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Darren Clarke

Your Golf Travel Ambassador

Your Golf Travel Welcome's Open & Senior Open Winner

We're thrilled to have 2011 Open Champion & 2022 Senior Open Champion Darren Clarke as our Ambassador, bringing Your Golf Travel customers, the very best golf holidays and deals at fantastic destinations across the globe.

Darren Clarke has been a stalwart on the European Tour since 1991 and, thanks in large part to his considerable achievements, has become one of the most recognisable faces in the game of golf.

No stranger to firsts, Darren was the first player on The European Tour to fire a round of 60 on more than one occasion; the first three time winner of the English Open; and the first player (outside a certain Tiger Woods) to become a multiple World Golf Championship winner.

The former Ryder Cup captain will become the face of Your Golf Travel and Premier Golf’s Open Championship tournament packages, and will be heavily involved in a range of exciting hospitality and meet-and-greet experiences at events throughout the year.

❝As one of the finest British golfers of a generation and a Major champion, we couldn’t hope for someone with more expertise and experience in travelling the world and playing the best golf courses on the planet❞
Ross Marshall - Co-Founder

Darren Clarke's Favourite Golf Break Destinations in the British Isles

Royal Portrush Golf Club - County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Royal Portrush

Antrim, Northern Ireland

❝Royal Portrush is a very, very special place and undeniably one of the best golf courses in the world. For anyone looking to sample pure links golf at its finest, there aren't many courses that can rival the Dunluce Links.

It's not just the course though. I'll never tire of the warm welcome in the clubhouse, the views and the surrounding area is lovely too, with the Bushmills Inn being a great spot for an evening meal and a well deserved drink or two!❞

The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews

Fife, Scotland

❝The old Dunhill Cup was such a fun format, getting to play with great friends and representing Ireland, especially around the Old Course.

Playing here in an Open Championship is a very special experience, with history at almost turn it is easy to enjoy playing here. My best result in an Open Championship at St Andrews was a tie for 7th behind a runaway winner, Tiger Woods.❞

Royal St. George’s Golf Club - Kent, England

Royal St George's

Kent, England

❝Obviously winning the Open instantly made Royal St George's a really special place for me. That's the biggest individual achievement of my career and one I will never forget.

The course is a cracker which more often than not gets the better of you but it's really fun trying to tame it and links lovers will be right at home. With Royal Cinque Ports and Princes also on the same patch of land, this is a great area of the country for golf.❞

The K Club Golf & Spa Resort - Palmer North Course 16th Green, Co. Kildare, Ireland

The K Club

Co. Dublin, Ireland

❝The K Club is very special to me. I had enjoyed some success there having won the European Open in 2001 but obviously the 2006 Ryder Cup was a very emotional experience and one I will never forget.

The crowds were amazing with me that week and I was just happy that I could play some good golf on what is a really testing course. The celebrations after we won were great fun as well...thankfully the K Club had enough Guinness to go around!❞

Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club 5

Hanbury Manor

Hertfordshire, England

❝The first of my three English Open wins came at Hanbury Manor. For me, it's one of the best all round resorts where you can play a proper championship course. I managed four rounds in the sixties but was pushed all the way and my -20 total was only good enough for a 2 shot victory.

The course has some well designed par-5's and these are certainly the key to scoring well round here, it is a driver's course with plenty of length off the back tees.❞

Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Warwickshire, England

Forest of Arden

Warwickshire, England

❝Marriott venues seem to bring out the best in me! I won two more English Opens at Forest of Arden, the first was in 2000 where a closing 65 saw me claim a 1-shot victory over Michael Campbell and contributed to a 2nd in the Order of Merit (I lost out to Lee that year!).

My win in 2002 was a little more straight forward with an opening 65 setting up a 3-shot victory over Soren Hansen. It is a top class course with an unusual and testing par-3 to finish up.❞

Darren Clarke's Favourite Golf Holiday Destinations

Real Club Valderrama - Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain

Valderrama Golf Club

Sotogrande, Spain

❝My first Ryder Cup was at Valderrama in 1997 and I feel very fortunate to have played the greatest event in the world at such an esteemed golf club. Seve was captain that week and was like a man possessed so it was great to win it for him in his home country.

I didn't get to play as much as I'd have liked that year but have played Valderrama plenty of times since and I love it. It's an amazing golf course and a must play for any keen golfer.❞

Sun City Golf Resort, South Africa

Sun City

Pretoria, South Africa

❝The course at the Gary Player Country Club will be familiar with lots of golfers as it hosts the European Tour each year. I think this course is ranked as the best in South Africa and it's certainly one golfers visiting the country should come and play.

Hitting the fairways is really important as the kikuyu rough can be really punishing. You can easily get a flyer from it and getting up and down around the greens here isn't always a walk in the park!❞

Pula Golf Resort - Mallorca, Spain

Pula Golf Resort

Majorca, Spain

❝I didn't really expect to win at Pula but golf can be funny like that sometimes and I was really pleased to get the win. It was my first in a few years and a bit of a monkey off my back if you like.

It also started a run of form that would eventually lead me to winning the Open so I obviously have good memories of the place. I know Jose Maria Olazabal's was heavily involved in the course's redesign a few years back and now it's a really lovely track.❞

Darren Clarke's Wins on Tour

Date Tournament
Oct 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open
Oct 1996 Linde German Masters
May 1998 Benson & Hedges International Open
Nov 1998 Volvo Masters
Jun 1999 Compass Group English Open
Feb 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play
Jun 2000 Compass Group English Open
Feb 2001 Dimension Data Pro-Am
Apr 2001 The Crowns
Jul 2001 Smurfit European Open
Jun 2003 Compass Group English Open
Aug 2003 WGC-NEC Invitational
Sep 2003 Benmore Developments Northern Ireland Masters
Nov 2004 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters
Nov 2005 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters
Apr 2008 BMW Asian Open
Aug 2008 KLM Open
May 2011 Iberdrola Open
Jul 2011 The Open Championship
Nov 2020 TimberTech Championship
Jan 2021 Mitsubishi Electric Championship
Sep 2021 Sanford International
Jul 2022 The Senior Open Championship
Major Performance Masters US Open The Open USPGA
1991 - - T64 -
1992 - - CUT -
1993 - - T39 -
1994 - CUT T38 -
1995 - - T31 -
1996 - CUT T11 -
1997 - T42 T2 CUT
1998 T8 T43 CUT -
1999 CUT T10 T30 CUT
2000 T40 T53 T7 T9
2001 24 T30 T3 CUT
2002 T20 T24 T37 CUT
2003 T28 T42 T59 CUT
2004 CUT CUT T11 T13
2005 T17 - T15 CUT
2006 T22 56 CUT -
2007 CUT - CUT T42
2008 - - - CUT
2009 - CUT T52 CUT
2010 - - T44 T48
2011 - - 1 CUT
2012 CUT - CUT T54
2013 - CUT T21 75
2014 T44 CUT T26 CUT
2015 T52 CUT CUT CUT
2016 CUT - T30 CUT
2017 - - CUT -
2018 - - CUT -
2019 - - CUT -
2020 - - - -
2021 - - CUT -
2022 - - CUT -
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