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British golf is blessed with enormous strength in depth, and clubs such as Dunstable Downs have much to offerDunstable Downs has a number of memorable holes including the short ninthDunstable Downs Course Review
Blessed with a free-draining downland course designed by James Braid, Dunstable Downs Golf Club is situated 800 feet above sea level in the Chiltern Hills, not far from the M1 to the north-west of London. Its height means there are plenty of far-reaching views such as at Hockley and North Wilts, and there is an unusual configuration with its only par 5s at the first and third, both nines concluding with a short hole, and the back nine featuring no fewer than eight consecutive par 4s.
The opening hole lets you open the shoulders from the off – a 3-shotter played from an elevated tee.
The view back up to the top of the Downs from the opening green
There is some respite at the lovely short hole that follows where distance control is key.
The attractive par-3 second is played across a dip
It’s then time to get all guns blazing again as you play the monster par-5 third, down to the north-east corner of the course.
At almost 600 yards, the third is the longest hole at Dunstable Downs
Two medium-length par 4s punctuated by a par 3 follow, all well bunkered and demanding careful club selection.
The sixth is played up to a 2-tier green
The eighth is a super-tough par 4 where you probably need to play not two but three good shots to find the elevated green.
Both long and uphill, the eighth is rightly stroke index one
I’m a sucker for an attractive par 3, and the final hole on the front nine is a peach – no length at all, but extremely well protected and with a setting that would grace any golf course picture gallery.
Short but very sweet, the beautifully-framed par-3 ninth
The back nine is played along the top of the Downs and opens with three lengthy par 4s where making a good connection is vital.
Plenty of room to open the shoulders at the par-4 twelfth
Three shorter par 4s come next, and I really liked the down and up fifteenth where the approach is likely to be blind.
Looking back from beyond the fifteenth green
The next two run side-by-side, away from and immediately back to the clubhouse.
The penultimate green is close to the clubhouse and very well protected
Unusually, the course finishes with a par 3, 170 yards from the back tee and played over the entrance drive to a green surrounded by sand, much of it hard to see from the tee.
Just ten bunkers protect the small green at the par-3 closing hole
I thoroughly enjoyed my round at Dunstable Downs and a bite to eat in the friendly clubhouse afterwards. It reminded me that we shouldn’t only seek out the big names as there are so many hidden gems all around us.
We golfers are supremely lucky in that we will never run out of attractive and interesting courses to play.
This article Dunstable Downs Course Review appeared first on Golf Monthly.

There is much to be said for a round of golf on an attractive and challenging course in under two hours as Rob Smith explains…The sixth hole in its autumnal gloryArkley Golf Club Course ReviewNine-hole golf courses are too often overlooked by golfers who think they will be getting half a course for their green fee. This is a mistake for several reasons and there are many delightful designs such as the one at Arkley Golf Club that are well worth a visit. For those with limited time, a quick nine holes is an ideal solution. Better still, a full eighteen gives us a second chance at each.
Arkley was founded in 1909 and its compact course was designed by the great James Braid with subsequent modifications by Harry Vardon. I visited on a grey, damp autumnal day which is why my pictures don’t show off the course in its best light – in the summer, it is a delight.
The opening hole is a testing par 4, 434 yards from the back tees, with an approach to a green protected on either side by sand.
The opening drive at Arkley and an early chance to open the shoulders
This is followed by a short hole – albeit over 200 yards the second time round – played slightly downhill.
The par-3 second presents a testing target
Close to the green is a reminder of the tragic event in 1975 when a light aircraft piloted by former world champion racing driver Graham Hill crashed in thick fog. He and the five other occupants were all killed, and people still visit the spot to this day, either to pay their respects or by miscuing their tee shots!
A sad reminder of a Formula One legend
Two left-to-right doglegs follow, the third being slightly longer and the fourth with bunkers waiting at the elbow.
Better to be on the left on the dogleg fourth
I particularly enjoyed the next two holes, with the fifth offering tees that make it a par 5 or a par 4, and the sixth played down into a dip and requiring a lengthy approach back up the other side.
The fifth hole plays longer than its length, up a gentle slope
The seventh is quite unusual in that is plays as a short hole first time round, and then a risk-reward par 4 from 100 yards further back where the big hitters may want to go for the green.
The seventh/sixteenth plays both as a strong par 3 and a short par 4
The penultimate hole is either a long par 4 or a short par 5, but for the latter it presents a narrow drive where ideally you need to draw the ball.
Looking back at the eighth from the final tee
So unusual is the par-3 closing hole that I was originally tempted to say nothing about it and suggest you see for yourself. However, to whet the appetite, it is played from a tee on top of a covered reservoir to a hidden green protected by a handful of bunkers. It’s certainly a one-off, and I encourage you to make up your own mind about it.
A very unusual but enjoyable end to the round despite the increasing rain
I enjoyed my morning at Arkley Golf Club with its characterful clubhouse and friendly members, and for those seeking an enjoyable nine holes or more on an attractive course with its own distinguishing features, I would certainly recommend a visit.
This article Arkley Golf Club Course Review appeared first on Golf Monthly.

With two excellent and remarkably contrasting courses, I Roveri on the outskirts of Turin is a terrific golfing destinationA river guards the entrance to the 3rd on the Trent Jones courseI Roveri Golf Course Review
With Italy set to host the 2022 Ryder Cup, an increasing number of golfing tourists are turning their attention to this beautiful country. Each region is very different, and the beautiful city of Turin in the north-west is surrounded by mountains and makes for an excellent holiday base. Just on its outskirts, I Roveri, or Royal Park, has two very fine courses, the Trent Jones and the Pramerica.Trent Jones Course
Robert Trent Jones designed the first course here back in 1971, since when it has hosted the Italian Open on a number of occasions. With streams running through it and the signature Trent Jones bunkering, it is an excellent test but more importantly great fun and very attractive.
The lovely par-72 course is situated in a grand old deer park, and there are plenty of lovely holes and great variety. Here are a few highlights…
The approach to the first involves the first of several river crossings
A gentle waterfall from the adjacent lake runs beside the fifth green
The river is in play again at the attractive eleventh
Looking back from beyond the tough par-3 twelfth
The short fifteenth is played through a lovely copse
Yet more water at the demanding par-4 seventeenth
The final green at the end of an extremely attractive roundPramerica
Considering that it is immediately adjacent, the unusual-sounding Pramerica Course, so-named for sponsorship reasons, is remarkably different. Opened in 2006, it is modern-looking with more of an American feel about it. This is understandable as it was designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the team who designed Erin Hills which hosted the 2017 US Open. As you might expect, the par is 72 with two threes and two fives on each nine.
Looking back from the green at the par-4 second with the beautiful mountains beyond
The left-to-right dogleg seventh
The back nine opens with this excellent par 4 at ten
Don’t be short at the par-3 eleventh
Water runs down the right side of the final par 5 at fifteen
The mountains behind the seventeenth green
Royal Park, I Roveri, is a friendly, welcoming club with two first-class courses and rates that compare favourably with the big guns in Spain and Portugal. I thoroughly recommend a visit !
This article I Roveri Golf Course Review appeared first on Golf Monthly.

One of Southern Spain’s original big names, Aloha is again one of the region’s must-play courses - Rob Smith takes a look…Looking back down the closing hole at AlohaAloha Golf Club Course Review
The area around Marbella is jam-packed with golf courses of all shapes and sizes, and something to  suit all tastes and budgets. Aloha Golf Club is one of the older and more established names, dating back to the mid-70s when it was the final course designed by Javier Arana, and much work has been done in the last little while to place the course back in the premier league.
An elevated tee makes for a most inviting opening drive at the par-5 first which then sweeps round to the left to a well-protected green.
Looking back up the opening hole at Aloha
This is followed by another elevated tee at the second from which you play down to a hole so attractive that it could have been the work of a landscape designer.
The short par-4 second is as pretty as a picture
Strong bunkering is a feature and the par-3 fourth hole calls for a very well struck shot that must not be short.
The fourth is the first short hole on the course
A par 5 and a par 4 come next, before an unusual 2-shotter where you will run out of space if you drive too long before a substantial drop down to the green.
There is a dramatic drop down to the hole at the seventh
The eighth is another gorgeous par 3, again from an elevated tee and played down to a dell that looks as though it was always designed to have a green.
The short eighth with the mountains beyond
The front nine closes with a drive and pitch par 4 back up to the clubhouse and the welcoming halfway house. Once again, the mountains provide a fabulous backdrop.
The ninth plays uphill and a little longer than its yardage
The tenth hole is named after its celebrated architect, and is a very attractive par 5.
A split fairway at the tenth gives the golfer options
Eleven plays up the hill and I really liked the twelfth that is played back down to a green beyond a pond, rightly named Cuidado… or Watch Out!
Looking back up the extremely attractive par-4 twelfth
The next three work their way out to the furthest point from the clubhouse, a strong par 3 up the hill and two left-to-right par 4s.
The fifteenth green at Aloha
A snaking par 5 and the final short hole lead you to the closing tee and another very photogenic view. Water awaits, as do trees, sand and elevation changes – something for everyone in just one hole and a very worthy end to an extremely enjoyable course.
The closing hole – a testing but thrilling finish to the round
Aloha is managed by Troon Golf and has hosted the Spanish Open a number of times as well as the Ladies Spanish Open more recently in 2016. So popular with its members is the lovely course, that visitor rounds are generally restricted to afternoon only. However, this thriving and very sociable club is more than worth a visit and a lunch on the terrace before your game is also to be recommended.
In an area packed with a great variety of golf, Aloha is more than worth a visit.
This article Aloha Golf Club Course Review appeared first on Golf Monthly.

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The GM Tipster has scoured the Grand National runners and riders and got the perfect pick for you ahead of the Aintree raceThe Grand National Horse Every Golfer Should Be Backing
The Grand National is a great British institution and one of the only times in a year that people have a flutter on the horses.
Now there is many a way to try and pick the Grand National winner, looking at the horse’s form, the form of the trainer and then there is the least scientific but of course the most fun – choose the one with the name you like the most.
This year there is a perfect horse for golfers to back, with Tiger Woods coming back into the headlines over recent months, the 12/1 Tiger Roll is the horse that golfers can just not miss out on.
The horse also is very well fancied for the race and this is why:
A three-time winner at the Cheltenham festival including this year’s Cross Country Chase.
The horse is trained by Gordon Elliott who is having a superb season, and is the leading Irish trainer this season.
Elliott trained Silver Birch to victory in the 2007 Grand National when that was a 33/1 outside to claim victory, Silver Birch had also won the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham that year..
Tiger Roll is owned by Ryan Air’s Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud operation, they had another superb Cheltenham but are yet to win the big one at Aintree.
Davy Russell rides the horse over the Aintree fences, he is known as being one of the best current jockeys to not have won the National.
Tiger Roll is son of the brilliant Authorized who was winner of flat racing’s 2007 Derby at Epsom.

So with Tiger Woods taking this weekend off from the golf, it is time for another Tiger to grab the headlines.
As ever please do bet responsibly and the best of luck. 18+ Terms and Conditions apply.
This article The Grand National Horse Every Golfer Should Be Backing appeared first on Golf Monthly.

This week the PGA Tour announced that the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational would be moving from Firestone, bringing an end to the 19-year relationship. By Jack HowesWGC-Bridgestone Invitational To Leave Firestone CC
The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club had been a feature event on both the PGA and European Tours for many years.
However, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced that this year’s tournament would be its last in Akron, Ohio.
Monahan announced that the need for a sponsor was the decisive factor in the move. He said: “We had a great run here at Firestone Country Club with the PGA Tour and a World Golf Championship. One of the primary reasons its been a success is because of an exceptional golf course. But continuing to play here was not a reality.”
It means that PGA Tour fans will no longer see the iconic Firestone course or water tower. Firestone first hosted a PGA tour event in 1954 and has also hosted the PGA Championship three times – in 1960, 1966 and 1975.
The iconic Firestone water tower
The newly named WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held at TCP Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee from 2019 onwards.
David Bronczek, president and CEO of FedEx, said: “I think it’s going to be great for our city, it’s going to be great for the PGA, it’s going to be great for St. Jude. This will change the way the world looks at our city”
The World Golf Championship will replace the FedEx St. Jude Classic as Memphis’ annual PGA Tour event. TPC Southwind had hosted the St. Jude Classic since 1989. It is usually staged early June.
The tournament is expected to keep its August date, which has raised logistical problems. The average humidity for Memphis during August is an uncomfortable 85% and temperatures can get well above 30 degrees celsius.
Firestone, which has been the venue since 1999, will host the WGC for the final time during the first week of August.
Tiger Woods, who is yet to qualify for this year’s event, has won there on eight occasions. Last year it was won by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
Tiger Woods last won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013
However, Firestone will still hold professional events – just not on the main Tour.
Monahan announced that the Senior Players Championship, one of the five Senior Tour majors, will be held at Firestone between 2019 – 2022.
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Patrick Reed fended off the challenge of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to claim his maiden major title. Watch him defend his Masters title in 2019. How To Get Tickets For 2019 Masters
The Masters is the ultimate celebration of golf.
For some fans, it would be a lifelong dream to spectate the famous ‘back nine on Sunday’.
This year Patrick Reed emerged victorious on the 18th green. Reed made the most of his three shot lead heading into the final day, as he secured a one shot victory.
The impressive challenges from 2015 winner, Jordan Spieth just fell short. While major bridesmaid Rickie Fowler had to settle for second-place at Augusta.
Rory McIlroy will be hoping to finally complete his career Grand Slam after several near-misses when he returns in 2019. His disappointing fourth round 74 meant he will have to wait another year to challenge for his place in the history books.
The iconic tournament always lives up to it’s expectation to thrill and excite its patrons.
It is widely recognised that the patrons at Augusta are amongst some of the best, with several fans returning year on year and visiting their own spot every April.
It is one of the few events of the world of sport which attract fans from all over the world. Fans come to support their favourites, whether they are from Northern Ireland to support McIlroy, Spain to support Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm or from the United States supporting home favourite Spieth. This years Masters also saw the return of Tiger Woods after a three-year absence.
One of the ways to get there is with Your Golf Travel who have just announced their prices for the 2019 season
Check out Your Golf Travel Augusta 2019 packages
The travel specialists are again offering the opportunity to visit Augusta National. It already promises to be hotly contested. There have been nine first-time winners in the last ten majors. While the game’s biggest names will all be wanting to add to their collections.
Your Golf Travel are making it possible to experience The Masters like never before.
From £1,675, spectators can get tickets and packages to golf’s most iconic event.
This article How To Get Tickets For 2019 Masters appeared first on Golf Monthly.

One of Tiger Woods' backup Scotty Cameron putters has sold at auction for over $44,000Tiger Woods Backup Putter Sells For $44K
Tiger Woods is certainly not a gear tinkerer and has pretty much used the same putter for almost 20 years.
The 14-time major winner uses a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS with red paint filling and his name printed on the back and his initials stamped on the face. The GSS stands for German Stainless Steel.
That is the flat stick he used in 13 of his 14 major championship victories after putting it in the back in 1999.
Woods’ putter seen on Tour
Woods apparently would get a couple of backup putters made each year during his time working with Titleist’s master craftsman Scotty Cameron. He would try them out to see if they were to his liking.
Although he would only ever use the original one during competition.
One lucky (and rich) bidder is now an owner of one of Woods’ backup Scottys from 2001 after buying it for $44,401.20 on greenjacketauctions.com.
And this is a special one considering that Woods won the Masters in 2001 to complete the Tiger Slam after winning four majors in a row.
The putter comes with a headcover, an official certificate and a hand-written letter from Scotty Cameron.
Image: Green Jacket Auctions
One of Woods’ backup putters sold for $60,000 in Japan in 2015. Green Jacket auctions guess that Woods’ main putter, which he still uses to this day, is worth over $1m.
Tiger said in 2016 that not even his son is allowed to touch his beloved Scotty, “Charlie knows there are two putters he can’t touch.

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“There’s the black one I won with the Teryllium insert. I won the Masters in ’97 with it and this Scotty Cameron. They sit next to each other. Touch any other putter, do anything you want with any other putter. But these putters are off limits.”
Interestingly, Rickie Fowler currently uses a model nearly identical to Woods after selecting one of his backups on a trip to Scotty Cameron’s HQ.
Image: Green Jacket Auctions
Fowler got his name stamped into it and used it during his 2014 Players Championship victory – he still uses it now.
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The 14-time major winner has confirmed his spot in this year's US Open at Shinnecock HillsTiger Woods Commits To US Open
Tiger Woods has filed entry into this year’s US Open at Shinnecock Hills.
It will be the 14-time major winner’s first appearance in the tournament since 2015.
It will also mark 10 years since Woods last won a major at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.
With that win, he got a 10 year exemption into the tournament so this will be his last on that, although the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros and Arnold Palmer received special exemptions into the tournament beyond their 10-year winning period.
Tiger Woods holds the US Open trophy after defeating Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines in 2008. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
The last time he teed it up in a US Open was at Chambers Bay in 2015 where Jordan Spieth won. He missed the cut that week with rounds of 80 and 76.
This year’s event returns to Shinnecock Hills in Long Island, New York for the first time since 2004.
Retief Goosen won the tournament that week whilst Woods finished in a tie for 17th place. Shinnecock also hosted in 1995 when Corey Pavin won. Woods withdrew that week in his first ever US Open start.
Woods tees off in the final round of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills
The American has won three US Open titles, at Pebble Beach in 2000, Bethpage in 2002, and Torrey Pines in 2008.
He needs one more US Open victory to join Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus with four titles.
Woods’ victory at Torrey Pines, where he beat Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff, remains his last major victory to date.

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This year’s US Open takes place from 14th-17th June.
Woods said of Shinnecock Hills, “I know it’s a great test. I know they’ve added some length to it to make it more modern, but if the wind blows there, the winning score will be over par.
“When Goose won there, oh my god the putts he made on those greens, they were just ungodly fast. The wind was blowing the ball all over the greens. We hit putts from anywhere from 8-10ft on in and the wind was moving them, that’s hard to accept and hard to play for.
Woods playing in his first US Open at Shinnecock Hills in 1995 as 1994 US Amateur Champion. ( MARK PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images)
“But if the wind doesn’t blow there, there’ll be a bunch of guys under par. If it does, different story.”
Woods has also committed to playing in The National at the end of June at TPC Potomac. He is expected to tee it up in next month’s Players Championship as well.
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In this article, Golf Monthly top 25 coach Ged Walters takes a look at the golf swing of Bubba WatsonBubba Watson Golf Swing Analysis
Bubba Watson is one of golf’s most interesting characters, and his golf swing is one of, if not the, most unique on Tour.
The two-time Masters champion recently captured his 11th PGA Tour title at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and has re-found his form of previous years in 2018.
Bubba loves to shape the ball, more than any other pro, and particularly enjoys hitting a fade. He’s also one of the PGA Tour’s longest hitters.
Here, Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Ged Walters takes a look at Bubba’s action:
He is a bit of a throw back with his self discovered style. Set Up:
He sets up generally to play for his fade but he has good posture, forward bend knee flex.Backswing:
He takes the club away with the head moving upwards very quickly, the club head stays outside his hands so it looks very steep as it continues to the top. Almost like he reaches to the sky with his hands so his lead arm is almost vertical at the top.
His lower body has made a huge rotation with his belt buckle facing back to the camera and his right heel off the ground. His torso has turned, tilted and extended superbly. From face on he is very reminiscent to Jack Nicklaus with his ‘K’ leg image.

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Downswing:
In the transition he plants his right heel and uses his legs fantastically as his hips get back to were they were in the address position way before his torso and hands/arms really start to move.
This stores huge power which he releases with incredible body rotation by opening his hips and torso way before the club impacts the ball.
His feet stay planted until after impact and then they start to move due to the amount of ground force he creates.
This is possibly why his finish is really in a balanced pose.
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We have a reader day at the fantastic Walton Heath Golf Club on 15th May. Here's how to get involved...Take Part In Golf Monthly’s Invest In Your Game ‘Over 50s Challenge’!
 
Golf Monthly, in association with Flying Colours Wealth Management, is proud to announce this new golf experience for 2018. This exciting day offers golfers the opportunity to play a competitive round on a Top 100 course, hone their technique with advice from a top PGA professional and benefit from an introduction to Flying Colours Wealth and its personal wealth-management services.
The event will be held at the prestigious Walton Heath Golf Club, in Surrey on Tuesday May 15, 2018. Home to two famous courses, the Old and the New – both ranked in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 courses – Walton Heath has staged many notable events including the Ryder Cup, The European Open and US Open Qualifying. This October The British Masters hosted by Justin Rose will be played over the Old Course.EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST HERELearn
The event is hosted by Guy Myles (CEO of Flying Colours and previously founder of Octopus Investments) who will present an overview of how you can organize your finances to take advantage of opportunities and avoid mistakes. The presentation is intended to be useful and enjoyable and will last no longer than 45 minutes.
Flying Colours Wealth is a national financial advice and wealth management company and has offices in Ascot, Godalming, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Lincoln and Liverpool. They provide independent high quality financial advice and specialize in finding ways to improve people’s returns and getting the most from their money.Improve
Golfers will get to take part in an interactive 75-minute putting clinic with Walton Heath head professional, Simon Peaford, where they will benefit from tips, drills and advice to improve their putting.Play
An 18-hole stableford competition will be held over the New Course course, ranked number 50 in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 courses 2017/18
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12.00 – 18-hole stableford competition on the New course
5.00 – Meal and Prize-giving
Entry fee for this fantastic day is £75
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Looking at the course yardage, you’d probably guess about 3 or 4 miles. But an R&A ‘experiment’ suggests it can be much, much more than that…How far do you walk in a round of golf? You might be surprised...How far do you walk in a round of golf? Well, to a degree, it’s a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ scenario as there are so many factors at play, starting with, of course, the total length of the course.
Clearly a 7,000-yard course is automatically going to entail walking at least a mile further than a 5,300-yarder, but beyond that…
* How long are the walks from greens to tees?
* How direct is your route up the hole or is there a bit of military golf involved? Left, right, left, right…
* How well are you playing and how much ‘off-piste’ wandering about is there looking for your ball or the balls of others?
* How much wandering about do you do on and around the greens eyeing up putts, checking out the lie of your land, and then walking back to your bag/trolley?
 
Royal County Down – just under 4 miles on the card, but how long in reality?
All these factors will have a big bearing, but is it possible to come up with some sort of ball-park figure? Well, as luck would have it, I attended the European Institute of Golf Course Architects conference, which included a round on the highly regarded Royal County Down Championship links, ranked No.3 in our current UK & Ireland Top 100 course rankings.
Greeting us on the 1st tee was The R&A’s director of research and testing, Dr Steve Otto, who was conducting an ‘experiment’ to see how far golfers walked during their round over the fabled Championship links using tracking devices which he handed out to each player.

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The playing length alone of the course was about 6,800 yards or around 3.9 miles, and there is a reasonable degree of walking between certain holes at Royal County Down, but the results made for interesting reading…
The average distance walked was 6.6 miles, or a distance 69% greater than the scorecard yardage alone.
The shortest distance walked was 5.7 miles, or a distance 47% greater than the scorecard yardage alone.
The longest distance walked was 7.8 miles, or precisely double the scorecard’s yardage!
Okay, this was just a one-off test, and as already discussed, there are many variables at play, but next time you head off for a round pondering the health benefits of your walk around the links, don’t underestimate how far you will be walking.
If the Royal County Down experiment is typical, you need to add somewhere between 47% and 100% to the scorecard’s yardage to guestimate how far you might be walking that day!
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Our selection of the top golf courses in Wales include some glorious traditional links and two courses with Ryder Cup connectionsPyle and Kenfig10 Of The Best Golf Courses In WalesAberdovey
The design of this historic links has evolved under the guidance of Harry Colt, James Baird and Herbert Fowler among others. Dunes frame the holes and the course’s rugged, natural feel has been enhanced in recent years by the re-introduction of rough-edged bunkering.
Memorable holes include the blind par-3 3rd to a punchbowl green and the par-3 12th to a plateau green perched above the dunes and beach.
The club boasts that this hole is “is one of the hardest par 3s in British golf“.
It is all about the tee shot here, as the green is relatively flat, allowing birdie opportunities for those who have found the dance floor from the tee.Celtic Manor
Celtic Manor The par 4, 6th hole with the 8th hole behind and the 12th and the par 3, 13th hole to the right, Credit: Getty Images
The Twenty Ten course opened in 2008, and was designed specifically to host the Ryder Cup, the first course to be purpose-built for the event. Nine of the holes came from the former Wentwood Hills course at the resort, and nine were freshly constructed.
The new design succeeded in its aim to provide dramatic risk-and-reward matchplay holes. Water features on half the holes.Conwy
Conwy is a traditional links. Credit: Kevin Murray
This club was founded in 1890, but golf had been played on the site before then. During the First World War its course was requisitioned for military use, and so a new layout was crafted utilising the adjoining land.
During the Second World War parts of this course, including the area behind the 2nd green, were where the pre-fabricated harbours for Operation Overlord were constructed. Peacetime therefore brought about another redesign of the course.
This 2nd hole is now called Mulberry Landings and is a tricky par 3 with a two-tier green defended by six bunkers.
The present layout is flat links which was the first Welsh course to host final Open qualifying for The Open, in 2006. Conwy Golf Club will host the Curtis Cup in 2020.Nefyn & District
The much-photographed holes along the Lleyn Peninsular at Neftyn and District Golf ClubNefyn & District is one of the top golf courses in Wales even though it is two courses. Sort of. It has two layouts, the Old and the New. The club has 28 holes, and each layout uses the same opening 10 holes, before going their separate ways for the back eight.
The opening holes cling to the edge of the headland, and the Old has some dramatic, much-photographed clifftop holes along the Lleyn Peninsular. Both layouts require blind shots and have superb panoramas, with the sea in view from every hole. On a clear day, you can see the Wicklow mountains across the Irish Sea.Pennard
The links in the sky – Pennard plays over pure links terrain 200ft above sea level
This South Wales golf course on the Gower Peninsular has the nickname ‘Links in the Sky’ as it is 200ft above sea level. As you may imagine, the course has splendid views and many elevation changes.
Another feature of the golf course at Pennard  is the ruined 12th-century castle which gives its name to the 7th hole.

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Pyle and Kenfig
The par 4, 11th hole at The Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club. Crtedit: Getty Images
Harry Colt designed the original links course at Pyle and Kenfig, but the Second World War reduced it to only nine holes. After the war, fresh linksland was used to bring the course back to 18 holes, and Mackenzie Ross designed this new nine-hole loop.
The Colt nine is the easier half, before the layout starts to thread its way through the dunes for Mackenzie Ross’ holes. The three closing holes, all long par 4s, can be brutal.Royal St David’s
links that places strong demands on good positional play and willing acceptance of the odd rogue bounce
The undulating fairways, deep bunkers and hard, fast greens of Royal St David’s are watched over by the majestic Harlech Castle on the town side and a tall dune ridge on the coastal side.
The back nine has more drama than the flatter front nine. Overall this is a links that places strong demands on good positional play and willing acceptance of the odd rogue bounce.Royal Porthcawl
The 451 yards, par 4, 2nd hole at Royal Porthcawl.. Credit: Getty Images)You should aim to make your score on the front nine of this traditional links, as the course ramps up the challenge later on with five par 4s over 400 yards in the last seven holes.
Wind can be a strong influence here especially as the course dodges about, so holes face in all directions. The lack of sand dunes at Royal Porthcawl makes for some superb sea views.
The clubhouse is a particular delight, an echo of a previous age.Southerndown
Southerndown is a hilltop course that plays like a linksSoutherndown is not only one of the top golf courses in Wales but the top ‘limestone-heathland-links’ in Wales, if not the world. This is was how the club describes its course as and this most unusual terrain has created an intriguing style of course.
A limestone outcrop provides the basis for acid-loving heathland vegetation such as heather, bracken and gorse, as well as making the land free draining.
Sand blown up from the seashore over centuries has added a links-like feel to the opening eight holes with springy turf reminiscent of a links course.Tenby
Looking back along Tenby’s links and the South Beach towards the town
Welsh former Ryder Cup-winning captain Dai Rees loved the 3rd hole at Tenby Golf Club so much that the club named it after him.
This stroke index-one 382-yarder has dunes and thick rough along the right of the fairway on the drive. Then the approach shot is to a steeply sloping green raised on a plateau – heavily contoured greens are a feature of this traditional links course. So, too, are blind shots and pot bunkers.
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The top golf courses in Scotland are a delight for lovers of links golf10 Of The Best Golf Courses In ScotlandCarnoustie
Carnoustie hosts this year’s Open Championship
As well as being one of the top golf courses in Scotland, some view this track as the toughest test of golf in the country, with ditches weaving through and alongside holes, and out of bounds ready to capture wayward drives on many holes.
A round over this undulating and supremely firm linksland studded with bunkers demands length, accuracy and a delicate touch to score well.
In the 1999 Open this course was dubbed Carnasty. The winning score was 6 over; of the 444 rounds played in that championship 102 were in the 80s and two in the 90s. The average round score was 78.31.Castle Stuart
The design is forgiving off the tee. But it requires strategy to plot a low-scoring route round this links, as you need to approach the sloping greens from the correct angle to end up near the pins.
The course covers a glorious stretch of coastline with some of the most striking holes running along the water’s edge.Kingsbarns
Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to look natural. Such is the case at Kingsbarns, for much earth was moved to create this natural-looking linksland.
The course is the creation not only of many bulldozers but American architect Kyle Phillips, who studied traditional Scottish links to ensure his layout looked and felt like an ancient piece of linksland.
Golf was first played here in 1793, but the nine-hole course which existed at the start of the Second World War was closed during the war and never reopened.
The North Sea is visible from every hole and the par-3 15th has a tee shot over sea and rocks.Muirfield
Muirfield may lack the drama or views of some links courses, but it is considered by many the fairest test of golf on The Open rota.
Jack Nicklaus and Sir Nick Faldo both won their first Opens here. Nicklaus was so enamoured by the course that he has described as “the best in Britain” that he named one of his courses Muirfield Village. Faldo named his house in Kier Park in Ascot, Muirfield.North Berwick
This links on the edge of the edge of the Firth of Forth some quirky designs.
The 15th green was laid out in 1869, and this redan green has been copied throughout the world by various celebrated architects.
A less copied feature of the course is the wall in front of the green on the par-4 13th.

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Royal AberdeenThe opening hole at Royal Aberdeen runs down from just outside the clubhouse windows to the sea, and then the rest of the front nine weaves through dunes along the North Sea to the turn.
This out-and-back links layout then heads back along higher flatter ground, with the run of long par 4s from the 13th to the 16th particularly demanding.
The 18th, played into wind, is often unreachable in regulation on windy days for even single-handicap golfers. Royal Dornoch
This very natural out-and-back links which plays away from the town, skirting gorse-covered sand hills as it climbs to the top of the dunes and then falls back down to the coast and then heads back to the town into the prevailing winds.
On the way round you encounter wonderful views, a strong set of par 3s and are made to play some challenging approach shots as many of the greens are sited on natural plateaux resulting in many raised domed greens.
This unstuffy club is very welcoming to visitors.Royal Troon
Within the space of three holes on the Old Course at Royal Troon are both the longest and shortest holes on The Open rota. The 6th, named Turnberry, is 601 yards off the championship tees, but only 544 from the whites.
The 8th, The Postage Stamp, is 123 yards, and played from an elevated tee across a gully to a bunker-clad, narrow green. In the 1973 Open Gene Sarazen, aged 71, made a hole in one on this. He had played in the first Open held at Royal Troon, in 1923, and the only Open here to be won by a Brit.St Andrews
The Old Course is probably the most predictable entry in any list of top golf courses in Scotland. This course has given golf so much of its history and character, not least the fact that a round is of 18 holes.
Originally courses were of varying number of holes — indeed St Andrews used to be 22 — but some holes were deemed too short and so were amalgamated, leaving the course with 18 holes.
But many of the other features of the Old Course have not been replicated elsewhere. For instance, there are seven double greens on the Old Course and the par 72 layout has 14 par 4s and only two par 3s.Trump Turnberry
 
The course which has hosted four Opens is named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built. The resort — which has 45 holes — is now named after the person who owns this land, Donald Trump.
But the course which hosted these Opens is very different from the present one. Trump hired Martin Ebert to redesign the layout, and he has made some dramatic, widely acclaimed, changes.
One of them is to create a par 3 played over the bay, at the 9th — one of five new holes — and to turn the most famous lighthouse in golf into the halfway hut.
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Knowing how to regrip golf clubs means you can afford to replace them as and when they need replacing rather than when you’ve saved up enoughReplacing your golf grips may be a little easier than you imagineHow To Regrip Golf Clubs Yourself
A worn out golf grip will cost you shots whether it’s completely worn out and offers very little grip, or on the turn and becoming ever harder to grip especially in damp conditions. Cleaning them often will help, but they do have a lifespan, and will eventually need replacing.
But with 14 clubs that might need replacing in one hit, cost can be a major deterrent. A full set of new grips or that new wedge you’ve had your eye on? All too often it will go the way of the new wedge.
Knowing how to regrip golf clubs from driver to putter will save you quite a bit of money
But changing a golf grip is easier than many golfers imagine. There will no doubt be subtle variations from pro shop to pro shop, but as someone who changed hundreds of grips in his pro shop days, I suspect the basics haven’t changed much over the years.
You will need the following…
New grips
Double-sided tape
White Spirit
A sharp Stanley knife or similar
A cloth
A receptacle as long as a grip
A vice with shaft protector
1) Remove the old gripsFirst cut or peel off the old grips, which may or may not be straightforward depending on how long they’ve been on. With steel shafts you can be relatively ‘aggressive’ with the knife, always making sure to work the blade away from you not towards you. (You may find it easiest to do this with the club secured in the vice).
If you’re lucky, the old grips may come off like this, but it may require a little more effort than this
With graphite shafts, you must proceed more carefully to avoid damaging them. If you’re lucky, a careful incision at the narrower end of the grip may pave the way to it peeling off easily, but sometimes it will be a painstaking process that you have to carefully repeat as you pick off all the remnants of old grip and tape.
Dab the cloth in White Spirit and rub it up and down the shaft where the old grip was to clean off the final bits.2) PreparationNext, starting at the butt end, wrap the double-sided tape round the grip working downwards and allowing sufficient space for the tape not to start overlapping lower down as the grip gets narrower. You can also get double-sided tape in sheet form rather than on a reel.
Double-sided tape may come in reel or sheet form
Leave a little extra at the top and don’t unpeel the other side of the double-sided tape until you are ready to fit the new grip. Wrap the extra bit around the top so it is covered with tape as this will make it easer to slip the new grip on.
It’s important to leave a little extra tape at the top
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3) Fitting the new gripsPlace the club in the vice with the head pointing up, taking care to use a shaft protector (or similar) to avoid damage as you tighten the vice. Now take one of the new grips, cover the little hole at the end, and pour in a little White Spirit. Cover both ends of the grip with your fingers and swill the White Spirit around so the whole of the inside of the grip is coated.
Cover the little hole, pour in some White Spirit, cover both ends and swill around
Place your receptacle under the grip (if your vice arrangement allows you to do so), then, pinching the open end to control the flow, pour the White Spirit over the double-sided tape with any excess falling into your receptacle to re-use. Take the grip and slide it on, making sure any alignment tweaks are done quickly as there is a limited window in which you’ll be able to manoeuvre the grip.
Slide the new grip on quickly, aligning it as well as possible
Take it out of the vice and check it in the address position to make sure it’s correctly aligned, taking care not to damage the head on the ground. If you’re quick enough, you’ll still be able to make final adjustments at this stage before it sets too firmly.
Make final tweaks in the address position before it sets too firmly
Repeat 13 times if you’re replacing a full set!All photography courtesy of Golf Pride golf grips
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The world number two could overtake Dustin Johnson if DJ fails to finish inside the top-32 this week at the RBC HeritageHow Justin Thomas Could Become World #1 This Week
Dustin Johnson has been world number one for well over a year now but his time atop of the golfing landscape could be up.
Justin Thomas is the man ready to usurp him and he could do it as early as this week (although he wouldn’t officially become number one for two-and-a-half weeks).
If current #1 Dustin Johnson fails to finish inside the top 32 at the RBC Heritage he will lose the number top spot and Justin Thomas will become number one after the Zurich Classic at the end of the month. That’s according to OWGR guru Nosferatu (@VC606 on Twitter).
Neither DJ or JT are playing in next week’s Valero Texas Open as things stand and the Zurich Classic doesn’t give out ranking points as a doubles event, so Thomas would go number one on 30th April.

NO.1 WATCH (update)
If @DJohnsonPGA finishes outside the Top 32 this week at @RBC_Heritage, @JustinThomas34 will become No.1 in the world in 3 weeks time (after @Zurich_Classic)!
(assumes that DJ & JT won't play @valerotxopen & that Zurich Classic won't be awarded #OWGR points)
— Nosferatu (@VC606) April 11, 2018
JT could have become world number one at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play last month by reaching the final but lost out to eventual winner Bubba Watson in the semis.
Thomas revealed the pressures of the world number one spot got to him.
“I haven’t had such a hard time thinking about something so much,” explained Thomas.
“And that really sucked.

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“I couldn’t stop thinking about it, to be honest. And I think you’re constantly getting questions about it with the media.
“But I need to be mentally stronger than that, and understand that it’s just a match.”
The 24-year-old has won eight times on the PGA Tour now including his first major at the USPGA Championship in August.
Thomas has finished T17th at The Masters and has made his last 17 cuts in a row since The Open at Royal Birkdale in July.
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Have we all recovered from last week’s Masters yet? The PGA Tour Are off again, check out who we think will do well with our RBC Heritage Golf Betting TipsRBC Heritage Golf Betting Tips
After the drama of the US Masters last week, the PGA Tour has taken a short hop to Hilton Head, South Carolina and Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.
The golf course and its iconic lighthouse is one of the most recognisable on Tour.
Last season Wesley Bryan won his first PGA Tour event, he is in the field again this week at 110/1 to win.How to bet on golf – video belowWatch video
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RBC Heritage Golf Betting Tips Advised BetsAdam Hadwin 3 points each way at 28/1 with Sportnation.bet – The Canadian is having a very solid season with six top 25s already. Has had reasonable success at Harbour Town in the past, and if his putter continues to fire he will be up there on Sunday.
Kevin Kisner 3 points each way at 33/1 with Sportnation.bet – Surprised Kisner’s odds are so long, he lost in the Match Play final a few weeks back and also lost in a play-off in this tournament in 2015. 11th here last year as well means it adds up to a big green light.Beau Hossler 2 points each way at 66/1 with Sportnation.bet – So close to a first tour victory at the Houston Open a fortnight ago the big-hitting American should enjoy the Harbour Town test. Has exceptional ball striking that should help him plot his way around the track.Jason Kokrak 1 point each way at 80/1 with Sportnation.bet – Three top tens this season already, he finished 6th here in 2016 and has been playing realy solid. Think he is way overpriced for this field.
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Sunday's victory at Augusta marks the natural progression of a player who has excelled throughout his career. By Jack HowesPatrick Reed Career Timeline – From Minor To Major
Patrick Reed raised a few eyebrows when he declared he was ‘one of the top five players in the world’ in 2014, despite having never even played in a major.
However, Sundays win has propelled him amongst the top golfers in the world. It marks the natural progression of a player who has excelled throughout his career.
At the age of sixteen, Reed showed his early promise, as he won the Junior Open Championship at Heswall Golf Club.Reed was successful during his youth career, winning the Junior Open Championship in 2006
He furthered his amateur career during his years at College. After allegations of cheating and theft at the University of Georgia; as well as being arrested for underage drinking, Reed transferred to Augusta State University, where he excelled an amateur golfer.
He won the Jones Cup Invitational in 2010, a prestigious amateur tournament, which has also been won by fellow Major winner and current World No. 2, Justin Thomas.
Reed was equally instrumental in helping Augusta State achieve their two NCAA Division 1 men’s Golf Championships.
They won back-to-back titles in 201o and 2011. Reed himself remained unbeaten with six wins from six matches.
The American was instrumental in Augusta State’s NCAA victories in 2010 and 2011.
After his successful amateur career, Reed turned professional when he was 20.
He had to wait over two years for his first victory where he defeated Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Wyndham Championship.
Reed became just the fourth player to win three PGA tour events before his 24th birthday, after Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.
Reed celebrating his maiden PGA Tour win with his Caddy and Wife, Justine.
He claimed the Humana Challenge, and then more significantly the WGC Cadillac Championship, where he won $1.5 million.
He set an unprecedented achievement of being the first PGA tour golfer to have three wins before appearing at a major.

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His excellent season earned him a place in the American Ryder Cup team in 2014. He remained unbeaten as USA’s top point scorer with 3.5 points. Despite Reed’s efforts, he finished on the losing team as Europe easily retained the Cup.
Controversy continued to follow Reed. He infamously shushed fans of team Europe during his singles victory against Henrik Stenson.
The American had two further steady seasons during 2015. He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and had three further runner-up finishes.
Reed consolidated his status as a steady player on the PGA Tour, with a host of strong finishes the next year. He had two second placed finishes and eight top-10 placements. Significantly, he won the first FedEx playoff event at The Barclays.
The Victory at Bethpage Black was enough to gain Reed an automatic spot in the Ryder Cup Team for the following Autumn at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Reed was once again the top point-scorer for his team with 3.5 points as USA regained the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. His stunning form in both his Ryder Cup appearances earned him the nickname ‘Captain America’.
‘Captain America’ has had a fractious relationship with the European fans.
After the high of the Ryder Cup, Reed struggled to maintain his form in 2017, as he went through the whole season without a win, missing six cuts in the process.
His best finish came at the final major of the year, the USPGA, where he finished second; two strokes behind winner Justin Thomas.
He bounced back this season in emphatic style, as he claimed his maiden major victory.
He described Augusta as ‘home’ having attended college just 3 miles away.
His win at Augusta means he now has a seat at the top table of golf. Having arguably won the most iconic tournament in golf, Reed will aiming to add to his Green Jacket in the near future.
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The European Tour is back in Europe for the first time this season - check out our Open De Espana Golf Betting TipsOpen De Espana Golf Betting Tips
The European Tour is back this week and it’s the first tournament this season actually on the continent of Europe.
The Open de Espana returns for its 91st playing this year after no tournament in 2017.Andrew Beef Johnston won the tournament the last time it was played in 2016 at Valderrama. He’s back this week to defend.
The event is back at Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid for the first time since 2007.
Centro Nacional de Golf is the country’s main public golf facility and it was there where Jon Rahm honed his skills during his studies.
Rahm won national titles there for the ages of under 16, 18, 21 and all ages.
“I think it’s four of five different categories that I am champion of and some of them a couple of times,” he told the European Tour.
The world number four is fresh off a fourth place finish at Augusta, his best ever finish in a major, and is overwhelming favourite this week as he makes his debut in the tournament.
If you fancy him to win the Open de Espana you can pick him up at the low odds of 33/10.
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Open De Espana Golf Betting Tips – Advised Bets
Rafa Cabrera Bello – 5 points each away at 14/1 with Sportnation – Cabrera Bello has had a very solid start to 2018 with two top sixes and just one missed cut at the Houston Open. With Rahm’s short odds, he looks very tempting at this price
Fabrizio Zanotti – 2 points each way at 64/1 with Sportnation – The Paraguayan came T7th at the Oman Open recently and was T9 in Abu Dhabi. Zanotti won the Maybank Championship last year with a stunning final round is a two-time winner on the European Tour.
Adrian Otaegui – 2 points each way at 67/1 with Sportnation – The Spaniard won his first title on Tour last year at the Paul Lawrie Match Play and is on a great run of form, having made his last 10 cuts in a row.
Hideto Tanihara – 1 point each way at 70/1 with Sportnation – Tanihara is one of the Tour’s most consistent players, having missed just two cuts since The Open. His best finish this year was a T5 at the Maybank Championship. He was T4 at the WGC-Match Play last year, T3 at the BMW PGA Championship and has won 14 times on the Japan Golf Tour. Looks a good each way bet.
 
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Fergus Bisset takes a tour of six ‘must play’ courses in the UK, from lesser-known favourites to prestigious Open Championship venues…The Best In Britain: Six Golf Courses To Pay A Visit
The depth and variety of golfing prospects in this country is incredible and the UK’s golfers are hugely fortunate to have such fantastic choice on, or just beyond, the doorstep.
Here, we look at six magnificent golf courses from right across the impressive spectrum of golf that this country has to offer.
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Make this the year you sample more of the golfing delights the UK has to offer by adding these great courses to your 2018 ‘must play’ list.
– All green fees quoted are high-season ‘from to’ rates for 18 holes
Stoke Park
W: www.stokepark.com
GF: £120-£230 per round
Stoke Park is set over some of the finest parkland in England.
The Buckinghamshire estate dates from Norman times and the wonderful terrain over which the golf course is laid out evolved through the combined efforts of renowned landscape architects, Humphry Repton and Capability Brown.
Harry Colt was employed to design a course at Stoke Park in 1908 and it is testament to the quality of the template he had at his disposal that the great designer’s work was completed within a year.
This is a true parkland course, and one of the very best examples to be found anywhere in the country.
Mature trees frame the sweeping lush fairways as they lead to beautifully maintained putting surfaces.
There are many fine holes at Stoke Park, but the par 3s stand out, and the 7th in particular sticks in the memory.
The par-3 7th at Stoke Park
It’s a superb short hole of just 150 yards but the narrow green is angled diagonally, and fronted by a newly remodelled brook.
It’s said that Dr Alister Mackenzie used this hole as inspiration for the original 16th at Augusta, where the green sat the other side of the pond until 1947.
The original course is made up of the Colt and Alison nines but there are three loops of nine at Stoke Park, with the newer Lane Jackson nine acting as a fine complement to the older pair.
When film buffs think golf, Stoke Park springs readily to mind.
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The striking white clubhouse was the backdrop for James Bond’s match against Goldfinger, while modern-day Bond, Daniel Craig, came to a sticky end on the clubhouse steps in Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake.
The food in Humphry’s Fine Dining Restaurant is of the very highest quality and it’s also possible to stay in one of the hotel’s super-chic rooms or suites.
Stoke Park is one of the UK’s very finest destinations for a luxurious stay and play golf break.
Carnoustie
W: www.carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk
GF: £175 per round
The Open will make a welcome return to the magnificent Championship course at Carnoustie in 2018.
Over the years, the Angus links has provided the stage for some of the most dramatic and memorable moments in the history of golf’s greatest individual event – from Hogan’s fabled triumph in 1953 to Sergio and Padraig’s nail-biting duel in 2007.
Ranked 5th in Golf Monthly’s UK and Ireland Top 100 Courses rankings, this links delivers a complete golfing examination.
The bunkers have a magnetic appeal; the greens are large and undulating; the fairways are narrow; and gorse and heather encroach ominously.
In the wind, there’s no sterner test anywhere.
The run for home is one of the most famous, and perilous, in the game.
The 16th is a monster par 3 that can stretch to 250 yards; the 17th a formidable par 4 requiring a strategic approach to avoid the snaking Barry Burn; and the closing hole a daunting prospect with OOB left and the burn once again posing a real threat.
Close House
Looking back down the short ninth
W: www.closehouse.com
GF: £110 per round
The British Masters was staged at Close House’s excellent Lee Westwood Colt Course last September, hosted by the man himself.
With several new championship tees in place, it provided a good test for the European Tour’s finest.
It is now recognised as one of the best new tracks in England, having recently climbed into Golf Monthly’s Top 100.
The course is set close to Hadrian’s Wall on a unique tract of land that rises and falls to the Tyne Valley.
The back nine delivers great variety with some stunning panoramic views.
A round here is quite a golfing experience.

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Notts (Hollinwell)
W: www.nottsgolfclub.co.uk
GF: £85 per round
Notts is one of the country’s finest inland, heathland courses, presenting a stern test for even the most proficient of golfers.
With gorse and heather skirting the fairways, and striking birch and oak lining many holes, it’s also an extremely attractive place to play golf.
The course was designed by Willie Park Jr and opened for play in 1901.
Alterations were made by Tom Williamson in 1912 and since then, save for necessary additions to the length of the layout, the track has remained largely unchanged.
It’s a long course, and even from the forward tees it measures over 6,600 yards.
But with narrow fairways and testing targets, the requirement for accuracy is of at least equal importance to length.
The toughness of the Notts test has made it a popular venue for top-level competition over the years.
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The course hosted the 2012 Boys Amateur Championship won by Matt Fitzpatrick and, in 2015, the Brabazon Trophy won by Cormac Sharvin.
Royal Portrush
W: www.royalportrushgolfclub.com
GF: £190 per round
In 2019, following changes to the links by Martin Ebert, Royal Portrush will host the 148th Open Championship – the first time since Max Faulkner triumphed here in 1951 that golf’s most prestigious tournament will have visited Northern Ireland.
The Dunluce Links is regarded as one of the great Harry Colt’s masterpieces, and widely recognised as one of the world’s finest courses.It was ranked 13th on Golf Monthly’s most recent Top 100 Courses list.
Set among towering sandhills on the North Antrim coast, this is a striking layout featuring some truly memorable holes.
‘Calamity Corner’, the par-3 14th (soon to be 16th), is one of the most famous.
The tee shot on this 210-yard hole must carry all the way to the green and anything struck poorly will leave you in serious trouble.
Par is an excellent return here.
Broadstone
W: www.broadstonegolfclub.com
GF: £85 per round
Broadstone Golf Club, just north of Poole in Dorset, was founded in 1898.
The course was originally laid out by Tom Dunn with later changes by Harry Colt.
Set over beautiful, rolling countryside, there are superb views of Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills.
Bernard Darwin once wrote, “It is, I think, rather an easy course to remember.”
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That’s a feeling shared by most after a round here, for the holes are extremely distinctive and stick in the mind long after you’ve left – a surefire sign of a top track.
It’s an attractive heathland layout, protected by heather and gorse.
It may not be long, but with a par of 70 and an emphasis placed on straight driving, it’s sufficiently challenging for players of all standards.
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