Spirit of The Open

As the ‘Spirit of The Open’, Glenmorangie is searching for the world’s most ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’ golf holes. Help us select our top 18 for your chance to win the ultimate golfing experience.

About the Competition

Carefully crafted by the famous Men of Tain to a level described as ‘unnecessarily well made’ Glenmorangie takes great pride in the lengths to which it goes to create some of the world’s most sought-after single malt Scotch whiskies. Likewise it takes great lengths and dedication to craft a great golf hole.

We’re inviting you to nominate and vote for the world’s most Unnecessarily Well Made golf holes with our aim to produce the definitive global list of the finest 18 holes. A grand prize is on offer to participants: an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime to experience our warm hospitality at both the Home of Golf and the Home of Glenmorangie – just vote for your favourite golf hole or nominate your own for consideration to enter. We’ve some fabulous monthly prizes too. We’ve enlisted the help of Open Champions, Ryder Cup Captains and the world’s leading golf photographer to kick start our search. Of all the holes they have played, designed and immortalised on camera, which ones will they choose as their favourites? And why?


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Meet the Ambassadors

We’ve invited a select group of golf’s leading figures to help you choose the 18 most ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’ golf holes. Major Champions, Ryder Cup Captains and the leading photographer in golf name their favourites.

Sir Nick Faldo

Six-time Major Champion, World Number One for 98 weeks, former Ryder Cup Captain and head of Faldo Design

David Cannon

The world’s leading golf photographer, having photographed 100 Majors and over 1,000 courses worldwide.

Tony Jacklin

Two-time Major Champion, four times Ryder Cup Captain and head of Jacklin Course Design

Key stats

Sir Nick Faldo

  • 1 Three-times Open Championship winner
  • 2 Six-times Major Champion
  • 3 Course Architect & Broadcast Golf Analyst

When Sir Nick Faldo won The Open Championship in 1987 it was a defining moment of his career. But with five more majors, 98 weeks at World Number One and twelve Ryder Cup appearances including one as Captain, he was to have a fair few more of those.

Turning Pro at 19 in 1976, Sir Nick was immediately successful and became the youngest player to appear in the Ryder Cup at the age of just 21. Winning numerous European Tour events in his first few seasons, he topped the Order of Merit in 1983. But with the all-important first major eluding him, he spent the mid-1980’s remodelling his swing – devotion and dedication that brought rewards at Muirfield in 1987. This pursuit of perfection is one of the reasons we invited Sir Nick to help us choose our selection of golf holes – for him it was not enough to be a good player, he was determined to be a great one.

Having played on most, if not all, of the courses that regularly appear in the ‘world’s best’ rankings and now the head of a world-renowned golf course design company, Sir Nick is perfectly placed to judge what makes a great hole. He believes that the best hole designs focus on strategy, beauty, memorability and the creation of a scare factor.

“Not every hole can have scare factor and not all holes should have it. But the greatest golf holes often make knees tremble.”

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David Cannon

  • 1 The world’s most celebrated golf photographer
  • 2 Photographed 100 Major Championships
  • 3 Leads The Open’s official photography team

David Cannon has photographed some of the most iconic moments in the last 30 years of golf. Considered the sport’s leading photographer, his passion is revealed through his pictures and it’s a passion that shows no sign of diminishing. In 2014 David will reach a milestone when he photographs his 100th major, including 33 Open Championships.

He was there when Nicklaus made his famous charge through the field at the ‘86 Masters. He was greenside when Ballesteros won The Open at St Andrews and took the iconic photograph of the great Spaniard fist clenched: ‘Il Momento’ Ballesteros called it and he had it tattooed on his arm!

But when he’s not photographing the greats and their great moments, he’s photographing great golf courses around the world. For him, the golf course is the stage. It is the place where magic happens, and it is his role to immortalise that moment. But it is not just the sporting drama – it is the backdrop, the environment, the landscape and skyscape.

His constant aim is to get the image that makes people want to play that hole. And in achieving that aim he often demonstrates an incredible dedication – in his line of work you can go months without getting a great picture so patience and a strong knowledge of his subject area is vital. All of which makes him a perfect ambassador for Glenmorangie.

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Tony Jacklin

  • 1 Most Successful Ryder Cup Captain Ever
  • 2 US and British Open Champion
  • 3 Celebrated Golf Course Designer

When Tony Jacklin won the US Open at Hazeltine in 1970 – hot on the heels of his Open Championship win at Royal Lytham & St Annes the previous year – he was the first European to win the title since 1925. With the two wins coming at a time when US players dominated the sport, Tony has long been credited with transforming golf in the UK.

Sandwiched in between the victories was the Ryder Cup at Birkdale and an incident that went down in history as one of the greatest ever sporting gestures – when Jack Nicklaus conceded Tony’s two-and-a-half-foot putt, so halving the match and tying the Ryder Cup. The act inspired Tony’s first course design – a co-creation with Nicklaus: The Concession in Florida – and now he runs a burgeoning design business.

His passion for the game, perhaps best embodied in his captaincy of the Ryder Cup on four occasions, is a perfect match for Glenmorangie. He led four teams, between 1983 and 1989, winning two, halving one and losing one. Crucially that first win, in ’85, was the first victory for 28 years.

With his successful golf architecture practice, Tony can appreciate what makes a great golf hole. “For me, great golf holes decide great championships. They’ll be important and often tough holes which will sow doubt in a player’s mind but the overall experience is what makes them ‘Unnecessarily Well Made’.”

Sir Nick Faldo

Unnecessarily well made holes

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How to Enter

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  • The Norman Course, Mission Hills Par 3 4th

  • Banff Springs Par 3 4th

  • Cape Kidnappers Par 5 15th

  • Kauri Cliffs Par 3 7th

  • Royal Melbourne Par 4 6th

  • New South Wales Par 3 6th

  • Kingston Heath Par 4 3rd

  • Hirono Par 3 13th

  • Pine Beach Par 4 16th

  • Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Par 4 14th

  • Sheshan Golf Club Par 4 16th

  • Amata Spring Country Club Par 3 17th

  • Abu Dhabi Golf Club Par 5 18th

  • Majlis Course, Emirates Par 4 8th

  • Leopard Creek Par 4 9th

  • Teeth of the Dog Par 3 7th

  • TPC Sawgrass Par 3 17th

  • Riviera Par 4 10th

  • Muirfield Village Par 4 14th

  • Kapalua Plantation Course Par 5 18th

  • East Lake Par 3 18th

  • The Blue Monster, Doral Par 4 18th

  • Cypress Point Par 3 16th

  • Ballesteros Course, Crans-Sur-Sierre Par 4 7th

  • Masters Course, Barseback Par 5 12th

  • Valderrama Par 5 17th

  • Albatross Course, Le Golf National Par 3 15th

  • Augusta National Par 5 13th

  • Augusta National Par 3 12th

  • Pebble Beach Par 3 7th

  • Pebble Beach Par 5 18th

  • Old Course, St. Andrews Par 4 17th

  • Ailsa Course, Turnberry Par 4 10th

  • West Course, Wentworth Par 5 17th

  • Old Course, Sunningdale Par 4 10th

  • Royal Lytham & St Annes Par 3 12th

  • Royal Liverpool Par 3 11th

  • Royal Birkdale Par 3 12th

  • Waterville Par 3 17th

  • Royal Portrush Par 3 14th

  • Royal County Down Par 4 9th

  • Royal Troon Par 3 8th

  • Ailsa Course, Turnberry Par 4 16th

  • Old Course, St. Andrews Par 5 14th

  • Royal Dornoch Par 4 14th

  • Royal Aberdeen Par 4 9th

  • Pinehurst (No. 2) Par 4 5th

  • Muirfield Par 4 18th

  • Pebble Beach Par 4 8th

  • Augusta National Par 4 11th

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The Ultimate Prize in Golf

  • Return airfares from nearest capital city
  • Play the Ailsa Course, Turnberry
  • Play at Royal Dornoch
  • Stay at Glenmorangie House and enjoy a private tour of the Glenmorangie Distillery
  • Attend The Open Championship at The Home of Golf, St Andrews and experience Glenmorangie's VIP hospitality
  • Play The Old Course, St Andrews in its final day Championship set up on the Monday following The Open
  • Accommodation throughout prize winning trip
  • Ground transfers to and from prize activities

Monthly Prizes

We also have some great monthly prizes on offer:

TaylorMade SLDR Driver

1 x TaylorMade SLDR Driver to be won each month. The TaylorMade SLDR Driver is the longest driver that TaylorMade has ever produced, and with SLDR weight technology, you can make it even longer.

Troon Golf Vouchers

2 selected winners per month will each be mailed an official Troon Golf Certificate redeemable for one foursome of golf including carts. (Offer excludes private clubs)

Glenmorangie Golf Kits

Each month you can win a ‘Spirit of The Open’ themed golf kit containing a Glenmorangie golf cap, Glenmorangie golf balls, our special triple hip-flask and a giraffe head cover, a quirky reference to the fact that our stills are the same height as a fully grown adult male giraffe – resulting in a purer, smoother whisky.