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The Wandering Golfers - Destinations

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 come as a surprise. This incredible part of Northern Ireland was voted the number one place to visit in the world by travel publisher Lonely Planet a few years ago, and the change in perception that has taken place over the past two decades has helped to…

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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, and within touching distance of Costa Del Sol golf royalty in the shape of  Sotogrande, Almanera and Real Club Valderrama.  This trip to the La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort is about renewal, the chance to mark the start of a new era here on the Cadiz coast…

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Why my round at The Old Course wasn’t love at first sight

I wanted to love the Old Course. I tried to love the Old Course. I failed to love the Old Course. I feel like I’m in good company: five-time Open champion Tom Watson didn’t love the Old Course, St Andrews when he first played it. Grand Slam winner Bobby Jones was a petulant 19-year-old Open Championship debutant when he famously ripped up his scorecard and walked off in 1921 after failing to escape from a bunker on the 11th. I came close to following Jones’ lead on the 12th when what looked like a perfect drive down the middle tumbled…

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Tremendous Tara Iti will make your wildest dreams come true

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Since its grand reveal, Tara Iti Golf Club has occupied a place in the hearts and minds of golfers across the world. To most it feels a world away: isolated geographically, almost heavenly in its beauty, and, given its famed privacy and exclusivity, almost impossible to access.  In a country dominated by public golf courses, Tara Iti is an outlier and one which, at first glance, appears to fly in the face of Kiwi beliefs and values. Why? Well, it is a club with only 50 local members, has no public access unless you stay on site (at a VERY premium price)…

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