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Masters Tickets: adventure of a lifetime to reach ‘heavenly’ Augusta National

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It was the music, that damn music that saunters into the living room each April, coercing me into four days of couch-surfing. Golfers around the world know the tune and I can vividly recall the first time I heard it, thinking it was the most ridiculous and pretentious piece of music, perfectly suited to a golf tournament I couldn’t care less about. Four years on and it had become the anthem to my favourite week of the year, when my world stopped and no plans or events could drag me more than a chip shot from the TV. But 2019…

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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 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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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 the power of the ocean forcing its way along the coastline and tasted its rain washed air, knows what a special piece of land this is. The backdrop is Doughmore Bay and its crescent-shaped beach which clings to the golf course like a child to its mother…

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Rosslare Golf Links: Seaside Gem On The Road Less Travelled

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Rosslare Golf Links is bathed in sunshine as we walk up the final hole of a round that will live long in the memory.  It was Walt Whitman who wrote, ‘keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.’ That was certainly how our day on this charming, mischievous links has felt – optimistic, hopeful, enjoyable. And you are statistically more likely to feel the sunshine on your face playing this golf course than on any other in Ireland. And that’s because Rosslare, which derives from the Irish words Ros Láir meaning middle promontory, is…

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