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All Square ambassador Richard Thibo is a self-confessed golf nut. From Carnoustie to TPC Sawgrass he tells us about his favourite courses and what first attracted him to join the platform.

How did you get into golf?

Ever since I was young I’ve had a fascination with the game, but I never had the opportunity to play the sport properly.

It was only when I was charged to organise the first charity golf tournament of our company about ten years ago that I really got hooked. Even since I’ve been a golf addict.

You are a member of Kikuoka Golf & Country Club. Can you tell us what makes your club so special?

Kikuoka Golf & Country Club is still considered to be the best club in Luxembourg. The layout is quite challenging and long with plenty of nasty rough.

The maintenance team is great and there are usually one or two changes to the course each year to keep things interesting.

The Clubhouse is also great with the Hotel on site, so you can have food and drinks until very late.

What made you want to become an All Square ambassador? What do you like most about All Square?

I’ve been following All Square since their beginning and use the App on a regular basis. It’s great to be able to have the opportunity to help improve the platform.

I like connecting with fellow golfers, as well as the reviews of the courses I wanted to play. The newsfeed to keep me up to date is just great.

Can you tell us about your most memorable golf experience?

A friend once took a 150 yard shot over a water hazard into the green. He took the shot topped it, but it became a skip shot, ditched 3 times on the water and ended up 1 foot from the hole. We were laughing for the next 3 holes. Huge!!

How often do you travel for golf every year and what is your favourite golf destination?

I travel about 4-5 times a year to play golf. I guess the best destination not too far from Luxembourg is Algarve, Portugal but my preferred destination so far is Dubai.

What are your 3 favourite courses in Europe? the UK? the US?

Europe: Le Golf National, Paris, France / Finca Cortesin, Spain / Golf Club Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland

UK: Carnoustie Golf Links, England / Gleneagles Resort, Scotland / Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland

US: TPC Sawgrass , Bay Hill, Kiawah Island

The next golf trip you are looking forward to?

The next trip planned is to play this year’s Ryder Cup venue, Le Golf National in Paris at the end of April.

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The Alps truly are the playground of Europe; in winter you can carve or slide your way down the dramatic snow-capped mountain ranges and in summer you can play golf on the wonderful turf that lives below the snow. Today on the All Square blog we are going to be looking at one such destination, Le Golf du Mont d’Arbois. The course was designed in 1964 by Henry Cotton the former Open Champion and Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Cotton enjoyed ‘living the high-life’ and so it is appropriate that he is behind the design of this course.

The opening of the Four Seasons in Megève, which will also manage the club, looks set to catapult Le Golf du Mont d’Arbois to a whole new level. The chic hotel is nestled into the base of Mont d’Arbois’ soaring mountainside and is the only luxury resort directly on the Mont d’Arbois slopes.

A True Alpine Delight

Sitting around 1320m above sea-level, Le Golf du Mont d’Arbois is definitely a mountain course. However, the climb when you’re on the course is only 150m allowing you to conserve energy for your golf. As you may imagine, at such a high altitude and in the heart of the French Alps, the views are staggering and dramatic. The 14th green is the highest point on the course and golfers will want to take some extra time on the green to absorb the surroundings and perhaps get some pictures. Here the panoramic view shows the Col de Véry to the Mont Joly range, including the Aiguille de Varens which overlooks the Arve Valley. The hiring of a new greenkeeper means that the immaculately manicured fairways will now match the quality of the jaw-dropping vistas. A true golfer’s heaven.

First Winter Golf

Golf du Mont d’Arbois has become famous in recent years for the hosting of the BMW Winter Golf Trophy. In 2000, Philippe Guilhem started this unique tournament on an improvised nine-hole course and since then the event has continued to grow. Winter Golf has become so popular in Megève which led Golf du Mont d’Arbois to open permanently his snow golf course. This unique course is made of 6 holes with synthetic greens, groomed snow fairways and powder snow rough. During winter time, we strongly advise you to put on some warm clothes and try snow golf in the French Alps!

The Fabrice Tarnaud Academy

Golf is not an easy sport to learn, most of you probably know that far too well, but high in the alpine air at Mont d’Arbois you can take lessons and advance your game in the serenity of the Alps. Fabrice Tarnaud, the former European Tour player, has created a fantastic facility here to help golfers of every level, from beginner to pro, improve their game.

Pure Mountain Charm

When you play golf in the Alps you know the scenery of the course is special. Golf du Mont d’Arbois is no exception and every golfer will have a lot of fun playing this track. At just 6074m its not long and allows golfers to relax a bit and take in the surroundings rather than trek wearily along the course. Mark Twain once (wrongly) stated, “golf is a good walk spoiled”, playing Le Golf du Mont d’Arbois is a great walk and the golf definitely doesn’t spoil it.

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Widely regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan centres in the world, Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. The group of islands that have come together to form the metropolis is the foundation of the charm and spirit of this unique community. The typical golf season in Montreal begins in early April and extends to the end of October. The average temperature during this time is 19°C with July being the warmest month with a median temperature of 26°C.

Le Golf Saint-Raphael – Blue Course

Aesthetically appealing, the 7061-yard Blue Course is a Neil Haworth route that features narrow rolling fairways and tiny greens. As you roll over the hill to find your ball after your blind tee shot on the second hole the setting of the green in an alcove of oak and elm trees signals the beginning of a special tour. A pure Parkland style layout, the routing of the Blue is such that you are never within eyesight or earshot of other groups. It is almost surprising when you turn up after the ninth hole at the snack shack to be reminded you are not alone. The back nine follows the same formula, removing the player from the real world and transporting them to that state of zen that is so rare in life. Leaving the Blue Course after eighteen holes is often a letdown as this is one of those rare tracks that you wish would never end.

Le Golf Saint-Raphael – Red Course

At 6589 yards, the Graham Cooke designed Red Course has lakes and creeks running through it and is a fair challenge for all. Winding through a subdivision and bordered by the St Lawrence River, the Red is an inner-city refuge. Perhaps the ultimate match play course in Montreal, players are presented with an array of risk/reward decisions. With two reachable par 5’s on each nine and a driveable par 4, there are plenty of opportunities for match play gamesmanship. Make your move on No.s 16 or 17 as the ultimate hole is a straight forward par 3 that aims directly at the clubhouse. No.18 requires an uphill tee shot that seemingly plays one club longer than normal, however it often yields par as the green is flat and rolls true.

Club de Golf de L’ile de Montreal

At the northern tip of Montreal Island lies the Ireland Course, a par 71 Irish Links track that stretches to 6820 yards from the tips. The Pat Ruddy design takes you back to the origins of the game, across the Atlantic, yet is only minutes from downtown Montreal. Bordering the “Pointe aux Prairies” nature park, the Club de Golf de L’ile de Montreal preserves the marshy spaces, splendid reeds, variety of wildflowers and mature trees in its natural design. A very walkable course, this throwback to the green nation of leprechauns and four leaf clovers is notable for 50 foot high dunes, pot bunkers and massive greens.

The opening hole sets the table as you’re faced with an uphill blind tee shot in which your only target is a fairway bunker and the blue skies in the distance. As you progress through the eighteen hole test you may find repetition in the variety of shots you are required to execute, nonetheless you will never be disinterested. For through the sequence of doglegs, hollows and chasms, you will come to understand the combination of rugged beauty and sadistic charm that lies at the heart of Irish Links Golf. Revel in the completion of your round, enjoy a beverage afterwards, and plan your revenge, for this is the Irish way.

Le Versant (Des Braves)

Picturesque is the word most often used to describe Des Braves, a 6785 yard par 72 that requires a precise short game as the green complexes are surrounded by trouble on all sides. Narrow rolling fairways mean that one can never relax, although the scenery begs you to ease your focus to a minimum and allow your senses to absorb Mother nature in her purest form. Don’t let your guard down completely however as you will be exposed, as there is plenty of trouble with bunkers and water hazards on fairways and fronting the greens. Proper club selection and solid contact are the path to prosperity here, take a moment to focus and be confident in your execution.

Club de Golf le Cardinal

The Redcrest layout is the most recent offering from the Cardinal group, a premium design with an abundance of water, tree lined fairways and undulating greens that roll true and fast. Featuring the same white sand bunkers as the other courses here, the sand traps look lovely but aren’t necessarily good for your score. At just under 6800 yards the par 71 course at Club de Golf le Cardinal portrays a natural wetland feel partially due to its proximity to the Holland Marsh Canal and the many tributaries that wander through the rolling fairways. Navigating the north and east shores of a wishbone shaped lake, the back to back par 5’s that are numbers six and seven time and again define one’s round at Redcrest. Find the fairways on these two holes and set yourself up for birdie. Find water along the way and your results will be all wet. Often referred to as the best public course in Montreal, Redcrest has received rave reviews for its pristine condition and excellent design.

Le Versant (Des Seigneurs)

Des Seigneurs is the beast of the big shots, a Graham Cooke offering that plays to 7004 yards from the blacks. It is tight, punishing and certainly appears to not be for the faint of heart. The layout does however possess six different sets of tees and is playable by all skill sets. The Signature hole, the par 5 fourth hole begs you to play up the left side off the tee then teases you with a large green that appears unmissable from a distance. Beware of unseen dangers nevertheless as water, bunkers and run off areas surround this ambivalent looking green complex. The theme for your round is set at this point and caution will prove to be your safest emotion as you journey through the balance of this examination.

Club de Golf de Caughnawaga

Conceived in 1967, this parkland design presents 27 opportunities to test your skills and be immersed in scenic splendor. Located on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, this family owned and run venture is as enjoyable as it is challenging. Easily accessible from the Island of Montreal, Caughnawaga delights in their ability to offer a walker friendly test with superb greens and a sense of peace and solitude. The Bear, Wolf and Turtle 9’s offer a number of holes that will delight in their charm and challenge. With mature trees, and small greens, this truly is a walk in the park. Beware of other wildlife as you enjoy a stroll through this little gem. Considered the best value in the city, the CGC should be on your short list of must plays for players of all levels.

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Trump Turnberry is one of the most iconic settings in the game.  The scene of the notorious Duel in the Sun, both the resort and the links have received major refurbishments over the past four years, and many are now positioning the Open Championship venue as the best golf course on the planet.

With the significant upgrade to the resort’s second layout, the renamed King Robert the Bruce, there are now two world-class courses on site. With five-star accommodation and an array of championship links scattered along the coastline, this slice of golfing heaven is a must visit for all lovers of the game.

All Square is offering users the unique opportunity to play the venue’s two fantastic layouts from the 12-14 October. The unforgettable weekend of golf includes a 2-night stay at the resort, two rounds of golf, and first-class dining and entertainment. With an innovative Nation Cup format, participants will also have the opportunity to meet and compete against fellow golf lovers from across Europe.

Hotel refurbishments
  • An enchanting resort created in the grand style of the early 20th century, Trump Turnberry is one of Scotland's national treasures.
  • A selection of sparkling restaurants and bars are on offer throughout the resort, all with the famous views Turnberry is renowned for, overlooking the Championship golf courses and beyond.
  • The hotel offers a wide array of guest rooms and suites, many of which feature magnificent views of the world-renowned golf course.
  • As you approach the resort, the miles of glorious west coast of Scotland give way to the familiar soft green of the world famous golf courses.

The re-opening of the Trump Turnberry resort has undoubtedly reinvigorated what was a tired and somewhat rundown resort. Today golfers and hotel guests will be treated to luxury and opulence at every turn.

No expense was spared in the refurb and the over-the-top decor is what you’d expect from a Trump resort. Nonetheless, it’s hard to disagree that the service is first class and the views are truly sublime.

Moreover, the transformation of the facilities has been remarkable. Off the course, golfers can enjoy water zorbing, mini-Highland games, archery, and much more.

One of the most talked-about restorations at Turnberry is the iconic Stevenson Lighthouse. Golfers now have the unparalleled opportunity to stay in the lighthouse itself in an enchanting two-bedroom suite which offers captivating views of the ocean.

Ailsa Course
  • Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6, 7489-yard Championship course is one of golf's storied places.
  • Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history.
  • All 18 holes have seen changes made with huge areas of turf moved between the various holes to complete the refurbishment.
  • Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.

The revered Open Championship layout at Turnberry, with its famous views over Ailsa Craig, is one of the most famous layouts in the game. The Ailsa course has received much acclaim since reopening last year.

Clinging to the dramatic coastline, Turnberry was already one of the most awe-inspiring courses on the planet. With five stunning new holes, the renovation implemented by renowned architect, Martin Ebert has elevated the course to a whole new level. The remaining holes have also received significant alterations. Bunkers have been moved and reshaped, contours softened, and new tees and greens added.

While golf was first played at Turnberry in 1902, it would take over 70 years for the links to host its first Open Championship. It would be worth the wait. The 1977 Open, better known as the Duel in the Sun was one of the most captivating contests in the history of the game, pitting Jack Nicklaus against Tom Watson in a head-to-head tussle. The latter would lift the Claret Jug with a closing 65 to win by a single shot.

The scene of further thrilling Open Championships, the course upgrades sets up perfectly for more drama in the years to come.

The changes to the 9th hole have created one of the most exhilarating holes in all of golf. Played across the bay to the famed Turnberry Lighthouse, the hole is as beautiful as it is dramatic.

The King Robert The Bruce Course
  • The course is named after the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, the historical warrior who led Scotland to claim its right as an independent country in the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314.
  • On 28th June 2017, Eric F. Trump officially opened Trump Turnberry’s newest golf course, in a Grand Opening Ceremony attended by a selection of VIP guests and members.
  • Distinctive bunkering, visually attractive wetland areas and swathes of gorse all adds to the exciting challenges of this great links course.
  • An exceptional links golfing experience awaits those who play this course, cementing Trump Turnberry’s reputation as one of the world’s finest golfing destinations, a true golfer’s paradise.

The former Kintyre course has also been completely redesigned by Martin Ebert. He has completely transformed the layout, now known as King Robert the Bruce.

No more an inferior relative, the course has spectacular views of Turnberry’s stunning coastline, castle ruins and the lighthouse.

Breathtaking vistas from the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of King Robert the Bruce are some of the most remarkable in the game.

Gastronomy & Spa
  • Home to a selection of lively restaurants in Ayrshire, Trump Turnberry offers you incredible menus complemented by impeccable views of the Scottish coast.
  • Trump Turnberry is blessed with an unrivaled location, surrounded by miles of land, sea and sky. It is from this that Turnberry’s talented brigade of chef’s create the ethos around the food and beverage offering throughout the hotel.
  • Featuring over 250 whiskies, Turnberry is the perfect place to relax and reflect by both day and dusk from within one of the most inviting bars in Ayr.
  • Set amongst 800 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside along the Atlantic coastline, The Spa at Turnberry offers an environment of pure relaxation.
  • Twelve serene treatment rooms offer the perfect environment for surrendering to utter relaxation. The rest of the facilities are equally inviting, sauna, steam room.

A trip to Trump Turnberry is much more than just sublime links golf.

The lavishly redecorated hotel boasts one of the best spas in Scotland. The wellness centre enjoys beautiful views of the Irish Sea, with heat and relaxation rooms, and bespoke treatments, just some of the many experiences on offer.

Meanwhile, the cuisine is some of the best in Scotland.

Enjoy fine dining at the Trump Turnberry’s signature restaurant, 1906, before heading to the Grand Tea Lounge to treat yourself to one of the hundreds of whiskies behind the bar.

And that’s without mentioning the new halfway house, which is located in the resort’s iconic lighthouse.

How To Get There?

Turnberry is located on the East Coast of Scotland, just a 1 hour drive from Glasgow City Centre. There are two international airports within an hour’s drive of the resort: Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Edinburgh International Airport is less than two hours drive away.

Where To Play

Few golfers will go away from a trip to the west coast of Scotland feeling anything but astonished by the wealth of golfing goodies on over. Indeed, with so many courses to choose from, your biggest problem may well be deciding which of the historic links to play first.

Beyond Turnberry, here are five courses that you need to know about.

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It’s often hard to find a holiday destination that suits the entire family. Whether you’re hoping to sneak in a round during your next trip, are looking to keep the kids entertained while you spend time as a couple out on the course or want to head onto the fairways as a family, the below destinations are sure to tick all the right boxes.

Here are six of the best family golf resorts:

La Manga Club Resort
  • La Manga Club - The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style.
  • The North Course, designed by Robert Dean Putman, The South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas.
  • Hotel Principe Felipe - The Principe Felipe 5* Hotel, one of the best hotels in the region of Murcia, is found at the heart of La Manga Club.
  • La Manga Club Golf Training Centre, is led by the renowned Swedish instructor, Thomas Johansson and integrates a new system of teaching which is adapted to the previous experience of each person.
  • Make the most of your time and perfect your technique in one of the tennis academies.
  • La Manga Cricket Club provide tuition on all aspects of the game for youngsters wanting to learn or improve their cricket.
  • The Wellness Centre at La Manga Club, we offer you a place that reaches beyond the health and beauty concept.

La Manga Club offers the perfect solution for active families seeking a sporty holiday.

With three 18-hole golf courses all the family can make the most of the Spanish sunshine to enjoy some quality time together out on the course. Golf fanatics, both young and old, can also hone their swings at the Golf Training Academy. Meanwhile, budding Rory’s and Rafa’s can dial in their game at La Manga’s junior golf and tennis academies.

Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of amusement for the adults.

Amenities include a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre, a five-star hotel and a choice of more than 20 bars and restaurants.

A regular haunt of the rich and famous, guest can also make the most of a 28-court tennis centre. Or simply relax on La Cala beach, which overlooks the Mediterranean.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
  • Verdura Golf and Spa Resort - The three links-style golf courses, all designed by Kyle Phillips, use the natural, green contours of the landscape and are planted with indigenous trees and shrubs
  • Rocco Forte Hotel - Intelligent design, comfort and privacy characterise the 203 rooms at Verdura Resort.
  • The thalasso itinerary includes four outdoor pools, heated from 35° to 25° degrees, each with varying salt densities, minerals and organisms.
  • Led by a team of PGA qualified professionals, the Verdura Golf Academy provides guests with an excellent opportunity to enhance their golfing experience.
  • Take tips from the professionals at the Sunball Tennis Academy. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome to play on one of the six clay courts.
  • Experience exciting excursions on Verdura’s boat. Try your hand at something new with complimentary introductions. Private lessons and courses are also offered, and the latest equipment is available for rental.

Verdura has all the ingredients to create an unforgettable trip for all the family. The Sicilian resort has been carefully designed as a family-friendly offering.

Pint-sized bathrobes & slippers, a cuddly toy, spa treatments, sports academies, excursions, and special menus are all available to make your little ones feel special.

While the kids have a blast in Verdùland, a lively space offering cooking, arts & crafts, an array of sports and much more, sit back and enjoy a slice of Mediterranean paradise.

Named ‘Best Golf Hotel in Italy’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards, the luxury resort houses two outstanding Kyle Phillips designs.

Away from the fairways, the resort also features an array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities.

Aphrodite Hills
  • Aphrodite Hills Golf Course - Home to a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, dedicated 3-hole Golf Academy and magnificent Clubhouse, designed for golfers of all standards and ages.
  • Aphrodite Hills Golf Course - The award-winning golf course was officially opened in 2002 and was designed by the acclaimed architect, Cabell Robinson.
  • The luxurious, five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel operated by Atlantica, is uniquely and scenically located on a plateau overlooking the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite.
  • The Golf Academy caters for golfers of all abilities, from beginners to the experienced player and features first class practice facilities, including a large double-ended driving range.
  • The Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy features 8 floodlit courts, of which 5 are plexicushion hard courts and 4 European red clay courts.
  • The Aphrodite Hills Dream Team Soccer School is a professional UK provider of football fun and development for boys and girls of all ages and abilities.
  • The Aphrodite Hills Spa is located on an elevated part of the Resort above the Mediterranean Sea, with truly spectacular views from the outdoor pool and even the sauna.
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Set amid Bavaria’s enchanting forests and fairways, Margarethenhof enjoys an unparalleled position at the edge of the Alpine foothills. Despite boasting one of the most scenic courses in Germany, a trip to this picturesque escape is about much more than just fantastic golf.

Health and wellbeing form the beating heart of the tranquil resort, which offers an 18-hole golf course, elegant spa facilities, and creative cuisine.

Despite being just 50 kilometers south of Munich, the resort feels a world away from the bustle of the city. This makes it a great choice for city-dwellers looking for a weekend escape. First-time visitors to the Bavarian Alps, hoping to combine a relaxing vacation with a trip to one of Germany’s most vivacious cities, are also guaranteed to be enchanted by the natural beauty and accessibility of the location.

Golf at the edge of the alpine foothills
  • The Margarethenhof has been in existence since 1984 and has since been known as one of the most attractive golf courses in Germany.
  • In 2012, the course was redesigned and improved.
  • Located high above the Tegernsee, one of Germany's most beautiful golf courses awaits visitors with its special blend of peaceful surroundings and hospitality.
  • Players can expect a worthy challenge set in spectacular natural surroundings.

Located high above the Tegernsee, one of Germany’s most beautiful golf courses awaits.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of Bavaria’s Alpine foothills, the course carves its way through densely forested areas. From the moment they step on the first tee, golfers will be treated to a natural showcase.

The highlight is one of the highest tee-offs in Germany – at an elevation of 950 meters. From this point, the views across the course, and the lakes and mountains beyond are truly sensational.

The high calibre of the golf course matches the beauty of the surroundings. A significant renovation in 2012, has only improved the layout. The course also has a reputation for being in fantastic condition.

A hotel that cultivates Bavarian lifestyle
  • Hotel Margarethenhof will win your heart with more than just a beautiful room where you can unwind.
  • Sophisticated design in warm materials creates a clear, serene atmosphere that will make you feel at home.
  • After a day of the great outdoors, the suites are the sweetest temptation or relaxing by simply gazing out across the lovely landscape
  • With the objective of cultivating Bavarian lifestyle that is infused with new momentum, they have reinterpreted rustic country living in the hotel.

An oasis of tranquillity greets visitors at the chalet-like golf hotel, which enjoys a fairytale setting just seconds from the golf’s immaculate fairways.

The traditionally styled Bavarian lodge features 35 spaciously designed suites. These range from 80 m² Maisonette Suites Superior spread over two levels, to 47 m² junior superior suites which provide a spacious living/sleeping area in an elegant country house style.

The junior suites are in an especially quiet setting with wonderful views of the mighty, hundred-year-old lime tree. Unsurprisingly given the hotel’s location, the views from the rooms are exceptional.

By adding the recently constructed Lanserhof Tegernsee to this unique location, the resort now offers an ultra-modern health facility.

The small but fine wellness area is fitted with a Finnish sauna, whirlpool, rest & quiet room, fitness centre, and beauty department. Individually tailored relaxing massages and beneficial beauty treatments are also available.

Situated in the lime tree garden, the 17-meter outdoor pool may well be the highlight of a trip to the resort. From here swimmers and bathers can enjoy uninterrupted views across the forested landscape.

Gastronomy at its best with star chef Thomas Kahl
  • Thomas Kahl, prestigious star chef and new Chef de Cuisine at Margarethenhof, allows our guests to completely experience the culinary diversity of Bavarian cuisine.
  • Whether he serves hearty plates of bread and cold cuts, delicate traditional specialties or a gourmet menu: The ingredients must be fresh and local.
  • His rural upbringing on a farm inspired Thomas Kahl’s interest in the preparation of regional products at an early age.
  • With a passion for innovation that quickens his pulse in anticipation, every new creation is accompanied by a burst of excitement.

Whether you choose the selected delicacies that the breakfast buffet has to offer, the Bavarian specialties at lunch on the terrace, or the culinary creations at dinner, the restaurant “Steinberg” is sure to tickle your taste buds, whatever your requirements.

Half-board hotel guests enjoy a comprehensive breakfast buffet with local farm produce, home-made jams, freshly pressed fruit juices, and farmer’s bread. Come the evening guests can enjoy a traditional Bavarian 4-course meal. Guests can explore the region’s culinary traditions and finest cuisines across all the menus. As well as make the most of the region’s most famous export, beer.

Discover one of the most stylish Pro-Shops
  • The Pro-Shop was completely refurbished and newly fitted in May 2014.
  • The shop houses a fantastic range of equipment and fashion items.
  • Shop brands like Kjus, Polo Ralph Lauren, Footjoy and RLX.

Off the course, the sparkling new pro shop is a wonder onto itself. Completely refurbished and newly fitted in May 2014, it is a must visit for all visitors to the course. The shop houses a fantastic range of equipment and fashion items for both men and women.  Professional instruction is also available.

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Golf & Country Club de Bossey member and All Square ambassador Stephane Castella has been lucky enough to travel throughout the world playing golf. We caught up with him to talk about the courses he loves to play and the layouts that are still at the top of his bucket list.

How did you get into golf?

I went a couple of times to the practice with friends while being in my 20’s but seriously started golf in 2000 when I received a golf initiation package as birthday gift from my girlfriend (who became later my wife). One of the best I ever received, a kind of life changer !

You are a member at Golf & Country Club de Bossey, can you tell us what makes your club so special?

Before being settled in any club, Golf & Country Club de Bossey wasn’t exactly my favorite course in Geneva area, being too hilly and challenging to my taste. The time past and since it’s only a 10 minute drive from home, it became the most obvious choice to me when I decided to join a club in 2012. I quickly learned to love the layout and can’t get enough to play it now.

While being fairly short by modern standards (6000 meters from backtees), it’s a challenge for players of any level with most greens being elevated and well protected by numerous bunkers and fierce slopes. A lot has been recently done to improve facilities (greenkeeping, irrigation system and drainage, new indoor training center, restaurant refurbishment) and we are now proud to host a pro tournament, the Bossey Ladies Championship sanctioned by the LET Access Tour. The Club received unanimous accolade from players and officials during the first edition held last year. While being private, our facility is open to visitors, therefore don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re in the Geneva area.

Can you tell us about your most memorable golf experience?

I would say sharing a round with my wife on the Old Course in St Andrews just six days after we got married ! The year before, we had planned a trip to the Auld Grey Toon with a round on this mystical course but our advanced booking application had been unsuccessful. Project was sidelined, life continued and we got engaged a few months later. While being actively working on our wedding celebrations, we received a totally unexpected confirmation for an Old Course tee-time during the week following our D-Day. By chance, we had planned an unofficial golfing honeymoon across Switzerland at that time, so we just had to switch destination to Scotland! While it wasn’t my maiden round there, I still cherish these moments like sharing the Royal & Ancient clubhouse’s pressure on the first tee, driving over the shed on the Road Hole or being pictured together on the Swilcan Bridge. Unforgettable !

What made you want to become an All Square ambassador? What do you like most about All Square?

I accepted the ambassador mandate mostly because I believe in the All Square project and I’m glad to support a social media fully dedicated to our sport. I have to say that I’m connected to All Square from almost the beginning of your adventure. It doesn’t mean that I’ve been very active at a first stage, but I’m well improving! Since I like sharing my golfing experiences, mostly through pictures, All Square offers a perfectly dedicated complement to my Instagram account and Flikr gallery and I hope that I’ll be able to bring my stone to All Square growth and success!

How often do you travel for golf every year and what is your favorite golf destination?

I’m a happy golfer if I can manage 3 to 5 trips a year, including either fully golf dedicated ones and family vacation (I mostly book places where at least a good track is available, i.e. Mauritius, Thailand or Portugal). My main family destination is Mauritius, mostly at our beloved Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort. The hotel is beautiful and offers a great value for golfers with two fully included nice tracks onsite plus two other in the area (Ile aux Cerfs & Anahita). We discovered last year a true hidden gem as the Westin Costa Navarino in Greece which offers amazing facilities including two really fun, manicured and beautiful courses, the Dunes Course and the Bay Course. But please, keep it for you ! For “golf only” trips, Scotland and Ireland are by far my favorite destinations. I can’t get enough playing beautiful links courses !

What are your 3 favorite courses in Europe? the UK? the US?

In Continental Europe, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Algarve) is easily my first pick, it’s such a amazing experience ! Praia d’El Rey (Portugal) and Finca Cortesin (Andalucia) to complete podium spots.

My most memorable golfing experiences happened actually in UK (Kingsbarns Golf Links and Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg) and Ireland (Old Head Golf Links), but I have to mention Royal County Down and Royal Portrush (both in Northern Ireland) since both are likely the very best courses I ever played.

I haven’t played that much in the US, but I absolutely loved my round at Wolf Creek Golf Club, near Las Vegas. Such an unbelievable set up and desert experience ! I would love playing all four Bandon Dunes courses and Pebble Beach. Also Cypress Point, if anyone may open me the door.

The next golf trip you are looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to the coming three months since I’m going to travel three times to Scotland and play a total of twelve rounds on some of the very best courses, like North Berwick Golf Club, Royal Troon Golf Club, the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry, Royal Dornoch Golf Club or Castle Stuart Golf Links! Once done, it should lift my “All Square World’s Top 100 Courses” count to 18. A second family trip to Costa Navarino is also planned next summer, and I hope it will also be a highlight of my golfing year. Last but not least, I’ll be at Le Golf National in Paris to support Ryder Cup’s Team Europe!

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We’re all in search of that little something to our game to the next level. Whether it’s some extra tuition, a state-of-the-art club fitting, or a shiny new set of clubs, we take a look at what your game needs to make sure you’re performing to your best this season.

Leadbetter Academy
  • The Leadbetter Golf Academies offer a holistic approach to golf instruction that incorporate swing analysis, course management, mental preparation and physical conditioning.
  • With over 32 academies across the globe, The Leadbetter Golf Academy and its network of elite instructors continue David’s tradition of innovation and excellence by bringing premier golf instruction to players of all ages and abilities.
  • David’s swing philosophies and teaching methods revolutionized the way people thought about instruction itself. David continues to push the boundaries of golf instruction with the A Swing, the most significant change to golf instruction in years.
  • Today, David remains a revered voice in golf instruction and continues to coach several top PGA, LPGA, and European Tour players.

If you’re serious about improving your game, then look no further than the Leadbetter Academy.

There are over 30 academies spread across the globe, headed by renowned swing coach David Leadbetter.

You don’t have to be a major winner however to make the most of Leadbetter’s expert tuition. His academies offer his world-class expertise to players of all ages and abilities, ranging from individual lessons to extensive tuition camps.

The crown jewel is the World Headquarters at ChampionsGate in Florida. The golf school isn’t only the place to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the sport. It also houses one of the finest practice facilities on the planet.

Leadbetter’s latest venture is a new European Headquarters based at Stoke Park in England. The 13th academy to open in Europe, the state-of-the-art facility is set to open to the public next month.

Follow David Leadbeatter on All Square: www.allsquaregolf.com/golf-users/david-leadbetter

Cobra F8 & F8+ with Arccos technology
  • COBRA's most technologically advanced driver featuring a forged CNC milled Titanium face with E9 Technology.
  • The F8, which offers a larger, more forgiving profile, has a port in the heel and back of the head that alter draw-bias and launch; the F8+, which boasts a more compact profile, has a port in the back of the head and one right behind the face to dial-in launch and spin.
  • CNC milling yields more precise face thickness controls compared to hand-polishing, allowing COBRA engineers to design a thinner and faster conforming face.
  • Cobra Connect now includes a driver tuning feature which takes data from rounds recorded with the system and leverages Arccos’ AI to make recommendations on club setting adjustments to improve your driving.

Arguably Cobra’s most exciting and technically advanced range to date.

The range is led by the F8 and F8+ drivers, both of which feature the brand’s first ever CNC Milled Driver Face, allowing for a thinner, faster, and more precise face.

The F8 and F8+ are also the first Cobra product to offer the option of an ONE LENGTH club throughout the set. The idea is to deliver ultimate consistency and simplicity to help improve your game.

Meanwhile, every club in the range features Cobra Connect, Powered By Arccos. This is one of the most innovative equipment advancements in the last decade and features electronically embedded sensors in the grip which automatically record the distance and accuracy of every shot. This information is then sent directly to the COBRA CONNECT/Arccos 360 mobile app.

From here users can review their performance data and access rangefinder GPS distances for more than 40,000 courses worldwide.

GolfShot GPS
  • Along with a database of 40,000-plus courses, depicted vividly in brilliant, zoom-able aerial views, Golfshot also sports shot-tracking technology that displays your performance in cool colored graphics.
  • Track and record each shot and clubs used.
  • An upgraded option, the Apple Watch-compatible Golfshot Pro, gives you access to a range of added perks, including personalized club suggestions and 3D flyovers of each hole.

If you’re looking for an affordable GPS option, then GolfShot might be for you.

Despite featuring real-time distances to over 40,000+ courses, this is much more than just your everyday golf app. Users can track and record every shot hit, which then translates to on-the-spot club recommendations.

Other features include advanced scoring with Skins, Nassau, and Match Play games, access to 3D course flyovers, and the ability to search, book, and enjoy up to 80% off GolfNow tee times.

Fitting True Spec
  • From the Manhattan skyline to the emerald blue of the Caribbean, to the heart of bustling Tokyo, True Spec Golf makes world class fittings available to anyone.
  • True Spec services golfers of all abilities, from the beginning golfer, to seasoned amateur tournament players and professional golfers, and every caliber of player between.
  • Using an array of 30,000 possible clubhead and shaft combinations, True Spec offers a brand neutral perspective on what’s the right stick or set for your game.

If we had one piece of advice before investing in a new set of golf clubs, it would be to get fitted.

Want to do it right? Then head to a local True Spec. The studio club fitters utilise TrackMan launch monitors, and Club-Conex to find the best set of clubs to suit your individual needs.

A brand agnostic fitter, the state-of-the-art facilities stock all the shafts and clubs from the major manufacturers. If you think your game isn’t good enough for a fitting, then you’d be wrong. True Spec service golfers of all abilities, from the beginning golfer to seasoned amateur tournament players and professional golfers.

There are 12 studios located on 3 continents, and spanning 6 countries, with a stunning new facility in the heart of Manhatten set to open in the Spring.

GolfBeer Brewing Co (golfbeer.com)
  • The three beers — G-Mac's Celtic Style Pale Ale, Keegan Bradley's New England Style Lager and Freddie Jacobson's Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale.
  • Golf courses have begun offering craft beers in addition to major-label beers such as Miller Lite and Budweiser.
  • With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers.

Golf and beer. That might sound like a combination you already know a little too much about.

Three PGA Tour pros, Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell founded GolfBeer Brewing Company back in 2014.

G-Mac’s preference is a Celtic Style Pale Ale. McDowell describes his beer as the punchiest of the three. Nonetheless, with 5% alcohol by volume, it’s also very conducive to drinking a few on the golf course or in the clubhouse after your round.

We can’t promise it will make you play any better, but it’s sure to make those bad shots a little less painful.

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Sitting on a lush mountain plateau, the Alpine setting at Crans-sur-Sierre has rightly earned the Swiss resort a reputation as one of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet. Host to the Omega European Masters, the snow-clad Alps and exquisite design ensures Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre is one of the most popular stops on the European Tour.

In fact, with 40+ staging’s of the tournament to date, Crans-sur-Sierre has hosted more events than any other European Tour venue.

Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott are just three of the many golfing greats who have fallen under the spell of the mystical Alpine setting.

Of course, there is so much more to Crans-sur-Sierre that just exquisite golf. One of Switzerland’s top ski resorts, there is mile-upon-mile of glorious slopes awaiting in the winter.

Come the summer the buzzing towns of Crans and Montana make for one of Europe’s most chic destinations and the rich and famous, including the late Roger Moore, have long flocked here to enjoy the spectacular setting and buzzing vibe along the mile-long stretch of shops, bars and restaurants.

Severiano Ballesteros Course

Come the warmer months this snow-clad winter wonderland is transformed into the golf lover’s heaven.

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the course at Crans-sur-Sierre must surely be the most spectacular tournament layout on the planet.

Golf has been played at the resort since as early as 1905. Today’s layout, however, can be attributed to Seve Ballesteros who was drafted in 1995 to rebuild the greens and tighten up the layout.

It’s a technically difficult course which requires supreme skill around the tight, fast and sloping greens.

The tip of the iceberg is the iconic 7th hole. As golfers emerge from the 6th hole through dense woodland they are treated to one of the most awe-inspiring views in all of golf.

A fairly short par-4, at just 331 yards, craggy mountain tops sit behind the tee, while the Weisshorn, the fourth highest peak in the Alps, provides a magnificent backdrop to the hole’s infinity green. Go for broke and you may well find the green. Fail to make it and a plunging valley down the right-hand side lies in wait.

Meanwhile, the views won’t be the only thing leaving you with a natural high. The altitude means that the ball travels significantly further, so you can spend the day booming it like a European Tour star.

Jack Nicklaus Course 9 hole

The resort is also home to a nine-hole layout, the Jack Nicklaus Course, which is an immensely fun layout to play.

With the quality of its preparation and the magnificent views over the Valais Alps, the Jack Nicklaus course is more than worth a round. In fact, it is so good that the layout has been voted the best 9-holes in Switzerland on multiple occasions. Although relatively short, it requires accuracy with its narrow winding fairways and strategically placed obstacles.

Snow golf

When the snow begins to fall the golf doesn’t stop at Crans-sur-Sierre. Crans-Montana is the newest stop on the Winter Golf Tour.

In its inaugural year the contest includes a “Winter Golf & Ski Challenge“ where golfers will compete over 9 holes on the Jack Nicklaus golf course, before racing against each other on the pistes in a timed slalom. An extraordinary experience, competitors play with orange balls to specifically prepared and compacted whites, avoiding powdering snow in the process.

Crans-Montana has many beautiful and luxurious hotels that golfers can enjoy and a wide range of restaurant from brasseries to Michelin star restaurant.

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The largest city in Canada, with a population of 6.5 million people, Toronto is situated in the central province of Ontario. The golf season runs from early April thru the end of October during which time the area averages 50 days of rain and a median temperature of 19C. Optimal times for golf trips are April – May and September – October for weather and course conditions. This list of public courses is arguably the best composition of tracks you can play in the Greater Toronto Area based on playability, value and design beauty.

Glen Abbey Golf Club

A Jack Nicklaus design that has hosted the Canadian Open 25 times the Glen Abbey Golf Club is home to the Canada Golf Hall of Fame and is the former home of Golf Canada. One of the unique features is the portion of the course known as the valley holes. You enter this stretch on No. 11, a par 4, when your tee shot is off a cliff to a fairway on the valley floor that is 6 floors below. Your second shot must then carry Sixteen Mile Creek, a hazard that winds through the valley on holes 11 thru 15. After finishing 15, a difficult par 3, the players hike back up out of the valley to start the finishing stretch. Like fine wine, this one keeps getting better with age.

Angus Glen Golf Club – North Course

Just north of Toronto in the suburb of Markham is the 36 hole complex Angus Glen. The North Course is Scottish inland influenced with its high fescue grass and sod wall bunkers. It was re-imaged by Davis Love III prior to hosting the Canadian Open Championship in 2007. The best description for the two tracks is variety. The North Course has jagged, fescue covered, windswept dunes and up to 4-foot-deep sod wall bunkers that portray a distinctive Scottish feel. Bentgrass tee boxes, fairways and greens that are maintained to the highest standards make this 7203 yard monster a tour worthy test. Only a short 30 minute car ride from city center, you will undoubtedly be impressed with this layout.

Angus Glen Golf Club – South Course

The South Course tips out at 7332 yards and is heavily bunkered with rolling fairways and a complex routing that will have even the lightest breezes feel like swirling gales. Water comes into play on 8 holes making precise ball striking the key for your day. The South Course, the host course for the 2002 Open Championship recently underwent a $6 million renovation by the renowned team of Mackenzie & Ebert and is scenic and eminently playable by all skill levels. The best description for the two tracks is variety.

Copper Creek Golf Club

Considered one of the finest public courses in Canada, this championship layout in the Toronto suburb of Kleinburg is a study in spectacular. Beginning with the stunning views from the gorgeous clubhouse to the panoramas on virtually every one of the 18 spectacular holes in the lovely Humber Valley. A parkland style course with large oak trees defining corners of doglegs and sand traps that outline greens and capture wayward shots, your focus will be tested with every swing and putt. At 6338 yards from the blue tees. The tightness of the fairways is Copper Creek Golf Club‘s best defense. The closing stretch of 16 – 18 leaves one feeling as though they are in the grips of a boa constrictor, so tight are the lines and so imperative are your positions on each hole in order for you to play around corners and access pin positions on the greens. Copper Creek is home to the guaranteed 4 ½ hour round.

Piper’s Heath Golf Links

Perhaps the best kept secret in the GTA is Piper’s Heath Golf Links situated in the Toronto outskirts of Milton. A Graham Cooke design, Pipers Heath is a walkable loop that plays between 5200 and 7000 yards and as such is suitable for all skill levels. When played from the gold blocks it is a daunting 7017 yards and typically plays every inch of that distance. Holes like the 430 yard par 4 second feature a fairway design that runs perpendicular to the tee and then angles away from the putting surface for your approach. The same can be said for the 588 yard par 5 fifteenth where you are required to land your drive and second shots on certain sides of the fairway to facilitate a better angle for your next attempt. The architect said he wanted to create an experience “of anticipation with changing looks and scenes around every corner”. Play it and you will say mission accomplished.

Osprey Valley Golf Club – Heathlands Course

If links style is your desire, try Heathlands, with its rolling fairways, pot bunkers and fescue. At 6810 yards from the championship pegs, this pure Scottish influenced design is a stern a test as can be found among the public links in the entire province. Number four the short par 5 named Heich O’ Fash is the signature hole with its two-tiered fairway that offers risk reward options and where the hole position on the green dictates into which fairway to place your tee shot. You will discover that every shot can be played with multiple options producing similar results, the sign of a true links style track. Don your kilt, find a strong will, and journey to Ol’ Scotland, just 15 minutes from downtown Montreal.

Saint Andrew’s Valley Golf Club

St Andrew’s Valley Golf Club in nearby Aurora is a fine option for players of all levels. One of the frontrunners for the tee-it forward program in Canada, this highly decorated 18-hole championship course is suitable for any level of player. Five sets of tees allow you to find a length that is suited to your ability so you can control the distance you play at. With over 100 sand traps and water in play on 14 of the holes, trouble looms on most long shots. More importantly however is your position when you arrive at the multi-tiered, highly contoured green complexes. The large bent grass surfaces are sneaky quick and the best advice is to keep the ball below the hole whenever possible. As with most rounds, the putter is the key to scoring, however at St Andrews Valley this fact is magnified. With weekend fees starting at $54 CDN, the value is only surpassed by the condition and playability of the Valley Course itself.

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