Sarah’s Golf Blog
Sarah Stirk is a very talented TV presenter and journalist whose professional approach and impressive knowledge had made her on of the main hosts for golf coverage on Sky Sports. With a mixture of studio presenting and travelling around Europe and USA, Sarah covers the European and PGA tours, as well as Major Championships for Sky. Along with being an impressive golfer herself, with a 7 handicap, Sarah is also a successful entrepreneur who built a luxury golf travel company before selling it to Golfbreaks.com.
Here at Darwin Escapes, we’re so lucky to have Sarah as a Darwin Ambassador, helping to showcase our wonderful golf resort locations and promote the Darwin Escapes destinations too!
Sarah’s Golf Blog Series follows Sarah’s travels to some of the sports major competitions, tales of interviewing golfs biggest names and of course, her journey to our own golf resorts and Darwin Escapes tournaments.
I am currently busy on the golf circuit as the season is in full swing!
The change in the Major’s scheduling is new for this year, with the PGA Championship shifting to May and the majors coming in quick succession. It’s a great change for everyone but does have some challenges, meaning it’s a busy time for the players having to manage their time a little better and make sure they are staying fit between the tournaments.
I was recently covering the fantastic US Open at Pebble Beach, which was a great championship and was won by Gary Woodland in a record breaking performance, finishing with a brilliant birdie for his first major win. I’ve known Gary a long time and I know how hard he’s worked to get to this point, particularly on his short game which has transformed him as a player. Pebble is always such a special place, the views are to die for!
From there, I then headed off to Portugal to host the annual Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic. Originally started by Sir Bobby Robson, the tournament has carried on after his passing, with celebrities from football, sport and entertainment taking to the fairways to raise funds for a wonderful charity, a children’s orphanage in Faro.
Currently I am making my way to Ireland for the Irish Open at Lahinch, which I’m really looking forward too! My Sky Sports colleague, Paul McGinley will be hosting this week and I always love soaking up the Irish hospitality. Last month I was lucky enough to play at Portrush which will host The Open, when they invited a select few media professionals to play the course. It’s the first time The Open has returned to Northern Ireland in 68 years. We had a late tee-time, around 4:30pm and we finished at around 10pm, I birdied the 16th and 18th though so I’ll try and mention that in our Sky Sports coverage!
On 14th August I will be playing at Darwin Escapes’ Oxfordshire location, The Springs Golf Club, for the first time! And you could win a chance to join me, make sure to keep an eye on Darwin Escapes’ social media channels for more information about this upcoming competition.
I am also excited about covering the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, which takes places between 9th and 15th September, and is the ultimate in women’s golf, with the best players from America and Europe competing head to head.
After this fantastic event, I will be returning to play at Dundonald Links, where I’ve previously hosted the Scottish Open. It will be my first time going back since Darwin Escapes took ownership, so I’m really looking forward to this!
Enjoy the next few weeks watching the best golfers in action!