Luxury golfing lifestyle

Four corners of greatness: the modern Grand Slam

There’s no denying it, some of the best ideas are greased by vodka and caviar, or at least one idea anyway; Arnold Palmer’s vision to establish professional golf’s modern “Grand Slam”

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Breakaway: the Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport

A blown-out setting sun, the world a lemon-amber blur, ripping through the desert with the wind all around, squinting at the brilliance and drunk on the sound, like canvas being torn to shreds, a sublime engine note severing the last few threads that bind me to an otherwise unremarkable day.

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My Motorcycle: The Missing Piece

My motorcycle is half an hour away, parked under a tarp that’s carefully fastened so that the rain we do not have in Southern California and the sun, which we do, will not trouble the leather seat, the chrome exhaust or the fenders that I last polished so many months ago.

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Where Old Tom Trod: Golf in Machrihanish

You would need to be a serious whisky devotee to make the long journey to Campbeltown for its whisky heritage alone, but for whisky swiggers who golf, welcome to Mecca (but with alcohol freely available).

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East to West: India Pale Ale

In the late 18th century the British started exporting lightly hopped “pale” ales to India, slaking the thirst of expats in their new territory with beer brewed from a pale malt.

Golf amongst the vines

Bordeaux is the very heart of the wine trade, it has been for centuries; but only very recently has the city emerged as a destination to compare to its wines, as Robin Barwick discovered.

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Buying Bordeaux Wine

Located in the heart of Bordeaux and filled with 2.5 million bottles, for fine wine aficionados Millesima holds perhaps the most valuable warehouse stock in the world.

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New Sticks: Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez

Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez was the original drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, thrashing it out for many unpredictable, hard-rocking, cash-strapped years before embarking on a very different career as a caddie

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