Treat your loved one or friend to the perfect gift this year guaranteed to put a smile on their face. If you’re struggling for ideas then look no further as we give you a list of great courses and destinations which will live long in the memory.
The Golden Ticket
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A trip to The Masters at Augusta is on every golfers bucket list and one that should not be missed. One of golf’s most iconic tournaments, The Masters has a rich history and the atmosphere amongst the locals epitomises how special the annual event is.
Watch the greatest golfers do battle on one of the toughest courses worldwide and you can be there to (hopefully) watch Rory McIlroy complete his Grandslam and claim the green jacket.
Play a Ryder Cup Course
The Ryder Cup is one of the most famous rivalries in sport. As Europe go up against the Americans, you can follow in their footsteps and play on the courses that have hosted the great event.
The Ryder Cup came to Celtic Manor in 2010 and in one of the most dramatic finales in recent years, Europe claimed victory by one point. See what the professionals were up against at the course in Wales.[frame_center src=”https://www.yourgolftravel.com/19th-hole/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/celtic-manor.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″]Celtic Manor[/frame_center]
The Belfry has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions which has seen Europe win twice, United States once and a tie. A complex with three courses, The Brabazon is the main tournament course and has perilous bunkers and lakes which have tested the likes of Tiger Woods and Seve Ballesteros.[frame_center src=”https://www.yourgolftravel.com/19th-hole/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/belfry-feature.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″]The Belfry[/frame_center]
The K Club in Ireland has two courses which are world class and will test the wits of golfers of all levels. The Ryder Cup arrived here in 2006 and the beauty of the 4th, 7th, 16th and 17th holes are well worthy of playing alone.
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Home of the Ryder Cup in 2014 where Europe once again defeated the United States for a hat-trick of successive wins,Gleneagles is one of Scotland’s finest. An idyllic setting, Jack Nicklaus described the course as “the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with.”
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In 2018, the Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in France and you have the opportunity to buy someone a gift of playing at a top championship course before pros arrive.
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Play an Open Championship course
Prince’s golf club in Kent is a regular host of Local Final Qualifying for The Open Championship and has hosted the tournament in the past. A classic seaside layout, Prince’s is one of the UK’s best-kept secrets.
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The Open Championship first came to Turnberry in Scotland in 1977 and it became one of the most famous matches in golfing history as Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson did battle in the game called “The Duel In The Sun”. It became iconic and Turnberry was selected for three other Open Championships with the last one coming in 2009.[frame_center src=”https://www.yourgolftravel.com/19th-hole/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/turnberry.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″]Turnberry[/frame_center]
St Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world and has bags of history. Recognised as the “Home of golf”, The Open Championship returns this year and you can tackle the famous landmarks like The Road Hole and the Valley of Sin.[frame_center src=”https://www.yourgolftravel.com/19th-hole/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/St-Andrews.jpg” width=”600″ height=”400″]St Andrews[/frame_center]