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Many of my golfing friends have been on cruises, and have shared some great stories of their own personal experiences. I have always been curious about cruising but up to now have not taken the plunge. After chatting to keen golfer Cormac Meehan who had just returned from an inspection trip on ‘The Independence of The Seas’  I might just go for it! According to Meehan, owner of Meehan Travel, Bundoran, County Donegal, the passenger capacity ...

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  The imposing facade of the Grand Hotel, Gardone Riviera has featured on postcards through the ages. In 1986 the hotel had been included in the list of the oldest hotels in Italy and in 2009 a large commemorative stamp of the “Historic Places Of Italy” series was dedicated to the Grand. After reading  all these interesting stories, I really looked forward to visiting this grand old lady. The sun was rising over the crystal clear waters of Lake ...

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Legendary Liverpool and Republic of Ireland footballer Ronnie Whelan (right) took to the golf course in Orlando, Florida, with John McLaughlin (left), CEO North & West Coast Links Golf Ireland, and Florida golf enthusiast Larry Mueller. Ronnie was a guest of golf marketing company North & West Coast Links which is flying the flag for some of Ireland’s finest links courses at The PGA Show in Orlando, the biggest industry golf show in the world ...

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What to the give the golfer in your life who has everything! Well don’t panic, The European Tour has just The Ticket! They have launched a limited edition Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Festive Fan Pack. Following the huge success of this year’s event at Portstewart, the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, is again expected to be the sporting showpiece of the summer when the world’s best golfers will converge for the ...

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      Golf in Flanders is the joint initiative between the Flemish Golf Federation (GolfVlaanderen) and VisitFlanders (the Flemish Tourist Board), to promote Flanders, the Northern region of Belgium, as an alternative golf destination to the international golf and travel industry.   The prestigious IAGTO award of ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ was announced at this year’s International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) in Cannes with Flanders prevailing after having been selected out of 60 destinations by the international ...

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  Belgium, a country in Western Europe known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. This year we had the opportunity through EGTMA [European Golf Travel and Media Assoc.] to visit Belgium and to play some of the wonderful Flanders golf courses we had heard so much about.   “Golf In Flanders” is a new initiative that was developed between The Flemish Golf Federation and the Flemish Tourist Board to promote the ...

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Zala Springs Golf and Spa Resort is set in the beautiful Zala Valley outside the charming village of Zalacsany. The resort is a two hour drive from Bratislava, Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb, also two hours from Budapest airport. A new destination for golfers and spa lovers from the UK and Ireland who are interested in a unique golf and spa experience. The course opened for play in 2015, in that first year there were over 5,000 ...

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North West Portugal is a destination more renowned for the unique wines of the Douro and Vinho Verde Valleys, excellent port, beautiful rivers and mountains. Mention that you’re heading to Portugal to play golf and  one automatically thinks Algarve, well not this time. I was flying north to Porto in the north west of the country to play some Links courses on the Wild Atlantic’s Costa Verde, parkland in beautiful wooded valleys, to courses that have been ...

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    The sun glistened over the Med. as our car pulled up outside the magnificent Hotel Barrière, Majestic. The car door opened and we were immediately greeted by the the hotel’s extremely professional valets who relieved us of our bags and ushered us through the opulently furnished lobby to check in. As we waited my eyes wandered around trying to absorb the sheer grandeur that surrounded me. An amazing display of fresh flowers, artistically arranged stood high ...

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  When I recently got an invitation to go to Germany and play some golf I jumped at the chance. I’d never been so was very keen to visit the country and to experience some of it’s great  golf courses. Our group travelled by Aer Lingus from Dublin to Hamberg and from Hamberg we then travelled by coach to the beautiful Schloss Luedersburg Castle Golf Resort in Lower Saxony. There are over eighty golf courses in this ...

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