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Articles by Kevin Markham

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Carnoustie - Finding Beauty in the Beast

Revered and often feared, the Championship Course at Carnoustie is among the most legendary venues in golf. A memorable visit showed writer/photographer Kevin Markham how beguiling this links can be as he discovered the beauty in the best.

Driving for Durness - Chance to Win Membership to Golf Heaven

Find out what Durness Golf Club means to Kevin Markham, why this course tucked away in the north west corner of the Scottish Highlands in so Special. And how you can win a membership to this 9 hole links course.

Murcar Links Feature Review

Murcar is a links of simple ingenuity and raw beauty. This is the sort of place where running the ball into greens is a delight… and also a lottery.

Cruden Bay Feature Review

It is difficult, nigh on impossible, to talk about Cruden Bay without immediately mentioning the views as you step out of the car. It is the sort of dramatic introduction to a golf course that sets the tempo for the day, for the clubhouse sits high above the course with views stretching north and south.

Scottish Links Travels - To Coyne a Phrase

American Tom Coyne is golfing his way around Scotland, playing the oldest and many of the best courses in the world. Our writer, Kevin Markham, went to meet him at Cruden Bay Golf Club.

Darren Clarke talks to Golfshake about gear, stats and how to get the most from your game

Golfshake's Kevin Markham travelled to County Antrim to visit the Taylormade Performance Centre and the Darren Clarke Golf School to speak to the man himself and talk gear, stats and much more

McIlroy confirms he will play the Irish Open at Royal County Down in 2015

Royal County Down will host the Irish Open in 2015, between May 28th and 31st 2015 with a star studded field set to line up at the famous links course. 

Ireland’s Boyne Valley Golf Passport

A Boyne Valley, Ireland Golf Passport has been launched allowing golfers to accces great hotels and three brilliant links courses.

Destination Feature: Cork & Fota Island Resort

Tucked away on its own little island, the Fota Island Resort is five star quality and offers everything you could ask for when it comes to golf and/or a family getaway and an ideal base for golfing in Cork.

Feature Review Fota Island Golf Club

Irish golf writer Kevin Markham took the opportunity to play Fota Island playing the Deerpark championship course which hosted the Irish Open in 2001, 2002 and again in 2014. It is rated highly among Irish parklands and is also part of the impressive 5 star Fota Island Resort.

Feature Review Cork Golf Club

Following renovations during 2010-2013 Cork Golf Club has been firmly reinstated into the hearts and minds of Irish and international golfers. Kevin Markham took the opportunity to play the course often called 'Little Island'.

Feature Review Old Head of Kinsale

There’s no question that Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links is one of the world’s most dramatic golf experiences. The apostrophe-shaped peninsula, which hangs off the bottom of Ireland, is home to as luxurious a golf experience as you can imagine. Find out how Kevin Markham got on.

Irelands Golfing Challenges – Free Team Entry Worth Over £2,350

Ireland is home to some of the most exciting and best value Golf Challenges available.

The Short Game - Golf Film Review

A feature documentary was released in September 2013, entitled The Short Game. It follows the lives of eight golfers as they prepare to compete in the 'World Championships'. It's probably important to mention at this point that these golfers are seven years old.

Making Golf Marketing Work - 10 Simple Ideas

How many British golf clubs out there would you say are hip and trendy, living in the now, reaching out to the younger golfing generation? Sadly, many golf clubs are trampling their way through marketing undergrowth that is so tired it has been flattened, widened, paved and turned into a super highway of indifference.

Royal County Down Feature Review

There is something perfect about playing links golf on a raw autumn day.

Carne: Nine Stunning New Holes in Irelands North West

Carne was first designed by the great Eddie Hackett, in the 1990s and Carne’s new nine – named the ‘Kilmore’ nine – recently opened for golf club members and limited play.

Silloth-on-Solway Feature Review

Silloth on Solway is a small town on Cumbria’s north west coastline, looking down the Solway Firth to the Isle of Man and to quote Kevin Markham 'Silloth on Solway Golf Club is golfing heaven'.

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