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Issue 392

Today’s Golfer is dedicated to helping you play and buy better... We'll lower your handicap. Each issue, the magazine's team of elite coaches gives you tips that will lower your handicap - proven drills to help your driving, iron play, putting and close approach work. And if you're looking to invest in new kit, our experienced testing team brings you the first independent reviews of the latest golf clubs & accessories every issue. If you want to play abroad, ensure you read our travel advice... we'll ensure you have the golfing holiday of a lifetime. Plus: don’t miss our exclusive green fee deals and course guides. You could save a lot of money!

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we all love the par 3s

It’s no coincidence that many of the most famous golf holes in the world are par 3s. From the 17th at Sawgrass to the 12th at Augusta, the 8th at Royal Troon to the 7th at Pebble Beach, short holes capture a golfer’s heart like no other. There are many reasons, but they include… • Every time you step on the tee, there’s that glimmer of hope that you could achieve golf’s holy grail (despite the fact the odds of you actually making an ace are 12,500 to one) • Par 3s are often among a course’s “signature” holes. Raised tees, sunken greens, water hazards, cavernous bunkers, treacherous green complexes… Course designers often push the boat out on the par 3s, so making a three feels all the sweeter • Making a three…

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today's golfer

EDITORIAL Editor Chris Jones 01733 468523 Courses Editor Kevin Brown 01733 468299 Equipment Editor Simon Daddow 01733 468469 Features Editor Michael Catling 01733 468685 Group Art Director Hakan Simsek 01733 468240 Senior Production Editor Rob Jerram 01733 468631 Art Editor Craig Iredale 01733 468466 Digital Editor Camilla Tait 01733 468096 Senior Digital Marketing Executive Sarah Pyett 01733 468571 Editorial Assistant Stephanie Etchells 01733 468243 CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Cotter, Gareth Johnston, Oliver Morton, Alan White, Keith Williams, Kevin Hale, Karl Morris, Ian Clark, Kendal McWade, Simon Payne, Rob McGarr, Angus Murray, Isobel Sampson, Duncan Lennard, Howard Boylan, Bob Atkins, Tom Critchell, Jacques Portal. Pictures by Getty Images unless stated. ADVERTISING Commercial Director Donna Harris 01733 395028 Key Account Director Jack Raynor 01733 366328 Sales Account Manager Ben Peck 01733 363206 Travel Director Ken Gill 01733 468690 Telesales Executive Iain Henderson 01733 366429 Project Manager Gabriella Challis 01733 366345 Inserts contact Howard Foster…

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a royal revolution!

Moving home is never easy, but try moving eight miles down the road and taking more than 1,000 members with you. That was the challenge facing Royal Norwich Golf Club when it left behind 126 years of history to make way for new housing. The club now occupies the former home of Weston Park Golf Club in Norfolk, and has spent £10 million over the last two years on transforming 350 acres of parkland into a potential European Tour venue. TG’s courses editor Kevin Brown was among the first to play the new course and was suitably impressed with what he saw, saying: “Royal Norwich is special and fully worthy of the title bestowed upon it. It has a terrific variety of holes and the biggest compliment I can pay it is…

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‘the ultimate compliment i can give brooks is i wanted to be a little bit more like him’

Last year the celebrations and cheers were for the guy you were playing with at the Tour Championship. What was it like hearing the fans chanting your name this time? It was pretty cool. I turned to Harry [Diamond] when we were walking down 18 after I’d hit my second shot, and I said, ‘this walk is a little more pleasant than last year, not running away from a stampede’. You know, really cool, really cool to put my name on this trophy for a second time. Any time you can do something that only Tiger has done, you’re doing something right. How would you sum up your 2018-19 season? I think I’ve given myself so many chances, and to win three times is awesome. I feel like I could have won more.…

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vote for your top courses and resorts in the uk and europe

It’s that time of the year again. The annual Today’s Golfer gongs for the best courses in the UK and Continental Europe are up for grabs and, as always, you decide who picks up the coveted prizes. Simply log on to www. todaysgolfer.co.uk/tgtravelawards and cast your votes for the best course and hotel/ resort throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. There are also categories for France, Spain and Portugal, plus two separate awards for Continental Europe’s Best Golf Destination and Best Value Destination, titles currently held by The Algarve and Belek (Turkey), respectively. “The Today’s Golfer Travel Awards have been in existence for well over a decade now and duly reward those courses and venues which consistently deliver both on and off the course,” says TG Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown.…

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the reigning champions…

BEST GOLF DESTINATION: The Algarve, Portugal BEST VALUE DESTINATION: Belek, Turkey ENGLAND North – Best Course: Royal Birkdale; Best Hotel/Resort: Slaley Hall South – Best Course: Woburn (Marquess & Duke’s); Best Hotel/Resort: The Grove West – Best Course & Hotel/Resort: St Mellion International East-Midlands – Best Course & Hotel/Resort: The Belfry SCOTLAND Best Course: Old Course, St Andrews Best Hotel/Resort: Gleneagles IRELAND Best Course: Royal Portrush Best Hotel/Resort: K Club WALES Best Course & Hotel/Resort: Celtic Manor SPAIN Best Course: Valderrama Best Hotel/Resort: La Manga Club PORTUGAL Best Course: Vilamoura Old Best Hotel/Resort: Vale do Lobo FRANCE Best Course: Paris National Best Hotel/Resort: Le Manoir & Evian Resort…