to our golf and travel adventures
Hello and Welcome!
In 2016 we took a nearly 4-month sabbatical that has had a lasting impact. We spent a month in Thailand, then 2 weeks in Cambodia, 2 weeks in Laos, and then another 2 months in Thailand. There was so much we wanted to see, so much we wanted to do, and we were constantly on the go. It wasn’t until over half way through our trip that we finally began to slow down. We stayed in the same places longer. We took longer walks. We took naps. We wasted more time. We enjoyed each other. We became the owners of our own time.
It was somewhere on a deserted beach in Koh Lanta Noi that we began dreaming how great it would be to not have to get on the flight back home. We wanted nothing more than to continue. To see the next new place. To experience the next new experience. And to continue slowly. That is probably where Puttering around the World really started. In our hearts- in our longing to enjoy everything life has to offer.
It wasn’t even 4 months after our return from our sabbatical that we were still looking for that feeling of being the owners of our own time. There was more dreaming and more wishing. Then, about 6 months later we decided to do it again, but for longer and slower, and more permanently, ideally for 2 or 3 years or longer. So, we set a date. We gave ourselves 14 months to prepare. To tell our families. To tell our employers. To sell our stuff. To prepare ourselves. But how do you prepare for something where the unknown is significantly greater than the known?
We are also going to do our travels a little different this time. We are heading out with only hand luggage, and our golf clubs, instead of checked baggage! That might make it a little more challenging, and maybe a little less flexible. But we really want to play golf all over the world, so that is what we are going to do. Can’t you just see us checking into hostels, with our clubs on our backs??!!
That’s Puttering around the World.
Istanbul Golf Club
When thinking of the oldest golf clubs in continental Europe, Turkey doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But, did you know that one of the 10 oldest Clubs in Europe is in Istanbul? Istanbul Golf Club opened as Constantinople Golf Club back in 1895.
While in Istanbul, Menekse and I had the sincere pleasure of visiting the historic Istanbul Golf Club (IGK). But getting to IGK is no small feat.
First Stop: Istanbul
We have been to Istanbul a few years ago, but, for us, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is always worth a trip. Istanbul, the livly. Istanbul, where tradition meets modernity. A city full of energy and with so much history to offer.
And this is where it starts … our journey.
We spent six days in Istanbul. In the end, that will again not be long enough.
Ataşehir Golf Club
Istanbul. Just the name itself stirs your imagination! As the capital city of 3 former empires, Istanbul has everything. A city of unmatched history, home to 15 million citizens plus, Istanbul is a true melting pot of sights, sounds, tastes, and cultures. But, for everything that it has, what Istanbul doesn’t have is golf.