Playaway: Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course, Lincolnshire

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THAT FINE AND most traditional of golf writers, Henry Longhurst, said ‘It is I think, the best course, in the most comprehensive sense, that I have played on in Britain.’ It is the Hotchkin course, named after club member, golf architect and local resident, Stafford Vere Hotchkin, who in 1902 offered a large swathe of his own hunting land to use as an 18-hole course in the Lincolnshire spa town of Woodhall. Continue reading

Playaway: Kington Golf Club, Herefordshire

 

IMG_0096YOU WON’T FIND Kington Golf Club in any great golf courses’ guide but that is absolutely no reason to ignore this wonderful little course clinging, almost precariously, to the top of Bradnor Hill in far West Herefordshire. At 1,280 feet, Kington was once the highest 18-hole course in England although since Alston Moor in Cumbria was extended it has now been relegated to second place. What this most welcoming of clubs is most certainly is the best in the county and one well worth making a detour to play. Continue reading

Play Away: Port Royal Golf Club, Bermuda

Tee on 16th hole of Port Royal golf course

Tee on 16th hole of Port Royal golf course

HANG THE EXPENSE! Let’s go to Bermuda.

Despite only being a couple of miles wide and 20 miles long this tiny series of interconnected islands in the Atlantic is almost one large golf course with seven currently to choose from. Amongst them is probably the most scenic public course in the world, at Port Royal, government owned that opened in 1970 on high ground overlooking a clear, torquoise ocean. Continue reading

Playaway: Winter sunshine golf

Golf Images 5THIS MONTH, INSPIRED by Thomas Hood’s poem November*, rather than consider one course we take a look at some sunshine breaks to find the best places to stay and golf. Our requirements are simple, no flight takes more that four and a half hours, and we shall be staying in extremely comfortable surroundings in our quest for some Winter sun as well as taking in some first rate golf courses. Continue reading

Play Away: Golf du Medoc, Bordeaux.

Golf Parcours Les Vignes Golf du MedocGOLF AND CLARET have always been remarkably comfortable bed fellows. Each July the champion golfer of the year lifts a famous old claret jug at the Open Championship while the club claret remains a hardy perennial at all traditional golf clubs. How appropriate then for two fine courses in the heart of the finest wine producing region on earth should be called the Chateaux and the Vines. Continue reading

Playaway: Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

View of the par three seventh at Aphrodite Hills

View of the par three seventh at Aphrodite Hills

CYPRUS IS SO MUCH more than an island beach resort. With over 10,000 years of civilisation behind it there are some outstanding cultural highlights including Byzantine churches and a World Heritage site at the ancient city of Paphos to enjoy, alongside the opportunity to sample the island’s varied and many gastronomic delights. And for an off-season golfing break Cyprus is the ideal destination. Continue reading

Playaway: Crail Golf Society, Balcomie Links, Fife

View across to the 15th hole at Crail Golfing Society, Balcomie Links.

View across to the 15th hole at Crail Golfing Society, Balcomie Links.

CONSIDERING ITS PROXIMITY to the old grey town of St. Andrews it is remarkable that many more golfing pilgrims do not take time to play Balcomie Links at Crail. Set a mere 12 miles south on the most easternmost tip of the Kingdom of Fife this Tom Morris-designed stunner of a links presents a stern test despite its modest length of 5,922 that sadly  excludes it from major competitions.
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