We’re always keen to swap stories with our fellow golfers about your own experiences and the destinations you have loved. So a while back, we asked you which was your favourite bar after a round, the Best 19th Hole in golf.
There is nothing quite like quenching your thirst with a delicious beverage (Pimms for me), regaling shots from your round with friends and of course, watching others on the course from a balcony above.
So which venues got your vote?
20 minutes up the road from Nairn is one of my favourite courses on earth. Another venue for the Scottish open, and one of Gil Hanse’s masterpieces. I’d always argue it’s better than Kingsbarns to be a bit provocative (don’t get me wrong, Kingsbarns is awesome – it’s in my top 10).
It took me about 5 visits to work out the secret to Castle Stuart. It’s a second shot course, and the design features (infinity greens, false fronts, and well placed bunkers) make for a thought-provoking round. There is an intriguing variety of holes. Great par 3s, challenging par 4s, short par 4s and one of the finest finishing holes in Scotland. The reception in the clubhouse is better even than the spectacular view you can enjoy whilst imbibing a bacon sarnie. It’s the second last course I’d play before joining Old Tom Morris.
The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale is the most iconic hole on the Stadium Course when it comes to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The grandstand for the tournament completely surrounds the 163 yard par 3 and so it has been nicknamed “The Coliseum”. With or without the raucous fans, this hole will test your nerves. The tee has a slight elevation and the green is dutifully guarded by three bunkers.
Rugged bunkering, towering pines and a stunning backdrop await golfers who visit Bear Mountain in Canada. As the name would suggest there are probably some hazardous critters nearby as well!
The 12th hole on the world famous Augusta is widely regarded as one of the finest par 3s in golf. The green is unbelievably shallow and those slopes that lead to the water are deceptively steep…club selection is important then!
As with many links courses the weather is a constant factor at Kingsbarns. When the wind is howling the par 3 15th can play from anything from a wedge to a long iron and the crashing waves can be quite intimidating!
The Sandy Lane Green Monkey Course in Barbados is home to some stunning holes; least of which is this par 3 with a ‘you know what’ in the greenside bunker. Monkeys can be mischievous at times and this one is no different if you find the wrong part of this vast bunker.
No par 3 photo guide would be complete without a picture of the famous 17th hole at Sawgrass. If it weren’t for an intrepid group of divers the lake would surely be overflowing with golf balls by now!
You don’t have to go to an exotic paradise to come across a great par 3. Here in England, we have gems like this at Old Thorns Manor. Water…check…towering pines…check…minuscule green…check…bogey…check!
If you thought the island green on the 17th green at Sawgrass was dramatic then Coeur d’Alene in Idaho will knock your socks off. This is a true island green and the only way to get to the green having hit you tee shot is to catch the ferry. Oh…and the green can move!
The daunting 14th hole at the magnificent Doonbeg proves that par 3s dont have to stretch to silly lengths to provide a challenge to low handicappers. Despite the yardage of 111 yards this is a scary tee shot; especially when the wind is rolling in from the Atlantic.
Hole 3B on the Pacifico Course at Punta Mita is one of the world’s greatest par 3s and a whole that Jack Nicklaus says is the best hole he has ever designed.
Sarah Bowen – Head of Aviation at YGT said,
“Now really is the best time to book a cheap Golf holiday for future travel 2021/22, before demand sparks pricing hikes that will remain.
YGT are offering you more reasons to start planning your next golfing adventure. By planning ahead, you can take advantage of flight savings across our European and worldwide destinations when you book with us throughout February. You can book with us in complete confidence with the flexibility you need. Read about flexibility guarantee and Swing with Confidence Campaign or speak with your dedicated specialist.”
Ross Marshall – Group CEO says,
“Some of the scheduled offers that are currently out there, especially premium cabins, continue to be fantastic value if you are happy to take a view on travel in 2021. I went to Dubai in December and paid less than £900 return for a premium Emirates cabin, which was unheard of and have held lots of flights for golf and family later in the year.
As more and more vaccines saturate the UK and Europe and rates come down quickly, we predict people will flock back to the skies. Ryanair are doing deals as cheap as £9.99 with travel insurance included 2 for1, Easyjet have 200K seats from £19.99 on sale and Jet2 are promoting 10% off Summer 2022. Jet2 are also promoting 10% off Summer 2022 and £1 golf bags – fantastic!”
We predict these deals and incentives will be in place until early Spring when there will be an upturn in leisure and family travel. Longhaul popularity will surge by mid year for the Autumn and Winter. Business travel is likely to be the last thing to come back in 2021 as companies won’t risk sending people abroad in my opinion until later.
Clearly the speed of the return to travel that we predict in the Spring will depend on the pace of vaccine roll-outs internationally, possible access to more capital, government policies, the unpredictability of the virus and further mutations. For those looking to secure a great golf deal and flight discounts, these current booking incentives won’t be in place forever as more routes return to profitability. 208 million of us travelled annually and globally in 2019 and a consumer travel surge is coming again. Jump on these offers now, while you can. I am – get onboard!
As British Airways partners, we offer competitive fares and deposit options to destinations across their network for travel in 2021 and beyond
All flights are subject to availability, please speak with one of our YGT specialists for further detail.
31 years old, 28 pro wins, 4 in Dubai… More desert success for McIlroy this week?
The Dubai Desert Classic is a tournament which Rory McIlroy certainly has fond memories of, with the event being the site of the Northern Irishman’s first professional win in 2009 and kick-starting a career which, to this date, has produced an astonishing 26 more professional titles.
McIlroy refers to this city as his “second home” and since 2009, McIlroy’s record in the desert has continued on an equally impressive vein, winning the Dubai Desert Classic again in 2015 and coming runner up in 2018 by only one shot to Li Haotong.
Your Golf Travel’s Chief Holiday Officer Lee Westwood wins The 2020 Race to Dubai following a 2nd placed finish at The European Tour’s final at Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course.
In finishing one shot behind the tournament winner, Matt Fitzpatrick, Westwood was able to claim 1,335 points for the event which led him to take the overall Race to Dubai by just 17 points.
At the age of 47, Westwood’s 2020 European Tour Order of Merit win was his 3rd, having won his 1st in 2000. From the 15 events Westwood played, he managed to win over 2,200,000 euros, his best return since 2010.
“20 years on from my 1st Race to Dubai title, absolutely honoured to pick up my 3rd.” Lee Westwood
As a treasured English golfer, it is fantastic to see the headline ‘Lee Westwood wins 2020 Race to Dubai.’
Greg Norman designed the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and hosts the European Tour’s Race to Dubai each year.
Opened for play 2009
Measures 7,706 yards from the back tees
Westwood’s year started off with gusto in claiming The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, holding off a stellar field to win for his 25th European Tour victory and 2nd Rolex Series event having won in 2018 in Sun City. Despite a large break in the season due to COVID-19, where Lee was honing his game in his back garden in the North East of England, he was able to record solid finishes at The US Open, Scottish Championship and The Masters.
Having been crowned European Number 1, Westwood now heads to 36th in the world, his highest year-end rank since 2012. He now looks towards The 2021 Ryder Cup where he looks almost certain to take part in what will be his 11th as a player. With one of the best long games in golf, his experienced head will be one that Padraig Harrington will no doubt lean on and be a desired partner for the foursomes and fourballs.
Although he served as Thomas Bjorn’s vice-captain in 2018 in Paris, Westwood has the skills to perform at the very highest level and is sure to take up his spot if he qualifies for the team who will be looking to defend the trophy won so emphatically at Le Golf National.
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