WINE CONNOISSEUR & PASSIONATE GOLFER, JULIEN YUNG MAMEAUX TELLS WHERE TO TRAVEL IN 2015 FOR THE 18TH AND 19TH HOLES.
Fans of Victor Dubuisson know that the French champion started playing in the French Riviera by the Mediterranean sea. From Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon to Cannes, Saint-Tropez or Monaco, plenty of courses can be enjoyed throughout the year, like Domaine de Terre Blanche golf & spa -where Raphael Jacquelin trains-, or Golf de l’Esterel with spectacular holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. They are nearby the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine area (more on this here) -Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Imperiale 2011(17 JR)- and South Rhone Syrah vineyards -Chene Bleu Abelard 2007 (95 RP).
PIEMONTE & NORTH ITALY
Lovers of Barolo wine understand how precious land is in Northern Italy (this way) where noble Nebbiolo grapes are grown and player Edoardo Molinari was raised. In pure dolce farniente lifestyle with a glass of Giacomo Conterno Barolo DOCG Cascina Francia 2006 (94 WS) or Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Enrico VI (94 RP), why not hit the ball in a spectacular scenery either at the Biella Le Betulle Golf Course (ranked 1st in Italy) or Royal Park I Roveri by the Olympic Alps mountains- both in the vicinity of Turin. A drive to the fashion capital takes you to Milano Golf Course where celebrities also wander.
The wine mecca of Bordeaux, the world wine capital (click for more), also has its fair share of greens, such as Golf du Medoc, a Europe top 15 course with spa and awarded restaurants nearby famous wineries, or Chateau des Vigiers which is a perfect, further inland hide-away in Dordogne. I would pair the first one with a Left Bank classified growth such as a Margaux 2005 (the best Margaux vintage of the new century) -Chateau Margaux 2005), while the other golf course is closer to Saint Emilion -try Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2009.
MELBOURNE & YARRA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA
Over an extended stop in Melbourne you can discover an exhilarating nature and fulfill your passions. Step on the fairways of renown courses like The Royal Melbourne, the coveted pinnacle of golf, or the eventful Victoria Golf Club, home of many champions. And team up with an experiential wine trip to Yarra Valley where not just the sparkling Chandon winery, but praised (here) Australian wine estates like Brown Brothers (first families of wine) or Garagiste and its Merricks Chardonnay 2011 (94 JH) are proudly made.
BURGUNDY & CHAMPAGNE
If you want to head to the Northeast of France, golfers will be delighted to stay in Burdundy at Hostellerie de Levernois, a quiet yet luxury Relais & Chateaux, golf & spa near Beaune and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Why not join a private tasting visit to a boutique estate like Bouchard Pere & Fils for its Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 (91WS). Further north, close to sacred Champagne vineyards (we presented) by Epernay and Reims, you can be coached by a former professional player at Golf de Champagne while enjoying a privileged moment drinking Ace of Spades luxury champagne with the management in person.
Is there a need to highlight St Andrews’ Old Course, Gleneagles or Castle Stuart in this column? Probably not – but let me point out the best whisky & golf pairing (like these ones here). Near Edinburgh one can attend golf schools and clinics by the East Lothians Links – along with an unforgettable dinner in the world’s largest whisky collection room where you can sip of a rare single malt like Aberlour Double Cask 16 YO. If it is whisky you’re more into, spend time in Speyside where The Macallan, The Glenlivet and boutique wineries are located and enjoy a relax game at Dufftown Golf Club. Westwards on the Isle of Islay, get a hint of peat on the greens of Machrie Golf Links and in a glass of Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt.
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