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Choosing which Scottish courses to play is never easy

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Planning a golf tip back to Scotland, the country that gave birth to the game more than 6 centuries ago, deserves all of the time you can spare on research and attending to the many details that will make your experience a rousing success. After all, this will be an important event and how many…

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St Andrews Old Course, The Ultimate Golf Trip

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For every golfer, the name St Andrews Old has a certain magic that brings tingles to the spine. St. Andrews is the birthplace of the game where golf has been played for more than 600 years – the entirety of its history. If you have intentions of planning a golf package to Scotland, St. Andrews…

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A golf powerhouse called Northern Ireland

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Northern Ireland has found a new, super-star status in the world of golf during the past few years, aided in no small part by a trio of golf champions this tiny country has produced. First it was Graeme McDowell, winning the US Open Championship in 2010, audaciously followed in 2011…

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Spain & Portugal — Golf and the good-life

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No matter how addicted any golfer might be to The Royal & Ancient Game, it’s a sure bet that golf is only one of many interests they have. Golfers simply seem to have a greater appreciation for life’s many other pleasures than most others. They are often better traveled and have perhaps had more opportunities…

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Southwest Scotland: Home to some of the finest links

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There are few serious golfers around who don’t hear the call of the links. If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t worry, you will soon enough. It’s an insatiable yearning to get back to the roots of this 600 year-old game, to experience those courses of old, formed by Mother Nature and the elements with…

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Ballybunion: A name that thrills every golf aficionado

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If there is one name that says Irish golf more than any other, that name can only be, Ballybunion, one of the world’s truly great links courses. Ranked # 7 in Golf Digest Magazine’s most recent listing of The 100 Best Courses Outside the USA, Ballybunion is firmly entrenched as a world leader. Small wonder…

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Royal Dornoch: King of Scottish links courses

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Any visit to Scotland that doesn’t include the Scottish Highlands is an incomplete visit. Miss out on this stunningly beautiful part of the country and in many ways, you will have missed the essence of Scotland, a fact that applies as much to golfers as it does to visitors with no interest in the game….

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Killarney: An Irish charmer that captivates every visitor

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In a land where the Royal and Ancient game is the sport of the people, the Emerald Isle boasts an imposing array of well over 400 golf courses to accommodate its population of barely 6 million, making it one of the world’s most golfer friendly countries. The quality of Irish golf is as good as…

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Whisky and Golf: Two inseparable Scottish icons

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On a global scale, Scotland is a very small country, but that has never stopped the Scots from making their presence known through their innate creativity and inventiveness. Precious things come in small packages and for its tiny population of only some 5 million, Scotland has given more to the world than most countries ten…

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Valderrama: Home to Spain’s Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup always delivers more than its fair share of thrills, spills and good old fashioned excitement and never is this as true as when every fourth year, Europe takes its turn to host this battle of golfing gladiators Since its beginnings over 85 years ago, The Ryder Cup had always been a biennial…

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Is the British Open the most Scottish golf tournament of all?

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Often mistakenly referred to as The British Open, the oldest golf tournament in existence (and the only Major to be played away from American soil) should be correctly called, The Open Championship. There is no reference to any country or nationality in the name, although it remains very much a Scottish flavored event. When the…

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Dublin is a golfer’s town like no other

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Capital cities hold a special attraction for most of us and when these capitals are in Europe the appeal becomes an almost seductive allure that is all but irresistible. It’s the hustle, bustle and sheer excitement of it all. It’s the wealth of history and culture, the shopping, museums, sightseeing, nightlife and restaurants and for…

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Flamenco, sherry, horses as well as superb golf

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If you are one of the literally millions of American golfers who have been dreaming of taking a golf trip “Across the Pond” for as long as you can remember, 2015 could well be the ideal year to turn the dream into reality. Choose your European destination carefully, selecting a country with plenty of good…

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Royal County Down: Northern Ireland’s Best

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If you are considering taking a golf trip to Northern Ireland, congratulations, you are obviously an informed golfer and a true connoisseur of the game, with a desire to play courses acknowledged as being among the best on the planet. In Northern Ireland you have found the right place to fulfill your dreams. The listing…

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Magnificent Muirfield – Golf’s Sanctum Sanctorum

Play Muirfield Golf Course, near Edinburgh, Scotland

If there is one name in the world of golf capable of raising goose bumps on the skin of any serious player, that name is probably Muirfield, home to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. St. Andrews may take the publicity and garner the sentimental attention of many, but it’s Muirfield that carries the real…

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Do you think St. Andrews is only about golf? Think again!

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Any golfer with plans to travel to Scotland and St. Andrews, has a great experience in store, after all, this is the home of golf, the place where the game was born almost 600 years ago. It’s here where the most hallowed piece of golf real estate in existence sits — the venerable, St. Andrews…

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Europe’s best golf is in Spain and Portugal

Play San Lorenzo Golf Course, near Vilamoura, The Algarve, Portugal

Contrary to common belief, quality golf, “Across the Pond”, is not limited to the cool, damp climates of Northern Europe, in fact most of Continental Europe’s very best courses, bask in year round sunshine, far to the south. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in Spain and Portugal, the joint occupants of The Iberian…

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Gleneagles: Three of Scotland’s Best!

Play Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course, near Perth, Scotland

Among the world’s distinguished golf resorts, a few names standout as being in a class entirely of their own. These are the creme de la creme golf pleasure havens where plush accommodations, fine restaurants and a wide choice of off-course diversions, combine with true championship courses, to form a complete luxury experience — but golf…

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Portugal’s Lisbon Coast: The good life gets no better

Play Penha Longa Atlantic Golf Course, near Lisbon, Portugal

Finding the ideal vacation escape where each member of the family is going to have a wonderful holiday, is a challenge for anyone. Trying to find that perfect spot when you have an avid golfer or two mixed in with others who have no love of the game at all, can become more like Mission…

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