Putting the Cart before the Course


NOT ALL OF YOU will be familiar with the acronym BIPSIC. It is used in a golfing question much favoured by Americans and typically runs thus after one or more members of a fourball have had an unsuccessful hole in either a matchplay or stableford contest, ‘Where’s your partner?’ ‘Oh he’s BIPSIC’ standing for ‘Ball in pocket sitting in cart.’ Continue reading

Play away: Royal Portrush

Royal Portrush GC

THAT JUSTIFIABLY renowned golf course designer, Harry S Colt, reckoned that Royal Portrush on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland was his finest work, better even than Muirfield. It prompted Bernard Darwin to write, that ‘Mr HS Colt…has thereby built himself a monument more enduring than brass.’ And there are now two splendid loops of 18 holes on classic links land to enjoy. Continue reading

Not all green keepers are quackers

20140302-FILE00032FIRST UP is an exotic visitor to the Ashdown reservoir: Aix galericulata to be precise, more commonly known as the mandarin duck. The male, who flew in, is a particularly handsome fellow with distinctive long orange feathers on the side of the face and pale orange flanks. Course manager, Chris Mitchell, took the photograph of him, shown above. Continue reading

The Top 10 Major Collapses

1966 U.S. Open ChampionshipAS NIGHT FOLLOWS day so every April the television brings us Peter Alliss, with his mellifluously smug tones. This can only mean one thing: the US Masters is underway as the professional golf circuit cranks up a notch or five with the first of the four classic ‘Major’ tournaments.

To celebrate this opening starburst in golf’s firmament we thought that it would be rather fun to take a look at those men who, over the years, have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. With a major trophy and a fortune within sniffing distance they have stumbled as the tension and their opponents got into those precious five inches between their ears. We have all missed pressure putts or hit dire shots when in a position to win a match or a competition, but nothing, ever quite as knee tremblingly, brain mashingly awful as this: Continue reading

Pro Shop: Why would anyone want to play Benross?

benrossDO YOU REMEMBER the old Skoda jokes that were doing the rounds at the turn of the century? Why does a Skoda have a heated rear windscreen? To keep your hands warm when you are pushing it. Benross golf clubs have had a similar reputation. Cheap enough but not really the sort of thing any self-respecting golfer wants to be seen owning. Continue reading

Pro Shop Extra: Canine Couture Counter

photoHOT PAW from the fashion dog walks of Paris and Milan those style conscious chaps in the Royal Ashdown Pro Shop thought it was about time they provided something cutting edge for man’s best friend. So here it is, modelled by one of the Old Course’s most popular breeds, a Black Lab, the 2014 must have canine accessory: a collar in original 1888 club colours of red and forest green with a matching club logo tag. Make sure your best friend does not feel under dressed by ordering one from the Pro Shop now!