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The Wandering Golfers - Destinations

Why The Himalayas – St Andrews iconic putting course – is so special

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In my head the atmospheric Old Course was going to be lit up by autumnal sunshine, showing off the home of golf in all its picture postcard perfection. In reality, the stoating rain that had threatened to derail my morning round at the Crail Golfing Society, had followed us up the Fife coast. A dreich morning had seamed effortlessly into an even more dreich afternoon. The rain bouncing off the tarmac, wind buffeting the exposed links. HIMALAYAS, ST ANDREWS: A PUTTING MECCA Sensing an air of reluctance, I offered words of encouragement: “I don’t think the heavy stuff’s going to…

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Coronavirus: how top golf clubs emerged from Covid-19

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Very little about our world feels normal these days. Spending a few hours walking the fairways of your local golf club with friends is, let’s face it, about as close as it gets.  This Covid-19 pandemic is not a disaster in a traditional sense, even if the trauma is comparable. It is not an event confined by time and space like a hurricane or a terrorist attack. No, there is a growing realisation that even if golf represents a rare escape from our current troubles, it may be some time yet before we fully return to anything close to normal.…

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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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Ryder Cup Yorkshire: a unique Role In shaping Golf History

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It’s not often golf can reach beyond the sport and capture the imagination of a new audience.  The Ryder Cup, however, carries that power. It is an event built on prestige, not prize money, one that conjures up vivid, enduring memories and brings to mind the names of the courses on which the battles have played out.  As part of our exclusive Ryder Cup series, we visited three iconic Ryder Cup Yorkshire courses, Ganton, Moortown and Lindrick to tell their story. In all, 12 British clubs have hosted the Ryder Cup. Scotland has held it twice – at Muirfield and…

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