Straight down the middle

On Saturday my friends and I headed down the A4 through Augher, Clogher and Fivemiletown to play in an Open at Enniskillen Golf Club.  The course is set in the beautiful Castlecoole estate, with many ancient trees and interesting shrubs lining the fairways.  The back...

It’s that time of the year again…

I got the annual email warning members that hollow tining will commence on our greens today. You'll probably hear people complaining about having to putt on temporary greens and once the greens are back in play you'll likely blame your three-putts (or four-putts) on...

Into the darkness

My friends and I teed off just after 5pm on Friday, knowing that we'd have to keep moving to get round before dark, however the course had been busy all day and when we came off the first green we were met by the four-ball in front who were waiting patiently at the...

Use the rules to your advantage

On Thursday my approach shot onto the third ran off the back of the green and when I went over to investigate I realised there was a sprinkler head in-between my ball and the green.  My initial thought was to try a chip-and-run shot, but I reckoned that I needed to...

Golf is more than just a sport

I've managed to squeeze in quite a number of rounds of golf over the last couple of weeks - making the most of the soon-to-be-over holidays.  In fact, over the last 16 days I've played 12 rounds in nine different clubs, spanning six counties.  Not bad going!  Looking...

Bunkered!

I had the pleasure of playing Royal Belfast on Friday.  Royal Belfast is famous for being Ireland's oldest golf club, but it's also famous for something else... having the most bunkers!  It's rumoured to have 365, one for every day of the year, but I haven't been able...

Stay calm

Darren Clarke won his first Seniors Major yesterday at the weather-hampered British Seniors Open on the Kings Course at Gleneagles in Scotland.  He beat Pádraig Harrington by one shot; just a month after Harrington's US Seniors Open win, he was making a bid to...

Bunker Magic

I got into more than my fair of bunkers on Saturday and I didn't always get out on the first attempt!  Nevertheless I had an enjoyable round; the weather was fabulous, the course was in great condition and the craic was good!  Later in the day I was amazed by Rory's...

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...