Royal Wimbledon

“It is brilliant that, no matter how busy it becomes, London maintains these wonderful green spaces.” I dwelt on the words of my Aussie...

Adare Manor

“Have yourself a magical time!” It was as if we had entered a Disney resort rather than a Ryder Cup venue, as the gent in the top hat...

Ballybunion

It is revered all over the world, so am I allowed to say that Ballybunion didn’t meet the hype or our very eager anticipation? Let me...

Lahinch

“This is like being one of The Famous Five,” claimed our pal as we walked the mown paths through the dunes before emerging for the big...

Woking

Clang! A heavy nine-iron saw my compadre’s ball ricochet off the vermillion roof tiles of Woking’s clubhouse and settle next to the...

Wentworth East

"There used to be a couple more bunkers which were inserted because it was feared enemy gliders could land troops during the Second World...

Ballyliffin Old

“You must be mad,” exclaimed one of the old gents who had gathered in the lounge at Ballyliffin for a lunchtime tipple. They had thought...

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

The ball sailed through the air majestically, dropped just in front of its target and rolled towards the cup. Surely not… could it be a...

Portstewart

With dunes the size of skyscrapers framing fairways and greens in natural valleys, Portstewart is rightly acclaimed to have some of the...

Royal Portrush

The sun has never shone quite as brightly, the sea has never been quite as blue and golf has never been quite as awesome as on the...

Saunton East

The teams were gathered on the balcony, my ball was perked up in the rough, I reached for my five-iron and swish. “Golf shot!”, exclaimed...

Saunton West

It was a moment which conjured memories of the great concession by Jack Nicklaus to Tony Jacklin in the 1969 Ryder Cup. With my marker...

West Hill

The early spring sunshine peered through the imposing Scots Pines, dappling the fairways and greens with delicate shadows and all was...

San Roque (New)

For the past ten days, we have heard about San Roque wherever we have played. Fast but fair greens, a gorgeous course and a beautiful new...

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...

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

The mountains looked down in the distance, the palm trees stood as tall as in Beverly Hills and the turtle appeared to nod his head in...

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...