Royal Gems Golf Club, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 Best Courses & Travel Destinations

I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to play lots of different golf courses, sometimes in pretty exotic locations. My annual Best Courses & Travel Destinations list is fun to compile but the selections aren’t always easy. In 2017, I played golf at 34 different courses, of which 22 were new to me, and stayed at 12 resorts in 6 countries. Following are my selections based on my experiences from the past year. (Note: “New” courses and resorts aren’t necessarily brand new developments, just courses I’ve not played before).

Best New Course (North America): Quintero Golf Club, Peoria, AZ


Best New Course (World): Royal Gems, Bangkok, Thailand


Best Golf Resort (North America): Ritz Carlton Golf Hotel, Naples, Florida


Best Golf Resort (World): Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Hotel, Antalya, Turkey


Best Golf Destination: Thailand


Best Course Return Visit: Pinehurst No 2, Pinehurst, NC


Best Par 3: Quintero Golf Club, Hole: #6, Peoria, AZ


Best Par 4 Hole: Pinehurst No 9, Hole #18, Pinehurst NC


Best Par 5 Hole: We-Ko-Pa Resort, Cholla Course, Hole #8, Fort McDowell, AZ


Best Surprise Course: Toronto Hunt Club, Scarborough, Ontario

Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford is the Editor of Fairways Magazine. He's played over 500 different courses in 21 countries and met some fascinating people along the way. He's also a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

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