Does length really matter?

article-1171227-047B3DC7000005DC-666_468x681PICTURE THE SCENE. You have been granted an audience with Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, to outline an exciting new venue for the Open championship.

You explain that there are one or two anomalies: the opening and closing hole are the easiest in professional golf; there are only two par three holes and the pros will be able to drive four of the par fours. And the most difficult hole on the course is no longer difficult enough which has required the tee box to be placed out of bounds on the driving range. Mr Dawson politely shows you the door, allowing you just enough time to say that you were describing the Old Course at St Andrews, and venue for the Open Championship every five years. Continue reading

Holiday Reading- Five top golf books to take with you



THERE WERE JUST TWO criteria for selecting a handful of excellent holiday golf books to have ready for lazy days by the pool or when waiting for that, almost inevitable, delayed flight home.

First up was that they contained absolutely no instruction of any kind. No ‘Modern fundamentals’ of pronation nor abstruse psychological pointers from self styled ‘Doctors’ who have been no nearer a major Championship victory than you and I. Second is that they would do what all good holiday books should so, namely entertain and keep you turning the pages over. So here it is: The Blog from the Forest’s selection of great golfing reads for summer, 2014: Continue reading

Play away: Valderrama



SOME OF THE more recent European Ryder Cup venues have not fared too well. The Belfry in Warwickshire was sold for a knockdown price to a US consortium in 2012 by its owner who was in prison at the time whilst there have been more than occasional distress signals emanating from the K Club which has seen heavy losses as the Irish property market collapsed. Continue reading