A round with Rory McIlroy (sort of) in beautiful Killarney


We want you to come and play in the Irish Open Pro-Am,’ said the voice at the other end of the phone. ‘Some big names are playing this year and if you’re open to it, we’ll try and get you a round with Rory.’ How do you respond? How could any golfer refuse the chance to play alongside the pros on the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf Club – truly the stuff of dreams. And all I have to do is write about it? The flight into Shannon was straightforward. As was the journey to Killarney, my base for the…

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Artist Graeme Baxter: A snapshot of the best golf courses in the world

The game of golf has long been associated with art. The great masters of our game are famed for their touch and finesse, while the acclaimed architects have created golf courses that are described as works of art. For Graeme Baxter that symbiotic relationship between the two is something altogether more literal. The Scottish artist has crafted a stellar career over five decades, which has seen him travel the world painting the greatest golf courses and bearing witness to the game’s most celebrated moments. His work hangs in the clubhouses at St Andrews, Muirfield, Pebble Beach and Augusta, among others,…

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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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Mount Juliet Golf Course: luxury estate an experience to savour


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 from the outside world. We wind our way past the 2nd tee, the 9th green, the 1st tee and then the final green on our way to the opulent Hunter’s Yard, which is our base for the next few days.  Mount Juliet is, of course, home to…

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