COULD THERE HAVE been a bigger contrast in the venues for the first two major tournaments of the golfing year? Pristine, manicured, highly treated and lavishly watered Augusta National where the mere sight of a daisy brings club members out in a cold sweat and the wild, wonderful, ragged Donald Ross masterpiece at Pinehurst 2 in North Carolina.
THESE DAYS the world’s top men golfers can earn as much for simply showing up to a tournament as they can from winning it. Sponsors and television want to see the best players on show, not to mention the spectators, which is why there are howls of anguish at the prolonged absence of Tiger Woods from the tournament scene.
Which makes it all the more inexplicable why the USGA has not invited the current European ladies’ number one player to the US Ladies’ Open Championship at Pinehurst 2 following the men’s tournament. Continue reading
COURSE MANAGER, Chris Mitchell, comes across some unusual and sometimes downright scary sights on his travels round the two courses at Ashdown. These include four naked Dutch ladies of mature years cavorting in the reservoir but most recently he has encountered something that is even more daunting. Continue reading
THE ISLAND MAY have changed a touch since Mark Twain said, ‘You die and go to heaven if you want to, I’ll stay right here in Bermuda,’ but it still boasts one of the finest golf clubs to be found anywhere. Continue reading
‘I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life’-Chi Chi Rodriguez, on his first ever Masters
See you all again next month……..
NO ONE COULD ever describe the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews as a radical organisation. Nor is dynamism the first noun one thinks of when considering the decision makers of the game’s most influential club.
Over the last decade or so the most headline grabbing changes to emanate from the grey stone clubhouse has been the banning of various golf clubs. Continue reading
ONE OF THE GREAT ladies of Sussex and English golf celebrated her 90th birthday on May 6th; so very many belated happy returns of the day to Prue Riddiford (pictured above with Ashdown Ladies’ Captain, Janie Champness). Continue reading
TRAVELLING GOLFERS the world over are constantly seeking that ‘Wow!’ factor when it comes to playing new courses and St Enodoc provides plenty of them. From the very first tee this majestic old course opens up with a roar like the start of a Beethoven symphony.
Golf has been played on this ruggedly beautiful stretch of north Cornish coastline since 1888 although it was not until 1907 that James Braid created 18 holes. And, with relatively few alterations and diversions, the course remains very much his magical creation to this day. Continue reading
MEMBERS MAY HAVE seen that the greens have apparently been darned recently with thin green thread, in much the same way as my mother used to mend my childhood socks. However, this isn’t sewing but sowing: over-sowing, to be precise, with a brand new piece of kit known as a disc seeder (see photograph above with deputy course manager, Ray Crisp). It comes from Holland, weighs more than a ton and over the next few years will transform the preparation, repair and consistency of the Ashdown greens. Continue reading