Perfect Peatzeria in beautiful Bowmore

You can’t visit Islay or write about this island without mentioning the peat. In days gone by it was the reason the water here ran a strange colour of brown. And for much longer it has given Islay’s many world-famous whiskies their distinctive aroma and taste, but peat is also behind the name of one of the best restaurants in Islay. Peatzeria (see what they’ve done there?) sits in the heart of Bowmore, the capital of Islay and faces out onto the waters of Loch Indaal. It’s a stunning spot, quite frankly. As we walk along Shore Street towards the…


Ryder Cup: Majestic Moortown Proud Of Unique Place In History


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 wonderful golf club. And yet, there can be no question when the defining moment came. Even before you turn left into Moortown’s tree-lined driveway you know. The sign proudly reads ‘Moortown Golf Club- venue for the 1929 Ryder Cup.’ And why not? This is, after all, the…

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Woburn’s Marquess: Magic Marquess Has Echoes Of Augusta


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 one of the UK’s top golf venues? Woburn is a name that resonates with all golfers of a certain age. In my formative years it was the annual venue for the British Masters which at the age of 7, I thought was the fourth major – US…

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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 Set in the hills not far from the charming coastal town of Estepona, Finca is one of Europe’s most opulent and luxurious destinations regardless of the fact it has an incredible golf course to boot. The fact it has been chosen as the host venue for the 2023…

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St Andrews and Chariots of Fire: secrets of famous scene


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 cinema’s most remarkable soundtracks, written by the Greek composer Vangelis. To golfers the world over, they are also memorable for another reason. Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the film’s two protagonists, are among the athletes who run up West Sands beach in St Andrews, hurdle the railings…

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