For this final installment of our Golf Course Guides, we are coming home. We’re back in Blighty to celebrate the Top 10 UK Golf Courses, which will showcase some names you know and some of the world’s most esteemed golfing. The UK is, after all, the birthplace of the fair game, so we’re expecting some spectacular things! So, pack your golf bag and let’s tee off.
10. Royal Birkdale
Coming in at number 10, we’re visiting Royal Birkdale. Nestled on the golden-links of the North-West, close to Southport, Royal Birkdale takes the pride of place on what has been called England’s ‘Golf
One of the traits I look for in a holiday is diversity. Having a new experience every day is something I relish, and nothing says variety more than South Africa. Whether you’re looking to experience some spectacular bio-diversity and wildlife, discover some of the best archaeological sites in the world, explore the sea, the winelands or enjoy one of most the multi-cultural landscapes you’ll ever find, South Africa can’t be beaten!
During my time there I have travelled extensively and have had some fantastic experiences; it is the country I proposed to Caryl in, so it has some magical memories too.
Whilst Europe may be the birthplace of golf, the USA has undoubtedly mastered the game. From the verdant woodland courses of the East Coast, through the rolling plains of the Mid-West, right onto the rugged coastal courses nudging against the Pacific Ocean, the USA offers possibly the widest range of golfing opportunities on Earth!
To try and conquer all of America’s diverse courses in one fell swoop is slightly ambitious, so this list of Top Ten Golf Courses aims to simply give you a glimpse into what is on offer. Golf is big business in the States, so large investments are
Since the mid-15th Century, when players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes and rabbit runs, Europeans have been fanatical about golf! Scotland may have been the birthplace of the sport we know and love today, but the rest of Europe quickly embraced the pastime, adding their own continental flair and charisma to the game.
Jump forward some 600 years and that passion is still very much alive. Europe is a golfer's paradise, with an abundance of courses to offer, some of which are heralded as the very best in the world. The phrase 'spoilt for choice'
They say that good things come in small packages and when it comes to New Zealand, this old adage couldn’t be more accurate! This small but exquisitely formed country is actually a similar size to Great Britain and has a relatively miniscule population of just 4.5 million. But don’t let the statistics fool you into thinking that New Zealand is lacklustre and lifeless; on the contrary, this incredible nation is bursting at the seams with spectacular natural and cultural delights. So let’s waste no time and jump straight into my travel guide to New Zealand.
I’ve decided to split my
No series of travel guides would be complete without a taste of the most visited city in the world! It may no longer be the capital of a vast empire, but Rome still has a firm hold on all of us. Whether you are captivated by the Colosseum, bedazzled by all things Baroque or simply passionate about pizza, ‘Roma’ can offer a slice of something for everyone.
I would best describe Rome as a contradiction wrapped in an enigma: It’s frantic yet placid; chaotic but ordered; it’s stylish and chic yet vehemently traditional. It challenges all of your pre-conceived notions, but
A marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea hardly sounds like the setting of an opulent weekend away, but trust me, you won’t need your wellies for this wet wilderness. Built upon over 100 small islands, the city of Venice is akin to a butterfly breaking free from its murky chrysalis, emerging into a grandiose cornucopia of exquisite art and architecture. The gold-dipped city quite literally seems to grow from the depths and holds a unique charm that, in my mind, should appear on everyone’s ‘bucket list’.
In previous travel guides, many of the adventures I’ve retold have spanned over several weeks,
If you are looking for a destination that perfectly marries culture with relaxation, then look no further than Corsica. This jewel of the Mediterranean has been inhabited since 3000BC and has seen wave upon wave of history on its shores. Everyone from the Ancient Greeks and Romans through to the UK’s very own Lord Nelson have lain siege upon this mountainous island, leaving their mark forever in its history. But the beautifully rugged island of Corsica is not just the birth place of Napoleon, it also plays home to over 1000 kilometres of stunning coast line and is a hikers
Set on the westernmost part of the south-west peninsula of Great Britain, Cornwall, or ‘Kernow’ as it is known in Cornish, is one the most naturally beautiful parts of the UK. With breath-taking, rugged coastlines, wild, lush moorland and quaint villages full of south-west charm, it’s no wonder that Cornwall pulls in millions of visitors each year. My family and I have certainly been enchanted by this magical part of the world! We have been back and forth to Cornwall a fair bit in recent years, so here is my guide to the best things we have found.
For those of you who have read ‘The Dream Retirement’, you will know that during my early twenties I took off travelling to broaden my mind and find my purpose. Many of the articles you’ll read on this site are based on my experiences during this period, especially this, my travel guide to Thailand.
Over the years Thailand has become the backpacker’s Mecca, with over 16 million travellers jetting in each year. In fact, Thailand is Asia’s number 1 destination but this doesn’t really surprise me; a country of sublime beauty and rich natural heritage, juxtaposed against modern Western influences, Thailand