The eagerly anticipated return of the Open Championship to Portrush has moved a step closer with the decision to build a major golf resort and hotel in the locality when objections by the National Trust were rejected at a judicial review.
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At 78 years of age Pete Dye has been around the block a few times. As an amateur he once played 72 holes in the US Open, out-scoring Arnold Palmer in the process, so he knows a thing or two about our game.
As an internationally acclaimed course architect he has been plying his trade since the 1950s, has seven designs listed in the leading 20 US courses and 14 in the top 100, plus a couple at Casa da Campo in the Caribbean that most knowing folk reckon are among the finest in world golf.
Nine hole courses don't usually fall into my ambit simply because there are so many 18 holers to be discovered and to write about as venues for golfing breaks. So the odds of my reviewing a nine hole, par-three course were about equal to Bill Clinton being named Man of The Year by the Feminist Tendency.
Kingsbarns Golf Links is looking forward to the New Year after finishing 2012 as it started: by winning a prestigious award. A successful season for the East Neuk of Fife links was completed in style when it was named the Course of the Year at the renowned Golf Tourism Scotland awards for the second year in succession. It was the fifth time Kingsbarns has won the award in only its twelfth year of operation.
If you're a golfer who reckons he's "done that, got all the tee shirts" here's one that wil grab your attention, an offer like no other from one of Portugal's great golf hotels. The luxurious Oitavos Hotel, which is five star and then some, is tempting guests with a ’Stay, Play and Fly’ package that includes a bird's eye view of the spectacular Costa Azul and the Estoril coastline.