As the rumour mill looks to be true and golf courses will be opening with social distancing on the fairways, Tommy, Deputy Sales Director for the UK & Ireland, tells us he can’t wait to head to the first tee.

Since lockdown started I’ve been asked numerous questions on what I miss the most about the game, who makes up my ideal 4 ball and If I can play only one golf course for life, which course would it be…

Well one thing is for sure, my swing won’t be the best after being cooped up, so I’m dreaming of those short par 3s, a flick of a wedge or an easy 75% rescue. The par 3 3rd on The Dukes Course at Woburn is a beauty and one I can’t wait to step foot on again; it’s 134 yards of pure unadulterated pleasure. Spot the wind, swing easy with pitching wedge or 9 iron and don’t forget to smell the flowers as you walk to the green to putt out. 

Can only members get on golf courses right now?

This is another question I’ve heard a lot of lately, but it’s not all true. How about Kingsbarns? This stunning track doesn’t have members, so you can pay your money and enjoy. From the coastal views to the traditional Scottish heather, Kingsbarns has everything; it is the golf course I would choose to play for the rest of my life. As you finish the 11th, take a short stroll through the trees to the elevated tee on 12, look up and just take it in, it provides one of the best views in UK golf right in front of you. The 12th is a cracking par 5, with water and sand on the left. Visualise the baby draw and enjoy one the best driving holes in Scotland, anyone who has played it would agree.

Stay and play golf may be a little further off right now, but following The Celtic Manor Resort on Social Media is only whetting my appetite to return as soon as possible. Jim Mckenzie, the Director of Golf courses and Estate there and all his team will have all 3 courses in tournament condition, waiting and ready for us all to play… so I just can’t wait to return to my favourite resort in the UK. It’s obviously famous for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010 and therefore in the limelight frequently, but it really lives up to its expectations. The resort offers great value for money; from as little as £96 you could enjoy the best Welsh fayre and 2 amazing rounds of golf at the Celtic Manor Resort, now isn’t that tempting? 

Whilst 18 holes (or more, let’s be honest) of golf are really going to satisfy, I sure have missed that first cold beer at the 19th after golf and the social aspect of the sport. And whilst there will be some rules and regulations around playing, and that beer might have to wait a little longer, it is something I will never ever take for granted again.

Tommy Eatenton
Deputy Sales Director for the UK & Ireland
Handicap: 14

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I grew up with the game, a competitive younger sister of a golf mad brother. Dabbled in greenkeeping, now managing content at Your Golf Travel. Still can't putt.

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