The experts

The experts

Meet the experts

The experts who helped Daniel Fallon select these golf resorts include:

Dave Finn (Canada): Dave Finn is a freelance golf travel writer and photographer who has played over 750 golf courses in 25 countries. He is a three-time award recipient from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada and the Travel Media Association of Canada, and the Canadian correspondent for the

Robert Fagan (US): One of the most respected golf writers in the world, Bob has played more than 3000 courses. A former professional who has won at the state, collegiate, and professional levels within the US, he also served as a PGA Section Executive Director. The author of more than 1400 articles/books, Bob Fagan has produced the DVD/audio book Golf’s Higher Plane about the emotional side of the game, and written golf course guides for California, Hawaii, and America.

Masa Nishijima (Japan): Design consultant and author of Analysis of a Golf Course and co-author of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses – Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Masa has played more than 2300 courses in 56 countries. He runs the Masa Nishijima Golf Course Academy.

Stuart McLean (South Africa): Stuart McLean is the Editor of Golf Digest SA and author of South African Golf Courses: A Portrait of the Best and South Africa’s Greatest Golf Destinations.

Ulrich Mayring (Germany): Ulrich Mayring has reviewed more than 250 golf courses across Europe, contributed to The World Atlas of Golf, and is the German correspondent for

Larry Berle (US): Larry Berle is the author of A Golfer’s Dream, about one man’s journey to play Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses.

Nick Cutler (Australia): Nick Cutler is the managing Director of Custom Made Media Australia, publisher of Australian Golf Digest.

Jo Maes (Ireland): Jo Maes is the President of the European Golf & Travel Media Association and Managing Director of par4our golf advisers. Jo has played more than 325 of the best courses and visited over 100 golf resorts around the world.

Hwa Young Nam (South Korea): Hwa young Nam is the former Editor-in-Chief of Golf Digest Korea, author of Golf Tips from Tour Pros, Editor of World’s 100 Best Golf Courses You Can Play and Chief Editor of Herald Sports.

Ernie Els (South Africa): Ernie Els, a professional golfer, former world No. 1 with four major wins and renowned course architect. Ernie heads Ernie for Austism, a foundation that raises money for The Els Center of Excellence, “a global hub to connect the international autism communities”.

Fergal O’Leary (Ireland): Fergal O’Leary completed the Golf Magazine US Top 100 at age 28 and completed the Golf Magazine World Top 100 at age 32 in 2015. Fergal is the youngest person in history to complete the US 100 and the World 100, and is the only Irishman to complete either feat. He is an active panelist with Golf Magazine reviewing courses around the world, and also serves as the US correspondent on

Anita Draycott (Canada): Anita Draycott is a Toronto-based golf writer, editor and photographer with more than 25 years’ experience. Anita has played more than 1000 courses on six continents and is columnist for’s Fairways to Heaven.

Michael Clayton (Australia): Michael Clayton is a former professional on the PGA European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia, golf broadcaster, golf writer and acclaimed course designer.

Tom Doak (US): Tom Doak is the owner of Renaissance Golf, architect of courses including Barnbougle Dunes and Cape Kidnappers, and co-author and editor of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, now being republished as a five-volume set.

Darius Oliver (Australia): Darius Oliver is a golf course designer, author and publisher of the Planet Golf series and co-author of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses – Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Darius has visited more than 1500 golf courses worldwide.


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