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Allan Minto

Craigielaw Golf Club
Managing Partner at The Square Route Partnership
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over 1 year agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Jack's Point Golf Course
Fabulous

One of the most memorable rounds of golf I've ever played. The surroundings are truly spectacular... the Remarkables mountain range on one side and beautiful vistas of Lake Wakatipu on the other. The course is a good challenge for everyone with 5 sets of tees to choose from and although Jack's Point is a private course, the staff were very welcoming and obviously proud to show off their fabulous facilities. A friend summed it up perfectly when he said it's possibly the best course in the world that nobody's heard of!

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Allan MintoTeeing off on the par 3 16th at Cypress Point, Monterey, CA
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Max BiwerDid you hit the green @Allan Minto? My ball ended up on the beach short of the green...😁
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Allan MintoI hit a rescue club just short of the green and pitched up to a few inches for my par. I was the only person in my fourball to complete the hole!
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Arthur De RivoireGreat picture @Allan Minto!
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over 1 year agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Cypress Point Club
Fabulous

From the moment you drive past the small 'Cypress Point Club - Members Only' sign, you sense a very special ambience around the club. Dr Alister Mackenzie created a masterpiece on this spectacular piece of land on the Monterey Peninsula. Mackenzie's signature bunkering throughout the course is superb, the hazards seem to fit so naturally into the landscape. The highlight is the closing holes, with two brilliant consecutive par 3s at 15 and 16. the 16th in particular has a very demanding tee shot from around 240 yards over water with little margin for error. An unforgettable bucket list experience!

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over 1 year agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Kauri Cliffs
Very good

Kauri Cliffs is a magical place. The course is good and made very good by its stunning location, particularly from 14th onwards where there are fantastic views of the Cavalli Islands. Picking the correct line off the tee is essential, as there are many dogleg holes with severe rough and bushes to swallow up errant drives. The course was in great shape bearing in mind our round had been cancelled from the previous day due to a torrential rain storm. There was considerable damage to the bunkers because of the volume of rain running through but the rest of the course held up remarkably well. The accommodation on site is truly world-class. Large peaceful and comfortable rooms, beautifully furnished with views overlooking the course and ocean. Dining there is also an unforgettable experience, with superb food and wine and fantastic staff.

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Arthur De RivoireIt is on my bucket list...a bit far for a week-end tho...;)
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over 1 year agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Barnbougle Golf Club - The Dunes
Fabulous

Found this a stiffer test than Barnbougle's Lost Farm course, particularly the front nine, which was playing tough with the wind blowing opposite to the normal prevailing wind. Nonetheless, Tom Doak has carved out a wonderful course amongst the sand dunes, especially holes 4 to 9 situated adjacent to the ocean. The clubhouse offers great dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the staff throughout the resort are first-class.

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over 1 year agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Barnbougle Golf Club - Lost Farm
Fabulous

Really enjoyed playing this 20-hole course. Very playable and a good challenge for all standards of golfers, with generous wide fairways, well-placed bunkers and undulating greens. Some great views of the ocean amongst the tall dunes. Coore and Crenshaw did a fantastic job on the layout and the course as in superb condition when we played. There's a good choice of accommodation, with a 4-star lodge on site at Lost Farm and 3.5-star cottages and villas located overlooking the Dunes course, which is a 5 minute drive away.

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over 3 years agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Kilspindie Golf Club
Very good

A relatively short 18 holes at around 5,500 yards but tremendous fun. Stand out holes for me were the 3rd, 4th and 8th, each located alongside the coastline. Should take less than 3 hours to play so a great course to include when playing 36 in a day with another East Lothian gem. Don't miss the quirky bar, which is surrounded by lockers and has a superb offering of single malt whisky!

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over 3 years agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Royal Musselburgh Golf Club
Good

Very welcoming club and an enjoyable James Braid designed parkland course. The opening 5 holes are short par 4s and it becomes a tougher test after the par 3 6th. Positioning yourself off the tee is vital on most holes to avoid being blocked out by large imposing trees. Good value and a pleasant alternative to the links courses along the East Lothian coastline.

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almost 4 years agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Very good

First impressions were slightly disappointing, as the surrounding community looks tired. The course was also in surprisingly poor condition despite being just a couple of months away from the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational. The course was a good test though with many good holes, the best covering the closing stretch. A real treat was drinks and snacks in the atmospheric locker room. Overall it didn't quite live up to expectations but no doubt the course would be pristine soon after our visit.

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almost 4 years agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Lake Nona Golf and Country Club
Fabulous

Lucky to be invited along by former Womens British Open Champion, Karen Stupples, it's easy to understand why so many leading tour professionals are based here. Superb practice range and short game areas and the Tom Fazio course itself is an enjoyable but stiff test, especially from the championship tees measuring close to 7200 yards. Despite playing it off-season, the course was in great shape with slick, firm greens. After the round we ate in the casual Grill Room and had another former Major winner sitting at the next table! Great experience not to be missed if you get the chance to visit.

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almost 4 years agoReview
Allan Minto
reviewed Loch Lomond Golf Club
Fabulous

Ranks as one of my favourite places to play and possibly my number one inland course. Beautiful location on the banks of Loch Lomond and hard to think of a weak hole. The back nine in particular has some wonderful holes with the short risk/reward par 4 14th, the par 3 17th and the par 4 18th standing out. Conditioning is impeccable and service is truly world-class. An amazing experience every time.

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