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Now that spring has arrived and the weather’s improving I’ll often take a walk with my wife along the promenade from Estoril to Cascais. It’s a great way to work up an appetite before dinner, take a relaxing Sunday morning stroll or simply enjoy the fresh sea air and magnificent views.The paredão, as it’s known locally, is a hive of activity: runners and fellow walkers, local...

SLOW PLAY. It’s a subject which has been in the golfing news a fair amount this year with several highly publicised incidents on the US PGA and European Tours: JB Holmes prevaricating for over 4 minutes before playing his second shot on the 72nd hole of the Farmers Insurance Open; Kevin Na taking what felt like an eternity to make a putt from roughly a metre at the Genesis...

According to a research paper published by Loughborough University, a good caddie/player relationship can improve an elite golfer’s performance by as much as 30%. Now I must confess, this is hardly earth shattering news - it’s something which has been widely recognised on professional tours for a long time, but it did start me thinking about where in Portugal the average amateur can...

Many years ago I remember the professional at my home club saying to me, “You’ve got to look like a pro if you want to play like a pro”. A dour, conservative Yorkshireman, he was no doubt referring to the sartorial elegance of Bobby Jones or Ben Hogan, goodness knows what he would have thought about Rickie Fowler's Puma colourfest or the untucked Aloha shirt he was...

Occasionally during the winter months I’m asked by visiting golfers why the fairways and roughs on some Portuguese courses are yellowy brown but the putting surfaces a verdant green. Well this colour difference is usually due to the grass varieties widely used here – some become dormant while others remain active depending on the ambient temperature.However, it’s not just golfers from...

We’re rapidly approaching the winter season which is often the time when golfers start planning their next trip to warmer climes - hopefully to Portugal! So I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to share my list of favourite courses in the Lisbon area:​To the NorthRoyal Óbidos: This was Seve Ballesteros’ last design project before he passed away in 2011, and what a...

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