Posts Tagged ‘Greg Norman’

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam

Jun 29th
2015

The Greg Norman designed Bluffs Ho Tram Strip golf course is located 80 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on the southern Vietnamese coastline. It takes around 2 hours to reach by divided highway by car from Ho Chi Minh City. The Bluffs Ho Tram is a unique links style par-71 golf course on a rugged site often accompanied by strong onshore breezes.

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam

In fact, the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has some of the best geographical traits for a top golf course layout. For example, the whole site sits on a coastal plateau with 50 meter elevation changes from the highest to lowest point and holes are routed among towering seaside sand dunes. The course was built on sandy loam soil with native crawling vegetation. But wait, there’s more…

Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Indonesia

May 11th
2015

Every golfer dreams of the perfect landscape to play and there is no doubt that the physical characteristics of the Nirwana Bali Golf Course are just that. Lying on Bali’s southwest coastline at Tanah Lot, Nirwana Bali Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman and opened in July 1997.  The course is a 30 minute scenic drive from Kuta Beach, the Bali airport, and the capital city of Denpasar.

Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Indonesia

The golf course overlooks the Indian Ocean and weaves through rice terraces and towering palm trees. A 6805 yard par 72 championship golf course, it has been voted by Golf Digest and Asian Golf Monthly as the best golf course in Indonesia and best golf resort in Asia, respectively.

Nirwana Bali Golf Club reflects the natural beauty, spirituality and rich culture of Bali. It is a visual masterpiece of dramatic ocean views and lush Balinese landscapes. The Bali golf course offers a spectacular challenge and a unique world-class experience for golfers of all skill levels.  But wait, there’s more…

Top 10: Essential Greg Norman

Feb 11th
2015

Greg Norman is a World Golf Hall of Fame member and one of the most decorated golfers in the game, but there?s more to the Shark?s career than his success inside the ropes.

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Temenos Golf Club, Anguila

Jan 19th
2015

The magnificent 18-hole Temenos Golf Club designed by golfing legend Greg Norman from Australia, has brought Anguilla golf into the international arena. This 7,063-yard championship course is located just a few minutes’ drive from Cap Juluca, it offers dramatic elevation changes, water features on 13 holes and one of the finest Caribbean golf experiences.

Temenos Golf Club, Anguila

Temenos was designed to be played in the wind with wide fairways.  That said, Greg Norman has many false fronts and greens that spill off into collection areas so scoring is more challenging that would appear at first glance.  Miss your shots to the wrong side or be wild off the tee and you invite a bad score.  Water is featured on 13 holes and stretching to more than 7,000 yards, most players would be advised to play a shorter tee.  But wait, there´s more…

Golfamily Album #37

Jan 17th
2015

Greg Norman – The Shark

Trump International Golf Links (Doonbeg G.C.), Ireland

Dec 29th
2014

Designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman, the world renowned 18 hole championship Trump International Golf Links, Ireland (former Doonbeg Golf Club) spans 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes along Doughmore Bay.

The course was officially opened in 2002 and immediately earned the prestigious title of Golf Digest’s Best New International Course. In 2010 it held the prestigious title of European Golf Resort of the Year presented by the IAGTO (Global Golf Tourism Organization) and, in 2011, was named as one of the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Magazine.

Trump International Golf Links (Doonbeg G.C.), Ireland

The par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back. It plays 6,848 yards from the back tees. Six holes play directly against Doughmore Bay while a total of 16 tees or greens afford some view of the Atlantic beyond. Many of the ambitiously shaped greens are set idyllically inside natural amphitheaters, notably at the regal par 5 opening hole, the three-shot 10th, and the long par 4 15th. But wait, there´s more…

Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club, The Bahamas

Dec 22nd
2014

Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas is a championship 18-hole course designed by golf legend, Greg Norman. Set to become one of the world’s greatest ocean-side clubs, the course uses an environmentally friendly seashore paspalum grass, which offers a lush, deep green canopy.

Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club

Nestled in a series of dramatic fairways along the oceanfront that wind through seaside dunes, the course finishes on a rocky peninsula with a spectacular view of the ocean. A Par 72, approximately 7,200 yards long and was designed with Norman’s philosophy to bring into play the “bump and run” shots around the greens. This will give the player the option to play a number of different shots.  But wait, there’s more…

Hillside Golf Club, England

Dec 8th
2014

Hillside Golf Club is situated in Southport, the home of “England’s Golf Coast”. The course forms part of England’s finest stretch of coastal links, It lies almost side by side with the Royal Birkdale course, amid a stretch of sand hills, and the quality of the individual holes is such that golfers may find it difficult to separate the two.

Hillside Golf Club, England

The Hillside Golf Club was formed in 1911, though its current course only dates back to the 1960’s when Fred Hawtree built nine new holes among giant sand hills acquired adjacent to the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Typical of the links courses on the Northwest coastline, Hillside is open to the wind coming in from the Irish Sea and laid out in a truly stunning setting, the course is a true test for golfers of all handicaps. But wait, there´s more…

Golf Books #117 (Faldo/Norman: The 1996 Masters: A Duel that Defined an Era)

Oct 29th
2013

A fascinating account of one of golf’s greatest rivalries, culminating in one of the most epic encounters of the game

Going into the final round of the 1996 Masters, Greg Norman led by six strokes. Having missed chance after chance throughout his career, this finally seemed to be year that the “Great White Shark” would win the green jacket. But playing alongside him in the final pairing of the final day was the one man who always seemed to get the better of the Australian when it really mattered. What followed was one of the most excruciating collapses in all of golf.

This book provides a blow-by-blow account of the riveting final round of the 1996 Masters over 18 chapters, weaving in the story of the entire tournament, the state of golf at the time, and the history of both players’ careers and rivalry. For a decade Norman and Faldo, in their different ways, dominated the game, and their epic meeting at Augusta would prove to be the end of a golfing era.

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About the Author

Andy Farrell is a highly experienced golf journalist who was golf correspondent of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers (Elliott & Thompson, 2011), for which he won the Golf Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards in 2012. He writes for a number of golf magazines and other publications, including the Open Championship Annual. He was honorary secretary, and is now the administrator, of the Association of Golf Writers.

Royal St George’s Golf Course, England

Apr 29th
2013

The Royal St George’s Golf Club located in Sandwich, Kent, England is one of the premier golf clubs in the United Kingdom, and one of the courses on The Open Championship rotation. It has hosted 13 Open championships since 1894, when it became the first club outside Scotland to host the championship.

The club was founded in 1887 in a setting of wild dune land. Many holes feature blind or partially blind shots, although the unfairness element has been reduced somewhat, after several 20th century modifications.

The club’s Challenge Trophy dates from 1888 and is one of the oldest trophies in golf; it has been contested annually except for war years. The course also possesses the deepest bunker in championship golf, located on its fourth hole. But wait, there’s more