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  • Rory McIlroy: "I do not think the Ryder Cup will happen"

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 28 May 2020

    The latest updates on the Coronavirus in golf: ► Demand for golf club membership increases post-lockdown ► Ryder Cup 2020 to be postponed? ► Golf courses reopen – but will you be able to get a tee time? ► Golf green fees may increase after Coronavirus ► Will the European Tour survive the Coronavirus?  Demand for golf club membership could outstrip supply for the first time in...

  • Coronavirus golf: how to stay safe while you play

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 15 May 2020

    Everything you need to know to play golf safely during Coronavirus. Golf is back! (In England, at least. The rest of the UK and Ireland is having to wait a little longer.) But is it safe to play? What precautions do you need to take to reduce the risk of transmitting Coronavirus? With guidance from England Golf, we've put together answers...

  • How golf is tackling the biggest threat to its future

    Written by TG on Wednesday, 6 May 2020

    What golf must do to ensure it has a future. The 400th issue of Today's Golfer is on sale now. We publish 13 issues a year, which maths fans will realise means we've been going for over 30 years.  A lot has happened in golf during that time. Tiger Woods has won 82 PGA Tour events and 15 majors. The Pro V1...

  • "This is what my first round of golf post-lockdown was like..."

    Written by Charles Briscoe-Knight on Tuesday, 5 May 2020

    Londoner and Walton Heath member Charles Briscoe-Knight spent lockdown in California and has just played his first round of golf in many weeks after golf courses there reopened. He tells TG what his first round back was like, played at Seascape Golf Club in Aptos... On arrival we noticed that the car park was only half full, which was a slight...

  • Why you need to stick by your golf club during Coronavirus

    Written by Chris Jones on Tuesday, 5 May 2020

    If you don't support your golf club during Coronavirus, it may not be there afterwards. Like pretty much every golfer in Britain, I’ve not played a game since the middle of March. But, I’ve made a decision not to cancel my membership. And when my club’s renewal email popped into my inbox last week, I signed up straight away. Many of you...

  • 5 things to look forward to when golf returns

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 4 May 2020

    With no shortage of bad news at the moment, Rob McGarr picks out five things every golfer can look forward to in this time of crisis. 1. The greatest Ryder Cup ever Yes, there is a chance that this year’s Ryder Cup will be postponed or cancelled. And, clearly, if playing it poses any health and safety risk, that should and will...

  • The new golf handicap system – EXPLAINED

    Written by Michael Catling on Thursday, 30 April 2020

    Everything you need to know about the new golf World Handicap System – including whether your handicap will go up or down...  Are you ready for the new golf World Handicap System? There’s a little over six months to go until your CONGU handicap is consolidated into a single portable index and your playing experience changes for the better. But if you’re...

  • Free magazine to help you practise your golf at home

    Written by TG Writer on Friday, 24 April 2020

    Get a free magazine to help you practise your golf at home! We're all stuck at home and missing golf, but that doesn't mean you can't get some practice done and keep your game sharp for when the golf courses reopen.  To help, we've put together a magazine containing 31 practice drills you can do in your house or garden, using only...

  • How to get a copy of Today's Golfer or Golf World

    Friday, 24 April 2020

    There are plenty of ways to read the best golf magazines without leaving your house.  Today's Golfer – Subscribe to Today's Golfer – Buy the latest issue of Today's Golfer – Download a digital edition from the App Store – Download a digital edition on Google Play Golf World – Subscribe to Golf World magazine – Buy the latest issue of Golf World – Download a digital edition from the App Store – Download a digital edition on...

  • Stick this one in your 2021 diary...

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Thursday, 23 April 2020

    It's got to be the bargain of next season and well worth taking up a few days early in your 2021 diary. Well, at the moment, we've got to look forward haven't we? Top Cornish links St Enodoc and Trevose Golf & Country Club have launched the Atlantic Pairs competition providing golfers with the opportunity of playing a pair of Top...

  • The Belfry to hand over green fees cash to charities

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Wednesday, 22 April 2020

    The legendary Belfry Hotel & Resort has revealed that it will donate its entire green fee income on its first day of re-opening to several key UK charities. The world-famous, world-class West Midlands venue, which has hosted a record four Ryder Cups, was set to host over 30 charity golf days in 2020.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, donations and many...

  • Donate to the NHS and win these wedges!

    Written by TG Writer on Wednesday, 22 April 2020

    American Golf is encouraging golfers to donate to the NHS by entering anyone who donates £5 or more into a draw to win three unique Cleveland Golf wedges, customised by Golf Alchemy.  The JustGiving page had an original target of £1,000 but that was reached within just 12 hours of going live, so American Golf set a new target of £10,000.  One...

  • Staying fit the Bernhard Langer Way

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Monday, 20 April 2020

    German legend Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion and winner of 42 European Tour titles, may be 62-years-old...but he’s as fit as the proverbial fiddle. Langer has proved that time and time again since reaching 50 and playing on the lucrative US Champions Tour where he is undoubtedly the dominant force – he’s not only celebrated a record 11 senior major...

  • Top 100 course hits the sustainable heights

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Wednesday, 15 April 2020

    Hertfordshire's historic Top 100 course Berkhamsted GC has been recognised as one of the UK’s most sustainable and environmentally-responsible golf clubs by achieving GEO (Golf Environment Organisation) Certified status. The renowned bunker-free heathland venue – which lives by its mantra ‘golf as nature intended’ – is one of only 39 in England to be successfully evaluated for the way it fosters...

  • Keep your game sharp for when golf returns

    Written by Chris Jones, Editor on Thursday, 9 April 2020

    Golf will come back! I’m writing this from my dining room, after our offices were locked down and more than 1,000 employees told to work from home with 48 hours notice. I played my last round of golf on Sunday 22 March. Like you, I have no idea when I'll play again. I've never experienced anything like this. I hope I...

  • How to improve your golf at home during Coronavirus lockdown

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 7 April 2020

    The best ways to practise and play golf at home Many of us are stuck at home due to the Coronavirus, but that doesn't have to mean you can't get a golf fix at home.  In fact, there are ways to practise golf at home which could mean your game is in better shape than ever by the time golf courses reopen.  We've...

  • Harry Redknapp's golf club pitches in in fight against Coronavirus

    Written by TG Staff Writer on Tuesday, 7 April 2020

    Golfers from Dorset's historic Ferndown Golf Club are helping build a defence against Coronavirus by sourcing face masks for NHS workers. Club member John Hollingdale, an orthopaedic surgeon, knew that most face masks used in the building trade would protect against infection from Covid-19. He contacted past-captain Matt Fleming to ask about his contacts in the sector – and from there everyone...

  • Will your golf club survive the Coronavirus?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 1 April 2020

    Will your golf club survive the Coronavirus?  The Coronavirus pandemic has affected people and businesses across the world, and golf clubs are certainly no exception.  Golf clubs in many countries, the UK included, are currently closed, and no one really knows when they are likely to reopen.  In fact, the question for some is not when they will reopen after the Coronavirus, but...

  • Best golf books

    Wednesday, 1 April 2020

    11 golf books every golfer should read Whether you are hoping for the next thing to help your game, want to read an exceptional retelling of true events or simply want an enjoyable story, then take a look at this list of the best golf books – we guarantee there's something on it you'll want to get stuck in to. Take advantage...

  • When golf becomes important again

    Written by Andrew Cotter on Monday, 30 March 2020

    Coronavirus has taught us that golf isn't important, but we need it more than ever.  First of all I’d like to request a rewrite of my column in January’s edition of Today's Golfer and revise my predictions for what might happen in golf in 2020. In fact things are developing so quickly that even last month’s effort, in which I jokingly...

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