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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’

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When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”

 

As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.

 

 

 

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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Every record Collin Morikawa broke with his historic Open win

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Collin Morikawa’s Open win was historic for a myriad of reasons.

Firstly, Morikawa is only 24 years-old. Some of the most skilled golfers in PGA Tour history go their entire career without matching the accomplishments that Collin already has under his belt before his 25th birthday. This may sound hyperbolic, but the young Californian’s Hall of Fame case might already be bulletproof.

Morikawa won the PGA Championship at Harding Park only eleven months ago. With yesterday’s win, the two-time major champion joined Tiger Woods as only the second player ever to win both the Open and the PGA Championship before the tender age of 25. Safe to say he’s in pretty good company.

Here are some of the other records that Morikawa achieved yesterday, courtesy of the great Justin Ray.

The list goes on. On second thought, we weren’t being hyperbolic, “historic” feels like an understatement.

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Justin Thomas daggered Bryson ‘Mr. Physics’ DeChambeau over driver dilemma

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Bryson’s now-infamous comments on how his driver “sucks” after round one of The Open continue to send shockwaves through the golf world.

For those keeping track at home, Cobra tour rep Ben Schomin, publicly responded first. Schomin explained that Bryson isn’t exactly the easiest player to work for, and that Cobra continues to do everything humanly possible to meet his needs.

Of course, Brooks Koepka could not pass on the opportunity at a subtle dig, proclaiming in his post-round interview that he “loved” his driver.

Justin Thomas was the latest to poke fun at golf’s most polarizing star. Thomas commented on an instagram post from @Ziregolf,

“Never would’ve though swinging at 135+ mph it’d be hard to drive it straight… You’d think mr physics would know that!”

Dylan Frittelli also commented on the same Instagram post, saying “Indians and Arrows again?!”

PGA Tour pros such as Luke Donald and Jason Dufner, who weren’t even on-site at Royal St. Georges, also got in on the action.

Whose to say what the big-hitting former U.S. Open champ will do next to trigger his peers, fans — and even sponsors — alike. We’re just happy to be along for the ride.

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Collin Morikawa’s ‘secret’ to winning the Open? Burgers

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Collin Morikawa dazzled the crowd at Royal St. Georges last week with an incredible ball-striking display that propelled him to win his second major title at just 24 years of age.

The Californian is from the new breed of golfers who take fitness and athleticism very importantly, which makes his diet revelation last week all the more surprising.

Asked by media the secret behind his success on the links, Morikawa revealed a burger a day was his ritual.

“The secret? I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days. So my body is probably feeling it. I know my body’s feeling it.”

Morikawa, who abstains from alcohol during tournament weeks, will now toast his victory by drinking out of the Claret Jug and will let caddie JJ Jakovac decide what the contents will be.

“We’ve been staying at the hotel right by the course. Every night I see all the caddies drink, and I’m like ‘Man, I really want to drink, but I hold back. I hold back on tournament week.

It’s JJ’s (caddie JJ Jakovac) birthday. I’m going to let him decide (what drink to put in the Claret Jug).”

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