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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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Gamble on a golf holiday to Vegas

by Rhys Howell 21. January 2015 23:35

Welcome To NevadaWide-eyed, overwhelmed and, admittedly, a bit smug. That sums up how we felt for the first few hours, on our first ever trip to Las Vegas. I’d like to say that we didn’t let the stereotypical notions of Vegas cloud our judgement upon arriving in Sin City, but our entrance at the Vdara Hotel was pretty much scripted by Todd Phillips himself: pull up in our Chevy Suburban, chuck the keys to the valet, high five an Alexander Hamilton for his troubles and stroll in to the tune of Kanye West’s ‘Can’t tell me nothing’ for the first cold ones of the trip.

Surprisingly, there is more to do in Vegas than the adult-orientated night time activities that first come to mind, but I’ll get to that in a bit, as the first few hours were somewhat textbook. First thing on the list, enthusiastically play and lose it all. My travelling companions and I had been playing for money on every golf round of our West Coast trip up until this point, and the deal was that the unanimous winner had to put all winnings on red or black upon arrival More...

Penchant for perfect Porto

by Ben Gayton 17. December 2014 23:50

As I see it, Porto and its golf is the older brother of the Portuguese family and it is only now that it is starting to receive the accolades and reputation it deserves as a great golfing destination. With a combination of cultural, historical and modern options to choose from I was eager to find out myself what I had been missing out on all these years.

With great flight times and access to Porto in a couple of hours I was ready to make the short journey to the first golf course. I had heard great things about Estela golf course and seen stunning images. Being a fan of links golf I was keen to see how true this links was? Within the 30 minutes of getting into the car and arriving at the course it was clear to see the answer would be very and that my golf ball could be visiting the North Atlantic on a number of tee shots. We were fortunate to play the course in rather tame conditions but a tough test still ensued. Some fairways, tighter than Mouses’ ear holes and faster than rats up drainpipes demanded excellence off the tee with the only real rest bite being that the immaculate greens More...


Golf in Mauritian Paradise

by Jo Dent 5. December 2014 20:52

It’s not often you find yourself surrounded by crystal clear blue seas and white sandy beaches encroaching onto the green carpet fairways, but in Mauritius this is becomes the norm. If you’re not surrounded by beautiful and idyllic ocean scenery then you will be sure to find a dramatic mountainous landscape.

Anahita Golf

I was lucky enough to recently find myself ditching the thermals and seeking the sun on this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. With a direct flight from London, I was soon checking in at my hotel - the 5* Anahita Resort, welcomed with a refreshing cocktail and ice cold flannel. It was still early in the day (thanks to a great overnight flight), so it was straight onto the course for me – that’s the beauty of the resorts in Mauritius, complimentary daily green fees come as standard in most hotel packages; it would have been rude not to really! More...

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