There are so many wonderful golf destinations around the world, and everyone’s taste is different, but here are a few places that stir up happy memories for W&G’s contributor Lewine Mair.
Crans-sur-Sierre would be at the top of my list of places to go. I have been to this top-ofthe-mountain Swiss venue countless times to report on the Omega European Masters - and once for a family holiday. There are any number of fine hotels in the town but, because of the high prices, we chose a flat with a view for the family visit. (Almost everywhere in Crans has stunning views in at leat one direction.)
Crans is a little like St Andrews in the way the town and and both the championship course and the 9-holer are one. During the tournament, every eatery in the town will be peppered with famous and friendly players - the atmosphere is always terrific. Now for something about the golf. Your ball will fly further because of the altitude and, when you stand on the 7th tee, you will forget about your play altogether as you look out at distant mountain-side villages and down into the Rhone Valley. That was the view which stopped Lee Westwood from heading to America for a long time.
Walking, tennis, skiing, swimming and window shopping all add to the resort’s appeal, while the locals are lovely. They are ridiculously rich but, because they are all the same, no-one tries to outdo the next person. Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia both have homes in Grans. WARNING. Everything is expensive but nothing disappoints!
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