Real Valderrama

“It’s 102 yards to the flag but against the wind, so, 110 yards.” Our forecaddie had spoken, I played the chip and his information was so...

Finca Cortesin

“Hot soup? Sandwiches? Fruit? Water?” “No, thank you, but can you tell me how to master these blessed greens?” I precis conversations...

La Reserva

A replica Ryder Cup alongside photographs of Manuel Pinero’s greatest moment – victory in 1985 - were the backdrop as Mrs W and I tucked...

Royal Cinque Ports

“At half-way you will think you have the potential for a really good score. By the end, you may not be quite as pleased.” The chap...

Rye

“I would be delighted to introduce you to Rye,” said a member over a glass of Kümmel after we had shared a round at Royal St George’s....

Kedleston Park

What makes a course worthy of a place in England’s top 100? Clearly links and heathland are considered to have the edge over parkland....

Aldeburgh

“This isn’t a wind, you’ll be fine.” The sentiment from the friendly fella in the pro’s shop at Aldeburgh assuaged our trepidation at...

Queenwood

Via linking five degrees of separation, the gate opened for me at Queenwood, arguably the most private golf course in England, One of the...

Royal St. George's

Is there any other sport in which you can play on the same turf as champions and even play a better shot? Thankfully, there were no...

Royal Birkdale

In 1954, Peter Thomson’s Open win was assured with a splash-out from a greenside bunker on the 16th at Royal Birkdale. Thomson admitted...

Knole Park

My eight-iron approach drifted away as I conjured wistful thoughts of Henry VIII, accompanied by trumpeters and outriders, emerging from...

Sheringham

“Situated on the North Norfolk coast twixt pine and sea, Sheringham Golf Course encompasses everything that is beautiful about the game,”...

Seaton Carew

Greek philosopher Plato said: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and, although he lived centuries before golf was invented, it is as...

Ashridge

“I hope you have a lot of balls in your bag,” quipped the club member out walking his dog. It took us just one hole to realise that he...

Sandiway

There’s nothing like chipping into the hole on the Sunday at the Open – even if it’s the Sandiway Golf Club mixed open. Yes, as Collin...

Stoke Park

“Shall we make it a shilling, a hole?” I couldn’t resist a Bond reference as we warmed up in front of the Stoke Park hotel, made famous...

Moray Old

If you want to play championship-quality golf and simultaneously feel as if you are an extra in the latest instalment of Top Gun, Moray...

Castle Stuart

The Covid pandemic has been a misery for everyone but offered us one tiny slither of solace because we were able to postpone our golf...

Nairn

The welcome was warm, the tees, fairways and greens were pristine and the views across the Moray Firth were stunning. But both Mrs W and...

Royal Dornoch

There was haar and a bit of a hoolie but Royal Dornoch still offered the greatest golfing experience of my life so far. The mist may have...