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5 Golfing things you must do in 2016…

2016 is fast approaching and you may not have started planning which golfing related events and trips that you want to make during the next twelve months but this list is sure to help you make some important choices and make sure that you make the most out of your 2016 in the world of golf!

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This autumn time will see the Ryder Cup travel back to the USA to Hazeltine National Golf Club and it will be a spectacle that cannot be missed. This bi-yearly competition is heading back over the pond and everyone is desperate to see whether Team Europe (lead by Darren Clarke) can continue their winning streak or if Team USA can snatch it back this year. This year, there are so many talented Team USA and Team Europe players with players in the Top 20 World Rankings there is no doubt that this could quite possibly be the most competitive Ryder Cup year yet. If you are going to book to go to the Ryder Cup next autumn, then make sure you do it with style and make it an event to remember. Those golf lovers should have a trip to see the Ryder Cup on their bucket list and with the competition being held at such a beautiful course this year it is is the perfect year to tick this certain event off!

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Masters

But before the Ryder Cup, this Spring time will see the 80th Masters Tournament which will be held at its home of the stunning Augusta National Golf Club. This course is famously exclusive and for a chance to get to walk around this beautiful course as well as witness some of the World’s finest players participate in a grand competition, you should not miss out. As it is set in the Spring the weather should be glorious, the azaleas will be out in force and as usual, the greens will be perfect. The ability to be able to enjoy all of this and stay in world-class hotels at the same time is quite possibly the experience of a lifetime. The question on everyone’s mind is, will Jordan Speith win another jacket this year after his convincing win last year? Make sure that you are one of the elite to watch this competition from the course next Spring and book your flights today to make 2016 a memorable golfing year for you.

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Lisbon

This year, make sure a trip to Lisbon is on your golfing itinerary for several important reasons. If you have never been to Lisbon before then you are really missing out, this city is the cultural hub of Portugal and is one of the most interesting and historic cities that is often missed out on. For golfers there are endless reasons to take a golfing break to Lisbon and not all of them involve the magnificent golf courses available, such as Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos. There are several spectacular hotels in which you can enjoy your visit to the cultural hub of Portugal in style whilst enjoying some of the finest food and drink that Lisbon has to offer. It is impossible to be bored in Lisbon and on the days where a round of golf is absent from the itinerary there are some lovely historical monuments and most week-ends there are many events and markets that take place within the city allowing for you to experience the full Portuguese culture. For a short flight and some great deals there is no place better to enjoy a cultural holiday than Lisbon this 2016.

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Make 2016 the year that you embark on the journey of a lifetime and book yourself a ticket aboard the Rovos Rail. The Rovos Rail is a majestic train which travels through Africa with you on-board for a nine days, with you stopping off at some of the most fabulous golf courses that are on offer or at game ranges where you can take a walk on the wild side! This is truly one of the most magical experiences that you can ever take part in and doing it aboard the spectacular Rovos Rail just adds to the enjoyment of this amazing trip. With great opportunities for both golfers and non-golfers there is no reason that only golfers will enjoy this once in a lifetime trip making it an experience that you can wholeheartedly share with a non-golfing companion. If you see yourself winding down through Africa this 2016 aboard a dark-wood, old-fashioned yet beautiful train where on-board you will be served with the best food and wine available then make sure that you book your Rovos Rail adventure for this year and enjoy every second of it.

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This winter may have been a grey one for you but there is no reason that winter 2016 has to be the same. Book a golfing trip away to the Canary Islands and soak up some winter sun somewhere not too far away from home. It is undeniable that playing golf in the wind and the rain doesn’t bring as much enjoyment as a stunning round in the sun and what could be better than a stunning round in the sun overlooking the Mediterranean? No matter which Canary Island you choose you will be able to find some fantastic courses with stunning hotels and great little fishing villages, which are perfect for exploring even in the winter because of the constant spring-like climate there! Make sure that your winter 2016 is a great one, filled with golf and winter sun!

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We hope that this list gave you some great and fun ideas for your golfing itinerary during 2016 and that you have a very Happy New Year.

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The Canary Island’s Finest Golf Courses…

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for your autumn or winter golfing holiday when you need to escape the rain and the grey clouds and experience some spring-like weather and some beautiful golf courses. This list is of the finest courses in the Canary Islands and should well be considered for next time you are looking to leave the cold and fly away!

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Tecina Golf course is on the island of La Gomera but there is a fast ferry which runs from Tenerife to La Gomera so why not make this round into a beautiful and scenic day out? This course could be described as “golfing in paradise”, the views and the scenery of Tenerife and tropical gardens is breathtaking. Not forgetting, the views of the majestic Mount Teide which can be seen from a distance on a clear day. The course features undulating greens and being set on the top of a cliff means that wind often comes into play here making it hard for even the best of golfer to score well! It is rare to see a course with more than one signature hole but Tecina Golf has a trio of signature holes: holes 4, 10 and 12 are truly brilliant and it is worth taking the trip to this course just for those three holes. If you’re looking to play a magnificent course with unpredictable greens, incredible views and a unique layout then this really has to be on your golfing bucket list!

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AnfiTauro

Anfi Tauro is the next course on this list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands, this course is situated on the small and beautiful island of Gran Canaria. This 18-hole course has an Arizonan desert feel to it and is perfect for all golfers of all abilities due to its option of five different tees! This course is always in spectacular condition with beautiful vegetation lining the fairways and stunning waterfalls as well as volcanic-like mountains as a backdrop. Anfi Tauro sits very well within its surroundings and the design makes use of the elevation of the ground meaning that many of the holes have superb views of the volcanic-like mountains or the shimmering Atlantic Ocean making this course a beautiful and picturesque addition to your next golfing holiday to Gran Canaria. With top quality service and a fabulous location this golf course is truly an experience not to be missed for any keen golfer.

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CostaAdeje

On the beautiful island of Tenerife is where our next addition to this list is situated. Golf Costa Adeje is a very popular and beautiful course with very fast greens, strategically placed bunkers and a challenging layout. The course has a great mix of holes of varying elevation and most are accompanied by stunning backdrop of the ocean. Its backdrop and the undulating greens and old wall stones make this course seem like it is at one with its surroundings. This course is always noted for its great service and the atmosphere in the clubhouse – not to mention the great post-round buffet! Golf Costa Adeje is a great, challenging round to play and with some superb views and the great weather of Tenerife what could be better? This course truly is a gem on the island of Tenerife and as the course is always kept in perfect condition so it is no wonder that it has made our list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands.

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Meloneras

Fourth on the list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands is the second course on the list situated upon the tiny island of Gran Canaria. Meloneras Golf is an 18-hole course where the course works from the coastline inwards meaning that this course gets harder throughout the round with the inland winds and target play on the back nine. This course is great for any golfing ability with four different tees and a straight-forward par 4 hole one which prepares you for the round ahead. In Gran Canaria, very few of the golf courses have holes directly at the coast which is a major attraction for those wanting to feel as if they are actually playing on the beach but at Meloneras Golf, several of the holes have this feature. With this course it is impossible to have an unhappy round as the greens are always immaculate, the sky is (mainly) always blue and the views are amazing. No two holes are the same and the service is fabulous! It truly is no wonder why this course made this list of finest courses!

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Salobre-Golf

Last on this list is another spectacular course situated in Gran Canaria – the Old Course at Salobre Golf. The design of this course incorporates the rolling terrain and natural ravines to make this a challenging yet very enjoyable course. This course has certainly stood the test of time and is still in immaculate condition as well as being as popular as ever. With all around views and tee-times at reasonable prices as well as being a more forgiving course than the newer course at Salobre Golf this course is a must-visit for your next golfing break to Gran Canaria. This beautiful, old course is truly considered to be one of the finest in Gran Canaria and so is deserving of a place on this list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands.

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Next time you’re booking your golfing trip to the Canary Islands make sure to check out this list again and book a few tee-times at at least one of these fine courses!

The Masters 2016

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You can bet that any keen golfer will already be looking forward to April when the 80th Masters tournament will be held at Augusta National Golf Club as it is every year. With Jordan Speith set to return to the course to try and win his second Green Jacket and prove himself as a competitor for the number one spot in the world this will surely be an exciting few days.

 

The Masters is the only major championship that is played on the same course every year and it’s not hard to see why…

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Born was one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world when the golfing hero Bobby Jones designed this course imitating individual holes from his favourite courses and creating his ideal golf course by combining the aspects that he most liked about them.

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This beautifully picturesque course with its rolling terrains and vast array of shrubbery and foliage make it worthy of its exclusivity to host to one of the four major championships year after year.

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The course is considered to be so beautiful that it is not always so necessary to be engrossed with the golf as the scenery provides a different type of entertainment. With the fantastic scenery, unbeatable amenities and world-class service why would The Masters ever need another golf course?

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Nearby to Augusta Golf Club are some fabulous hotels so why not enjoy your time watching a championship event whilst staying in luxury?

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The Jameson Suites in Augusta hold fantastic suites with large living and sleeping areas as well as a pool and fitness centre, perfect for those needing somewhere to unwind after watching the excitement at Augusta National Golf Club. There are also plenty of local restaurants as well as three supermarkets just off the interstate making this hotel the perfect companion for your Masters getaway.

Close to the action is the Country Inn & Suites Augusta which hosts all the amenities you would want or need during your stay such as a fitness centre, indoor pall, refrigerator and high speed Wi-Fi. The area around the hotel is superb with the Nature Park, Riverwalk Augusta and various historical monuments as well as the Augusta National Golf club where all the drama will be unfolding during your stay.

 

Those looking for more to do than just watch the golfing at Augusta Golf Club should look no further than Americas Best Value Inn and Suites in Augusta. Within a mile of the Hotel there are ten food vendors both fast-food and nice restaurants as well as the Washington Crossing Shopping Centre, the Morris Museum of Art, the Augusta Museum of History and several cinemas and theatres. The hotel also features and outdoor pool, a fitness centre and flat screen TVs in all rooms which makes being bored here impossible.

 

In downtown Columbia is the Columbia Marriott Hotel where you can relax in a spacious suite with a grand size bed, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and if you fancy something more upbeat after a long day watching the golf then you can take a dip in the heated indoor pool or workout in the fitness centre. In the area there are also plenty of bars and restaurants as well as the restaurant in the hotel.

 

 

Take a look at the line-up for The Masters tournament 2016…

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With Rory McIlroy and Jordan Speith still battling for the number one spot it is no surprise that they are the favourites to win the Green Jacket this year. After winning the 2015 Masters and then the 2015 U.S Open  can Speith make it a third major championship victory in the last year?

 

Although Tiger Woods didn’t play at his best during the 2015 Masters is it possible for him to rectify his game and come back fighting for the Masters 2016? And what about Jason Day – the winner of “015’s PGA Championship – can he win his first Green Jacket next April?

 

No matter who comes away with the Green Jacket next April it is sure to be an exciting championship with the best players in the world coming to the Augusta National Golf Club to provide a true golfing spectacular.

 

 

The Masters 2013

561968_484522371613028_79666514_nFinally, an Australian entered into Masters lore by winning the coveted Green Jacket, at Augusta National Golf Club, when Adam Scott sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat Argentina’s Angel Cabrera to win the 77th Masters Tournament.

 

 

 

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