Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. He is a regular contributor with Athlon Sports and PGA Magazine. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. His favorite golf destinations are Ireland and New Zealand, along with Michigan and California, where he lives with his wife and two children. Jason rarely touched a golf club until his college days at Eastern Michigan University, but now his passion for the game knows no out of bounds. He got his start writing with the TravelGolf Network in 1999. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

  • 4.0 stars from 5

    Reunion Resort

    "Great snowbird golf in Orlando"

    I haven't played the other courses at Reunion, so I can't compare the Watson to the others, but I can say you will enjoy this course. It's mostly friendly off the tee with a few drives that force you to make a decision whether to take on bunkers or not (especially no. 9). The condos/homes are mostly set back from the fairways, so they're not an issue for most. Decent movement of the land is highlighted by the elevated green on the par-3 15th hole. All in all, a top-class resort-course experience. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Mission Inn EL Campeon Resort & Club

    "A must-see when in Orlando"

    Orlando's got so many resort courses that it's tough to stand out from the crowd. El Campeon does that and more. There's just a pleasant vibe about the place tucked well away from the tourist corridors of 'O' town. The historic course is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. Hills you won't see anywhere else in Florida help the routing spring to life. Holes 4-8 ride rolling terrain to form four stout par 4s and a daunting par 3, the downhill tee shot over water on no. 8. From the 14th hole on, water takes center stage with a pair of peninsula greens at no. 15 and no. 16 and the most-talked-about 17th hole, a wild and interesting par 5. It's hard not to have fun playing El Campeon. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

    "A Caribbean gem waiting to be polished again"

    I played Royal St. Kitts three times during the Admiral's Cup Pro-am, a cool event in its seventh year that brings four-person teams from throughout America, Canada and the UK. Every round was a treat. A completed redesign by Canadian Thomas McBroom in 2003 spruced up the old Frigate Bay Golf Club and made the island golf-trip worthy. A steady breeze - sometimes a bluster - added an extra layer of challenge. Course conditions were mostly solid. Besides the bare spots in certain fairways, the greens were a little slow, but they were better than the Four Seasons Nevis course on the sister island next door. The front nine lacks aesthetics, yet still offers some stout holes. The finish of the back nine makes the day. When you're standing on a hill above the 14th green, the view of the ocean blue dominates the horizon. The same goes for no. 15, a par-3 playing down to a bunker-laden green. The next two par 4s hug the shore, so don't tug your tee shot left. Royal St. Kitts might not be one of the most coveted courses in Caribbean. However, in my book, it certainly ranks among the most fun. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Streamsong Resort - Red Course

    "Driver beware on Streamsong Red"

    Streamsong Red can make your scorecard bleed if you're not driving the ball well. I found out the hard way during my round, landing in my fair share of trouble spots. There's more water lurking than on the Blue. Plus, Coore and Crenshaw peppered the landing areas with bunkers in the middle of the fairway or fingers of waste bunkers reaching out, ready to snatch your shot. It's an exhilarating test of golf in the sandy dunes of Streamsong in remote central Florida. To me, Streamsong Red is all about how you fare on the half-par holes. By that, I mean, the first hole is a 464-yard par 4 from the black tees that I played. Hardly anybody makes par - bogey is the likely result - making the hole more like a par 4 1/2. If you make a four, you've gained at least a half a shot or more on the field. The same applies at no. 2 - a 508-yard par 5. It's reachable if you take the bold line off the tee up the right side taking on the water. It could be considered a par 4 1/2, technically. Short par 4s at no. 5 (312 yards) and no. 9 (271 yards) are par 3 1/2s with a good drive avoiding the sand. Taking advantage of these types of holes just might make your day even more memorable on this walking-only adventure (carts are available in summer). more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Four Seasons Resort

    "A four-star course for a five-star resort on Nevis"

    The views of Mount Nevis and the Caribbean Sea never stop on this RTJ Jr. roller-coaster ride dating to the early 1990s. The climb up the mountain builds in 450 feet of elevation change. As painful as the par-5 10th hole feels going up, the par-5 15th hole gives it right back with gorgeous views and a dizzying drop off of the tee. The 18th green finishes near Mangos, the on-the-water hangout at the resort. My foursome playing in the Admiral's Cup seemed to like playing the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club a touch better, but with the contrast between the two, you can't go wrong. Right now, this 1-2 punch between these two sister islands ranks right up there among the Caribbean's best golf destinations. more »