Bye-Bye watch The Open on Sky

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) is reported to have sold the television rights of The Open Championship to Sky for £10m from 2016, thus bringing to an end 59 years of coverage from the BBC. No official statement has been made at the time of writing to confirm the reports which, given the criticism that the R&A and terrestrial broadcaster are likely to come in for, is hardly surprising.

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Justin time to win The Open Championship


LOOKING FORWARD into 2015 it is clear that Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Paul Lawrie have more than helped paper over the cracks. For those of us with long memories every Open Championship during the 18 years between Max Faulkner’s victory in 1951 and Tony Jacklin’s success at Lytham in 1969 brought the annual question, ‘When will a British golfer win The Open again?’ Continue reading

The Winter Men

20141210-_V2C7912THIS MONTH WE invited Course Manager, Chris Mitchell, to describe a typical day for him and his greenkeeping team during the Winter months. 

“The morning starts in the dark at 06.30 when I arrive at the office to  check the weather forecasts and live rain radar. Then I read what golf we have on for the day as well as checking my e-mails for anything urgent that has arrived and reply to them. I then check the greenkeepers’ website for any latest information. Continue reading

Playaway: Brora Golf Club, Sutherland, Scotland

Brora GC


ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST members know from personal experience that a course does not have to be long to be tough as well as beautiful. Hugging the North Sea coast some 20 miles north of Dornoch lies another classic challenge of golf although only 6,110 yards long. Welcome to Brora, a James Braid design and one of the finest links course to be found north of the border. Continue reading