About Us


We are the ones making the world a smaller place by going out into it.
By tasting the flavours of somewhere new.
By seeking out a different perspective
By welcoming in the unexpected and unknown.
By embracing sights and sounds of places far from home and cultures far from our own.
Until all that was once foreign becomes familiar
We value new adventures over birdies and eagles.
We value making new friends, over playing well.
And we value making memories we'll never forget, above everything else.

The game of golf means a lot to us. We love to meet people that love it too. And then we love telling the stories of what we found on our travels to our wonderful readers. We have covered Open Championships, Ryder Cups and The Masters. We have interviewed the biggest names in the game on many occasions and even shared a round or two with some of them. But golf is not really about all that.

The Wandering Golfers is about rediscovering the adventure and camaraderie of golf as we travel, often with our families, in search of the next must-play course. And we promise to take you along for the ride.


Benjamin Smith


Ben has played golf for as long as he can remember, having been taught by his beloved Grampa on the links of Ayrshire, Scotland. By the age of 14 he was playing off 5, his golf since has not lived up to the early promise! Ben covered the Ryder Cup and the Open Championship during five years as a staff writer at The Times newspaper. He also covered the Open Championship for BBC Sport, appearing regularly across TV, radio and online. He has also written for Sports Illustrated.
Favourite course: Ballybunion Old
Golfer he wishes he was: Seve
Handicap: 8
Twitter: @BSmith
Instagram: @TheBenSmith

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Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell


A veteran golf broadcaster and avid golfer, Chris has covered all of the major championships for BBC World and is well known for bringing the game to life with his infectious presenting style.
Favourite course: Queens Park, Bournemouth
Golfer he wishes he was: Seve
Handicap: 10


Ray Nicholls


Late to the game, Ray is more than making up for lost time. There are not enough hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a year. He plays in all weathers, - snow included. Aside from golf, his loves wife, his Dalmatian Jasper and a good glass of red.
Favourite course: Heritage, Mauritius
Golfer he wishes he was: Tiger
Handicap: 21


Claire Smith

Head of Content

Claire is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about luxury travel, hotels and spas. A mother of two sports-mad boys she is taking her first steps as a golfer. Given her success in every other aspect of her life don't bet against her. Loves to travel with her family.

If you want us to visit you ...

Please get in touch if you would like the team to stop by and give your course The Wandering Golfers treatment. We're nice people, we enjoy life, you'll like us. Promise.