Archive for May, 2017

The Social Golfer named Media Partner at World Golf Awards…

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

World Golf AwardsGolf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. The World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations….

The 2017 World Golf Awards will focus on the leading 130 nations who are shaping the future of this dynamic industry.

Now in its fourth year, World Golf Awards recognises and celebrates the crème de la crème in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations from across the globe.

The awards, voted for by golfers worldwide, aim to raise the bar for golf experiences and sit as part of the World Travel Awards, which have been rewarding quality across the leisure and tourism sector for 24 years.

However, we can also proudly announce that for the first time, this year,  TheSocialGolfer.com will be an Official Media Partner for the awards!


World Golf Awards v2The World Golf Awards – Who’s involved…

While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses and the golfing destinations throughout the world, World Golf Awards strives to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.

The voting will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals.

Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers).

The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence.

Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.

The winners of each national category will go head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.

The World Golf Awards – Dates & Deadlines…

Stakeholders from across the golf hospitality industry are being invited to cast their ballots as voting opens ahead of the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2017.

The worldwide voting process begins on 14th March 2017 and closes 1st October 2017.

World Golf Awards Managing Director, Christopher Frost, said: “Voting is now open ahead of the World Golf Awards 2017, as we begin preparations for the fourth annual event. With voting now open it is down to you, the voters, to decide who we will recognise with our prestigious trophies.”

The World Golf Awards – This year’s nominees…

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 The World Golf Awards – Last year’s winners…

Sir Nick Faldo led the winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2016, taking the prestigious title of Golf Course Designer of the Year.

Also celebrating was England’s The Belfry, recognised as Europe’s Best Golf Hotel, while Quinta do Lago took the title of Europe’s Best Golf Venue.

Hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast ahead of the Gala Ceremony, which was hosted by the Conrad Algarve in Portugal.

St Andrews Links – Old Course was also among the winners, successfully defending the titles of Europe’s Best Golf Course and World’s Best Golf Course which it won in 2015.

A duo of unique awards were also presented at the event, with Richard Tessel, chief executive of easyGolf Worldwide Australia, taking the title of World Golf Awards Travel Personality of the Year 2016.

At the same time golf trainer David Leadbetter was recognised with the World Golf Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.

Event partner Quinta do Lago again offered World Golf Awards guests a chance to enjoy its three award-winning championship golf courses – the South Course, Laranjal and the North Course, which was co-designed by Beau Welling and European Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley. Each has been expertly designed to complement its natural surroundings while offering its own set of unique challenges.

Find a full list of winners can be found here

Finally, as an Official Media Partner of this event, The Social Golfer Team will keep you up to date with details of the awards and will announce the winners directly following the event.


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The Social Golfer Monthly Newsletters…

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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Welcome to The Social Golfer Monthly Newsletters…. plus catch up on the latest developments on the website.or look back at TSG history…

In addition, you can look back at The Social Golfer Monthly Newsletters history, find out who won what and who played who….

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Great ways to enjoy watching LIVE golf events…

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

live golf eventsGolf has seen a significant decrease in participation in the last decade, however, meanwhile, the attendance of LIVE golf events has increased…

Why is this? Better coverage on TV? A better overall LIVE golf event experience?

Or just the fact that technology and the internet has made applying for tickets at these live events much more accessible?

Either way, the number of people who are more committed to watch the world’s largest golf tournaments LIVE is growing….

This has resulted in there being more investment into the way that the sport can be enjoyed by fans.

Here are some of the most entertaining and enjoyable ways of keeping up to date with your favourite golfers and the world’s biggest golf tournaments:

LIVE golf events – Go and watch the sport…

LIVE golf eventsFor some people, the only way to enjoy golf is through crating time in their yearly schedule and physically planning to attend a golfing tournament.

Whether you arrange your trip to watch live golf events yourself or use the services of Events International’s open golf championship hospitality, there is certainly something to be said, when you are able to stand only meters way from a golfing legend!

 

In fact, attending an event like The Open Golf in 2017 is also a great way for businesses to strengthen the relationships with their clients, which only enhances the experience for everyone involved and can help to establish long-term bonds.

LIVE golf events – Online and on mobile…

Live Golf EventsIf you are unable to attend a tournament in the flesh, perhaps the next best way to watch the world’s biggest golfing events is through embracing the technological age and watching online.

Golfing fans that have access to the internet will be able to live stream many of the most popular events on websites.

Similarly, you can take this a step further and look at installing some of the very best apps that will be able to help you stay up to date with the latest golf goings on.

This allows you to be able to watch on your tablet or smartphone and take the experience with you wherever you go.

LIVE golf events – Watch at home…

Live Golf EventsNowadays, TVs are HD (and can even come in 3D!) which will allow you to have an exceptionally immersive experience easily.

There are also dedicated channels out there and special sports TV packages that you can look into so that you get the very best experience.

The sound and picture quality is now better than ever, which will ensure that watching the event this way will be almost as impressive as if you were to go to an event in the flesh.

In addition, with HD Ultra and 4K just starting to penetrate the home, our level of viewing experience will only get better and better over the next few years.

However, probably the most impressive way to watch Live golf events in the home is to invest in a golf simulator…. not the most affordable option we know. They start from £20k and can go over £100k…

But having experienced the cutting edge screens available at the PGA Golf Show in January – this really could be the future of golf viewing!

LIVE golf events – Other options….

live golf events sports-barAs the way of Home TV viewing has changed, so has the way Pubs, Bars and Restaurants have altered how they attract new custom… you can even watch Live golf events in your local bookmakers now!

So, regardless of which method of watching golf you choose to use, remember that there is always a solution for you despite your budget or lifestyle.

In addition, staying up to date with the latest and greatest golf tournaments has never been so easy!


by Ian Mullins

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club – A TSG Review….

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 4It’s often the case that just when you think you’ve played every type of golf course you think there is to play, along comes a golf course that surprises you and forces you to rethink your game. Burnham On Crouch Golf Club in Essex, is one of those clubs….

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club  – The Clubhouse/Shop…

Nestling in the Crouch Valley lies Burnham-on-Crouch Golf Club, a friendly and relaxed members club where new members, societies and visitors are always assured a warm welcome.

Situated on the entrance to the small sailing town on Burnham On Crouch, getting here will take you around 30 minutes from the A127 and 40 minutes from the M25 but if you live further afield, its well worth the journey.

The Clubhouse has a 60’s seaside feel to it but don’t be fooled this club and course has plenty of history.

The main room upstairs overlooks the 18th green and the 1st and 10th tees and is adorned with many Club Trophies from over the years. However, it also provides spectacular views across the Crouch Valley and the River Crouch.

The bar staff were friendly and welcoming and the kitchen staff will cater to most tastes with affordable snacks and food.

Downstairs is a VERY small Pro Shop (enough to fit a desk and a fridge) but chat with ‘Ken’ and he will welcome you with plenty of news regarding the course and the club.

Although he was most focused on the weather when we visited, as with most Essex courses, being clay based, they were desperate for rain!

Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday, (excluding Thursday mornings) and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club  – The History…

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 5Founded in 1923 and now with over 500 members, the course is renowned for its all year round condition and stunning views over the Crouch Estuary and South Essex Countryside.

Originally part of the Creeksea estate, it was one of the twenty-three clubs in Essex mentioned at the inaugural meeting of the Essex County Amateur Golf Union in February 1924.

Historically the town was originally a ferry port, and then becoming a fishing port known for its oyster beds, and most recently a renowned yachting centre, hosting ‘Burnham Week at the end of August.

The Club was first designed as a 9 hole course but was converted to 18 holes in 1993 after the members purchased land from the neighbouring farmer. The course is now a fully developed track, with no two holes the same.

The Club course record is 62 off a Par of 70 from the Whites.

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 1Burnham On Crouch Golf Club  – The Course…

The first hole starts with a gentle incline but stay on the left side of the fairway allowing for your 2nd shot over water, to green that is overlooked by the Creeksea Church that dates back to the 13th Century.

The second is a gentle short 278 yard Par 4 to the green – drive-able, but stay left.

The 3rd offers you great views over the Crouch River with a hole that drops approx 40 ft, to a green well protected by 4 bunkers with plenty of good sand to enjoy.

All the tee boxes to this point were clean and well kept and this is maintained around the course.

The next few holes offer a good challenge for any golfer and whilst the course is not overly long, you’ll need to be conservative to score well.

The next hole worth of a mention is the 317 yard Par 4, 7th, that asks you to play up to a slightly blind, raised green with again good views. Note: a wayward shot here could cost you a 9!

The 8th is a very pretty Par 3, again to a raised green, at this point we’ve still not seen anyone else? Surely the golfing mariners of Essex know about this gem of a course?

Once back at the clubhouse we putt out on the flat and well-kept 9th green.

We then head back out, playing up to the expansive 10th green, protected my a slight ridge at the sides and back. Chip well or your find another bogey on the card.

Now the next three holes offer some relief with some picturesque fairways and greens, and whilst not blowing on the day, these may be hard to reach if the wind gets up.

With a couple of Par 5’s on the back nine to test the long hitters, the course provides some tree-lined holes and one which is flanked by the local railway.

At its end reaches all the way into London Liverpool Street. However, this is not a bother and actually, offers, even more, character to the course.

With the next few holes offering some birdie opportunities, the course is an array of different holes with lovely true greens (well done the greenkeepers after a dry winter!).

However, one criticism, as with most members clubs, there is NO signage between holes…. why do members clubs not cater to the visiting golfer!

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 2Burnham On Crouch Golf Club – The Verdict…

This is a fantastic short(ish) course at 6056 yards off the whites and is in great condition that will test your game to the full…overall this is a gem of a course.

Reminiscent of a links course, the fact its set back from the Crouch Estuary means it is somewhat protected from the elements but that’s what’s so appealing, it’s different to so many other courses you’ll play in the area or wider county.

The beautiful scenery at Burnham On Crouch Golf Club, means is well-worth visiting this club.

And with some local history to be enjoyed by way of the ‘Creeksea Church’ this is a course we would recommend you can play again and again.

All the staff and members were friendly and welcoming and happy to chat.

Green fees to visitors are reasonable but could be set lower to attract more visitors, as this is a course that requires some travel if you do not live in the immediate vicinity:

– Weekday: £23.00

– Weekend (pm only): £26.00

– Weekday Twilight (After 4:00pm): £14.00

– Weekend Twilight (After 4:00pm): £18.00

– SPECIAL WEEKDAY OFFER: £76 FOR A FOURBALL

Will we be back to Burnham On Crouch Golf Club anytime soon? Definitely…this is a course that all TSGers will enjoy!

TSG Verdict: 4 out of 5

 


For more information , please visit the TSG course page – Burnham-On-Couch Golf Club

The Majors Part3 – The US OPEN…

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

the majors golf trophies 2In the third in our series of articles on golf’s Major events, this time we turn our attention to the second oldest event in the golfing diary – The US OPEN!

Every year we get excited about the upcoming golfing calendar with some enthusiasm. The ‘Grand Slam’ events in golf include:

– The US Masters (Augusta National) April

– The US Open (Various) June

– The OPEN (Various) July

– The PGA Championship (Various) August

This is then now complemented but The Olympics every four years (from 2016) with the host city supplying the venue.


The Majors – The US OPEN…

The golfing calendar is on and we have already got past the US Masters in April 2017, with maverick Sergio Garcia holding off Justin Rose in a dramatic and nerve-wracking play-off to emerge as the winner.

As the dust settles, everyone is waiting with bated breath for June 12, 2017.

That is the day that one of the most prestigious golfing events in the US, the 117th edition of the United States Open Championship, popularly referred to as The US Open, kicks off at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin.

The US Open has a rich history spanning 117 years from the time it was held for the first time on October 4, 1895, at Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.

From fielding 10 professionals and one amateur in the day-long competition across 36 holes back then to its present avatar, to be held in Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin, this event has come a long way.

The 2017 edition will feature 156 players and comes with a prize fund of $12 million and is the first major with a winner’s prize in excess of $2 million.

US Open Trophy The Majors – Player Qualifications for the US Open 2017…

There are different routes that players can take to qualify for the US Open. For the 2017 event, there are a number of qualifiers that players can use to get to Erin Hills come June 12, 2017. These include:

– Local qualifiers:  held across the US. For this year’s US Open, currently 8979 players are competing for 525 spots

– Sectional qualifiers: held in Japan, England, and the US, with the first one being held at Ono Golf Club, Japan,

There are also 16 categories of exemptions available for players to use to participate in US Open 2017. These include…

– Winners of the US Open for the past 10 years

– Winner and Runner-up of 2015 US Amateur Championship – he must still be an amateur

– Winner of the 2016 Amateur Championship conducted by the R&A – he must still be an amateur

– Winner of the 2016 Mark H. McCormack Medal – he must still be an amateur

– Winner of The Masters Tournament for the past 5 years

– Winner of the Open Championship for the past 5 years

– Winners of the PGA of America Championship for the past 5 years

– Winners of the Players Championship for the past 3 years

– Winner of the 2017 European Tour BMW PGA Championship

– Winner of the 2016 US Senior Open Championship

– Gold medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games

– The lowest 10 scorers and ties in the US Open 2016

– 30 qualifiers for the 2016 season-ending Tour Championship of the PGA Tour

– Top 60 Point leaders in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) as of May 22, 2017

– Top 60 point leaders in the OWGR as of June 12, 2017

– Special exemptions as selected by the United States Golf Association (USGA)

 


The Majors – US Open 2017…

Erin Hill Golf Club - The US OPENThe US Open is the 5th major championship to be held in the state of Wisconsin – it has held 4 other PGA championships earlier apart from the US Amateur Championship in 2011.

Erin Hills is the venue of a major for the first time, which means the first thing to look out for is the course itself.

The Majors – The Erin Hills Course…

The course at Erin Hills is spread across 650 acres and the huge slopes all across it, together with the unpredictable weather, can make it quite an intimidating place to play at.

It can play up to 8100 yards, which makes it longer than Hazeltine National Golf Club where the 1991 edition of the Open was held.

This course will also be the first one in US Open history to play as a par-72.

Given the dry conditions, it is very likely that we will see some relatively low scores.

The Majors – Players to Watch Out For…

The 2017 US Open is a showcase event and the focus of the entire media – print, electronic, online and social – is squarely on golf and its players.

It is interesting to note that between 2000 and 2016 Americans have won the US Open 8 times.

Entering the US Open this year is quite easy – all you need is a 1.4 handicap and a $200 entry fee, after which you have to go through the qualifying grind.

This year, 9,485 players have entered the event, the fifth-highest number: the highest was 10,127 in 2014 at Pinehurst.

A galaxy of past champions will be part of the playing field this year including; Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Grover, Martin Kaymer, Webb Simpson. Some information on key players at the 2017 US Open is listed below….

Dustin JohnsonDustin Johnson - The US Open

Dustin Johnson is a big name to watch out for at the US Open this year, for a number of reasons. The first of course, is the fact that he is the current No.1 ranked player in the world.

And then there is the other little detail to consider: he is also the defending champion, having won a grueling battle at the Oakmont Country Club last year.

Out of the US Masters in April with a freak back injury, he is now back and in roaring form.

He will have an advantage at Erin Hills because of his length and the fact that this is an 8000+-yards course.

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Rory McIlroy

Currently ranked No.2 in the world, the Irishman went through a drought of titles in 2016. However, he bounced back with wins at the FedEx Cup and also the Tour Championships that year. He is one player who is a constant threat to all others when it comes to winning. He had had the distinction of holding the No.1 ranking for 95 weeks and is a 4-time Major champion. He is also a member of both the US and European PGA Tours.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth is a former No.1 ranking player in the OWGR and a 2-time Major champion. He is the youngest player to win the US Open, after Bobby Jones in 1923, and also the youngest runner-up in Masters history when he came second to Bubba Watson at The Masters in 2014. He has also tied the 72-hole record that had been set by Tiger Woods back in 1997, apart from being the 2015 FedEx Cup Champion.

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama is a 24-year golfing prodigy from Japan who won four of his last five tournaments last year. This includes the Hero World Challenge and also a WGC event in China. He is a 4-time PGA Tour winner and 8-time Japan Golf Tour winner. His most recent win was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he defended his title against Webb Simpson.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose is an English professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He is also a member on the European Tour. He was the first Englishman to win a Major since 1996, the year Nick Faldo won. He is also the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970. Rose has also tasted Olympic glory, having won gold at the men’s individual event in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He has been in top form, despite losing out dramatically to Sergio Garcia at the US Masters this year. He is one player to watch out for.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia has been an enigma. He has played on the PGA as well as the European Tour on the PGA. A brilliant golfer who had a stunning 0 wins when it came to the majors, he broke the jinx at Augusta this year by winning the US Masters. He defeated Justin Rose in dramatic fashion in a sudden-death playoff, pulling off the win at the first hole.

Of course any player could win the trophy, but we think these players above are the ones to watch out for.


The Majors – Betting at the US Open…

Betting on golf has exploded in recent times because of easy access to the game – be it watching it on TV or following online – and also the opinions of golfing pundits.

Another major reason for this explosion is the wealth of licensed betting sites available to followers of the game and even to casual punters.

Millions of pounds are wagered almost daily at the various golfing events around the world, and the money only grows bigger when the event is something like the US Open.

The odds-on favourite of course is the No.1 ranked player in the world currently, Dustin Johnson; every sportsbook has seen money wagered on him. Leading bookmaker William Hill has the odds listed at 6/1 for Johnson.

The following are the odds on some of the other players winning, as per William Hill:

  • Jordan Spieth: 7/1
  • Rory McIlroy: 8/1
  • Jason Day: 10/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 14/1
  • Sergio Garcia: 20/1

There are rank outsiders as per the bookmakers too. These include Billy Horschel, Jason Dufner, Scott Piercy and Marc Leishman, all at 100/1, while Daniel Summerhays brings up the rear at 125/1.

So as 12th June approaches, you could get incredibly busy if you are into golf and also making some good money placing the right bets.

There are lots of guidelines that can help you decide whom you want to bet on, including form books, the official player profiles at the USPGA website and more.

However, regardless of who wins, this year’s winner is guaranteed the distinction of being the one with the biggest US Open paycheck ever!


By Ian Mullins