Exploring Off Course


When you or your non-golfing companions have an itch to explore and experience the offerings off the golf course, you may need a little guidance on where to go, what to see, or know when things are afoot.

So, for you, here are a few tourist links to aid your search for the best, the different and the necessary in Portugal and The Balearic Islands/Spain:

PORTUGAL:         https://www.visitportugal.com/en

Porto and North:



Yes, Lisbon

Lisbon:           http://www.visitlisboa.com/

Cascais:          http://www.visitcascais.com/

Sintra:            http://www.sintra-portugal.com/index.html




Azores:          http://www.destinazores.com/en/index.php

Madeira:      http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/homepage



Madrid street scene- Siesta Time

SPAIN:         http://www.spain.info/en/

Mallorca:    http://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/provincias/mallorca.html

Balearic Islands:  http://www.illesbalears.es/ing/balearicislands/home.jsp



We will take a closer look as some of the wonderful things to see and do in these areas in the coming weeks.

Sure, play some great golf but you owe it to yourself to explore further afield.


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How to Play a Links Course



We established in our last post that a links game is to be had in Portugal, so how about remembering a few things when playing any links course.  Because there is often wind, deep bunkers, firm fairways  and sloping greens, lets try and improve our score and enjoyment by considering these few tips:-

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    Wind can shape your game.

    Avoid high spinning balls and keep the ball low. Yes, there’ll be few or no trees but you will probably have a lovely wind to contend with and landing in the gorse or fescue is not what you want.

  • Practice and use your ‘knuckleball’ drives.

  • Remember, the fairways can run as fast as the greens. Put your low irons to use.
  • Be patient with yourself –  as well as the wind.

  • Dealing with those deep bunkers may mean having to hit backwards – and that is ok.


    Remember, these greens are firm. Avoid bouncy approach shots. Gently roll your putts.

  • Putting well can be the key to motivating you on, so don’t be afraid to putt some balls from outside the green.

  • Remember greens on links courses do tend to be undulating and sloping (and more devoid of protective bunkers than other courses), so strong hitting or chipping onto them may lead to unwanted bounces. Go gently and let the ball roll.
  • If playing with a partner, watch their shots and their results.  (No, it’s not sneaky,

    it’s a ‘learning moment.’)

  • Not too much of one thing is a good mantra, so it is OK to be use various clubs.

    And finally,

  • Relax. You are where you want to be doing the thing you love to do, so enjoy it.