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MArk Crane & Dave Johnson Matchplay Finalists

The Social Golfer Matchplay & Pairs – The Winners…

Johnson wins The Social Golfer Matchplay 2023!Wilson & Webb take TSG PairsOnce again, – the online golf club and social golf network – held its 11th TSG Matchplay Championship[…]

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Gogogo Sport Rangefinders VPRO model

Gogogo Sport Rangefinders…

Looking for an affordable rangefinder to improve your game? As an official partner of The Social Golfer, we are pleased to showcase their latest golf range devices and look at[…]

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Golfer Teeing up Golf Ball at Royal Norwich Golf Lcub

Royal Norwich Golf Club – Latest News…

Latest News from Norfolk’s Premier Golf Club We love hearing from golf clubs on how they are innovating and developing new projects. As such, we asked Royal Norwich Golf Club[…]

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Social Golfers on tee box

The Social Golfer OPEN 2023 brings Africa to Surrey…

Lilley & Scott take honours at The ‘African’ Social Golfer OPEN 2023 As the good weather graced the fairways of Bletchingley Golf Club in Surrey, the members of the popular[…]

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The Social Golfer

Finding Someone to Play Golf with…

How do you find new golf partners in the UK? Enjoying your golf is what the game is all about but finding a good golf buddy can be harder than[…]

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Neil Millar (centre) receiving the Murdoch Medal at Royal Liverpool Golf Club from Richard Williams (left), chairman of the award committee, and Bob Chadwick, British Golf Collectors Society Captain.

History of Golf book wins literary award…

Book on golf’s history by Open Championship official wins prestigious literary award The Murdoch Medal by the British Golf Collectors Society (BGCS). University professor and Open Championship referee Neil Millar[…]

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Afreiyea Golf Academy Poster

Afriyea Golf Academy Donation Page…

Donate to the Afriyea Golf Academy and help us grow the game in Africa!The Social Golfer has selected the Afriea Golf Academy in Uganda as its chosen charity at this[…]

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The Social Golfer Membership Tiers

The Social Golfer Memberships FREE vs HANDICAP vs PRO

The Social Golfer Membership Tiers So, you’re thinking of registering with The Social Golfer as a FREE member but want to know the advantages of upgrading to our HANDICAP or[…]

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Amy Bockerstette & Gary Woodland at Waste Management Open 2019

Amy Bockerstette picked for Cairns Cup 2024 Team USA…

The Cairns Cup 2024 Captain Kim Moore names Amy Bockerstette for Team USA. Viral internet sensation Amy Bockerstette has been selected to represent her country at golf’s Premier Disability Match[…]

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Golf Scorecard and Pencils

What does the Golf Slope & Rating mean?

With the introduction of the WHS (World Handicap System) in 2021, golfers have had to learn some new terminology… While the terms golf slope and rating have been around for[…]

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Mark Crane and John Barber - Grand Final

Barber is a ‘cut’ above the rest at The Social Golfer Par 3 Championship!

Barber wins The Social Golfer Par 3 Championship 2023! Once again, members of The Social Golfer gathered from all over the South-east of England, to meet and compete at Pedham[…]

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Variety Golf Mini Bus

Golf Escapes Partners with Variety Golf…

TSG Travel Partners, Golf Escapes to support the Variety Golf Charity… Our friends at Golf Escapes, believe in giving back to the community whenever possible. That’s why they are so[…]

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Royal Mid Surrey Golf Course

Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club – TSG Course Review…

We had the chance to play Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club and it didn’t disappoint! As a member of the Association of Golf Writers, every now and again, we are lucky[…]

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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 to[…]

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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 by[…]

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Golf Handicap Certificate

Get a Golf Handicap Certificate with The Social Golfer…

Looking to track your current playing ability using The Social Golfer Handicap Index? Want a printable official Golf Handicap Certificate? 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[…]

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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,[…]

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Old Victorian Golfers - illustration

The Origin of Golf Words, Phrases & Terminology

With many golfing terms now part of the everyday English language but where do the words and phrases that golfers use originate from? We all know the common words used[…]

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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[…]

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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 Day Organising a golf day of any magnitude is not as easy as people make out. Therefore[…]

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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,…[…]

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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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Black Golfer holding Golf Club

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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Tiger Woods

5 Best Golf Tips from Top PGA Tour Pros…

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

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The London Club

Golf Societies in Kent – Where to golf…

Our Top 5 Golf Society Golf Courses in Kent There are plenty of Golf Societies in Kent for those who enjoy playing multiple courses rather than playing one course over[…]

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Melanoma-Fund-Charity-Golf-Day promo

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 PRO

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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Cruden Baf Golf Course - Blind Golf Auction

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 SurreyGolf 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 playing[…]

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Golf Societies Sussex – Where to golf…

Golf Societies in SussexGolf 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 nomads.There[…]

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Golf Societies Essex – Where to golf…

Golf Societies in EssexGolf 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, including[…]

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Country Spotlight – Golf in Japan…

Japanese GolfFollowing 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 country’s[…]

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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 intention[…]

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Phi Golf – The Indoor Golf Simulator Review…

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

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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 golfers particularly[…]

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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 due[…]

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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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