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...

How the Rules can help

As I'm writing this it looks like Scottie Scheffler will soon have a new item in his wardrobe - a green jacket, despite Rory's impressive bunker shot on the 18th on his way to a 64. There are so many stories from the last few days in Augusta, however as I'd been...

With a little help from my friends!

In last week's blog I focused on the rules, having recently attending a "Rules Night", so l pontificated on moving loose impediments and movable obstructions. Just after that I stumbled upon a video of South African golfer Dean Burmester getting help from the fans at...

To move, or not to move, that is the question.

I attended a "Rules Night" on Tuesday and whilst I knew most of the rules that were covered, it was good to be reminded of some of the lesser known details and to see examples of these rules in play. One of the Officials remarked, "Make sure you know your definitions"...

Spring has sprung

Stepping onto the first tee on Saturday I was wearing my usual number of layers for this time of the year: a baselayer, polo shirt, lined sweater and gilet, plus fleece-lined trousers.  By the time we'd finished the second hole I'd discarded my gilet and then, walking...

Splash!

If you follow the PGA Tour you'll know that The Players Championship, usually just referred to as "The Players", has experienced major weather delays - the second round was only completed on Sunday!  The Players is often dubbed "the fifth Major" and it currently...