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Alwoodley: 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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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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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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The Masters: the day I played at Augusta National

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I had read and re-read what was in front of me four or five times before I could muster anything like a reaction. When I finally looked up, I tried to speak but words failed me. So, I looked back down at the piece of paper again which had my name on it.…

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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’s 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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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: Langer’s legacy the tip of the iceberg

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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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