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Golf Students in Uganda learning the game

Afriyea Golf Academy Partners with The Social Golfer…

Afriyea Golf Academy links up with The Social Golfer to grow the game in Uganda. The Social Golfer, the UK’s largest golf society network with over 14,000 registered users worldwide[…]

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Chris Potten - TSG Maters Champion & Winner 2023

Herts Golfer wins The Social Golfer Masters at The Heron GC…

Chris Potten is the TSG Masters Champion 2023… Golfers from all over the south-east of England congregated at the newly named Heron Golf & Country Club (formerly South Essex) in[…]

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Guardia Civil - Spanish Golf Club Thefts

Spanish Golf Courses targeted by thieves…

Spanish Golf Clubs hit by golf bag thefts in Majorca! It has been reported that Spanish golf courses in Majorca are warning golfers to take extra care when visiting golf[…]

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The Trevor Sandford Trophy - Chip in birdie at The Social Golfer Major Events v4

Trevor Sandford Trophy Medal Winners…

In memory of a much loved TSG member who was well known for loving a Chip-In-Birdie when he played… Back in 2014, TSGer Trevor Sandford embarked on an epic journey[…]

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The Social Golfer - Leaderbaord Winners

The Social Golfer – Leaderboard Winners…

Want to see how you compare to your fellow TSGers each month by competing to be one of our monthly leaderboard winners? Every month TSGer’s who enter their scorecards into[…]

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The Social Golfer Majors Logo

The Social Golfer – Major Golf Events…

The Social Golfer Major Golf Events consist of FOUR Major golf events every year… As a member of The Social Golfer, you can enter our major golf tournaments each year[…]

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Golf Handicap Certificate

Get a Golf Handicap Certificate with The Social Golfer…

Want to track your current playing ability using The Social Golfer Handicap Index and print your official TSG Golf Handicap Certificate today?The Social Golfer handicapping analysis system allows you to calculate[…]

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The Heron Golf Club, Brentwood, Essex

TSG Club Partners – Green Fee Offers…

Welcome to The Social Golfer, TSG Club Partners page…As COVID now ceases to be an issue and with the ‘Cost of Living’ crisis upon us, we hope to add more and[…]

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Darren Redwood of Leading Courses

New Golf Season – Setting Goals…

Golf is a game of both patience and application but do you set yourself targets at the start of every golfing year? We asked Darren Redwood of Leading Courses to[…]

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McIlroy wins Association of Golf Writers – Golfer Of The Year Award 2022

Rory McIlroy’s sparkling season has just got better with confirmation he has been honoured by the Association of Golf Writers (AGW) as its Golfer of the Year Award 2022. It[…]

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Golf Scorecard and pencil

What is the Playing Handicap Calculation in Golf?

With the new World Handicapping System (WHS) now widely established, how is your Playing Handicap calculation worked out? Upon submitting your scores to the TSG Handicap Calculator, you will gain[…]

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Golf Handicaps - The Myths - The Social Golfer

Golf Handicaps – The Myths…

Myths of Golf Handicaps As we know, Golfers are a peculiar breed…but why? Because unlike most sports, scoring in golf is often down to the interpretation of the rules, rather[…]

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Man in front of blackboRD

Time To Change Your Putting Style and Get Some Advice…

Given that Putting accounts for roughly 25-30% of the strokes golfers take in a round, why do we not spend more time considering what works ‘best for me?’ As we[…]

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Handicap table

What is the Course Handicap in Golf?

With the new World Handicapping System (WHS) now widely established, what are the definitions of the new golf terminology e.g Course Handicap?1. As you travel from club to club, using[…]

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Old Victorian Golfers - illustration

The Origin of Golf Words, Phrases & Terminology

While many golfing terms are now part of the everyday English language but where do the words and phrases that golfers use every day originate from, and how did they[…]

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Golf Glossary Logo

Golf Glossary – Golfing Terms, Slang and Meanings

Golf is a great game with some great terminologies, some we all know, some that are unusual and some that are funny… Listed below is an explanation that may help[…]

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Social Golfers

Planning A Golf Society Trip Abroad…

Planning a golf society trip abroad can be very exciting but also very stressful, especially when it comes to deciding who to invite!Firstly, there is choosing the best golf destination[…]

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Tiger Woods on Golf Course with Caddie

How to Lower Your Scores – Golf Course Management…

Good Golf Course Management is the key to lowering your golf scores but how do you change your mindset? Golf is a game that really frustrates almost every golfer! Why?[…]

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John Bell, Tracey Ramin, Jonathan Snyder - USA Cairns cup Team

The Cairns Cup 2022 Winners…

The Cairns Cup 20022 winners were crowned after a week-long festival of disability golf! The USA Team proved too strong for the Europeans resulting in a 3 – 21 loss[…]

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Group of golfers

10 things to consider when starting a Golf Society…

Setting up a Golf Society Many golfers get into the game through a golf society. It’s where enthusiasts get together as a group, to visit golf clubs – often at[…]

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Club Gapping Illustration

Club Gapping (Know Your Yardages)…

Know Your Club Distances with Foresight Sports and GC Quad Technology As indoor golf studios become ever more popular, more and more golfers will get the chance to experience the[…]

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Kris Aves - Disabled Golfer

Westminster Bridge Terrorist Victim named Vice-Captain of European Cairns Cup

The Cairns Cup – Premier Disability Golf Matchplay Event Just over five years ago, Kris Aves was paralysed in the Westminster Bridge attack after being hit by the van driven[…]

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Mexican Bandit with Guitar

How to deal with golf cheats…

Spotting a Golf Bandit in action We’ve all had to deal with golf cheats at one time or another, yet golf is supposed to be the great game of honour,[…]

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Golfers wearing sombreros

Planning a Golf Day for your Society or Charity…

Getting the most from your Golf Society or Charity Event Planning a Golf DayOrganising a golf day of any magnitude is not as easy as people make out. Therefore it’s[…]

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Solheim Cup Winners Europe 2022

Association of Golf Writers Trophy won by Solheim Team…

Association of Golf Writers Trophy won for only the second time The Association of Golf Writers (AGW) is pleased to announce the victorious European Solheim Cup team has been voted[…]

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European Tee Time Booking…

Book Tee Times in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Benelux and many more The Social Golfer has teamed up with European Tee Time Booking Engine and golf course review website,…Find[…]

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John Lyons Actor

A Touch of Golf – John Lyons Interview

An interview with John Lyons (aka George Toolan) from the TV series A Touch of Frost… Golfer, and long term friend of The Social Golfer, John, told us why he started[…]

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Virtual Golf Lounge

New London Golf Studio – The Virtual Golf Lounge…

NEW West London Golf Studio Venue opens to the West of London Good Food & Drink and Great golf! The introduction of technology into golf is nothing new but every[…]

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Golf and Diversity – The BLACK Hole…

Golf and Diversity – What’s the problem? In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year, 80 sporting governing bodies in the UK released a statement acknowledging that they had[…]

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5 Best Golf Tips from Top PGA Tour Pros…

Useful Golf Advice from PGA Tour ProfessionalsWe all have a golf buddy who shows up to the first tee boasting a new golf tip seen on youtube…this is nothing new,[…]

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The Social Golfer Membership – Free Vs PRO…

We believe that golfers should be able to play anywhere, at anytime, whether they belong to a golf club or not. By joining The SOCIAL GOLFER community, you can arrange games close[…]

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Golf Societies in Kent – Where to golf…

Golf Societies in Kent There are plenty of Golf Societies in Kent for those who enjoy playing multiple courses and depending on how often they play, can visit as many[…]

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Slip! Slap! Swing! Melanoma Fund Golf Day…

The Melanoma Fund launches their first charity golf day The Social Golfer has teamed up with the Melanoma Fund to raise awareness of its Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign. Why? Well, melanoma[…]

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GoGoGo Sport Rangefinder – Product Review…

We review the latest GoGoGo Sport Rangefinder?  We are always flattered when we are asked to review new gadgets and now that Rangefinders are legal to use in competition, it’s[…]

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British Blind OPEN 2022 – TSG 4-ball Auction…

Welcome to The Social Golfer – British Blind OPEN 2022 auction! Support the British Blind OPEN & Win £4K+ worth of 4-ball vouchers… We are very pleased to announce that[…]

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South Coast UK Golf – Best Courses Reviewed…

South Coast UK Golf – East Sussex Courses Reviewed…Here are our views on two South Coast UK golf courses in East Sussex, close to the historic towns of Battle and Hastings.Every[…]

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Golf Societies Surrey – Where to golf…

Golf Societies in Surrey Golf Societies in Surrey are a great way to enjoy golf and it can often be more sociable than joining a golf club. This approach to[…]

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Golf Societies Sussex – Where to golf…

Golf Societies in Sussex Golf Societies in Sussex are a popular way of enjoying your regular round of golf in the county, especially for those that are independent golfer or[…]

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Golf Societies Essex – Where to golf…

Golf Societies in Essex Golf Societies in Essex are extremely popular and there are a variety of courses in Essex to choose from to organise your golf Society or Charity fund-raising day,[…]

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Country Spotlight – Golf in Japan…

Japanese Golf Following the recent success of Hideki Matsuyama at the 2021 US Masters in Augusta, we look at the popularity of golf in Japan and at some of the[…]

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Golf GPS Review – The Smart Caddie…

Looking for a new golf GPS App? Here we review the latest in golf GPS app technology, The Smart CaddieIt is a common assumption that a caddie’s role is only limited[…]

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Golf Lessons In My Area – Find a Golf Pro…

Looking for golf lessons or a golf professional in your area? LocoPro is the new website hub for golfers to find and review golf coaches across the UK and Ireland. The[…]

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Phi Golf – The Indoor Golf Simulator Review…

Phi Golf – The Indoor Golf simulator review How can you play golf when the courses are closed? We asked long-term TSGer John Barber to tell us how he has been[…]

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What is an Independent Golfer or Golfing Nomad?

What is an Independent Golfer? An Independent Golfer, also referred to as a Nomadic golfer or Social golfer, is someone who has no affiliation to any one golf club. These[…]

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The Social Network for Golfers – New Year, New Rules…

The Social Network for Golfers: New Year, New Rules… As the membership of our unique social network for golfers has grown significantly over the last 12 months (Nov & Dec excluded[…]

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Blind Golf – Supporting Disability Golf…

Those who have been TSGers for any length of time will know that we like to support all golf charities whenever we can, so we are pleased to announce our[…]

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TSG celebrate 10th Birthday at Celtic Manor…

CELTIC MANOR: The Anniversary Cup… We left England expecting the true Welsh experience but, low and behold, the sun came out and we FINALLY held a TSG event in 2020![…]

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The Social Golfer returns to South Essex Golf Club…

  TSG PARTNER CLUB: South Essex Golf Club… We are incredibly pleased to confirm next year’s curtain-raiser to the season sees us return to our first-ever host venue, South Essex[…]

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Golf Handicaps: Exceptional Play Cut…

  NEW TSG HANDICAP RULE: EXCEPTIONAL PLAY CUT… The exceptional play cut scoring calculation will be triggered when a player shoots four shots below his or her handicap. This will be[…]

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5 Top Tips for choosing a new Sportwear Embroidery supplier…

When thinking about getting sportswear embroidery on your team kit or sports garments, workwear or other clothing, what are the 5 core things you should consider when choosing an embroidery[…]

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Best golf watches to buy in 2020 – Garmin Approach…

Golfers are notoriously known for loving a new piece of golf gear but what are the best golf watches to buy in 2020… Golfers are always looking for new ways[…]

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Join The Social Golfer at Celtic Manor in Sept 2020…

As we look back at TEN years of The Social Golfer, we felt it only right that we should find some way of celebrating this achievement! Back in 2010, we were a[…]

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Golf games to play with golf partners…

Golf games and formats to enjoy with your golf mates…All golfers love to moan about how we would have had two more Stableford points but for the unlucky bounce on[…]

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Using a golf course guide to select a course to play…

Finding a Golf Course Guide and a new golf course to play; Whether played as a hobby or preparing for a competition using a Golf Course Guide is paramount to[…]

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Golf the West Coast of Scotland…

Golf the West Coast of Scotland… There’s no doubt about it, some of the best links golf courses in the world can be found on the West Coast of Scotland![…]

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Golfing in Vilamoura – Part Two…

In the first of our two articles on ‘Golfing in Vilamoura’, we talked about our visits to The Laguna and The Millennium. In this second of our two ‘Golfing in Vilamoura’ articles, now[…]

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Why golfers can carry 14 golf clubs in their bag…

Ever wondered why you are allowed to carry up to 14 clubs in your golf bag? And who made this rule? And why? Here we look at some of the[…]

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The US Masters 2020 Golf Tournament…

The US Masters 2020 Golf Tournament…YES, it’s less than six weeks until the biggest and best names in golf descend on Augusta National in Georgia.We look here at who’s in[…]

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Golfing in Vilamoura – Part One…

In the first of two articles under the heading of ‘Golfing in Vilamoura’, we visited the renowned Algarve region of Portugal for four days. We visited four golf courses including[…]

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Golf Trivia at Xmas….

So with the Xmas season upon us, we thought we would give you some golf trivia on which to impress your friends this Christmas! As such, we turned to regular[…]

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The Golf Majors in 2020…

Men’s Golf Majors in 2020…As this year’s tour comes to an end and with John Rahm winning the Race to Dubai, we asked our friends at Freebets to look at[…]

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Discover the tools to improving your golf game…

Once you’ve been hooked by the golf bug, the next thing you’ll want to do is look at ways of improving your golf game… We spoke to our friends at[…]

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FIVE Premiership footballers who golf…

There aren’t many sports that go hand in hand more so than golf and football. Both sports are intertwined in a unique way, with many professional footballers opting to use[…]

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Best Golf Courses in Spain…

When it comes to knowing the best golf courses in Spain, there’s no better destination to ‘swat up’ on, than the most visited golf region in Europe. Lush, rolling fairways,[…]

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Night Golf Events – What’s it all about?

From the outside, night golf events or tournaments are run similar to a regular daytime golf event. However, once you have produced a couple of them it becomes very clear[…]

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Golf in Australia…

Friend of The Social Golfer ‘Bob’, tells us what there is to know about Golf in Australia… For the last couple of years or so of being a member of[…]

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Great golf courses of the world…

One of the very best aspects of golf is that you can plan a trip around the sport and visit some of the great golf courses in the world… You[…]

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Top tips – which electric golf trolley is for me?

Which Electric Golf Trolley Is Right For Me? So, despite saying I would continue to carry my golf bag until I can’t, the recent improvements in design, fold-up size, and[…]

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Improve Your Golf Swing: The Impact Position…

All golfers want to improve their golf swing but every golfing enthusiast should understand that at the moment when he takes a swing and makes an impact on the ball?That’s[…]

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Golfing in South Africa – The Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)…

While searching the countries around the world that play golf, The Social Golfer’s regular columnist Scottish Bob took another look at Golfing in South Africa and came across a country[…]

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The Open 2019 – Will American’s continue to dominate…

With only a few weeks until The Open 2019, we look at the continued domination of Golf Majors by the Americans and discuss if the trend is set to continue[…]

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Pebble Beach Golf Club – US Open 2019…

Today the third of 2019’s Golf’s major begins, with this year seeing the tournament return to Pebble Beach Golf Club for the first time since 2010. Back then Tiger was[…]

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Golf Rules in 2019 – Major changes made…

Did you know there were major changes to the Golf Rules in 2019?After much debate over the last few years, the governing bodies sat down and made some drastic changes[…]

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Golf Participation in the UK in 2019 – Who’s to blame…

Golf participation in the UK in 2019 – Who’s to blame? As many people have reported over the last few years, golf in the UK has seen a decline both[…]

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Mongolian Golf (you couldn’t make it up!)…

This story is not only about our great game of golf and golf courses around the world and more specifically, Mongolian Golf! However, it’s also about the two young men,[…]

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Golf On A Budget by Golf Escapes…

Keeping your next golf trip affordable can sometimes be tough… So, we asked TSG travel partners at Golf Escapes to write a piece for those looking for golf on a[…]

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Crown Golf & The Social Golfer renew partnership …

The Online Golf Club & Golf Society, The Social Golfer have confirmed that Crown Golf will be its official site sponsor for a fourth year running… Crown Golf (the UK’s[…]

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Golf in The City: Golf Singapore…

In a new series of articles, this month sees Scottish Bob turns his attention to  south-east Asia in ‘Golf Singapore‘. Over to Bob… Golf Singapore – The City So in[…]

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FIVE reasons to begin playing golf…

Can you name 5 reasons to take up golf? We can. Golf is one of the oldest sports out there, yet a ton of people have a hard time with[…]

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Golfing in New Zealand…

This month Scottish Bob turns his sights on Golfing in New Zealand! Over to Bob… “Kia ora tatau & Nau Mai to Aotearoa” (that’s hello to everyone & welcome to the land[…]

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Best Winter Golf Events…

Locating the Best Winter Golf Events in the world to play can be a long and arduous exercise. Furthermore, as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, many golfers put their[…]

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Unique Golf Courses of The World – The Green Zone…

Unique Golf Courses of The World – Two countries, One Golf Course… In his latest blog, Scottish Bob investigates the phenomenon that you can pass through two times zones in one round[…]

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Phoenix Cup 2018 – Europe wins against all odds…

The Phoenix Cup 2018… USA v Europe Long Marsh Golf Club, Florida, USA  – October 15th—17th Team Europe win Disabled Ryder Cup following a hurricane scare and despite tragically losing[…]

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Short plays long game to win TSG MatchPlay at Pine Ridge Golf Club…, the online golf club and social golf network website, held its sixth TSG MatchPlay Championship Final (Sponsored by Crown Golf) at their flagship course Pine Ridge Golf Club in[…]

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Crown Golf News – Greenkeepers Off to TPC Sawgrass…

Every now and again we hear about a fantastic ‘good news’ golfing story and this time its the turn of the UK’s best Greenkeepers and it’s also TSG partner Crown Golf News… TPC Sawgrass[…]

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The Ryder Cup 2018 arrives in Paris – 25th- 30th Sept…

So, with less than a month to go to the biggest spectacle in the golfing calendar commences and we now know who is playing in this year’s Ryder Cup 2018[…]

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Paul Houghton – Disabled Golfer & TSGer sues Brentwood Council…

TSGer, Paul Houghton, and his case against Brentwood Borough Council for discrimination (on account of him not being allowed to use his buggy at Hartswood Golf Club) have now been[…]

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The Social Golfer OPEN 2018 – The Winners…

Once again, The Social Golfer online golf club and golf community gathered from all over the UK and with some players flying in from Africa for the 8th The Social[…]

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Matt Stables returns to South Essex GC …

One of Essex golf’s most popular figures, Matt Stables, has returned to South Essex GC as Golf Development Professional with a positive message to all golfers – and a promise[…]

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Thorpeness Golf Club – TSG Review…

Thorpeness Golf Club is set on the Suffolk coast, a few miles south of Southwold and is most famous for its unique landmark, the ‘House in the Clouds’. Located just[…]

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PGA Championship – 8th-12th Aug 2018…

The PGA Championship is almost upon us again and this year’s event is more special as it gives all the tour Pro’s that last minute opportunity on which to stake[…]

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Golf Destination – Isla Canela Golf Hotel in Spain…

To celebrate their sponsorship of the ‘Nearest to the Sim Pin’ at the 2018 TSG OPEN, ourselves and Official TSG Travel Partner Golf Escapes, would like to tell you more[…]

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Unique Golf Courses of the World – Kilimanjaro Golf…

Scottish Bob – now turns his attention to some of the lesser-known courses around the world, this time it’s the turn of Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate…As I have stated[…]

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The Social Golfer Par 3 Championship 2018…

Slater wins TSG PAR 3 Championship and takes 3rd TSG Major title… and now only requires one more for the TSG Slam! Once again members of The Social Golfer (Online[…]

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Gaudet Luce Golf Club – TSG Review…

Gaudet Luce Golf Club (pronounced Gore-day Loose) is set in a very nice part of rural Worcestershire. Located on the edge of Droitwich Spa, the club is very easy to[…]

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The Social Golfer & GDPR…

This privacy policy is for this website; and governs the privacy of its members and visitors. It explains how we comply with the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation and[…]

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Il Picciolo Golf Resort, Sicily – TSG Review…

Il Picciolo Golf Resort, Sicily, location, accommodation & facilities Having planted my ball on the 7th green at Peeble Beach (at the TSG Open Championship on a simulator!), the next thing[…]

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Essex Golfer takes The Social Golfer Masters title at Warley Park…

Golfers from all over the south-east of England congregated at Warley Park Golf Club in Brentwood (Essex) for the 5th annual TSG Masters on 28th April 2018 Twenty-eight golfers and[…]

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Unique Golf Courses of the World – Christmas Island…

Following on from Scottish Bob’s blog series on the Oldest Golf Courses of the World by continent in 2017, Bob now turns his attention to some of the lesser known courses[…]

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