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  • Cumbrian clubs launch Lakes Festival - Golf News
    Bilyana Golf Holidays which is offering a seven day all inclusive hotel package with three rounds of golf for the winning team We are very much looking forward to this event and would like it to be as inclusive as possible said Simon Edwards Head Professional at Windermere Golf Club The teams can choose their tee times on Friday and Saturday and the final round will be drawn in score order with the leaders out last For information visit www windermeregolfclub co uk or call 015394 43123 Stay up to date Share this story tweet Read Online Looking for back issues Subscribe FREE to the UK s most read Golf Newspaper latest golf news best travel deals latest competitions Join us now Featured News Interviews Bennett tees up golf academy at Manston 16 February 2016 Former European Tour professional Warren Bennett has opened his first golf academy in Kent with one simple aim to maker golfers Read More Grove to spruce up for British Masters 16 February 2016 The Grove has started work on a series of improvements and renovations to its Kyle Phillips designed course in preparation for hosting the Read More Heythrop Park to host new Challenge Tour

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    an Augusta National approach to its conditioning with no blade of grass out of place The three ocean holes starting at No 16 are called El Codo Del Diablo The Devil s Elbow The two coastal stunners that finish the front nine the par 4 eighth hole and par 3 ninth might be even better Crooner Julio Iglesias and dress designer Oscar de la Renta two investors at Puntacana own secluded homes on the course as does Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov puntacana com Green Fees 295 Punta Espada Golf Club Cap Cana Jack Nicklaus introduced Punta Espada to the troubled Cap Cana development in 2006 by making a birdie on the incredible par three 13th hole over the ocean Several of the tees and greens of the eight picturesque seaside holes are so close to the rocky coast that golfers can actually feel the ocean spray on their faces while playing Even the so called inland holes are not short of drama or appeal At a gimme shy of 7 400 yards off the back tees it s certainly not short and even the great players of the Champions Tour which hosted a tournament here for several years learned to respect it puntacana com Green Fees 275 Dye Fore Casa de Campo In 2011 Pete Dye added another nine holes to an amazing facility that dances on the cliff tops of a 300 foot deep river gorge The 27 hole facility boasts spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea the Dominican mountains the highest in the Caribbean the Chavon River and the Casa de Campo Marina Dye Fore might play second fiddle to Teeth of the Dog but it s certainly not a second tier experience casadecampo com do Green Fees 200 Guavaberry Golf Country Club This 7 156 yard Gary Player design sits in the jungles of Juan Dolio less than an hour from the airport of the capital Santo Domingo Player designed two greens separated by a waterfall on the par three 13th hole a unique twist on an otherwise straightforward resort course just minutes from the Costa Caribe Corale Resort Spa Casino guavaberrygolf com do Green Fees 85 Cana Bay Palace at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino Punta Cana The golf at Cana Ba y Palace an inland 7 253 yard course designed by Jack Nicklaus resides conveniently inside the gates of a sprawling all inclusive resort just 35 minutes from Punta Cana a irport The fairways at Cana Bay Palace start out quite generously but narrow as the round goes on The 453 yard ninth is both the hardest and the prettiest hole with water at every turn hardrockhotelpuntacana com Green Fees 200 Playa Grande Amanera Resort If further proof was needed that the Dominican Republic has hit luxury heights you have it with the arrival of the ultra elite Aman Group and its Amanera resort Named after the Sanskrit word for peace aman and era the word for water in Taino the language historically spoken

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  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Golf News
    York pizza However the real challenge of this busy 6 692 yard layout is found on the greens which are small and elusive The atmospheric clubhouse is a restored historic manor house Green Fees 49 58 latourettegc com Ballyowen Ballyowen Golf Club Crystal Springs Resort New Jersey Roughly an hour from New York City but ask anyone who s played here and they ll tell you it s a can t miss This Irish style links course has received numerous accolades including being ranked among the top 50 public courses in America by the US publication Golf World Green Fees 110 140 crystalgolfresort com Bethpage State Park Red Course Farmingdale For those who head to Bethpage looking to do battle with the Black Course but can t get a tee time there s good news the Red Course is much better value and just as entertaining It s certainly doesn t lack for challenges particularly with its lengthy and treacherous back nine but the obstacles are more beatable than those found on the Black The conditions are pristine the fairways and greens manicured and the 7 104 yard layout is fun memorable and imaginative With doglegs dragging you right and left you ll need a fade and a draw in your bag and you ll need your driving boots on especially at the first a brutal 492 yard uphill par four Architect A W Tillinghurst doesn t let up over the next seven holes either before delivering his knockout punch on the ninth a par four measuring 466 yards and ranked the toughest hole on the course Green Fees 86 96 nysparks com Hudson Hills Ossining Hudson Hills is the best public course in Westchester although it is managed privately by Billy Casper Golf hence the steeper green fee Leaving your driver in the bag might be difficult considering this par 71 layout stretches out to roughly 7 000 yards from the tips but with water in play on more than 70 of the holes and several blind tees shot to contend with accuracy over distance is required to score well The course leaves its mark with a picturesque trio of closing holes From the elevated tee box at 16 a short downhill par four you get a stunning panoramic view of the course with the hills and forest in the background while the finishing hole is a gorgeous straightaway par four featuring a tight fairway squeezed in by bunkers To your left are beautiful mountains while the clubhouse sits directly ahead Green Fees 85 115 hudsonhillsgolf com Mohansic The scorecard of this Tom Winton design may not strike fear into the hearts of golfers but the drastic elevation changes make this one of the toughest 18 holes in Westchester County Get used to playing side hill lies or you could be in for a frustrating day Green Fees 42 46 golf westchestergov com Bethpage Black Bethpage State Park Black Course As the host of two US Opens 2002 and

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    Today in that very same river basin formed by the flows of glacial runoff you ll find The River and The Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run It opened for play in 1988 and was named Best New Public Course in the country by Golf Digest Regarded as one of Pete Dye s crowning achievements like the Straits course it has hosted a number of professional championships including the US Women s Open in 1998 and 2012 Just down the road from Whistling Straits is another family owned gem Pinehurst Farms was a dairy farm for almost a century however destructive fires made for a change in use and plans for the golf course were created The Bull sits on 410 incredibly scenic acres and boasts the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in Wisconsin It regularly ranks as the third best course in the state behind the Straits course and the River course at Blackwolf Run Most people fly into Chicago and make the two hour drive north to play the American Club courses and The Bull but there are also plenty of others worth checking out Either on your way up to Sheboygan or on your way back down it s worth stopping at Erin Hills an hour south of Whistling Straits and 40 minutes from Milwaukee Erin Hills will host the 2017 US Open and carries many resemblances to Chambers Bay Erin Hills will host the US Open in 2017 Like Chambers Bay Erin Hills is a public course purpose built for a major championship shepherded during construction by the USGA and awarded the US Open in its infancy It s also a walking only course with fescue fairways a rarity in the United States Both courses depend largely on Mother Nature for their water and abide by the USGA mantra that brown is the new green However Erin Hills isn t expected to court the same controversy surrounding the greens with bentgrass used on the putting surfaces Then there are the course characteristics Erin Hills is more of a links hybrid the ball bounces and rolls but not to the extent we saw at Chambers Bay reducing unpredictability The general feeling in the golf industry is that it will be a fair but fantastic test for the professionals and a great experience for us mere mortals To ensure prime playing conditions for the year s second Major it won t open for public play in 2017 until after the US Open As for other recommendations here are a few more highly regarded layouts The town of Spring Green has the House on the Rock golf courses featuring 18 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr Set in a small valley by the Wisconsin River it s a stone s throw from Frank Lloyd Wright s famed Taliesin The American Players Theatre is also adjacent to the resort There is also a nine hole course designed by Andy North and Roger Packard while in northwestern Wisconsin the 7 003

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  • KIAWAH ISLAND - Golf News
    swings and ground your club in the sand and I loved this aspect of the course There are some typical Dye nuances which become very obvious when you tackle the course and the biggest one is its difficulty Dye loves to penalise bad golf and it s easy to see why the Ocean Course has been rated among the toughest tracks in America Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to five championship courses The Ocean Turtle Point Osprey Point Oak Point and Cougar Point designed by Dye Jack Nicklaus Tom Fazio Clyde Johnston and Gary Player respectively The Ocean s credentials are impressive the 1991 Ryder Cup put Kiawah on the map as did Rory McIlroy s eight shot victory at the 2012 PGA Championship And there s been more good news recently after it was announced a few weeks ago that Kiawah is to host the season s final Major again in 2021 The course is simply breathtaking from start to finish Despite its relative flatness each hole presents a fairway and or green closed off from the rest of property by marshland waste bunkers or water Each tee fairway and green is in some way an island of its own Fairways sit at an angle from the tee and the elevated greens are slick and pure The second hole epitomises the course s beauty and brutality A testing picturesque 540 yard par five littered with difficulty A right to left tee shot is required to match the curve of the fairway around a waste bunker that focuses your eye from the tee It s a stunning and demanding hole that acts as a harsh introduction to the challenge ahead The final five holes are of course what will make and break your score at Kiawah Meandering along the coast and typically into the wind they provide one of the toughest closing stretches in the game highlighted by the infamous par three 17th Similar to the 17th at Sawgrass it requires a shot over water However at Sawgrass the distance is only 140 yards and plays to a large putting surface The 17th at the Ocean Course can stretch to 240 yards and the green is angled from front left to back right Playing the penultimate hole brought back some great Ryder Cup memories but the less famous 14 th may actually be my favourite par three on the course The Ocean is a tough layout to start with made infinitely more difficult when the wind blows I love Pete Dye courses they make you think and aesthetically Kiawah is breathtaking Dye has tinkered with the course since its original design making it easier for the average player I think it s very playable nowadays and there are plenty of tee boxes to choose from depending on your confidence levels Visitors can choose to stay on the island in the sumptuous Sanctuary Hotel and have virtually the entire island at your disposal either by foot bicycle or car There

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    is in an amphitheatre setting Even some of the fairways have excellent viewing areas but for the best seat in the house you need to grab yourself a beer and head to 17 It s loud lairy and brilliant and easily outguns the 16th at Scottsdale for sheer golfing drama The Stadium course is tough Aside from the obvious intimidation factor of the 17th one of the most demanding characteristics of the course is the width or should I say narrowness of the fairways Adding insult to difficulty the strategically placed bunkers make this a thought provoking test with the approach shots demanding real accuracy and many players calling this a second shot golf course The par five holes at Sawgrass are outstanding and the 16th is one of my favourites The trees on the left of the fairway do a great job of pushing your tee shot out to the right simultaneously concealing what lies up ahead The walk down the fairway is one of the most memorable in the game Once you clear the trees on the right you can see the 17th green in the distance and you re already thinking several shots ahead Forget that for a minute though the second shot at 16 either demands near perfection to hit the green in two or steers you towards the right side near the water for an unobstructed view of the pin with your approach It s a classic risk reward hole at a crucial point in the round In terms of par three the 17th at Sawgrass is one of the most iconic and most copied in the game It s as if playing with your nerves went into the design of the hole The 80 or so yard walk to the tee allows you to really take in the setting which is much more expansive than it looks on television From a tournament standpoint it s effectively a huge bowl with thousands packed in to watch the action From a design standpoint the setting makes reading the wind very difficult There is a line of trees behind the green and another behind the tee that prevent the players from sensing any high level wind The bowl created by 16 and 17 also causes the wind to swirl and you ll see many players backing off a couple of times before committing to the shot It s only a little flick with a wedge but couple that with the wind factor and thousands ready to cheer or jeer and it s a pressure packed moment You ll feel all those nerves when you play it for yourself even with just your mates and a caddy watching I defy any of you to not want to get out and play this course having watched it on TV and that s the beauty of it you absolutely can Book ahead for some great deals you can stay right next door to the course at The Sawgrass Marriott resort

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    club owned private boat an exclusive family beach club and impressive spa and fitness facilities If you re feeling flush residential properties are available to buy in the guarded gated community with plots ranging from one third of an acre and up If like many golf pros you re a fan of deep sea fishing villas and apartments around Baker s Bay s marina will also have plenty of appeal Other recommended venues include the established Treasure Cay which boasts a course designed by Dick Wilson during the late 1960s The par 72 layout offers narrow fairways unpredictable winds vast bunkers and sizeable duck ponds all of which combine to make Treasure Cay a challenging course surrounded by breathtaking tropical beauty The course can reportedly be played in less than three hours and if you have more time it s supposed to be a great walking course Here s the best bit you don t need a tee time to play just show up with your clubs or rent a set from the pro shop Things are typically pretty relaxed in the Bahamas Treasure Cay Beach Marina and Golf Resort There are few corners of the globe that Greg Norman hasn y got his designer s hands dirty in these days so it s no surprise to find that the 18 hole championship course at Grand Isle Resort and Spa was created by the great man It s also one of his earlier works having been opened back in 2003 but it is one of the most highly rated oceanside clubs in the Bahamas with six signature holes hugging the edge of Emerald Bay s scenic peninsula As with all the great Bahamian resorts it s a one stop destination featuring fine restaurants luxurious spas and numerous other leisure activities to while away the long lazy holiday hours Finally the ultra exclusive Abaco Club is the breathtaking setting for the world s first Scottish style links course in a tropical location Designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie Abaco boasts a 7 182 yard course which continues to get rave reviews for its sheer beauty year after year The 18th hole commands a majestic setting perched along the shoreline 60 feet above the crashing surf This members only retreat which was first opened by Peter de Savary back in 2004 offers guests an opportunity to play the course once before joining Membership fees however begin at an eye watering and wallet emptying 75 000 The club s membership a consortium of which bought the club off the previous owner in December numbers around 150 and reads like a who s who of the international golfing community with Ernie Els Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood among its ranks The Abaco Club s success is in no small part down to its remoteness After flying to Marsh Harbour you take a 25 minute drive to this tropical gem that lies completely secluded inside its own private community of Winding Bay Once inside

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  • Sultanate of Swing - Golf News
    the landscaping the grass and foliage were always perfectly manicured giving an attentive feel even amid the extensive construction work The quality of the courses was no exception The par threes at Almouj are superb Standing on the tee box at the second the ideal shape is a little cut to an elevated green with the ocean just beyond it s a beautiful looking hole In fact the start will blow you away a string of coastal holes providing a real links feel with views over the Arabian Sea It reminded me a lot of Yas Links something that Simon admitted they d heard plenty of times before but there are worse comparisons than to a Kyle Phillips design I also loved the 14th another fabulous short hole this time with an island green which proved tough to hold with the wind blowing hard off the left as is often the case on this exposed layout The Almouj Course at The Wave I tackled Muscat Hills the day after Almouj and it was an excellent juxtaposition The coastal course compared to the inland layout famous for its rolling hills and generous fairways That s without question one of its great appeal you walk off having enjoyed your round and not feeling beaten up by the course Although Ray Stoporth the affable South African Director of Golf tells me they are tightening the fairways so I expect a tougher test on my next visit The course is beautifully carved into the natural landscape weaving its way through the wadi beds and ensuring a couple of daunting tee shots over gaping ravines Making up the Sultanate s golfing triumvirate is Ghala Valley which is carved out of a valley offering a contrasting experience to the other two venues Ghala Valley was previously a sand course and has only been converted to a grass during the last couple of years Converting from sand to grass layout is no mean feat and the course s playability is testament to a job well done In fact such a good job that it was fit to be chosen as a host venue for a MENA Tour event at the end of last year and will do so again in October this year It s a tough test featuring narrow fairways and some demanding tee shots notably on the par five fourth hole and the eighth where the fairway is largely obscured by a tree just 80 yards or so from the markers Oman has many things in its favour Obviously the weather is a huge plus a gloriously dry mid 20 s in January and there are lots of other leisure activities to enjoy Those who like a bit of adventure should book a weekend break staying in a Bedouin tent camp in the Wahiba Sands where activities include 4 4 excursions quad biking dune bashing camel riding and sleeping under the stars Diving is also a popular holiday activity with numerous schools operating trips out

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