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This week’s blog is a preview of the eagerly anticipated opening men’s major that is coming up in just under a weeks’ time – The Masters 2018. In just under a week, the world’s best players will compete for the coveted Masters Green Jacket at the magnificent Augusta National Golf Club.

The Masters is the first major of the year and unlike the others, is held at the same venue – Augusta National Golf Club – every single year which never makes it less exciting as each year, after the conclusion of the tournament, the course is developed further to make it more challenging year after year. Augusta National Golf Club is famous for the fact that it is the home to the Masters. The course is situated in a dream-like setting and it is one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs. Although many of us will never tee up on the 1st hole, we can enjoy watching the best golfers in the world take on this challenging course at The Masters. Even if you haven’t managed to get tickets to experience the excitement unfold at Augusta National, you can still enjoy following it from afar.

There are many architects who have contributed to the development of Augusta National including Robert Trent Jones, George Cobb and Jack Niklaus just to name a few. Although keeping a ball in play is not difficult on the course due to the fact that there is no rough, the chipping is difficult due to the very fast greens. There is no doubt that this is a spectacular course and provides a true test of championship golf every year for the world’s best players.

In the last 30 years, international golfers have won The Masters 16 times and previous winners have included the brilliant Nick Faldo in both 1989 and 1990, Ian Woosnam in 1991, England’s Danny Willett in 2016 and most recently, Spain’s Sergio Garcia last year. There has been some excellent golf played by European golfers in the last few weeks and hopefully, this is a sign to come that they will prove a stern challenge at Augusta next week. Rory McIlroy will find himself in the limelight next week at Augusta due to his excellent golfing performances recently including at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy is a four-time major champion and just needs a win at The Masters in order to complete the career Grand Slam which is sure to mean that he will feel some of the extra pressure next week on the course.

For the first time since 2015, Tiger Woods will be teeing up at the 1st hole at Augusta National for The Masters. Woods is back and ready to take on the younger talent that has qualified for this brilliant golf tour. What is great about The Masters, is that there are professionals and amateurs playing and it is a chance for newcomers to make a great first impression on the spectacular Augusta National course.

Every year, golfers young and old anticipate their chance to tackle the Augusta National course, whether it is four-time winner Tiger Woods or one of the special invitees such as Shubhankar Sharma who is a 21-year old from India, everyone is looking to compete for the Masters Green Jacket and show their best game this time around. There is a lot of talk about Tiger Woods’ return to Augusta National and Woods is sure to provide some golfing entertainment with his return that will be unforgettable.

Last year’s winner of the coveted Masters Green Jacket, Sergio Garcia, is ready to return to Augusta National next week to try and defend his title and keep the Green Jacket but there are many newcomers and other seasoned professional golfers for him to compete with this year, such as Tiger Woods. Sergio Garcia may have only one major golfing championship, which was The Masters last April, but he is sure to prove excellent competition to all of the other golfers at Augusta National Golf Club next week.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that even if you didn’t manage to get tickets with one of the fantastic Golf Escapes packages that we offered, you will still enjoy following these exciting few days of golf. If you didn’t get tickets to August this year, we highly recommend that you think about it for 2019…

This week’s blog is a guide to the big golfing events that are happening this year. There is something very special about watching the finest golfers in the world play on some of the most breathtaking courses and these are some of the events that you should have the dates in the calendar for…

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be played over the last weekend in September 2018. This year, the tournament will be held at Le Golf National in France on their recently renovated and very difficult Albatros course. This is only the second time in the history of the tournament that the competition has been held in continental Europe (the first being when it was played at the magnificent Valderrama Golf Club in Spain in 1997). The 12-man European team will comprise the first four players from the European Points list as well as the leading four players from the World Point list and four wildcard players. There is still a long way to go before teams will be decided, especially as the competitions held closer to the time reward more points in order for the players that have played best recently to get selected. You can take a look now at the World Point list and the European Point list to see if your favourites are close to being given the chance to play for the European Team this Autumn. The Albatros course at Le Golf National is a spectacular course which combines the traditional feel of a links course with modern features. This is a very tricky course and the final four holes, where the final holes will be played of the Ryder Cup this year, are surrounded by water hazards which will make this a tense and difficult end to the competition. Make sure that you have the dates in the calendar for the 42nd Ryder Cup this Autumn and keep an eye on your favourites on the Points lists.

The US 2018 Masters will be played this year during the week commencing Monday 2nd April and finishing on Sunday 8th April. This year, the tournament will be played at the superb Augusta National Golf Club. Just like membership at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters is an invitation-only event and whilst there are specific criteria that need to be met to be in with a chance of getting an invitation, it is a very exclusive event. Augusta Golf Club is a very exclusive club and it isn’t hard to see why, the course is truly magnificent and is always kept in pristine condition. The layout is superb and is designed to test even the best of golfers. If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience the excitement and buzz of getting to witness the brilliant golf at Augusta National Golf Club first-hand or if you have ever pictured yourself walking along the magnificent course in real life then take a look at our fantastic Golf Escapes US Masters 2018 packages which can all be tailored to fit you so that you can have the best experience at Augusta possible this April.

The 2018 Open Championship will be the 147th Open Championship and will be held from the 19th to 22nd July 2018 at the fantastic Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. There is quite a wide field of entrants for the Open Championships and you can apply to be given the chance to play alongside some of the world’s greatest players. Carnoustie Championship course is a natural seaside links course and is one of the toughest courses in Britain and Ireland. With strategically placed formidable bunkers, sloping fairways and fast greens, this a very challenging course and when the wind is up you must play cautiously to avoid losing a ball to one of the cavernous bunkers.

The 2018 European Tour has announced many different dates and competitions that are to take place all over the world from South Africa to China to the US and Scotland. There are several Major Championships throughout the year including the Masters Tournament in April, the U.S Open in June, The Open Championship in July and the PGA Championship in August. Asides from these, there are many smaller competitions and championships each month which can be viewed and enjoyed by keen golfers such as yourselves…If you are looking for some brilliant golf to immerse yourself in when you don’t have the chance to get out on the course for a round or two then make sure that you are up to date with the golf that you can enjoy even if it is just on the TV.

If you are a keen golfer and want to see some of the greatest players in the world compete for top prizes and recognition then make sure that you take a note of the important dates and maybe even book your package with us to go and see the US Masters or the Ryder Cup!