Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. He is a regular contributor with Athlon Sports and PGA Magazine. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. His favorite golf destinations are Ireland and New Zealand, along with Michigan and California, where he lives with his wife and two children. Jason rarely touched a golf club until his college days at Eastern Michigan University, but now his passion for the game knows no out of bounds. He got his start writing with the TravelGolf Network in 1999. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

  • 4.0 stars from 5

    Uruguay Golf Club

    "A historic walk in the city"

    Getting the chance to play a historic Dr. Alister Mackenzie redesigned course in South America has shot up the list of my favorite bucket-list experiences. I only got to play 13 holes because I had a flight home to catch, and I played horribly the last two holes rushing to get done, but I'll always have a fond place in my heart for this round. The course was an easy and enjoyable walk. The city intrudes in spots, but that's part of its charms. You can see buildings from almost every vantage point, and more than a few holes play along a fence (or tree line) separating the club from a public road. It's just a classic look. Without length to defend assaults from the modern game, the course relies on trees that pinch fairways and bunkers that pinch small, elevated greens to keep scores in check. The river comes into view on the back nine. The clubhouse, rebuilt after a fire set by a terrorist group in 1971, has a nice restaurant and outdoor patio overlooking the putting green. Best of all, the private club is somewhat accessible to the general public and relatively affordable compared to other Mackenzie courses. If you're headed to Montevideo for business or pleasure, I can't recommend it enough. Call ahead to see what your options are for a tee time. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Los Tajamares Golf Club

    "Hidden in the hills of Uruguay"

    You won't find this course on any "best of" lists - either in South America or Uruguay - yet. The key word is yet. It has been the backyard playground of one of South America's richest men for years. It grew from 3 holes all the way to 21 before two-time major champ, Angel Cabrera of Argentina, redesigned it from 2013-15. The club has changed its name from Los Tajamares to Garzon Tajamares and last May became the world's first "PGA Tour Preferred Golf Course," a designation similar to the TPC (Tournament Players Club) brand. That could open the exclusive club to more outside play from TPC members and others. I played it on back-to-back windy days and marveled at its solitude. It's truly hidden in the hills (you can't see owner's house). A tent set up on a pond near the 15th green serves as a temporary clubhouse. The rolling landscape and 10 ponds give the course its character and shot-making. For example, the signature 12th hole features three different ponds where you can lose a ball - off the tee, in the landing area of the approach and the massive lake guarding the green. This par 5 bends right as it drops in elevation to an intimidating peninsula green. I lost a ball in the second pond each time, and I'm dying to play it again to conquer it. That's the kind of course this is. It's straightforward in its presentation, yet the subtleties are hard to master without more than a couple rounds. There are so many tricky tough holes that are fun to play - the short par-4 third with a waterfall feature near the green; the narrow par-5 fourth that doglegs hard left at the end; the blind tee shot at No. 8, leading to a long approach over a pond from a downhill lie; etc. The second round morphed into a battle for a made-up version of the 'Presidents Cup' between a twosome of American writers against two Garzon team members. This is where the course really shined. It delivered great match-play thrills, where every hole provided the opportunity for a heroic birdie or an agonizing bogey (or worse). It will be a great members course for any golfer lucky enough to join The Garzon Club, a partnership offering the best of food, wine and golf with the nearby Bodega Garzon Winery. I'm certain once enough raters, writers and influential golfers play Garzon Tajamares, the word will spread. This place is special. more »