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French resort’s striking new clubhouse
IN THE ‘roaring’ 1920s and ‘30s, Le Touquet was Europe’s most fashionable coastal resort and a playground for Hollywood film stars and British aristocrats. Nearly a century on, Le Touquet Golf Resort, home of France’s No.1 links course, is ushering in a new golden age for European golf travel with the opening of a remarkable new clubhouse, designed to blend into the linksland environment while offering guests contemporary comforts and hospitality. The unveiling comes at a time when golf in France is in the spotlight, with the Ryder Cup – the world’s third largest sports event – heading to Paris in late September next year.

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Book a trip to Bulgaria!
BULGARIA is as one of the world’s most exciting, culturally diverse and entirely unmissable golf holiday hot spots. Strictly speaking, golf in the Balkan republic is split into two main areas: Cape Kaliakra and Sofia. The latter, of course, is the capital of Bulgaria and is, in its own right, a very popular short break destination. Sitting at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country, there is much to see and do in Sofia. Best of all, you can enjoy three or four nights there without burning a hole in your pocket. Currently, it is home to three fine courses, of which St Sofia is one. It first opened in 2004 and later the same year staged the first-ever Bulgarian Amateur.

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Viva Italia
AGAINST a backdrop of cobalt blue sky and the Adriatic Sea, San Domenico Golf is situated in Puglia, in the heel of Italy. Famed for its whitewashed villages, World Heritage sites, unmatched cuisine and stunning coastline, Puglia is now firmly on Italy’s tourist map. The course nestles invitingly between the award-winning five-star Borgo Egnazia hotel and the Adriatic, which can be seen from every hole. Described as a Mediterranean links and rated amongst the best golf courses in Italy, the course was completed in 2003. It has since hosted the Challenge Tour Grand Final eight times and offers a challenge for the professional and keen amateur alike.

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Protect Yourself On Your Golfing Travels
WITH the current president of the United States regularly pictured on the golf course, and the recent news that the former POTUS, Barack Obama, has chosen the course he will become a member of, it is fair to say that the sport is very popular amongst those who call the White House their home. According to CNN, Obama has chosen the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, pictured above - and who could blame him? Although the private members’ club is said to have set him back approximately £15,000 for the annual membership, the views and the climate are sure to ensure the expenditure is worth it.

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Niagara Falls… make it the next golf destination on your hit list!
THE booming sound and sheer power of the rushing waters of Niagara Falls is one of the great wonders of the world. Beyond the iconic destination of the Falls themselves exists the spectacular Niagara River corridor, Niagara Parks’ 56-kilometre stretch of land from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, comprising pristine gardens and parkland, locally sourced restaurants, natural attractions and world-renowned golf courses. The golf season in Niagara Falls runs from mid-April through to October. Spring rates at Niagara Parks courses are in effect until mid-May, with fall rates beginning in early October.

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Toro delivers the goods for Yeovil
YEOVIL Golf Club has sung the praises of Toro saying that their new acquisitions have done wonders for the 27-hole parkland course. Yeovil recently purchased the TriFlex 3400 and Reelmaster 5610-D and the club are delighted with the results achieved by the machinery. The 5610-D fairway mower was praised for its comfort and “ease of use”, but it was the 3400 greens mower that turned out the real favourite of the two, with course manager James Leitch hailing it as “superior to all other machines.” Leitch said: “Having been in the industry for over 25 years I’ve experienced my fair share of mowers, but the TriFlex 3400’s quality of cut is superior to all other machines. Its DPA units leave such a beautiful finish that you’d think it was the result of a pedestrian mower.

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Sherborne looks to a bright future with Toro
FIVE years of trouble-free mowing sees Sherborne Golf Club on the border of Dorset and Somerset embark on its second five-year partnership agreement with Toro. Coinciding with an extensive re-landscaping project, Toro has earned its position at the club by being able to cope with the tough work involved with course improvements and the daily year-round cutting the free-draining, grass-factory course demands. Course manager Chris Watson explained: “When we made the decision to first partner with Toro, it wasn’t the most logical decision logistically, nor the cheapest. Devon Garden Machinery [DGM], the Toro dealer for the area, is about an hour and a half away, and there are closer dealers for competitive machinery, one just nine miles away, and Toro’s premium turfcare machinery isn’t the cheapest available.

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Westwood shares design ambitions
LEE WESTWOOD has revealed his ambition to go into golf course design once his playing career is over – and he knows exactly what he’d like to see in one of his own layouts. The Englishman, who gained a bit of experience in the area by providing a player’s perspective in the redesign of the Colt Course at Close House, told CNN’s Living Golf show that he harbours hopes of following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer once he packs he clubs away once and for all.

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