TONY SMART

Best Of The Best 2006: New Frontier

Mark Twain once described Mauritius as “God’s blueprint for Heaven.” Today, the Indian Ocean island is fast becoming an ultimate destination for golfers, with five championship courses—four of which have opened since 2002. The most recent addition to Mauritius’ greenery is the Golf du Château Course at the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort on the […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Wales Trail

Despite its billing as a “modern links” layout—and its setting on the southern coast of Wales—the Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club is not a true links course. It hardly matters, though. The club, designed by Jack Nicklaus’ son Gary, is a stunning amalgam of American-style green complexes, man-made lakes, and rambling fairways lined by […]

Best Of The Best 2006: PGA Thoroughbred

The rolling meadows southwest of Dublin provide a magnificent setting for PGA National Ireland, which joins layouts at the Belfry and Gleneagles as the only PGA courses in the British Isles. Originally scheduled for design by Jack Nicklaus and Payne Stewart, the course was postponed after Stewart’s death in a plane accident in 1999. Former […]