MATTHEW HOGGARD - Golf News

MATTHEW HOGGARD

The former Yorkshire and England fast bowler has switched to the white ball game since hanging up his flannels in 2013

My first ever golf holiday was… a mini-break to play Loch Lomond in Scotland.

My favourite golf course is… Queenstown Golf Club in New Zealand. It sits on a spit of land overlooking Lake Wakatipu, with a snow-capped mountain range in the background, and is one of the most magical spots in the world. I don’t remember what I shot, as I was too busy admiring the scenery!

My ideal holiday fourball would include… Lee Westwood for the golf and the banter, Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges for the laughs, and Jennifer Aniston, well, because she’s Jennifer Aniston!

My most best ever round was at… Six Hills Golf Club in Leicester. It’s a pretty wide open parkland course, which measures around 5,600 yards, but I went round in two-over par, which isn’t bad for an 18 handicapper.

The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in was… the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore, Pakistan. We were lucky enough to stay in some incredible hotels when I was touring with England, but the Pearl was right up there. 

My favourite city in the world is… Cape Town. It’s got everything. The sea, mountains, great hotels, superb bars and restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. I always enjoyed touring in South Africa.

My most memorable holiday meal was… eating sushi in the Umai-Ya Japanese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. It’s located on the third floor of the Petronas Towers. The sushi was amazingly fresh, and the whole décor was very plush. 

My worst holiday experience was… a camping holiday in Scotland when I was about ten years old. It poured with rain all day every day for the entire trip and I just remember being very wet and very bored.

The golf course I’d most like to play is… Leopard Creek Country Club in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The combination of a stunning golf course with amazing wildlife and scenery ticks lots of boxes for me.

My top travel tip is… don’t forget your chargers and travel adaptors! And take a four-way gangplank socket – you can never have enough plugs for those all-important gadgets.

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