While the majority of my time is spent making sure things are going to plan at Your Golf Travel HQ, from time to time I do get out onto the fairways too. The travel experiences below are, I believe, among the very best the golf tourism market has to offer.
Here’s what I’ve enjoyed, and what’s still on the cards for My Summer in Golf - insider tips straight from behind the scenes at YGT!
See you out on the fairways soon.
Best golfing wishes,
Co-Founder Your Golf Travel
2. In June I travelled to Sardinia for the Costa Smeralda Invitational in aid of the Global Gift Foundation hosted at Pevero Golf Club. This is a superb event that welcomes celebs and sporting personalities to celebrate “La Dolce Vita” in aid of charity, taking in all that’s great about golf in Italy. Championship courses, stunning landscapes, all-out luxury and superb food and wine...what’s not to like?!
3. As a member of St George’s Hill, I naturally have a soft spot for heathland golf in and around Surrey, so it’s with great pleasure that we are involved with some wonderful events here. YGT host the annual Duel of The Jockeys event at The Berkshire, where teams are captained by Frankie Dettori and Jim Crowley in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, while we also sponsor The Nelson Trophy at St George’s Hill where we raise considerable amounts of money in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice. As ever, I’m really looking forward to this year’s event on 23rd September.
5. While you might not typically associate destinations like St Tropez with stag weekends, that’s exactly what I’ve got in store for a good friend in August! I’m sure we’ll have our fair share of pastis and champagne, but I’m also looking forward to relaxing and taking in the surroundings during our stay at Le Beauvallon, and also playing golf at St Tropez Golf Club. If we have time, I’d love to try and have a meal at La Vague d’Or, a famous 3 Michelin Star restaurant, as well as of course soaking up the sun at Plage de Tahiti.
6. Although we have broadened our horizons since the early days of YGT, Portugal remains a firm favourite with our clients and I love the Algarve too. I’ll be visiting with my family soon and I’ve got a couple of “friendly” games of golf planned with my brothers at San Lorenzo, one of my favourite courses, as well as Monte Rei, which offers one of the best golf travel experiences in Europe.
7. Just like Portugal, Spain has been an important ingredient in the success of our business, so I always enjoy visiting. With Valderrama and Real Club De Golf Sotogrande, you’ve got two of Europe’s finest courses. Of course Valderrama hosted the first ever Ryder Cup held in Continental Europe, so I’m looking forward to some friendly Ryder Cup style rivalry while celebrating my good friend Chris Pinsent’s (co-organiser of The Nelson Trophy) birthday.
8. We have a “work hard, play hard” mantra at YGT, so I’ll be blowing off some steam in Ibiza in September. As you can guess, I probably won’t be attending too many foam parties in Amnesia, but a round of golf or two at Golf Ibiza, which is really quite a stunning looking course, and boating in Formentera sounds good to me!
9. One of the most unique resorts we work with at YGT is Lumine Beach & Golf Club which sits on the Costa Dorada coastline about an hour and a half from Barcelona. I’ll be there in September to catch up with Calle Carlsson, a good friend of YGT and General Manager at the resort. There are two excellent courses there but I’m most looking forward to seeing the Beach Club and attending the Volcano closing party.
10. It’s always fun to catch up with Darren who of course has been a big part of the YGT brand image over the last few years. We’ve got the Darren Clarke Invitational coming up this October which will see our clients enjoy a truly bucket-list golf experience, playing the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush which will of course host The Open in 2019, as well as spending time with the 2011 Open Champion himself!