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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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Things to do Belfast: the ultimate city getaway

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Gone are the days when people travel to Belfast to see a city emerging from a turbulent past.  Impressions of once-abandoned industrial sites have long since been replaced by this vibrant, pulsating, modern metropolis which is clearly packed with visitors from every corner of the world as we walk the streets here. Belfast…

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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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The Lodge at Prince’s: follow in the footsteps of champions

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From the moment you enter The Lodge at Prince’s Golf Club it’s clear you’re following in the footsteps of champions. A photograph hangs in the reception area showing Colin Morikawa drinking from the Claret Jug in joyous celebration. It was taken in the bar here on the night he won The Open next…

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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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Links House at Royal Dornoch: luxury par for the course at Highland retreat

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The view from our balcony at the sumptuous Links House at Royal Dornoch is one you could never grow tired of. A few yards to our left is the 1st tee of one of the world’s greatest golf courses, abuzz with greenkeepers, golfers and walkers. To our right is the conservation village of…

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Dundonald Links: the ultimate base for Ayrshire golf trip

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It would be understandable if Dundonald Links felt just a little threatened by Ayrshire’s embarrassment of golfing riches. After all it sits within minutes of storied Open venues such as Royal Troon and Prestwick Golf Club. Another, Turnberry, is 30 minutes down the coast. Wonderful Western Gailes is within a wedge. Barassie, Glasgow…

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Islay: magic Machrie a place to rest and be thankful

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Our adventure to the Inner Hebrides had to begin by road and involve taking to the water. Like real travellers. In my mind, it was the only way to prepare ourselves for our time on Islay. Yes, you can board a tiny flight from Glasgow and be preparing yourself to land just almost…

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The Petwood Hotel: war and peace in wonderful Woodhall Spa

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It feels almost disrespectful to describe The Petwood simply as one of the best hotels near Woodhall Spa Golf Club, because the truth is, it’s so much more.  This is a place where the history of those who have walked these corridors and wiled away the hours in the stunning Edwardian gardens, lives…

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Five of mainland Europe’s most stunning golf resorts

The UK and Ireland may be home to some of the world’s most historic and revered golf courses but continental Europe is also full of incredible places to play golf. Here we look at five of mainland Europe’s most stunning golf resorts. each of which simply cannot be ignored. 1. Finca Cortesin, Spain…

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Rudding Park: luxury hideaway with something for everyone

Rudding Park in Harrogate, Yorkshire boasts such a breadth of offerings - from golf to spa and beyond - that it will find a way to appeal to almost everyone who visits…

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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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