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Oldest Golf Club in Australia…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Oldest Golf Club in Australia - Ratho Golf ClubIn the last in our series of the World’s Oldest Golf Clubs, this time we turn to Bob’s new home i.e.  the oldest golf club in Australia?

The Oldest Golf Club in Australia…

The continent of Australia is the smallest continent by land mass but the 6th largest country in the world and consists of 6 states, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia, & Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, all with their own unique and beautiful golf courses and of course local history.

However, in order to locate the oldest club, we have to travel to Tasmania…In the very early 1800’s, the new colony was then called Van Diemen’s Land and was being colonised and good farmland was being sought, especially by the Scots English, Welsh & the Irish farmers.

The Reid family was one of many famil that set sail from Scotland on the ship “The Castle Forbes”, in search for a better life and future for his family.

After being granted land on the Upper Clyde River north of Hobart in The Highland Wilderness, they and other Scottish families that had travelled with them from East Scotland, settled in a small village called Bothwell and thus in 1822 Ratho Farm was established.

Four generations of the Reid family worked and improved The Ratho farm and golf links until 1932 when Alexander III, sold the farm to another Scottish Businessman named Alexander Stenhouse, who bought the farm for the security of his granddaughters.

After the death of their grandfather Richard & Mary Ramsey, they took over the farm in 1982 and the Ramsay family have continued to upgrade the farm right up until today.

The Oldest Golf Club in Australia – The course…

The Ratho Golf Links is a unique course, as it has sheep that graze on the playing area that keep the grass nice and short, & fences are put up to stop the sheep grazing on the ‘square’ greens, there is also a unique statue of old Tom Morris carved out of a tree stump with a chainsaw.

Many of the Scottish settlers also built golf courses in the surrounding area and one of those golf courses was Bothwell Golf Club. Greg Ramsay and his family have done an excellent job in bringing the Ratho Farm Golf Links into the 21 century.

Not only can you play a round of golf on Australia’s oldest golf course but you can also go Fly fishing on the River Clyde that runs through the property, as well as staying overnight in cottages built by the convicts.

Scottish Bob

N.B. Finally, as a footnote to this series of articles, my wife and I had the pleasure in staying overnight at Ratho Farm Golf Links in one of the small cottages built by the convicts in the 1800s.

After playing the course with hickory golf sticks, after a great meal in the evening and whilst sitting outside our cottage with a cold beer, we watched the River Clyde flow by, the peace and tranquillity was so amazing.

What an unbelievable experience having walked and played golf where so many had played before me, and for which I thank Greg Ramsay and his family for making us so welcome!

OLDEST GOLF CLUB in Antartica…

Srixon and Prostate Cancer raise £42,999…

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Srixon and Prostate Cancer and Graeme McDowellMany brands talk about helping people but very refreshing to hear that Srixon and Prostate Cancer have worked to together in 2017 to raise an impressive £42,999…

Srixon and Prostate Cancer working together…

The sizeable donation comes on the back of another successful year for the brand in the UK, as demand for its 5th generation, Z-STAR / Z-STAR XVgolf ball continues to grow.

Brand ambassador, Graeme McDowell joined Srixon Europe’s Tour Manager, Iain Steele to pose for the cameras with a cheque showcasing the impressive final donation during a recent European Tour event.

The Ryder Cup star and former U.S. Open champion personally played a key part in the multi-platform promotional campaign that spiked media exposure and drove sales.

The ground-breaking partnership saw Srixon donate £1.50 for every dozen Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf balls sold at trade to Prostate Cancer UK, helping to raise funds as well as awareness of the life-threatening male-specific disease.

To enhance awareness of the campaign and give its loyal customers more value, Srixon introduced a limited edition 15 ball ‘Z-STAR/ Z-STAR XV Bonus Pack’.

This included an additional free sleeve of the new Z-STAR / Z-STAR XV, decorated with the iconic Prostate Cancer UK logo.

Srixon and Prostate Cancer

Srixon and Prostate Cancer – What they said…

Commenting on behalf of Srixon Sports Europe, the company’s UK & Ireland President, Leslie Hepsworth said, “2017 has been a fantastic year for the Srixon brand in the UK market and we are really proud that we have been able to raise such a significant amount of money, that we know will be put to great use in fighting such a devastating disease.”

The partnership delivered on all levels and provided the perfect complement to the launch of the latest iteration of Srixon’sperformance-packed Z-STAR / Z-STAR XV golf ball,” he added.

IMPORTANT FACT –  One man dies every hour from prostate cancer!

Astark statistic, given that the average length of a round of golf is five hours. The charity’s aim is simple: to stop men dying from prostate cancer. This will be done by shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support.


For further information on the Srixon and Prostate Cancer and the Z-STAR and all of the brand’s products visit www.srixon.co.uk

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FREE Golf Bag with Motocaddy…

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Motocaddy - Xmas 2017 - Dry-Series Red RTGolfers are being offered an extra special gift this Christmas by Motocaddy, as the UK’s leading trolley and cart bag brand provide a free bag across all nine of its Lithium-powered trolleys….

The brand, which was the first to introduce a free consumer bag promotion in 2008, will supply any golfer purchasing a Motocaddy trolley with a Lithium battery between Tuesday 7th November and Christmas Eve, a free Motocaddy cart bag worth up to almost £200.

Free Golf Bag with Motocaddy – The Bag…

The premium Dry-Series 100% waterproof bag is on offer to those purchasing a new S3 PRO, M3 PRO, S5 CONNECT, S5 CONNECT DHC or S7 REMOTE trolley; while a popular Lite or Club-Series bag is on offer to those buying an S1, S1 DHC, M1 PRO or M1 PRO DHC model.

We’re thrilled to be able to reward our customers with something really special in the lead-up to Christmas and giving them the chance to grab a bag for free is the perfect present,” said Marketing Manager Oliver Churcher.

We are confident that the offer will be extremely popular, especially as it is available on all electric trolleys in our range – including the S5 CONNECT Smart Cart – the world’s first trolley to offer app-driven GPS and optional smartphone alerts within the trolley handleadded Churcher.

Earlier this year, Motocaddy updated its market-leading cart bag range to 15 feature-packed models, including the brand new Dry and Pro-Series adding to the popular Lite and Club-Series introduced last season.

All of the bags incorporate standout features such as brand’s innovative EASILOCK™ bag-to-trolley connection system, removing the need for a lower bag strap.


For more information on the free bag promotion, please visit their website which gives a complete overview of their Motocaddy Golf bag range as well as information on accessories and additional products –  www.motocaddy.com/freebag

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Crown Golf Winter Golf Tips – Staying motivated…

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Crown Golf Winter Golf TipsAs we enter the winter months, it can be difficult to find the motivation to shrug off the cold weather, don your waterproofs and head out to freezing temperatures. How do you stay motivated throughout the cold months? We asked Crown Golf team for there Winter Golf Tips….

Crown Golf Pro Tips – Where does it start…

Picture the scene. You’re dressed head to toe in your favourite golf gear, the sun is shining, it’s cold but you’ve got a few mates together on the course.

Yep – you are feeling pretty smug about life right now. Then you tee off….

First shot heads for the trees. Never mind, you’ll pull it back to the next one. The cold is nipping at your fingertips but you are determined to carry on, after all, you’ll soon warm up, right?

The second shot barely makes it onto the green; this is not the start you’d hoped for.

Now you’ve lost face in front of your fellow players, not to mention your confidence and already you can’t wait to get back to the clubhouse.

Crown Golf Winter Golf Tips – Some ideas…

Golf isn’t a fast, cheap or easy sport to play, that’s no secret.

Therefore you want to make each game count for all the right reasons.

Even if you aren’t a very competitive golfer, you still want to play well and enjoy at least a few good shots over the course during Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb.

Otherwise, what’s the point in coming back, right?

However, with the ground hard and a frost on the fairways, try the following tips:

– Warm up properly before heading outside

– Ensure you have the right clothing (layers are better)

– Use Mittens or Winter Gloves

– Consider using hand warmer – available at most Pro shops

– Ensure you have eaten well before teeing off

– Carry snacks and eat before you feel cold

You should always feel energised and excited to play at your local Crown Golf Club, so if you’d like some help refining your game or you need a little guidance, our Golf Development Professionals are always on hand to help.

Crown Golf Winter Golf Tips – Staying focused…

There is always a golf professional on hand at Crown Golf clubs to help you stay on your game, throughout the winter months.

They’ll be able to hone your existing skills and strengthen your weaknesses so that you feel ready to get back into the swing of things especially when the warm weather starts again.

After all, one bad round of golf doesn’t make a bad golfer.

So don’t give up.

Show up – and show the course what you’re made of!Find your local Crown Golf club and speak to the Pro.


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Golfing in Northern Ireland…

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Golfing in Northern IrelandThere are numerous destinations around the world to visit and play golf but closer to home, have you ever consider golfing in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland may be famed for its championship links golf but it also possesses glorious parkland courses.

Beyond capital Belfast’s five parkland beauties there’s a wealth of inland courses for golfers to play throughout the region.

Some of them are at golf resorts where the fairways are just steps away from your room, while others are unsung jewels just waiting to be discovered by visitors.

Golfing in Northern Ireland – The Resorts…

There are three main golfing resorts in Northern Ireland, all of them offering extensive golf facilities as well as accommodation, bars, restaurants, recreational activities – and full-service spas with massage treatments, to help ease those aching muscles after a round or prepare the body for the next golfing foray.

Just 20 minutes from Belfast, and only 10 minutes from Belfast International Airport, the Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club incorporates a 129-room four-star hotel and a par-72 golf course that stretches to over 7,000 yards.

Designed by former European Tour pros David Jones and David Feherty, it opened in 1999 and challenges golfers with a mix of lakes and mature trees. Other golf facilities include a floodlit driving range, short game practice area and two practice putting greens.

The resort also has a spa and health club, both of which were refurbished in 2014.

Located on a 600-acre peninsula between Lower Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lough in the Fermanagh Lakelands, Lough Erne Resort comprises a five-star hotel and the Faldo Championship Course – six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo’s first design in Ireland – that opened in 2009, as well as a second 18-hole course, the Castle Hume.

The resort also has a golf academy featuring a private golf studio equipped with video and ball-tracking analysis.
Lough Erne Resort opened in 2010 and has 120 rooms, suites and loughside lodges.

Its Thai Spa offers a dual treatment room ideal for couples, with treatments including a two-hour Golfers Tonic massage.

The resort’s Catalina Restaurant is named after the World War II flying boats that were based on Lough Erne.

Lough Erne Resort welcomed world leaders including Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and David Cameron when it hosted the G8 summit in 2013.

The Roe Park Resort lies in the beautiful surroundings of the Roe Valley Country Park. It is just a short drive from 2019 Open Championship venue Royal Portrush and other top links layouts as well as the Causeway Coast’s world-class visitor attractions, among them the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 18-hole parkland course gives golfers views of the Sperrin Mountains and Lough Foyle from elevated holes. Its par-3 6th hole recently underwent extensive work including a new two-tier green as part of £1 million renovations to the course. Facilities also include an academy
and high-tech indoor teaching studio.

Formerly a stately country house dating to 1729, Roe Park Resort’s four-star hotel opened in 1995 and offers 118 rooms and suites, two restaurants, including its restored 18th century Coach House, and a spa that is a teaching academy for Elemis. The resort offers a Couples Escape package that includes dinner, bed and breakfast plus a mud skin treatment for two followed by a couples massage.

Although not connected, Galgorm Resort & Spa is close by for those playing golf at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and it features a new riverside Thermal Village. A couples package includes bubbly and truffles on arrival, use of the Thermal Village and a Deluxe Duo treatment, with optional four-course meal and a cocktail or glass of wine. The resort was the host hotel for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
in 2017, played at Portstewart Golf Club.

Golfing in Northern IrelandGolfing in Northern Ireland – Other clubs in the Area…

Galgorm Castle Golf Club is laid-out through mature wooded grounds in the heart of the 220-acre Galgorm Castle Estate, alongside its 17th-century castle.

It stages the annual Northern Ireland Open, part of the European Tour’s Challenge Tour.

More than 40,000 people watched the free-to-enter the tournament in 2017, a record for the tour.

A new Fun Golf Area at Galgorm is aimed at families and features a six-hole pitch and putt course and the Himalayas putting green, a scaled replica of the famous St Andrews attraction.

Among Northern Ireland’s best-kept golfing secrets, Kilkeel Golf Club is a picturesque parkland layout at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in the far south-west that has played host to qualifiers for the British Amateur and Senior British Open events.

When golfing in Northern Ireland, the region also boasts several centenarians outside of Belfast.

They include: Massereene Golf Club, established in 1895 and offering a challenging course on the shore of Lough Neagh; Newtownstewart Golf Club, founded in 1914 and laid out through venerable oaks and beech trees in the Baronscourt Estate, home of the Duke of Abercorn; Tandragee Golf Club, dating back to 1911 on the Duke of Manchester’s Estate with bunkers including some resembling America’s Great Lakes that were designed by the Cincinnati-born Duchess of Manchester; and Omagh Golf Club, which was extended from a nine-hole course built in 1910 to 18 holes in 1983.

Other gems include County Down golf clubs Rockmount, St Patrick’s, Warrenpoint, Edenmore and 36-hole Clandeboye, County Antrim’s Lisburn Golf Club and Country Tyrone’s Dungannon Golf Club.

Golfing in Northern Ireland

Golfing in Northern Ireland – The seaside courses…

Several excellent seaside courses lie in the shadows of renowned venues.

Just around the coast from the celebrated Royal County Down, the short but spectacular Ardglass Golf Club links hugs the rocky shore and cliffs, with several holes offering views across the bay to Coney Island.

Golfers can enjoy the craic after their round in the bar of the oldest clubhouse in the world, originally built as a castle over 600 years ago and with cannons pointing out over the fairways just in front.

Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, on the Ards Peninsula, is the closest links course to Belfast and was designed by legendary architect James Braid, while Ballycastle Golf Club, a mix of parkland and links, lies opposite Rathlin Island on the Causeway Coast alongside the ruins of 500-year-old Bonamargy Friary.

Cairndhu Golf Club is a parkland course with several holes right by the sea, its signature, par-3 2nd hole ending in a green perched on a rocky headland.

However, few courses can match the historic connection enjoyed by Foyle Golf Centre, on the outskirts of Derry below the Donegal Hills.

Its championship parkland course is named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

She made an emergency landing at the end of her historic flight in 1932 on what is now the 6th green of the Earhart Course.

Whatever your preference, golfing in Northern Ireland is a hit!


By Ian Mullins

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