Moving a Rake

Saturday was a beautiful day for golf - sunny and dry.  It was a little chilly at times, but a few extra layers soon solved that problem.   Now that rakes are allowed back on the course (they were removed because of Covid-19) it means that you should have a decent lie...

Playing Your Part

I'm sure we'll all be glad to get back onto the course after a fortnight of rain, wind, snow and ice!  At a recent meeting about our course many members voiced concern at the number of pitch marks on our greens, divots on our fairways and unraked bunkers.  Flicking...

Rules from the desert

On Tuesday I received an email from The R&A  telling me that it was "staging a dedicated Rules Week across its digital platforms this week (15 – 17 February), designed to engage golfers and referees alike across a variety of themes."  My first thought was, "I wish...

History-maker Leona Maguire

In case you missed it amongst the 6 Nations hype and Winter Olympics at the weekend, Ireland's Leona Maguire has written her name in the history books by becoming the first Irish golfer to win on the LPGA Tour!...

The Space Between Your Ears

Yesterday afternoon, my phone was full of tweets about Rory McIlroy's second shot at the 18th at the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic.  The Independent's report was entitled "Disaster in Dubai as Rory McIlroy finds the water at the 18th hole to lose tournament" and...

Straight Down the Middle

Saturday afternoon was dull but it stayed dry, so it was another lovely afternoon on the course.  I managed to send a few of my drives straight down the middle of the fairway, which is typical - seeing as we're dropping off the fairways these days! I certainly didn't...

Keeping on the Straight and Narrow

Getting out onto the golf course on Saturday afternoon was great, especially after a week of marking exams! (Mind you, it would have been worse if I'd been sitting them!)  The weather, whilst a little on the chilly side, was dry and the craic was great, even though...

Putt for Dough

As the course was closed on Saturday, I decided that I'd better spend the time tidying the house...  but thankfully that idea soon evaporated!  Like a lot of workplaces we had a "Secret Santa" for staff and this year my Secret Santa came up trumps - I got a putting...