After his time exploring courses around Dublin, The A Position videographer Jamie McWilliams heads north for more golf, a little whiskey, and plenty of Irish hospitality:
The International Association of Golf Tour Operators named the Dublin East Coast as the European Golf Destination of the Year in the 2015 IAGTO Awards. Videographer Jamie McWilliams shows why:
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The A Position’s beer maven Tom Bedell teams up with videographer Jamie McWilliams to ponder the craft beer scene in Dublin.
There’s more to the Bahamas than Nassau!
The Golf Road Warriors uncover another rare golf getaway with a host of off-course activities amidst the beautiful Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in sunny Southwest Florida.
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In a video segment from our emagazine, The Grain: Changing Your Read: The U.S. Open Edition 2014, our master instructor Roberto Borgatti will give you the tools to handle side hill lies with ease.
Ireland is undoubtedly one of the very best countries in the world in which to play golf. The scenery is spectacular, the roads are un-crowded, the Guinness is plentiful and the people are incredibly friendly. On top of all that, there are far more outstanding courses than the Irish know what to do with and so they’re more than happy to share them with visitors.
Perhaps the only slight downside to playing golf in Ireland is the weather, which can be rather unreliable and is rarely as warm as the welcome visitors receive. The very best of whatever decent weather is going is frequently to be found in and around the south-eastern corner of the country. And so that’s where we headed for what proved to be a truly great week of golf.
Just along the beach from Rosslare Harbour where the ferries from France and Wales dock, is splendid St Helen’s Bay Golf Resort. A glorious seaside course that takes full advantage of its splendid location right on the coast with some simply breath-taking holes by the water’s edge, magnificent views and an almost ever-present breeze to make a truly challenging course even more exciting. With numerous tropical trees carefully sited, the occasional historic wall built during the famine to provide work for the unemployed and a sprinkling of attractive water hazards, the course provides plenty of visual appeal.
Just along the coast there’s a real gem which those with a real feel for golf’s rich heritage will certainly enjoy. Rosslare Links is a genuine links’ course from the tips of its sizeable tees, through its fast and undulating fairways to its wonderfully true but tricky greens. Blessed with all the authentic characteristics of golf amongst the dunes including tough bunkers, springy turf and the occasional unpredictable bounce, it’s tough enough that even the soothing sound of the surf won’t entirely settle your nerves.
In between rounds you should take a little time and enjoy some of the delights that Ireland has to offer away from the course. It seems you’re never far from a castle and the historic towns of Wexford and Kilkenny offer much in the way of entertainment. Fishing is a popular sport and the Irish love their horses, particularly if they finish in front. And whatever you do it’s more or less compulsory to enjoy a pint or two afterwards.
Right on the edge of town you’ll find the enormously attractive Wexford golf club. With plenty of elevation and no shortage of big boulders to punctuate the scenery, there’s much to admire about this well-maintained and appealing course.
The Irish, of course, make their own rules and it takes a brave man to argue with them as they’re as good with words as they are at golf. Quite a few of the members genuinely believe Carlow Golf Club is a links course even though it’s a good way from the sea. With its fascinating dips and hollows, you can easily see what they mean even if you don’t necessarily go along with everything they tell you. As a general principle in Ireland, it’s not altogether a bad thing to be a little sceptical.
We travelled quite a long way north for our final round. But it was well worth the effort as Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort is right up there with the very best. Close to the historic town of Trim and the beautiful River Boyne, it’s a joyous parkland course that leads you through what was once evidently a truly impressive estate and former home of Jonathan Swift, who wrote Gulliver’s Travels. The specimen trees and lovely lakes have helped create an atmospheric setting for what is a top quality course.
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Real warriors tackle golf in Scottsdale. Part of our latest issue of The Grain: 2014 PGA Championship Issue.
In a brief tour of “Carnivorous Carnoustie” videographer David Whyte makes the case that the Championship Course at Carnoustie is the most difficult of the Open Championship rota.
It’s all part of the 2014 Open Championship Issue of our e-magazine, The Grain: Changing Your Read, with a full menu of stories about this year’s contest at Royal Liverpool, along with more video and contests to enter.
For some reason the Golf Road Warriors failed to qualify for the 2014 Open Championship. Such sorrow can be abated, however, at Royal Links in Las Vegas, with eighteen replica holes from the great links courses of the British Isles. That includes the eighth hole at Royal Liverpool, site of this year’s tournament.
We have a raft of stories concerning this year’s contest, and more video, in our 2014 Open Championship Issue of our e-magazine, The Grain: Changing Your Read.
Tough enough for modern players, the enduring mystery is how old timey players managed to get around the French Lick Ross Course with old timey equipment. Not exactly solved in this Golf Road Warriors video!
Jamie McWilliams visits Myrtle Beach to participate in one of the largest amateur golf tournaments in the world.
Notah Begay and Ty Butler put their talents together to plant some “Beautiful flowers” at the Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, part of the Casino del Sol resort.
Salamander Hotels and Resorts has put a trio of top-notch Florida golf resorts–Hammock Beach, Reunion and Innisbrook–into a collective golf trail called The Grand Resorts of Florida. Nine holes? There are nine courses in the collection!
Dean Ballard, head golf professional at the Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona, gives the lowdown on the North and South courses in this Jamie McWilliams video.
The Golf Road Warriors are an indulgent lot at the best of resorts but Pronghorn exceeded even their ridiculously high expectations. Join the gang as they sip their way though a growler or two in one of the most hospitable resorts we’ve stayed at…
Great golf, yes, but the Golf Road Warriors were also blown away by the settings, activities and cuisine at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. All this and gambling, bourbon and Pluto Water, too!
In her post on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, Golf Road Warrior Anita Draycott hints at what is to come:
“The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top…golf is not a fair game so why build a fair golf course.” At the entrance to the Pete Dye Course… a plaque bearing these words sits beside a life-size statue of the feisty architect. I haven’t even made it to the first fairway and already Pete is playing head games with me….
According to Brian McCallen, in his post on the GRW site, “One of the more pleasant surprises experienced by the Golf Road Warriors was our round of golf at Sultan’s Run Golf Club in Jasper, Ind., the stand-alone daily-fee course managed by French Lick Resort….Completely remodeled in 1996 by Tim Liddy, a Pete Dye disciple, Sultan’s Run is the former home of Supreme Sultan, a legendary horse that sired a record number of World Champion American Saddlebred horses.” More in this video by Jamie McWilliams.
Need a warmup at French Lick? The short Valley Links Course and Learning Center is the place to go.
The Golf Road Warriors descend on the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana. An overview of the many pleasures available, with a scene right out of “Field of Dreams”!
Bend is a crossroads – physically and metaphysically you might say. There are 17 Brew Pubs in and around town which maybe tells us something about the community we’re dealing with here. A tour of the Crux Fermentation Project takes us ever deeper into the brewing process.
The Golf Road Warriors are all in a daze at Black Butte Ranch’s Glaze Meadow course. Jeff Wallach shows us how to apply extra spin to the ball and inadvertently adversely affects the earth’s rotation. Just another day/golf course on the endless Warrior trail…
Interlaced by two lazy-flowing rivers, there’s nothing lethargic about playing Crosswater at SunRiver, one of the US’s top 100 courses. The Golf Road Warriors take to the waterways but will they manage to keep dry?
Any Scotsman would be appalled to hear mention of a links course 200 miles from even the merest sniff of a seaside breeze, but that’s what Scotsman David McLay Kidd has created here in the high desert of Oregon. The Golf Road Warriors did not find Tetherow easy, but then which Scottish links course is?
Golf Road Warrior videographer Jamie McWilliams discovers there’s more to Palm Springs than just golf–much more.
“When you finish your round on the Nicklaus course you can usually remember every hole.” Wonder why that is? Each hole is that unique at Pronghorn and Jack Nicklaus did such a great job in crafting this course into the natural surrounds of Oregon’s High Desert terrain. Both from a playing perspective and aesthetically he brings everything together to create a ‘crescendo’ particularly towards the end of the round.
Daniel Wendt, Brasada Ranch’s Head Golf Instructor moved to Central Oregon in 2005 to help with the process of building the Brasada Canyons golf course. As a coach, Daniel is an advocate of the one-plane swing, though he’s always open to working with other styles. Daniel loves to teach golfers of all ages and abilities to get in touch to arrange your coaching session.
The adventure begins as the Golf Road Warriors head to Bend and nearby central Oregon resorts, golf courses, brewpubs and….
See more of our 2013 PGA Championship stories here in our latest Majors e-magazine.
Roberto Borgatti, our resident instructor, delves into the second part of his tips on the turn.
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