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Night Golf …

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Night Golf

Night Golf

Night Golf is a new way of playing golf that is providing a little bit more fun to what is widely perceived as a stuffy old game!

There have been many failed attempts in the last few years with the advent of FootGolf, BikeGolf and even talk in the states of making the holes bigger to increase participation.

Is this the one that I think has the most chance of really taking off.

Yep, for people looking for something different Night Golf gives you a whole new set of things to think about when you are standing on the tee …

How does Night Golf work?

Night Golf is played under the illumination of bright LED light sticks and glowing beach balls.

Night Golf uses 12 inch multi coloured LED light sticks placed down each fairway and around the greens showing you the way to the hole.

All bunkers and other hazards are also marked out with flashing light sticks.

The tee boxes are clearly defined by two glowing beach balls which slowly change from one colour to another. All flag sticks and holes are brightly lit up too.

The balls used have two LED lights inside, they are standard size and weight and will glow continuously for up to 10 minutes once struck.

An event will usually last around 90 minutes after which participants can enjoy a BBQ, Hog Roast or any other sort of evening entertainment.

What could possibly go wrong?

How do you score in Night Golf?

Unlike daytime golf, Night Golf events tend to be played over 4 to 6 holes rather than the full 18, primarily due to cost of equipment and time.

Usually teeing off 1 hour after sunset and can be played at any time of the year weather permitting. Playing in fourballs adds to the fun factor with everyone using a different coloured ball.

However, to add more fun to proceedings, some organisers choose to play alternatives to standard stroke play and plan their Night Golf competitions around a Texas Scramble format or as part of a team or individual scoring.

What is the Night Golf Dress code?

Obviously your standard golf attire is fine but for those golfers who are brave, you can go one step further by adding glow sticks for their golf bags and/or where illuminated necklaces for more visibility. And for those who really like to stand out event more (we know who you are!) you can attire yourself in brightly illuminated caps and tee shirts (think Lee Westwood style shirts!) and some Night Golfers have even managed to get their shoes lit up!

And for those who really like to stand out event more (we know who you are!) you can attire yourself in brightly illuminated caps and tee shirts (think Lee Westwood style shirts!) and some Night Golfers have even managed to get their shoes lit up!

Is it worth all the fuss?

Absolutely! Visually it is a stunning sight to see the course flooded with light and watching the trace of your ball arcing through the night sky.

Night Golf is, undoubtedly, a new and exciting ‘social’ experience (we like social) which should be tried by all!!

For more information on Night Golf and to arrange a game at a course near you, contact ‘Corporate Golf Ventures on 07811 188801

By Ian Mullins

Golf Insurance … Do I need it?

Monday, August 4th, 2014
Golf Insurance Online

GolfInsuranceOnline.co.uk

As many TSGers know, Golf Insurance is one of those things we have all talked about at some time or another but rarely do anything about?

We here at TSG HQ have spent the last few months researching the why and wherefores of this industry and after much research, we have finally settled on a recommendation for us all ….

From 1st August 2014, all TSGers will be able to purchase this comprehensive insurance at 10% below the advertised rates.

Why do we need Golf Insurance?

No matter how many years you have been playing golf, accidents do happen and it’s surprising just how many accidents do occur on a golf course, around the clubhouse or on your way to the course…

With so many golf balls being sprayed around at upwards of 100 miles an hour, at thousands of courses every day, it’s surprising we don’t hear of more fatal or costly injuries!

In addition, there is a probable chance that if you do cause an accident, you will be potentially hit with a liability claim could also evolve from this enjoyable sport.

As such, more and more golfers are seeking peace of mind by having golf insurance in place.

And in this world of ‘litigation’ and ‘ambulance chasing’, it is all the more important to ensure you are covered when you step out onto a golf course.

Saying  the risk of being injured is just ‘part of the game’ (which unfortunately it is not) is no longer an option and you have to accept the consequences in a society, where people will make every effort to pursue a claim if an injury has occurred.

Some might say there is also a ‘moral requirement’ to having such cover in place.

Can you imagine hitting a fellow TSGers with a golf ball?

Having good golf insurance would make the situation, much more calming for both parties concerned.

Don’t take our word for it, here is the details of a case that recent took place in Ireland …

Woman sues golfer after being hit by golf ball and suffers a stroke

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So what are the options available through Golf Insurance Online?

Silver – Cover up to £1,000 for golf equipment, up to 90 days European Cover, Personal liability up to £5,000,000, Personal accident up to £25,000, Accidental damage up to £2,500, ‘Hole in One’ cover up to £150.  

Prices starting from £24.99

Gold – Cover up to £2,500 for golf equipment, up to 90 days European Cover, Personal liability up to £5,000,000, Personal accident up to £30,000, Accidental damage up to £2,500, ‘Hole in One’ cover up to £300.

Prices starting from £34.99

Platinum – Cover up to £5,000 for golf equipment, up to 90 days European Cover, Personal liability up to £5,000,000, Personal accident up to £50,000, Accidental damage up to £2,500, ‘Hole in One’ cover up to £500.

Prices starting from £44.99

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Why are TSG recommending Golf Insurance Online?

Golf Insurance Online are a small family business and very pro-active. They offer a selection of comprehensive covers to support all budgets As such we have decided to enter into a partnership with them.

– They insure your golf clubs, golf bag, trolley and your golf clothing
– They also protect you with our Personal Liability and Personal Accident cover – against any third party damage
– Includes European or Worldwide cover
– Don’t use fancy marketing techniques to draw you in
– They are golfers themselves!

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Finally, it’s worth pointing out that TSG makes NO COMMISSIONS on ANY transactions between our members and Golf Insurance Online. This discount has been negotiated on your behalf as part of ALL TSGers in our community!

In order to claim your DISCOUNT, please go to GolfInsuranceOnline and  use the following code when purchasing: TSG102014

Or visit thesocialgolfer.com/memberoffers

If you require any further information on our policies or this offer, please do not hesitate to contact Sergio on 01903 209903

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www.golfinsuranceonline.co.uk

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At Golf Insurance Online we pride ourselves on service and competitive prices, without compromising cover.

Our aim is to always provide quality insurance at amazing prices. www.golfinsuranceonline.co.uk is a trading style of Insure for travel Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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By Ian Mullins

USA PGA Championship – The favourites…

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Rory McIlroy - Getty Images

Rory McIlroy – 15/2

The final major of the year and prestigious USA PGA Championship is just days away and golf fans from around the world will be flocking to Kentucky’s Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville to watch their favourite golfing superstars take to the fairways …

Many of this year’s golfing professionals have recently battled it out for the top prize at the Golf World Championships – The Bridgestone Invitational, but all eyes are really on the USA PGA Championship ….

The bookmakers have chosen their favourites across a variety of nationalities, ages and skill levels, with Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson all predicted to be in with a chance of getting their hands on the coveted prize …

The contenders for the USA PGA Championship title* …

Rory McIlroy – 15/2

Having just tasted the sweet smell of success at the British Open, 25-year-old Rory McIlroy has been tipped as this year’s favourite to win the USA PGA Championship title.

Winning major tournaments is nothing new for the Irish native, at such a young age, he’s already won three, and has told reporters, “The next number in my head is four”.

With his current track record, there’s nothing stopping him from completing the ‘Slam’ (winning all fur majors) in the next 12 months…

Tiger Woods – 11/1

With a stunning career and a huge string of accolades including more career major wins than any other golfer still playing, it’s easy to see why Tiger Woods is still a second favourite to take the title.

However, the 38-year-old has not won a USA PGA Championship  title since 2007, and it could be argued that he’s no match for the fresh young talent appearing on the golfing scene today …

Adam Scott – 14/1

Having recently taken on the aforementioned Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott takes third place favourite for bookmakers to win this year’s tournament.

The 34-year-old certainly has experience on his side –  he’s won 11 PGA Tours in his time, but is he a match for up and comer Rory McIlroy?

Phil Mickelson – 20/1

As the oldest of the favourites, 44-year-old Phil Mickelson could be the outsider. The ‘leftie’ also recently joined his PGA counterparts at Bridgestone this weekend, so he knows exactly what kind of competition he is up against but will a little prior knowledge be as useful as years of professional experience?

He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour including The OPEN Championship last year (2013), so he’s not going to let a little thing like age get in his way …

So, who will you be putting your money on?

By Ian Mullins

 

*Prices courtesy of Coral bookmakers, were correct at the time of posting.