NOW LET’S BE HONEST. How many of us know what the rule is if our ball comes to rest alongside an alligator? Or a snake? Or a wasps’ nest? Fortunately, not many of us are likely to encounter an alligator unless we are playing golf in Florida, but we could meet dangerous insects or venomous snakes during the course of our round so what is the rule? Do we have to play our ball or can we drop another without penalty? Continue reading
GOLFERS SHOULD BE hugely grateful to those Neolithic farmers of 4,000 years ago. They domesticated animals, cleared woodlands so that settlements could be developed and their animals grazed. These cleared areas were more exposed to the elements leading to a leaching of nutrients and creating acidic soils that were slowly colonised by dwarf shrubs such as heather, gorse and broom. The first lowland heaths were created that have subsequently provided those well-drained sites for the outstanding golf courses that so many of us enjoy playing today, not least of which is our own Royal Ashdown Forest. Continue reading
IN A MAGNIFICENT team effort the Rest of the World blind and visually impaired golfers retained their equivalent of the Ryder Cup with a comprehensive 14.5 to 9.5 victory over North America at the beautiful Villa d”Este Golf Club in Lombardy, north-west Italy.
Like the Ryder Cup, the tournament runs over three days and is competed for bi-annually. The team is selected from the top four players in each of the International Blind Golfers Association three sight categories from B1, totally blind, to B3 and includes an additional captain’s pick. Continue reading
SADLY OVERLOOKED DURING a month in which national television and the press were busy celebrating the anniversaries of Magna Carta and the Battle of Waterloo was Lou Stutely’s first ever hole in one on the ninth hole of the Royal Ashdown Old Course during the Ladies’ Stableford competition on Saturday, June 6th. Continue reading
CONSIDERING ITS PROXIMITY to the old grey town of St. Andrews it is remarkable that many more golfing pilgrims do not take time to play Balcomie Links at Crail. Set a mere 12 miles south on the most easternmost tip of the Kingdom of Fife this Tom Morris-designed stunner of a links presents a stern test despite its modest length of 5,922 that sadly excludes it from major competitions.
Half of golf is fun; the other half is putting.
– Peter Dobereiner
See you all again next month…..
GOLF FOLLOWERS CAN always gauge when the US Open is upon us because the competing professionals start to moan. This is nothing new as the late US Ryder cup player, Dave Hill, said that Hazeltine National in 1971 was missing ‘Only 80 acres of corn and a few cows to be a good farm.’ Continue reading
JACK NICKLAUS HAS BEEN talking about it for years but, surely, now is the time to grasp the nettle. The two longest drives recorded on the USPGA Tour so far this year are 409 yards, whilst Bubba Watson was longest in 2014 with an effort of 424 yards. Nicklaus firmly maintains that it is time manufacturers did something about the golf ball. Continue reading
MANY MOONS AGO spectators watching a golf tournament were known as a gallery although increasingly the term is becoming redundant as there is little that could be described as aesthetically pleasing about the spectators at many tournaments these days, especially in the USA. Continue reading