Is epic Royal Bled Europe golf’s best kept secret?

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Golf trips are sacred: they’re opportunities to experience new destinations, create lifelong memories and to spend time with your people. The likes of Pinehurst, Bandon and the great links courses of Scotland and Ireland might immediately spring to mind when you’re going through your bucket list but sometimes straying off the beaten track…

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Costa Del Sol Golf: Wonderful La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links on the up

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From the 5th tee of the La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links, I can see it all: the sparkling Mediterranean, the iconic rock of Gibraltar, the Atlas Mountains in Morrocco and a golf course I could never tire of.  This stunning destination sits on an idyllic stretch of Spain’s south coast, not far from Marbella,…

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Murcar Links Golf Club: spectacular links delivers challenge and reward

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From bubble wrap terrain to ocean side views, Murcar Links brings the challenge all gofers want and dangles the rewards all golfers need. Just 10 minutes from Aberdeen, Murcar was originally designed in 1909 by Archie Simpson, professional and keeper of the greens at neighbouring Royal Aberdeen with James Braid adding his Midas…

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East Lothian Golf: Scotland’s golf coast will capture your imagination

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We all book our golf trips for different reasons. Maybe it’s an annual ritual with family and friends? A weekend getaway with a spouse? Or a jammed packed once-in-a-lifetime bucket list adventure. Who you’re going with is just one consideration, of course; the other big one is where you are going. The sheer…

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Manchester Golf Club: natural wonder within sight of the city

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You might think the sight of a deer scampering down the 5th fairway at Manchester Golf Club would be a surprise given we’re within sight of the city centre. And yet amid the natural splendour all around us, we barely pay it a second glance: it’s very much at home – as are…

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Causeway Coastal Route: Northern Ireland’s great adventure is spectacular

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I’ve been lucky to experience some of the world’s great sea-meets-land road trips: the PCH in California, North Coast 500 in Scotland, the Amalfi Coast in Italy – but as I meander along Northern Ireland’s spectacular Causeway Coastal Route, I’m increasingly convinced that this is up there with them.  None of it should…

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Cliff Hotel Cardigan: wonderful Wales and the perfect family break

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It’s an hour before sunset at The Cliff Hotel, Cardigan and we’re watching a pod of dolphins play in the water below us.  This stunning corner of Wales has unquestionably taken a piece of all our hearts during our time here – our two-year-old will spend the much of the journey home screaming…

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Causeway Coast and Glens: the best golf courses

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The Causeway Coast and Glens is a place of incredible beauty and adventure but it’s also one of the best places to play golf.  This part of Northern Ireland is perhaps best known for hosting The Open Championship in 2019 when Royal Portrush won the hearts of so many golfers around the world.…

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Castlerock Golf Club: special links experience with real spirit

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The North Atlantic is as calm as a duckpond as I meander my way through the village streets en route to Castlerock Golf Club.  The sun has only been up for an hour or two and I think I might be able to make out the distant, looming presence of Islay on the…

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Portstewart Golf Club: Towering Dunes And A Wonderful Test Of Golf

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If there’s a better view from a 1st tee anywhere on earth, it will have to go some to top The Strand at Portstewart Golf Club.  A scorching summer’s day has meandered into a lazy afternoon and the beach which sits to the right of the opening hole at Portstewart, is still bustling…

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Oldest golf course in the world? Musselburgh Links a time machine

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As you walk off the last green of what is, to some, the oldest golf course in the world, it’s impossible to shake the feeling that you’ve just been transported back in time to the origins of our game. Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course, is a living museum and its storied, almost…

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Dumbarnie Links: epic experience with views that are hard to better

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The beauty of Dumbarnie Links speaks for itself on a morning like this. There’s barely a breath of wind as we look out across Largo Bay and take in the majesty of this dramatic meeting of land and sea. It’s not yet 8am and a thin layer of wispy white cloud hangs over…

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Hickory Golf Clubs: unique shop at the heart of hickory revival

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I’m standing on the 1st tee at one of Scotland’s great courses and for the first time in my life I’m grasping a hickory golf club in my trembling hands preparing to embark on a life-changing round. We know golf is hard enough, but I’m on the wondrous West Links at North Berwick,…

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Chart Hills Golf Club: new dawn for epic inland wonder

It’s a stiflingly hot summer’s day and our journey to Chart Hills Golf Club is nearing an end, as we negotiate Kent’s charming country lanes – the garden of England is a truly alluring part of the world, even in this heat.  We turn through the gates and wind our way along the…

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Prince’s Golf Club: alluring Kent Destination On The Rise

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There can be few places to rival Prince’s Golf Club as a place to watch the sun rise on a day like this.  We’re sitting by the putting green at The Lodge at Prince’s, waiting. In the dawn mist, Sandwich Bay itself is so still it’s as if someone has placed a piece…

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Hillside Golf Club: links classic a wondrous assault on the senses

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It’s early on a glorious July morning as I turn left through the gates of Hillside Golf Club. The place is abuzz with people. The team from the DP World Tour are on site constructing grandstands, measuring for yardage books, and preparing for a tour event which arrives here in the next few…

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Las Vegas Golf Courses: The Best Golf Clubs In Vegas?

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There is no shortage of life to live on any trip to the entertainment capital of the world but what about those Las Vegas golf courses? Where do you begin? Many people travel to Vegas for the casinos and the restaurants, some come for the shows and the concerts, while others are here…

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St Andrews Golf: adventure of a lifetime to secure Old Course tee time

It was 3 in the morning and I was running towards the 1st tee of the Old Course, St Andrews.  My alarm had gone off 15 minutes earlier, which seemed reasonable – not too early, but early enough. I boiled a kettle, made some tea, stuffed a snack into my pocket and set…

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Masters Tickets: adventure of a lifetime to reach ‘heavenly’ Augusta National

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It was the music, that damn music that saunters into the living room each April, coercing me into four days of couch-surfing. Golfers around the world know the tune and I can vividly recall the first time I heard it, thinking it was the most ridiculous and pretentious piece of music, perfectly suited…

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