I have only played 8 and I’d rank them as follows:
1. Kingsbarns is incredible. Played with guys who have been both places and compare it favorably to Pebble Beach. Got to play 36 on a beautiful day there in 2016.
2. Old Course, St. Andrews. Hard to beat the majesty and history. The tee shots on 17 and 18 on a beautiful evening were near perfect golf memories.
3. Turnberry was gorgeous too. Locals were very positive on the changes.
4. Carnoustie. Definitely the toughest course we played (36 that day) and my travel mates didn’t want to see it again. May be a glutton for punishment, but I’d love to take another shot (or two) at it. It won the first two matches!
5. Gleneagles King’s. Loved the walk through the two older Gleneagles courses. First full golf day of the trip, so was pretty pumped about it all. Because we were assigned tees based on the highest handicaps in the group, the par fives played more like long par fours for me. Helped my scores.
6. Gleneagles Queen’s.
7. New Course, St. Andrews. Rainy morning, so it wasn’t the best time to evaluate (plus I was worn out from 36 at Carnoustie the day before). We played it in the morning before the Old Course too, so I may have been looking ahead to that.
8. Duke’s. Just arrived after an overnight flight and was jet lagged, so I may not be giving it due credit.
For a week of golf it is hard to imagine topping this trip, especially when you throw in watching rounds 3 and 4 of the Open at Royal Troon. Once in a lifetime trip.