No matter where you look around NBCUniversal, golf is never too far away. We've been broadcasting the sport since 1954, and today, celebs take swings on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon or Keeping up with the Kardashians, while also the serving as the home for today's most storied championships.
GOLF Channel features a roster of experts, many of whom are past champions, who provide expert insight on the game we love. Golf Advisor is little different. This is where everyday golfers like you get to have a say in what makes the game great - or sometimes not so much.
Golf Advisor launched back in 2014 and we are on the cusp of 1 million golf course reviews! These come from everyday golfers, from casual to avid. Our platform stands out because our reviews are about golf courses only - no restaurants or theme parks or dry cleaners!
In golf, we all may have different skill levels and points of view, but we all share an authentic viewpoint as a paying customer who had an expectation about the round based on the price and how the course is marketed. That's why Golf Advisor has been so valuable.
If you've played a golf course, you can write a review at Golf Advisor! Not only can you help us reach this milestone of 1 million reviews, but you will help golfers around the world make the right decision when it comes time to booking their next tee time.
We also love to share great reviews on social media, in articles written by our editorial staff and our homepage. Be sure to tag us whenever you play golf on Twitter or Instagram!
Here are a few tips for writing a great review:
- Provide a glimpse into what the course layout is like and what type of player it may suit. Is it penal or fair? Senior or beginner-friendly?
- Compare the course to others in the area to give you an idea of why it stands out. This review from Andyglad1 on Gold Canyon's Dinosaur Mountain course is a great example of telling readers exactly which courses he played on his trip and how this course stacked up.
- If you're playing a course on a vacation or business trip, did the course feel like a true destination golf experience? Or could you plop this course into any ubiquitous U.S. suburb?
- Conversely, if you're playing a course you've played before, has the experience gotten better or worse? Or has the price risen or dropped?
- How long should the review be? Some courses and experiences will inspire words more than others. Feel free to write as much or as little as you'd like. In fact, text is optional, and so are the six subcategory ratings (conditions, layout, value, staff friendliness, off-course facilities, pace of play). The more info you can provide the better.
A few more suggestions:
- It's always great to give golfers a heads up to any newsy events. Has the course redone anything since your last visit? Did someone in the pro shop tell you about any events coming to the course, like a renovation or new equipment?
- The value category is an excellent indicator of how you felt the round stacked up to the money you paid to play the course.
- Golf is typically played in beautiful places and we love when visuals accompany a review. Be sure to upload a picture or video (or both!). You can do so on a mobile device or desktop computer.
- There is helpful and unhelpful criticism. If the course has recently suffered from excessive rains, or drought, or recently performed a lot of maintenance, or is coming out of over-seed or off-season, be fair about it. I've also never been a fan of basing the subject of your review on one marginal customer service encounter. If it's a trend, then it's worth mentioning.
You can read our staff course reviews, but I would also browse our Local Golf Advisor page. These golfers are handpicked by our staff because they write passionate and useful reviews.
Is there anything you look for in particular when reading a golf course review? Let us know in the comments below. I look forward to reading your reviews and thank you for your contributions to Golf Advisor!
More helpful reviews from Golf Advisor raters
If you’re looking to get the full Tom Fazio experience in the Austin area, Barton Creek has you covered with his wildly fantastic Fazio Foothills course. A spectacular layout, pristine conditions, and all the amenities of a premium golf resort make Foothills a must-play destination for all Fazio fans. As a Local Advisor, I was invited to play here as a non resort guest but paid for my round in full. The course design might seem a bit tricked up to the more conservative golfer but I found the massively elevated tees, various hazards, and numerous nearby waterfalls made for an exciting and eventful round.
The best round I played in Scotland? Turnberry. The best experience I had in Scotland? Playing into the Auld Grey Toon at the Old Course. But, the best golf course I played in Scotland? Hands down, Royal Dornoch. There is something ethereal about Dornoch. It is a shame more golfers don’t make the trek way up into the Highlands to experience it. Dornoch may not be in the Open rota, but it is absolutely a heavyweight.
This Tom Fazio collaboration with Lanny Wadkins & disciple Beau Welling is an excellent option in the greater Myrtle Beach area, about 20 minutes south of the main "Grand Strand". Has a "Poor Man's Pinehurst" feel to it with beautiful tree-lined fairways amidst pine straw hazards and well-placed white-sanded bunkers. Very strong Par 5's and some good variety in the Par 4's with some very challenging and others drivable. The Par 3's are the standout signature holes. Greens hold well and were in very good shape. Very nice clubhouse and now Dustin Johnson branded golf school (he's from the area). Staff was extremely nice and kept us hydrated on a hot spring afternoon. Superb pace of play for a Sunday round. Great value at only $69 in Early June.