby counties, let them know too!