THAT FINE AND most traditional of golf writers, Henry Longhurst, said ‘It is I think, the best course, in the most comprehensive sense, that I have played on in Britain.’ It is the Hotchkin course, named after club member, golf architect and local resident, Stafford Vere Hotchkin, who in 1902 offered a large swathe of his own hunting land to use as an 18-hole course in the Lincolnshire spa town of Woodhall. Continue reading →
EXCUSES COMPRISE A sizeable plank of amateur golf. So often that hideous snap hook into the nearby garden or a grisly shank last seen bounding down the cart path is really not our fault. No really it isn’t. How could it be when we simply do not hit shots like that? So we thought that, seeing that it is awards season for all sorts of things, we would present our own golfing Oscars for the 10 top excuses for truly dreadful golf shots. Continue reading →
CURIOSER AND CURIOSER. At a time when the likes of England Golf is trying to spread the word about golf becoming more inclusive, encouraging youngsters and women into the game, a number of course owners seem to be moving in a totally different direction and producing products that only the truly mega-rich can afford. Continue reading →
YOU WON’T FIND Kington Golf Club in any great golf courses’ guide but that is absolutely no reason to ignore this wonderful little course clinging, almost precariously, to the top of Bradnor Hill in far West Herefordshire. At 1,280 feet, Kington was once the highest 18-hole course in England although since Alston Moor in Cumbria was extended it has now been relegated to second place. What this most welcoming of clubs is most certainly is the best in the county and one well worth making a detour to play. Continue reading →
AS THE RAIN falls and we await the name of the latest hurricane sweeping eastwards across the Atlantic let us take a few minutes to reflect on a 10 good reasons to be cheerful over the coming months of 2016 and what promises to be a thrilling year of tournament golf. Continue reading →
HAVING LOOKED AT things to delight us in the new year it is unfortunate that we shall be seeing and hearing a lot more of Donald Trump in 2016. For the purposes of this article we shall try and restrict ourselves to his possible influence in golf rather than his Presidential candidacy for the Republican party although the two tend to overlap.