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Articles by Andy Waple

Andy is an experienced journalist who has reviewed golf resorts and courses in many parts of the world for more than 40 years. He has been a member of Hallamshire GC in Sheffield since his youth but can’t resist the urge to play other courses and compare their merits.

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Al Zorah Golf Club & The Oberoi Beach Resort Launches Stay And Play Package

Golfers and travellers looking for great winter weather in luxury surroundings have a new opportunity to get away from the gloomy UK. Al Zorah Golf Club and The Oberoi Beach Resort in Ajman, the smallest of the Emirates, has launched a stay-and-play package which remains available until the end of March 2024.


The Magic of Links Golf in Donegal & Northern Ireland

Golfshake Travel Editor Andy Waple flew into little-known Derry Airport in Ireland to discover fantastic links golf all around, where he played Royal Portrush, Ballyliffin Old Links and the relatively new Tom Doak masterpiece, St Patrick’s Links at Rosapenna.


Jameson Golf Links at Portmarnock - Review

Travel Editor Andy Waple played in the recent launch event of the newly rebranded Jameson Golf Links at Portmarnock just outside Dublin. Here are his impressions of the new design.


The Six Week Golf Fitness Training Programme

Sharing the third installment in his golf fitness journey with specialist personal trainer Jon Hodgkinson, Golfshake's Andy Waple describes what was required as part of his training programme.


Motocaddy S5 GPS Electric Trolley Review

Now the world’s biggest selling electric trolley brand, Motocaddy has never been behind when it comes to product development. One such innovation is the S5 GPS, introduced in March 2023 as the flagship of the S series range, a top quality electric trolley that incorporates GPS technology.


The Initial Assessment - Golf Fitness Evaluation

Following his introduction to golf fitness expert Jon Hodgkinson, Golfshake's Andy Waple undergoes an initial assessment to determine which areas he needs to improve on to produce a repeatable, reliable swing that reduces the threat of injury.


Why You Need a Personalised Fitness Programme to Play Your Best Golf

The importance of golf fitness is well documented so it is surprising that so few seem to take the topic seriously. Golfshake's Andy Waple recently met Jon Hodgkinson, a certified personal trainer who specialises in golf, to begin a personalised programme that will benefit his game.


Golf Club Verbier in Switzerland Review

It is unlikely that Golfshake readers will immediately think of Switzerland as a destination for their next golfing trip, but Andy Waple explains why Golf Club Verbier offers the most extraordinary and unique of experiences.


Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley Review

Motocaddy was founded in 2004 and now claims to be the world’s biggest selling electric trolley brand. Its best seller is the S1, a model that has seen several reincarnations and improvements. Golfshake's Andy Waple has reviewed the latest version.


What Makes Cascais Among Portugal's Best Golf Destinations

What is the perfect base for a golf break in Portugal? Golfshake Travel Editor, Andy Waple believes that Cascais - within reach of Lisbon - is among the very best destinations in the country, as he explains in these reflections following a recent visit.


Discover The Incredible Verdura Golf Resort in Sicily

Travelling golfers who enjoy testing their abilities in the most luxurious yet secluded environments need look no further than the Verdura Resort in Sicily. Golfshake Travel Editor Andy Waple describes this incredible venue for us.


The Best of Golf in Sicily

With Italy taking centre stage for the 2023 Ryder Cup at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club near Rome, we gave the boot to Travel Editor Andy Waple to check out the golf in its southernmost region, the island of Sicily.


The Best Golf Experiences in Northern Italy

All eyes are on Rome when the 2023 Ryder Cup takes place at Marco Simone Golf Club near the Italian capital. Yet there are many more opportunities for travelling golfers in this wonderful country. Travel Editor Andy Waple headed to the nation’s first capital, Turin, to see what the best courses in the region of Piedmont have to offer.


The Dunas Course at Terras da Comporta Review

A buzz of excitement among the UK travelling golf community inevitably follows news of a new golf course opening in Portugal. The noise that has followed the June launch of the Dunas Course at Terras da Comporta is as loud as that which followed the unveiling of West Cliffs on the Silver Coast in 2008, as Golfshake Travel Editor Andy Waple discovered.


Costa Navarino - Luxury Golf Paradise in Greece

The ancient Olympic Games has given Greece a long association with sport, but it has been well behind the curve when it comes to attracting golfing tourists. Things are changing however, with the emerging destination of Costa Navarino taking Europe by storm and cementing its place as a top golfing hotspot - as Golfshake Travel Editor Andy Waple discovered.


Shot Scope Pro LX+ Review

Shot Scope has established itself as one of the market leaders in golf data collection. The Pro LX+ is one of its premium products, offering a combination of its Pro LX laser guided rangefinder, and the detachable H4 GPS unit, which doubles up as a performance tracker. Golfshake's Andy Waple has tested and reviewed it for us.


Penha Longa Resort Review

You don’t get a much better setting in Portugal than at the Penha Longa Resort where a luxurious hotel and accompanying 27-hole golf course nestles in the middle of one of Europe’s most spectacular parks.


Visit Cascais in Portugal Launches Innovative Golf Passport

There’s good news for golfers travelling to Lisbon looking to play a group of courses in the vicinity. The nearby town of Cascais, just 40 minutes along the coast from the Portuguese capital and home to several top courses, is launching a Golf Passport to make multi-round tee-time bookings faster and cheaper.


Quinta da Marinha Golf Resort Review

Situated on the Portuguese Riviera this resort enjoys an ideal location to play some good golf while being perfectly situated to explore the lovely town of Cascais and a little further afield, Lisbon itself.  Find out how Golfshake Travel Editor Andy Waple got on when he visitined in December 2022.


12 Reasons to Play Golf in Ireland

Fancy a trip overseas without having to travel too far? Ireland is the perfect choice, with more than 400 courses ranging from the world’s greatest links to friendly member clubs where the green fee is little more than a round of Guinness. When you visit the Republic of Ireland you can be rest assured you will find no warmer welcome.


La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort Review

With an ambition to create a top class destination to rival the best in Europe, the golf offering at Spain's Alcaidesa has been rebranded as La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Resort and enhanced following major investment. Golfshake Travel Editor, Andy Waple had the chance to experience it for himself.


COBRA LTDx Irons Custom Fitting Experience

In the market for a new set of irons? The choice is overwhelming and it’s hard to know where to start, but if you follow this advice, there is no reason why you won’t end up with clubs that can help you lower your score, as Golfshake Travel Editor, Andy Waple discovered.


Playing Golf on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast

Northern Ireland is a fantastic place to visit. The golf is first class, there’s wonderful scenery, a remarkable history and it’s blessed with a legendary warm hearted welcome. There are some great inland courses, yet many golfers flock to the Causeway Coast to enjoy some brilliant links. Golfshake's Andy Waple describes the experience offered here.


Reviewing The Praia D'El Rey Resort Golf Experience

There seems to be no stopping the growing popularity of the Praia D’El Rey Resort situated north of Lisbon in Portugal. We have visited on a number of occasions and now, as West Cliffs celebrates its fifth anniversary, it’s time to take another look.


Palmares Ocean Living and Golf Review

The Western Algarve has an authentic feel of true Portugal. Here you will find some charming beach resorts, a lively town with bars, restaurants galore and some good quality golf courses. Standing out is Palmares Ocean Living and Golf, which is without doubt one of the best golf locations in Europe.


12 Reasons to Visit Quinta do Lago Resort

Looking for a luxury golf break in the sunshine? The Quinta do Lago Resort on Portugal’s Algarve coast is hard to beat for its combination of great golf, superb accommodation and dining set in a stunning location. With easy transport links to Faro’s airport it is perfect for groups, couples and families alike.


Reviewing The Complete Quinta do Lago Golf Experience

Golf writer Andy Waple has been visiting Quinta do Lago for decades, witnessing first-hand its continued development and improvement. Returning during the resort's 50th anniversary, Andy reviews the complete golf experience on offer at this gem in Portugal.


The Ultimate Travel Experience at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

The Eastern Algarve is often overlooked by golfers who flock to Portugal in their droves to enjoy a few rounds in the sun. The number one destination among the cluster of venues is Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, which features one of the finest courses in Europe, complemented by a range of top quality accommodation and dining options.


8 Reasons to Stay & Play at Emporda Golf

Nestled in the stunning landscapes of the Emporda region, Hotel Terraverda at Emporda Golf is regarded as one of Spain’s top venues and features some of the best golfing experiences in Costa Brava. We round up eight reasons why you should consider this for your next golf break.


Why Aroeira Golf Resort is The Perfect Golf Getaway

2022 could be the perfect time to plan a golfing getaway to Portugal, including the 36-hole Aroeira Golf Resort, which has showcased its new on-site hotel in a stunning location just south of Lisbon. Andy Waple reports on the destination for us.


What Makes Emporda Golf Resort a Special Destination

The Emporda Golf Resort is well-known to UK golfers who have been enjoying the 36 holes there for some years. Golfshake's Andy Waple had the opportunity to experience the venue for himself, which he describes in this detailed new review.


Delamere Forest Golf Club Feature Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake and regarded as one of the finest courses in Cheshire, Delamere Forest is certainly a gem. Author and journalist Andy Waple has played and reviewed this striking layout for us.


Cavendish Golf Club Review

Golfshake last reviewed Cavendish as recently as 2019, but there have been some significant changes going on, so it seemed worth having another look. We dispatched Andy Waple to experience the Dr Alister MacKenzie designed layout that prides itself as “The Inspiration for Augusta.”


How To Get Prescription Glasses For Golf

Golfers tend to have an obsession with getting the right equipment to achieve their best score but often overlook a vital element - the quality of their vision. Andy Waple delves into the subject, providing a helpful guide on how to find glasses suitable for golf, and shares his review of a specific product that made a difference to him.


What Makes Mallorca a Top European Golf Destination

It has been over 80 years since the first course opened on the stunning Spanish island of Mallorca, and decades later this destination has truly blossomed into a golf offering to be reckoned with. Golfshake's Andy Waple explains why this beautiful part of the world should be considered a must visit.


Discover Golf in Tuscany

The spotlight will be on Italy during the Ryder Cup in 2022, but there is much to discover for golfers across the nation. Andy Waple describes the experience of sampling the delights of golf in Tuscany.


Huddersfield Golf Club Feature Review

Huddersfield Golf Club - often known as Fixby - has recently completed a project to improve the bunkering, taking the course back to its heyday when laid out by Herbert Fowler in the 1930s. Andy Waple took the chance to visit and shares his thoughts.


Lee Westwood Trophy Heads to Malton & Norton Following Birdie Finish for Hague

England Men’s Squad player David Hague won the Lee Westwood Trophy staged at Rotherham Golf Club in dramatic fashion with a superb birdie on the final hole pipping local hero Lewis Hollingworth into second place. Andy Waple reports on the prestigious event.


Golf on the Troia Peninsula

The Troia Peninsula in Portugal is home to a striking Robert Trent Jones Sr designed course and many other attractions, including fine dining, casinos, Roman Ruins and horse riding. Andy Waple takes a closer look at the region for us.


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