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Already have an account? Reset Password. The sudden team dynamic imposed on these elite players provides a fascinating storyline and an intoxicating atmosphere, especially when you factor the infinitely exuberant spectators into the equation. Who could forget moments such as 'The Miracle at Medinah' where Europe produced one of the greatest comebacks, maybe the greatest comeback, in sport?
We won't forget it Book your Ryder Cup Experience Now. The year "the rest of Europe" was invited to the Ryder Cup party. The results were usually one-sided Players on each team contest a series of fourball and foursomes matches throughout the opening two days, with all 12 being involved on Singles Sunday, often the most dramatic and exciting of Ryder Cup days. The likes of Fancourt and Sun City are seen to fly the flag for South African golf but the country is also home to one of the most unique and exciting golfing experiences on the planet.
You'll also have access to a fantastic championship course, each hole on which has been designed by one of golf's leading stars such as Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington The resort is also home to the Xtreme 19th Hole which features an enormous green shaped like the continent of Africa itself as well as a tee perched some meters above the level of the green, perched high up on the stunning Hanglip Mountain.
Book your Xtreme 19th Experience Now. Feet above the Africa-shaped green that the tee is perched, on the edge of the imposing Hanglip Mountain. Dollars on offer for anyone getting a hole-in-one on the Extreme 19th. That should cover the bar bill at the very least! Yards from the top of Hanglip Mountain to the the green, making the Extreme 19th the longest par 3 hole in the world. Arguably the most famous hole in the world, playing the island green 17th at TPC Sawgrass is surely atop many a golfer's bucket list.
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And did you know The TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course was designed by Pete Dye, one of the foremost course architects in the world, but it was actually his wife who came up with the idea for the island green 17th. It's also estimated that over , golf balls are lost in the water on that one hole each and every year Don't worry if not Cubic yards of earth was moved from the site of the 17th hole at Sawgrass to allow for the construction of the lake, which by the way, was all down to Pete Dye's wife who came up with the idea while Dye and his design team pondered what to do with the hole.
Shots taken by Angelo Spagnolo to complete the 17th hole on June 19, Taking part in Golf Digest's "America's Worst Avid Golfer" programme, Spagnolo hit a total of 27 balls into the wat, some from the tee and others from the drop zone. Rules officials finally urged him to putt his ball around the hazard, down the narrow walkway and onto the green.
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Spagnolo's total score for 18 holes? The number of golf balls that find a watery grave at Sawgrass' 17th hole each and every year. An estimated 45, rounds are played on the Sawgrass Stadium Course every year and it's estimated that, with each player having multiple goes at the tee shot whether that be for fun or just out of necessity!
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A perennial debate that has rumbled on for decades is still regularly contested in many a 19th hole; which is better Royal County Down or Royal Portrush? To be honest it doesn't really matter which side of the argument you tend to favour because, by most accounts, both courses are firmly entrenched within world's 10 best golf courses and including either one on a Northern Ireland Golf Tour would guarantee a good trip.
Royal Portrush is back on the Open rota and is the home club of our very own Darren Clarke and while you're on your way around the famous Dunluce Links, just try to imagine how a 16 year-old Rory McIlroy shot 61 from the back tees. We still can't figure it out Portrush has recently been reinstated to the Open Rota and remains the only course outside of England or Scotland to have hosted golf's oldest major. County Down is the highest ranked course from outside of the USA. Duration in hours of the drive between Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, both of which simply have to be included on any bucket list golf tour of Northern Ireland.
With more than years of history and no less than eight amazing golf courses, the Pinehurst Resort, with its infinitely luxurious accommodation options and endless amenities, is without doubt one of the best golf resorts in the world. The real reason most golfers visit this pocket of Carolina though, is the famous Pinehurst No.
This gem of a course has hosted more championships than any other in the USA, including the Ryder Cup and the US Open on three occasions, and is unlike any other in America. With noticeable Scottish influences, most apparent on and around the upturned greens, blended seamlessly with more classically American design influences, this is a haven for the hard core golfer. Book your Pinehurst Experience Now. Number of championship courses at the Pinehurst Resort.
No wonder Pinehurst is considered the Home of American Golf! The year in which the design duo of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore finished work on their extensive restoration project on the Pinehurst No. Based on old aerial photographs, the restoration work was aimed at restoring the original look and feel of the famous No. This is the second lowest total in US Open history. When it comes to spectacular locations for a golf course, few can match the breathtaking spot in which Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand is perched.
To give an insight into the seclusion and privacy at the Cape, the drive from the gates to the clubhouse takes a full twenty minutes! Once you're on the course, its location perched on the cliffs hundreds of feet above the waves that crash into Hawke's Bay is sure to thrill one and all. If there is a more spectacular golf course in the world we are yet to see it so be sure to pack a camera as you'll be taking as many shots with that as you will with your clubs!
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For the Ultimate New Zealand golfing experience why not check out Cape Kidnappers sister property Kauri Cliffs, which is a relatively quick helicopter ride away Book your Cape Kidnappers Holiday Now. Time in minutes it takes to drive from the gated entrance where you leave the public road, to the clubhouse The course's secluded location simply adds to its mystique. Drop in feet from the 15th hole, known affectionately as "Pirate's Plank", to the waves rolling into Hawke's Bay below.
Only in the most populated super-power of a country could you find a resort like Mission Hills; a project of millions of acres, dozens of golf courses, as well as countless shops, restaurants and hotels. According the Guinness World Records, Mission Hills is the world's largest golf resort and with no less than 12 hole golf courses, they might just be right! Once you are at the "right 1st tee at the right tee time", you'll be guaranteed a top class golf experience, with the likes of Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh and Annika Sorenstam just a few of the names to have designed courses at this titanic golfing haven.
Book your Mission Hills Holiday Now. Estimated size in acres of the entire Mission Hills complex. To put that into perspective, you could fit about 3,, football pitches in the same space. Tiger supposedly earned much more If you were blindfolded on your way to Bandon Dunes, you'd find it hard to believe you were in America when you first lay eyes on the golf courses at this amazing resort. Perched on the dramatic Pacific coastline of Oregon, Bandon Dunes is home to several unbelievably beautiful golf courses, many of which fall under the category of links.
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The cost for an additional round of golf at Bandon Dunes How many holes have you got in the tank? Size in square-feet of 'The Punchbowl' Putting Course - There are 18 holes on the course and "some are long and some are short" While the links courses of England and Scotland are perhaps more widely celebrated, the west coast of Ireland, known as the Wild Atlantic Way, is home to some of the very best golf courses on the planet.
The Wild Atlantic Way is actually the longest coastal driving route in the world, not something that sounds feasible given Ireland's diminutive size compared with many other countries, so the journey you embark on could be an absolute epic. However long you wish to explore this amazing coastline for though, there is no shortage of world class golfing options from which to choose. The route stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, and the roll call of courses between Ballyliffin in the North to the spectacular Old Head of Kinsale in the South, includes famous names in Irish golf including the likes of Waterville , Tralee , Doonbeg , Lahinch and Ireland's most famous course, Ballybunion.
If you have the time and the resources! There are fewer tourists too! Mauritius is one of the world's ultimate island paradise destinations, where the spectacular volcanic formations are covered with tropical rainforests, and are framed by white sandy beaches of unfathomable beauty whose shores are caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
With plenty of tourist attractions away from the fairways, there is always plenty to do and see in this amazing place and as far as the golf goes, there are plenty of amazing courses to choose from. Belle Mare Plage , with its two awe-inspiring championship courses, is arguably the most established golfing destination in Mauritius but the likes of Anahita , Tamarina and the Heritage Golf Club also offer top class golf. Of course, for the ultimate island golf experience, you have to have a round at Le Touessrok , a Bernhard Langer designed beauty that sits on the Ile Aux Cerfs and is only accessible by speedboat!
Book your Mauritius Holiday Now. Number of golf courses on the island — almost all of which are of the hole championship variety. The year in which golf was first played in Mauritius, making it the country with the 4th longest history of golf in the world! Hours flight time from London to Mauritius, one of the most easily accessible islands in the Indian Ocean. Shadow Creek offers championship golf, Las Vegas style.
It may not be the best holiday option for the golfing purist, but then, golfing purists will not be at home in Las Vegas anyway The desert to the north of the City of Sin formed the basis for casino guru Steve Wynn to commission Tom Fazio to sculpt a golfing marvel, and a marvel he did create, with countless holes of the "signature" variety.
While the amazing design laid down by Fazio is reason enough to want to have a crack at Shadow Creek, it's the souped-up, vegas-crazy, over-the-top experience that comes as part and parcel of the considerable green fee that makes a round here so memorable.
The golf course is only available to guests of the MGM Mirage Resort, and those fortunate enough to qualify for a round will enjoy the ultimate luxury golf experience. After a hearty breakfast at the resort, golfers are transported to the course in a stretch limo, naturally, and on arrival, your caddy for the day will whisk your clubs away to the first tee or the driving range No expense is spared at Shadow Creek, so expect sublime course conditioning and unrivalled customer service.
Over the top from the word go, Shadow Creek offers a day out that would be hard to come by anywhere else in the world. Just remember: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas Book your Las Vegas Holiday Now. Dollars it costs to tee it up at Shadow Creek. That cost includes your golf buggy and your ride in a stretch limo to and from the Las Vegas Strip Is it worth it? But it's also what you might spend in an unlucky hour at the blackjack tables. Cubic yards of earth was dug up from the desert floor and shifted to the perimeter of the property, creating a berm that stopped outsiders looking in.
Shadow Creek are serious about their privacy! Of all the golfing developments that have arrived on the scene in recent years, Thracian Cliffs is arguably the most exciting. Now you might not typically associate Bulgaria with golf, but when you cast eyes on Gary Player's creation set along the north Black Sea coastline, you'll never forget it.
No words do this golf course justice so we thought we'd leave it to the course's creator, the legendary Gary Player to have a crack When people come here, they are going to say Thracian Cliffs is the best golf course they have ever played in their life. I have been playing for 56 years and I never knew there was ground like this on the planet for a golf course. Book your Thracian Cliffs Holiday Now. The number of meters below the level of the tee that the 6th green sits.
Perched on the edge of a cliff, the hole offers golf on the edge of the world and anything long of the green will surely plunge to a watery grave. The course only opened for play in , and this highlights just how good Gary Player's design is. The number of holes from which you enjoy amazing sea views on your way around the course.
Player's Signature Course at Thracian Cliffs is routed hole after hole along the cliffs on a stunning patch of land once of the powerful Thracian Kingdoms.
Mainland Europe is home to endless top class golfing opportunities but many in the know regard Spain's Valderrama as the finest of the lot.