The weather, the wind and the challenge makes Portugal one of Europe's most popular golfing destinations but before you nod off, this piece isn't all about whacking a white ball around miles of perfectly clipped greens.
If you enjoy driving, consider a trip around Ireland. Roads are relatively quiet, the scenery is varied and picturesque and you are never very far from the coast. Start at Dublin and pick up your hire car from the airport.
Armed with my limited wisdom and even more limited golfing skill-set, here's who I think is going to be there or thereabouts come close-of-play on Sunday 12 April...
We may not be able to do anything about your age (if only), but we sure can point you in the right direction when it comes to banishing your injury demons and getting back to your best. You turn 40 in December and we hope between now and then to have seen you in that famous green jacket one more time.
Situated to the north of the UK and almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Scotland is a magically scenic destination. Once used for beach pictures in an advert for Thailand, there's no doubting Scotland's claim to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, you just need to be prepared to handle the 'temperamental' weather!
The talk has started already. The hype. Yes, he had a runner-up finish in the Masters in his first year since turning pro-but does his mean we get to peg him as a multiple winner? A record breaker in every Open? Can't we just let him relish this stunning achievement and let him decide where it's going to take him next?
If you've been toying a round for a while with the idea of a golf break, then don't putt it off any longer! You'll go a fairway to match a golf weekend - as it's likely to be tee-rific. Even if you're a bit green at the game, this won't handicap the enjoyment you'll get if you pitch in and have a go.
'You are going to be amazed,' Juan Carlos my guide, exclaims as we set off on a tour of the largest of the Canary Islands. Juan tells me that almost half of Gran Canaria forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
There is nothing quite like the Ryder Cup in the sporting world; it only happens every two years, it unites people and it always delivers. The atmosphere is absolutely electric, driven by the team nature of the competition, and as a spectator you can't help but get drawn into the event, heckling, cheering and becoming extremely partisan, but in a generous and genuinely fun way that has no unpleasantness attached to it at all.
Last week the acclaimed Ryder Cup golf competition came home to Gleneagles Hotel, host of the first ever international golf match between Great Britain and the USA in 1921. In honour of the occasion, we have selected six of the most luxurious golf hotels in Scotland.
There is no doubt that golf is trying to change this image. Just last Thursday, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews voted to lift its 260-year ban on female members and Augusta, the Georgia home of the Masters, finally admitted women in 2012...
Rules prohibited Rory McIlroy from signing an autograph for a young fan after winning The Open Championship on Sunday, but did he need to shove him away? ... Would as many people be sticking up for him if he wasn't one of the country's biggest sporting success stories?
Watching The Open with the naked eye is a strange experience. The rewards are fleeting, when the walking between holes occupies far more time than the actual game. Golf is a sport made for television. Yet, to see a professional hit a ball into the unimaginable distance is an experience all in itself.
Am I the only woman confused here? Look I am all for men having their time and being so damn sneaky about it. Trust me, we all need breaks from each other, both men and women. But what if men could figure out a way around this? A way to both please the lady and please themselves.
Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.
The weather during January is ideal for playing golf. Daytime temperatures creep above 20 centigrade, the sun shines much of the time and light breezes are common. Increasing numbers of players are aware of this and heading to Abu Dhabi to play at a time of year when courses closer to home are affected by cold and inclement weather.