Golf, a game built on history. It is this rich Heritage that we want to celebrate at Your Golf Travel. Reliving the iconic moments that made us take up the game & celebrating the legends that have contributed to our love of golf, our Heritage Series inspires & amazes your golfing dreams for this year & beyond.
We’re going to bring to life the likes of golf courses over 100 years old, Royal Courses, Open Championship Venues, Famous Designers, Ryder Cup Courses, European Tour Courses, Player Associations and Famous Shots and moments.
Golf course designers have left their mark across the globe, in some rather famous examples and some less so. Seek out a hidden gem and you’ll be sure to claim some bragging rights amongst your golfing friends.
Whether it is Alister MacKenzie who designed not only Augusta National but also Saunton and Cleethorpes, Harry Colt who penned the famed classics we enjoy at Sunningdale, Royal Portrush and Ganton.
In modern times Jack Nicklaus with St Mellion, Monte Rei and Alhama or Arnold Palmer at Dom Pedro Victoria, La Manga and Tralee, an abundance of styles and playing styles are there for all to see and take pleasure from.
Whilst the original dates of when the game of golf started are very much up for debate, the history that many famous golf courses were inaugurated are clear for all to see.
Whether it is teeing it up at the likes of US Open venues, Pinehurst (opened in 1895) or Pebble Beach (1919) or seeking history closer to home at Royal Porthcawl (opened for play in 1895) or Royal North Devon which is noted as England’s oldest golf course.
There is a rich legacy for us all to enjoy and follow in the footsteps of so many golfers who have trodden the fairways before us.
Open Championship golf courses are amongst the most famous in the world and with The Open being the oldest Major it is the arguably the most coveted prize in all of golf.
Whilst some may wish for a green jacket, the Claret Jug is the most important piece of silverware a golfer can get his hands on. The courses that make up the Open rota are an ultimate bucket-list of places to play before you die.
You can recall the shots played by Open Championship greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Tom Watson as you experience these links gems for yourself.
Team Europe vs Team USA: The Ryder Cup is the biggest team tournament on the golfing calendar and provides the ultimate competition for players as well spectators.
Each host course is unique and brings memorable moments thanks to its incredible conditions and electric atmosphere.
Now it's your turn to take the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of legends... We've listed a few of our favourite Ryder Cup venues below.
The famous moments of golf are those that become not only the image of the week but of the decade.
What are the moments you remember the most? Is it the tears that winning The Open or The Masters brings, dancing-on-the-green-Olazabal-style in celebration or maybe when it all goes wrong in the Barry Burn at Carnoustie for Van de Velde?
Wherever your famous moment took place, golf provides the vehicle to enjoy this for yourself and celebrate in the 19th hole, whatever the result.
Royal courses are amongst some of the best in the world - deemed fit enough for the Royals, by the monarchy themselves. These courses are awarded their status when a member of the Royal Family becomes a patron or honorary member of the club.
Thanks to this status, each individual course is enriched with golfing history and links back to the monarchy of the time.
Take Royal St George’s, the host of the 2020 Open, which was granted Royal status by King Edward VII a full 8 years after it hosted The Open for the first time.
Every golfer has to start somewhere. Believe it or not, our favourite golfers also started their golf careers with high handicaps and a few dodgey shots, they simply manged to hone their game, nailing each and every shot required.
The great thing is though, many of these players have stuck to their roots and still have a 'home club', courses where they visit regularly or have courses that have seen them become Major Champions.
We're taking a look at the courses with Professional connections; associated with the best players around the globe.
European Tour golf courses provide some of the best places to play golf around the world. It is fair to say that the European Tour has become somewhat of a world tour, with tournaments now hosted overseas including in Dubai and South Africa which has helped to captivate a global audience and boost the popularity of events.
More often than not, a course will play host to a tournament each year meaning playing conditions are exceptional year-round, giving you the opportunity to play the best tracks around the globe and get a taste for how Tour players claimed their glory. Check out the courses you need to add to your 'to-play' list.
Despite evidence that similar pursuits taking place earlier in history in both the Netherlands and China, we all know Scotland has the strongest claim to being the birth place of golf as we know it.
Naturally the game then spread into neighbouring England and so on and so forth but where golf went after that is actually quite surprising. For instance, did you know that Mauritius of all places was the 4th country in the world where golf was played?!
We didn't until we started doing some digging in honour of our Heritage Series, and we've now complied a list of courses which were the very first to welcome golf to their respective countries. Fancy combining some history with the game we all love? Check these out...