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■ SIR NICK FALDO WITH ALL THE WINNERS OF HIS 2019 EUROPE SERIES

PRINCE’S PGA PROAM RAISES £10K FOR CAPTAIN’S CHARITY ★ PGA South Region captain Anthony Tarchetti’s annual golf day at Prince’s Golf Club helped raise over £10,000 for the PGA Benevolent Fund. Attended by a full field of 144, players enjoyed a round on the Kent club’s recently renovated Himalayas-Shore layout. Tarchetti, who is Director of Golf at Prince’s, teamed up with amateur partner Mike Dunderdale to score 36 points, but that total was eclipsed by Prince’s general manager Rob McGuirk, who combined with Richie Woodham to notch up 39 points to win the day. After golf, players and invited guests enjoyed a post-round curry, prize giving, raffle and auction.

BBO FUTURES TOUR’S FRILFORD FINALE ★ The BB&O Futures Tour Finale held at Frilford Heath saw the end-of-season honours claimed in the U12, U14 and U16 categories. In the U12s competition, Boyd Price (Newbury & Crookham) won the nett prize with a 71, while Billy Wood (Stoke Park), who clinched the gross prize, won the U12 Order of Merit. In the U14s, Toby Pressey (Castle Royle) won the nett prize with a 70, while Connor Jacob (Frilford Heath) won the gross prize with a 75 and the U14 Order of Merit title. Harry Gale’s nett 70 put him at the top of leaderboard in the U16 nett category, while Luke Perkins’ sixth-place finish saw him top the Order of Merit.

CORBEN’S A SURREY MASTER ★ David Corben (Hindhead) won the 2019 Surrey Masters after shooting a stunning 64 at Walton Heath. The superb eight-underpar round saw him finish well clear of Edward Keep (Clandon Regis) and Jacob Aaholm (Reigate Hill), although the latter had the honour of retaining his Surrey Golf Order of Merit title, with Corben taking second and Frankie Boylan (Woodcote Park) in third in the season’s points list.

ENGLAND QUARTET SET FOR CHILE START ★ Four of England’s brightest young talents are heading to Chile next month to take part in the South American Amateur Championship. Gloucestershire’s Caley McGinty and Somerset’s Mimi Rhodes will fly the flag for England’s women, while Wiltshire’s Jake Bolton and Gloucestershire’s Joe Long will represent the men’s team. The tournament is being held at Los Leones Golf Club, near Santiago, between January 8-11.

Edwards-Hill claims Faldo Series crown

Essex’s Arron Edwards-Hill has been crowned the 23rd Faldo Series Europe champion at Al Ain in Abu Dhabi.

Edwards-Hill, 20, who is member at Chelmsford Golf Club, overcame a four-shot deficit on the final day to win the coveted title by two shots from South African junior Dylan Melville. The Essex junior showed experience beyond his years in navigating the tricky Al Ain course, shooting three rounds in the 60s, and starting his final round back nine with five straight birdies to shoot a scintillating 64. His overall win meant he also captured the Under-21 age category. Max Kennedy (Ireland) won the Boys’ U18, while Melville, the overall runner-up, won the Boys’ U16 title. In the girls’ category, Faldo Series Asia champion from earlier in the year, Chang Hsin Chiao of Chinese Taipei, won the Girls’ U21 category, with England’s Louise Burke winning the U16 category. Sir Nick Faldo, who was at Al Ain throughout the week, hosting clinics and offering advice, said: “I continue to be impressed by the quality of these guys and girls coming through. Meeting the competitors this week really brings the Faldo Series to life for me and makes me proud of how it’s grown in 23 years to be the standout event in junior golf. We hope the kids this week have had fun, whatever the results, and will continue to work hard when they get back to their respective countries.” Juniors looking to sign up for the 2020 Faldo Series, should visit www.faldoseries.com.

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Membership numbers were over 500 in the 1990s, but that total has dropped by 70 per cent in recent years, forcing the owner to sell the clubhouse to ease financial pressures. Club secretary Russ Ball said: “ Hopefully the owner will honour his commitment to reopen this great club, so we can carry on the traditions that has been here for more than 100 years. It is the end of an era. Bushey Hall is more of a family than it is a golf club. We’ve all gone to different courses, but hopefully we’ll be able to return and to continue as we were. We have lots of good memories here.” Bushey Hall first opened in 1889, and is one

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of the oldest golf clubs in Hertfordshire. Its first captain was Conservative party leader Arthur Balfour, who went on serve as Prime Minister between 1902-05. Originally opened as a nine-hole course, it was extended to 18 holes by 1893. The freehold of the course and club was sold to London-based hotel group Veladail Leisure in 1986.

Carswell closes down ■ THE NEW STUDIO IS IDEAL FOR LESSSONS AND CUSTOM FITTINGS

Members at Royal Eastbourne Golf Club are enjoying the benefits of being able to work on the games whatever the weather thanks to the opening of a brand new indoor academy at the club. Set up by Head PGA Professional Anthony Killik and his assistant Mark Packard, the state-of-the-art facility opened in the autumn and is already proving a positive investment with a steady stream of members and clients from further afield making use of the facilties. Killik, who joined the club 15 months ago, said: “ When I started at Royal Eastbourne in September last year, we saw the potential and the need for an indoor facility due to the location of our practice area in relation to the shop, and, of course, the vagaries of the weather. “We initially looked at creating an indoor studio within the existing clubhouse, but that turned out to be more expensive than our budget allowed, and that’s when we started to look at the possibility of bringing in a standalone structure. The club had an old practice grass putting green that wasn’t getting much use, so we came up with a plan to make better use of this space by replacing it with an indoor performance centre and an outdoor all-weather putting surface. Our plans met with the approval of the club, and once the decision was made, and planning permission submitted, the building of the structure took around six weeks to complete. It was quite stressful at times, but we now have a facility we are proud of. It’s the centre of our business and it has significantly enhanced the service we can offer to our members and guests.” The studio is kitted out with the latest TrackMan4 launch monitor, which can be used for coaching, club fitting and simulator game play, all of which has proved popular with members. Killick added: “Mark and I have both been delighted with TrackMan4. Our coaching has never been more in-depth, and it’s amazing how the numbers help beginners and higher handicappers, as well as better players, understand their swing, as they can relate to numbers on the screen and the ‘feel versus real’ swing changes we try to produce. To book a lesson, please call 01323 744041 or email proshop@regc.co.uk

TOMLINSON TAKES TOP JOB AT ENGLAND GOLF ★ England Golf has appointed Jeremy Tomlinson as its new chief executive. A former managing director of Acushnet Europe, where he was responsible for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, Tomlinson replaces outgoing CEO Nick Pink, who has left to take up a similar role with England Hockey. A trustee of the Golf Foundation, Tomlinson has experience in the amateur game both as a county player for Wiltshire and as a volunteer at his home club of Marlborough.

ROYAL CINQUE PORTS & PRINCE'S TO HOST BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPS

Bushey Hall sells off clubhouse Bushey Hall Golf Club in Hertfordshire has been shut down for two years while its clubhouse is converted into 32 residential flats. The owner of the Watford-based club sold off the clubhouse to property developers Preston Bennett on the proviso that a replacement single storey clubhouse will be built nearby to allow the club to continue operating. However, with the 160-strong membership unable to access the golf course during this period, and with many already joining other venues, the long-term future of the club is in doubt.

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Carswell Golf & Country Club in Oxfordshire closed down last month after its owners called time on the lossmaking venue, which first opened in 1993. Visitors to the club in early October were greeted with a sign that said the private members club would ‘re-open as a pay-and-play venue’, but that promise failed to materialise, and the club has now closed for good. In an email to the club captain, Kevin Howe, club director Geri Lisi explained that the club was no longer financially viable and that all staff had been dismissed and that the company was working with liquidators to settle terms with outstanding creditors. Howe said: “As captain and a long-time member with many friends at Carswell, I am gutted that our friendly clubhouse and loyal members will no longer play there, but we move on. I know some members intend to form Carswell Nomads and play at different courses through the winter, while others clubs in the area, including Witney, Drayton, Shrivenham and Bicester, have been in touch to offer good rates to play their courses.”

★ The R&A has announced that Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s Golf Clubs are to jointly stage the Boys’ Amateur Championship from August 10-15 in 2021, in what will be the 100th anniversary staging of the event. The 2020 Boys Amateur is being jointly held at Moortown and Alwoodley.

LITTLESTONE PLAYS IT SAFE ★ Littlestone Golf Club in New Romney has achieved SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf and becomes the first club in Kent to do so. SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf. Littlestone’s Director of Golf, James Cunliffe, said: “Littlestone is a friendly and forward-thinking club that has a great attitude towards promoting junior golf. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children and vulnerable adults are safe and secure here.” The club’s Championship course is hosting the R&A's 2020 Junior Open.

ABLETT HOLES OUT AT HAYLING ★ Lee-on-the-Solent PGA Pro James Ablett got his Titleist & FootJoy PGA South Winter Series campaign off to a winning start when firing two eagles and two birdies at Hayling Golf Club en route to securing a matchwinning 40 points. Competing against 46 other pros, Ablett dashed the hopes of Warren Harmston, who was a point behind in second, although the Sunningdale Heath pro did have the consolation of winning a ball, glove and shoe contract from the sponsors. Jack Coulbert (Swanmore), Peter Tarver-Jones (West Hove), Harry Worner (Rustington) and Bertie Chambers (Betchworth Park) shared third with 38 points.

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Tree claims tour card Sussex tour professional Toby Tree earned full playing rights on the 2020 European Tour after winning one of the 28 cards on offer at Final Stage Qualifying in Spain. The 25-year-old from Horsham, who is a member at Golf At Goodwood, got off to a fast start in the 108-hole marathon at Lumine, opening up with back-to-back 67s to take a share of the lead. And, as the competition progressed, Tree knuckled down admirably to the task, with scores of 72 and 68 in rounds three and four seeing him comfortably make the secondary cut. He then closed out his life-changing week with rounds of 69 and 72 to finish in 24th place, making the mark with a single stroke to spare. Tree, who has been playing on the EuroPro Tour and Challenge Tour since turning professional in 2014, commented: “Playing on the European Tour has been something I’ve dreamt about since I was a kid, so to have finally achieved that ambition, and be standing here with a card, is amazing. Last

The 2019 Solheim Cup will go down as the most exciting in its 30-year history, with Europe grabbing a thrilling victory over the USA with the very last putt of the final match

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Canterbury's Richard Wallis captured the PGA Sandwich Links Championship Pro-Am after shooting an eight-under-par total to bag the £1,000 top prize. Playing the first round at Royal St George's and then Prince's on the following day, Wallis pipped Lee-on-the-Solent's James Ablett by a stroke, with Tom Jordan (Langley Park) six strokes back in third. Wallis matched Ablett's opening 68 around Royal St George's, but the fireworks really started on the back nine at Prince's. Starting on the 10th, Ablett went out in one-under and made pars until he made four birdies on the trot in his last five holes for his 67.

Snap up ‘early bird’ tickets to watch senior stars in action at Sunningdale Discounted tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Senior Open, which is being held at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire from July 23-26. Fans have until February 26 to purchase ‘Early Bird’ tickets for Europe’s only Senior Major, with single day tickets starting at £10 for juniors and £18 for adults. Thousands of fans flocked to Royal Lytham & St Annes in July to see Bernhard Langer win a record fourth Senior Open, and even bigger crowds are expected at Sunningdale, where major champions Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk are among several world-class players who will be eligible to compete at this level for the first time. Sunningdale has hosted the Senior Open on two previous occasions, with American Marco Dawson enjoying a one-shot triumph in 2015, while compatriot Loren Roberts lifted the title in 2009 after winning a play-off against Argentine Eduardo Romero. Jamie Birkmyre, championship director of the Senior Open, said: “We are delighted to

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season was a little disappointing. I had a great start to the year, but things fell apart towards the end, especially when I picked up an injury playing in Ireland. So to get a place on the 2020 European Tour means an enormous amount. “It was a strange week really, as although I felt comfortable and confident when I was out on the golf course, it was real struggle when I was between rounds. The stuff that goes through your head is ridiculous – I found it hardest to fill my time in the evenings and just wanted to get back out on the course. He added: “I am planning to celebrate this moment for sure. There have been so many up and downs in my career, that I know it’s important celebrate the good times when they happen.” A regular player of both championship courses at Goodwood, Tree can often be found practicing at the West Sussex-based club, and takes pleasure in passing on his skills and knowledge to the junior members as part of his ambassadorial role for the club.

begin ticket sales for the Senior Open, which proves annually to be one of the most iconic tournaments on the global golfing calendar. The Old Course at Sunningdale will provide a fitting test for the world’s best senior golfers, and we look forward to welcoming players and fans alike to the spectacular venue.” Golf fans will also be able to catch some of the UK’s top seniors in action at Senior Open qualifying events being held at Burhill Golf Club, The Berkshire, Camberley Heath and Foxhills on July 20. The top six finishers at each venue will earn a place in the starting line up at Sunningdale on July 23.

Former European Tour player Anthony Wall has joined the coaching staff at Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey. The 44-year-old, who came through the junior ranks at Foxhills in the early 1990s, has returned to where it all began at the Surrey club after an impressive 20-year career on the European Tour. Wall said: “Nothing replaces playing and competing with the world’s best, but I always wanted to stay in the game in some capacity – and I love the thought of continuing that journey after I came through myself as a kid at Foxhills. There is a certain pleasure in helping people improve. It’s pretty special seeing someone’s face when they hit a draw, when they've never been able to do it before.” Wall was part of the Foxhills Foundation from 1987-91 – as was fellow graduate Paul Casey – which provides coaching and guidance for talented youngsters. Wall believes his Tour expertise can be applied to any level of golfer as they bid to improve. Wall added: “I was playing off 10 when I was 12, and by the time I left there I was off plus-two and an England international. Paul was a year behind me, but I would say we were the two golfers who worked the hardest when we were there. He did more putting that me, whereas I hit more balls. In my experience, it’s the people who put the most work in who tend to go on to really achieve things. “When you are on Tour, everyone has that same level of knowledge. But when you step away from that, you realise not everyone has had the same sort of experience. Making changes to someone’s game is not easy, there are no shortcuts, but there are ways of doing things and I’m really looking forward to it.” One-hour lessons with Anthony cost £90 for members and £100 for non-members, while youth rates are £70 per hour. For bookings, email proshop@foxhills.co.uk or call 01932 704465.

IT WASN’T QUITE the Miracle at Medinah, but Europe’s stunning last gasp win in the 16th Solheim Cup was a sporting spectacle from the very top draw, with Catriona Matthew’s brave band of warriors drawing on every ounce of their collective talents to edge out an American team that although short on experience, was stronger on paper and every bit as competitive in practice. The ending, when it finally came on Sunday evening, seemed way beyond the imagination of even the most fanciful of Hollywood scriptwriters, with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, a controversial wildcard pick who was coming back from an 18-month break from maternity leave, faced with an eight-foot putt to win the cup for Europe for the first time since 2013. Just 20 minutes earlier, all had looked lost for the home side, as USA’s total moved to 13.5 points, just half-a-point shy of retaining the cup, with three matches still out on the course, two of which were tied. But with Anna Nordqvist closing out a 4&3 win over Morgan Pressel, and Bronte Law beating Ally McDonald 2&1 in the final two groups in the minutes preceding, Pettersen and Marina Alex were both on the 18th green and with makeable putts for birdie. Alex’s 10-foot, downhill effort narrowly missed, leaving the stage clear for Pettersen, a veteran of eight previous Solheim

Cups and Europe’s all-time leading points scorer, to re-write her name in the record books. She calmly rolled in the putt, and then let out an almighty Nordic roar. Bedlam ensued, as her European teammates, caddies and backroom staff invaded the final green, while the Americans stood rooted to the spot in shock, neither team quite believing what they had just witnessed. Within minutes of holing the winning putt, which gave the Europe a 14.5-13.5 victory, 38-year-old Pettersen announced her immediate retirement from professional golf. Sparking memories for some of Steve Redgrave’s request to be shot should he ever step into a boat again after winning his fourth Olympic gold medal, it may be a decision she may later reverse, but if it is goodbye then what a way to go out. Pettersen has been painted as something of a villain following an incident at the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany, where American Alison Lee picked up a putt she thought had been conceded, only for the Norwegian to say that it hadn’t, resulting in an immediate loss of hole. Hopefully this will go some way to repairing the damage of what she admits was a huge error of judgment. But Pettersen would not have been in a position to hole the winning putt were it not for the efforts of her teammates, whose combined efforts secured the required 6.5 points to get them over the line. In a match that was never more than a point in it after each session of foursomes and fourballs, it was always going to be tight, with 14-14 looking a likely scoreline for much of Sunday. The momentum swung either way throughout the final day, with Carlota Ciganda beating Danielle Kang on the last hole in the top group, while Nelly Korda putting some red on the board with a two-hole win over Caroline Headwall in the

second match. The next two points went to Europe, Georgia Hall defeating Lexi Thompson and Celine Boutier seeing off Annie Park 2&1. Devastating as a pair, Hall and Boutier showed they could produce the goods individually too as both secured their fourth point from four matches. The middle order matches all went America’s way, and put them on the brink of a triumph which would have been Juli Inkster’s third in a row as captain. First Angel Yin beat Azahara Munoz in the fifth match, then Meghan Khang won the 18th hole to claim a half from Charley Hull. Next up was Lisette Salas, who downed Anne Van Dam by one hole, and there were easy wins for Jessica Korda, 3&2 against Caroline Masson, and Brittany Altomare, 5&4 over Jodi Ewart Shadoff. European captain Catriona Matthew, who orchestrated the win, said: “It’s a dream come true. All 12 of these players, they played their hearts out. We knew it was going to be close today, but to come down to the last putt and for Suzann to hole it, it’s incredible. She got a lot of stick when I picked her, but it shows it was the right one. “I could barely watch, actually,” she added. “It’s far worse watching. “When you’re playing, you’re kind of in the zone and in the moment, and you’ve got control over things. But watching you just have to have faith in the players. There’s nothing else you can do.” US captain Juli Inkster, who is now standing down after three terms in charge, was philosophical in defeat, saying: “The Europeans played great. You tip your hat. We had a few tears. And I said it’s okay. But the bottom line is we had a great week, the Europeans played great. The sun is going to come up tomorrow, and life goes on.”


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BRAID’S LASTING LEGACY Having had a hand in the design of over 200 golf courses in the UK and Ireland, five-time Open Champion James Braid has shaped the face of the game for generations to come, with his skills as an architect creating challenges that test the modern golfer to this day

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f you were to draw up a list of people who have had the most impact on the game of golf, you would expect to find the likes of Old Tom Morris, Frank Stapleford, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Karsten Solheim, Ely Callaway and, of course, Tiger Woods, well inside the top ten. But also near the top of that list of greats, you would find James Braid.

Braid, who was born in Scotland in 1870, not far from St Andrews, shaped the modern golfing landscape of the United Kingdom like no other. Not content with having won five Open Championships during a ten-year period between 1901-1910, and being one of the founding fathers of the Professional Golfer’s Association, Braid used his knowledge of course strategy as a player to design

and renovate over 200 courses during a 40-year period between 1910 and 1950. After moving to London in his early 20s, during the height of his playing powers, Braid landed his first professional’s job at Romford Golf Club in Essex. Two years later he moved south of the river, to Walton Heath, a new course in Surrey designed by Herbert Fowler. He remained with the club for a

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Founded in 1907, Colchester GC's beautiful tree-lined course, which measures 6,357 yards, has been voted the No.1 course in North Essex, with fast-running fairways and more than 70 bunkers providing a wonderful test for all players, with a great mix of holes, including four par threes. Tel: 01206 853396 Email: assistant@colchestergolfclub.com Website: www.colchestergolfclub.com

With its unique parkland/downland course and Grade II-listed clubhouse, Tyrrells Wood is ecognised as one of the finest venues in Surrey. Set amid a myriad of specimen trees, framing magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, the James Braid-designed courses provides a tough, but rewarding challenge. There are a variety of great value society packages for visiting golfers. Tel: 01372 376025 Email: office@tyrrellswoodgolfclub.com

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The James Braid Highland Golf Trail has been initiated to enhance the experience of golfers wishing to visit a wonderfully picturesque part of Scotland whilst benefitting from the enjoyment and challenge of playing over our Braid designed golf courses.

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of the shortest of the short holes, I would have no cross bunkering, but bunkers all around it.” Some contend Braid was guilty of over-penal bunkering, and being too tough on the player, but others argue that he was, at heart, a strategist. “Long bunkers right in front of a green are not a good form of hazard,” he propounded. “Bunkers are not placed on a course haphazard, but they are made in particular places to catch defective shots. Whilst every assistance should be given to the bunker to enable it to catch its own kind of shot, and the player punished by having to play out of it, generally there should be a fair chance of playing forward.” Braid’s prolific architectural work is all the more impressive when you consider that he was operating in a time when there were no planes or helicopters, a sparse rail network and poor roads. It didn’t stop him from completing projects all over the British Isles however, from St Endoc, Royal Porthcawl and Aberdovey in the west, to Berkhamsted, North Hants and Goodwood in the south, to his beloved Gleneagles in the north, where his magnificent King's and Queen's courses are among the finest inland courses anywhere in the world, and to the classic links at Carnoustie, one of the Open Championship’s toughest layouts. Of course, Braid can’t have been a constant presence at many of these constructions, and most of his restoration projects probably required no more than a fleeting visit to assess the lie of the land; but such was his expertise that he only needed a brief look at detailed relief maps to know what was required to create a decent golf hole. While many of Braid’s courses have stood the test of time, most have now been renovated to combat the march of modern golf equipment and the modern golfer, but every time an architect sets foot on one his courses, they know that they are responsible for retaining Braid’s philosophy and maintaining his legacy for generations of golfers to come.

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further 45 years until his death in 1950. In the midst of his Open successes – during which time he dominated the game with JH Taylor and Harry Vardon to form the ‘Great Triumvirate’ – he found time to put pen to paper and explore his thoughts on the game, its playing, and, most interestingly, its design. Advanced Golf, first published in 1902, is a book any golf course architect or serious student of the game should not fail to have on the shelves of their library. Braid dedicated two chapters of the book to course design – ‘The Planning of Course’, and ‘The Character and Placing of Teeing Grounds, Bunkers and Putting Greens’ – and fascinating reading they make for those who think about the strategy of what makes a good golf hole. He wrote: “It is both necessary and desirable that the holes should be laid out as suggested by the lie of the land, every natural obstacle being taken care of. There should be a complete variety of holes – not just in length, but in their character – the way in which they are bunkered, and the kind of approach shot that is required. The greens should be well guarded. The shorter the hole, the smaller the green, the more closely guarded. “The bunkering and general planning should be carried out with the specific object of making it necessary not only to get a certain length, but more particularly to gain a desired position…and the player who does not gain his position should have his next shot made more difficult.” Braid, who is widely credited with the invention of the dogleg, firmly believed that longer holes should present safe and brave options off the tee. “There should as frequently as possible be at least two possible alternative methods of playing the hole – an easy one, and a difficult one – and there should be a chance of gaining a stroke when the latter is chosen.” Braid was also a fan of a grandstand finish, with the closing holes placing increasing demands on the player as the round reaches its end. “The last two or three holes should be of good length in order to induce a good finish,” he wrote. “At the long holes, the bunkering should not be too severe. In the case

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Aberdovey's championship links is consistently rated in the Top 100 in the UK & Ireland, and is widely regarded as one of the friendliest clubs around. Other facilities include six twin-bed ensuite rooms, a well-stocked pro shop, restaurant and bar with Sky Sports. Ideal venue for society or captain’s away days. Visitor green fees from £43. Tel: 01654 767493 email: sec@aberdoveygolf.co.uk Website: www.aberdoveygolf.co.uk

Located in North London, and within easy reach of the M25, Enfield is a friendly and welcoming clubs. Its 6,154 yard,18-hole parkland course is situated in beautiful surroundings, and boasts tree-lined fairways, superb greens, and a brook which winds its way through the heart of the course. Twighlight green fees after 4pm from £20pp. Tel: 020 8363 3970 Email: karen@enfieldgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.enfieldgolfclub.co.uk

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Situated on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border, Bungay & Waveney Valley GC, which was founded 130 years ago, prides itself on providing a warm welcome and great golf experience for memebrs and visitors. The 6,055-yard, par-69 course boasts free-draining sandy soil, which ensures top quality golf all year round, and no temporary greens. Tel: 01986 892337 email: secretary@bungaygc.co.uk Website: www.bungaygc.co.uk

Located 30 miles south of Edinburgh, Torwoodlee welcomes visitors from around the world to sample its majestic 6,021-yard parkland course, set in a valley amongst mature trees, flanked by the River Gala, and experience the warmest of Scottish Borders hospitality. There are a wide range of great value society packages, starting from £36pp. T: 01896 752260 E: torwoodleegolfclub@torwoodleegolfclub.com. Website: www.torwoodleegolfclub.co.uk

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YOU BEEN A PGA ■ HOW LONG HAVE Professional I have been a PGA PROFESSIONAL? over 30 years. since 1988, so just TO DATE? CAREER PATH BEEN ■ WHAT HAS YOUR PGA Professional assistant under I started as a young moved at Silvermere; then Doug McClelland and then Golf Centre in 1991, I onto Hoebridge coach and player. 1994 as a full-time 1998. I've Windlesham in at Chobham in became Head Professional in 2015 moved since 2012, and to been at Puttenham office club and into the out of the pro shop manager. become the assistant ROLE AT THE CLUB? ■ WHAT IS YOUR and print marketing, the club’s digital I organise all of I have a golf shop operation. and oversee the legislation revenue generation, on, responsibility for club office administrati compliance, general and act as the club membership recruitment, manager is away. the general manager when YOUR JOB? BEST THING ABOUT ■ WHAT’S THE days are the same. of the work – no two The varied nature YOUR WORDS WOULD ■ WHAT THREE TO DESCRIBE YOU? COLLEAGUES USE up with manager to come I asked the general as ‘enthusiastic, he described me three words and so I’ll take that! thorough and generous’,

ATTRACT CLUB DOING TO ■ WHAT IS THE Our former WOMEN GOLFERS? JUNIORS AND as our new just volunteered club chairman has to launch regular He is very keen junior organiser. addition to our for our juniors, in activity sessions by our club sessions conducted Saturday coaching free junior also currently offer n under orofessional. We children and grandchildre at membership to and are looking members, adult the age of 16 of for all other juniors. reducing the subscription SHOP? WELL IN THE PRO this year ■ WHAT’S SELLING it’s our 125th anniversary As I mentioned, a range milestone we launched and to mark this a special club accessories with by the of clothing and been very well supported crest which has

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YOU’VE EVER BEST SWING TIP ■ WHAT’S THE I remember a I was about 18, RECEIVED? When in my right knee to maintain flex coach telling me quite tall and when backswing. I am throughout my stable as they legs were not as I was young my difference to my It made a huge the ball. should have been. the distance I struck balance and ultimately AS A CAREER HIGHLIGHT Tour ■ WHAT IS YOUR the final of the European PLAYER? Reaching Massane in France. School in 1994 at IN GOLF, CHANGE ONE RULE ■ IF YOU COULD IT BE? WHICH ONE WOULD a couple of years me that question If you had asked marks, but spike down tapping ago I would said the 2019 rules addressed with now that has been mind. However, major springs to nothing changes, drop. of the new knee-high I’m not a huge fan

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before the six months to go You’ve got under Centenary off on the PGA Solheim Cup tees preparations going? the Course. How are of weather over had a decent run Very well. We’ve that some the storms and snow winter, and avoided weeks. experienced in recent parts of the country grass growth is sea level here, so all We’re 700 feet above lying areas, but it’s lower than always slightly slower all in great shape far. The courses are looking good so matches. about hosting the excited really and we’re taking Junior Solheim Cup We’ve also got the week, and the Course in the same and place on the King’s our hotel guests will be open for Queen’s Course in lots of volunteer have had to draft members, so we tournament those during help out greenkeepers to but will have have a staff of 50, weeks. We normally during that week. it’s over 100 in total up until July, but won’t be going The grandstands Ryder Cup, so the same scale as the not on quite the stands around quite so long. The set up won’t take 3,000 people, probably seat around the first tee will of noise! will still be plenty but I expect there What changes have 2014?

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Braid classics? these two James authenticity of Gleneagles right The history and we went new thinking, and underpinned our the courses, at old pictures of back and looked designed the courses and how Braid originally consulted with to play. We also and wanted them they viewed the understand how our members to link, and There was a common experience. golf plan that by creating a detailed it was clear that across the bunker enhanced would see every see both we would not only King’s and Queen’s, vision, but also to Braid’s original courses restored playing quality. significantly improve layout through classic heathland this The Queen’s is a we wanted to re-establish it and heather trees and of the King’s, back at the history fact. Also, looking and, as such, as an inland links, was originally created – in line with seaside fairways to 8mm we now cut the more shots along that you can play links courses, so more. the ball runs out the ground, and three courses, bunker across all We re-lined every the King’s and the on used with capillary concrete us to align the It has also allowed Queen’s courses. of Braid on the back to the vision look of the bunkers King’s and Queen’s. ‘glimpse’ of to offer golfers a Braid wanted bunkers aesthetically challenging and sand, while remaining this, We’ve now achieved pleasing to the eye. were meant to back to how they bringing the courses be seen and played. bunkers were Braid’s noting It is also worth summer on the courses supporting originally based original design them back to his bring to so only, d, is a play them playable all-year-roun concept, and make

t. huge achievemen the fairways led us to change The bunker work have fairway too. We no longer back to Braid’s vision are now in play the rough; they bunkers sitting in in some in the fairways, which, and they are sitting wider. This is great made 40 per cent cases, have been they are now golfer, because news for the amateur making the away from the rough, further Having effectively more enjoyable. whole playing experience also run into fairway will now said that, golf balls them. stop to the rough used bunkers – before and both out some trees, We’ve also taken feel to them, open more courses have a slightly have been in to how they would again, harking back Braid’s day.

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on, it’s that has been going Given all the work to come and been a better time probably never but very play at Gleneagles. have three world-class, For sure. We now – something to offer visitors different, golf courses Isles. A lot unique to the British that is probably stay here to play that you need to of people think our members give priority to do we while visitor here, but we very much welcome and hotel guests, fee packages wide range of green one of golf and have a on want to play a game to suit those who three. the courses or all


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■ WILLETT IS ENJOYING HIS PARTNERSHIP WITH CADDY SAM HAYWOOD

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■ The last 12 months have seen a dramatic turnaround in your fortunes, with your win in Dubai last December and victory at the BMW the PGA Championship catapulting you back up the world rankings. How pleasing has it been to get back to where you feel like you belong? Yeah, it’s certainly great to start playing the kind of golf that know I can play. More I than anything, it’s been great to be playing pain-free, and that’s what’s made the difference. Playing with an injury is just the hardest, soul-destroying thing you can imagine. Everything’s a battle, just getting up in the morning, getting out to the range and then teeing it up at a tournament you’re not in a position knowing that to do yourself justice. So to put all that behind me, and to play as well as I have over the last year or been amazing. so, has I know the results have been a bit mixed this year, but a lot of that is because I moved out to America full-time with the family, and I’m playing on the PGA Tour and trying to find my feet. It’s bit of a learning phase, a trying to find which courses I like, and how to go about things, so hopefully next year will be more consistent. ■ How bad did things get with the injury? I had to literally roll out of bed. It wasn’t just painful to play it was painful to sit golf, on the floor with my kids. I also had a couple of little muscle tears in my shoulder, so I couldn’t even pick the kids up. The first thing I’d do each day would be to pop a few painkillers with the morning coffee. That’s not a way you want keep going. to I was on painkillers when I won the Masters. Back then it was becoming an issue, but not a huge one. And then I played more than I’d planned a lot in America and Asia, and the body didn’t cope great with it. In the back of my mind, I knew that there’ was an underlying problem, and any moment it could spring up and hinder my performance. So I was competing and almost waiting for something bad to happen, instead of being completely of thoughts, and just clear actually enjoying the game. I got to a point where I was feeling like there was almost no point in playing, because I wasn’t going to play well. I wasn’t living to up to the status I’d created for myself. It’s embarrassing when you pitch up at golf events, and people are expecting pretty well, you’re you to play a Masters champion, and you don’t perform. was just taking spots I and making up the numbers, which is a good thing if you’re never trying to be a professional golfer.

got their own quite always work. Everyone’s feed off the anticipation priorities. Some sports gaps between their big created by having large , while others are events, and longer off-seasons Time will tell what will more ‘bang, bang, bang’. work best for golf.

to be voted PGA

greatest compliments I think that it’s one of the peers to feel like you’ve you can receive; for your special, so I was very done something pretty award. honoured to receive that what I’ve put into I think it says a lot about some of the vindicated of this year, and it kind the beginning of the decisions that I made at tough choices about season. I had to make some to play, and I know going was I where and when tournament sponsors and had to let down a lot of that I had to make those a lot of fans, but I knew to give myself the best decisions if I was going golf. chance of playing my best

Winning in Dubai last year was obviously a big turning point, but what was it like to win the BMW PGA Championship in front of all those fans at Wentworth? As you say, any tournament win is important, but winning at Wentworth was extra special. Most of my wins have come in events against pretty big stellar fields, so be able to win the PGA such an iconic golf on course, and against one of the strongest the tournament has fields had in recent years, was very rewarding. You’ve not been afraid to switch things up with regards to your support team, dropping your coach and your caddy. What difference has Sean Foley made to your game? I think anyone who has ever met Sean knows that he’s a charismatic guy. The time when we first got together, I was pretty low place, and in a I needed a lift. Foles just brings a different energy to the table in how he does things with his work and backs it up with a lot of science and facts to get to the bottom things. He’s an incredibly of intelligent guy, and I like the fact that he’s always wanting to get better and to increase his knowledge. I’m the same in what I’m trying to do. The work with Foles has improved me technically, so now that I’m injury-free longer and better. I can work for Being more technically sound has allowed to think much clearer me when I’m out on the golf course. Having my best friend, Sam [Haywood], on the bag has been great. Travelling as much as we do, you need a mate to keep sane on and off the you golf course, and Sam does that. ■

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What did it mean to you Tour player of the year?

ranking was so poor that there was no point really paying attention to it. It’s how the rankings work. It’s easy to drop a long way down when all your points come off from when you were playing well, but it’s also easy to jump up pretty quickly. Lee Westwood fell all the way down and then came back to no.1, Henrik Stenson has had a couple of topples in his career and has come back, Sergio Garcia’s the same. And now of course, fell all the way down, Tiger and came back up to the top. Now I just that if I keep doing feel the right things, inevitably something good will come of it.

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■ You’re switching your time between Florida and Sheffield these days. How have you and the family settled in to life in the States? Yeah, it’s all pretty good. We’ve bought a place in Windermere, near Isleworth. It’s 80 degrees every day and the kids are enjoying it, playing in the pool every afternoon. We’ll be doing a six-month stint at home and six months back in the States, so we’ll see it pans out in the long-term, how but while the kids are young it makes sense to base ourselves for longer chunks wherever I’m playing. ■ What goals have you set yourself for 2020? The Ryder Cup is definitely on my radar. Having lost the away leg at Hazeltine last time, it would be nice to have another crack I might be the guy at it. that plays every Ryder Cup away from home, which will be great fun for me. As far as long-term goals go, I just want to be able to carry on playing and see where it takes me. Now my body is in shape, I think I’ve got good maybe another 15 or 20 years of golf me, which is a pretty left in long time. This is my tenth year of being pro, and I want my a career to be as long as it possibly can and good as it can possibly as be.

■ DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: WILLETT WON THE BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP IN SEPTEMBER

I GOT TO A POINT WHERE I FELT THAT THERE WAS ALMOST NO POINT IN PLAYING , BECAUSE I KNEW THAT I TO PLAY WELL WASN'T GO ■ WILLETT'S FAMILY HAS HELPED HIM GET THROUGH THE DIFFICULT TIMES

How hard was it to see your world ranking taking a tumble? There were times I’d look at it and I’d just have to giggle because I know the player that I can be. But it got to a stage where my ■

WILLETT FINDS A WAY After suffering a number victory in 2016, Danny of injuries and battling with his form Willett is back at the top of his game following his Masters place at golf’s top and challenging table and a spot in for his Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup team

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DANNY WILLETT AGE: 32 WORLD RANKING: 29 PGA TOUR RESULTS APPEARANCES: 19 CUTS MADE: 12

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And in the majors, to a pretty successful career. I play around 25 we get four chances a year. I think if I continue to play tournaments a year, so I’ll have more chances the golf that I’m playing, to win majors. given week, and that play you It’s about how couple of things going perhaps about having a there. I don’t feel like your way, breaks here and weeks to play well. You you can pinpoint certain well every week that you try and play consistently it’s going to fall your tee it up, and some weeks isn’t. way, and some weeks it play this good standard I think if I continuing to chances to win more of golf I’ll have plenty of a lot of great memories got certainly I’ve majors. that will put me in a to draw on, so hopefully advantage of if and when better position to take I’m in contention.

more majors, Apart from winning some No.1 going to be a is getting back to world priority for you in 2020?

year eighth or ninth in Yeah, look, I started this progress, and to play so the world, so to see that up to No.2, has been well, and get myself back platform going into next satisfying. I have a great a couple months off in year, but I’m going to take to reset my goals, assess December and January

in Florida, where I now Yeah, I do. Basing myself the time and not having live, for the majority of definitely helped for to travel too far from there the year. It’s certainly a the first few months of me, and I’ll be more or schedule that works for season, give or take a less sticking to that next Irish Open for I don’t want to miss the events. few After moving up moved to a careerso now that that has running, yearsto high 25thtwo in the world ranking be making the trip I’ll definitely s, Matt Fitzpatr endisof May, the ick going places fast, but he’sback to play at Mount Juliet. over doing it while to treat keeping his feet firmly aside, I set out this season Schedule on the ground to feel want didn’t I and every week the same, on some like I was putting less importance I treated we go again. Now that the dust more importance on others. has settled where I’m at, and then events on theand 2019 season, how you think you performed do week of the this year? It’s been very good. event like it was the biggest every Technically new my best year, in terms seen adjusted to theranking points and my play of world I think that’s why you’ve and in general me,gained How do you think you for – strokes year a stuff likein that. along stats The and only thing that was coming of a shame . I’ve never been there missing was a win. consistency that the season had It’s a kind schedule, with the majors improved the to end when it did, as I felt was coming into like I my best form towards or satisfy anyone but four-month stretch? the end. up the numbers There’s no doubt make that that I hadto a disappointing my and didn’t kick on not used to playing season last year, to where I would that has really helped focus It’s been quite tough. I’m wantedand myself, to be, so hopefully I’ve to gone used a I long period of time.soul-searching way to putting that right this year. I es. did a lot of last winter andperformanc much golf in such a short put in a lot of work off, aspects of of weeks on different couple my game, and the a take weeks, results this season have play a couple although, as I said, been good, I’m disappointed not to but I think I forplayed ted that you didn’t have it in terms of trophies. anything disappoin to show you Were have play another couple weeks, the to Dubai title? stretch during What have you a chance to win the Race 13 tournaments in a 16-week done differently it’s played to previous seasons? ■ PERFECT I deliberately a wonderful a lot of golf, and It’sTIMING: fewer events this it three times. ROLEX AMBASSADOR I’ve middle of this year. So it’s No.year, andwon to keep me that really helped MATT fresh throughout to. used FITZPATRICK HAS played the season. When to have to get came but I hadn’t SET HIS SIGHTS Billybe on to my bag, he [Foster] able to doONit, MAKING THE 2020 to something we’re going stressed the feeling RYDER need to take more Lookingnext CUP TEAM AND to have at my schedule in breaks. events BREAKING Tour more compacted years gone by, I was counting European INTO THE WORLD'S as 32 events, and That’s going to be even enoughplaying as many TOP 20 this year I think played andlikethe like Bernd 28 or 29. It doesn’t the Olympicssound someone at a big difference, look When but it is. a year, when you throw in It’schance. an extra week or to work on the game, it is, two and it’s an extra week or two of rest., who played 25 or 26, whatever adds up over the It all Ryder Cup. course of a season,Wiesberger there and it certainly made but difference perfect, to be up there to my performances a big guys that deserved . I’m seeing the benefits The schedule is by no means I'M SEEING THE structured approach those are the of a more to my practicing s in the game and I feel more prepared BENEFITS OF HAVIN STRUCTURE for win. chance to a are so many different stakeholder tournaments. with G A MORE won’t AND I FEEL MORE D APPROACH TO MY some things Billy [Foster] described PRACTICING that’s it not surprising that PREPARED you as ‘the ultimate

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and ‘Bernhard Langer’s professional’ love child’ following finish at the Arnold your runner-up Palmer take that as a compliment? Invitational. I guess you’ve got to It was nice to hear that, but I guess what he really means might be prone is that I to over-analysing things and get overly with details! I’m very obsessed lucky to have Billy. He’s got so much experience, and has been there, done it and got the T-shirt. You have had great success at a young age, winning the Amateur, being US low amateur in both The Open and reaching number and US Open, one in the world amateur rankings, and now, a five-time European Tour winner aged just What do you put 24. your successes down to? I think I probably owe a lot to my mum and dad, not only values they’ve instilled for the in me, but also taking and Europe when me all over the UK I was a teenager. If it wasn’t for them, have had the opportunity I wouldn’t to take up the game good amateur level, and compete at a which was really the stepping stone to where

I am now. I also think they brought me up on decent values always said to me and that if I worked hard, and kept my head things would usually down, work out, and that’s kind of the philosophy I’ve stuck to. What are your goals for 2020 and beyond? I would like to be competing in all the Majors over the years and would next few obviously like to try and make the team next year. I Ryder Cup would also like to keep enjoying my European Tour and time on the climbing the world rankings – cracking 15 or 20 would be the top nice in the next season or two. What do motivates you to keep on pushing? No matter how good your achievements are, I think you can always be striving for more. There will always be having success and I suppose that competition guys that are me. With so many is what motivates players out there playing well week-in week-out, you can and never be content with your own game, matter how good no it is. I really want to be the best golfer possibly be, and I can if I give 100 per cent – there isn’t much ask of myself. more I can

Who first got you into golf? It was my dad who got me into the game. He has played most of his life and when I was nine he took me up to my local Hallamshire in Sheffield. club, I got the bug and the rest is history I was actually more really. into football at the time and was enjoying that, but there came a time when my golf was picking momentum, so I up some ended up dropping the football and bit more seriously. taking golf a My brother is also playing to a decent in college, so ours standard is a golfing household for sure. Where there any specific players that inspired you? Tiger Woods was definitely my main inspiration. When I used to stay up I was a kid late with my dad and watch him on of the Masters. He the weekend is such a great player to watch and always provides so much excitement. Being from England, I have admiration for Sir a lot of Nick Faldo and what he’s achieved. Six Majors,

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countless worldwide wins, and one of the top point scorers the Ryder Cup – in he’s had an incredible career, and one I mind emulating. wouldn’t Where’s your favourite tour destination? We go to so many great places on the European Tour over course of a season, the but I like events such as the Hong Kong which is hosted in Open, one of the best cities in the world, and the golf course at I love Fanling. It’s nice to come away from and have a look the venue around the major cities and forget a few hours. I also about golf for like Italy, so the Italian Open is another tournament of mine. favourite I also enjoy my time in America. The way life over there, the of weather, the golf courses, it always an enjoyable time adds up to for me. How do you like to relax aaway from the golf course? For the most part I like relaxing with friends, going for heading to the gym dinner, or jumping on my Playstation. I find get away from golf, it hard to but if I do, that is what I’ll usually get up to. You’ve been a Rolex ambassador for a few years now. did that come about How and which is your favourite watch? I think the relationship officially started at the Masters in know there had 2016. I been some discussions going on and I was keen to just get it so done because I wanted to be associated the brand. Being with with Rolex has surpassed my expectations couldn’t have wished and I for a better partner to be involved with. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I currently have the Platinum Daytona, which was the first Rolex I bought. I wanted one to be really special, my first and one that I really loved. I also have Submariner ,which a is kind of my everyday watch. I also recently purchased something a little different to those, which was rose gold Yachtmaster the Oyster Flex. That’s really nice and I have been wearing that a lot since I bought it last year. I was also lucky enough to receive a Rolex Ryder Cup appearance, during my 2016 which is engraved with the Ryder Cup logo, and I also received one when I won the DP World Tour Championship in 2016.

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When did you first get into golf? I started from a really age back home early in Mullingar in Ireland with a group of I loved the sport friends. back then and loved staying up on Masters Sunday watching the final round with my dad.

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felt, along with my managemen t company, that offer something we could different for some of the young golfers coming through. My managemen t company has looked young talent for after many years, and then we brought McDonnell and in Mark Ian Watts into the company, who between them have 35 years’ experience in the golf industry. Our focus is 100% on our players. This isn’t about anybody else. This me or is about our players. This is their time, careers, and we’re their there to support them as best we step of the way. can every Long term, we want to develop a small, talented stable very of players across all tours. We’re a boutique company and want to sign a small number really support them of key talents and on their journey.

What sets Modest! Golf apart from other managemen companies out t there? We give our players time over the period to flourish of their contract. We give them as support in year much three as we do in year one. It’s important players know they don’t need to panic if it doesn’t happen year one, although in obviously it’s nice if they hit the ground running. How much time do you get to work Ultimately we can’t on your own game? My game is doing teach these guys okay – my handicap to play golf, that’s up to them, but is around 8. I’d like get it down to five, we're set up to deal to but it’ll take a bit with everything else the course. We’ve of work to do that. clubs go everywhere off negotiated deals The with me on the with many top brands; from Coca-Cola, tour bus, so I always and find somewhere Pepsi, McDonalds, try to play or practice Mercedes and Honda among others, so between concerts. we know how to maximise earnings golfer off the course, for a What’s the best as well on it. We golf course you’ve are here to create commercial and played? Augusta National. both playing opportunitie It’s a truly magical s for our players. I also place, and I count like to think that myself very lucky I can relate to to have played there. young players making I loved playing Royal their way Portrush too, and ■ NIALL HORAN in the game, and was so pleased how to handle that it WITH MODEST! got to host The Open this year. their public profile. GOLF'S LATEST The whole week was a huge success, and, of SIGNING course, it was great TYRELL HATTON Modest! Golf’s first to have an signing Irish winner in Shane Lowry. back in 2016 was an I’m sure it won’t be too Italian amateur long before it comes called back Guido Migliozzi. there, the crowds were What attracted incredible. you to him? Guido was one of leading Why did you decide amateurs in Italy, to set up Modest! Golf and at the time Management? I really he was a freshfaced 19-year-old talent. He comes What do you love about the game? Everything. It’s way to escape for a great a bit, to turn my phone off and relax. enjoy playing and I meeting new people and the challenge working hard to try and improve of my game.

from a really supportive family, works hard, passion for the game. and has a genuine Now aged 22, he got his European card at the end Tour of last year, and has already won season, winning twice this the Kenyan Open in March and the Knockout in June. Belgian He looks like comfortably Race to Dubai’s qualifying for the Final Series and is knocking on the world’s top 100. door of the He’s an incredible talent, and it would great if he could be make the Ryder Cup team in Rome 2022. We also signed for Tyrell Hatton in June. He’s by far our highest profile signing to date, and it’s a sign of far we’ve come how in such a short space of time that a world top 50 player has joined our team. How exciting was it to sign the Maguire sisters, Lisa and Leona, last year? Signing Lisa and Leona Maguire, our first two Irish players, was very exciting. What both girls achieved in the amateur game is unbelievable it was huge honour and for the girls to choose them. As you would us to represent expect, they had a number of choices, so we were very happy that the came with us, and we are looking forward to helping and supporting them in the next chapter of their careers and beyond. We have always wanted a small ladies division, however, we had to wait for the right talent. Leona and Lisa are everything and more in terms of what we look a player. Their attitude, for in ability, work ethic and how they both carry themselves both on and off the course is exactly we expect in a Modest! what Golf player. They’ve for a long time, been on our radar however, with the way the college the US works, we’ve system in had to wait patiently before we were to make any approach. able

You’ve played your own part raising the profile of golf in Northern Ireland with Modest! Golf’s management of the Challenge Tour’s NI Open since 2016. This tournament at year’s Galgorm Castle was remodeled World Invitational, as the ISPS and transformed into a mixed event with women and men playing for the same prize How did that come money. about? We always wanted to get involved with the Challenge Tour and put our money where our is, so to speak. I’d mouth also heard what a first-class event Open has been the NI for a number of years. It was described me as the closest to thing you will get to a main European event, and for us Tour that’s exactly what we wanted to be with. We’ve been involved involved with NI Open for the past years now, and three the tournament has got bigger and every year, woth better more top players, bigger crowds, sponsors. and more We got into golf with the aim of developing the generation of players, next whether they be men and women, by supporting a so tournament like the World Invitational are helping to bring we that goal to fruition. We have created opportunity for women to perform the on the same stage and compete for as men the same prize fund, and I was delighted that so many women pros took part in it. It was such a week, with lots fun of events outside of the tournament with live music itself, acts and more. Just by looking definitely seemed at the crowds, it to attract a much younger, new audience. In addition to running events like this, how do you think golf in general can broaden its appeal to younger audiences? I think the game needs at times to be made quicker to encourage younger people into it. The European Tour has kind of led the way with some new tournament formats, and they’ve done a good job with their social activity, but that media needs to feed down more to the club Golf’s a great game level. for all ages and all genders. It requires skill and dedication and also gets you outside meeting people and keeping new you active.


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savvy golfers. The Central Florida hotspot has everything UK golfers are looking for in an international destination. Daytona Beach is home to LPGA a International, one of the state’s flagship facilities, one pair of Donald Ross designs, and Victoria Hills, of Florida’s top 15 layouts – and that’s just scratching the surface. Daytona Beach’s appeal off the course equals the quality of its golf offerings. From Daytona International Speedway to the 'World’s Most Famous Beach', Daytona Beach is full of eco, high-adventure and cultural activities. Throw in a vibrant culinary scene and the craft Daytona Beach Ale Trail, a collection of 21 local breweries, distilleries and tap houses, including Ormond Brewing Company and Daytona Beach the Brewing Company, and it’s easy to understand area’s popularity. With a wide choice of international airports to fly into, Daytona Beach’s winter and spring season is awaiting the arrival of discerning international travellers in search of an unforgettable golf trip. While the beach and speedway continue to attract much of the attention, here are the top your five reasons Daytona Beach should be part of itinerary.

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The appeal of the area’s idyllic winter weather can’t be overstated, and from January through May, the heart of the winter and spring golf seasons, it’s perfect. The average high temperatures in Daytona Beach over the next five months are (degrees C): 20 (January), 21.6 (February), 23.8 (March), 26 (April) and 29 (May). Those are temperatures that scream: “Take a golf trip now!”

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Daytona Beach is easily accessible via car, directly off Interstate 95 and Interstate 4, or flight into Daytona Beach International Airport, located within minutes of the beach. Other major airports in Orlando and Jacksonville are within an hour’s drive. The convenience of getting here, combined with everything else, makes a Daytona Beach golf trip a no-brainer in 2020.

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Throughout February, Daytona Beach will be in the news as the Great American Race approaches. Golfers planning a late January, early February trip know courses don’t close for DAYTONA Speedweeks. In fact, some of the events golf surrounding the DAYTONA 500 can enhance a trip as the buzz accompanying the nation’s premier car race brings even more life to an already vibrant

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Okay, enough about the ancillary reasons to take a Daytona Beach golf vacation; at the heart of any golf trip is the on-course experience. 20 The Daytona Beach area is home to more than layouts that deliver quality, value and conditions, LPGA the holy trinity on a golf trip leader’s checklist. International, home of the Jones and Hills courses,

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home leads the way, but Spruce Creek Country Club, of the nation’s largest private fly-in community, and Riviera Country Club, Victoria Hills, Venetian Bay Daytona Beach Golf Club’s South Course, a Donald are Ross design, are all outstanding layouts. Options plentiful and appealing in Daytona Beach.

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The main event of a golf getaway may seem fairly obvious, but what happens off the course matters - a lot. With a wide range of natural excursions, a vibrant nightlife, an array of waterfront dining, and shopping, you’ll have no trouble finding a way to fill the hours after you wrap up your round. Whether you want a quiet corner to relive the day’s best shots, crave a bustling beachfront bar scene where you can unwind, or seek a little more solitude paddling along the waterway, there’s something for everyone in Daytona Beach.

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With plenty of oceanfront accommodations, of and over 10 beachfront parks, along 23 miles beautiful coastline you’ll find a variety of options and activities to have an amazing beach day. Spend to eat an afternoon looking for shells, or grab a bite as you and take a walk along the beautiful shoreline enjoy the tranquil sounds of the waves. Let the kids run around and have fun at the the oceanfront splash parks and enjoy lunch with family at one of the many pavilions overlooking the ocean. Family-friendly attractions like Daytona Lagoon waterpark, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Marine Science Center and the Museum of Arts & Sciences are fun for all ages off the beach, too. Daytona Beach is an international destination, and attracting vacationers to attend NASCAR races take a drive on the area’s famed beaches. What rich people are less familiar with is Daytona Beach’s golf history.  Golfers know the area as the home of the LPGA’s headquarters and, of course, LPGA International, a highly acclaimed 36-hole facility, but Daytona

Beach has been attracting players for more than 100 years. Here are three things you likely didn’t know about Daytona Beach’s long-standing ties to the game: 1.) Donald Ross, who was born in Scotland before later becoming an American citizen, is widely regarded as America’s most important golf course architect. He designed Pinehurst No.2, Oakland Hills, East Lake and Seminole, among many other high profile layouts. Ross also left his mark in Volusia County, designing the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club. Like many Ross designs, the South Course is relatively open off the tee, but the challenge lies in the greens complexes. New Smyrna, which opened in 1953, is the 'new' Ross course. Boasting the outstanding year-round conditions, it is one of area’s hidden gems. 2.) When it comes to competitive golf, Daytona Beach is, understandably, closely associated with the LPGA Tour, but did you know the area is home to golf’s longest running mini-tour event - the hosted Riviera Open? Riviera Country Club has the tournament since 1960 and future PGA Tour champions are among the event’s past champions, including 7-time Tour winners Bert Yancey, Morris

Hatalsky, and Billy Hurley III. 3.) Spruce Creek Country Club isn’t just a quality William Amick-designed golf course, it’s the centrepiece of America’s largest fly-in community. to That’s right, Spruce Creek is built around what used be a US Navy landing strip during World War II. Playing the eighth and ninth holes you might have a plane an just a couple hundred feet over your head, adding Great adrenaline rush to your quest to make birdie. The American Race and the World’s Most Famous Beach has are Daytona Beach’s calling cards, but the area trip. plenty to offer golfers in search of a memorable More information is available at DaytonaBeach.Golf

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is connected to Located at the mouth of the River Targus, Lisbon and the Vasco da the south by two iconic bridges, the 25th April Gate Bridge Gama. The former is often compared to the Golden most famous in San Francisco and is overlooked by one of city’s similar to the landmarks – Cristo Rei – a 260ft statue of Christ, one found in Rio de Janeiro. its name The city is very walkable, although living up to use of the of ‘The City of Seven Hills’ it’s advisable to make many threeextensive tram system or take a ride on one of the George’s Castle, wheel tuktuk taxis. Don’t miss a tour around St of the trendy which overlooks the whole city, while the streets boutiques and Chiado district will find yourself amid beautiful of Ginjinha – a a mix of bohemian cafés and bars, where a glass of listening sweet cherry liqueur – will set you up for an evening to famous Fado singers in a local restaurant.

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11. TROIA Located an hour south of Lisbon, and accessible via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal, Troia offers a magical setting for Robert Trent Jones Senior’s magical, yet significantly underrated, seaside course, which first opened for play in 1980. Jones utilised his trademark bold bunkering, raised greens and doglegs on the par-72, 6,317m layout, which stretches along the beach and sweeps between pine trees, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Arrábida mountain range. Although too short and tight for modern tournament play, Troia hosted the Portuguese Open back in 1983, when Sam Torrance was the only player to break par for the championship, telling everything you need to know about the course’s challenge. It’s recent rise to No.8 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe ranking shows a club that is not resting on its laurels. troiaresort.pt

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12. RIBAGOLFE I & II Set within a nature reserve 40km east of Lisbon, Ribagolfe offers Portuguese golf at its most rural and tranquil. Boasting two courses, I and II, Ribagolfe I, a monstrous 7,300-yard layout that we thankfully reduced to a still not inconsiderable 6,600 yards by hitting from the yellow tees. Played in early spring, the course was lush, green and visually stunning, and with no villas or houses to interrupt the views or the flow of the layout. Each hole is sheltered from the next, and requires your utmost concentration to make par. Deep bunkers will halt progress up the fairway, while sheer length will prove most players’ undoing. The huge greens are even paced and excellent to putt on, although finding the right level was never easy. Hole highlights include the 7th, a 448-yard par four which is framed by a lake all the way down the right side. Although the water is barely in play, it provides a stunning view from the green at this testing stroke index two. Ribagolfe II is a shorter test than its sibling, but still measures more than 6,800 yards. It’s a more forgiving, but equally appealing course, with wider fairways and more generous landing areas, while large, contoured greens make it a stiff test, especially if the wind blows. orizontegolf.com

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4. BELAS drive from Lisbon, the Set in the beautiful Carregueira Mountains, a short championship course Rocky Roquemore-designed Belas is a demanding and valleys beyond. that offers fantastic views of the surrounding hills fairways – several of The 6,700-yard layout features gently mounded plenty of significant them set in deep valleys – large scalloped bunkers, lakes to avoid. rises and falls, and a liberal number of streams and an attractive There is a great variety of holes on offer, including holes, while the drop of couple a including threes, par of selection with the downhill closing stretch is both challenging and memorable, of the green, and par-5 15th, the par-4 17th, with water on both sides lake with your the par-4 18th, which requires a carry over a U-shaped round. entertaining an of drama the to adding all approach, belasclubedecampo.pt

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1. QUINTA DA MARINHA a 35-minute drive from Located close to the pretty coastal town of Cascais, on golfing itineraries Lisbon, Quinta da Marinha has featured prominently thanks to its firstto the region ever since it first opened in the mid-80s, designed by Robert Trent class accommodation and quality golf. Originally in its early life, including Jones, the course hosted numerous tournaments is eminently playable Senior, LET and Challenge Tour events, although it receptive greens mixed for the holiday golfer, with generous fairways and views over the seas. in with the odd water hazard and some wonderful bunkering, raised Re-routed in 2016, the course features cleverly located dog-legs. greens with tight, sloping shoulders, and several fiendish hotel, which offers After a round, golfers can relax in the five-star, on-site choice of bars and 198 rooms and suites and 40 villas, and an excellent restaurants. quintadamarinha.com

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5. LISBON SPORTS CLUB in the region, having One of the oldest clubs and most traditional clubs gem that is well been founded in 1922, Lisbon Sports Club is a little capital city. worth searching out during any trip to Portugal’s the city centre, Tucked away in the forests of Sintra, 20km from a par of 69. A Fred the course measures just under 5,300 metres, with fairways flowing Hawtree design, it is characterised by tree-lined greens add to the through a peaceful valley setting. Raised tees and on distance and challenge, while clever bunkering places an emphasis are sloping and direction control, rather than brute force. The greens it’s advisable to keep fast. Some of the holes criss-cross each other, so your eyes peeled for balls coming from all directions.

2. GOLF DO ESTORIL Europe’s oldest Estoril’s superb 18-hole course is located in one of out to the Atlantic. established tourist resorts and boasts wonderful views makes good use of A masterpiece of design by Mackenzie Ross, the layout a short course, at the surrounding pine trees and eucalyptuses. Although and tight fairways, 5,808 yards, its par of 69, coupled with uneven terrain to score well. demands accuracy and good course management clubegolfestoril.com

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Roca. precision rather than Host of the European Tour’s 2018 GolfSixes event, as anything hit off power is the order of the day over the opening holes, safely negotiated, the line will almost certainly require a chip out. Once with an opportunity course opens up as you rise out of the woodland, Moving to the back to open the shoulders on the par fives at 7 and 8. is a wonderful par nine, the pick of the holes are 14, 17 and 18. The 14th are both par fours three that plays over ravine, while the final two holes it has a downhill as measuring over 450 yards. The 17th is slightly easier, left must be approach, but the green is tricky and the bunker front dogleg left with a avoided. The 18th is a classic finishing hole – a long rough on both sides. narrow fairway, and trees and dunes bordering the you up nicely to enjoy The course is largely flat, and a good walk will set or the five-star hotel. the excellent food on offer in the stylish clubhouse

Located in the historic town of Vila dos Capuchos, on the Costa Caparica, 20km south of Lisbon and 3km from the sea, the 4-star Aldeia dos Capuchos Resort boasts a aparthotel, a full-service spa, three swimming pools and a 9-hole golf course. There is a driving range, practice putting green and pro shop. Eating and drinking options on site include two restaurants, a café and two bars. golfaldeiadoscapuchos.com

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CASCAIS lies on the Estoril The historic and beautiful coastal town of Cascais town boasts coast, just 30 minutes from Lisbon. The pretty harbour while its a yacht-filled marina and lots of great fish restaurants, sports. small, sandy coves are ideal for swimming and water was Take a tour around the Palácio da Cidadela, which Dom Luís I. This commissioned as a summer palace in 1870 by King of visiting heads captivating museum remains the official residence of state in Portugal. offered through If walking gets too much, hire one of 1,200 bikes from 76 points the BiCas free bike-hire scheme, which are available that runs the between Parede and Estoril, and hit the cycle path bit of nature in entire 9km stretch from Cascais to Guincho. For a the Atlantic waves the raw, stop off at the Boca do Inferno to watch pummel the craggy ‘Mouth of Hell’, 2km west of Cascais.

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13. BOM SUCESSO Occupying a spectacular site alongside the Lagoa de Obidos, the 18 holes at Bom Sucesso first opened in 2008 and were designed by Donald Steel. It is the very epitome of resort golf – offering generous fairways, a smattering of water, and some interesting changes in elevation. After a gentle opener, the course quickly gets into it stride at the second, a very strong par-5 which sweeps downhill to a green protected by a lake on the right. The same lake is then carried to the par-3 third. The back nine kicks off with a pretty par three, while the 12th is a testing 400-yard par four with water to the right with the hole turning left to an off-set green. The closing two holes are show stoppers, with the tee on the par-5 17th commanding the best view on the entire estate, although this demanding 580-yard dogleg will require all of your attention. The 18th offers a similarly inviting view from the tee, although the drive requires a little more thought, as a stream crosses the hole twice before you reach the safety of the green. bomsucesso.net

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14. DOLCE CAMPOREAL A 45-minute drive north of Lisbon will take you to the championship course at CampoReal, a Martin Ebert design which first opened in 2005 and blends serenely into the surrounding countryside, while providing an enjoyable and interesting round. Blind shots, steep inclines and wooded valleys create a series of hazards that will test all of your shot-making skills on this charming layout, which hosted the Ladies Portugal Open in 2010 and 2011. The on-site hotel coasts 155 well-appointed rooms and suites, while there is also a range of private apartments, town houses and villas which are ideal for families and larger groups. The hotel boasts four restaurants and two bars, the Southeast Asian-themed Mandalay Spa, while other leisure facilities include tennis courts, bike hire and a children’s activity club. dolcecamporeal.com

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8. AROEIRA I & II Tucked away in a 900-acre private estate 30km south of Lisbon, Aroeria’s two championship layouts, named I and II, cut a swathe through a dense pine forest. Aroeira I, which was built in 1972, some 30 years before II came along. Despite its numbering, the lower numbered course is not the first string, as it perhaps lacks the stadium setting, and the length, of its younger sibling, although they both enjoy similarly elevated positions in the various European course rankings. Designed by Frank Pennink, Aroeira I plays 6,650 yards off the back tees and requires unerring accuracy off the tee to score well. The round kicks off with a gun-barrel straight par five, but the pressure soon ramps up at the testing 400-yard, par four second, which gently turns right off the tee around a large pond, before rising to a well-protected green. Water comes into play at the first par three – the 170-yard fourth – and reappears besides the green at the 340-yard par-four sixth, where a 3-wood off the tee leaves you a short iron to a large, but undulating green. Arguably some of the best holes can be found on the back nine, with the par-3 14th, with the green fronted by water all the way from the tee, and surrounded by a canopy of majestic pines behind, being a highlight. The par-four 17th and 18th provide a strong finish, with the former requiring an accurate tee shot to set up an approach to this sharply angled dogleg, while the 18th is as straight as you like, but is uphill all

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15. PRAIA DE’L REY RESORT Situated less than an hour north of Lisbon, on Portugal’s magnificent Silver Coast, Praia D’El Rey enjoys a well-earned reputation as being one of Europe’s top golf resorts. A firm favourite with golf groups and families thanks to its extensive array of five-star facilities, which include a 177room Marriott hotel, a wide selection of rental villas, five restaurants, tennis academy, multi-sports court, luxury spa, health club, and two championship golf courses - Praia D’El Rey and West Cliffs. The former is a par-73 championship course is set amidst a combination of extensive pine forests and undulating dunes, and features spectacular views over the Atlantic and the Berlengas Islands beyond. Designed by Cabell Robinson, it deserves its reputation as one of the continent’s top layouts. While the front nine flits between the ocean and some inland holes, the course gets into its stride on the back nine, especially on the three-hole stretch from 13-15 that runs along the coast. All are superb tests, with the signature par-3 13th and the 15th, a demanding 400-yard par-4 with a big dip short of the green, being personal favourites. praia-del-rey.com 16. ROYAL OBIDOS SPA & GOLF RESORT Royal Obidos was a stunning addition to the golf offering on the Silver Coast when it opened in 2011. Well known as the last course ever designed by the late Seve Ballesteros, it provides a superb lasting legacy, with the 7,320-yard layout being one of the great man’s best works. With views over the Atlantic and the Obidos Lagoon, its presents a serious challenge to all levels of golfer, especially on the eight holes that feature water, while the numerous run-offs around the greens offer the chance to practice your Seve-style up-and-downs. Opened in 2014, the boutique-style Evolutee Hotel sits in splendid

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isolation overlooking the golf course. Boasting just 39 rooms – make sure you bag one with an ocean view – the five-star venue features an Elemental spa, two swimming pools, a restaurant and bar. More importantly, it’s just a short walk down the hill to the clubhouse. royalobidos.com 17. WEST CLIFFS Voted one of the most exciting new course openings of 2017, the stunning links at West Cliffs, located on Portugal’s dramatic Silver Coast an hour north of Lisbon, deserves to be on everyone’s list of must-play courses in 2020. Designed by Cythia Dye, niece of the legendary golf architect Pete, it took 14 years to create West Cliffs from start to finish, and her first layout in Portugal has been well worth the wait. Occupying a privileged location high above the sea, the spectacular par-72 clifftop links has been created over 200 hectares of natural landscape, rolling sand dunes and coastal vegetation, and offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from each hole. Not overly long – it measures barely 7,000 yards off the back tees –its clever design features a number of carries and an array of outstanding holes that have to be negotiated if you’re to score well. The experience is enhanced by stylish, eco-friendly clubhouse, which was built using natural and certified materials, and offers exclusive panoramic views of the course and the Atlantic from three sides of the glass-fronted building. West Cliffs is managed by Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort, which is situated less than a 10-minute drive away and provides the ideal base for a golfing break. westcliffs.com

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CAPITAL CHOICES Lisbon Drive just a few miles along the coast west of central to and you’ll discover half a dozen excellent golf courses and Cascais enjoy, as well as the must-visit towns of Sintra

SINTRA Sintra is a Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992, that demands a charming hilltop town located 25km west of Lisbon visit between rounds. summer Don’t miss a tour of the Pena Palace, a former royal amaze and residence whose mixture of architectural styles will be seen most surprise, while the region’s Moorish influences can ruined impressively at the Castelo dos Mouros, a mist-enshrouded forest, which surrounding the above 400m over castle that looms can trace its history back to the 10th century.

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the way to green and requires two good whacks to reach the heavilysloping green. Aroeria II is more of a championship layout than I, and it’s easy to see why it enjoys a reputation as being the ‘Wentworth of Lisbon’. Built at the turn of the century, there is plenty of maturity to the pine-tree lined layout. Measuring just under 7,000 yards from the back tees, water comes into play on no fewer than nine holes, and there are many pot bunkers and large, undulating greens to negotiate. Although wider off the tee in places, it’s grown up golf, and is more demanding than your average holiday golf course. orizontegolf.com 9. MONTADO Located close to Setubal, a 30-minute drive south of Lisbon, Montado Hotel & Golf Resort is surrounded by famous muscatel vineyards that were planted more than a century ago, and offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The par-72, 6,380m course, which opened in 1992, and was redesigned in 2005, enjoys a pleasant rural setting, with easy-walking fairways laid out between lines of old oaks and younger olive trees, chestnut and pines, winding around creeks and natural lakes. There are plenty of interesting holes on which to test your skills, but there’s no doubting that the par-three 18th, which requires a tee shot to a island green, is among the highlights, especially if the match is all-square. On-site accommodation is offered in a four-star hotel, which boasts 90 rooms, two restaurants and a spa. montadoresort.com 10. QUINTA DO PERU Just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Lisbon, the enchanting tree-lined course at Quinta do Peru is framed by the Arrábida Natural Park with its 18 finely-crafted holes meandering gently through avenues of tall pines. First opened in 1994, it was designed by American architect Rocky Roquemore, the 6,640-yard layout has matured nicely over the last 25 years, and is tidy without being pristinely manicured, and the greens are devilishly quick, so its vital to be below the hole if you want to give it anything more than a nudge with the putter. Although the tree-lined fairways are generally not too narrow, big and astutely-placed bunkers, and rapid putting surfaces, ensure that Quinta do Peru is a solid test off the back tees, and most holiday golfers will have more fun off the yellows, which take the course down to a more manageable 6,175 yards. clubgolfquintadoperu.com

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GASTRO GOLF UNVEILS NEW DESTINATIONS AND GREAT SAVINGS BESPOKE GOLF HOLIDAY COMPANY Gastro Golf has expanded its offerings to golfers with a passion for quality golf and fine food by bringing online some new and exciting destinations and an early booking discount for 2020. The Cheshire-based tour operator, which is a member of IAGTO, provides golf holidays with a ‘gastronomic twist’ – combining the opportunity to play on some of the world’s top golf courses, stay in luxury hotels, and enjoy exceptional culinary and cultural experiences. With superb offers on winter golf in the sun and new destinations, including Mauritius and Argentina, Gastro Golf’s worldwide reach continues to bring golfers exciting choices for their next golf holiday. New digital destination guides have also been added to Gastro Golf’s website. These informative guides will help golfers understand in more detail about what a Mauritius, Argentina or South Africa golf holiday can involve, the best hotels and the amazing choice of quality golf courses, which can all be added to a Gastro Golf Holiday. Gastro Golf founder John Sullivan said: “2020 is an exciting year to look forward to for our customers. We have established great relationships with a host of quality destination partners all over Europe and beyond, providing first-class golf and hospitality to our clients, and we continue to work closely with all of our golf resorts, hotels and tourism partners to bring golfers superb rates on packages golf breaks With an early booking discount of up to 20% available on most packages, now is a great time to enquire about your winter sun or spring/summer 2020 golf break.” For information, visit www.gastrogolf.co.uk, call 0161 612 3319, or email enquiries@ gastrogolf.co.uk.

MADEIRA IS THE PERFECT PLACE to head to avoid the winter blues - and it has some amazing long-stay packages for golfers who feel frost should be limited to the outside of a beer glass. Two Funchal hotels, the Dorisol Mimosa Hotel and the Dorisol Florasol Hotel, are offering 28-night stays - with unlimited golf at both Palheiro Golf and Santo da Serra - from just €61pppn. The four-week breaks, available until April 30, 2020, are available on a room-only basis, with both hotels - located centrally in Madeira’s capital providing a complimentary shuttle service to both golf courses. The Dorisol Mimosa Hotel enjoys privileged views over Funchal Bay, and is within walking distance of both the seaside promenade and the city centre. It has an indoor pool with health club, sauna and Jacuzzi; a gym; spa; tennis court; games room; and a terrace bar and Europa restaurant - shared with two other hotels in the Dorisol complex. Golfers will stay in the recently renovated studio apartments, containing a fully equipped

kitchenette; cable TV; free wifi; bathroom with bath or shower; and a private balcony. The cost is €1,699 per person, based on two sharing. The Dorisol Florasol Hotel is located just a 20-minute walk from Funchal city centre, close to the promenade, with great views over the ocean. Nearby are restaurants, bars and all the facilities required for a self-catering break. Accommodation is provided in recently renovated one-bedroom apartments, with a fully equipped kitchenette; cable TV; bathroom with shower and bath; and a private balcony. The four-week break costs €2,035pp, based on two sharing. The 6,656-yard course at Palheiro Golf is situated within the Palheiro Estate. At nearly 1,640ft above sea level, the location enjoys dramatic views of Madeira’s mountainous skyline and the ocean, as well as the island’s capital, Funchal. The original course at Santo da Serra, dating from 1937, was redesigned in 1991 by Robert Trent Jones Snr, who created a new and spectacular 27-hole complex, with views of the bay of Machico. For details, visit www.madeiraallyear.com & www.dorisol.com.

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TREVOSE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB C O N S TA N T I N E B AY | PA D S TO W | N O R T H C O R N WA L L | PL28 8JB Set against the dramatic backdrop of Constantine Bay and Trevose Head, Trevose Golf & Country Club is one of the jewels in crown of West Country golf, with its 18-hole championship course ranked 75th in Golf Monthly’s top 100 courses in the UK & Ireland.

Originally designed by the legendary Harry Colt in 1925, the free-draining links has recently been renovated by world-renowned architects Mackenzie & Ebert, and offers a true test of seaside golf for all skills levels.

meandering stream and some more truly classic holes, as it heads inland. The wind plays a big part in how the course plays on any given day, while imagination and creative shot making are essential if you want to score well. For those looking to stay and play, Trevose offers a variety of high quality options, offering accommodation for up 130 people spread across a range of spacious luxury lodges and apartments to cosy cottages and bungalows, all of which are rated four- and five-star by English Tourism, and are ideal venue for couples, families and golfing groups of all sizes.

Host of the Staysure Tour’s Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship since 2018, as well as numerous top-flight national and county amateur events, including the Brabazon Trophy, the McGregor Trophy, and the English Men’s County Finals, there is no doubting Trevose’s tournament pedigree. Boasting a classic Colt ‘two-loop’ configuration, the front nine hugs the sand dunes, offering stunning sea views and great bunkering, while the back nine features a

Residents also have access to the 9-hole Headland Course, as well as a charming 9-hole par-three layout, as well as tennis courts, a massage

and beauty salon, fitness studio, games room, and, in the summer, an outdoor swimming pool, while the clubhouse offers a bar, two terraces and the Constantine Restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine, all with panoramic views over the golf courses.

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Society Packages Trevose welcomes all societies and corporate visitors, with the club’s on-site team able to organise events to suit any size of group or budget. To discuss your requirements, call 01841 520208.

Green Fees £40/£59/£75 for 18 holes on the Championship course (low/mid/peak season, or £32/£49/£52 for residents); £18 for the 9-hole Headland Course, and £10 for the par-3 course.

How to get there 10 miles from the A39 turnoff at Wadebridge along the A389. Four miles west of Padstow.

Accommodation Catering for groups of between 2 to 6 persons, we have a range of accommodation types to suit all budgets. See our website for options https:// trevose-gc.co.uk/category/ accommodation/

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alone a four! A fabulous run of holes on the back nine features

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another beautifully tough par 4, the 13th hole, where the 2nd shot into the green provides a summary of Broadstone’s test -

The course is Broadstone’s real star, regularly featuring

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across the Dorset countryside and playing surfaces in excellent condition, it takes some beating in terms of a golfing experience.

One of Harry Colt’s finest works, the course features many iconic holes, providing a stern but fair test. Highlights include

the stunning par-3 6th hole, less than 170 yards but still a classic Colt par 3. The 7th is a rolling par-4 with two carries over

heather where a five is generally considered a great score, let

tough, but fair and lots of fun, with great views everywhere, this time the scenic 14th hole. A golf course that never disappoints and lives long in the memory. Located on the outskirts of Bournemouth, Broadstone

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Accommodation Many great places to stay, everything from chic hotels in historic Wimborne to many hotels and great night life in the centre of Bournemouth.

Other Facilities State of the art swing studio, halfway house.

To visit Royal Blackheath is to take a step back into golfing history.

Over the last five years the Club has invested extensively in the development and improvement of the 6,278-yard course, including a

The Club can trace its roots back to 1608, when courtiers of the Scottish King, James VI, who became James I of England, sought out

major bunker refurbishment and irrigation upgrade, all of which has served to enhance the golfing experience still further.

a suitable place near Greenwich Palace to play a game that had yet to find favour with those south of the border.

The magnificent 17th century Grade I-listed clubhouse, Eltham

Over 410 years later, golf is stronger than ever at the Club, with the par-71 course – which was created by Tom Dunn in 1892 and added to and redesigned by the great James Braid in the late 1920s – occupying classically landscaped parkland just nine miles from the City of London. Its tranquility belies a challenging design, with particularly strong

Lodge, is literally a living museum to the history of the game; the museum collection includes the original Calcutta Cup and Grand

Foursomes Claret Jug from St Andrews as well as the oldest medals

played for in golf. Sumptuous dining facilities, affording stunning views across the golf course, and first-class hospitality throughout make

opening and closing holes, while excellent fairways and true, fast greens

Royal Blackheath the ideal venue for an unforgettable day’s golf for a corporate golf day, charity tournament or society outing.

guarantee an enjoyable and interesting test for golfers of all abilities.

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Society Packages Societies are welcome midweek for 18, 27 or 36-hole packages, with a wide range of catering options and reduced green fee rates.

Green Fees £90/£65 (midweek summer/winter).

How to get there Easily accessible by road or rail. Mottingham Station is a 10-miunte walk.

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