AUTUMN 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
OF THE TOP 50 British traits talking about the weather invariably comes out at number one, pushing a general excellence at queuing, sarcasm and a love of bargains into minor positions in the league table.
So the last two months have given many of us a great deal to talk about. The average rainfall for East Sussex in December is 90mm or 3.5” although by the end of the month we had had double the usual amount with a full 7” falling. Continue reading
THIS MONTH, Royal Ashdown Forest head pro, Tim Cowley, takes us for some winter sunshine and tells us how to cope with tricky and unusual playing conditions.
ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST head pro, Tim Cowley, shows you that you do not have to be Phil Mickelson to execute a successful flop shot!
Remarkable! This time last year the hosepipe ban was in full swing and it was pouring with rain. Now the sun is shining and forcing a rapid flush of growth everywhere around the course, with members crying plaintively that they are routinely losing sleeves of balls in the rough. Continue reading
On one side of the green holding the short putter is Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient Club of St Andrews. Snarling at him from the other side of the greensward is PGA of America, President, Ted Bishop, who thinks the last thing needed is the banning of the long stick, which is precisely what the R&A have done starting January 1st. 2016.
Ashdown members take you to their favourite golfing places:
Our course manager considers a perennial members’ complaint:
‘Why have our greens become so bumpy all of a sudden?’ It is the regular whinge from our man in the spike bar, and usually aired in Spring just as the golf season is getting underway. This year, with climatic conditions being such that the ground remained colder for far longer than usual, the question is still being asked even as we enter June.
To some of us it barely seems five minutes ago that we were wearing metal studs on the soles of our golf shoes and those strange, fringed tongues on the tops of them.
Then came the soft spike revolution with weird and colourful spider-like shapes bursting onto our golfing footwear. And that was over 15 years ago.
RAFGC head pro, Tim Cowley, shows you how to take shots off your game.
In this first edition of Tim’s Topical Tips, professional golfer Tim Cowley shows you how you can improve your driving with just a few simple changes to your technique.