In or Out?

Several days ago I played a course on the outskirts of Belfast that I hadn't played before.  I managed to lose several balls on the first few holes - it took a while before I got into the swing of things!  Not knowing the course, I hit a cracker of an shot on an early...

The perils of practice swings

During a recent round my friends and I were talking about golf matches and rules.  Gradually we got onto the topic of "hitting your ball with a practice swing".  What happens if you do this?  Well, it all depends on where it occurs. Here's a short clip of Zach...

The wrong place!

Have you ever teed off from the wrong tee?  I have!  Many years ago a couple of friends and I travelled to play in an open about 50 miles away.  The time sheet wasn't busy, so after practising on the putting green we dandered up to the first tee.  We nailed our drives...

The wrong ball

Towards the end of my first year of teaching I discovered that my school had a fiercely contested Annual Staff Golf Competition which appeared to be a lot of fun - the older staff regaled me with many colourful stories of wayward shots and proud low-handicappers who...

Too much rain!

On Tuesday morning, as I glanced outside (when I was hard at work!) I thought of the ladies out on the golf course, playing for the Centenary Trophy.  The sun was shining and the sky was blue.  Little did I know that there would be a complete deluge in the afternoon. ...

Ups and Downs

I set off with three friends to play in an Open on Saturday.  The weather was great and my friends' golf was great too, however after five holes I was beginning to wonder why I'd bothered... my score was dire and I'd managed to lose two balls!  And then, out of the...

12 in a row?

Playing at the weekend I was most impressed with the quality of our greens and I heard several members making similar comments in the clubhouse afterwards.  Unfortunately, that meant I couldn't blame my missed putts on the flawless playing surface!  My putting wasn't...

Nearest point of relief

After several days of glorious sunshine it was disappointing that our first Revive Active team match was played in wet and cold conditions on Saturday.  It rained for all 18 holes (yes - we were all square coming off the 17th and then we tied the 18th... and were...

Be Prepared!

I travelled to Castlerock at the start of the week to play in an open teams competition and had a great day.  My friends and I always play in the August Team Scramble at Castlerock so I know the course pretty well (especially the rough!) however it was so much easier...

When the wind moves your ball…

At the start of the week I jumped at the chance to play the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush - I'd played the Valley before but never the championship course, so I was pretty excited.  I packed almost a dozen spare balls but needn't have worried because somehow I made...