23. September 2013 20:34
On our summer holiday to the Costa Del Sol this year my Dad and I honourably responded to the call of freshly cut grass and San Miguel’s patiently waiting on ice and ventured out to try some of the awesome golf on offer in the area. Not too long into our trip we kindly left our ladies to bake in the Spanish sun whilst we slipped away and drove up to Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella.
After driving 5 minutes uphill from Puerto Banús through some beautiful residential estates you arrive at what can only be described as a golfer’s paradise with the beautiful white and blue coloured clubhouse providing a stunning entrance to the course. We headed down to the 1st tee and were met by the starter who offered us a few friendly- though evidently intimidating for my Dad- words of advice before we teed off.
The undulating front-nine proved to be a real test as we wound through the tree-lined fairways, trying to avoid More...
11. September 2013 01:43
Last summer we ran a Kiawah Island competition in association with Sky Sports…. Andrew Sutcliffe and son Graeme were the lucky winners, and earlier this year they enjoyed a golf break they will never forget.
Congratulations to Rory McIlroy in winning the USPGA at Kiawah last summer – and thanks for playing so well that we watched all the coverage on Sky Sports. Without that, we might not have entered the amazing competition draw being provided by Golfbreaks.com.
I couldn't believe it when we actually won the prize... this sort of thing never happens! A week-long golf trip to Kiawah!! It was the stuff of dreams and we couldn’t wait for it to happen.
2. August 2013 01:06
In less than a weeks time, a busy two-month stretch culminates in the PGA Championship, the fourth and final major championship of the season. This year, it takes place at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York – one of the most prestigious and historic golfing venues in the United States. The PGA Championship is intriguingly positioned in the wider context of the golfing season, something that often adds to its excitement. Those who played well at the Open and over the course of the last month will fancy their chances, and those struggling for form will look to kick-start their season ahead of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs. The PGA Championship is arguably the most open and unpredictable major of the season, and all parties will be seeking success before the eight-month wait until the 2013 Masters.
The PGA Championship is traditionally held at long, American-style golf courses with severe penalties for straying significantly off line, and Oak Hill’s East Course is no exception. The 7,134-yard layout may not seem overly long by modern standards, but there are only two par 5s, half the par 3s play more than 216 yards and five of the par 4s measure more than 450 yards. The par-70 course is characterised by narrow fairways, penal green-side rough, tens of thousands of oak trees and a brutish closing stretch. The 17th plays 500 yards and the 18th 482, so the eventual winner will need to show immense skill and control of emotion to conquer these demanding two holes.
Oak Hill has previously staged three US Opens More...
12. July 2013 17:43
This month, the world’s best players will descend upon Muirfield for the Open Championship, the most prestigious golf tournament in the world and the one most young golfers dream about winning when they embark on the long and arduous path towards becoming a professional.
The Open Championship is invariably in the top two tournaments for any golfer in the world, and few can deny it’s the most complete test of golfing aptitude and the purest form of the game. It isn’t just the golf, though, it’s the whole allure of the championship. For one week, the entire golfing world unites in a celebration of a game that’s as enthralling and captivating as it’s ever been, and it’s fitting that such a prestigious golf course plays host to a tournament that could go down as one of the real classics.
This year, Muirfield Golf Club in East Lothian will host its 15th Open Championship, making it one of the most revered links layouts in the world. More...
11. June 2013 01:27
US Open preview
The US Open gets underway this week, and the second major of the year looks set to provide the excitement that, for the most part, was lacking at Augusta National. The US Open represents a different challenge to the Masters, and pars, not birdies, will be the order of the day. Merion is a relatively unknown destination for most of the field, but they can be assured of a rigorous and taxing test at a tournament that is widely regarded as the toughest four days in golf.
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and his team always set the course up so the greens are extremely quick, the fairways are narrow and firm and the rough is penal. Most years, the question of fairness is raised, but the prospect of seeing the world’s best toil is what makes the US Open such a unique and appealing tournament for golf fans. Yes, it’s great to see the world’s best players firing at pins and making birdie after birdie, but you’ll find that week in, week out on the global tours. The US Open is a demonstration of pure golfing skill and an example of how to cope with the most challenging conditions. It’s a truly individual event, and, as three over-par winning scores in the last eight years would suggest, it’s the most brutishly difficult tournament of the year.More...
29. May 2013 20:56
On the 28th May 1998 Golfbreaks.com was born. Those were the days when Tiger had just one major to his name, Mark O'Meara was about to win the Masters and the Open, and Europe had just won the Ryder Cup at a rain-soaked Valderrama. Plenty has happened in the 15 years since then - here are 15 things that have helped define what has been a golden age for golf.
With a multitude to choose from and any selection sure to be heavily scrutinised, it’s nigh on impossible to single one out. Being pushed as I am, though, I’d have to say Tiger’s chip from the back of 16 at the 2005 Masters. Executing a shot of such difficulty under the pressure of a major championship Sunday was truly masterful.
Close: Padraig Harrington 5-wood - 2008 Open; Bubba Watson 2012 Masters More...
14. May 2013 20:15
Over the past few decades, Spain has established itself as the most popular destination for European golf tourists. The advent of low cost air travel has opened the door to an eclectic and abundant mix of golf courses, and every year, more and more golfers are taking advantage of a country that boasts more top quality resorts than anywhere else in Europe. Spain’s convenience, diversity and relative value for money is complemented by an idyllic year-round climate and wide array of destinations, stretching from the Costa de La Luzin the south west to Bilbao and Barcelonain the north east.More...