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Anita Draycott

Quite aside from being an award winning writer, whose travel articles and photography regularly appear in golf and lifestyle publications and websites, Anita Draycott is a self confessed golf fanatic, who has chased dimpled white balls over five continents. 

She is also managing editor of GolfStyle, an upscale magazine about "life as it was meant to be played."

Whether you play the game or not, Anita's stylish and graceful prose, her insight, knowledge and expertise on the game and on golf courses around the world will capture your interest and be of immense benefit to you and your clients.

Her two columns Fairways to Heaven and Save & Splurge run on alternate Wednesdays.

Fairways will give you Anita's unique insight into playing golf at courses at home and abroad,  while Save & Splurge  takes readers to glamorous places and advises them on where to blow the budget and where the best bargains are to be found.

 

RECENT ARTICLES


WHY IRELAND RULES
Because Ireland has the Irish

10 APR 2019: Scotland or Ireland? Which is the better golf destination? That’s a bit like being asked to choose your favourite son. Both offer superlative golf. The difference is the craic (Irish jargon for good times) on the 19th hole and the unparalleled Irish hospitality. Sure and begorrah, you’ll have more fun in Ireland.


SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Numero Uno City in the World

27 MAR 2019: Looking for the ideal place to introduce novice or nervous travellers to Mexico? This is it!


PAR EXCELLENCE IN THE PACIFIC COAST
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

13 MAR 2019: Before John Huston’s 1964 film, Night of the Iguana, Puerto Vallarta was a sleepy fishing village. Now it’s one of Mexico’s most popular sun and golf destinations receiving more than three million visitors each year. The Puerto Vallarta area and neighbouring Riviera Nayarit feature coloruful sunsets, the spectacular Bay of Banderas, the regal Sierra Madre mountain range, world-class golf courses and a plethora of après golf attractions.


Riviera Nayarit
Pacific Bliss on the Bay of Banderas

27 FEB 2019: Greetings from Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit where my husband and I are enjoying three months of idyllic weather, wonderful food and the hospitality of the gracious locals. We have rented a condo in a gated community called Punta Esmeralda, ideally located minutes from both Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on the Riviera Nayarit. We are about half hour up the Bay from Puerto Vallarta.


GOB SMACKED AT GLENEAGLES, SCOTLAND

13 FEB 2019:“If heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee times left,” said golf pro Lee Trevino after a round a Gleneagles, located in Perthshire, Scotland. Dubbed “the Palace in the Glenns”, Gleneagles celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014, which also coincided with it also being the site of that year’s Ryder Cup.

 


GUATEMALA
Mondo Maya in Technicolour

30 JAN 2019: My recent trip to Guatemala was a “sentimental” journey as I was there as a hippy archaeology student in 1972. My professor’s son and I drove a station wagon from Toronto through Mexico and into Guatemala to join a dig. We rented a mud hut and hung out for about a month on Lake Atitlan. I never forgot the beauty of the lake, the fascinating Mayan people and their kaleidoscope of colourful costumes and customs.


GOURMET GOLF WITH HISTORY LESSONS IN KENT
Home of the 2020 Open

16 MAY 2019: Kent has been dubbed the “Garden of England” ever since Henry VIII tucked into a bowl of juicy Kentish cherries and developed a passion for the fruit. With six wives under his belt, it seems Henry acquired many passions and tastes.

 


SCOTTSDALE SUITS CITY SLICKERS
And wannabe cowhands

02 JAN 2019: Welcome to Scottsdale, a cosmopolitan mini-metropolis with Wild West roots and one of the world’s most scenic backyards. A rugged and untamed wilderness, the Sonoran Desert is a 120,000-square-mile reminder that the American West’s frontier spirit is alive and kicking. Overflowing with towering mesas, solitary Saguaros and exotic wildlife, this timeless tableau has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. But Scottsdale also appeals to city slickers who head back to town for pampering spa treatments, shopping sprees and award-winning dining experiences.


SWINGING IN SCOTTSDALE

19 DEC 2018: This year marked the 17th annual Media Golf Classic held in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. It was my first time joining a group of golf journalists from both the US and Canada for five days of fabulous desert golf, cowboy cookouts and camaraderie.


THE BIG ORANGE
Vive Tel Aviv

05 DEC 2018: True confessions: I am an agnostic and my knowledge of the Holy Land is meagre. I lived for years in a part of Toronto with a large Jewish community. Bagel shops and kosher restaurants I know. And as much as I like a good chewy bagel with lox and cream cheese, I never got excited about what I thought was Jewish cuisine. A trip to Israel was not at the top of my bucket list. I was confused and overwhelmed by the wars, politics and religious conflicts. Israel, however, was number one on my husband’s bucket list and that’s why we found ourselves at the Ben Gurion Airport looking for our guide.


ENJOY A BERMUDAFUL GOLF GETAWAY

21 NOV 2018: Mark Twain, the ever articulate, globetrotting American humourist, once remarked, “You take heaven, I’d rather go to Bermuda.” Indeed, tiny, pristine Bermuda, a fishhook-shaped island 750 miles east of New York City, is blessed with an abundance of charms. It has the turquoise waters, blissful beaches and tropical flavours you’d find in the Caribbean, but with a refined British accent.


FABULOUS FLORENCE

07 NOV 2018: Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is Italy’s unrivalled repository of art and architectural masterpieces, thanks to the coffers of the powerful Medici family. Florentines have been elevating the art of civilized living ever since Dante strolled its streets composing love poems to his beloved Beatrice. Geographically, the historical centre of the city is small and easily walkable, but it boasts more artistic masterpieces per square mile than any place on the planet. Indeed, Florence is a true treasure chest where, in one day, you can marvel at Michelangelo’s David, haggle for a new leather wallet and lick some of Italy’s finest gelato…all before lunch. I’ve just spent two weeks living like a local and studying Italian at the Michelangelo Institute in central Florence. I’ve scoured both sides of the River Arno in search of places worthy of your time and euros.

 


KIWI WINNERS
Splurge at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs

24 OCT 2018: Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy some spectacular bragging rights at two of the planet’s top-rated golf courses in New Zealand. In 2018, Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs have again been named among the best in the world in the annual Golf Digest (US) Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses - with Cape Kidnappers at No.17 and Kauri Cliffs at No. 37.


LIMING BAJAN STYLE

10 OCT 2018: Barbados is the ideal place to practice your liming skills. What’s liming? There seems to be no definitive definition, but basically liming is chilling and relaxing with friends. Often food, a fermented beverage, some island music and a beach add to the enjoyment.


SWINGING BAJAN STYLE

26 SEP 2018: Tiger Woods vowed “I do” at a sunset ceremony at Sandy Lane Resort on Barbados’s west “Platinum” coast back in 2004. OK Tiger’s marriage to Swedish model Elin Nordegren didn’t turn out so well, but that’s another story. Plenty of other celebrities have been spotted at Sandy Lane including Gwyneth Paltrow, David and Victoria Beckham, Hugh Grant and local singer Rihanna. The singer has just been appointed "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" to her home country of Barbados. Several years ago I saw the late opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti on the driving range.


WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PORTLAND, OREGON

12 SEP 2018: “You know someone’s from Portland when there’s more ink on their body than their resume,” remarks Cedar, my pedicab chauffeur as we cycle from one brewpub to another. He’s one of the few Portlanders who isn’t covered in tattoos.


FUN AND GAMES IN PHUKET

29 AUG 2018: Golf in Thailand began in 1923 when King Vajiravudh the Great agreed to the construction of the first course, Royal Hua Hin. Today there are about 250 courses in the Kingdom. Golf, plus other uniquely Siamese sybaritic pleasures, are all compelling reasons to travel to “Land of Smiles.”


AMAZING BANGKOK

15 AUG 2016: Bangkok claimed the title of “World's Most Visited City” according to the 2017 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index. No wonder almost 20.2 million international tourists flocked to the City of Angels. When it comes to wish lists, Bangkok ticks most boxes. Cultural attractions and rich history? Tick. Great food? No doubt. Good shopping? Yep. Fabulous spas. Nothing beats a Thai massage. Vibrant nightlife? A resounding yes.


CABOT CLIFFS, CAPE BRETON
Better than Pebble Beach on Steroids

01 AUG 2018: After playing my first round at Cabot Cliffs, I vowed that if Cape Breton’s newest seaside links sensation weren’t ranked the number one golf course in Canada, if not North America, I’d eat my putter. I was right! Golf Digest awarded it “Best New Course in America” for 2015, third in its list of “America’s 100 Greatest” and #9 on its list of “World’s Greatest Courses.”


PARIS
Ooh La La

18 JUL 2018: I was lucky to be in Paris last week when France beat the Belgium in the FIFA World Cup and then went on to trounce Croatia. The entire city was in celebration mode. So, in honour or the French football victory and Bastille Day on July 14, let’s explore some of my favourite haunts in a city that j’adore.


STAY AND PLAY IN MUSKOKA

04 JUL 2018: It’s a tough task but someone’s got to do it and that someone might as well be me. I’ve been privileged to be on the rating panel for SCOREGolf magazine for several years. This involves playing as many golf courses as possible in Canada and evaluating them in categories of design, challenge, scenery, etc.


CAPE BRETON
Where Your Heart Will Never Leave

20 JUN 2018: When a Caper (person born in Cape Breton) says, “It’s a large day,” they mean it's a wonderful day. Well, I’ve just had couple of very large weeks on Nova Scotia’s ruggedly beautiful island brimming with genuine maritime hospitality, lip-smacking lobster feeds and kick-up-your-heels Celtic jigs.


GOURMET GOLF WITH HISTORY LESSONS IN KENT

06 JUN 2018: Kent has been known as the “Garden of England” ever since Henry VIII tucked into a bowl of juicy Kentish cherries and developed a passion for the fruit. With six wives under his belt, it seems Henry acquired many passions and tastes.


MONTREUX AND THE SWISS RIVIERA
Cheese, chocolate and all that jazz

23 MAY 2018: Biting into a Toblerone chocolate pyramid, the last of my stash from a recent trip to Switzerland, brings back sweet memories of Montreux and the Swiss Riviera. We can thank the Swiss for many good things including sublime milk chocolate, fabulous cheese (hence the national dish, fondue) and some of the world’s best pocketknives.


IRISH CASTLES AND LINKS
Swing and play like a country squire

09 MAY 2018: Canadians have a fascination with castles, probably because we don’t have any. Ireland has hundreds. We also have a love affair with Irish golf. Put the two together and you’ve got a golf getaway that befits any lord or lady of the links.

 

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