Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is Managing Editor for Golf Advisor and has been with the TravelGolf network since 2003 when he came onboard as an intern. Today, Tucker oversees the network of sites and also contributes golf and travel articles, photo essays, videos and more. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 courses. Brandon graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism with a minor in music. At IU, he was a columnist for the Indiana Daily Student, a reporter for IUSTV and hosted a radio show on WIUS. Since college, he served as a reporter and photographer for WTXL, an ABC News affiliate in Tallahassee, Fla., and as a producer of onboard television for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Tucker currently lives in Austin, Texas. He's played some great golf courses around the world, but says the northern part of his native Michigan is still his favorite golf spot. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

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  • Alt Golf Club/Southport Golf Links

    "Decent enough for an afternoon knockabout"

    We popped into this course on a whim on the afternoon of our arrival day from the US. The shuttered old clubhouse certainly gives an ominous first impression, but the course itself is decent enough. There are a few too many annoying perpendicular water hazards that run across a lot of fairways, which is never fun on a links (especially a course you don't know very well). Very slow greens but there are a few good holes. Golf tours will want to look elsewhere but for a last-minute walk on arrival day it does the trick. more »

    Hesketh Golf Club

    "Good course with an interesting history"

    Seems like all the clubs around Southport have a unique history and Hesketh is no exception. Ask to see the "Hitler tree," which was awarded to two English golfers, one of them a member, who won a golf event in 1936 during the Olympics in Berlin. The course itself is good fun. The holes around the clubhouse, which are actually farther from the sea than the holes across the road, have better dunesland than the remaining holes, which are a little more traditional parkland in nature with ponds and burns to worry about in spots. Back on the dunesy side, holes No. 14-15 have blind shots that help members get their matches back in order if they're losing to a guest. The course ends with back-to-back par 5s as well. Hesketh is a really fun, lesser-known layout that is minutes from Royal Birkdale. more »

    Whirlpool Golf Course

    "Stanley Thompson design that's great fun"

    Being a resident of the US south, we just don't have any Stanley Thompson designs around my way, so it's always a pleasure to get the chance to play one of his designs. While you may never get all the way up to Banff or Jasper or Cape Breton, there's really no excuse to miss Whirlpool, said to be his last design before his death and is just minutes from the falls and right on the Niagara Parkway where all the parks attractions are. Whirlpool was my favorite round of the trip by far. The design is the perfect blend of challenge and playability. Keep an eye out for "Stanley's Hub" which has the championship tees for three holes (no. 6, 12 and 16) all up a flight of stairs on a bluff that provide for some fun elevated tee shots. Even if you're not playing the tips, you may be tempted to do so on these holes. The 10th hole is another notable elevated tee shot but is even more noteworthy for its green, which is partially hidden by a big mound in the fairway. Local legend suggest Stanley, known for his wont to imbibe, buried his whiskey collection here. Conditions and amenities aren't as top-notch as Legends on the Niagara, the excellent 45-hole facility operated by the Parks. But this is my favorite layout, and it's a great value, too. The clubhouse restaurant is very popular for both golfers and passer-bys on the Niagara Parkway. Also, stop into the halfway house and if local fixture Gizzy is working, challenge her to make you a (the Gizmo, however, is on the menu and quite good). After golf, check out the Whirlpool from an observation deck or take the Aero Car excursion over it. more »

    Golden Horseshoe Golf Club - Spotswood Executive Course

    "Fun executive layout with a lot of variety"

    Spotswood plays adjacent to the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe and is a fun nine holes for the whole family with a couple par 4s and a par 5. That isn't to say this course is easy, as there are some tricky shots to small, elevated greens. The property is gorgeous, though a little less dramatic than the Gold and very laid back. It's probably overdue for a slight refresh as the greens have grown very small and we had a hard time finding one of the holes. But the bones are here. Better players can have some fun shaping shots on the two dogleg par 4s, and the greens are very small, so you need to be precise. It's a great twilight option for the whole family in a destination that's all about family fun. Part of the Gold refresh meant expanded practice facilities and a refreshed clubhouse so be sure to take full advantage. more »

    The West Lancashire Golf Club

    "A pure links treat between Liverpool and Birkdale"

    We spend so much time talking about Scottish and Irish links that we forget just how deep England's roster of must-plays are. "West Lancs" was a lovely discovering on an idyllic evening after a day spent working The Open at Royal Birkdale. The routing is quite nice from the yellow tees: challenging but never a brute. I suspect, based on a brief lap around Birkdale, that Lancs has more scenic sea views than its neighbor, too. The par 4s are a great variety of long and short, straight and dog-legging. I really liked the long par 5 along the railway. It seems the whites & black tees provide a stiff enough test for top tournaments. But frankly I'm not sure what more you can ask for as a golfing tourist from the yellows. Certainly not to be missed on the Golf Coast between Southport and Liverpool. more »

    Golden Horseshoe Golf Club

    "Vintage RTJ Sr. on a fabulous piece of land"

    The "A" word gets thrown around a little bit at Golden Horseshoe. Yes, there is a wee hint of Augusta inspiration on this gorgeous piece of rolling land with shady fairways framed by pine trees. The Gold opened about 10-12 years after RTJ worked on Augusta National and it's easy to see a the influence one had on the other, from the shapes of the bunkers to elevated greens and gorgeous, amphitheater-type par 3s green sites on low ground guarded by water. The Gold reopens July 1st after a restoration project from RTJ Sr.'s son Rees Jones and I had the chance top review the course, which is in mint shape with brand new turf wall-to-wall. There are really only a few design tweaks here, like a new approach into 18. Nine new forward tees were added. The clubhouse was renovated and practice area was expanded. This round was one of my more enjoyable golf experiences I've had in a long while thanks to great hole variety and plenty of drama in a wonderful family destination in Colonial Williamsburg. more »
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