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Over the past few years, we’ve become rather famous at bunkered for our excellent competition prizes. The one that we put up for grabs for bunkered Fantasy Golf ’14, however, might just have been one of our best yet.

We arranged for the winner of our brilliant online comp to spend a week in the United Arab Emirates for the recent Dubai Desert Classic.

That lucky chap was Ian Trow, a 48-year-old who runs his own consultancy company. His team, ‘Meglew’, finished top of the pile ahead of thousands of other entrants, earning him a week in the sun courtesy of top holiday golf operator, GolfKings. As well as their flights and hotel, Ian and his pal, Andrew, also got season passes for the Dubai Desert Classic, won by Rory McIlroy, as well as golf on three top courses: Al Badia, Dubai Creek and Arabian Ranches. Suffice to say they had a brilliant time.

“It was a fantastic week. I wish I was still there, to be honest,” Ian told us after returning home. “We both thoroughly enjoyed it. It more than exceeded our expectations.

“We had a great flight out with Emirates Airlines and the hotel we stayed in was simply out of this world.

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“The tournament itself was fantastic and it was a real treat to see so many big names at real close quarters. We followed Rory for a few holes, which was brilliant, and we also took in the first shot of Stephen Gallacher’s title defence.

“As for the courses, Dubai Creek is one of the best I’ve ever played. Al Badia was really good, too, and whilst it wasn’t quite in the same league as the other two, Arabian Ranches was fun to play as well.”

Away from the course, Ian and Andrew also managed to fit in plenty of time for sightseeing too.

He added: “We checked out the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. We also spent a day at the Atlantis waterpark, hung out at the marina and did some shopping in the main shopping malls.

“All in all, it was an absolutely fantastic trip and a superb prize for winning bunkered Fantasy Golf ‘ 14. Thanks to everyone at the magazine and GolfKings for an unforgettable week.”

bunkered Fantasy Golf ‘15 :: Coming Soon!

Following the massive success of the 2014 competition, bunkered Fantasy Golf is coming back for 2015. Check out bunkered.co.uk/fantasy-golf-2015 where we will shortly be launching the comp and providing details of this year’s fantastic prizes. As was the case last year, you’ll be able to create mini-leagues to have private battles with your friends or colleagues and, of course, you will still be able to make changes to your team on a weekly basis, too. Have you got what it takes to emulate Ian Trow? Well, it’s like they say: you’ve got to be in it to win it!

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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