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Quick Nine - Scotland's Missing Links

by Richard Green 24. July 2015 01:45

The Home of Golf is not all about the Open Rota courses and big name Championship links…. here’s nine of our favourite seaside tracks that offer great golf, great value and a truly authentic Scottish links experience.

Gullane 2

A golfer’s haven, the gorgeous little village of Gullane – in the heart of East Lothian – is a place that lives and breathes golf. Recent host of the Scottish Open – played on a composite layout of the fabled No.1 and a couple of cracking holes from No.2 – golf on the top of Gullane hill is truly special. The No.2 course is great value and every inch as challenging as its big brother.


In a region packed full of century-old links, the teenaged Craigielaw is a one of the few new courses in East Lothian. But given that is was designed by the master architects and ‘Open Doctor’ Donald Steel, it’s no surprise that it’s already hosting significant championships. Laid out on rolling links and above Kilspindie, Craigielaw is a tough test with plenty of rough and pot bunkers to negotiate with. The onsite Lodge is a perfect base for any East Lothian golf break.More...

A priceless day at St Andrews

by Keith Mitchell 11. July 2015 01:08

As invitations go, this was one of the best. And easiest to respond to. Would I like to join Tom Watson and MasterCard at St Andrews a matter of weeks before the Open Championship? Does a bear… well you get the idea.

One of the perks of working in an amazing industry like ours is the occasional opportunity to enjoy a real money-can’t-buy experience. Tom Watson – the five-times Open Champion, about to play his last Open – and the legendary Old Course certainly fits into that camp. Joy and terror in equal measure were, for the preceding days, the overwhelming emotions.

With the stands up at the Old Course ready for Jordan Spieth and the 155 other hopefuls, we were one of the last few to play the course ahead of the Championship. Most golfers will have played a few links over the years so you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s a very different game from the one we usually play, with wind, huge greens, deep bunkers and sorts of subtle challenges lying in wait.More... meets... Tony Jacklin

by Richard Green 6. July 2015 22:09

Victorious Ryder Cup captain, Open Champion, US Open Champion – there’s not much this legend of the game hasn’t achieved. We caught up with him at Magnolia Park and talked about his love of all things links…

Why is England’s Golf Coast so good?

We’re very lucky to have an area like this in England – it’s remarkable and the envy of the world I’d think. It’s also been slightly overlooked compared to certain areas of Scotland or Ireland, but look at those courses that are all so close to one another. That North West pocket is just so special for people who love links golf like I do.More...

A golf trip to Prince's

by Tom Duncombe 30. June 2015 18:35

As someone who has never played links golf before, a trip to Prince’s Golf Club was an eagerly anticipated spectacle. We had an afternoon tee time but decided to head down to Sandwich, Kent, early doors to avoid any M25 traffic which was likely to come our way. Upon entering Sandwich Bay I was overwhelmed with the outstanding beauty of the area. The journey down Prince’s Drive was beyond anything I had expected, with the undulating sand dunes of Royal St George’s to our left and the beautiful coastline to our right. There isn’t much else that puts you in the mood for golf than the sight of a 14 time Open Championship venue, albeit one which is very high up on my bucket list. 

We arrived at the intimate venue in good time for some much needed practice. The conditions were perfect and we were excited to get started. Prince’s is split out into three loops of 9 – the Himalayas, Dunes and Shore – of which the Himalayas was our first conquest More...

A Pro's-Eye-View of Wentworth

by Richard Green 17. June 2015 23:13

 Last month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth saw some of the stars of the world game battle it out for one of the most prestigious trophies on the European Tour. The unheralded Byeong Hun An might have bagged top spot, but the week was also a very special one for the small number of PGA Professionals who qualified to play in the event.

These are the players who ply their trades on the regional PGA circuits, playing small events and Pro-Ams… not to mention teaching us amateurs how to play! Several of them also compete in the Pro-Ams in Spain as well as the PGA 4-ball Championship. We caught up with a few of them to find out what it was like to rub shoulders with Rory & Co More...

The Best in Wales

by Calum Harris 21. May 2015 00:14

Golf break to South Wales

Having already played the Brabazon Course at the other famous Ryder Cup venue, The Belfry, my expectations were high for a long awaited round on the Twenty Ten Course. The whole day began in style as we were chauffeured from the 5* resort to the Twenty Ten clubhouse, which sits on lower ground in the Usk Valley.

The service was fantastic and gave us the impression that we really were at a Ryder Cup venue. As friendly and helpful as always, the staff cleaned our clubs and directed us to the locker rooms where the real nostalgia began. Celtic Manor display player names on the lockers used in the 2010 Ryder Cup, I was gutted to receive Ross Fisher I must confess, however a selfie occurred nonetheless! More...

Desert golf in Scottsdale, Arizona

by Jo Dent 23. February 2015 18:10 USA team at TPC Scottsdale

Spring is finally on the horizon and having gone most of the winter without swinging a club in anger, myself and three colleagues managed to sneak off to the balmy Arizona desert, leaving behind the waterproofs, temporary greens and snow laden UK fairways.

On arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport, we picked up our rental car and within an hour or two of landing we were checking into the  Hotel Indigo in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. It was a great decision to base ourselves here, in walking distance to the local bars and restaurants and only a short drive to most of the courses on our itinerary. Everything was so close that it would have been rude not to head to the nearest sports bar, catch the last hour of the football accompanied by a couple of locally brewed ales and a plate full of nachos with more guacamole than you can ever imagine! More...

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