Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer

imagesAMIDST ALL THE wearisome ballyhoo about Tiger Woods and ‘will he, won’t he ever win another major?’ that so many lazy golf writers use to pad out their copy it is worth remembering that Arnold Palmer was 85 on September 10th.

Before Palmer strode into professional golf the game had been a determinedly upmarket affair on both side of the Atlantic. US broadcaster, Vin Scully, summed up the advent of Palmer quite brilliantly when he came out with the line, ‘In a sport that was high society he made it “High Noon.”’ Continue reading

More ‘Redemption’ required for Stateside teams

IMG_0140SEPTEMBER WAS NOT a good month for golf teams from the far side of the Atlantic. With Europe giving their Ryder Cup counterparts from the USA a fearful pounding at Gleneagles, the Fightmaster Cup, held at Stirling Golf Club resulted in an even bigger trouncing for the Americans. Continue reading

Fall Steam Ahead…..

20140707-_V2C6336AUTUMN LEAVES MAY be falling but the workload out on the course is certainly not dropping. The next couple of months will see the start of the autumn aeration work. The greens will be deep- tined to 14″ deep followed by regular deep slitting to loosen up the compaction caused by many feet and machinery in order to get as much air into the soil as possible. Continue reading

Play Away: Royal Zoute, Belgium

Dsc02041FOR GOLFERS LIVING in East Sussex and Kent it is almost as quick to get to the famous old Flemish city of Bruges, as it is to get to North London. And, as well as avoiding the horrors of the M25, within 30 minutes of Bruges it is possible to play one of the great courses of mainland Europe at Royal Zoute Golf Club.

Like so many clubs in mainland Europe the original club, founded in 1899, was largely down to British involvement with Charles Warren becoming the club’s first professional after returning from fighting in the second Boer war. Continue reading