Quick Pars

Our Golf Adventures

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I don’t remember when the game bit me because I’ve enjoyed golf for as long as I can remember. 

But Menekse, well, let’s just say she wasn’t immediately smitten.  So I took her to St Andrews and some of the other classics.  She even hit her first golf ball at Carnoustie!  But it wasn’t until we watched Follow the Sun that Menekse realized that maybe this game had something.  You know the movie- it’s the story of Ben and Valerie Hogan and their initial struggles of touring the country while playing on the PGA Tour. I think there was something about the title and the fact that golf could be played all over the world that appealed to her. 

But how does a golfer actually do Slow Travel? 

Golf isn’t like frisbee where we can just throw our clubs into our backpacks and go.  There is no getting around the fact that bringing our clubs will make our travels a little more difficult.  We decided to travel with carry-on luggage only and use our clubs as our check in luggage. Only carry-on luggage, for a year plus? Crazy, we know. But hey, we’ll have our clubs!  It’s all about sacrifices, right! 

If you wonder what Slow Travel is,  you can read that on Menekse’s travel page.

We have a really long list of courses that we want to play.  Currently this list is almost 450 courses long.  And, it’s located on 6 continents, in 43 countries!  Can we make it?  Who knows, but we will give it a try.  Traveling slowly from place to place playing golf, all while trying to chase the summer- that’s Quick Pars.

Herzogenaurach - Follow the Sun
Ryder Cup

Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann mich das Spiel so eingenommen hat, weil ich Golf spiele, seitdem ich denken kann.

Aber Menekse… na gut, sagen wir einfach, sie war nicht sofort begeistert. Also brachte ich sie nach St. Andrews und zu einigen anderen Klassikern. Sie schlug sogar ihren ersten Golfball in Carnoustie! Aber erst als wir Follow the Sun sahen, merkte sie, dass dieses Spiel vielleicht etwas an sich hatte. Ihr kennt wahrscheinlich den Film – es ist die Geschichte von Ben und Valerie Hogan und ihren anfänglichen Kämpfen, das Land während der PGA-Tour zu bereisen. Ich glaube, es gab war der Titel und die Tatsache, dass Golf überall gespielt werden konnte, was sie ansprach.

Aber wie passen Golf und Slow Travel eigentlich zusammen? Golf ist nicht wie Frisbee, wo wir einfach unsere Schläger in unsere Rucksäcke werfen und gehen können. Das Mitbringen unserer Schläger macht uns das Reisen definitiv etwas schwieriger. Dennoch haben wir uns entschieden, nur mit Handgepäck zu reisen, und unsere Schläger als unser Gepäck einzuchecken. Handgepäck für ein Jahr plus? Ich weiß… verrückt! Aber hey, wir haben unsere Golfschläger! Es geht um Opfer, richtig?!

Was Slow Travel ist, könnt ihr auf der Reise Seite von Menekse nachlesen.

Wir haben eine sehr lange Liste von Golfplätzen, die wir spielen möchten. Gegenwärtig umfasst diese Liste fast 450 Plätze. Und es liegt auf 6 Kontinenten in 43 Ländern! Können wir das schaffen? Wer weiß, aber wir werden es versuchen. Langsames Reisen von Ort zu Ort und Golfen, während wir dem Sommer hinterherjagen – das ist Quick Pars.

Kuşadası International Golf Club

While we were staying in Akbük, we decided to play golf at Kuşadası International Golf Club.  The course is located just outside the resort town of Kuşadası, which is located on the Aegean Sea.  It was about a 45-minute drive from where we were, and I must admit, we were quite disappointed by our experience. 
Istanbul Golf Club

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. 

Ataşehir Golf Club

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. 

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  • HORAS!
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We heard this word often here in Medan and were wondering what it means. A Sumatran lady told us that Horas has many meanings. It can stand for a simple "hello", but also for welcome, long live and how are you. She said we can use it in many situations.
As we saw this neon sign, we thought, that this is just perfect to send a "horas" to you!
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Read about our arrival to Sumatra at: https://www.putteringaroundtheworld.com/lazy-days-in-medan-welcome-in-sumatra/
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  • INTERNATIONAL .
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One of the landmarks of Medan is the Great Mosque. It was built in 1909 by a Dutch architect. The carpets inside are from Turkey, the chandelier from France, the stained glass windows from Spain, and the beautiful wood doors from North Sumatra. 
Now that's multicultural!!
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  • What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Sumatra?
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  • Ready for the next destination!
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  • LUCKY US
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After our trip to Taiwan we returned back to Hong Kong just to play a
little bit of golf again and hang out. Our friend @notlimahnhoj had a
special surprise for us...tickets for the Sevens!!!
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How great is that! Look at this happy couple- just enjoying life, friendships, and their worldtrip!
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Thank you John!
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  • SKYSCRAPERS .
Hong Kong's buildings are still so fascinating for us. When we explore new areas, we can't help but look up. Some of the buildings are so high that it makes us dizzy looking up. Do you know that feeling?
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  • CARRY YOUR CLUBS .
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You already know that traveling with your golf clubs isn't the easiest thing in the world. Throwing your clubs into the plane and hoping that they make it to the oversized luggage carousel in the right city at the right time is the easy part. It's all the travel that happens afterwards that is hard.
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How far do you go for the love of the game?
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  • MEDIO TUTISSIMUS IBIS
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We had to look this one up, but the logo from Shek O includes this line from the Roman poet Ovid, and translates as "in the middle of things, you will go most safe."
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While this may apply to any golf course, we would agree that it is solid advice here!
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  • THE DIP
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If you're a fan of great golf courses with amazing ocean views, then you will love the front 9 at Shek O. .
This is the view from the 8th green, but you could pick any hole on the front and have the same incredible view. .
And, just in case you're wondering about the golf- the greens were probably the best we've ever putted on!!
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  • LYEMUN
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The second hole at Shek O is an uphill par 4 that crosses the fairway of the first hole. 
But who cares- look at that view!!! 😊
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