Golf has certainly come a long way since it was played in Scotland during the 15th century. Since its humble beginning where it was played in a vast green area, thousands of golf courses have been developed top caliber features.
Let’s take a look at some of the best golf courses all over the world.
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, California
Designed by architects Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, this 6,828 yards golf course is a sight to behold.
Hailed as the second-finest golf course on the Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach Golf Links is beaming with history. Aside from being a constant destination of annual Tour stop, it’s also a host of five U.S. Opens.
The two amateur architects, Jack Neville and Douglas Grant turned this piece of property into billion dollar worth. With nine magnificent holes run along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the incorporation of ocean added hazard and challenge to the golfers, making this golf course timeless and ahead of its time.
The combination of familiarity, location and Tour history make Pebble Beach a unique golf course all over the world. What’s even better is that unlike most of the golf courses, they are public so any golfer can play here.
Pinehurst No. 2
Pinehurst, North Carolina
It was during the 2014 dual U.S. Opens that Pinehurst No. 2 was brought back to its glory. The masterpiece of Architect Donald Ross has hosted additional two Opens, as well as the 2008 U.S. Amateur. This 7,565 yard is regarded to be the finest greens in the Donald Ross pantheon of courses. Pinehurst No. 2 is also the venue where legendary Ben Hogan had his first stroke-play victory.
It took the designer and architect to reshape and return the native rough areas to bring back Pinehurst to its former glory. Of course, it has proven its top notch quality when it became the host of the 2014 Opens. Pinehurst No. is a representation of restorative work.
The 7,245 yards and Par 71 is simply oozing with pedigree, with 16 times being the host of Open Championship on its resume. Known as the one of the oldest clubs in golf, Muirfield is a renowned host to major championships amateur and professional, international and national, men and ladies – all of which have produced worthy golf champions.
There were lots of changes made at fifteen holes over the winters of 2010 and 2011 to ensure that they remain suitable challenge for the world’s best professional and amateur golfers. These changes included the relocation of greenside bunkers to tighten the entrances to greens, the introduction of new bunkers in selected drive areas, the introduction of six new championship tees taking the course to 7245 yards in length and the extension of greens to provide more championship pin positions. Though there were plenty of changes, they were generally subtle and retained the essential characteristic of Muirfield. Now the truly testing par 5 which was the 9th Hole previously is the most noticeable changes.
Green fees for one round is £235 while two rounds is £310.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
This 36-hole golf club in Australia has been a host of several Australian Amateur Championships and 16 Australian Opens. The course is known to be the oldest and longest continually existing club in Australia.
One of its features is the ’Composite’ course, a combination of 18 holes from the East and West courses. There have been 21 holes used in the history of the ‘Composite’ course, from 1959 to 2011, depending on the event being held. The East course, though they have fewer noteworthy holes, is still held in very high regard. The West course, on the other hand, has several world-class holes that are strictly landlocked by existing boundaries.
Designed by architect Alister Mackenzie, this 6,579 yards and Par 71 is an example of the height of the art form.
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Royal County Down Golf Club
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Royal County Down has hosted several important competitions, including The Walker Cup, the British Amateur, Palmer Cup, Curtis Cup and the Irish Open three times.
It opened 129 years ago 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Course and the Annesley Links. The Championship Course is more than 7,200 yards and its fourth and ninth holes was featured in the book The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes. It was also voted as best Golf Course in the world by US magazine Golf Digest.
Many have contributed to the development of Royal County Down as one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world; however architect Old Tom Morris gets most of the credit.
Pine Valley Golf Club
Pine Valley, New Jersey
Established in 1955, Pine Valley Country Club situated in the heart of Wilmington, North Carolina. Golf players of all skill level enjoy its beautifully designed 18-hole private championship golf course.
For the past 60 years, it takes pride in the fact that they provide the finest facilities exclusive for their guests and members. Aside from their spectacular golf course, Pine Valley Country Club also offers fine dining, full banquet facilities, six all weather, professionally lighted tennis courts, and a pool with an active swim team.
Architect Robert Trent Jones quoted Pine Valley “is frequently alluded to as the most difficult course in the world and this reputation is justified. To my way of thinking, it also possesses more classic holes than any other course in the world.” Johnny Miller wrote that “There are no weak holes. Every single one is a masterpiece. There is a surprise around every corner, 18 unique and beautiful challenges
The course has been praised for the consistent level of challenge and conditioning on each hole, requiring thoughtful placement of the ball from tee to green, and more specifically correct placement on approach shots to the green due to significant swales and undulations.
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British Open, popularly known as the Open Championship or the Open, is one of the four major golf tournaments in the world, along with the U.S. Open, the Masters Tournament and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship.
The Open, since it was held in 1860 in the United Kingdom, is the only golf major that is held outside the United States. It is currently ranked as the third major of the year, between the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship and is usually held in mid-July.
It was on October 17, 1860 that the first Open Championship was played at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The tournament was participated by eight professionals who played three rounds of the 12-hole course in just one day. The winner of the inaugural tournament was Willie Park, Sr. and was awarded with the Challenge Belt, a silver-buckled leather belt that each champion was to keep until the next season of Open.
In 1861, they welcomed amateurs into the tournament and it was in 1863 that they introduced a purse of £10. This will be the prize to be shared among the professionals who finished in second, third, and fourth place. Cash prize of £6 for the first place was only added in 1864.
Tom Morris Jr. won the Open for the third consecutive time in 1870 and as a result, he was allowed to keep the Challenge Belt permanently. In 1872, the Golf Champion Trophy, now commonly known as the Claret Jug was given to the winning golfer. The Open became a 72-hole event (four rounds of 18 holes) in 1892 and a cut (reduction of the field) after the first two rounds of play was introduced in 1898.
Professional golf players often dominated The Opens, with only six amateurs who took the victory, the last of which was Bobby Jones’s third Open. Golf became especially popular in the mid-20th century and as result, string of noteworthy Open champions were produced, including England’s Sir Henry Cotton (winner in 1934, 1937, and 1948), South Africa’s Bobby Locke (1949–50, 1952, 1957), Australia’s Peter W. Thomson (1954–56, 1958, 1965), and the United States’ Arnold Palmer (1961–62) and Tom Watson (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982–83). After Watson’s final win, there was only one American winner for the next 11 years.
The Open became part of the PGA Tour’s official schedule in 1995. The winning of John Daly that year has restarted another period of American supremacy at the Open in which 10 of the next 13 winners are from the United States, including Tiger Woods.
Jack Nicklaus is another notable Open champion, who won in 1966, 1970, and 1978 and was ranked in the top five 16 times, including seven second-place finishes. Other player who made The Open record was Harry Vardon who got the most number of championships with his winning the Open six times. South African Gary Player holds the record for the most appearances in the Open.
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One of the pre-requisite venues for the Open Championship is that is has to be played on links courses (mostly golf courses that are treeless and are built along a coast and retains the nature of its location as uneven terrain).
The Open was exclusively played at Prestwick Golf Club from 1860 to 1870 and was rotationally played on a number of courses since 1872. Initially the three courses were St. Andrews, Prestwick, and Musselburgh, all situated in Scotland.The nine courses in the current rotation are Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland;the Old Course at St. Andrews; the Ailsa Course at the Westin Turnberry Resort, outside Girvan, Scotland; Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland;Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England; Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland;Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, England;Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England and Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
The Open is an important event to amateur and professional golfers alike. Whilst other majors are typically held in sunny locales in the United States, the influence of weather plays an important factor in the outcome of The Open. On a links course, morning and afternoon tee times can produce vastly different playing conditions, depending on the breeze that comes in off the sea.
The weather is just one of the numerous features of the Open that combine with its prestigious reputation and long history, makes it an unparalleled event in golf.
2018 Open Championship
The 2018 Open Championship marks the 147th Open Championship and it is scheduled to be held on July 19-22, 2018 at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. It will be the eighth Open Championship played at Carnoustie.
2018 Ticket Prices
Children aged under 16 years on 14 July 2018 will once again be admitted free of charge while viewers under 24 years old on 14 July 2018 are entitled to buy the Youth tickets. Those who are 25 years old and above should purchase the Adult tickets. You can book your tickets online.
From 1 February until 30 April 2018
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Weekly tickets which gives you admission for week (Sun 15 – Sun 22 July) is £270 for adults if you purchase them until April 30th and £310 if purchased from May 1st while it’s £130 for youth and £150 if purchased from May 1st.
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Among the many professional golf players, Justin Rose has cemented himself as one of the best players in the field of golf.
This English Professional Golf Player has many wins under his belt and has kept his membership on the European Tour and played mostly on the PGA Tour.
Let’s get to know Rose better and see how he catapulted himself as one of the respected professional golf player.
Rose was born on July 30, 1980 to English parents in Johannesburg, South Africa.
At the age of 5, the family moved to England and this is when his interest in playing golf was intensified. Tylney Park Golf Club is a golf course that was close to their residence in Hook, Hampshire and Rose spent so much time playing here vigorously.
At an impressive age of 11, he broke 70 for the first time and played in the 1997 Walker Cup at an early age of 17.
He was only 17 years old when he became prominent worldwide during the 1998 Open Championship held at Royal Birkdale. He holed a remarkable shot from the rough from about 50 yards for birdie on the 18th hole, finishing in a tie for fourth and winning the silver medal for the low amateur. He turned professional the following day.
Rose and his long-time girlfriend Kate Phillips – a former international gymnast – got married in December 2006. They have 2 kids, Leo who was born in February 2009 and Lottie born in January 2012. They own a riverside flat in the London suburb of Putney and a house in Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida.
Rose has a strong advocacy for sustainable golf facilities and serves as an ambassador to the STRI’s Golf Environment Awards where he hosts receptions for winners.
He received an MBE award for his extensive services to golf after he got his Olympic gold medal on December 30, 2016.
Challenging Early Years in Golf
Rose had initial rough years after he turned professional. He did not make the cut in his first 21 consecutive events.
Though in 1999, he earned his first European Tour card when he finished 4th in the qualifying school, he failed to retain his card the next season and had to revisit the qualifying school, where he finished 9th.
Though he experienced too much struggles on his early years as a professional, his career made a better turn and on the European Tour.
2001 was a good year for him where he opened the season with consecutive second-place finishes in South Africa, his country of birth. He managed to be included on the top-40 on the Order of Merit and grabbed his first winning in a professional event Dunhill Championship
There is no way but up for Rose as he had three further victories in that year – a win on the Japanese Golf Tour at the Crowns Tournament, another win in South Africa at the Nashua Masters and he won his second European Tour title at the Victor Chandler British Masters.
He was number 33 in the Official World Golf Ranking in 2003. He stayed mostly in America playing for on the PGA Tour in 2004 while he managed to maintain his membership on the European Tour.
2004 was not a good year for him though as he slipped out of the top 50 in the world rankings though he was able to keep his tour card because he earned in excess of one million dollar.
His ranking was continuously declining in the early 2005 and he made an announcement to quit the European Tour and concentrate playing on the PGA Tour in March of 2005. He had completely fallen out of the World’s top 100 by the middle of the year.
The Start of His Success as a Professional Golf Player
He made a turn-around in August of that year when he expressed his intention to rejoin the European Tour. He made the best result of the year in the preceding week when he led the Buick Championship after three rounds before slipping to a third-place finish. He won the Australian Masters in November 2006 and claimed his first title for four years.
He moved into the top twenty of the World Rankings in 2007 and became the top-ranked British golfer. On that same year, Rose won the European Tour Order of Merit title at the Volvo Masters and moved his world ranking to number 7, ensuring his slot as the top-ranked European golfer for the first time. Since 2007, he stayed over 35 weeks in the top 10.
2010 marked Rose’s first win in American soil when he won over Rickie Fowler by three strokes on the Memorial Tournament. He got his first title for the year in 2011 and third wins for the PGA Tour when he won the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.
It was in 2012 that Rose won his first at the World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. This made Rose’s comeback to the world’s top ten, regaining at number 7.
The 2012 PGA Championship marked his best performance in a major championship with a tie for 3rd finish. He contributed a major part in the dramatic comeback of Team Europe against the United States at the 2012 Ryder Cup.
On October 12, 2012, he defeated Lee Westwood by a single stroke in the final and grabbed the 8-man Turkish Airlines World Golf Final title. He also defeated Tiger Woods by a stroke in the semi-final.
He rose to number 3 in the world rankings when he finished second to Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013.
Other tournaments that Rose made an impressive performance include maiden The U.S. Open (June 2013), Quicken Loans National (June 2014), Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 2014), 2014 Ryder Cup, 2015 Masters Tournament, UBS Hong Kong Open (October 2015), 2016 Olympics, 2017 The Masters and 2017 World Golf Championship.
UK is big at golf.
You will find lots of golf courses around UK and golf tournaments are held regularly.
Amongst the many tournaments that golf-enthusiasts patronize is the Multi-Day Tournaments. These tournaments are usually played at multiple courses over a number of days and based around one specific region. These golf week events have been popularly growing and it’s phenomenal that many of them tend to fill up extremely quickly.
Below are the lists of Multi-Day Tournaments all over UK this 2018.
Gateway to Wales Golf Festival (autumn)
Experience 3 ‘Hidden Gem’ Parkland Courses set in the North of Wales in this spectacular Autumn Festival.
Join one, two or even all three days of the tournament. Scores are aggregated from all three days and will lead you towards grabbing the ‘The Leader Gateway to Wales Golf Betterball Championship’. Individual daily prizes plus up to 3rd place prizes are up for grabs.
All ladies and gentlemen are welcome to play 4BBB Stableford.
· Fri 5th September 2018 – Day 1 – Padeswood & Buckley – £30 per pair
· Sat 6th September 2018 – Day 2 – Mold – £30 per pair
· Sun 7th September 2018 – Day 3 – Old Padeswood – £30 per pair
Pay £75 per pair to play all three.
Padeswood & Buckley Golf Club is located in Clywdian countryside with majestic views and water on eleven of the holes.
Mold Golf Club offers picturesque views of the Clwydian Hills, Peak District and Cheshire. This upland course is over a hundred years old.
Old Padeswood Golf Club situated in the border of Cheshire and North Wales in the county of Flintshire, lets you play overlooking the immaculate view of the Clwydian Mountain Range including Moel Famau with its jubilee tower perched at the summit.
Wirral Golf Classic
The Wirral Golf Classic gives you an amazing opportunity to play Hoylake, the 2014 Open Championship course and three other fine links at a very reasonable prize of £285 (early bird fee of £275 up to 1st May) on 17-21 September 2018.
Experience their 3 great courses:
Royal Liverpool – this golf course has staged so many tournaments – the 1st Walker Cup, 1st Amateur Championship, 12 Open Championships and 1st International Golf Match. No wonder it’s been loved by many golfers all over the world.
Wallasey – known to be the home of the Stableford, this golf course offers fine links golf. Experience the Open Qualifying while overlooking the beautiful views across the Mersey to Liverpool. Junior Open Championship was held on Heswall, a few miles further along the coast from Hoylake.
Caldy – a former venue of the 2016 British Women’s Seniors Championship and Seniors’ Championship, this golf course offers views from its cliffs across the River Dee to Wales.
Aside from enjoying the Open Championship course and three other fine links, your entrance fee of £285 also includes 2 social events – the Welcome Reception at one of the Partner Hotels as well as the Prize-giving. This is indeed an excellent offer of great value.
Links Golf Cup – Ayrshire
This 72 hole Stableford competition is now on its 4th year and will begin on 3rd September 2018 and will
be played over Gailes Links, Western Gailes, Dundonald Links and Kilmarnock Barassie.
Known as “The birthplace of The Open Championship”, this golf cup boasts 5 of the UK’s Top 100
Courses and 3 Open Venues. Any golfer should not miss out on this stretch of coastline.
This event is another addition in the excellent portfolio of Hybrid Golf, which also includes the 36 hole
Links Golf Salvers at Archerfield Links and in Lancashire, an East Lothian version, the Mixed Cup Pairs in
Southport and the 54 hole Links Cup Pairs in the Highlands.
Venue: Western Gailes, Gailes Links, Kilmarnock Barrasie & Dundonald Links
Date: Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September 2018
Format: 72 Hole Individual Stableford.
Entry-Fee: £325 per person.
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Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge
Calling all ladies, gentlemen or mixed pairs, Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge will start on Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September 2018.
For a reasonable entry of £300 per pair, you get to enjoy a unique mix of five of the area’s finest parkland courses and heathland including 2014 Junior Ryder Cup course, Alyth, Blairgowrie Rosemount, Forfar, Strathmore and Kirreimuir.
Aside from having fun in the tournament, there is also a prize fund of £2,200 and scratch and handicap prizes, including senior and daily prizes
Speyside Golf Festival
If you’re looking for golf and whisky, then Speyside is the right place to be.
For just an entry fee of £150, you get to experience the annual Speyside Golf Festival and the finest hospitality of Highland and its sublime golf courses.
Monday 3rd September – Boat of Garten Golf Club
Tuesday 4th September – Grantown on Spey Golf Club
Wednesday 5th September – Moray (Old) Golf Club
Thursday 6th September – Forres Golf Club
Friday 7th September – Elgin Golf Club
You will receive a miniature Benromach Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a complimentary Titleist ProV1 before teeing off. There is also a free buffet at the end of the final round.
Two exciting prizes will be given at each course for both ladies and gentlemen that are competing, with extensive products from Speyside and prize fund of golfing gifts and quality. The overall winner will receive a voucher for £150.00, Quaich to retain and a 70 cl bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
You won’t go empty handed if you finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th. Vouchers that range from £100.00 to £30 are also presented to the runner-ups.
You would only spend around £30 per round when you play at their splendid courses so you get to experience a golf week at an exceptional value.
Participating in golf tournaments is not only about grabbing the major prize. It’s about having fun and creating great relationship while playing. It’s a great opportunity to hone your golf skills and socialize with each other.
Londoners are crazy about golf.
As a living testament to this fact, the mini-golf businesses are booming within and around London. Being a golf-fanatic, you would find London as a haven for exciting and fun mini-golf courses that you can explore.
Below are some of the top mini-golf courses in London that you should not miss.
Swingers – The Crazy Golf Club
Location: 8 Brown’s Buildings, London
If you want a taste of street food, amazing drinks and crazy golf, then Swingers in the heart of London will satisfy this craving.
Swingers offers 18 holes of mini golf that has been immensely created in a plant-filled, verdant and beautifully detailed indoor space that is probably bigger compared to other actual golf courses.
They have 2 courses: The Windmill and The Lighthouse. It’s not just an ordinary golf course as you would need to balance the ball along rails, jump it over some obstacles, shoot it through loop-de-loops and sneak it past sand traps.
Learning would be easy, especially when there are cabbies at each hole who will give you pointers in case you need them.
Aside from their unique golf courses, you can satisfy your stomach with their trio of killer restaurants – Pizza Pilgrims, Patty & Bun and DF/Mexico.
And just when you thought you have the best of Swingers, they have five bars. Yes, five. You will find a shot bar, cocktails, plenty of draught beers, a gin terrace and even an espresso bar for coffee-laced mixed drinks.
Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf
Location: A406 Southend Road, London
If you are up for some adventure and a big dinosaur junkie, Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf is the perfect place for you.
Start your adventure with the whole gang and the family with variety of exciting activities that are suitable for kids and kids-at-heart.
Their Jungle Marsh is filled with many exciting dinosaurs, from the spectacular Spinosaurus to the most well-known dinosaur in the world – T-REX. You can witness how a stealthy stegosaurus hides in the wild or see how the Triceratops grazes their children. You can even hear the cries of the raptors if you listen close enough.
This adventure golf combines fun and learning. Widen your knowledge while playing as you uncover new and interesting information and fun facts around the course.
If you’re up for some challenges, climb their two-tiered high ropes course for some dose of adventure. You will experience a whole new perspective of the dinosaur’s world with over 30 different platform levels.
Junkyard Golf Club
Location: 91 Brick Lane | Old Truman Brewery, London
Fancying all things junk?
Visit Junkyard Golf Club – the home of crazy golf, weird cocktails and all things junk.
The club’s venue contains loud music, flashing lights and UV lights, sending a different vibe on your golf experience. Get your fix of excitement on their four mashed up 9-hole crazy golf courses and experience putting your way through all sorts of unique holes: think scrapyard slides, UV garage, jungle bathtubs and circus freaks.
Check out their 4-themed courses:
- Bruce – Perfect for movie fanatics. Start your exciting golf journey over Tony Montana’s briefcase, then work your way through Jabba the Putt, vaping monkeys and prison cells before you scale Lord of the Blings. You can even sneak yourself some popcorn and a drink from the popcorn stand if you want to have the total movie experience.
- Pablo – Offers a jungle-themed course where you’re guaranteed to have great memories as you putt your way through a massive jungle.
- Bozo – This carnival themed is all about circus freaks, dark fairgrounds and twisted clowns. This creepy course can help you face your fears, especially if you hate clowns. These 9 holes of fairground creeps and circus freaks are synonymous to excitement and overcoming challenges. Don’t forget to check out the Hall of Mirrors and Ferris wheel and stay away from those scary crowns.
- Gary – Putt your way through written-off cars, towers of tires and auto-junk in their scrapyard challenge.
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Putt in the Park – Wandsworth Park
Location: Wandsworth Park Putney Bridge Road
Putt in the Park is not just about golf, the clubhouse which is situated in one of the most historic parks in London is also a fully licensed cafe which serves variety of mouth-watering hot and cold meals, delicious snacks, juices and coffee.
Every golf enthusiasts are welcome here. Their challenging yet exciting putting courses are designed specifically to cater to all levels of golf players – from novice to the experienced one.
This is a perfect place whether you want to organize a golf tournament against your officemates, have some family time during the weekend and catch up over cake and coffee or simply just want to relax and hang out with friends.
Lost Jungle London
Location: Edgware Way, London
If you are looking for some adventure and challenge your work colleagues, friends or family in surviving 36 holes of extreme golf adventure, then you will find what you are looking for at Lost Jungle London.
Be sure to try your hands at their 3 great golf games:
- 36 Hole Lost Jungle Adventure Golf Course – It offers pure extreme golf adventure. You are not only going to play the course with your family, friends or colleagues but you will also get to experience waterfalls, jungle animals, island holes, lost shipwrecks and Aztec tombs. It can cater to all ages and is wheelchair friendly.
- 9 Hole Footgolf Course – football and golf combined spells F-U-N. The game’s objective is to use your feet only in the fewest number of shots possible to get the ball into the hole. It’s a genius idea to combine golf and football, two of the most popular sports in the world.
- 9 Hole ‘Short’ Golf Course – This golf course gives the player a real experience of playing a traditional 9 hole course with the use of specially adapted golf clubs and balls. This specially designed greens and tees are suitable for kids and adults.
Having the right tools and accessories in playing golf is highly important since you can’t just walk into a golf club empty-handed.
There are a lot of golfing equipment available on the market today so it’s easy to get overwhelmed and buy as many as you can and jam your golf bag with as many of these items.
In order to avoid looking like going to a Mount Everest hike for 2 months, what are the things that you must have in your golf kit aside from clubs?
If you have just started playing golf, this gallery will show you what kind of accessories and tools that you must have.
- Golf glove
Though some golfers can play golf without wearing a golf glove, wearing one has more necessary benefits.
First, your hands could get sweaty, making it easy to have the club slip in your hands. By wearing a glove, you prevent this from happening as you can securely hold the club and aim for a perfect swing. You can have better grip and relaxed swing if you’re wearing a glove because it relaxes your hand tension and prohibits the oil from wearing down your grip prematurely.
Second, it serves as an aesthetic purpose. Aside from looking cool and classy on a pair of gloves, you are protecting your hands from blisters and calluses as well as pre-mature aging of your hand caused by sun’s exposure.
- Fresh set of golf balls
Fresh set of golf balls are a must-have in playing golf.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money in purchasing your own set of golf balls though.
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- A jacket for all types of weather
If there’s one thing in this world that is unpredictable and ever changing, it’s the weather.
You may be starting your first few rounds with Mr. Sun up and smiling and could finish the game with heavy rain pouring. You don’t want to get yourself caught unprotected from the harsh and constantly changing weather.
Bringing a different jacket for different type of weather can be troublesome and will just eat a lot of space in your golf bag, plus it will cost you a lot of money. Buy the type of jacket instead that is suitable for all types of weather.
Choose the kinds that are lightweight and easy to pack. Materials made of polyurethane, spandex and polyester are excellent choices as they are more weather-resistant.
- A golf bag
Where will you put all your golf clubs, balls and other accessories if you don’t have a golf bag?
You should look for a golf bag that can hold all of your things comfortably yet not too bulky to carry around or fit in the trunk of your car. Ideally, you want something that you can carry around easily and can conveniently strap to a trolley or cart.
Tour Edge Golf Hot Launch 2 Cart Bag is one of the best golf bags in the market. It has great features such as 14-way, full-length divider top, convenient towel ring and easy-access storage pockets that can help you organize your things. You can conveniently move from hole to hole with its integrated cart strap.
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We all want to play under a clear sky however bad weather is something that we can’t avoid.
Harsh winds, rain and low temperature could affect your game and could possibly ruin some of your shots.
Turn the bad weather around by making sure that you are protected. Bringing a sturdy umbrella can protect you from the harsh winds and rain. Invest in a windproof umbrella that is designed to withstand inversion.
Many golf push carts have umbrella holders that can cover you from the rain and wind as you make your shot.
- Business Cards
Remember that golf is not only a sport but it’s also an opportunity to meet other people and expand your networking.
Always carry your business card in your pocket as you never know who you will encounter on a course. Who knows, you could be playing with a potential client or business partner.
You could be playing under the scorching heat of the sun for several hours.
To protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure, always apply sun screen before your game and carry it around to be re-applied after a few hours.
Choose one that has at least an SPF level of 30 and has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as they don’t make your hands overly slippery.
- First Aid Kit
Since accident or any unexpected circumstances can happen anywhere, even in golf courses, it is important that you carry around a first aid kit.
What should be the things that are included in your first aid kit?
Your kit should include bandages, ibuprofen, wraps, alcohol cleansing pads, ointment pack and even a small knife in case you will have splinters. First aid kit should be in a convenient size so that you can fit it easily into your golf bag.
- Multiple towels
Towels have several purposes, so you should bring more than one.
You could bring at least 3 towels, one for your hands, neck and face, the other one to clean your club while the last one is an extra in case other things will get wet.
- Golf pencil
A golf pencil is about half the size of a regular pencil so that you can easily put it inside your pocket.
You need to carry around a pencil to keep track of your own scores. Don’t be the guy who keeps asking his other co-player: “Excuse me, can I borrow a pencil?”.
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If you have been religiously following the world of golf, Peter Alliss would be a familiar household name. This famous Englishmen does not only have a successful professional golfer in his belt, he has also earned a title of television commentator and presenter, author and even ventured into the world of golf course designing. Because of his charisma and unique style of banter and commentary, Peter Alliss has been dubbed as the “voice of British golf”.
Let’s take a look at the eventful life of this successful golf player and how he managed to stick with golf after retiring as a professional player.
Who Is Peter Alliss?
Peter was born in Berlin in 1931 with a golfer’s genes running in his blood. Peter was already a record-setter when he was born; having a weight of 14 lb. 11 oz. (6.7 kg) at birth which was already a European record at that time.
His father, Percy Alliss, worked as a club professional and became one of Britain’s professional leading players between 1920 and 1939.
Their family returned to England when he was one year old and quit school to work as an unpaid assistant for his father at Ferndown at the age of 14. At 16, he became a professional golf player. He started playing tournaments on the British PGA circuit and eventually played in other parts of the world too.
He was married twice, with the first marriage to Joan McGuinness in 1953 where they had two children, Gary (born 1954) and Carol (born 1960). His second marriage is with Jackie since 1969 and they have 2 daughters, Sara and Victoria and 2 sons, Simon and Henry. Victoria was born severely disabled and passed away at the age of 9. He has now 4 grandchildren Esme, Samuel, Teddy and Myla and great grandchildren James and Emily.
With his father amongst the finest golfers of his generation, it was perhaps certain that Peter would follow his father’s path and make a name for himself in the field of golf.
Having ample experience and practice as an unpaid assistant at Ferndown Golf Club, Peter has quickly gained the reputation of being the top young players of the time.
He won 21 professional tournaments between 1954 and 1969, won twice the Vardon Trophy and three British PGA championships. He played in other parts of the world too, grabbing national championships of Spain, Italy and Portugal in three consecutive weeks in September 1958.
1953 was a good year for him, finishing third in the Irish Open and tied for 9th spot in the Open Championship. In August of the same year, he was the second youngest player to be included in the Ryder Cup team at the age of 22.
He finished 8th place in the 1954 Open Championship. In early 1955, Peter played a number of events in the United States. When he returned to England, he unfortunately did not make it to the Spalding Tournament however he managed to win the 5-round Dunlop Tournament at Wentworth.
After winning the Dunlop Tournament, Peter had a quiet disappointing season and was not chosen to be a part of the Ryder Cup team though he finished tied for 5th in the Dunlop Masters. Though 1956 was not a good year for Peter, he managed to end the year on a high note with a winning in the Spanish Open.
1957 was a better year for Peter, having been appointed as a full professional at Ferndown. He won the PGA Close Championship in early April of the same year with an impressive 3 strokes. He finished second in the Spalding Tournament late of April and was tied second in the Swallow-Penfold Tournament in May. His June of 1957 marked a third in the Yorkshire Evening News Tournament and tied for 12th in the 1957 Open Championship.
Because of his good performance, Peter’s 18th place in the Ryder Cup has been lifted to 5th which earned his place back in the team. Though the Ryder Cup ended victorious, Peter was the only English player who lost his singles.
He retired from being a full-time professional golf player at the age of 38 and made his final appearance at the European Tour in 1974.
What’s Life for Peter after his Golf Career?
Peter managed to stay in the limelight after his golf career.
Though he closed his door as a professional golf player at a relatively early age of 38, he opened a new full time career “on the other side of the ropes”.
His broadcasting debut was being a part of the BBC team that was covering the Open Championship in 1961. He earned the title of being the chief commentator in 1978 after the demise of his great friend and co-host Henry Longhurst.
Peter did not only succeed as a commentator, he also managed to become a part of TV history as a successful TV host. He hosted 7 series of “Around with Alliss” between 1979 and 1986. He also worked for ABC Sports and ESPN from 1975 through 2010 and appeared as guest analyst on ESPN’s coverage of the Open Championship since from 2011–2015.
Peter has been regarded as the best known golf broadcaster in Britain, with a total of 140 Pro Celebrity Golf TV programs in his hosting belt. He also worked full time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Peter is also successful in golf course architecture, with over 50 courses creation including The Belfry which is the home of the Professional Golfers Association and staged the Ryder Cup a few times.
Because of his uncanny wit and sometimes inappropriate comment, Peter has been a subject of viewer’s criticism who got enraged of his sexist comments.
Despite the recent controversy of the now 86 year old Peter, there is no doubt that his contributions to the world of golf is impeccable – whether as a professional golf player or a golf commentator who was dubbed as the greatest golf commentator ever.
Do you believe that what you eat and drink has an impact to your golf performance?
Food and drinks don’t just satisfy our hungry stomach, it can also give you the best or worst performance of your life.
You need as much energy and durability in playing golf, especially since the game runs for up to 5 hours. It is critical that you know what kind of foods and drinks that you should not consume before and during your game if you want to avoid feeling sluggish and tired.
What should you do the Night Before your Round?
Establishing a healthy sleeping routine and getting the adequate amount of quality sleep are important factors to have a healthy mind and body.
Playing golf is both an athletic and intellectual game, you need to have the sharpest mind and body if you want to perform great.
Get enough sleep the night before your game. Get at least 8 hours of sleep to give your body the ample time to recover and prepare for the big battle ahead.
Although some people drink alcohol to fall asleep faster, drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages a night before your game is not recommended.
Why should you avoid consuming alcohol the night before your round?
First, since alcohol is diuretic, it makes your kidney produce more urine and makes you thirsty to replace the lost liquid. You won’t be able to get a good night sleep if you constantly feel the urge to go to the bathroom or get a glass of water.
In addition, alcohol has a way of interfering in the energy-making process of your body. The liver will be having a hard time producing as much glucose when there’s an alcohol in your body, resulting to a low level of energy. You don’t want to wake up exhausted and sluggish the next morning.
Also avoid eating within 2 hours before you go to bed. Eating a heavy meal a few hours before bedtime does not only make you feel bloated but your body will also be having a hard time digesting those foods. This can lead to feeling bloated, tired and gassy the next day.
The Best Food before Your Round
A study shows that consuming 200 to 300 g of carbohydrates 3-4 hours before any physical activity can enhance your performance.
If your game is in the early morning round, have a healthy breakfast that will keep you moderately full. Avoid starchy carbohydrates such as pancakes, bagels and donuts since they can make your energy level crash.
Here are the recommended meals that you can eat before your game:
- Bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with nuts
- Vegetable omelet with fruit
- Grilled chicken sandwich with soup
- Grilled chicken or fish with salad and vegetables (Tiger’s choice)
- Whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese
- Whole wheat spaghetti and pasta sauce
- Whole wheat toast and scrambled eggs
- Yogurt and fruit
Maintain your concentration and energy levels by eating snacks in small portion throughout the round.
Here’s a little idea of what the pros are eating during a round:
- Fredrik Jacobsen: Jerky
- Bill Haas: Fruit and nuts
- Yani Seng: Meiji bars (Chocolate covered almonds)
- Adam Scott: Clif Bars
- Jim Furyk: Lara Bars
- Aaron Baddley: Almonds
- Ben Crane: Back Nine Electrolyte Tablets
- Steve Marino: Nuun tablets in water
- Brittany Lincicome: Peant butter and Jelly Sandwich
- Matt Kuchar: Almonds
- Martin Laird: Vitalyte Electrolyte Tablets
- Ben Curtis: granola bars and Amino Vital
- Keegan Bradley: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on multigrain bread, almonds, raisins, peanuts, trail mix, and always packs a few Clif Bars
- Phil Mickelson: Bananas
Aside from eating the right kind of meals before and during your game, it is also highly important that you keep yourself hydrated. Drinking ample amount of liquid, water preferably, helps you achieve optimal muscle performance and brain function. You would be having trouble concentrating when you are hydrated and this can lead to a low performance.
Drink 16fl oz. of water with your pre-round meal and another 8 fl oz. (237 mL) 10 to 20 minutes before your round.
Since you will probably sweat a lot during the game, you will lose more electrolytes and the only way to remedy this is by making a habit of drinking water on every tee.
Meals and Drinks that You Should Avoid Before and During Your Game
- Hotdogs – Most hotdogs are high in saturated fat and sodium. If you want healthier alternatives, a bowl of chili or natural beef jerky is a better option.
- Most nutrition bars – Don’t be fooled by its name “nutrition bars” as they have little nutrition at all, instead they are packed with sugar and chemical additives. If you want something that is filling and delicious, you can have some apple or peanut butter on whole wheat bread.
- Granola bars – Though these bars can give you the energy, you will be more likely to experience a crash after the energy spike. Instead, snack on sunflower seeds, bag of nuts or chopped fruit.
- Pretzels – This is a perfect example of what many nutritionists call “empty calories”. If you want a good crunch, opt for some carrot sticks instead.
- Sports drinks – Though these drinks contain electrolytes, it’s still not advisable to consume sports drink due to its content of sodium and added sugar and chemicals. Get the same benefits without the added sugar by drinking water and eating a banana.
- Beer – Though there are lower calorie beers manufactured, beer is still not good for golfers as it is a diuretic, sedative and can affect your coordination. Drink water during rounds instead and save the beer after your game.
- French fries – They are high in salt content and saturated fat. If you are ordering fish wrap or chicken, ask for a small side salad instead of some French fries.
- Soda/Fruit Juices – They are high in sugar which can give you an instant energy high but you don’t want the many lows that will follow.
- Bowl of cereal – cereals are refined carbohydrates that can make you feel full for a short time but will make you feel hungry and tired afterwards.
Maximize the benefits of food and drinks that you can do not just to your body but to your overall golf performance. Follow the tips on this article and you may have the unforgettable win that you have been dreaming of.
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Nothing can excite a golf-enthusiast more than watching a professional golf tournament. The exhilaration of watching your favorite professional golf players hit their best shot is as intense as opening your presents during Christmas Eve when you were a child.
British Masters is one of the golf tournaments that you should not miss this year. It takes pride on the fact that it is one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour.
It was originally founded on 1946 as the Dunlop Masters and was a continuation of the Dunlop – Metropolitan Tournament which was held prior to World War II. Dunlop Masters was a 72-hole end of season event that was held yearly up to 2008, except for 1984. In 1982, the sponsorship of Dunlop came to its end, and along with it came the changing of name to British Masters.
British Masters was considered to be the most lucrative events on the European Tour during the 1980s with prize fund that was very high.
Through the years, British Masters has host legendary list of winners that made up the elite list of European golf. Open Champion Bob Charles won the title the first time that this event was part of the European Tour schedule. Tony Jacklin won in 1973 and was followed by Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher who took a back to back championship in 1974 and 1975.
Golf legends such as Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle and Sir Nick Faldo were the British Masters champions in the 1980’s. Ryder Cup Captains Colin Montgomerie, Mark James and Sam Torrance lifted the famous trophy during the 90’s.
World Number 1 Lee Westwood got the most notable win after the Millennium in 2007.
The British Masters returned to the Tour schedule in 2015 at Woburn with the big help from Sky Sports. It was a hugely successful event and winner Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed his first European Tour victory.
Here is a complete list of British Masters winners.
Who Will Be Hosting the Tournament?
Olympic Champion Justin Rose has been announced as the tournament host for the British Masters this 2018. Rose is a former British Masters champion, claiming the title in 2002 against his close friend Ian Poulter.
Since the said victory, Rose has kept his stellar golfing career. He was the first Englishman in 33 years who took the title in the US Open in 2013. He finished as a runner-up at the Masters Tournament in April and won back-to-back events on the European Tour in the autumn.
This 37 years old golf champion received an honour at the Buckingham Palace in October and was awarded with MBE in the New Year’s Honours List due to his contributions in golf.
Though Rose’s victory in the British Masters has been 15 years ago, he still finds this experience as one of the most memorable ones. He said, ““The British Masters is a tournament that is special to me. It is a tournament I won in 2002 and it was the only event my dad was able to be there to see me win as a pro, so from that point of view it has always had fond memories for me.”
Where is it Taking Place?
Together with the announcement of Justin Rose as the tournament host, the Olympic Champion also disclosed a venue of his choice. The event will be held at Walton Heath, one of the prestigious golf courses in Surrey.
Walton Heath Golf Club was founded in 1903 and is comprised of two 18-hole golf courses, both of which are popular for rough areas being covered by heather. Herbert Fowler designed both of the courses, along with other courses in the United Kingdom and United States.
Walton Heath takes pride in its association with politics and royalty. Its first club captain was no other than Prince Edward of Wales and some of its prominent members included Winston Churchill, United Kingdome Prime Ministers David Lloyd George, Arthur Balfour and Bonar Law.
Both courses at Walton Heath have maintained its rank in the UK’s top 100 courses consistently.
Walton Heath has become a venue of a number of national amateur championships and tournaments. Aside from amateur tournaments, this club has also hosted some high profile professional events such as the 1981 Ryder Cup, a European Tour event and five editions of the European Open.
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The British Masters 2018 Dates
British Masters will be held on 11th of October until 14th of October. The tournament will take place between Thursday and Sunday with practice days organized for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which is also when the celebrity pro-am takes place.
The exact time for tee and gate opening will be announced when the date of the event is near.
How much would it cost to watch this exciting event?
Book your ticket now to take advantage of the Early Bird rate. Adult season ticket is £90.00 which allows admission to course Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October while £70.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21.
Adult weekend ticket costs £52.00 while it is £36.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21 which allows admission on both Saturday and Sunday. Pro Am ticket is £12.00 which allows admission on Wednesday 10th October only.
Day ticket costs £19.00 which allows admission on Thursday 11th October only while it’s £24.00 if you want to see the event on Friday 12th October. 13th October admission costs £34.00 while it is £24.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21. Sunday ticket costs £34.00 which allows admission on Sunday 14th October while it is £24.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21.
Possible players are Rory McIlroy, Shubhankar Sharma, Tommy Fleetwood, Haotong Li, Jorge Campillo, Chris Paisley, Dylan Frittelli, Wade Ormsby, Joost Luiten and Ross Fisher.
It’s time to start counting the days before you can witness one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour.
Nothing is as fulfilling as seeing your favorite golf players in action.
If you’ve been into golf, watching a professional tournament can satisfy your golf-hunger. Though it is fun watching the game on a 51’ Plasma TV in your living room, the experience will never come close when you’re watching a live one.
Now that your interest has been awakened, you must be wondering “How much would it cost to get a ticket to a golf tournament?” “Do I have to empty my bank account just so I can afford this luxurious experience?”
Thankfully, this article will show you information about some of the most popular golf tournaments and how much would it cost to book a ticket.
The 2018 British Masters
If it is your fist time watching a live golf tournament, then choosing British Masters is a great one. Being able to witness one of Europe’s best golf tournaments can give you the best value for every penny that you will be spending.
British Masters will be held on 11th of October until 14th of October at the prestigious Walton Heath Golf Club. Regarded as one of the world’s most highly regarded golf clubs, Walton Heath takes pride in the quality of its two exceptionally challenging heathland layouts as well as its strong connection to politics and royalty with Prince Edward of Wales as the club’s first captain and Winston Churchill, United Kingdome Prime Ministers David Lloyd George, Arthur Balfour and Bonar Law as their prominent members.
Another reason that you should not miss out the British Masters is that Olympic Champion Justin Rose will be hosting the tournament. As being a former British Masters champion himself, it’s no doubt that there are plenty of exciting things that he can bring on the table.
Take advantage of the early bird offer and book your ticket now. It only costs £90.00 for adult season ticket which allows admission to course Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October while £70.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21.
If you want an unforgettable experience though, why not get a package that incorporates golf and pleasure instead?
Your Golf Travel.com is an accredited and respected travel golf agency that aims to give you the best golf experience. At a highly reasonable prize, you get to experience the comfort of traveling and the excitement of watching a professional golf tournament.
They have the Early Rounds for £129 which offers Friday Tournament Ticket, 1 Night B&B (arrive Thursday) and 1 Round of Golf. Weekend British Masters, on the other hand, offers Saturday & Sunday British Masters Ticket, 2 Nights B&B (arrive Friday) and 1 Round of Golf for only £225. Their best package, British Masters Experience, is only for £309 which already includes British Masters Season Ticket, 3 Night B&B (arrive Thursday) and 1 Round of Golf.
There are 3 ways that you can book your ticket: through the website, email email@example.com or call 0800 043 6644.
Book a Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Links
When you think of Scotland, most of us would come up with adjectives such as land full of culture and breathtaking scenery. Because of its beautiful landscape, it’s no surprise that Scotland has been picked as favorite movie location – with the likes of Harry Potter, Braveheart, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Da Vinci Code being shot on this magnificent location.
Aside from being a home to many scenic surroundings, one of the golf club that is coined as the home of golf is also situated in Scotland.
St Andrews Links is located in the town of St Andrews. It is one of the oldest courses in the world, where the game has been played since the 15th century.
Get the most out of your Scotland trip by booking some of their golf packages.
Celebrate The Castle Course opening for the 2018 season for only £69. Aside from having the opportunity to play the award-winning course, the package also includes a breakfast roll and a two-course lunch. Two golfers are the minimum required number per booking and fairway mats will be in use.
They also have the Winter Package for £125 which includes a one guaranteed tee time on the famous Old Course, a round of golf on two other St Andrews Links courses and a meal in one of their clubhouses.
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Book a Ticket at Swingers – The Crazy Golf Club
Experience the ultimate golf experience at the Swingers, comprised of two 9-hole crazy golf courses with five cocktail drenched bars, three incredible street food vendors and a two-story clubhouse. It’s a total package of playing golf and socialization.
Located in the heart of the City, it recreates a quintessential 1920s English country golf club in an 18000 sq. ft basement. Feel the challenge and excitement in two of their quirky golf courses – the Windmill Course and the Lighthouse Course.
Booking a ticket would cost £13 per person, per round while £10 per person, per round for off peak (Monday to Wednesday, before 5pm).
You can either book a ticket through walk up and pre-booked. Buy your daytime tickets from reception from midday onwards evening tickets from 6pm onwards. Walk-up tickets are limited to 6 tickets per person.
Pre-booked ticket costs the same, however you can have the convenience of booking your ticket as early as 3 months before the date. Click here if you want to pre-book your ticket.
With the success of Swingers, they are opening a second location at the West End this mid-March. You can now pre-book your tickets if you’re planning to go there between 23rd March 2018 to 30th June 2018. Online tickets are still going to be released 3 months in advance on the 1st of the month.
The walk-up tickets will be available once they are operational in mid-March however you can sign up to their newsletter if you want to be up to date with updates, events and promotions.
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