The Hero Challenge

Golf is often regarded as a genteel sport with sedate and well-mannered spectators. It's a sport that can be exciting and enthralling, but one that lasts for three to four hours (sometimes five hours, depending on who's playing - and I'm talking about pros here!) ...

It’s blowy in Bermuda

I spotted the headline "Lucas Herbert holds steady in wind for one-shot victory in Bermuda" just before I started typing this blog and I was delighted to see that the Australian had won his first event on the PGA Tour, just months after claiming victory in the Irish...

Bunker Rules

My friends and I ventured out for ten holes on Saturday afternoon.  We had to contend with some rain, however it didn't put a dampener on the craic or the fun.  Unfortunately I had several opportunities to try out the tips I'd picked up during a bunker lesson I'd had...

World Record Speed

You may remember that I shared a video several years ago of a Guinness World Record-breaking attempt to play the fastest hole in golf - the team of four completed the hole in just 27.88 seconds!  That's less time than it takes some members to choose their club!  Well,...

Which club would you prefer in the One Club Challenge?

At the end of January Paul Casey won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by four shots at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, UAE. However, on the eve of the tournament the European Tour Challenge media team accompanied Tommy Fleetwood, Lucas Herbert and Adri Arnaus to the iconic...

Whistling Straits – a win or a whipping?

As I type this, the singles pairings have just been announced for the final day's play in the 43rd Ryder Cup.  Europe are facing an uphill battle, but when you read this, you'll know whether Sunday was the "wonder at Whistling Straits" or the "whipping"? So far there...

What happens if my ball hits…?

With the introduction of "ready golf" in recent years combined with the new Rules of Golf in 2019, it's easy to see why people get confused on the course from time to time, however there are some rules that everyone should know! I was asked recently, "What happens if...

Leona the Legend!

Ireland knew it years ago, but now the world knows it - Leona Maguire is a golfing superstar! At last weekend's Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, she went from rookie to Europe’s most feared player with a record-breaking performance.  As Europe...

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...

Can you gain relief from sprinkler heads?

I was playing in an open at a neighbouring club last month, when one of my partners overshot the green and found her ball lying just behind a sprinkler head.  She took out her putter and then said, "Can I take relief from this sprinkler head as it's in my line?"  One...