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Lee Westwood

Your Golf Travel Chief Holiday Officer

We're thrilled to have 10-time Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood as our Chief Holiday Officer, bringing Your Golf Travel customers, the very best golf holidays and deals at fantastic destinations across the globe.

44 professional wins and 3 Race to Dubai (Order of Merit) victories, Lee Westwood is one of England's most treasured golfers. Lee's golfing highlights include best finishes of 2nd at The Open and The Masters as well as ties for 3rd in the US Open and USPGA. As a regular on the PGA Tour and European Tour, Westwood will be bringing YGT customers a unique insight and advice from the US and worldwide tournament golf.

Lee's career has seen him reach the very top of the game, assuming the mantle of World Number 1 in October 2010. As one of Europe's most successful Ryder Cup players, Westwood is now just 2.5 points shy of Sergio Garcia's record of 25.5 points.

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Lee's Top 3 Golf Hotels

Adare Manor

Co. Limerick, Ireland

I was here recently for my birthday and it's such an incredible venue which oozes prestige and grandeur. The venue is being dubbed to be the 2026 Ryder Cup venue and I think this would be an excellent choice.

From the manor hotel to the refurbished golf course, everything is perfectly manicured and maintained; it's definitely one of my favourite places to stay in the UK & Ireland.

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Sandy Lane

St James, Barbados

Sandy Lane is such a special place and one I try to visit as much as I can, because not only do the staff make you feel so welcome, but the grounds take your breath away.

Staying here never disappoints; the suites go way beyond what you expect from five-star accommodation and of course, walking out onto the famous Green Monkey is something you never get bored of.

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St Regis Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

I've stayed at the St Regis in Bangkok a few times, and I would have to say that it’s not just my favourite place to stay when I’m playing in Thailand, but one of my favourite hotels in the whole world. It occupies an amazing spot right in the heart of the city, and overlooks a golf course and a horse racing track – which is another favourite sport of mine

The rooms are huge, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a great view of the city, which looks even better at night, each room even comes with its own private butler, no matter what size of room you’ve got.

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Lee's Favourite Overseas Venues

I've put together a brief selection of some of the venues I've either been lucky enough to win at or been the scene of a great Ryder Cup!

Jumeirah Golf Estates

Dubai, UAE
Dubai World Championship

The first time I won in Dubai was the 1st year when the old Order of Merit system had been replaced with the Race to Dubai so I was very proud to secure the win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. I was absolutely honoured to win the Race to Dubai again in 2020 and believe I've made the record books as the oldest person to win it! It's a cracking course with great driving holes - Greg Norman did a really job creating it.

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Sun City

Johannesburg, South Africa
Nedbank Golf Challenge

I have now won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City three times and absolutely love this resort; Gary Player is a legend of the game and has worked wonders with such an incredible landscape. South Africa has an amazing culture and the golf to go with it, Sun City epitomises everything I enjoy about travelling here from the quality of the course to the impeccable resort hospitality.

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Jerez, Spain
Volvo Masters

The Volvo Masters was my 2nd win on the European Tour. The tournament was usually held at Valderrama but the year I won was the 1st time it had been hosted at Montecastillo. This is a cracking Jack Nicklaus course and the whole complex has a Wentworthy feel to it, with the huge El Castillo clubhouse proudly overlooking the course. Like lots of Jack's courses, there is room off the tee but the closer you get to the green, the more accurate you have to be.

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Bro Hof Slott

Stockholm, Sweden
Nordea Masters

Bro Hof Slott is another course I have very fond memories of and not just because I won my third Nordea Masters there by 5 shots! Every inch of the course seems to have been in perfect condition when I've played there and it's long; really long! Amateurs should definitely think about playing from slightly forward tees and from there it's really a case of avoiding the water. Easier said than done when there's so much of it, especially on the island green 17th - make sure you have the right club!

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Oceanico Victoria

Algarve, Portugal
Portugal Masters

Before winning the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria, I hadn't won a tournament for a couple of years but had come close, losing a few playoffs, with plenty of top 10s and close calls, so it was nice to get back into the winner's circle! The win also got me back into the top five in the world. Oceanico Victoria is a ball striker's course. It's long but there's plenty of room so you can have a bit of fun with the driver. Course management is important here as there is a bit of water in play.

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Royal Zoute

Bruges, Belgium
Belgian Open

Royal Zoute is probably my favourite golf course in Belgium and I have enjoyed my fair share of success there in the past, winning the Belgian Open in 1998 and again in 2000 for my fifth win of the season. The layout's great and I love the blend of perfectly manicured greens and fairways, and the natural, rough and ready landscape the course sits on. It isn't that well known compared to other top courses in Europe so I'd urge golfers to check it out. It's a real hidden gem.

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Crans-Montana, Switzerland
European Masters

What can you say about Crans-sur-Sierre? It's almost impossible not to enjoy a round of golf somewhere this beautiful and it might just be the most spectacular place I have ever played. I was lucky enough to win the 1999 European Masters here which at the time was my third win on the trot on the European Tour. The course is unique and in an amazing setting. It's fun playing here as the ball goes absolutely miles due to the altitude. If you fancy hitting the biggest drives of your life, this is the place!

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Kungsangen Golf Club

Stockholm, Sweden
Scandinavian Masters

Kungsangen is one of many top courses in Sweden. It hosted the Scandinavian Masters a few times around the turn of the millennium and it's a great course to play. The fairways are tree-lined, the greens are big and really slopey and there are enough water hazards and bunkers to test your iron play too. When I won here I shot a really good 63 in the 1st round which set up the win, but there are always plenty of chances to lose shots along the way, so take care off the tee.

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Costa del Sol, Spain
1997 Ryder Cup

My first Ryder Cup experience at Valderrama is certainly one which will live long in the memory. I managed to claim 2 points out of a possible 3 with Nick Faldo, including a memorable 2 and 1 victory over Tiger and Mark O'Meara in the Saturday four-ball matches. I've always enjoyed playing at Valderrama as it is very demanding off the tee and although I've not quite managed an individual victory, a tie for 4th in 2008 was my most recent result, there it always provides a great test.

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Lee's Favourite UK & Ireland Venues

From Ryder Cup's at The Belfry and The K Club to my attached course, Close House, I take a look at some of my most memorable courses in the UK and Ireland.

The Belfry

West Midlands, England
British Masters

I love playing at The Belfry. Obviously with the Ryder Cup history it has, I have plenty of fond memories of The Brabazon course and my win at the British Masters in 2007 makes it an even more special venue for me. I played really solidly on Sunday that year and ended up winning by 5 shots I think. Poults had pushed me all day but after holing a long birdie putt on the 16th, I eagled the next and it left me with a relatively easy walk up 18 to claim the title.

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The K Club

Dublin, Ireland
European Open

Obviously the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club was a special event. It wasn't just the fact that we won by a record margin but the emotion surrounding the event, what with what was going on with Darren at the time, made for an incredible few days. Darren was immense that week and won all three points and I was lucky enough to have him as a partner. I also enjoyed back to back wins there at the European Open so it's a place I always enjoy going back to.

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De Vere Slaley Hall

Northumberland, England
Great North Open

I was playing really well in the summer of 2000 and won five events including the European Grand Prix at Slaley Hall, near Newcastle, my second win of the season. I finished on -12 which was good enough to beat Darren Clarke by 5! The Hunting Course there is relatively young but is one of the best new courses in England and I've really enjoyed it when I've played there. It has a few hints of Augusta about it, plus has some really testing drives and some slick greens.

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Marriott Hanbury Manor

Hertfordshire, England
English Open

I'll always remember Hanbury Manor as the English Open in 1998 was the first European Tour event I won on British soil and, at the time, it took me to the top of the Order of Merit. I shot 3 rounds of 68 and 1 of 67 for a -17 total, my driving was great that week and think it is key to scoring well here. It's quite an American style golf course but it's a good test of golf and the setting is really nice, with the grand old building a very English ambience to the place.

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Carnoustie Golf Links

Dundee & Angus, Scotland
Alfred Dunhill Links

Carnoustie is a great golf course. Certainly one of the toughest I have played but if you embrace the challenge, it's really rewarding when you shoot a good score. One of the best rounds I have ever played was actually at Carnoustie and it was a level par 72! That's an indication of how tough this course can get from time to time. I've done ok here in the Open Championship previously with a tie for 18th my best result, hopefully when The Open returns here I'll be able to better that!

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St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews, Scotland
Alfred Dunhill Links

What's not to love about the Old Course? I think all golfers who have a love for the game need to play here at some point. I count myself fortunate to have won here. Being presented with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy in such an iconic place was an amazing experience and hopefully one day I'll get my hands on the Claret Jug here too. I think that's the ultimate for any British golfer. Whilst the record books will say I came 2nd here in 2010, I was 7 shots back from Louis Oosthuizen!

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Kingsbarns Golf Links

Fife, Scotland
Alfred Dunhill Links

I love Kingsbarns but I suppose it's hard not to love a course where you've shot a 62 which included an Albatross! Everything seemed to be going my way around the time of the Alfred Dunhill in 2003 so to get the chance to play such a spectacular course when you're on form is great. Kingsbarns might be manmade to a certain degree but it looks and feels every bit the real deal. Holes like 12 and 15 are simply stunning, just make sure you take the correct club or you could find yourself in the sea!

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Close House

Northumberland, England
My Attached Course

I am the attached tour pro for Close House so I do have a certain soft spot for the place, in particular the Colt Course, which I think is one of the top new courses in to have been built in recent years. I know Scott Macpherson put in a huge amount of effort into his research on Harry Colt courses and I think he's done a brilliant job designing the course with those old school design principles in mind. The course is a cracker and it's only going to get better with time, it is well worth a visit!

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Bunker Clinic with Lee

Filmed in Dubai last year, Your Golf Travel's Chief Holiday Officer Lee Westwood goes through tips on how to play bunker shots from a regular lie. Now that we are allowed back on the golf course with guidance from the government, it's time to learn how to successfully play out of the bunker.

Playing from a regular lie

Professional wins (44)

European Tour wins (25)

Year Tournament
Aug 1996 Volvo Scandinavian Masters
Nov 1997 Volvo Masters Andalucia
Jun 1998 Deutsche Bank-SAP Open-TPC of Europe
Jun 1998 National Car Rental English Open
Jul 1998 The Standard Life Loch Lomond
Oct 1998 Belgacom Open
Jul 1999 TNT Dutch Open
Aug 1999 Smurfit European Open
Sep 1999 Canon European Masters
May 2000 Deutsche Bank-SAP Open TPC of Europe
Jun 2000 Compaq European Grand Prix
Jul 2000 Smurfit European Open
Aug 2000 Volvo Scandinavian Masters
Year Tournament
Sep 2000 Belgacom Open
Aug 2003 BMW International Open
Sep 2003 Dunhill Links Championship
May 2007 Valle Romano Open de Andalucia
Sep 2007 Quinn Direct British Masters
Oct 2009 Portugal Masters
Nov 2009 Dubai World Championship
May 2011 Ballantine's Championship
Jun 2012 Nordea Masters
Apr 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open
Nov 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge
Jan 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

PGA Tour wins (2)

Year Tournament
Apr 1998 Freeport-McDermott Classic
Jun 2010 St. Jude Classic

Japan Golf Tour wins (4)

Year Tournament
Nov 1996 Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters
Nov 1997 Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters
Nov 1998 Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters
Nov 1998 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament

Asian Tour wins (9)

Year Tournament
Mar 1997 Malaysian Open
Apr 1999 Macau Open
Apr 2011 Indonesian Masters
May 2011 Ballatine's Championship
Dec 2011 Thailand Golf Championship
Apr 2012 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters
Apr 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open
Dec 2014 Thailand Golf Championship
Apr 2015 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Sunshine Tour wins (3)

Year Tournament
Feb 2000 Dimension Data Pro-Am
Dec 2010 Nedbank Golf Challenge
Dec 2011 Nedbank Golf Challenge

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

Year Tournament
Nov 1997 Holden Australian Open

Other wins (2)

Year Tournament
Oct 2000 Cisco World Match Play Championship
Nov 2003 Nelson Mandela Invitational