Play Away: Boat of Garten

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STUNNING SCENERY is seldom in short supply when visiting the Scottish Highlands but, for golfers, nowhere in the region could be described as more beautiful than the Boat of Garten course, named after an ancient ferry on the river Spey.

Set in the Cairngorms national park, just under eight miles from Grantown, this short, James Braid designed course is a must play, yet strangely gets few visitors from overseas so, apart from on competition and match-days, is rarely busy which simply adds to its charms. Continue reading

Sodden Nuisance

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OF THE TOP 50 British traits talking about the weather invariably comes out at number one, pushing a general excellence at queuing, sarcasm and a love of bargains into minor positions in the league table.

So the last two months have given many of us a great deal to talk about. The average rainfall for East Sussex in December is 90mm or 3.5” although by the end of the month we had had double the usual amount with a full 7” falling. Continue reading

Pro Shop: A Gripping Tale

2014-01-14 10.37.30SO WHEN WAS the last time you bought a new set of grips? And the answer for far too many of us will be when we last bought a new set of clubs. This will certainly cause anyone behind the counter in the Royal Ashdown pro shop to shake his head in a rueful and disconsolate manner.

The reason being that as grips age they start to become smooth and often shiny. Research has shown that old grips can cause anything up to an 11% loss in club speed and distance. Continue reading

How green is your green?

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NOTHING CAUSES more discussion amongst the golfing fraternity than when debating the quality of courses and players. And whilst the list of the world’s top players is easily identifiable by who has won most in any given year, the compiling of lists of the best golf courses is a far more subjective matter.

How many of us can honestly say that we would put a golf course at number one when the only time we have played it we performed like an idiot? One well-known member of Royal Ashdown Forest has barely a good word to say about the natural splendours of Scotland’s Turnberry links for the very reason that he played it in around 20 shots more than his handicap Continue reading