The last time I picked up a golf club I was on a rooftop in London sipping mojitos while making my way around a crazy golf course with just a cheap putter in hand. With this experience under my belt I was excited to take things to the next level and take a shot at a real course, not on a car park roof, on my latest trip to Spain.
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf, just outside of Jerez in Andalucia, is a paradise for golfers. The hotel has an 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus (one of the greatest American golf pros of all time, winning a total of 18 major championships). It also puts the Royal & Ancient to shame with its year round sunshine and is just a convenient two hour flight from Stansted.
Carlos, a freelance Spanish golf pro who has been playing for the past 40 years gave us an introduction to the world of golf with one of his signature golf clinics, which the hotel offers all its guests. This involved learning and improving technique, a go on the driving range, polishing our putting skills and then taking to the course itself for a bit of friendly competition and to try out our newly honed skills.
After just one hour I can completely understand how people become obsessed with golf. It is social, you are outside all day and most importantly, you get to ride around in a golf buggy in some lovely places!
Now I’m back in London it’s time to sign up for some lessons!