2018

  • UK golf courses are banning smoking due to dry weather

    Written by Camilla Tait on Wednesday, 04 July 2018

    Dozens of golf courses in the UK have notified members of smoking bans on while the country continues to go through a heatwave.  In order to prevent accidental fires and damage, golf courses around the country have been sending out messages to members after deciding to ban smoking anywhere on the course.   It's a measure which has been introduced to protect golf...

  • Carnoustie Course Guide: By 2007 Champion Harrington and his caddie

    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Arguably nobody knows Carnoustie better than the last Open winner here and his caddie, who sat down with TG to talk to us through every twist and turn of the Angus venue...  Come the third week in July, Padraig Harrington will be praying for the weather to turn nasty when The Open returns to Carnoustie, scene of the Dubliner's first of...

  • 2018 Open: 5 Shots the winner will need... and how to play them

    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    5 Shots the winner will need at Carnoustie, and how play them...  Carnoustie is regarded as one of – if not the – toughest courses among the 10 on The Open Championship rota. The winner in July will need to navigate more than 110 bunkers, the constant winds that whip off the North Sea and the notorious Barry Burn... In order to...

  • Why is Carnoustie so difficult?

    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Jack Nicklaus calls it the toughest golf course on The Open rota, so what makes Carnoustie so tricky? We asked the men in charge of getting the course ready for the World's best ...  What Craig Boath and Sandy Reid don't know about Carnoustie isn't worth knowing. Craig (below left) is the Head Greenkeeper; Sandy (right) is the Links Superintendent. With...

  • Inside Carnoustie's new £5m clubhouse

    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Inside Carnoustie's new clubhouse: This is where the Pro's will be hiding out and even hitting balls during The Open If you've ever wondered how the other half live, take a look inside Carnoustie's spectacular new clubhouse. The £5 million building, which only opened to members and visitors in April, will be converted into a lavish "players' lounge" during The Open...

  • 9 Things you didn't know about The Open

    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Why Tommy Fleetwood might be the man to pick, plus eight other facts about The Open here 1. Carnoustie is the longest Open venue on record, having played at 7,421yards in 2007. This year it will be reduced to 7,402 yards, but only to accommodate grandstands around the first tee. 2. Golfing greats Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris and James Braid all...

  • Mickelson eleborates on rules gaff

    Written by Staff writer on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    Phil Mickelson has elaborated on moment of madness at the US Open, where he hit a moving ball, saying “hopefully one day we can laugh about it”. Lefty was at a charity event in conjunction with his sponsor KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, where he was quizzed about the incident at Shinnecock – which he apologised for via text message last week. “It took...

  • Tour Truck fitting comes to The Grove

    Written by Today's Golfer taff writer on Monday, 25 June 2018

    This is one of the coolest fitting bays we’ve ever seen – and it’s now open to anyone. The Grove in London has set up a custom-fitting experience that introduces everyday golfers to tour-inspired game analysis and equipment recommendations. Permanently on site as part of The Grove’s extensive practice facilities, the Tour Truck Experience offers amateur golfers the opportunity to feel like...

  • Five-time Open Champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

    Written by PA Sport on Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    Peter Thomson, Australia's five-time British Open champion, has died aged 88 The first Australian player to win the Open Championship major died at his home in Melbourne at 9am local time on Wednesday, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, Thomson became one of the youngest winners of...

  • Take part in the Longest Day Challenge

    Written by Staff writer on Friday, 15 June 2018

    Macmillan Cancer Support’s legendary golf fundraising challenge, which sees golfers tackle 72 holes in one day, is returning on Thursday 21 June.  The Longest Day Golf Challenge sees a team of four cover over 20 miles of course in one day and ask friends and family for sponsorship. Every penny raised will help Macmillan support the growing number of people living with...

  • Andrew Cotter: That moment your sporting heroes become... normal people

    Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    In his latest column for TG, Andrew Cotter talks about why his view has changed with age about the men and women he once idolised. Once upon a time, long, long ago, I stopped believing. More precisely, I stopped believing in the magic of sports stars, no longer idolising them as I did. Because as a child that's certainly the way...

  • Ex-Royal Marine Aaron Moon's aspirations of being the first amputee on Tour

    Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    "I know people will say I won't make it, but that will only fuel me to believe I can": Ex-Royal Marine Aaron Moon lost his leg after being blown up in Afghanistan. But he won't let that stop him achieving his dream of playing on the European Tour. This is his story...  Golf was never more than a hobby for Aaron...

  • Discovery and the PGA Tour announce media partnership: What does that mean for Sky?

    Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Discovery and the PGA Tour have announced plans to form a new alliance, with the aim of creating an international multi-platform home for golf outside the United States. But what does that mean?  For Sky Sports, who have been a major part of golf coverage in the UK for over 20 years, it could indicate the start of a difficult road...

  • The R&A Launches First Women's Golf Charter

    Tuesday, 29 May 2018

    The R&A have revealed a new Women in Golf Charter aimed at increasing the number of women and girls participating in the sport.  The new Women in Golf Charter is part of the organisation’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry. The new Charter...

  • ASK A Tour Pro a short-game question

    Monday, 21 May 2018

    Need help with your short game? Whether you struggle on your wedge shots, in the sand or on the greens, we're here to help!  We're teaming up with Shane Lowry to answer your burning questions around short-game! All you need to do is ask your question on our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram... OR email us editorial@todaysgolfer.co.uk before 9am Tuesday 22nd May! ...

  • American Golf Long Drive Championship sees eight qualifiers hit over 400 yards

    Monday, 21 May 2018

    The stage is set for the most competitive American Golf Long Drive Championship in history as a record number of qualifiers hit drives over 400 yards. An impressive eight qualifiers recorded drives over 400 yards during the first round of qualifying for the Amerian Golf Long Drive Championship, which was held at over 100 American Golf stores nationwide.  The 2017 finalist and...

  • Nick Dougherty Column: Golf can be traumatic when things are going badly

    Wednesday, 16 May 2018

    'I would hide away in my hotel room so I didn't have to face the media': In our last issue of TG, regular columnist Nick Dougherty opened up about his battle with the mental side of the game when it wasn't going going his way on the course...   I'm not going to lie to you - this is my favourite time...

  • The R&A and USGA launch global distance insights project

    Tuesday, 15 May 2018

    The R&A and USGA have announced the launch of Golf's global distance insights project, designed to analyse distance and gather worldwide perspectives.   The new Distance Insights project will examine distance through a multi-pronged approach that includes global stakeholder engagement, third-party data review and primary research. Focus groups and discussion forums will play an important role in the project, to secure a...

  • New figures show rise in popularity for shorter formats of golf

    Monday, 14 May 2018

    The popularity of shorter formats of the game of golf are on the rise, according to new findings released by the R&A.  The figures demonstrate that nine hole golf has experienced a significant rise in popularity, with substantial increases across Great Britain and Ireland that include a 200% increase of competitive nine hole club rounds by men and boys in Ireland...

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