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...

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...

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....

Hallamshire

“Is this your ball?”, queried our playing partner as he fished the guilty Callaway from his ripped bag. Five minutes earlier, carried...

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...

Fairhaven

"Well, they say life’s a beach…” That bit of good old-fashioned northern humour accompanied yet another full-bloodied shot of mine which...

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...

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...