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In Praise of.. Dublin’s Parklands

by Richard Green 21. August 2015 02:59

Dublin’s perennial attraction to the travelling golfer is no great mystery. In addition to the après-golf delights of such a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, the friendly welcome and excellent connections to the British mainland and Europe, what helps to draw golfing pilgrims to the region every year is its miles of pristine linksland.

From the rugged glory of County Louth in the north, through the classic tests of Portmarnockand Royal Dublin, right down to the astonishing European, this stretch of coastline is truly blessed. But over the last 20 years, the parkland course has made something of a comeback and there are a number of inland gems to match the quality of anything to be found on the coast.



So what better time to take a breather from the windswept links and sample life on (relatively) dry land? More...

Fancy a flutter? 5 to watch at the PGA Championship

by Richard Green 12. August 2015 01:41
We look ahead to this week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and pick our top 5 if you fancy a punt;

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy - 12/1

Back in 2010 a fresh faced Rory finished T3 at Whistling Straits and despite his absence due to a well-documented ankle injury, Rory McIlroy is still World number one and man to beat... boy did he look good in practice! Rory has won two of the last three PGA Championships and it is difficult not to imagine him going into Sunday with his eyes on the Wanamaker.

Robert Streb

 

Robert Streb - 85/1

 At number 40 in the world golf rankings Robert Streb is an unlikely outsider but worth an each-way flutter. Following a strong performance last week at the WGC Bridgestone, and the fact he’s regularly featured in the top half of the PGA Tour leader board this year, surely hints at a breakthrough victory, no? 

Jordan Spieth


Jordan Spieth - 13/2

When the PGA Championship was last held at Whistling Straits, Jordan Spieth would have been an even fresher faced 17 year old. He is the firm favourite even though he has never played at Whistling Straits before, but such is his form this year it is almost impossible to see him finishing outside the top 10. The question is… will he be the new number one come Monday?

Brooks Koepka


Brooks Koepka - 45/1

European Tour graduate Brooks Koepka has had an extremely solid season, starting the year in impressive fashion winning at TPC Scottsdale back in January. A T6 finish last week at Firestone coupled with a T10 finish at The Open is certainly an indication that this 25 year old is in good stead to claim his first major.

Martin KaymerMartin Kaymer - 50/1

Mediocre would be the word to describe Martin Kaymer’s season to date with a T12 at The Open being the ‘highlight’. However, back in 2010 at Whistling Straits the then ranked number three in the world triumphed by beating Bubba Watson in a play off and regardless of last week’s poor performance at Firestone this talented German certainly has what it takes to get the job done.


 

Algarve Fact Files

by Tom Duncombe 4. August 2015 01:32

There are six main bases to consider when planning a trip to Algarve, three obvious and three slightly less so. The former are Vilamoura, Faro and Albufeira, all of which need little introduction and are within easy reach of dozens of fine courses, with the likes of San Lorenzo, Vilamoura Old Course and Quinta do Logo all among the options.

The three less obvious options include Alvor, with the fantastic Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Lagos, home of Palmares Golf Course, and Tavira which boasts one of the most well-renowned courses in the world, Monte Rei.More...

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.

Craigielaw

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...

Golfbreaks.com 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...

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