Gareth Bale is back to Tottenham Hotspur just seven years after leaving the North London club - and the avid golf fanatic will be spoilt for choices to swing away upon his arrival.
Bale, 31, left Spurs for Real Madrid for a then-world record fee of £85 million in 2013 and has gone on to win four Champions League titles and score more than 100 goals for the Spanish club, but he has now rejoined Spurs on a season-long loan deal.
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Despite all his success on the pitch, the Welsh wizard has fallen out of love with manager Zinedine Zidane and seemingly the Real Madrid fans, while cutting a sullen figure on the bench for much of the last two seasons in La Liga. So much so, Bale was more than happy to pose with a 'Wales, Golf, Madrid' flag after an international fixture recently.
But now back to Spurs under the management of Jose Mourinho, GolfMagic takes a closer look at the best possible places for 5-handicapper Bale to enjoy a spot of golf in between his matches. Given Harry Kane is also a golf nut, Mourinho will likely have his hands full trying to keep both the Spurs captain and their latest signing away from the golf course.
Apparently Bale is already scheduled to play with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on Friday, but we are fairly certain that's not quite true...
Gareth Bale and Daniel Levy playing golf tomorrow at Hadley Wood.— Sam Martin (@SmuelMartinFPL) September 17, 2020
Promising signs for the Spurs fans.
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Tudor Park - Mourinho can't possibly complain about Bale spending time on the golf course here given this one caters for Footgolf where you kick footballs into giant holes on the course. There are no dress code restrictions either, so Bale can even head straight here in his training kit to save time.
Hadley Wood - a real beauty, and apparently Bale is already headed there for a game with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, although we are fairly certain that is fake news! Hadley Wood GC, however, is only 20 minutes away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium so Bale will no doubt sniff this one out very soon. Hadley Wood is a private members club in Hertfordshire and its course was designed in 1922 by Dr Alister MacKenzie of Augusta National.
The Shire - a great little track that will test Bale's game, one that was designed by Seve Ballesteros. It's also not far at all from both the Tottenham FC Training Ground or the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, meaning he can head there straight after he has clocked off for the day. Not the longest course in the world but there is plenty of water to keep the Welshman on his guard here.
The Grove - probably the pick of the bunch, despite being about a 45-minute drive from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Grove is regarded by many as one of London's finest golf courses and has even played host to multiple European Tour and PGA Tour events in the past. Bale will love the immaculate greens and stunning views of the Hertfordshire countryside on this 7,150-yard test.
Trent Park - a fantastic little 18-hole public pay and play course situated in Oakwood Village in Enfield within the grounds of the Trent Park Country Park. It's got excellent tube links making it a great spot for anyone in the London area. It's not the longest track in the world at 6,200 yards, but at least it means Bale can fly around there in good time. It's also got a nice little floodlit driving range if Bale fancies the extra practice.
Bush Hill Park - another little gem for Bale to get his teeth stuck into. It's been ranked in the top five of the county by the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, and the club boasts a vibrant and inclusive membership that will make Bale feel right at home. It's got easy access on the tube as well as off the M25.
North Middlesex - certainly not the longest course in the world but nevertheless a challenging little course that Bale will enjoy. It's set in 74 acres of beautiful parkland and it's been established ever since 1905. Andrew 'Beef' Johnston loves a round here, so perhaps he could form a little foursome partnership with Bale. Then again, Beef is an Arsenal fan so that might not happen.
South Herts - two cracking courses here with a Vardon Course and 9-hole par-3 Rees Course. It's got great access off the A1 and M25, and it's also within walking distance of Totteridge and Whetstone underground station. The club has been founded since 1899 and is steeped in history with Harry Vardon, the record Open champion, a professional there from 1902 until his death in 1937.
Muswell Hill - another terrific spot for some golf in North London in beautiful parkland surroundings. It's a pretty challenging test off the back tees, which Bale will likely enjoy, and it's typically in amazing condition all-year round. The club also openly encourages newcomers to the sport so perhaps Mourinho, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son can make up a fourball together.
Jurassic Falls Adventure / Broomfield Adventure - perhaps the Spurs Christmas Party could start at either of these venes, but only if it's okay with Santa Mourinho?
There are plenty more golf courses for Bale to choose from, but those are some of the standouts that GolfMagic has experienced and enjoyed in the past. Let's just wait and see where Bale decides to go?!