AFTER 120 YEARS an accountant’s letter is now attached to the Edinburgh-based, Lothianburn clubhouse front door stating that the golf club is closed. Membership, which totalled over 820 in 2004, had slumped to 270 at the start of 2013. Starved of income it was no longer possible to remain open.
Further north, Perth Merchant’s GC, who play over the North Inch course is currently waiting to hear from its financial advisers on a decision whether to keep trading is a viable proposition.
So while golf is mushrooming in the likes of India, China and Vietnam aimed at capturing wealthy local grandees and travellers alike looking for new five star experiences to enjoy, the game in more grass roots destinations is suffering the age-old economic dilemma of supply outstripping demand. Continue reading
JOHN EAKIN has been selected for a World golf team to play against North America. Organised by the International Blind Golfers Association (IBGA) the tournament will pit golfers from the USA and Canada against a truly international selection with golfers coming from as far afield as Israel, Austria, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Korea and Great Britain. Continue reading
PLAYING IN the London amateur foursomes competition when the year ends in a three has always brought smiles and some success to the Ashdown duo of Andrew Smith and Richard Darlington (seen above). Continue reading
ASHDOWN LADIES Sue Wheeler and Hayley Todd (above left and right) have won this year’s Glenda Ricketts memorial salver at the Nevill Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells Continue reading
AS WINTER fast approaches there is a race against time for the Ashdown green-keeping team, with this month seeing a flurry of activity to get essential maintenance completed before the heavy frosts and rainfall make conditions treacherous. And the recent storm did not make their workload any easier. Continue reading
ROBERT TRENT JONES junior, golf architect and one never knowingly to hide his light under a bushel, said, ‘I always maintain that where great land meets great water you get great golf.’ And at Penha Longa, just 17 miles west of Lisbon, Jones has been as good as his word.
Voted as one of the top 30 courses in mainland Europe, Penha Longa has two big advantages on many of its golfing rivals situated around Lisbon: firstly, the fairways are not lined with houses as what development that has been undertaken is on a low density basis, so there are no fears of peering into someone’s back garden when that slice or hook creeps back into your game. Continue reading
SOMETIMES playing in the rain is just unavoidable and, unlike the pros, club golfers don’t have a caddy whose job involves ensuring that both you, and your clubs, stay dry.
So should you be likely to be playing in club competitions or matches and want to combat the worst an English winter can throw at you without adversely affecting your game there are a number of items that can help you remain confident whilst those around you may be losing their head. Just always remember that the goal when playing in the rain is to not think too much about playing in the rain. Continue reading
ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST head pro, Tim Cowley, shows you that you do not have to be Phil Mickelson to execute a successful flop shot!
A BALL you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.