David Stockwell’s Favourite 18


In the September Issue of Flagstick Golf Magazine the Feature, “A Royals Adventure” tells the tale of former Canadian public service staffer David Stockwell and his quest to play all the “Royal” golf clubs in the world.

As a bonus to the story found here, Stockwell provided a Favourite 18 among the Royal clubs.

We’ll add the full feature to the website soon.

David Stockwell’s Favourite 18

Royal Worlington and Newmarket

The most fun to play…over and over. It’s the only 9-hole Royal and the Cambridge University golf team practice here.

Royal Lytham and St. Annes

My favorite course after Worlington. It’s a tossup with Mid Surrey for the most difficult starting hole…also a par 3.

Royal Mid Surrey, The Outer Course,

The most difficult starting hole, par 3, 233 yards. 4 of the Royals begin with a par 3.

St. Andrews: The Old Course

Try to avoid pot bunkers. Mecca for golfers, what could be better.

Royal Aberdeen

My vote for the most difficult Royal. I never broke 100 here.

Royal St. David’s

The views of Harlech Castle from so many holes.

Royal Port Alfred

Golf and watching whales at the same time.

Royal Blackheath

The oldest club in England. Also the most impressive Club house, 17th Century. (Royal Musselburgh is a close second)

Royal Melbourne

What could be better than the Alister MacKenzie’s West course: rated as #1 in Australia.

Royal Canberra

Kangaroos everywhere.

Royal Sydney

I was never in so many bunkers.

Royal Jersey

The WWII German gun emplacements all along the first few holes.

Royal Troon

I birdied the Postage Stamp!! Remember, heather is a small tree not tall grass.

Royal West Norfolk

The tides limit your access to, and exit from, the club. My first attempt to play here failed. The winds were too strong!!

Royal County Down

The views are all spectacular and often rated the world’s #1 course outside the USA. Yes, that yellow bush is gorse, consider your ball lost.

Royal Montreal

The reconditioned Blue course is great but I did shoot a 79 on the Red course in 1980.

Royal Portrush

The 14th hole is probably the most difficult par 3 ..and it looks like it. It’s the only course in Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship.

Royal North Devon

A great links course with a remarkable history. A must to play.

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