Playing by the Rules

IMG_0407BEST TO AVOID the Indonesian Open if you can help it. Why? Because it has been the scene of two notorious allegations of world famous golfers cheating.

Actually, when Vijay Singh signed his card at one better than he scored in order to make the cut, something he was found guilty of and banned in 1985, he was far from famous, but Colin Montgomerie was headline news in 2005.

Montgomerie needed a top three finish to get into the world top 50 and qualify for The Players Championship and his second round in Jakarta was going badly. On the 14th his ball was lodged near the edge of a deep bunker and Mongomerie was struggling to get a stance to play the shot, with one foot in and the other out of the bunker. Continue reading

Course record and England call-up for Russell

KatherineRussellCardTo70It has been quite a month for Royal Ashdown Forest’s lady captain Katherine Russell. The 2012 Senior Women’s Open amateur stroke play champion has not only been called up by the England Senior Women’s team but has also broken the Old Course record for women on her home course.

New cap Russell will join the England team for the Women’s Home International championships at Llandudno, Wales. England finished runners-up in the 2012 championship and Russell and her teammates are looking to regain the title they have won seven times since 2003.

Russell said, ‘I have been sent a comprehensive team uniform, fit for a term at boarding school, with lots of logos and the England rose. My mother is all for sewing in Cash’s name tapes on so that I don’t lose them!’ Continue reading

Ashdown ladies triumph as men come second

M4's winners RAF 2013Royal Ashdown Forest has won the Morrice Foursomes competition held by Sussex County Ladies Golf Association. The knock out tournament started last April with 50 teams battling for the trophy.

In vile conditions at East Brighton Golf Club the Ashdown team of Jan Hobden, Jane Bowers, Katherine Russell, Rosie Hockey, Julia Thompson and Sue Wheeler beat Copthorne two to one in the final. Ham Manor defeated the other losing semi-finalist, Brighton & Hove, to take third place. Continue reading

Play Away: Estonia

Estonia Sea 3rdSITTING in Tallinn’s central medieval square enjoying a chilled, early evening beer outside one of its many pavement cafes it is almost impossible to believe that Estonia only broke free of the dead hand of communism in 1991.

Despite a legacy of massive levels of pollution, including nuclear waste, Russia’s Baltic neighbour has taken giant strides forward in the last two decades to attract western tourists keen on seeing some beautiful scenery, historic castles and architecture, as well as those seeking the more bacchanalian pleasures the capital has to offer after dark.

And for the seasoned golf traveller there is now a course in Europe’s top 100, which is most certainly worthy of our attention plus some first class hotels to stay within a 30-minute drive. Continue reading

The Best of Tines- the Worst of Tines

20111002-8631Do these fellows do it just to spite us? We wait all Winter for the greens at our club to start showing signs of improvement, especially those poor souls unfortunate enough to be forced onto the dreaded temporaries. Then we get a bad Spring and we are still waiting until, at last, Summer arrives and our putts start rolling true again, and we begin to hole a few and get more confident and then it happens. Continue reading

Play Away: That Machrihanish Magic

1st HoleThe beautiful Kintyre peninsula has not just inspired dirges from occasional resident Paul McCartney about the eponymous Mull: there is also some fabulous golf to be played on this wild and lonely stretch of the Scottish west coast together with excellent hospitality and even a neighbourhood malt whisky distillery thrown in for good measure! Continue reading

Pro Shop: Putting yourself first

golf-putter1So how do you go about choosing a new putter? Are you one of the legion of golfers for whom looks means most? One of those, ‘Wow, will you look at that! I really like the look of that and my putting recently has been dire so let’s have a go with that beauty.’ A few quick practice putts on the pro shop carpet and bingo! You are the proud possessor of a brand new putter. Would you ever buy clothes in the same way? Continue reading