Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Then again, we don't exactly help ourselves, do we! Certainly not when one of the 'Deal' sites comes out with an offer that invites golfers to play a golf simulator with the beers thrown in.
Get together with three mates, play one of the top 52 courses in the world, with two practice sessions, and there's a beer in it for you too. All for €29 (valued at €68) each.
The Metro Golf Indoor Golf Lounge & Bar is at the next to the
I turned on to watch the news only to find David Beckham walking on stage to do a passing impression of C-3PO. Then up pops Coe to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award - and made a speech that lasted a lifetime. I half expected him to say: "There's no I in team... [dramatic pause] ...but there is in Sebastian." But weren't those shorts they used to wear terrible? More like nappies than shorts.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Our own beloved Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort collected a World Travel Award - this is the first time ever that an Irish property has achieved this at a global level.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
"I'm creating a gallery of the most iconic moments in golf.... any suggestions for inclusion?"
Not surprisingly he's been inundated with suggestions and he has put together a Pinterest Board with some 25 of these moments, here:
Monday, December 10, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
|View over the 9th green, back to the 7th tee|
|View back to the 7th tee|
|One of the world's most stunning par threes - the 6th|
Green fees at Cruit Island are a mere €25, and while the course is a long way from anywhere this is a beautiful part of the world. Nearby courses include Narin and Portnoo, Dunfanaghy, Rosapenna, Portsalon and Letterkenny, as well as the 9 hole at Gweedore.
Golf Monthly: Ryder Cup DVDs and golf clubs.
Today's Golfer: three different trips (Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Spain) and golf clubs. This is also the same for Golf World magazine, its sister publication.
Golf International Magazine: nothing at the moment... oddly.
Sorry to sat that some prizes are for 'UK residents only', so you'll need to consider that, or give the address of a friend/relative in the UK.
You should also visit different golf club websites as they often have free fourball giveaways every month, e.g. Headfort and Dromoland Castle.
And remember, a golf prize is for life, not just for Christmas.
Monday, December 3, 2012
|Approach to the 6th hole at the K Club.|
- Golf - 2 Green Fees for the Druid’s Glen (or 2 Spa Treatments for non golfers), valid Mon-Sun.
- Dinner for 2 in Druid’s Brasserie.
|View of the par three 8th at Druid's Glen|
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Ever notice the husband? The guy who wanders around a few feet behind the wife, head bowed, lost in his own little world, clearly wishing he was anywhere else. Yea, him. Well, he's probably dreaming about golf and this is her payback for all the hours he spends on the course. He knows it, too, which is why he says so little, and spends so much time trying to identify where the fabric in the carpet comes from and wondering why so much of the fluff comes up and sticks to his shoes.
He's a hard animal to distract. If you interrupt him he'll look at you like you just interrupted his swing... which you probably have. And if you bump into him he'll react angrily although he's not quite sure where he is.
Well, one of those guys walked past my wife's stand last weekend, noticed the pile of Hooked books and stole one.
So I have this to say to the thief: firstly, thank you for thinking that my book was worth stealing - I'm honoured; and secondly, may all your tee shots find trouble, may all your putts lip out and may all your rounds be in the 100s. That pretty much covers it.
To everyone else, may all your swings be good ones. And if you want to buy a copy of Hooked, you'll find it in all good Irish book stores (as opposed to the bad ones), or you can get it from dear old Amazon (links are top right).
Saturday, December 1, 2012
My hands freeze and turn white, but there are plenty of hand-warming products out there so it's not usually a problem. Wet grips, on the other hand, are harder to manage. Wet gloves work well, but as a non-glove-wearing golfer I find they take a bit of getting used to, by which stage my score has gone south.
But now there's something else to keep your grips dry: the Golf Grip Raincoat. It's small, flexible and light You slip it over the grip of any club (except the putter) when you remove it from your bag. Now you can take a few practice swings, no matter how heavy the rain, before slipping off the Raincoat when you're ready to strike your shot. Hey presto, your grip is dry.
I admire anyone who can invent something - it takes an inspiration and dedication that most of us lack - so I was intrigued when I found Adam Barnett on Twitter.
|Photo of Golf Grip Raincoat taken from inventivegolf.com website|
Know this: the Golf Grip Raincoat may look a bit odd and may become known as the golf grip condom, but it won the best new product at the PGA Merchandise Show 2011 - one of the largest golf shows in the world - so it has impressed some big people in the golf world.
Watch the video at http://inventivegolf.com and see what you think. I'll be buying one because I want to see how it works, how easy and practical it is to use during a round - re. putting it on and taking it off in rainy conditions, and how much grief I get from my playing partners... golf is such a 'traditional' game after all. Change is always viewed with such suspicion.
The Golf Grip Raincoat is a one-size-fits-all approach and I wish Adam the best of luck with it.
Friday, November 30, 2012
|Needs no introduction - the view of the 9th hole (post blind drive) at Royal County Down|
|Mount Juliet's superb 4th hole - a lethal par four (Down 1)|
|The 3rd hole at Portsalon (Up 2)|
|The 9th Hole at Dun Laoghaire (Up 6)|
|Ballybunion Cashen's drop-dead gorgeous par three 16th (up 2)|
|The sweet par three 8th at Woodenbridge|
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In fact it's such a bad idea, I suspect they'll get Donald Trump to come along and make suggestions:
"Gee, that clubhouse, what an eyesore. Can we build a sandbank in front of it? Wadda mean no! Do it anyway. Can you people understand English!"
When you have hallowed ground you don't mess with it. I have not had the pleasure of playing there so I'm spouting about things I know nothing about, but there's a Twitter-storm of discontent brewing. Tom Doak is said to be horrified and he's not the only architect having conniptions.
Martin Hawtree is doing the redesigns - I still prefer Trumpy for the job - and if ever there was a design test, this is it. Screw it up and he may be out of a job for life. No pressure then!
Consider this: great golf course architects come to St. Andrew's to study every inch of it, to learn from it and be inspired by it. It is not a difficult course but that is not its raison d'etre.
St. Andrew's is the world's most iconic and cherished piece of golf land, by professionals and amateurs alike, and it is called the 'Old Course' for a very good reason. Doing anything to it to make it more 'challenging' is sacrilegious. Please, Mr. R&A, think again. You've made enough daft decisions over the years, don't make another one.