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Happy New Year! I believe this is the last week you can really get away with saying that as life is back to normal now for most people and the festive season feels like an age ago. January is such a struggle and obviously this dismal weather doesn't help. Ok, I'm not going to continue to moan because life is for living and that means playing golf. 

I haven't stepped out on the golf course or a practice ground just yet, in fact my last round was the week before Christmas. But it will happen very soon, probably sooner than I expected following a meeting this week with Naga Munchetty and instructor Daniel Grieve. We have an exciting challenge planned, so watch this space...

As far as today's female golfers are concerned, it appears that we're in our own golf bubble - those that don't play, still don't get it. Sadly, in a recent poll, golf came out on top as the most boring sport, with 78% of women believing this to be the case. These same women must think we're barmy!

The golf industry is making a conscious effort to try and promote  the game to both sexes including family golf - not easy because of UK traditions, but don't get me started! It's probably the golf widows, male or female, that turn their nose up. You would find it boring if you were the one sitting at home on your own, or having to look after the kids while your  golf-mad partner is out for four to five hours and then when they come home they want to watch Sky Sports Golf!

Let's hope that this year more people try golf, enjoy the health benefits and appreciate the social side, then they might want to become part of our gang!

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Well, I had fun and games last week due to the snowfall. I was due to fly to Nice on Monday for the International Golf Travel Market in Cannes. The host venue changes each year for this annual networking event for exhibitors, buyers and media from golf clubs, resorts and hotels around the world.

I set off to Gatwick for a lunchtime flight, only to be told on arrival that the flight was cancelled - in fairness this was due to Nice airport being closed because of inclement weather - so I returned home and then braved icy driving conditions early the following morning for an 8am flight from Stansted. I was one of the lucky ones as many didn't even make it to France, and even if they did, they had a much more harrowing story to tell!

Congratulations to all the IAGTO award winners including North Carolina, The Bahamas, Dubai, New Zealand, Spain's Costa Blanca region and Flanders in Belgium - nowadays there are just too many amazing golf destinations to choose from. Algarve Tourism hosted a great party and being so close to Christmas, everyone was encouraged to wear their best Xmas gear! Myself and Richard Maunders from Golf News were pleased that we made an effort. 

 

I hope you all have a very happy Christmas, I'll be back in touch in the New Year.

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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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