Belal El-Atari | The Golfer

The Golfer

Menu Close

Category: GOlf

Four Golfing Dream Destinations

If you could choose anywhere in the world, where would you choose to golf? I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently. The thing with a dream list is that it just has to be international. As much as I enjoy the many golf courses of the US, if you’re going to create a wish list, you might as well throw some international travel in there. Below are four golfing destinations:

New Zealand

Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs / Flickr

Kauri Cliffs / Flickr

Situated right on the Pacific ocean, the Kauri Cliffs offer breathtaking views. It’s been the home to the 2003 match between Fred Couples and Michael Campbell and the PGA Tour’s Kiwi Challenge, and has received numerous awards. The course definitely is luxury destination with access to a Lodge and several beaches.

South Africa

Fancourt

Fancourt / Wikipedia

Fancourt / Wikipedia

In 2003, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els duked it out until nightfall over the President’s cup. After the match was closed, the cup was left contested for the first time ever. That yarn right there is enough for any golfing fan to want to visit Fancourt. That the courses are modeled on those of Scotland, were crafted with the consul of Gary Player, and are located in the gorgeous Garden Route is just icing on the cake.

Vietnam

Ho CHi Minh

Dong Nai Golf Resort / Golfscape.com

Dong Nai Golf Resort / Golfscape.com

Vietnam has become a surprisingly popular spot for golfing. No doubt the weight of the USD there is one reason many flock to Vietnam, but there are also a number of timeless factors make golfing there worth it, namely: the variety of stellar courses there, how the beautiful greenery is juxtaposed right next to beautiful beaches, and the outstanding culinary history of Vietnam.

Canada

Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton / GolfTravelAndLeisure.com

Cape Breton / GolfTravelAndLeisure.com

Canada might not seem that exotic of a destination, but just because it isn’t separated by a large body of water doesn’t mean it’s not exotic. That said, Cape Breton is separated by a small body of water. With a history steeped in Scottish culture (it’s in Nova Scotia) Cape Breton has amazing seafood, amazing seafood, and amazing golf. Cabot Links is one course in particular worth exploring.

What would your dream golfing destination be?

Belal El-Atari

Top Players in Golf – Part 2

There are hundreds of professional golfers throughout the world. Some have been competing for many years, while others have only been playing for a few years. With hard work, skill and determination a golfer can be considered one of the top players in the world. Many factors go into determining who is the top player like which tournaments they are playing in and how well they did in said tournament. I previously covered the top 5 players in golf. Although the order may shift according to official rankings, here’s a look at the rest of 2016’s top players.

#6 Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson on the golf course.

This Swedish professional golfer comes in at the number six spot. He competes in both the PGA and European Tours. He spent over 100 weeks in the world top ten. His highest ranking was second, but he is ranked the number one Swedish Golfer. One of his many accomplishments is the “historic double” where he won both the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, in the same season. He was the first player to do this.

#7 Adam Scott

Adam Scott on the golf course

The number seven spot is held by this Australian professional golfer. In 2013 he became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament. In total he has won 29 professional tournaments.

#8 Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson on the golf course taking a swing.

American professional golfer, Dustin Johnson currently has the number eight spot. One of his claims to fame is that he has one of the longest drives on the PGA tour. His career high on the list is third, which occured in 2015. One of his top performances came in 2015 in the WGC- Cadillac Championship.

#9 Danny Willett

A close-up portrait photograph of Danny Willet

Coming in at number nine is this English professional golfer. He currently plays in the European Tour exclusively. One of his biggest accomplishments was winning the 2016 Masters Tournament. He is only the second Englishman to achieve this. Additionally he is the first European to win at Augusta National in a very long time.

#10 Justin Rose

Justin Rose on the golf course.

Finally number ten is this English professional golfer. He competes mainly on the PGA tour but he keeps his membership with the European Tour. Between the weeks of November 2007 and July 2008 he was considered in the top ten in the world. One of his best performances was in 2013 at the U.S. Open Championship where he placed first.

Thanks for reading!

Belal El-Atari

Top Players in Golf – Part 1

There are hundreds of professional golfers throughout the world. Some have been competing for many years, while others have only been playing for a few years. With hard work, skill and determination a golfer can be considered one of the top players in the world. Many factors go into determining who is the top player like which tournaments they are playing in and how well they did in said tournament. Although the order may shift according to official rankings, here’s a look at 2016’s top players in golf.

image of Jason Day - Top Golfers by Belal El-Atari

Jason Day via The Guardian

#1 Jason Day

This Australian professional golfer is currently ranked number one in the world. The first time he achieved the number one spot was in September of 2015. He has been in the number one position for eight weeks now. He has competed in a total of 214 events in his professional career, placing first in 11 of them. His best performance was the PGA Championship in 2015 where he placed first and set a new record scoring 20 strokes under par.

Image of Jordan Spieth - Top Golfers by Belal El-Atari

Jordan Spieth via JordanSpieth.com

#2 Jordan Spieth

An American golfer from Texas takes the number two spot in the world. He has been excelling at golf from a very young age. He played his first professional tournament at the age of 16. He won two U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, which has only been done by two people (the other being Tiger Woods). The first time he reached number one in the world was June 2012. In 2015 he was named PGA Player of the Year.

Image of Rory McIlroy - Top Golfers by Belal El-Atari

Rory McIlroy via ABC Local

#3 Rory McIlroy

Currently number three in the world is this Northern Irish professional golfer. He is a member of both the European and PGA tours. He was number one in the world for 95 weeks, when he had the spot. He won his first European Tour in 2009 and a PGA tour in 2010. In 2012 he was the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA tour. He has been named RTE Sports Person of the Year twice.

Image of Bubba Watson - Top Golfers by Belal El-Atari

Bubba Watson via Turner

#4 Bubba Watson

Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson, Jr. takes the number four spot in the world. The American golfer is one of the few left-handed golfers in the tour. In 2015 he reached his career-high of number two on the Official World Golf Ranking. One of his best performances was in 2014 where he won the Masters Tournament. He also won the Masters in 2012.

Image of Rickie Fowler - Top Golfers by Belal El-Atari

Rickie Fowler via RickieFowler.com

#5 Rickie Fowler

The number five spot is currently held by Rickie Fowler. In 2007 and 2008 he held the number one spot for amateur golfers for a total of 37 weeks. Once he turned professional, his highest spot has been the fourth spot. One of his best performances came in 2015 where he won The Players Championship.

Thanks for reading!

In my next post I will cover 5 more outstanding golfers.

 

Belal El-Atari