For so many years I had been driven past Vila Sol Golf Course on route to Vilamoura to report on the Portugal Masters.
And in travelling the main thoroughfare from Faro to Vilamoura each year we passed by a fairway where set into the banking of this particular fairway is the words ‘Vila Sol’.
However I was always curious what hole it was where the sign was located.
I found out first hand last year as it was Vila Sol’s sixth hole and one of the most picturesque and delightful holes ...
It was a very special anniversary when I had the pleasure for a first time in visiting Stromness Golf Club on the Scotland island of Orkney.
It was 6th June, 2014 and the 70th anniversary of the D. Day landings and while Stromness is a long way from the sandy beaches of Normandy there was no mistaking as I made my about the course the part played by the Orkney Islands in both world war conflicts.
Of course, lying at the heart of the Orkney Islands is Scapa Flow, and no one should need any reminding ...
There is something very unique in travelling to Doha each year for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
It is the only country on the 2014/15 European Tour International schedule that boasts just one golf course.
Fortunately the Doha Golf Club is a 27-hole complex with the 18-hole championship lay-out that has played host to the event since 1998, and there is a nine-hole Academy layout.
And while the Academy course is closed to members during Qatar Masters week the organisers are kind in allowing a ...
The sun was still 15 minutes away from making its presence felt when Eoin Clarke and myself stood on the opening tee of the Yas Island Links course at Abu Dhabi.
This was in contrast to a few years back when I joined a group of journalists covering the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to inspect the yet completed layout.
On that occasion we made our way out to the 8th hole, a stunning par three laid out on the Yas Island shoreline, where we were introduced to course designer, Kyle Phillips.
The eighth ...
It is never polite when visiting a golf course for a first time to be late arriving.
But then it was downright embarrassing in stepping up to the first tee and without the hint of a warm-up to then walk off the opening hole a few minutes later in holing a very long putt for birdie.
Well, that was the scenario when I joined three of Scotland’s leading golf correspondents – Martin Dempster (The Scotsman), Euan McLean (Daily Record) and Nick Rodger (Scottish Herald) – last October ...
Hyundai Tournament of Champions Player Spotlights:
Road to Kapalua for Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Seung-yul Noh, Nick Taylor and Brendon Todd.
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii – Leading up to the start of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, tournament officials are issuing player spotlight pages for each of the committed qualifiers for the winners-only event. Each spotlight page will highlight the road to Kapalua for four players committed to tee it up when the event returns to The Plantation Course at ...
Those who know me well will be reading this and wondering why it took me so long, and all of three days, for a first game of golf in 2015.
Well after seeing in the New Year I dusted off the Callaway’s and headed this afternoon to the very close-by President Golf Club course at West Palm Beach, Florida.
The course in recent weeks has become like a second ‘home’ course and while I was quickly soaring with a birdie at the opening hole on my very first game on the Eagle Course, there ...