Old Blogger’s Almanac

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WITH GOLF’S professional tournament season pausing for little more than two weeks the 2015 tour is already upon us. With this in mind we thought that it would be fun to gaze into our crystal ball, study tea leaves, and peer knowingly at some old chicken entrails to consider precisely what will be grabbing the headlines over the next 12 months. Continue reading

Bravo Charley

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WHILST ARGUMENTS still rage over quite what Rory McIlroy has to do to become the winner of the BBC sport’s personality of the year award- presumably win all four majors in a calendar year- there was some excellent and richly deserved news regarding a golfing phenomenon in the women’s game. Charley Hull has won the European Order of Merit, aged just 18, after finishing fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Continue reading

Winter warmers you can drink, drive and putt with

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GOLF HAS ALWAYS been associated with enjoying a drink or two. It is no coincidence that the winner of the Open Championship receives a claret jug, although over recent years some pretty unorthodox, celebratory drinks have been consumed from it. Stewart Cink’s children filled it with Coca-Cola; Darren Clarke favoured Guinness whilst Rory McIlroy chose the young person’s tipple du jour by swigging down Jagermeister. Continue reading

Playaway: Carne Golf Club, Belmullet, County Mayo

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WHERE ELSE BUT in Ireland could you go into a pro shop and be told in answer to your question of how old the club is, ‘The course officially opened in 1993 but the land is much older than that’?

Welcome to Carne Golf Club in Belmullet, a wild and rural spot in County Mayo that gazes out onto the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

The Killer Virus

PEDsGARY PLAYER SENT the press conference before the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie into uproar. He said, ‘Whether it’s Human Growth Hormones (HGH), whether its Creatine or whether it’s steroids I know for a fact some golfers are doing it.’ He was talking about players cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED). Continue reading

Golf whatever the weather

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CAST YOUR MIND back to the start of this year. Day after day of ghastly weather with torrential rains flooding courses and preventing play even for those hardy souls who were prepared to pull on their wet weather gear. Now the pro shop has the most cutting edge golfing technology to banish those wet weather blues. Continue reading

Royal Delft from Royal Hague

photo“WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?” is the reaction of many members when they first see the striking vase (pictured above) in the front lounge.

And the answer is that it is Dutch tulip vase given to Royal Ashdown Forest by members of the Royal Hague Golf Club in recognition of 25 years of friendship fostered through the annual mixed foursomes match played between the clubs since 1989. Continue reading