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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.More Info
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.More Info
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.More Info
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!More Info
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.More Info
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.More Info
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!More Info
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.More Info
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.More Info
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.
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.More Info
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.More Info
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.More Info
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.More Info
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!More Info
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!More Info
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!More Info
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!More Info
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.
|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|
|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|
|Apr 1998||Freeport-McDermott Classic|
|Jun 2010||St. Jude Classic|
|Nov 1996||Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters|
|Nov 1997||Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters|
|Nov 1998||Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters|
|Nov 1998||Dunlop Phoenix 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|
|Feb 2000||Dimension Data Pro-Am|
|Dec 2010||Nedbank Golf Challenge|
|Dec 2011||Nedbank Golf Challenge|
|Nov 1997||Holden Australian Open|
|Oct 2000||Cisco World Match Play Championship|
|Nov 2003||Nelson Mandela Invitational|