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.

St Andrews and Chariots of Fire: secrets of famous scene

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St Andrews and Chariots of Fire: the association immediately brings to mind the evocative opening moments of the celebrated Oscar-winning film, a sequence which has long since taken its place in cinematic history. The iconic images of young British athletes striding out across a windswept beach in slow-motion are set to one of…

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Aqua Restaurant: sumptuous seafood and a special sunset

It’s hard to imagine a better way to toast a memorable day of links golf on the Dublin coast, than by watching the sun drop into the ocean while you eat dinner at Aqua Restaurant in Howth.…

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Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links: special resort by sea

The Portmarnock Hotel and Links is set on a stunning stretch of coastline and boasts a stunning Bernard Langer-designed golf course and a beautiful, luxurious hotel. The Wandering Golfers went to see it for themselves…

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Moortown Golf Club: unique Ryder Cup legacy to the fore

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During its celebrated history, Moortown Golf Club has grown accustomed to hosting the greats of the game and providing the backdrop for significant moments in golfing history. Everyone from Walter Hagen to Peter Thomson, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo have played here, each chapter helping to build the story of this…

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Lindrick Golf Club: the story of how the Ryder Cup was saved

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Lindrick Golf Club saved the Ryder Cup. By the time 1957 came around, the event was on its knees. The US had won every match dating back 24 years. Interest was waning. No one wanted to sponsor it and with only months to go before the Ryder Cup was due to be played, the…

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Ganton Golf Club: mythical Ryder Cup venue retains its magic

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Ganton Golf Club is a truly extraordinary place. There is a stillness to it, a timeless elegance. It’s as if when you leave the busy main road that flanks it and turn down a long narrow drive you are transported to a place of calm and serenity. Even in the fierce and frequent…

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Ryder Cup Yorkshire: a unique Role In shaping Golf History

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It’s not often golf can reach beyond the sport and capture the imagination of a new audience.  The Ryder Cup, however, carries that power. It is an event built on prestige, not prize money, one that conjures up vivid, enduring memories and brings to mind the names of the courses on which the…

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Burnley Golf Club: This Hilltop Wonder will Make you Smile

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Funny story – Burnley Golf Club: 10am.The clubhouse is quieter than it should be for a big golf day. No welcoming party. No bacon butties. None of those banner things. No people. We walk into the clubhouse. “Hi, we’re here for the golf day,” I say. “The golf day?’ says the pro. “Yes,…

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West Linton: golf in the tranquility of the Pentlands

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The village of West Linton may not spring immediately to mind when you’re planning an golf trip to this part of Scotland.  Edinburgh and the wider East Lothian region boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to golf. The likes of Muirfield, Gullane, Royal Musselburgh and North Berwick are world-famous and vastly…

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Doonbeg: spectacular links of wild and rugged beauty

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Doonbeg is a study in contrasts: the rugged and quintessentially Irish beauty of the Clare coastline with the 2006 American-built stone castle that overlooks it, the flat farmland that stretches for miles around with the towering sand dunes that dominate this visually stunning golf course. And yet anyone who has stood here,  felt…

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Lahinch Golf Club: truly a wonder of the golfing world

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Even at first glance, it is obvious Lahinch is not just another seaside town. Golf is woven into the fabric of this otherwise unprepossessing village on the County Clare coast. It feels like it’s on the lips of a everyone in town, in the craic. It’s in the pubs (one of which is…

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Hebden Bridge Golf Club: the best views in Yorkshire

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Golf is changing. Where once it was played by folk with wooden clubs, now it’s a game played by super humans, capable of reducing 600-yard par 5s to a thunderous drive and an easy 6-iron Golf courses are changing too. They’re getting longer, both in yardage and the time it takes to play…

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A round with Rory McIlroy (sort of) in beautiful Killarney

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We want you to come and play in the Irish Open Pro-Am,’ said the voice at the other end of the phone. ‘Some big names are playing this year and if you’re open to it, we’ll try and get you a round with Rory.’ How do you respond? How could any golfer refuse…

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Sunningdale Old Course: does golf in England get any better than this?

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Bobby Jones hit the nail on the head when he said of Sunningdale Old Course, “I wish I could take it home with me.” It may be the only thing he and I have in common but I certainly share that sentiment as I step off the 18th green after a round I’d…

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Fulford Golf Club: made famous by Bernhard Langer but wonderful

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It was an iconic image which travelled around the world: Bernhard Langer, with a shock of blonde hair, at Fulford Golf Club playing from a tree 10ft off the ground. It was a moment in time. A moment of golf history that put this Yorkshire club firmly on the map and ensured it would…

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Woburn’s Marquess: Magic Marquess Has Echoes Of Augusta

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It’s early on another stunning summer morning. I’ve just finished a hotel breakfast overlooking the pitch at MK Dons, surrounded by mechanics from Ferrari, in town for the British Grand Prix along the road at Silverstone. The day has begun in the sportiest of ways. Surely a good omen for a trip to…

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Dublin: Guinness and some of the best links in Ireland

Dublin is one of Europe's most vibrant cities. The stereotypes of Guinness, music and culture are all rich and familiar but it also happens to be the gateway to some of the best links golf courses in Ireland…

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