Archive for October, 2014

London Golf Show 2014 Competition & Ticket Offer …

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
London Golf Show 2014

London Golf Show

It’s competition time again, and this time it’s the opportunity to win x5 pairs of tickets to the London Golf Show 2014 PLUS we’ve got a TSG 2-for-1 ticket offer to share with you!

The London Golf Show 2014 …

The 10th London Golf Show will be an interactive experience for golfers of all ages, with informed technical advice, PGA tuition and free golf lessons from Coaching Partner PlayGolf World, celebrity guests, two indoor driving ranges, custom fitting, club testing, custom build trucks, simulators, a Kids Zone, crazy golf, competitions and prizes, and the latest golf gadgets + every visitor to the show can benefit from a partnership with GOLFNOW.

Where is The London Golf Show 2014 …

Glow at BLUEWATER will be the new venue for this year’s event and the show will open on the same day as the Bluewater Christmas Lights party. BLUEWATER is only 5 minutes off the M25, and parking is FREE. It is convenient wherever you are coming from and it will only cost you the petrol you need to get there, there is no excuse not to make it!

The show will be supported by some of the best known golf brands including TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Wilson, Nike, Titleist, Ping, Cobra, Cleveland and Yonex, and in total there will be in excess of 100 golf brands at the show.

The retail partner of the show, Silvermere Golf Store, from the Silvermere Golf Complex, home of the Doug McClelland Golf Superstore, will set up at the Show with unique deals on clubs, clothing and accessories.

London Golf Show 2014

Try the latest gadgets …

What else is going on …

The main stage will be hosted by top presenter and golf show veteran Tony Westwood where he conducts interviews and discussions on all aspects of the game with experts from all corners of the golfing world, including biomechanics, mind coaches, strength and conditioning experts, swing coaches, putting gurus and shot game masters. And of course trick shot shows from Dean Davis, and the Trick Shot Boys, Geoff Swain and Kevin Carpenter will entertain the crowds with amazing displays.

Also at the London Golf Show you will be able to find the Golf Tourism Show, a show within a show, showcasing many countries, courses, destinations and resorts. As well as this, there will be a ‘Golf Club Showcase’ of clubs from the South of England promoting their courses.

The London Golf Show will also be working with Prostate Cancer UK as the ‘Official Charity Partner’.

* Under 16’s admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

The TSG London Golf Show 2014 Competition …

So how do you enter? Simple…..just answer the following question:

“Where is the London Golf Show 2014 being held?”

Email your answers to

Answers are required to reach us by Thu 30th October at Midnight.

Winners: to be announced Fri 31st October.

Happy Golfing!

Ian & The TSG Team

Can’t wait to see if you’ve won….for more information on this year’s show or to take advantage of our great 2for1 ticket offer, please use the following code: TSG241



Golf in Kent …

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Golf in Kent


Visit Kent has launched a brand new website in order to showcase the county as one of England’s top golfing destinations that offers outstanding golf courses, a wide range of golfing accommodation and a rich variety of off-course attractions.

The ‘Garden of England’ possesses a rich tradition and history of golf that dates back to over a century ago and boasts over 100 courses, including three Open Championship venues. Kent’s courses are all conveniently located within easy reach of London and its international airports and effortlessly accessed from Europe via Eurotunnel, Eurostar and the port of Dover.

The creation of the new site dedicated to golf in Kent is part of Visit Kent’s ongoing strategy to build on the county’s strong golfing legacy and capitalize on the recent successful staging of The Open Championship at Royal St George’s in 2011. has given the county a much needed showcase for its first class golf offering. Afterall the ‘Garden of England’ has a golfing pedigree that goes back over 100 years and boasts a trio of Open Championship venues, traditional links layouts and some notable lowland and parkland courses that make it one of England’s most attractive and diverse golfing destinations,” commented Cheryl Parker, Head of Development, Partnerships & Funding at Visit Kent.

Moreover Kent is easily accessible from the hub of London and its transport systems, from south east England and of course it is extremely well connected to Europe, with which the county has a huge affinity. We are confident that the new website will drive increased traffic to Kent where golfers will not only enjoy our courses but the plethora of other attractions of which we are so proud.

Testament to the quality of its courses, Kent has hosted an incredible 17 Opens over the years, the first of which in 1894 at Royal St George’s marked the first time the prestigious major had been held outside Scotland.

Since then The Open has returned to Royal St George’s 13 times whilst Royal Cinque Ports staged the global event in 1909 and 1920 and nearby Prince’s hosted it in 1932.

Some of the Golf Courses in Kent …

Littlestone and North Foreland, part of the Regal Five on the east coast, have also played their part in Kent’s rich golf history as venues for numerous Open Qualifying tournaments and various notable amateur championships.

Inland Kent boasts two of England’s newest courses that have quickly gained recognition as excellent tracks; Chart Hills, designed by living legend Sir Nick Faldo, with its extensive water hazards and extravagant, varied bunkering, has quickly established itself in various course ranking whilst the London Golf Club’s two courses bear all the hallmarks of their designer, Jack Nicklaus, and provide an exhilarating test of golf.

This October some of the world’s top professionals will descend on the International Course to compete in the 50th anniversary staging of the Volvo World Match Play Championship as it returns to England after several years on the continent.

Kent also offers a host of hidden gems, designed by celebrated designers such as Harry Colt and James Braid, as well as numerous less testing courses set in glorious, undulating countryside that can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels and families looking to play together with the perfect examples of these being the Pentland courses of Austin Lodge, Boughton and Etchinghill and Lullingstone Park near Sevenoaks.

Staying in Kent …

Complementing the golf in Kent, the county houses a range of good quality accommodations from boutique hotels to coaching inns that are perfect for travelling golfers whilst also offering a plethora of cultural and historical attractions from cathedrals to castles, gardens to stately homes, beaches to coastal walks.

Traditionally known for Dover Sole and Whitstable Oysters, the ‘Garden of England’ is also fast developing a name for itself as a gastronomic destination to go with its long-standing tradition of producing local ales – Shepherd Neame is England’s oldest brewer – and its growing reputation as a producer of fine wines.

Weekend breaks and longer golf tours from two to six days can easily be booked directly through the new website or tailored to suit individual requirements.

Learn more about Golf In Kent …

Next month Visit Kent will be showcasing to a wide audience of golf consumers at the London Golf Show when it takes place at Bluewater, Kent from November 14 to 16.

Follow them  on Twitter at @GolfInKent

Campaign for Real Golf …

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Campaign for Real Golf

Campaign for Real Golf

Many attempts have been made over the years to improve and widen the appeal of the game of golf from PowerPlay to FootGolf.

However, at the beginning of 2014, some of well known names from the world of game and media including Tony Jacklin, called for the game to be made quicker, more accessible and more fun, and so the campaign for REAL golf was born!

We asked Broadcaster (BBC Panorama, Nationwide etc) journalist and author (“Golf with Tony Jacklin” etc.) Michael Barratt to tell us what they have been doing to raise the profile of the ‘campaign for real golf’ … 

“It’s been a great year and we are making waves! The Campaign for REAL Golf was launched at the end of February 2014 and already it has made significant progress, underlining the need  to bring the game back to its roots and restore it as Recreational, Enjoyable, Affordable and Less time-consuming. And were very pleased when Tony Jacklin CBE became our President, bringing on board a passionate desire to save golf from ‘dying on its feet'”.  

How do you plan to speed up the game?

“We recently staged a ‘restricted ball tournament’ designed to examine the effects of playing with restricted balls on shorter courses.  And The R&A has just launched a memberssurvey to examine the question of slow play. 

Our own website is building up a substantial response to the survey that seeks to gather opinions worldwide on the key issues in the game, which are causing a serious decline in the number of young people (as well as women and men of all ages) taking up the game and enjoying it.

How can TSGers help?

Our Campaign was founded by five lovers of golf dedicated to its restoration. Myself, Stig Backen from Denmark, Michael Coffey (publisher of Golf Club Secretary), Malcolm Peake (advisor on sustainable courses) and Nick Park, whose knowledge of course management was an inspiration to so many for most of his life. All gave their time and effort to the cause without reward.  Sadly, Nick passed away soon after our launch and is grievously missed.

Inspired by him, we now pursue our Campaigns objectives with vigour in the confident hope that people who love the game will rally to our cause.  

As such, members of The Social Golfer are invited to take part in the survey and so help us to pursue our objectives . . . before its too late!

Clubs are closing and players leaving in droves all over the world.  Help us to reverse that trend NOW.

For more information on the campaign for Real Golf and to take part in the survey, TAKE OUR SURVEY NOW.

TSG would like to thank Michael for his time.

By Ian Mullins

If I ran The Social Golfer…….

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
If I ran The Social Golfer...

If I ran The Social Golfer…

Dear TSGers,

Ever asked yourself what you would do if you ran The Social Golfer website? We’ll today are we launching a competition whereby YOU the user can play ‘The Social Golfer Developer’ for the day!

Yep, this is YOUR chance to tell us what changes or additions YOU would like to have made to the site and if affordable (and possible) you will see your idea implemented on the system.

Give us your BIG Idea …

Over the years, we have added many TSG members ideas to the pages including:

The TSG Newsletters

The Preferred Course List

Tee Time booking facility

The TSG Newsblog

In recent weeks, we have had a number of suggestions including adding a calendar facility to keep track of games played outside the TSG site, to a suggestion to add a ‘Reply all’ button on the social golfer email system to organising a TSG Night Golf event.

However, we are looking for the BIG idea …

Please submit your ideas in no more than 250 words to

Deadline for entries is 30th November at Midnight, the winner will be announced in 1st Jan 2015.

So, get your thinking caps on TSGers ….

Happy Golfing!


Ian & The TSG Team