Benjamin Smith

Ben is the founder of The Wandering Golfers. He grew up on the links of Ayrshire in Scotland learning the game from his beloved Grandpa. He spent more than a decade covering Ryder Cups and the Majors for The Times and BBC Sport before starting his own businesses.

Fescue & Dunes: Links ethos at heart of emerging golf brand

Fescue & Dunes exists to deliver discerning golfers with something a little less ordinary.  Rather than focusing on creating their own products (although they do a bit of that too), they scour the globe for other boutique golf brands and bring them to golfers wanting to take their golf set-up to the next…

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Uncommon: Golf ball inspired by unconventional magic of Moe Norman

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Have you ever really thought about why you play the golf ball you do?  It’s a question a new U.S golf ball company are determined to get golfers to ask themselves as they look to create something truly different in the golf world. Uncommon, based in Park City, Utah, is an enterprise made…

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FlagBag Golf Co: Capturing a magic moment in time

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To the guys at FlagBag Golf Co a golf bag is so much more than a functional piece of equipment in which to carry your clubs. It’s a canvas, a blank page, an opportunity for the golfer who throws it over their shoulder and heads out onto the links to say something about…

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Liverpool: The wonderful gateway to England’s golf coast

When you think of the city of Liverpool, golf doesn’t immediately spring to mind. This, after all, is a city which lives and breathes football. It’s a city that is known across the world for its incredible music scene and it's a city with a rich, maritime history. But perhaps what golf is…

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Ardfin: life-changing journey to Jura and stunning new golf resort

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Laura Sayer-Hall, was looking for a way to make a big change to her 9-5 life. It began with a journey which took her to the remote Isle of Jura in Scotland and to Ardfin, one of the most exciting new golf resorts on earth. The Wandering Golfers tell her story…

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Hame Golf: Sustainability and storytelling at heart of success

Storytelling is at the heart of what makes us human. It helps us know who we are, it puts things into context and add sentiment and emotion to places and possessions.  It’s very much at the heart of what’s important to us at The Wandering Golfers, and it was that which drew our…

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Ballybunion: golfing heaven on Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way

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Mythical Ballybunion in south-west Ireland is one of the world's great links courses. The Wandering Golfers travelled to County Kerry and discovered a place that would leave a lasting imprint and a golf course that was the stuff of dreams…

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The Masters: the inspiration for ‘unique’ Augusta National

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Augusta National Golf Club is, unquestionably, unique. The vibrant natural beauty, the stunningly manicured fairways and greens, the magic and the mystique of Magnolia Lane. A tradition unlike any other, as the saying goes. And yet if you look just beneath the surface, it’s clear that deep within its DNA, the ancestry of…

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Sean Connery: secrets behind best Bond’s golf love affair

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Sean Connery stands in front of me having just emerged from his dressing room at Pinewood Studios after a heated phone call with executives at 20th Century Fox. The nexsht time I say the word American, remind me to put f**king in front of it.” He doesn’t mean it for a second, of…

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Does England deserve more acclaim as a golf destination?

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If Scotland is the home of golf, Ireland the luxury holiday villa you can’t wait to go back to, what of England?  Scotland and Ireland are quite rightly lauded as mythical golf destinations the world over – St Andrews, Ballybunion, Royal Dornoch, Lahinch – the names trip off the tongue. But a new…

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Hallamshire Golf Club: warmth and wonder high in Sheffield hills

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Like Rome, Sheffield is built on seven hills. High on one of them, on the cusp of the Peak District National Park, you’ll find the beautiful Hallamshire Golf Club. Perhaps you haven’t heard of it before now – unlike Italy, this has never been a part of the world comfortable shouting too loudly…

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NC500: the best golf courses on Scotland’s top road trip

The North Coast 500 explores some of the most beautiful wilderness on earth. The Wandering Golfers look at some of the best golf courses on the NC500…

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Formby Golf Club: an experience rich in history and class

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There is an inescapable sense of class about everything at Formby Golf Club. You feel it from the moment you turn off Victoria Road, one of Merseyside’s most exclusive enclaves, and into Golf Road which wends its way towards the grand old clubhouse. You feel it in the warmth of the welcome, you…

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Alwoodley Golf Club: Yorkshire masterpiece lives long in the memory

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Alwoodley Golf Club is a place where loyalty is par for the course. Ever since the great Dr Alister MacKenzie – the man who would go on to design Augusta National – became a founder member here in 1907, there has been a sense that devotion has been sewn into the springy fairways…

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A round with Luke Donald: World No 1’s timely reality check

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I remember the moment I realised my childhood dream of winning The Open was in tatters – it was all Luke Donald’s fault. Not that he knew it. I was 14 and I was good at golf. But I was soon to discover I was not good enough. From the age of 7,…

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Huddersfield Golf Club: A Rolls-Royce course in the beautiful Yorkshire hills

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In these parts, the story goes that during the 1950s Huddersfield was home to the highest number of Rolls-Royces per capita than anywhere else on the planet, save Beverley Hills.  During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the wool trade meant there was extraordinary wealth, prestige and opulence here. None of that is…

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Royal Dornoch: mystique and emotion at heart of golf’s greatest outpost

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Despite its remote location, some 30 miles north of Inverness, Royal Dornoch has been an established fixture in the top 10 of the world’s best courses for decades…

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Dumbarnie Links: how golf’s most exciting new course defied Covid-19

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This global pandemic has been difficult enough for golf clubs which have been around for centuries. Imagine, then, trying to open a new one. That was the reality facing the team at the breathtakingly beautiful Dumbarnie Links, on the Fife coast, and it was a challenge they embraced wholeheartedly. “It’s been harder than…

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Coronavirus: how top golf clubs emerged from Covid-19

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Very little about our world feels normal these days. Spending a few hours walking the fairways of your local golf club with friends is, let’s face it, about as close as it gets.  This Covid-19 pandemic is not a disaster in a traditional sense, even if the trauma is comparable. It is not…

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