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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 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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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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Ireland golf: Is This Golf’s greatest Travel Destination?

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Scotland will always be golf’s spiritual home but when you travel around Ireland, golf clubs on your back, it’s hard to shake the feeling that somehow you’ve come home.  Full disclosure: I’m a proud Scot, one who has travelled the world in search enriching experiences in golf. I have been fortunate to explore…

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Mount Juliet Golf Course: luxury estate an experience to savour

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It’s early on a crisp spring morning and I’m sweeping my eyes across Mount Juliet golf course taking it all in – it’s hard to imagine a more tranquil, elegant place to spend time.  From the moment you drive through the gates of this sprawling estate, there is a sense of idyllic seclusion…

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Argentario Golf Resort: beautiful Tuscan retreat perfect for Ryder Cup

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In 2023, Italy will host its first Ryder Cup. The Marco Simone Golf Club, just outside Rome, is staging the biennial contest between Europe and the United States, and while most fans will base themselves in the Eternal City for the contest, those looking to lengthen their trip would do well to consider…

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Ireland golf: The European Club A Unique Links Masterpiece

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Hidden away on the County Wicklow coast, just south of beautiful Brittas Bay, you’ll find a links course like no other.  The European Club is a one-off, a place where the rules of how to design and run a golf club haven’t applied since Pat Ruddy, the effervescent owner and designer, circled over…

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Rosslare Golf Links: Seaside Gem On The Road Less Travelled

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Rosslare Golf Links is bathed in sunshine as we walk up the final hole of a round that will live long in the memory.  It was Walt Whitman who wrote, ‘keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.’ That was certainly how our day on this charming,…

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club: One Of The World’s Great Links

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For golfers the world over, Royal Dornoch Golf Club represents a unique call to adventure. It’s a pilgrimage which requires commitment, dedication and patience. After all this golfing outpost, tucked away in a stunning corner of the Scottish Highlands, sits 50 miles north of Loch Ness and just eight degrees below in the Arctic…

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