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The Social Golfer Polo Shirts – ON SALE…

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

The Social Golfer Polo Shirt It’s always nice to look stylish these days on the fairways and now you have the opportunity to model the TSG team colours yourself by purchasing one of The Social Golfer Polo Shirts …

The Social Golfer Polo Shirt – The Design…

After receiving many samples from lots of different Polo shirt companies, we were clear on the look and feel of the shirts we wanted.

We had five key criteria;

    – Good quality breathable material

    – Comfort and design

    – Affordability

    – Appeal to both sexes

    – Availability in The Social Golfer brand colours

The shirt we have chosen and are all 100% cotton and comes in two variations for men and women

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The Social Golfer Polo Shirt – Our Selection…

– Super long chunky placket details with matching buttons

– Contrast piping detail on collar, cuff and placket

– Twin needle hem provides added strength to the garment and improves durability

– Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) Certified Production

– Fabric: 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane stretch micro pique.

– Weight: 200 gsm

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The Social Golfer Polo Shirt – Costs/Ordering…

– Single Shirt with Embroidered TSG Logo – Left Breast

– We have sourced a very reputable provider of branded merchandise

Cost = £25 (including free delivery)

PLEASE NOTE: In order to keep costs down, will we ONLY be making orders on a bi-monthly basis OR when we reach the minimum order of TEN shirts.

NEXT ORDER BEING PLACED –  Feb 2017

Unfortunately, due to the nature of embroidery, once the shirt has been made up, the shirt cannot be sold again, so please be very careful when choosing the sizing.

However, there is a quality guarantee and if you are not satisfied with your order, you have 14 days in which to return the product. Contact us on 01277 – 200207

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The Social Golfer Polo Shirt – Sizing…

 

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Essex Golfer makes it back to back major victories at TSG Masters 2016…

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

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TheSocialGolfer.com, the online social networking community for golfers celebrated its 3rd annual TSG Masters Championship at Warley Park Golf Club on 23rd April 2016…

30+ Golfers from all over the South East of England gathered at the Essex-based club, all hoping to be TSG Masters 2016 Champion golfer.

The TSG Masters 2016 – How they qualified…

The members of the online social network had all qualified via a number of different means, some via the website’s monthly leaderboard.

Some via other TSG Major events with the remaining spaces snapped up via the ballot and/or by special invitation with no one wishing to miss out on the first TSG ‘Major’ of the year.

This made for an exciting competition and while some TSGers were familiar with the course layout, most were totally new to it.

The field ranging from 6 handicappers to 30 (men and women) played the Childerditch and the Warley ’1 to 9′ loop, two very different layouts offering their own challenges.

The latter including the superb 17th Par 3 signature hole across the water.

The TSG Masters 2016 – The Winners…

The event was won by Essex based golfer (Harlow) Steve Slater, who also won the TSG OPEN at Bletchingley GC (Surrey) in July 2015.

Slater is the first TSG golfer to hold two Major titles at the same time on the popular website.

After 18 holes, Slater scored a hard earned 32 Pts off his 17-handicap but still needed to rely on the count-back to seal victory. Michael Moos 2nd (Herts – 32 Pts) and 3rd Brian Scott (Essex – 31 Pts).

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There was also some fun to be had with 2 x Nearest Pins and a ‘Straightest Drive’ keeping the day alive for those that were not troubling the leaderboard and a Par 3 Competition to add to the drama on the day.

Other winners included popular ‘TSGer’ Denis Conway (Middlesex) with Slater also collecting the ‘Nearest Pin in Two’ and Moos also adding the Par 3 Trophy to his haul.

TSG Masters 2016The TSG Masters 2016 – What they said…

We’ll leave the final words to our new TSG Masters Champion: What a way to start my golfing year and I can’t quite believe I now hold two TSG Major Trophies. I’d like to thank all the TSG team and the Warley Park staff for putting on a great day. Winning is always a pleasure but to beat some of the great golfers from The Social Golfer twice in the same calendar year is a dream. I look forward to coming back and defending the Trophy next year!”

Kevin Smith, Director of Golf at the venue said:“We were delighted to host the TSG Masters 2016 event for the third consecutive year. It’s like we’re becoming the Augusta of TSG! The TSG members are always very respectful to us and our members and they are always fun to have around. We welcome events like this at the course and look forward to having them back again in 2016!”

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EDGA Portuguese Open 2015…

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

As TSGers know, we always keen to help promote disabled golf whenever we can and this year is no exception. We asked TSGer Paul Houghton to send us his report…

EDGA Portuguese Open 2015

                  EDGA Portuguese Open 2015

The EDGA Portuguese Open 2015 – The venue…

Venue: Vila Sol Golf Club, Pestana, Portugal (17th – 19th November 2015)

Playing in my first official EDGA event, I’ve now been back a few days and have had time to digest  the experience overall and below is a summary of my experience.

There were about forty players in attendance some with partners. Most were together in their nationalities, especially the French which is understandable under the circumstances. (This was a week after the attacks in Paris).

I had arrived on the same flight as Andy Gardiner (Top British disabled player, he plays off a handicap of 4) and Will Hennessey (fellow hacker!). We were met and picked up from the Airport and transported to the hotel by Manon and Tony & Sue Bennett (EDGA Officials), who were both friendly and could not have been more helpful from the moment we arrived.

We checked in and rooms were excellent and all had balconies. There were swimming pools inside and out, and spa treatments were available (if you wanted them), I could tell I was going to be comfortable here!

There were also games rooms and plenty of places to relax as you prepare for the event and the food was fantastic all round. Everything was laid on and ran like clockwork….

The Clubhouse itself is fully accessible (although not that big), the staff are friendly, the beer and food is fantastic and very reasonable. The terrace beside the 18th Fairway is a great place to watch and eat lunch though balls to often come over the netting as Karen (my good lady) witnessed. (Will Hennessey also hit a lady while sky-ing his approach shot – tut tut!).

Paul Houghton - EDGA - TheSocialGolfer.com

Paul Houghton – EDGA – TheSocialGolfer.com

The Clubhouse is located only about 300 yards from the hotel ( I did carry my clubs to the golf club) but I need not have. You could pick up a buggy and drive back or the hotel would arrange to have you brought to the club.

In short, I really like EDGA…No complaints at all as to the running of the event. I had to undertake a medical, but that was done with dignity and very professionally handled.

The EDGA Portuguese Open 2015 – Practice, Practice, Practice…

A practice round was booked for Wednesday but managed to sneak in a bit of a practice on Tuesday evening too. It was a hot 22 degrees, which my body did struggle to come to terms with. I think you need more than one day to acclimatize especially if you are not playing golfers from the same country.

However, let’s not start getting in the excuses just yet….

I was very impressed to see ‘Ping‘ were set up with two professionals on the practice ground they were very helpful and very supportive towards the British players. They Offered tips and trials on …all their equipment but more on Ping another time…

I was down to go out just after 11.00am, when I got to the tee it appeared people had just gone off with their friends. It did not bother me as I jumped in with Will Hennessey and Mike Lincoln (Will’s Irish and Mike is a fellow Brit).

The first hole at Vila Sol is a brute even after you have hit a decent drive and because it’s a 400 yard par four you tend to try and kill it off the tee.

Anyhow, the three of us had great fun. I bought some balls half way round off a local lad £10 for 8 Pro V’s. I’d already lost four (!); I only contrived to lose two more over the next three days!

We went round in a little over four hours the three of us not having a clue where we were going.

I shot 95 so was happy having an eight on the first, I birdied the fourth so was looking forward to breaking 90 in the first round. Mike struggled a bit but went on to play really well in the actual tournament.

The EDGA Portuguese Open 2015 – The tournament…

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Teeing Off at  EDGA 2015

My tee time for 1st round was at 10.30am a nice time I thought I was drawn against a Dutch Para-Golfer (Wheelchair user) lovely guy who had a Dutch golf referee as his caddy, I was not offered a caddy.

As a para-golfer, Jürgen was fast but still took three times as long as me. Sitting in the buggy in the hot sunshine I nearly dropped off to sleep – not great prep for being competitive!

All in all, I had a terrible round I hit so many trees, Jürgen nicknamed me the ‘Lumberjack’! By the 16th I wanted to walk in…..the greens had been cut in the morning and were super-fast. this meant we were out on the course 5+ hours, ridiculous given the group in front finished 3 holes in front of us. I shot 104 but did not care I just wanted a beer!

The organisers were sympathetic as to slow play but what can they do Para-       golfers cannot play any quicker? Jürgen had a poor round as well. I went back on the practice ground after the lager and fell in love with the Ping G30…again! (Did the beer change things?)

I had a restless night before the final day. I had finished very near the back of the field shooting 104 which was my worse round of 2015, the course was tough with a Slope Rating of 130 so all of us got 3 shots, but I let the slow play and narrow fairways get the better of me.

Sadly, in addition, my stump had swollen up overnight to the size of a watermelon, so I had to dose myself up with Ibuprofen my tee time was 8.00 am, with a one-handed Frenchman ‘Axel’.

Worse still, the Ping team had left the night before so I had to sort my alinement out by myself!

Andy and Will were not lighting the place up either so there was very little camaraderie amongst the Brits. Perhaps we weren’t playing as a team enough…..The French, Dutch, Swedes all drank, ate and practiced together!

So here I was, at the EDGA Portuguese Open 2015. I teed off into the winter sun, down the middle hit a good second shot, my approach on the first was online but we never found the ball? The sun was so low you could barely see the green. So with a ‘drop’, I scored 7 after 2 putting!

I lost my drive left into water on the second and was already facing a nightmare. My opponent had had a 5 and a par when we walked to the stroke index 1, the third. I scored a double bogey on this monster uphill par four on all three rounds; my opponent took nine (9)!

Anyhow, a scrambled a half decent 47 going out birdie-ing the 8th – a 530-yard par 5. We had already been out on the course well over two hours my opponents caddy kept apologising for how long her player took. He lasered every shot from the tee to the green, it drove me mad….

However, as he became tired and his game suffered more than mine. I shot 48 back nine, not good but after 5 and a quarter hours I was like a walking dead zombie…..

I finished 13th and 25th out of a field of 35 overall – so respectable but no silverware!

The EDGA Portuguese Open 2015 – The Politics…

After the first round, I chatted to some of the other players and spoke at length with EDGA President –  Tony Bennett. I was also amazed to hear that Jamie Blair (England Golf, Disabled CEO) had flown out to watch the first day, spoken with some of the British players but not to me?!

Paul Houghton - EDGA 2015

Paul Houghton – EDGA 2015

As there were only four of us, I think he should have made more effort, anyhow he was gone by the Wednesday evening. As an aside, I also subsequently found out that the Dutch team were paid 500 Euros to attend with a brand new shirt for each day,… the French had the same.

So why does golf’s British governing board want to help us in this way? N.B. And these were much bigger teams of players?! They give EDGA money each year, which goes toward supporting the event but out of the 40 odd players only 4 of them were Brits!

There is also already an agreed agenda on what impairments can take part, it does not look to me that anything other than physical impairment will be considered for these events. #discuss

To be honest playing alongside wheelchair users does not work for me as an amputee, a time system has to be considered. Some players want penalties for slow play administered, five hours plus in sweltering temperatures has to be addressed as amputees our body temperature climbs and fatigue kicks in.

I am trying to devise a way of combating slow play. This has to be achieved, EDGA will be looking at it seriously. I believe that penalties for groups taking more than 4 hours 30 minutes must come in.

So, hopefully,  you’re now getting the flavour of the event, you’ll appreciate a two ball over 5 hours!

EDGA have volunteer marshals on every third hole, the marshals may be given the power to effect penalties – it’s some we have to consider for larger events.

For the next event I believe the DGA should try to enter more players, many DGA players would qualify if they were willing to undertake the medical scrutiny, certainly something to consider for some.

I know Mr.Bennett is passionate in developing a strong British contingent but right now I think like the other countries have the tournament as they want it; there are no plans as yet to have a UK EDGA tournament, although Tony intimated he wanted more players from the DGA (Disabled Golf Association) attending events.

The good news is that Sergio Garcia is now EDGA’s Patron – which will help raise the profile of these events!

In December 2015,  the International Golf Federation has been excepted by the International Paralympic Committee – so it looks as though golf will be a Paralympic sport.

Pro’s – Great golf course, top players, superb hotel, good food… the weather!

Con’s –  very few British players, not a course for high handicappers, slow play.

The EDGA Portuguese Open 2015 – The finale…

The Gala evening was spectacular with an opera singer and harpist. The EDGA Portuguese Open 2015 gala evening was very professional a great occasion and a chance to mix with your fellow competitors. There were great speakers from all the winners. Andy Gardiner finished best of the Brits coming 7th. 

Manuel De Los Santos won the event in a playoff from Mathieu Cauneau. 

So would I enter again? Absolutely, the Portuguese EDGA Open 2015 was a great experience!

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Thesocialgolfer.com 2016 tournament news…

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Thesocialgolfer.com 2016 Tournament News: Dates & times for your dairy…

Thesocialgolfer.com 2016 tournament newsTSG MatchPlay 2016: (sponsored by The Altonwood Group):

Our 2015 event went all the way to the wire, with the final being contesting on the green of the 18th hole. John Barber finished our victor.

Once again there will be spaces available for 64 TSGers to fight it out in a monthly knock-out competition beginning in April running through to September.

This year’s Grand Final will take place at the testing and picturesque Woldingham GC in South London on Sunday 25th September.

Register here for the TSG MatchPlay 2016

Thesocialgolfer.com 2016 tournament news

The TSG Masters 2016:

We recently posted this event on the games calendar, and after the qualifiers have been contacted a ballot will take place to find the final attendees.

Please note there is only room for 32 places on this day – so please be quick to sign up for the ballot.

The venue will once again be Warley Park in Essex and will take place on Saturday 23rd April.

Register here for the TSG Masters 2016

Thesocialgolfer.com 2016 tournament newsTSG Par 3 Championship 2016:

Having established this event in 2015, we will once again be hosting this competition at the Pedham Place, Par 3 Academy course. There is room for 36 places on this day and it is ONLY open to TSG PRO members.

The date for our TSG flagship event will be Saturday 18th June. Last Year’s winner Brian Scott will no doubt be back to defend his title.

Register here for the TSG Par 3 Championship 2016

TSG OPEN Golf Day Championship 2016: (In aid of winner’s charity)

Thesocialgolfer.com 2016 tournament newsNow in it’s sixth year, we are currently looking at the possibility of moving this comp to a new venue this year. In the short term, we can’t tell you much but we are provisionally looking at weekend of 23/24th or  30/31th July.

THE TSG ‘OPEN’ competition, all TSGers and their guests are welcome to compete on the day. As well fighting it out for the Halliwell Cup, there is a guest trophy to be won and plenty of prizes.

More information to follow.

Can’t wait this long to play – post you own game here…

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The TSG OPEN Championship 2015 – The Winners…

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

TSG OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

TheSocialGolfer.com, the online social networking community for golfers celebrated its annual TSG OPEN Championship (in association with londongolfshow.com) at Bletchingley Golf Club in Surrey on 11th July 2015….

Celebrating its 5th year, the now much coveted Halliwell Cup (donated by stroke victim Ian Halliwell) was won by Harlow & Essex based TSG member Steve Slater, with the Ladies Trophy won by Blackheath & Kent member Judy Lilley.

The TSG OPEN Championship 2015…

The day was attended by over 40+ able-bodied and disabled golfers from all over the South East of England and from as far away as Poland and New Zealand. The winners on the day also donated all the monies raised on the day to their two selected charities; Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre, providing activity-based ‘fun’ for 8-16yr olds in Essex and Bromley Sparks, a self-advocacy group run by people in Kent with a learning difficulties.

TSG OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The silverware…

The tournament began with the usual briefing and course orientation but as well as the individual Stableford competition; there was a Yellow Ball event, Straightest Drive, 2 x Nearest Pins, Beat The Pro, a Putting Comp and Team Event. The event was sponsored by the London Golf Show.

The day’s events continued into the early evening with a dinner and raffle and we are very grateful to Alan Haywood and Steve Slater for their help on the day. Of course, we must also thank Anna Guss and Brigitte Lockwood for their wonderful donation of a day with them at Wentworth.

What our winners said;

Just a brief note to thank the guys at Bletchingley for taking good care of the TSGers again. Always made to feel welcome here, hospitality always top notch.  In the words of Steve Cookson the Head Pro, greens were ‘sporty’, is a bit of an understatement and proved much more of a challenge than usual. Dry and hard – good for long drives, not quite so good for short putts – Congratulations to winners in all categories!” Men’s winner – Steve Slater

“Heartfelt thanks to The Social Golfer for a wonderful day and all the organisation and time put into making it such a success…many thanks to Bletchingley for their hospitality and to Beat The Pro Ben for a cheery welcome and showing most of us how it should be done. I would like to nominate Bromley Sparks as my chosen charity. They are small and every little helps. I know they will be so grateful for the donation….hope to see a good turnout at the TSG Par 3 Championship at Pedham Place in August –  Bring it on!” Ladies winner – Judy Lilley

TSG OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Some of the Winners…

The other results off 3/4 Handicap:

Mens – 2nd – Martyn Miller – 27 Pts, 3rd – Roger Hurcombe – 24 Pts

Ladies – 2nd – Ruth Brand – 24 Pts

Guest Trophy – John Benstead – 27 Pts

Other winners on the day included:

Nearest Pin – Barry Hill

Nearest Pin 2nd shot – No winners

Straightest Drive – Anna Guss

Putting Champion – Tom Hurcombe

Yellow Ball Comp – Steve Duffy, Martyn Miller & Judy Lilley

Team Event – Steve Duffy, Martyn Miller & Judy Lilley

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Other comments regarding the day included:

Ian Mullins, Managing Director of TheSocialGolfer.com said;“The event is now well established and whilst it wasn’t intended, Bletchingley is fast becoming the Augusta of the TSG OPEN Championship. As always we were hugely impressed with the way the club supported the event. It is key that we do we can also raise the profile of disabled golfers and this is the TSGers doing their little bit for the cause!”

“Would like to echo what Steve has said. It was a great day, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. The course was very nice with some challenging greens which we were all tested on. Thanks Ian for organising this and I look forward to entering many more of these days and meeting up with the fabulous TSG members…..” – Martyn ‘Speedy’ Miller

“The  sunniest TSG OPEN Championship yet, the most challenging greens, a great crowd, an excellent organisation from Mr Mullins and as always a most pleasant welcome from Bletchingley staff. Lovely to see some new faces (and not so new), some friendly guests and a record attendance from TSG Ladies. Warm congratulations to the worthy winners, thank you to all those who contributed to making this a great day to remember. Vive Le TSG!”  – Brigitte Lockwood

“What a special event it was! Beautiful sunny weather, great crowd, great company for the game, good money raised for charities. And all very well organised….THANK YOU VERY MUCH 🙂 Congratulations to all the winners especially to Judy and Steve. Well done guys. See you all again next year!” – Anna Guss

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By Ian Mullins

TheSocialGolfer.com – Golfers Survey 2015…

Monday, June 15th, 2015

In January, we issued the TSG Golfers Survey questionnaire (sponsored by www.www.GolfGear247.co.uk), asking you to give us your views on the website, what we were getting right and what we were getting wrong. Your thoughts on how we can improve and your opinions on the golf industry as a whole.

We are very grateful to all those that took part, there were more than 130 respondents, 71% PRO members and 29% FREE members. 90% were male golfers with 10% of views coming from the ladies.

TSG Golfers Survey - Regions

TSG Golfers Survey – Regions

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – The Numbers….

Ok, lets start with the basics and the demographics of TSG:

– 84% of members are over 45

– 55% live in London or the South, 15% in the East, 7% in North West, 5.4% in the Midlands

– 56% of you have been playing for 5 years or more, 19% 1-4 years and 20% can’t remember!

– Over 67% of you play once a week or more!

– 63% of you DON’T belong to a golf club

– 64% DON’T belong to a golf society

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Your Game….

Nearly half claimed that ‘Time’ was the biggest factor to you playing more but the weather also plays a big part in things, with over 20% saying it affected them playing more often.

– 3 out of 10 of you play off a handicap of 10-18

– 4 out 10 of you are playing off a handicap of between 19-24

– Only 9% of you have a Handicap below 10

TSGers Preferred Golf Ball

TSGers Preferred Golf Ball

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – The Brands….

The most popular make of clubs within the TSG community was Callaway with 16.8%, closely followed by Ping with 16.4%, once again closely followed by TaylorMade.

– Fourth was Cobra, fifth was Mizuno and the rest was spread across a plethora of brands

When it came to choosing your golf balls, Srixon (25%) and Titleist (24%) were the clear favourites making up nearly half the survey results. However, Callaway put up a fight with 11% of you preferring this ball.

However, most amusing was that over 10% played with whatever was in your bag!!

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Travel….

With more and more golfers looking to take advantage of both cheaper air travel and an influx of golf travel operators entering the market, many of you are now taking more of your golfers currency further afield but just how often are you taking time out to take a golf trip?

– 38% of you are now taking a golf break each year

– 27% of you are taking 2 or more trips a year

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Media….

Whilst we are always working hard to grow the community on your behalf, its interesting to see how loyal members are and whether they visit any other websites?

– 77% of you have been a TSGer for a year or more

– 84% of don’t belong to any other golf community

– 9 out of 10 members use social media

– 37% of you have a facebook account, 19% use LinkedIn,  18% use Twitter, 7% G+, 5% use instagram

Golfers Survey - How are your treated by Golf Clubs

How are your treated by Golf Clubs?

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Golf Clubs….

We asked you a number of questions in our Golfers Survey about your views on golf Clubs and the golf industry as a whole. When asked why you wouldn’t join a golf club?

– 30% of you said you like playing different courses

– 38% of said there was no need as you play ‘society/social’ golf

– Over 16% of you said golf club membership was too expensive

Asked what would MAKE you join a golf club?

– 18% said to play in competitions and another 18% said to play close to home

– 15% said improved flexible membership options

– Only 15% commented to access a CONGU handicap certificate

– Finally, 12% of you said if there was a good social calender!

However, most importantly we asked you how you were treated by Golf Clubs as either non-members or Pay ‘n Players, as you went around the county.

– The good news is that over 40% of TSGers said they were treated ‘quite well’

– However, another 40% could only muster an’OK’

Most worryingly, 3% of you said you were treated ‘badly or very ‘badly’ by clubs – who are these clubs we wonder. In a age of ‘customer reviews’ and ‘testimonials’, why would any club treat visitors poorly!

Golfers Survey - How do you rate the atmosphere with TSG

How do you rate the atmosphere within TSG?

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – TSG….

Here’s the bit we were worried about, but we should never have had such reservations. Not only did you give us here at TSG HQ a glowing report, you also were prepared to be quoted.

– More than 60% felt TSG was a place to meet new golfers and organise your golf

– 21% saw us a place to share your passion and improve your golf

– 17% saw us as place to keep scores and read course reviews

– 86% of you felt the cost of being a Pro members was fair or superb value

There was no one area of the site that was used anymore than another with the Handicap Tracker, Course Reviews and the Games Calender the most popular. More stats:

– Over 50% of you ‘claim’ to have posted a game but 34% said there were plenty anyway but surprising over 15% of you ‘didn’t know you could’. However, 6% were honest enough to admit, you were ‘Too shy’.

– Nearly 6 out of 10 have used the Handicap tracker (What are the other 4 doing it?!)

– But again 17% ‘didn’t know you could’

– 8/10 of you rated monthly Newsletter as Interesting, Valuable or that you ‘Loved it!’

– However, more than 50% said they hadn’t read the TSG Newsblog or more worryingly, didn’t know there was one. Lets hope the fact we have now added this to the front page and the Members page this will now change.

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – And finally….

We invited you to tell us how YOU would describe TSG to your friends:

– Overwhelmingly 91% of you described the site as ‘Friendly’, ‘Welcoming’ and ‘Good Fun’. Which is very humbling.

70% gave us a scored of 8/10 or better.

We are very grateful to everyone that took the time to give us there views. We are very pleased that you gave us such a high overall approval rating but we also note there is still room to improve the service we provide.

However, we’ll leave the final say to you the members:

“Place to meet different people, play different courses – a must for all golfers!”

“An ideal way to meet new people, play different courses and enjoy more golf”

“A great place to socialise, meet new people in a non-cliquey environment”

“A well organised and friendly way to join or organise golf games especially for non club members”

“A friendly golfing hub”

“As far as I am aware there is nothing else like it!!”

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By Ian Mullins

 

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park GC…

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

The TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

TheSocialGolfer.com, celebrated its 2nd annual TSG Masters Championship (in association with GolfGear247.co.uk) at Warley Park Golf Club on 3rd May 2015…..

Golfers from all over the South East of England and from as far away as Lancashire gathered at the Essex based club, all hoping to be TSG Masters Champion golfer…

How they qualified for The TSG Masters?

The members of the online social network had all qualified via a number of different means, some via the website’s monthly leaderboard, some via other TSG Major events with the remaining spaces snapped up via the ballot and/or by special invitation with no one wishing to miss out on the first TSG ‘Major’ of the year.

This made for an exciting competition and while some TSGers were familiar with the course layout, most were totally alien to it. The field ranging from 11 handicappers to 27, played the Childerditch and the Warley ’10 to 18′ loop, two very different layouts offering their own challenges, the latter including the superb 18th Par 3 signature hole.

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

TheSocialGolfer.com Masters

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters…

The event was won by well known disabled golfer Richard Saunders, who has been a great advocate of the site since its ‘official’ launch in 2010.  After 18 holes, Saunders (based in Essex) scored a fantastic 44 Pts off his 20 handicap with Judy Lilley 2nd (Kent – 39 Pts) and 3rd Tuan Nguyen (Kent – 35 Pts).

There was also some fun to be had with 2 x Nearest Pins and a ‘Straightest Drive’ keeping the day alive for those that were not troubling the leaderboard and a Par 3 Competition to add to the drama on the day. Other winners on the day included popular ‘TSGers’, Lee Benson (Herts), Paul Thorne (Essex), Matt Sutton (Kent) with Richard Saunders adding the Par 3 trophy to his haul.

However, we’ll leave the final words to our new TSG Masters Champion…

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

Richard Saunders – TSG Masters Champion 2015

This is the second TSG Masters that I have attended and I thoroughly enjoyed the event… It’s a great opportunity for the members of the TSG to get together and enjoy the camaraderie that exists between them. I would like to thank Warley Park Golf Club and their members for allowing us to play in what is a very tight and demanding golf course – where straight drives and correct club selection is most important to small undulating greens. I had one of those days were everything went right. The Social Golfer continues to raise the profile for disabled golfers in conjunction with BALASA, the national disabled golfing charity and the funds they raise helps BALASA members to have buggies at their National Championships, their support is very much appreciated.” 

Kevin Smith, Director of Golf at the venue said – “We were delighted to host the TSG Masters event for the second consecutive year. The TSG members are always very respectful to us and our members and they always compliment us on the condition and layout of the course. We are even more pleased a disabled golfer wins TSG Masters this year. We are equally delighted to be on the roster for their events and look forward to them returning to the club again 2016!”

THE PHOTOS

By Ian Mullins

The Social Golfer wins GOLD Award at Essex Digital Awards…

Friday, May 1st, 2015

It was a balmy spring evening at Colchester United Football Stadium, where the great and the good from Media and Marketing throughout Essex and the South East gathered for an evening of entertainment and networking….

AND despite stiff competition The Social Golfer competed with websites from across all genres and won the Gold Award accolade in the SPORT & ENTERTAINMENT category!!

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The Social Golfer wins Gold Award at Essex Digital Awards

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award at Essex Digital Awards

What are the Essex Digital Awards…

Now in their second year, the Essex Digital Awards(EDAs) look to reward innovation and progressive thinking by businesses across the county.

Previous winners span several industries and range from individuals to national companies, but all have at the core of their entry a desire to use digital media as a means to achieve greater things for their business.

The EDA’s are backed by a range of Essex-based companies including Volvo Colchester, Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce and Northcliffe Newspapers’, Essex Chronicle.

What is The Social Golfer?

Since its official launch in 2010, the community focused website (run by Essex based Marketing Consultant – Ian Mullins) has firmly established itself as one of the most used golfing websites in the south east and the UK.

The fast growing online golfing community is a place where you can make new friends, join local golf games, run local golf societies and local golf groups, join in chat and forum discussions, track your scores, establish a Handicap (using both UK calculation and USGA calculation formats) and study your progress using our unique game analysis tools.

You can also download your own official TSG Handicap Certificate (UK or USGA).

The Social Golfer system allows you to track your golf handicap after every game and lets you compare your golf stats with your golfing friends/buddies/mates and compete in our monthly TSG league table.

You can also upload your golfing photographs, share golf videos and catch up on BBC Golf News feeds for free and take advantage of our member green fee offers.

In addition, TheSocialGolfer.com lets you locate, read, review and rate over 25,000 local and worldwide golf courses and gather golf club information free of charge; such as green fees, scorecard details, Google maps and contact numbers!

The site currently has over 4,500 registered users in the UK and 8,500+ worldwide.

Essex Digital Awards - Gold Winners

Essex Digital Awards – Gold Winners

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award….Why?

The site has grown steadily over the five years since its official launch and reached its first million hits within a calendar year in 2014…

– Awarded Microsoft Bizspark ‘Start-up of the day’ in 2010

– The site was in profit in its second year and now has ambitions to become the biggest golf club in the UK even though it doesn’t own a golf course

– The site is currently generating approx. 80-100k page impressions a month and continues to grow with 32% of site traffic coming from new visitors

– It has over 1600+ Twitter followers and the Facebook page has 450+ Likes

– The site’s Twitter page is in the Top25 influencers for golf on Twitter

– In 2014, the site moved approx 900,000 places in the global ranking from the 1.8 millionth most visited websites to 900,278. In addition, its UK ranking has moved from 129,824 in Dec 2013 to 42,581 in Dec 2014

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award….how?

In this five year period, The TSG team have also established partnerships with many major local, national and international brands including, Your Golf Travel, London and Manchester Golf Shows, GolfPunk Magazine, Alamo Car Hire, Online Tee Times, Trophies&Medals.com and with over 22 clubs in Essex and the surrounding counties. They include: Woolston Manor GC, Warley Park GC and South Essex GC

In March 2014, the site was short-listed to be an official England Golf partner.

In the summer of 2014, the site launched its first ‘above the line’ marketing campaign on talkSPORT (London) and talkSPORT.com and Ian himself has written articles and featured in Essex Golfer Magazine and on local Essex Radio promoting golf a a sport and the website.

The team also recently agreed a deal with Group M (The largest advertising agency network in the world owned by Sir Martin Sorrell) to supply advertising inventory to their clients which include Direct Line, RBS and Sony in 2015.

Global Advertisers that have supported the site to date include Emirates, BA, AMEX, Nike, BMW.

In March 2015, The Social Golfer was short-listed as a finalist in the Essex Digital Awards

Essex Digital Awards - Gold Winners

Essex Digital Awards – Robin Bailey interviews Ian Mullins

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award….What they said?

“We are very proud to receive this award, as we were not only competing against other sports sites but those from the world of entertainment. It has been a long road from very humble beginnings but with over 900+ events organised on the site in 2014 and the community is gaining real momentum. It’s always nice to be recognised for your efforts, especially by your peers but the accolades in this case go to the development team and the members themselves. They’re the ones that make the site what it is!” – Ian Mullins, Managing Director – TheSocialGolfer.com

I love my golf and I can understand why TheSocialGolfer.com were a clear winner in this category. The judges must have been impressed by how the team had developed both an active and loyal community that would rival any ‘Bricks and Mortar’ golf club – and in the space of only five years.  TSG seem to be showing the way for the future of golf and for online communities of any genre.  Ian and his team have certainly got a handle on how the internet can grow a business like theirs.”  – Awards compere and Veteran BBC TV & Radio, European Tour Weekly and Golfing World presenter Robin Bailey.

 “The Essex Digital Awards look to celebrate and inspire creative uses of the interne t…. Our judging panel were clearly impressed by The Social Golfer, scoring it highly in the face of some stiff competition. We’re excited to see where the TSG team take the idea next.” – Andy Pritchard, Director of the Essex Digital Awards

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TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story…

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

We asked you the members to share your TSG (TheSocialGolfer.com) stories with us. Here it’s the turn of Richard Adinolfi to tell us about his TSG experience. Richard joined TSG in December 2013.

TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story…

TheSocialGolfer.com - My story by Richard Adinolfi

TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story by Richard Adinolfi

TheSocialGolfer.com means more to me than just playing golf. It started as therapy of sort and developed into an addiction.

In December 2013 I lost my father and I needed a release from the moment. I decided to throw myself into playing golf. Four hours of fresh air and a stroll in the countryside would take my mind of events.

The problem was I had nobody to play with.

My friends were spread far and wide over London and I had little interest in joining a club. My experiences of playing private clubs as a visitor were never good enough for me to part with hard earned cash.

I was a member of another golfing community website but could not find anyone to play with, until someone on that very site suggested The Social Golfer.

I took a look and saw frequent games being posted in the Essex area so I signed up.

Truth be told, I was not really expecting much but thought it was worth a shot (excuse the pun).

TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story (What happened next?)…

Hesitantly, I attended my first Epping Bandit game in January 2014 at Toot Hill Golf Club. I was immediately made to be feel welcome, despite having to sit across from Howard Davis at breakfast. Not a pleasant sight for anyone but one of which I have become accustomed.

The first few games I played were about getting to know the people I was playing alongside and enjoying playing golf on a regular basis. However, what was first a decision to get out and get fresh air and a bit of exercise quickly turned into a need to improve my game as much as possible. I signed up for as many games as I could at as many different courses as possible.

I had initially given myself a modest 24 handicap but wanted to bring this down as much as possible. Unfortunately an attitude, not shared by many but that is a discussion for another day!!!

Without The Social Golfer I would probably still be sitting at home watching golf on TV thinking “I wish I played more golf”, whereas now, I sit at home watching golf thinking “If I can just cut my handicap by a few more strokes, I’ll be as good as Tiger”….

The Social Golfer was there when I needed it. It is one of my first ports of call when I turn on the computer in the morning just hoping for those magic emails that say “a new game has been posted in your area”.

I sit here now in front of my computer having played 60 times in just over a year at 40 different courses. My handicap has come down from 24 to 16. I have travelled to France and Spain with the Epping Bandits, learnt some valuable Yiddish and have met many people whom I now consider friends.

I owe all of that to The Social Golfer!

 

Thesocialgolfer.com reviews…

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Thesocialgolfer.com reviews

Thesocialgolfer.com reviews

Obviously, we here at TSG HQ think we have a great website but what do other people think?

Here are just some of thesocialgolfer.com reviews that have been sent to us by you the members…

After years of playing golf irregularly on pay and play courses, I discovered TSG, my golfing life changed overnight! I now play as often as I like, on courses I could not have previously imagined, with a great bunch of new mates…best thing I ever did! Alan Haywood , Essex – Handicap 15

Due to my job having irregular hours, TSG has allowed me to play when my normal golf buddies aren’t around. I’ve met lots of like minded golfers and played many new courses. I have yet to meet anyone who I wouldn’t want to play golf with again and my wife even checks it now to see when I am playing – TSG is definitely the site to join!” John West, Surrey – Handicap 19

“I became a Social Golfer at the London Golf Show in Nov 2011 and I have really enjoyed discovering new courses, making new friends, taking advantages of special offers & learning golfing tips. Although male golfers are in majority, I would encourage women golfers of any standard to take an active part in this  friendly golfing community – I cannot imagine my golfing life without TSG now! Brigitte Lockwood, London – Handicap 28

“As a beginner, I found TSG to be a great way of learning the game – think Facebook for Golfers!” Lyndon Samuel, Suffolk – Handicap 24

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Some more of Thesocialgolfer.com reviews…

In January 2015, we conducted a Members survey in order to understand more about how you the members use the site and what you would like to see improved. We expect to publish these results in April 2015 but until then, here are some of the things you said about us.

 “A wonderful way to join up with other golfers who love their golf and enjoy playing different courses”

“I like the buzz of meeting all nationalities and enjoying the day”

Easy atmosphere with like minded golfers”

“No nonsense, easy to use website”

“Every aspect of golf you can think of in one site”

“A great way to play golf and different courses and enjoy a great bunch”

“The way forward, freedom, choice, opens your horizons”

“If you are not a member of a club – join!”

“A fitting community to use the The Social Golfer name”

“A Place to meet different people, play different courses – a must for all golfers!!

“A well organised and friendly way to join or organise golf games especially for non club members”

“An ideal way to meet new people, play different courses and enjoy more golf…”

“As a female player, I like to know with posted games, if it’s mixed or single sex.”

“A great place to socialise, meet new people, in a non-cliquey environment!”

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And finally, our personal favourite from all Thesocialgolfer.com reviews to date….

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“As far as I am aware, there is nothing else like it!”