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Great Golf Courses – according to a less than great golfer!

August 26, 2014 11:10 am Published by

Birdies, bogies, bump runs. Ask me anything about golf and I’m afraid just about everything about it goes over my head – the lingo, the techniques and, quite frankly, the interest! My knowledge of the sport (is it a sport?!) extends to three things:

  1. Birdies aren’t just those creatures that glide about in the sky.
  2. Tee time in golf terms does not refer to my favourite meal of the day.
  3. Tiger Woods is, apparently, a bit of a scoundrel.

Clearly I’m far from a golfing guru. Who would have thought it? With this in mind, it looks like I’m on buggy driving duties on a forthcoming company golf day out. Nonetheless, despite my amatuer abilities, I am able to appreciate a lovely location and view. This prompts me to consider some of the best locations for golf courses around the world.

Starting with The Trump National Doral in Miami, as ever proving that the Americans don’t do anything by halves. The Trump National Doral hosts five impressive courses, including its most famous – the brand new Blue Monster Golf Course. From October to December of this year, golf rates for the Blue Monster Course are USD 390 (non members). Whilst the course certainly looks impressive you’d be more likely to find me on South Beach, topping up my tan on the white sandy shore and delving into a good book!

Next up is Banff Springs Golf Course, Canada. Situated in the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains and with views of the winding Bow River, it’s certainly a breathtaking location. Twenty seven holes of scenic golf await players at this course. During high season, visitors can expect to pay CAD 230 for 18 holes.

The Montague Golf Course at Fancourt in George, South Africa has previously been rated as the number one golf course in the country. Stretching across the country’s south western coastline and in close proximity to the Outeniqua mountain range, the Fancourt grounds are stunning. For ZAR 250 customers can receive a 30 minute club coaching session.

Over in New Zealand is the spectacular Farm Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf the course offers truly magnificent views. At high season (October – April) 18 holes will set you back NZD 475. With the land tilting towards the sea, it’s most definitely a unique setting. Plus, there’s a spa on the grounds – the perfect chance for me to relax after a hard day’s driving! I wonder if the company expenses would be covered by a golf trip to New Zealand? If so, I think golf might have suddenly become a bit more appealing. I’d be a pro in no time, watch out Michelle Wie! 

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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