2016

  • Buy your dream home and golf course in the Bahamas

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 27 May 2016

    We would all love to own our own golf course, but you can now get two for the price of one, plus the third largest hotel in the Bahamas all included. The Grand Lucayan Resort has recently come on the market and is home to the signature Reef Club Golf Course, which is regarded as one of the best on the...

  • It’s official! The UK is the hole-in-one capital of the world

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 27 May 2016

    When it comes to the most elusive accomplishment in golf, the UK performs better than any other country in the world. That's according to data compiled over three millions rounds of golf by Hole19 – the GPS and scoring app – which found that the UK is responsible for the most aces on the golf course. Between April 2014 and January 2016,...

  • Is it art or crazy golf?

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 27 May 2016

    We all appreciate the art in designing a truly great golf course. But seeing one exhibited at a gallery or museum has always seemed beyond the realms of possibility. Until now. Visitors to the New Art Exchange in Nottingham are being offered the chance to immerse themselves in some artistic culture by navigating a miniature golf course, designed and made by...

  • Journey to scratch: my first cut and two missed tiddlers

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 25 May 2016

    Previous articles: Part One – How hard can it be to go from 10 to scratch? Part Two – I'm trying to get from 10 to scratch, and now I'm off... eleven?! Two feet. It's not a lot, is it? It's the height of a slightly above average newborn baby boy. It's the length of a baguette. It's the length of two putts...

  • Check out these celebrity golf handicaps

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    A worrying number of tour pros have elected not to play in this year's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but when it comes to the Celebrity Pro-Am, the organisers had no shortage of willing participants.  Watching famous faces chop their way around Wentworth is a lovely appetiser before the real action starts on Thursday, and the start sheet also allows us...

  • If you want to play like a tour pro, you need to warm up like one

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 23 May 2016

    You can't expect to stroll straight from your car to the first tee and play your best golf. The world's best golfers arrive 50 to 90 minutes ahead of their tee time and undergo a comprehensive warm-up routine before starting their round. If you want to play your best, you should follow their example and make sure every aspect of...

  • You can have three days of free golf during the bank holiday weekend

    Written by Rob McGarr on Friday, 20 May 2016

    Most golf clubs want more members and visitors. They bring in money that lets the club invest in the course, keeping it in top condition and attracting even more people to visit or join. But not all of them are doing enough to help themselves.  Branston Golf and Country Club in Burton upon Trent is doing its bit to get more...

  • See how Twitter reacted to Muirfield's shameful decision not to allow female members

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 19 May 2016

    The worst part of Muirfield's decision not to allow female members, from our point of view, is that we weren't even surprised.  One pleasant surprise was the immediacy and certitude of the R&A's response to the decision, announcing that Muirfield would no longer be considered as an Open venue until its policy on women is readdressed.  "The Open is one of the...

  • Why I cried at Augusta National

    Written by Ronan Keating on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    Irish pop star Ronan Keating, an ultra-keen golfer, is still on cloud nine following his first-ever visit to the US Masters accompanied by his wife Storm. Here’s the full story – and photos – of one of the best weeks of the Boyzone singer’s life. So much so that he cried tears of joy…. “I am a lucky man, no doubt...

  • We know it sounds crazy, but Niall Horan could be the most important man in golf

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    Many of golf's big names will be teeing it up at Wentworth next week for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (although the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen and Sergio Garcia will not). Many of the world's best golfers will battle it out from Thursday to Sunday, in front of a live audience likely to exceed 100,000, with...

  • I'm trying to get from a 10-handicap to scratch, and now I'm off 11...

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    After the excitement of deciding I was going to become brilliant at golf had died down (thanks for all the supportive messages, by the way), I realised something. It is going to be bloody difficult. I’ve been trying to be brilliant at golf from the moment I first picked up a club. I’ve tried everything I can think of, and yet the...

  • Niall Horan gets behind Northern Ireland Open

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Friday, 13 May 2016

    One Direction star Niall Horan and his new Modest! Golf Management company are the official golf management partner for the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle GC in July. Director Niall said: “The next generation of golfers is a huge focus for us as a business. You only need to look at the history of the Challenge Tour to see the...

  • 5 simple steps to get your round off to a great start

    Written by Karl Morris, mind coach to multiple major winners, including Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen on Friday, 13 May 2016

    The club golfer is a notoriously poor starter. Analyse your last 10 rounds and chances are you’ll find you drop a disproportionate number of shots on holes 1-3. With competition season upon us, it’s a good time to take a look at why this happens, and what you can do about it. For most golfers, the start of the round...

  • Want tickets for the 2017 Masters? Be quick... the ballot closes soon!

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 12 May 2016

    The dust has barely settled on Danny Willett's surprise Masters victory, but if you want to be at Augusta National to watch the Yorkshireman defend the title next year, you'd better get your application in quick. The application process for 2017 Masters tickets is already open and closes at the end of May.  If you want to be in with a...

  • How hard can it be to go from 10 to scratch?!

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

    I love golf, but I'm sick and tired of being rubbish at it. As a 10-handicapper, I realise that I am technically "above average" – the average handicap is around 14, I believe – meaning more than half of golfers are worse off than me. But that doesn't make me feel any better whatsoever. I'm able-bodied, physically fit, and can, on occasion,...

  • This Premier League footballer just paid £60,000 for a round at Augusta

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    What's the most you've ever paid for a round of golf? £20? £50? Maybe £100 or more for somewhere really special?  One thing's for certain, we'd give almost anything for the chance to play Augusta National. Four weeks' wages? Absolutely. £60,000? Ah, we might have a problem here.  That was the sum West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison bid for a round at Augusta...

  • Why your next golf coach may well be a robot

    Written by Today's Golfer on Friday, 6 May 2016

    When a robot named LDRIC made a hole-in-one at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year, we all cheered and laughed in amazement as a bunch of nuts and bolts had managed to hit the perfect golf shot. But would you let him teach you how to swing? It might sound a bit unusual, but there's every chance that one...

  • It's your brain, not your swing, that's causing your slice

    Written by Karl Morris, mind coach to over 100 tour pros including six major champions on Friday, 6 May 2016

    To cure your slice, you have to go against all your instincts and deliberately hit bad shots. This is because the slice – despite being Public Enemy No.1 to golfers everywhere – is actually the result of your brain trying to hit a good shot. Your brain is very clever; it can sense when there is a kink in your swing, and...

  • This LEGO Graham DeLaet playing golf is the weirdest – and best – thing you'll see today

    Written by Rob McGarr on Wednesday, 4 May 2016

    Graham DeLaet has had a mixed year so far. Consecutive missed cuts saw him drop to 173rd in the world in February, before he bounced back with a T-5 at the Valspar Championship and followed that up with a T-11 at the Puerto Rico Open.  As Canada's top-ranked golfer, DeLaet looks very likely to secure a place in the Olympics –...

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