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Golf the West Coast of Scotland…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

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!

And if you’re interested in following in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers of all time, you can’t go far wrong booking a Golf Experience tour on the coast of Ayrshire.

Trump Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick, all within a stone’s throw of one another, not to mention Glasgow Gailes, Dundonald Links, Kilmarnock Barassie to name but a few. PLUS some of the most challenging courses you will ever play, among the many Hidden Jewels you can unearth on your heady trip around the iconic Scottish coast.

Then there’s the whole flavour of Scotland to be experienced both on and off the course.  

Whether it is battling the sea breeze, undulating heather-clad fairways and greens flanked by strategically-placed bunkers typical of many of the links courses, or deciding which Scotch whisky to savour next from your well-stocked hotel bar, Scotland has as much atmosphere as you can handle and more besides.

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Golf the West Coast of Scotland- The Social Golfer

Trump Turnberry Hotel & Resort

Golf the West Coast of Scotland – Unique Hosted Golf Experiences in the Home of Golf

Of course, there are many other places to visit in the UK and abroad.

In addition, with so many golf tour companies out there offering multiple travel options, it’s easy to feel bombarded, which can make it difficult to choose between them.

However, golfing the West Coast of Scotland is a bit different as Friya at www.westcoastgolf.co.uk explains …

“We understand that going on a Golf Tour isn’t just about taking a holiday, it’s about the experience of a lifetime. Playing the game you love on iconic courses, taking in the same spectacular views as the golfing stars of yesteryear have, breathing the same fresh sea air, walking the same fairways, negotiating the same tricky lies as your heroes!”

So literally, ‘following in the footsteps of greatness’.

She went on to say “We also understand that arriving in a strange place with nobody to meet you, trying to find your hotel, wondering if you will be able to get a taxi to the course in the morning and where to go to get something decent to eat in the local area can make your trip of a lifetime seem daunting and, frankly, a bit of an anticlimax.”

“Plus there’s the worry of whether the package you’ve booked ‘does what it says on the tin’. Especially if you’re the one responsible for booking for a group and everyone’s relying on you to get them value for their money. At West Coast Golf we know what your holiday means to you. That’s why we want to get it right”.

Having spoken at length with Friya, it’s clear that their level of expertise could be invaluable to the nomadic golfer. 

They are not a big impersonal company with customer service staff, who are more interested in their sales commission than whether you, the customer, has a memorable and enjoyable time. 

On the contary, they are a family-run organisation that is large enough to handle your booking but small enough to care. 

That’s why all their Golf Experiences are Hosted.

And why they provide ‘extras’ such as competitions, trophies and a presentation meal as standard, as well as optional add-ons such as whisky tasting and golf lessons with their ‘resident’ professional Golf Coach.

 

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Royal Troon

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Trump Turnberry Hotel & Resort

Golf The West Coast of Scotland – Unique Hosted Golf Experiences

When you arrive in Ayrshire, Scotland you will be met by a dedicated coach company and taken to your accommodation. 

Fresh from a good night’s sleep, you will be greeted by your Host the following morning.

You will be given all the information you need for your first day’s golfing.

PLUS information on eating out, local attractions and anything else you will need to make the start of your break go smoothly.

You’ll also be given details of fun golf competitions to take part in, including the opportunity to ‘Beat the Host’ on the practice ground.

Your Host will ‘touch base’ with you every day of your trip to make sure your holiday is running smoothly. 

On the last day of your holiday your Host, who is also an award-winning Compère, will be there at your Presentation Meal; 

– Presenting you with your prizes

– Challenging you to a Golf Quiz 

and generally making sure everyone in your group enjoys the craic.

As well as enjoying the delicious food and drink at the South Beach Hotel

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Whisky tasting at The Jar, Troon

Golf the West Coast of Scotland- The Social Golfer

Your Host Award-Winning Compere, Graham Walker

Golf The West Coast of Scotland – Smaller Groups and Lone Golfers

West Coast Golf specialise in Golf Experiences for smaller groups of 2-8 golfers and also golfers who are going on holiday alone. 

They feel smaller groups and individuals are not always considered by larger tour operators.

Furthermore, they recognise that Golf ‘clubs’ within Clubs are often made up of a small number of golfers.

In addition, even if your golf society is larger, not everyone wants to go on holiday together.

Sometimes you may want to go golfing on your own and Scotland is the ideal place to go to escape from it all.

For Lone Golfers they offer just the same Hosted Golf Experiences as for groups, but tailored to you.

If you wish, your Host can come out on the course with you, or accompany you as your caddy.

You will receive just as much care and attention as a group of golfers would, with just as much opportunity to experience some of the best links courses Scotland has to offer.

10% OFF YOUR HOLIDAY FOR TSG MEMBERS…

To find out more about the ‘mouth-watering’ West Coast Links courses, or to see the kind of unforgettable Golf Experience tours Friya and her team can offer, such as the Open Glory Experience or the Precious Links package, simply visit www.westcoastgolf.co.uk 

Details of Hotel accommodation, whisky tasting, coaching sessions and the Presentation Meal can all be found on their website, as well as an introduction to their Host, and more.

Simply complete an online enquiry form if you want to know a little bit more about West Coast Golf and what they offer, or email them direct at info.westcoastgolf@gmail.com

Don’t forget to let them know you’re a TSG member to claim a 10% discount on your unique Golf Experience break. (Terms & Conditions apply)

 

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Golf Trivia at Xmas….

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Golf Trivia - TheSocialGolfer.com - Golfing Facts v2So 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 TSG Newsletter columnist ‘Scottish Bob’ to share with us some great golf trivia nuggets he’s been researching in 2019…


‘Scottish Bobs’ Golf Trivia – The Rules of golf…

In the few short years that I have been playing golf, and trying to come to terms with my inadequate knowledge of the rules.

I decided to delve a little deeper into how these rules came about.

The Earliest known rules of golf were drafted in Edinburgh in March 1744 for the worlds first “Open “ golf competition at Leith, by the Gentlemen Golfers of Edinburgh.

Who would later go on to become, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the draft consisted of only 13 rules.

John Rattray Captain 1744-1747 said…

Golf Trivia –  The First Set of Rules of Golf from 1744

  1. You must Tee your Ball within a Clubs length of the Hole.
  2. Your Tee must be upon the ground.
  3. You are not to change the Ball which you Strike of the Tee.
  4. You are not to remove, Stones, Bones, or any break Club, for the sake of playing your Ball, Except upon the fair green and that only/ within a Clubs length of your Ball.
  5. If your Ball comes among water or any watery filth, you are at liberty to take out your Ball & bringing it behind the hazard and Teeing it, you may play it with any Club and allow your Adversary a Stroke for so getting out your Ball.
  6. If your Balls be found anywhere touching one another, You are to lift the first Ball, till you play the Last.
  7. At Holling, you are to play your Ball, honestly for the hole, and not to play upon your Adversary’s ball, not lying in your way to the hole..
  8. If you should lose your Ball, by it’s taken up, or any other way, you are to go back to the Spot, where you struck last, and drop another ball, and allow your adversary a Stroke for the misfortune.
  9. No man at Holling his Ball is allowed, to mark his way to the hole with his club, or anything else.
  10. If a Ball is stopp’d by any person, Horse, Dog, or anything else, The Ball so stopp’d, must be played where it lyes.
  11. If you draw your club in Order to Strike, & proceed so far in the Stroke as to be e Accounted a Stroke.
  12. He whose Ball lyes farthest from the hole is obliged to play first.
  13. Neither Trench, Ditch, or Dyke, made for the preservation of the links, nor the Scholar’s Hole’s, or the Soldier’s Lines, Shall be accounted a Hazard, But the Ball is to be taken out teed/and played with any iron club.

Golf Trivia – Today’s Rules of Golf…

For many years there were two sets of rules golf, codified by the U.S.G.A. and the R.&.A., beginning in 1952 the two groups standardized the rules, publishing a new set every two years with minor changes.

However, it was not until 1990 that the two sets of Rules truly became one, as both groups settled upon a standard set of rules for the game of golf.

The biggest difference for many years was that the R.&.A. allowed play with a 1.62 inch diameter ball, while the U.S.G.A ball was standardized at 1.68 inches.

There are 3 basic premises governing the Rule of Golf 1) Play the ball as it lies. 2) Play the course as you find it. 3) If you are unable to do either 1 or 2 ,do what is fair.

Since these set of rules were set over 375 years ago there have been many changes, and today there are 34 rules of golf with many sub-rules, and sub-sub rules, and far to many to mention here today and you can see the original set of rules in the National Library of Scotland.

Golf Trivia - TheSocialGolfer.com - Golfing FactsGolf Trivia – Unique Golf Rules…

Many of you fellow golfers who are reading this have no doubt played golf in different parts Europe and other part of the world, and may have come across some different rules on your scorecard for that particular golf club and some of them can be quite unique and humorous.

While collecting scorecards for my collection I come across quite a few unique golf courses with some very humorous rules which I would like to share one with you all.

My first golf course Royal Toberua is on the beautiful island of Toberua in the Fijian Islands, it is quoted as the South Pacific’ s most exclusive club.

This 9 hole par 3, beach golf course was founded in 1985 by celebrated Australian artist Ken Done and is only playable at low tide.

Course rules include:

  1. Air swings are not counted.
  2. On the line is considered in the circle.
  3. The player with the lowest score is the winner.

‘Local’ rules include:

  1. Sea snakes may be lifted and dropped two club-lengths without penalty.
  2. It is absolutely forbidden to wear long socks with shorts.
  3. Guest out walking shall be treated as hazards.
  4. The sea shall be treated as casual water, and a ball may be retrieved and dropped no nearer to the hole without penalty.
  5. Taking the game to seriously shall incur a “Shout at the bar “

I hope that many of you fellow golfers find these local golf rules as amusing as I did.

However, it is a fact is that there are THREE species of sea snakes that are found along the waters of the rugged Fijian coastline

These include the highly venomous black & white banded sea krait.

While their venom is 20 times stronger than any land snake, it is reported that their little mouths are very small and cannot open them very wide.

In addition,  the sea snake is very docile. BUT be careful when & if you decide to pick one up to remove it.

“Til next time Happy Golfing”


 “Scottish Bob Davies”

    Golf Trivia - The Social golfer

The Golf Majors in 2020…

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Golf Majors in 2020

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

So, with 2019 was a memorable year for men’s golf, if not for one reason only, Tiger roared back! The major championships, in particular, brought about some other great moments for the game.

We had some moments which truly upset the bookmakers’ predictions for what was going to happen like Gary Woodland’s success in the US Open. The American hadn’t finished in the top 5 of any prior major.

However, as the record books show, Golf is typically unpredictable these days.

Here is the schedule and dates, with a hint to who may be in the running based in the latest odds and see whether we can expect some more of the same…


Golf Majors in 2020 – The Masters – 9th-13th April 2020

As always, the Masters will kick-off this year of men’s majors.

The 2019 Masters saw one of the unlikeliest comeback stories in the sport’s history.

Tiger Woods – the 14-time major winner – secured his first victory in one of the big four since 2008.

It was perhaps the greatest sporting moment of 2019 as Woods overcame crippling injuries and a loss of form to secure his first green jacket for 14 years.

It would be a surprise to see Woods lift the trophy at Augusta again in 2020 but after his remarkable win in 2019, who’s to say?

Rory McIlroy is also in the running with the Northern Irishman eager to win his first green jacket and secure the career grand slam.

Current Odds…

Brook Koepka – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 10/1
Tiger Woods – 10/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The PGA Championship – 14th – 17th May 2020

In the middle of May, we’ll turn our attentions to TPC Harding Park in California for the 2020 PGA Championship.

The Irishman Shane Lowry came out on top of the leaderboard in 2019 for this, the most unpredictable of men’s majors.

12 different men have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in the last 13 years with McIlroy being the only player to win two titles in that time.

This year’s tournament promises to be just as unpredictable.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Tiger Woods – 12/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The US Open – 18th – 21st June 2020

The 2020 US Open is being held on more familiar ground this time.

Winged Foot Golf Club will host this year’s edition of the tournament in the middle of June with all eyes of the golfing world directing their focus towards the New York course.

The tournament has been held at this course before, way back in 2006 when the Australian Geoff Ogilvy came out on top.

Brooks Koepka is the man to beat here.

The American has won two of the last three US Open titles and will be looking to make it three out of four in June. He’s the standout candidate to do just that.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Justin Thomas – 16/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The OPEN – 16th – 19th July 2020

As is tradition, the majors conclude with the trip across the Atlantic to contest the Claret Jug.

The Open Championship is the oldest of the four majors and it is heading to the Royal St George’s for the first time since 2011.

That edition of the tournament saw an unlikely win for Northern Irishman Darren Clarke but you won’t find many people expecting a similar result this time.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 10/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Dustin Johnson – 12/1
Jon Rahm – 16/1


And Finally…

So, a dozen different players can win a major on any given day so punters have their work cut out when it comes to picking a favourite.

However, that could play into your hands. When the field is open, the betting odds are often in your favour.

Punters can pick winners for certain events and many bookies will payout for anything above a top-five finish.

But that can go even further, picking one or a couple of unlikely candidates across the various majors will lead to some huge odds and bigger wins.

Learn how to build your bets with freebets.com to make sure you get the best odds for your men’s golf major picks.

 


By Ian Mullins

Golf in Australia…

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Golf in Austrailia - Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Resort - The Social Golfer v2For the last couple of years or so of being a member of The Social Golfer and writing about all the beautiful & interesting golf clubs and golf courses around the world, I thought I would tell you a little more about Golf in Australia…

More specifically my own club here in New South Wales!


My wife Judy and I recently relocated from Melbourne to Yarrawonga in Victoria because the warmer climate suits us both, and since Judy has relatives and family living here, it made settling in that much easier.

I knew that for me the best way to make new friends would be to get involved with some sort of sport whether it be football, cricket, fishing or golf and I decided on playing golf…

Unlike a lot of Scotsman, I don’t drink whiskey and I never touched a golf club until I was 55 years old.

I played golf with a social golf club on the North East Coast of New South Wales for 10 years, however, it was only a very small golf course with a par 31.

But, on reaching our new home, I decided it was time for me to ‘take’ the game more seriously, so I joined the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Resort, which is just over the border in neighbouring New South Wales.

Golf In Australia – The Region…

Since 1886 the Yarrawonga golfers had graduated from a 3-hole course in the centre of town, to a 9 hole course laid out around the local racecourse.

Latterly, it was relocated to the site of an old dairy farm in Mulwala.

Here it has been now for the last 90 years, and just like cream rising to the top, so has this beautiful golf resort.

The two nearby towns are separated by the Mighty Murray river which is approx 2500 Kilometres long.

It is the 3rd longest navigatable river on the planet with only the Amazon & Nile ahead of it.

The river starts in the Southern Alps of New South Wales and Victoria, it flows in a westerly direction before reaching its outlet near the town of Goolwa on the South Australian coast.

The Mighty Murray river (also the state border between N.S.W & Victoria) is approx 1880 Km long and there are approx 37 golf clubs lining the historic banks of this river.

The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Resort - The Social GolferGolf In Australia – The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf ‘club’…

The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Resort has grown to be the largest public access golf resort in Australia, boasting 45 holes.

It consists of 3 golf courses, the 9-hole Executive Course, the 18-hole Lakes course and the mighty 18-hole Murray Course.

They hold 9-hole & 18-hole competitions which are played on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

The Classic Golfers play on Fridays, The Morning Glory Golfers also play a 9-hole comp, and there is separate Competition for the ladies.

The Golf Resort also has a driving range, extra putting greens to practice on, bunkers to master getting out of.

In addition, the resort also caters to other sports with its own Tennis Courts, Croquet,  movie theatre, restaurants, bars and much much more.

I would like to mention a very special group of golfers Bill Brear, Jack Elliot, Des Miller & Jack Corboy, who all used to play golf regularly on a Friday Chicken Run Comp.

However, in their wisdom, they decided to abandon this and try and expand their group to include more golfing members.

Which they did, and the group of golfers grew very rapidly under their supervision to now include over 50 members and still growing

The group became officially known as “The Friday Classic Golfers”, however, I believe that there was another name that was bandied about for a short time being called “The Dun Rootin Golfers” which is not used much now.

I also heard a rumour that quite a few of the golfers were keen gardeners, who used to tease the roots of Rose Bushes before they were dun planting them, hence the name!

I am very fortunate to be a member of this illustrious group of senior golfers.

They play golf by the rules whilst at the same time laughing & joking with plenty of friendly banter between one another.

And most of all having a very enjoyable game of golf.

At 75 years of age, I am one of the younger members of the group and must say far behind them in their golfing skills.

The Classic Golfers are a very social group where we have B.B.Q’s every so often weather permitting.

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At Christmas, we have the Christmas presentation as well as The Annual Awards night.

One of the awards which I think is very interesting was formally known as “The Order of the Skirt” and is now known as “The Belle of the Fairway”.

Winning this prestigious award entails the ”lucky or unlucky” golfer who, when teeing off must hit his golf ball PAST the ladies tee.

If he fails to do this he could & would be a contender for the title of ‘Belle of the Ball’ Award.

Unfortunately  I am in the running for this award” (I might go away for my Christmas vacation.)

Every one of The Classic Golfers including the staff of the Yarrawonga- Mulwala Golf Resort has made me more than welcome to their golf club.

This is due to two gentlemen Captain Travis of the Paradise Queen pleasure boat, who was kind enough to tell me about the Classic Golfers playing golf on Fridays.

On being introduced, Jock Healy nominated me to become a member of the Classic Golfers which was happily granted.

Golf In Australia – The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Courses…

At this point, I will explain more about the course using the clubs own words…

– LAKE COURSE (18 holes)

With spectacular views across beautiful Lake Mulwala, the Lake Course has strategically placed lakes, undulating greens, 56 bunkers and is designed to test the keenest player, requiring precision around the greens to make par. 18 Holes / Par 72 / ACR 71 – 5957m – Par 72 / AWCR 73 / 5158m

MURRAY COURSE (18 holes)

The finest in Murray river golf courses and packages – Favouring the straight hitter, the popular Murray Course sits adjacent to the Murray River and meanders through towering river gums and sandy river flats where numerous lakes and lagoons are ready to swallow an errant shot. One of the most popular golf courses in all our packages. 18 Holes / Par 72 / ACR 72 -6095m – Par 72 / AWCR 73 / 5197m

EXECUTIVE COURSE (9 Holes)

yarrwonga golf resort - the social golferThe shorter and picturesque Executive Course is kinder to the beginner whilst providing a worthy and enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels in a natural parkland setting. 9 Holes / Par 33 / ACR 32 – 2248m – Par 33 / 1940m

Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club caters to golfers of all abilities, from beginners and social golfers to professionals”

“Our courses have something for everyone and in order to really experience all that we have to offer, we have several packages available that allow you to have the golf resort holiday of your dreams.”

“Located alongside the Murray River, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is the largest of the public access golf resorts in Australia”

“Less than 3 hours drive from Melbourne, it is also an elegant alternative to Victorian golf resorts providing a luxury vacation close to home!”

I hope to play many happy rounds of golf with my new found friends at The Yarrawonga -Mulwala Golf Resort.

“Til next time “Scottish Bob” Davies

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Great golf courses of the world…

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Great Golf Courses, Portugal, Arizona, Ireland - thesocialgolfer.com v1One 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 of the world…

You can pinpoint a course that you want to play on and then travel there and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while topping up your tan and improving your game.

However, where should you look to go for your next golfing holiday?

Here we look at just three of the most popular golfing destinations you may have heard of…


Great Golf courses of The World – The Algarve…

Located in the beautiful country of Portugal you will find the scenic Algarve.

This relatively small European country (population 10m) has some of the Great Golf courses of The World located here.

It has always been among the favourites for European players because of the beautiful local towns, climate and of course, stunning golf resorts.

Whenever people are looking to go away for a weekend or week of playing golf, this is almost always the place where they end up.

The most notable of which is Vilamoura.

The harbour town has been transformed into a golfing complex and houses some of the best courses in the country such as Victoria, Oceanico Old and Laguna.

This is also the perfect place to unwind after a day on the course with a variety of different bars and restaurant options available.

Great Golf courses of The World – Arizona…

The scenery of the Sonoran Desert may not have seemed like the best place to build a golf course.

But over the last few years, we have seen a rise in the high-quality courses that are being made here.

The mountains and landscapes have created the perfect backdrop and canvas for these courses, and it is the ideal location to perfect your game.

It also offers a unique travel experience with many of the courses located in Scottsdale.

The locals around here rely on the influx of visitors brought by the golf resorts.

So it should come as little surprise that you’re treated like royalty for the duration of your stay.

If you come here, then you should check out the TPC Scottsdale and Dove Mountain.

Great Golf courses of The World – Ireland…

It remains no question that Scotland is the rightful home of the best links courses.

However, Ireland is quickly catching up with the Scots as they boast an array of wonderful courses.

Some of them maybe the best outside of the home of golf.

The south-west area of Ireland is the best place to be for these courses.

This part of Ireland is fast becoming the perfect location for golf in the country.

Aside from playing host to some of the best links courses, you will also find some of the most beautifully scenic spots imaginable.

Well known for its scenery and friendly locals, you can enjoy a Guinness in the local pub, have flutter on the races (or even the golf!).

Using today’s modern technologically, you can even place a bet on your favourite sport without even leaving the pub.

However, if you’re looking for the best links courses, then you should head to County Claire and County Kerry.

Here you will find the world-famous Ballybunion, as well as the Doonbeg and Lahinch.

Also, you should be sure to check out some of the lesser-known courses such as Waterville and Tralee.

Either way, playing golf at any of these great golf courses, will undoubtedly make sure that your trip to Ireland is a memorable one.


By Ian Mullins

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Top tips – which electric golf trolley is for me?

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Which Electric Golf Trolley - Powerkaddy - The Social GolferWhich Electric Golf Trolley?

So, despite saying I would continue to carry my golf bag until I can’t, the recent improvements in design, fold-up size and battery life have forced me to rethink this stance of late.

Now in my early fifties, is this the time to make the change?

However, with so many different options available to choose from, which electric trolley suits my needs and budget? In an attempt, to find out, I did some research…

 


I need an electric golf trolley – The Considerations…

Firstly, as already stated above, there are numbers of factors I found I needed to take into account when selecting an electric golf trolley…

 

1. Budget – While a ‘Push’ trolley can be bought for as little as £50, a good electric golf trolley will start upwards of £400 and can cost as much as £1000

 

2. Design – Unless you have an American RV pick-up truck or state of the art Range Rover, like many, the size your new electric golf trolley packs down to, will be big determining factors when it comes to purchasing.

However, best to measure the space in your boot before committing to your purchase as some items are not as small as you think.

In addition, pay close attention to the carrying handles, as I found one of the more expensive models very difficult to carry and even took the skin off my knuckles on firs test!

 

3. Battery – With some batteries only catering to the 18 holes golfer, it’s worth considering if you want to charge the lithium battery in your cart every time you play.

Or if you sometimes play more than one round in a day, should you upgrade to a Long-Life battery at the time of purchase may only add an additional £50 to your costs

 

4. The Brands – There are so many brands available on the market but right now (July 2019) the market leader are without doubt PowerKaddy and MotoCaddy.

Both PowerKaddy and MotoCaddy are UK based business.

In fact, MotoCaddy was started by ex-PowerKaddy employees.

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Between them, they hold 95% of the UK market with PowerKaddy being the market leader with a 60% share compared to MotoCaddy’s 35%.

 

5. Warranty – Having spoken with a number of retailers and it would seem some electric carts are more prone to faults that other.

One retailer said, “We do occasionally see PowerKaddy’s trolleys returned but rarely do we see a return from MotoCaddy purchasers”.

However, given this quote came from just one of many hundreds of retailers, I don’t think it would be a fair representation of the brand as a whole.

In addition, having looked at online reviews, MotoCaddy is certainly winning on the testimonial stakes! Google Reviews: PowerKaddy (1 Review) – 1.0 star, MotoCaddy (29 reviews) – 2.9 stars

 

6. Function – Many carts now come with GPS included but I would ask do I need it, given that I have a handheld GPS already?!

 

7. Accessories – As with most golf products there is always an additional gadget or to add to the pot and with an electric golf trolley, this still applies.

Whether you want a dedicated ‘Trolley Bag’, a Waterproof Rain cover or umbrella holder the additional spend can soon mount up.

 

8. Repairs & Servicing – Obviously like all manufacturers, they are procedures to follow depending on whether it’s faulty goods or a warranty issue.

But in my limited research, I found that PowerKaddy were easy to contact, whereas I was told and 2.40pm that the marketing team were out to lunch.

#JustSaying

 

So, while I don’t think I am in a position to tell you, which is the right Electric Golf Trolley for you or if it will improve your golf swing, but hopefully, I’ve given you some additional things to consider before you make your purchase.

 


By Ian Mullins

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

Improve Your Golf Swing: The Impact Position…

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Improve Your Golf Swing - The Impact Position - Why Impact Is All That Matters in the Golf Swing - Golf Club Guru - The Social GolferAll golfers want to improve your 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 when the most important part of the game takes place.

Thus, it seems like nothing you do before or after the swing matters that much.

Here are a few tips from our friends at www.GolfClubGuru.net on how to improve your golf swing …


Of course, impacting the ball like a Pro can be rather challenging.

It takes lots of practice and patience to learn the art of a perfect swing.

However, with clear guidelines and handy tips on how to develop an ideal golf swing impact position, you will reach the goal faster and with less effort.

In this article, we are going to give you these tips!

Improve Your Golf Swing – Perfect Stance: Basic Rules And Characteristics

Before we can go to our tips, it would be wise to define what we call a perfect stance and what are its main characteristics. Let’s take a closer look at this matter!

First of all, a perfect impact position requires distributing your body weight correctly.

Ideally, if you are right-handed, from 60% to 70% of your body weight should be distributed to your left foot.

Same way, for left-handed players, the same percentage of the weight should be distributed to the right foot.

This is the first and one of the most important points for building up a correct stance.

Thus, whenever you get out on the course, be sure to pay attention to the weight distribution!

The next important characteristic of a perfect stance is the position of your wrists.

For a right-handed golfer, a right wrist should be bent backwards, while a left wrist should remain flat or slightly bowed.

Respectively, left-handed players need to do this the other way around.

Now, let’s move to the last but not less vital characteristic – the position of the club.

First of all, it is important to pay attention to the clubface.

It should be square and de-lofted.

Also, your club shaft should be leaning forward.

If you can adhere to these rules, you will be able to build up a correct impact position.

Our last tip is to pay special attention to the role and motions of your hands, as this is one of those things that have the biggest influence on your stance.

How To Improve Your Impact Position?

Probably the most important tips for improving your stance is to twist the clubface and then move the handle – this will “open up” the clubface right at the top of a backswing.

These tips will help you add enough power to your swing.

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However, these aren’t the only hacks that can come in handy!

Here are a few additional recommendations to help you swing like a pro:

  1. Make a stable turn

For higher consistency, you need to eliminate the unnecessary sideways motion during the backswing.

In simple words, you need to learn how to make a stable turn.

  1. Avoid the scoop

The easiest way to avoid the scoop is to hold the club with a bit flexed wrist instead of keeping it extended.

Holding it with an extended wrist, as a rule, generates poor contact and unnecessary scooping.

  1. Pinch

The better impact position you develop, the more control and distance you can get in your shots.

To reach these goals, experts recommend pinching the golf ball and turf when you are at the lowest point of your swing arc.

  1. Keep attention to your hips

As was already mentioned earlier in our article, the correct distribution of weight matters a lot for a proper impact position.

Keeping most of the bodyweight on the right-side limits the impact you can make and restricts your hips’ movement.

Instead, keep the most of your weight on the left side and make sure that your hips move first.

So no you have the tools to be a Major winner!

#Goodluck


By GolfClubGuru.net

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

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Golf in south Africa - Eswatini Kingdon - The Social GolferWhile searching the countries around the world that play golf, TSG regular columnist Scottish Bob took at another look at Golfing in South Africa and came across a country called The Kingdom of Eswatini!


As TSGers who read my golf articles know, I am always on the hunt for rare and exclusive places to play golf.

Now I have to admit I had not heard of this country under that name, so I decided to look a little bit deeper into its origin…

Golfing in South Africa – The Kingdom of Eswatini…

Up until April the 19th 2018 the country was formally known as Swaziland, however, King Mswati III decided that he would change the name of his country to The Kingdom of Eswatini.

In fact, unlike a lot of other countries around the world that completely changed their name, he named Eswatini in their spoken native name for “Swaziland.”

Of course, I then recognised the country in question.

Eswantini has a population of just under 1.5 million people as of 2019, it is approximately  17,364 sq kilometres and no larger than 200km from North to East & 130 across from East to West.

It is the smallest country in Africa as well as the Southern Hemisphere, I believe that it is also the last monarchy in sub-Saharan Africa.

However, while being a small country it has a very diverse and wide variety of landscapes, from the mountains along the border with Mozambique to the Savannah’s of the North East and the rain forest to the North West.

The Capital of Eswatini is Mbabane.

It is the largest city in the country with a population of just under 95,000 people in 2010.

Golf was first played in Mbabane in about 1923, the golf course had no prepared fairways, the veld grass was kept short and the greens were made of stamped earth as were the golfing tees.

The course still existed into the early thirties until the outbreak of the 2nd world war.

Interest in golf was revived in Mbabane following the 1939/45 war and the re-opening of the main club in 1947, to which the United Kingdom Government donated 3000.00 rand.

A subcommittee was formed to construct a golf course of which Bob Rankin (R.I.P.) and many other members contributed their time and passion for the love of golf.

The golf course took 18 months to finish with many members of the community helping out in many ways.

The 9 hole golf course was opened in 1949 which, I believe, is the oldest golf club in The Kingdom of Eswantini.

Meanwhile, several rivers also run through this beautiful country including the Great Usutu River and there are quite a few wildlife reserves & big game parks.

these have a wide variety of flora, fauna and of course, there are the Lions, Elephants, Hippos and the endangered Black-faced Rhino.

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It is also known that there are 507 bird species in the country of Eswatini.

Needless to say, I think we might be more interested in the golfing birdies.

And there is always someone wanting to “hog the greens”

Golfing in South Africa – The Kingdom of Eswatini – The Golf Clubs…

I knew a little bit about the varying options of Golfing in South Africa and I had heard of the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel Golf Club, founded in 1965.

This epic 18 hole par 72 sprawls out onto the dramatic slopes of the Lebombo Range.

An 800 kilometre stretch of narrow mountainous highland, before curving gracefully down into the lush valley where the Swazi Sun Hotels are set in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).

The first 9 holes of this spectacular golf course are comparatively level, however, the back 9 holes take full advantage of the imposing mountainous terrain.

There are many challenging features on this course including glossy lakes, rustic gullies and wickedly sited bunkers dot the landscape.

One of which is so deep that they had to incorporate railway sleeper steps.

Nkonyeni Lodge & Golf Estate is another one of those spectacular golfing experiences you can only dream about, set in 1200 hectares of the African bush and overlooking the Great Usutu river and surrounded by mountains.

The 18 hole championship course, with the spectacular Golden Eagle Links Course and the Bush-veld Course, are in absolutely pristine condition.

Thus making your round of golf an absolute pleasure with their very own game reserve right at your doorstep.

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There are many more fantastic golf courses in this wonderful & very diverse country including The Big Bend Golf Club, The Simunye Country Club, The Mananga Golf Club, The Manzini Golf Club, The Usutu Forest Golf Club, The Ubombo Country Club… and I could go on.

I never realised when starting this small article just how many beautiful & exciting golf courses there were and this also applies to the wildlife game reserves.

I had always thought of Kenya, South Africa & Tanzania as the haven for those, however, I can now add The Kingdom of Eswatini to that list.

I would like especially to thank Dorrie & Martin Litschka and their many friends from other Golf Clubs in Eswatini for supplying me with information on the area.

In addition, there’s a special mention to the personnel of the Mbabane Golf Club & The Nkonyeni Lodge & Golf Estate.

These clubs were very kind in helping me with a lot of local knowledge, which helped me in many ways to find out more about the country and its surrounds but a lot about this new fledgeling country itself.

Ngiyabonga & Salani Kahle (Thank you & Goodbye!).

Til next time from Scottish Bob

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Pebble Beach Golf Club – US Open 2019…

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Pebble Beach Golf Club - The Social GolferToday 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 about to enter the wilderness and it was Graeme McDowell who ended the week victorious!

However, let us take a closer look at the club and the course!

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The History…

Universally heralded as one of the finest and premier Public Course in the US.

Pebble Beach has hosted the US Open event on five previous occasions.

Previous winners include…

2010 – Graeme McDowell

2000 – Tiger Woods

1992 – Tom Kite

1982 – Tom Watson

1972 – Jack Nicklaus


However, here’s what the Pebble Beach Golf Club website said about its own history…

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The 20th Century…

February 1919 – In the early part of the 20th century, Samuel F.B. Morse is challenged with making the Pebble Beach area an attractive real estate investment in order to find a buyer.

He decides to create a one-of-a-kind golf course with unsurpassed beauty and an element of difficulty that will always be challenging.

Morse utilizes the extraordinary talent and vision of two great amateurs, Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, to design the course, and Pebble Beach Golf Club officially opens on February 22 1919.

Making 2019 its 100th birthday!

December 1926 – Del Monte hosts the 1926 Monterey Peninsula Open on Pebble Beach Golf Links, putting up a $5,000 purse and attracting most of the top golfers—professionals and amateurs (However, we’re not sure if there were any high handicappers involved!)

Harry “Light Horse” Cooper of Texas wins with a 72-hole score of 293, five over par.

September 1929 – Pebble Beach hosts its first “Major”: the U.S. Amateur.

Field favourite Bobby Jones ties for medalist honours but loses his first 18-hole match.

Minnesota’s Jimmy Johnston beats the field with a 4 & 3 win in the final 36-hole match against Oscar Willing.

August 1935 – In the heart of the Depression, Pebble Beach Golf Club hosts the California State Open after a long hiatus.

Pebble Beach head professional Cam Puget wins the event on his home course, pocketing the $300 first place money.

Pebble Beach hosts the event again in 1936 and 1948.

September 1940 – The USGA returns to Pebble Beach for the 1940 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which is won by defending champion Betty Jameson.

The USGA also schedules the 1942 U.S.

Men’s Amateur for Pebble Beach Golf Links, but it was cancelled due to World War II.

January 1947 – The Bing Crosby National Pro-Am golf tournament is played for the first time at Pebble Beach (after being played for six years at Rancho Santa Fe before World War II).

September 1947 – The U.S. Amateur returns to Pebble Beach and is won by Skee Riegel.

September 1948 – The U.S. Women’s Amateur returns to Pebble Beach. It is won by Grace Lenczyk.

April 1950 – Among the first of the tournaments of the newly formed LPGA is the Weathervane Transcontinental Women’s Open, which is won by Babe Zaharias at Pebble Beach in 1950.

It returns in 1951 and is won by Patty Berg.

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January 1958 – For the first time, television covers the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.

Bing Crosby hosts the broadcast of the final round live from the 18th green.

September 1961 – Pebble Beach again hosts the U.S. Amateur, attracting one of the top international showings to date, as it follows just weeks after the Walker Cup is held in Seattle.

Jack Nicklaus sees Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time and decides he likes it—defeating Dudley Wysong 8 & 6 in the final match.

June 1972 – Pebble Beach Golf Links hosts its first U.S. Open golf championship.

After defeating Johnny Miller in the 1972 Crosby, Jack Nicklaus returns to Pebble Beach and wins the U.S.

Open by 3 strokes with a 2-over par 290.

August 1977 – The Company hosts its first PGA Championship tournament. Lanny Wadkins wins on the third hole of sudden death.

June 1982 – The U.S. Open is held at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the second time.

It features the battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus and the most talked about shot in golf.

Watson needs birdie to win but completely misses the 17th green.

To accomplish his mission, he sinks his legendary chip shot. He also birdies 18 and defeats Nicklaus by two strokes with a 6-under par 282.

January 1986 – The Crosby Clambake becomes the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.

November 1988 -The 2nd Annual Nabisco Golf Championships—which in 1991 became The Tour Championship—brings the top 30 golfers to Pebble Beach.

A rain-delayed final round ends with Curtis Strange and Tom Kite tied; Strange wins on the second playoff hole and becomes the first golfer to win more than $1,000,000 (lifetime) on the PGA Tour.

June 1992 – Pebble Beach Resorts hosts the U.S. Open for the third time.

Under brutal winds, Tom Kite shoots an incredible par round and wins his first major with a 3-under 285.

November 1998 – Pebble Beach Company constructs the new 5th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links, as designed by Jack Nicklaus.

August 1999 – The 99th U.S. Amateur Championship becomes the ninth USGA championship held on Pebble Beach Golf Links and the first to also use Spyglass Hill for the medal-qualifying rounds.

In the final, Tennessee’s David Gossett defeats South Korea’s Sung Yoon Kim 9 and 8.

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The 21st Century…

June 2000 – The U.S. Open returns for the 100th playing of the championship.

Tiger Woods captures the trophy, besting his nearest competitor by 15 strokes and tying the lowest 72-hole score ever in the national championship.

July 2001Golf Digest ranks Pebble Beach Golf Links as the No. 1 Golf Course in America—the first time a public course has been so honoured.

June 2010 – The U.S. Open Championship returns for the fifth time to Pebble Beach Golf Club.

Furthermore, a number of course enhancements—all under the direction of legendary Arnold Palmer—are completed to strengthen player appreciation, heighten the challenge and exceed guest and championship expectations.

In a championship where a score of par is the most meaningful, the then 30-year-old McDowell posts an even-par 284 for the 72 holes.

He becomes the first European winner since England’s Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The Future…

Regardless of who comes out top this weekend, you can be sure Pebble Beach Golf Club will continue to be at the forefront of world golf with future events including a first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023.

In addition, it will host a seventh U.S. Open in 2027.

Furthermore, every February, the PGA Tour visits for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a tradition that began in 1947.

 


Pebble Beach Golf Club US Open – Who’s your money on…

As with previous TSG articles on Golf’s majors, it’s always good to see who the favourites are and this year we have Tiger back in the mix!

Whilst his odds are much improved since his win at The Masters and given he has won here before, it could be argued he should be the favourite.

However, the betting at the time of going to press is as follows…

  • Johnson, Dustin – 7/1
  • McIlroy, Rory – 8/1
  • Koepka, Brooks – 10/1
  • Woods, Tiger – 11/1
  • Cantlay, Patrick – 18/1
  • Fowler, Rickie – 20/1
  • Spieth, Jordan – 20/1
  • Rose, Justin – 25/1
  • Schauffele, Xander – 25/1
  • Thomas, Justin – 25/1

Obviously, these odds are pre-tournament but there are many providers of live betting odds too, just search Google.

In the meantime, we look forward to watching the field compete on some of the best greens in the world!

UK TV coverage is available via Sky Sports.

Enjoy!


By Ian Mullins

 

Golf Rules in 2019 – Major changes made…

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

The Social Golfer - The Rules of Golf in 2019 2Did 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 to the rules of golf.

But which ones were adopted by the R&A and which were made into ‘Local Rules’?

In addition, it is your job to know these rules and ignorance is not a defence!

Here’s a rough guide to the golf rules in 2019…

 


1. Golf rules in 2019 – When things happen to your ball in play…

– Ball at rest accidentally moves when you are looking for it.

There is no longer a penalty

– Marking your ball, you accidentally move it or the marker

There is no longer a penalty

– Replacing a moved or lifted ball (i.e. identifying your ball)

Ball is placed in the estimated spot not dropped

– Ball in motion hits a bag, club, cart etc

There is no longer a penalty (Ball is played from where it stops)

– Ball is double hit when a stroke is played

There is no longer a penalty

 


The Social Golfer - The Rules of Golf in 2019 22. Golf rules in 2019 – Taking relief…

– Drop in a specific drop zone or as near to a relief area as possible

– Ball is dropped from knee height

– Ball comes to rest within the club length or relief from the drop, if it does not after two attempts it is placed.

– Club length must be measured by the longest club in your bag.

– Searching for your ball is limited to 3 minutes.

– Any ball embedded (in the general playing area) may be lifted (but not cleaned).

– If you are taking relief you may change your ball

 


3. Golf rules in 2019 – Areas of the course…

– If a ball is blown by the wind or other, it can be replaced in its original spot.

– A player may repair any damage they see on the green, including spike marks.

– A player can now touch the line of the intended putt.

– A player can now putt with the flag in while on the green.

– Hazards Red and Yellow are now known as ‘Penalty Areas’.

– Players can now remove any debris they find in a ‘Penalty Area’.

– Relief from all ‘Penalty Area’s’ can be lateral if it is unreasonable to go back behind the ‘Penalty Area’. This may need a local ruling.

– Opposite side relief is now removed, so if your ball clears the ditch water hits the bank and fall back into the water. You take a drop within two club lengths from the marked Penalty Area

N.B. The R&A concluded you CANNOT drop for ‘3’ when you hit your ball Out of Bounds (from the Tee Box) unless a ‘local rule’ has been set at the Golf club at which you are playing. TSG has decided to accept this rule on social games BUT not at TSG Major events!

 


4. Golf rules in 2019 – Bunkers…

– Removal of special restrictions on moving loose impediments: 

There is no longer a penalty if you touch or move loose impediments in a bunker.

– Relaxed restrictions on touching the sand with your hand or club when your ball is in a bunker: 

You are now prohibited only from touching the sand (1) with your hand or club to test the condition of the bunker, (2) with your club in the area right behind or in front of the ball or (3) when making a practice swing or the backswing for your stroke.

– New unplayable ball relief option

For two penalty strokes, you may take relief outside the bunker by dropping a ball back on the line from the hole through where your ball was at rest in the bunker

 


5. Golf rules in 2019 – Damaged clubs…

– Use of damaged clubs:

You may keep using any club that is damaged during the round, no matter how it happens (for example, even if you damaged it in anger).

– A player may not replace a damaged club unless the player was not responsible for the damage

Current rule:  A player may replace a damaged club if it is “unfit for play” and was damaged in the “normal course of play.”

 


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6. Golf rules in 2019 – Damaged Ball…

– Substituting another ball for a cut or cracked ball:

You may substitute another ball if your ball in play on a hole has become cut or cracked while playing that hole; but you are no longer allowed to change balls solely because the ball has become “out of shape.”

 


7. Golf rules in 2019 – Other equipment…

– New rule: The use of DMDs (Distance Measuring Devices) is allowed unless a Local Rule has been adopted prohibiting their use.

 


8. Golf rules in 2019 – Advice and help…

– A caddie is not allowed to deliberately stand on or close to the extended line of play behind a player while the player is taking his or her stance until the stroke is made.

– A caddie may lift and replace the player’s ball on the putting green without the player’s specific authorization to do so

 


Did you know there were major changes to the Golf Rules in 2019?9. Golf rules in 2019 – Pace of play…

– Recommends that a player takes no longer than 40 seconds when set to make their shot.

– ‘Ready Golf’ is encouraged but only when it is safe and reasonable to do so.

– A new “Maximum Score” form of stroke play is recognized, where a player’s score for a hole is capped at a maximum score (such as two times par, a fixed number or net double bogey) that is set by the Committee.

 


10. Golf rules in 2019 – Playing in the spirit of the game…

– Explains and reinforces the high standards of conduct expected from players and gives Committees the discretion to disqualify players for serious misconduct.

– Committees are given authority to adopt their own code of player conduct and to set penalties for the breach of the standards in that code.

– When a player has good reason to mark and lift a ball to identify it, check for damage or see if it lies in a condition where relief is allowed (such as to see whether it is embedded), the player is no longer required first to announce to another player or his or her marker the intent to do so or to give that person an opportunity to observe the process.

– When determining a spot, point, line, area or other location under a Rule, a player’s reasonable judgment will not be second-guessed based on later evidence (such as video review) if the player did all that could be reasonably expected under the circumstances to make an accurate estimation or measurement.

 


By  Paul Houghton

 

For more information on the rules of golf visit – www.randa.org/en/rulesoverview