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It’s approaching that time of year when we begin to reflect on the year gone by, and as far as my golf game is concerned, I haven’t achieved very much! It’s entirely my own fault as I have failed yet again to dedicate enough time to the practice ground, taking tips from our Women & Golf instructors, and so when I do play it’s the same old mistakes that follow me round the course, and even that golf swear word occasionally creeps in – the one beginning with ‘s’ and ending with ‘k’! Oh well, there’s always next year… or even tomorrow, as I've just signed off the latest issue and am flying to Portgual tomorrow to play in a pro-am, so I think the practice ground should be my first stop.

I was also golfing in Tenerife recently and was really impressed - what a great winter golf destination. Great golf courses and lots of sunshine. The funny thing, or should I say, funny fin! When I went on a personal holiday to Boston in October I went whale watching for the first time, but sadly we didn't see many whales.  However, in Tenerife our media group saw plenty, apparently they can be seen all-year round as they like the sub-tropical climate! Not as far to travel to see them either!

Until next time ...

 

 

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I'm back after a short holiday, a city break to Boston and what a lovely place this is, although as there was so much to see and do in the city, there wasn't enough time to make a day trip to see the fall - I'll have to appreciate Epping Forest instead!

Last week I joined media and tour operators at St Pancras International for a rendevous with the Ryder Cup trophy. It's now less than a year to go until the match is played at Le Golf National, just 21 miles from Paris, so this was an apt venue given Eurostar's high-speed train link. Eurostar took the opportunity to announce that it's now possible to take your clubs on board for free, giving golfers another travel option to France, either before, during, or after the big match.

 

I have enjoyed playing golf in France, but it's not as well-known for golf compared with other European destinations. However, one thing I didn't realise is that France has 600 golf courses, more than Spain and Portugal combined, so this country really isn't just about great food and wine!

Au revoir for now!

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I feel as though I've been around the world and back over the last week or so, as not only have I been busy signing off the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine, but also a travel guide that will give you some great ideas for your next golf holiday - it goes on sale 16 October.

The last time I played golf was a couple of weeks ago when I attended a Your Golf Travel golf day at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, and it was a real treat for myself and the other ladies to play some golf with Charley Hull. I also thoroughly enjoyed being part of a panel discussing women's golf with Charley and Sky Sports presenter Henni Goya, hosted by radio and television presenter Georgie Bingham. We were asked a variety of questions and it was a shame that there wasn't more time to answer more, but it was packed schedule with a warm-up under Henni's guidance and a practice session on the range before heading out for 9-holes.

 

 

I was also discussing women's golf again for Private Radio Club, a station that broadcasts from Tampa, Florida. Gabe Aluisy was keen to hear about female golf participation in the UK, how the club member has changed and the subject that crops up all the time at club and tour level - the dress code! This was due to be broadcast last Monday but due to the atrocity in Las Vegas it has been rescheduled for tomorrow. This station attracts guests talking on a variety of subjects and it's worth taking a look, visit: www.privateclubradio.com.  

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Acting was never a career option, but every now and again, it's fun to play the part of somebody else, especially as there's no need to worry about what you look like, what you say or how you say it!

My opportunity arose when the society, of which I'm part of, that includes members of West Essex Golf Club, thoroughly enjoyed a weekend break at Dunston Hall Golf Club in Norfolk.

The finale on Saturday evening was a 'Cluedo' murder mystery sketch and yours truly was Mrs Peacock - the brief I recevied was:

Stylish socialite, intellectual upbringing, bit of a snob and leads a flamboyant lifestyle, a keen ornithologist with a pet love of birds of prey. Has had various marriages with some of her husband’s meeting their deaths under mysterious circumstances.

In case you're wondering, I'm not like Mrs Peacock! However, I hired a dress and accessories, and enjoyed prancing into the room as a suspect, imagining that I was more like Lady Mary from Downton Abbey!

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Yesterday I attended the official launch of Boundary Lakes Golf course at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire. Ok, I'm not really into cricket so the Ageas Bowl doesn't mean a great deal to me, but having seen this set-up, I think I could be tempted. A round of golf, followed by a spa treatment, followed by a glass or two of something fizzy whilst relaxing watching a game of first-class cricket, then dinner in Beefy's restaurant (named after Sir Ian Botham - I do know him!) before putting my head down for the night at the on-site Hilton Hotel. Sounds good, doesn't it!

I was simply there to play golf, although I can recommend the food in Beefy's. The course only opened in July, but it's bedded down nicely, and will be even better in a couple of years. Some holes are very pretty, there's a few quirky ones,  so overall it's enjoyable to play. The par-3s are good value and most are a decent length. Given the overall yardage (it's not considerably long) there's enough challenges including thick rough and water hazards for me to suggest that you pack plenty of balls!

My fourball included two media colleagues, Neil Tappin from Golf Monthly and Richard Maunder from Golf News, along with a very interesting lady, Debra Vout, who is the Sports Development Officer, Royal Navy and Combined Services Golf. We had great fun and a glass of Lanson champagne definitely helped us to relax after a few holes, perhaps a bit too much - no prizes for our team!

 

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