NOT ALL GOLFING tourists want to be by a beach. As well as seeing quite enough sand out on the course many enjoy the atmosphere that being in or near a city can bring as well as the wide variety of bars, restaurants and competitively priced hotels. Continue reading “Playaway: Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, Portugal”
THAT FINE AND most traditional of golf writers, Henry Longhurst, said ‘It is I think, the best course, in the most comprehensive sense, that I have played on in Britain.’ It is the Hotchkin course, named after club member, golf architect and local resident, Stafford Vere Hotchkin, who in 1902 offered a large swathe of his own hunting land to use as an 18-hole course in the Lincolnshire spa town of Woodhall. Continue reading “Playaway: Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course, Lincolnshire”
YOU WON’T FIND Kington Golf Club in any great golf courses’ guide but that is absolutely no reason to ignore this wonderful little course clinging, almost precariously, to the top of Bradnor Hill in far West Herefordshire. At 1,280 feet, Kington was once the highest 18-hole course in England although since Alston Moor in Cumbria was extended it has now been relegated to second place. What this most welcoming of clubs is most certainly is the best in the county and one well worth making a detour to play. Continue reading “Playaway: Kington Golf Club, Herefordshire”
BIARRITZ HAS BEEN a fashionable tourist destination since 1864 when Princess Eugenie decided that Vichy was no longer a suitable venue given the fact that Napoleon kept a mistress there. Thereafter the couple holidayed in Biarritz. Continue reading “Playaway: Chiberta Golf Club, Biarritiz”
HANG THE EXPENSE! Let’s go to Bermuda.
Despite only being a couple of miles wide and 20 miles long this tiny series of interconnected islands in the Atlantic is almost one large golf course with seven currently to choose from. Amongst them is probably the most scenic public course in the world, at Port Royal, government owned that opened in 1970 on high ground overlooking a clear, torquoise ocean. Continue reading “Play Away: Port Royal Golf Club, Bermuda”
THIS MONTH, INSPIRED by Thomas Hood’s poem November*, rather than consider one course we take a look at some sunshine breaks to find the best places to stay and golf. Our requirements are simple, no flight takes more that four and a half hours, and we shall be staying in extremely comfortable surroundings in our quest for some Winter sun as well as taking in some first rate golf courses. Continue reading “Playaway: Winter sunshine golf”
GOLF AND CLARET have always been remarkably comfortable bed fellows. Each July the champion golfer of the year lifts a famous old claret jug at the Open Championship while the club claret remains a hardy perennial at all traditional golf clubs. How appropriate then for two fine courses in the heart of the finest wine producing region on earth should be called the Chateaux and the Vines. Continue reading “Play Away: Golf du Medoc, Bordeaux.”
CYPRUS IS SO MUCH more than an island beach resort. With over 10,000 years of civilisation behind it there are some outstanding cultural highlights including Byzantine churches and a World Heritage site at the ancient city of Paphos to enjoy, alongside the opportunity to sample the island’s varied and many gastronomic delights. And for an off-season golfing break Cyprus is the ideal destination. Continue reading “Playaway: Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus”
IT IS SURPRISING how many people come off the Old Course at St Andrews after playing it for the first time feeling a touch disappointed. After the exhilaration of being called to the first tee by the starter and the nerve wracking opening drive, quite often the famous old fairways do not somehow seem that special. Continue reading “Playaway: The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife”
CONSIDERING ITS PROXIMITY to the old grey town of St. Andrews it is remarkable that many more golfing pilgrims do not take time to play Balcomie Links at Crail. Set a mere 12 miles south on the most easternmost tip of the Kingdom of Fife this Tom Morris-designed stunner of a links presents a stern test despite its modest length of 5,922 that sadly excludes it from major competitions.
Continue reading “Playaway: Crail Golf Society, Balcomie Links, Fife”