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Best golf watches to buy in 2020 – Garmin Approach…

Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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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 to improve their game and having any type of new golf geat makes it easy for them to indulge in the sport to their heart’s content.

Speaking of the right golf gear, one item that is currently being talked about is the use of GPS watches.

Golf watches are incredibly important to a golfer, and not just because it helps the golfer keep track of time, but also because these watches have several other features and benefits required to improve one’s game.

One can be confused about the models and might
find it challenging to settle for one, so this  article
provides a quick galance at some of the popular options on the market in 2020…

The Garmin Approach S62:

 

Read any article about golf watches, and you shall find a boatload of information on the various models of Garmin Approach. 

 

Garmin Approach makes for one of the best brands when it comes to golf watches, and it just keeps improving its efficiency with each model. 

 

The Garmin Approach S62 has a 1.3-inch colored display with touch support and has a beautiful clarity when under the scorching light of the sun. 

 

The ‘virtual caddie’ feature on the watch makes it easy for the players to gauge the distance and track each with the utmost details. 

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The Garmin Approach S60:

 

The second on the list of best golf watches is the Garmin Approach S60 and has a 1.2 inch colored display.

 

What makes the watch stand out is that its features do not only come handy to the golfers, but also to the ones who like to indulge in Skiing, Snowboarding, Paddleboarding and Rowing. 

 

It is also priced at a lower cost than the Garmin Approach S62, with almost the same features, which makes it an easy buy. 

 

Garmin Approach S60 is easily the best runner-up to Garmin Approach S60.

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The Garmin Approach S20:

 

The third on our list of the best golf watches has to be the Garmin Approach S20. 

 

This golf watch is priced at the lower end of the market and makes it to the list for its efficacious GPS tracking feature. 

 

In addition, it has the capacity to charge up super quick, and the battery can last for as long as 15 hours. 

 

This is definitely is a feature in a golf watch that we could get on with. 

 

For MORE INFORMATION on Garmin watches their additional features, visit great golf reviews and make your own mind up.

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Golf Buddy WTX:

 

The fourth one on our list is the Golf Buddy WTX. 

 

If you wanted a substitute for the Garmin Approach models, Golf Buddy should definitely be your buddy. 

 

It is slim and incredibly lightweight that makes it an excellent option for the golfers. 

 

Plus, it is also highly affordable, and you do not need to blow a hole in your pockets to get your hands on this one. 

 

If you are looking for an entry-level golf watch that does pretty much all that you would find in any other brand, you must consider the Golf Buddy WTX.

 

 

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TomTom Golfer 2:

 

The last model that we review in this article is the TomTom Golfer 2.

 

This model weighs only 2.8 ounces and is, therefore, quite easy to strap on to your fist. 

 

Plus, the stunning designs and the features that one can find on the watch are something that shall pique anyone’s interests.

 

It also has over 40,000 preloaded courses about the sport that can help you improve your game and stay in the loop about the same. 

 

The final feature that we would like to talk about is that of the Round Tracking, which helps you decide on the shots, the distance, the time taken for the shot and several other features. 

And Finally…

 

These are some of the best golf watches to buy in 2020 but as with all things golf, take the time to find out would suit your game best!

 

Join The Social Golfer at Celtic Manor in Sept 2020…

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Celtic Manor - celebrate 10 years of thesocialgolfer.com v3As 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 fledgling website with only a few users and with a couple of games a week being organised.

Fast forward to 2020 and the site now sees over 1000 events posted on our game page every year, more than 14,000 monthly visitors to the site and over 100,000 page views a month.

In addition, we have more than 11,000 registered members in 60+ countries worldwide.

So, how did we think we could thank you all for your support and, in these uncertain times, STILL honour this landmark?

 


THE SOCIAL GOLFER 10th Birthday at CELTIC MANOR!

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Over the period of our existence, we have made many friends along the way.

We have been lucky enough to attend many Pro-am golf events and have interviewed European tour Golfers, including Andrew ‘BEEF’ Johnson.

We have been retweeted by Sir Nick Faldo, met Bryson DeChambeau, attended the PGA show in Florida.

We exhibited at the London Golf Show, been to many product launches, and even played Le Golf National before the 2018 Ryder Cup team!

However, our biggest achievement has been the charities we have supported, including disability golf. We’ve raised over £10,000 in donations.

We have sponsored disabled golfers Paul Houghton and Roger Hurcombe at their EDGA events and Par 3 Championships.

Later, we supported B.I.G charity (British Inclusive Golf) and last year, Community Golf (Helping autism & Dementia).

It was at a B.I.G. event that we met Mike Jones – See Mike’s history below.

Mike is now an Ambassador for Celtic Manor in Newport, South Wales – the Home of the 2010 Ryder Cup victory for Europe.

He is a Friend of Ottobock Associate, a Motek C-Mill Ambassador, ICC Wales Ambassador and Wales Golf inclusive Ambassador. Quite an achievement in such a short time!

The Celtic Manor Resort also has a special reason to celebrate as 2020 also marks their 10th anniversary since the only Ryder Cup ever staged in Wales.

So with this in mind, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get together with Mike and Celtic Manor to host a special TENTH-anniversary TSG members event.

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THE SOCIAL GOLFER 10th Birthday at CELTIC MANOR on the TWENTY-TEN…

WIN one of only TEN free rounds of golf with the TSG team and Mike Jones (worth £130pp)

Our special Golf Day is on Wednesday 16th September 2020, almost 10 years to the day of the Ryder cup and only a few days after our official TSG birthday (10/8/20).

Therefore, we have x10 rounds booked, for TEN lucky TSGers to find out what it is like to play on this historic golf course AND walk on the same hallowed ground as Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and many others.

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In addition, for those that join us the night before, you will have the chance to make more of your visit to Celtic Manor as Mike Jones will host a dinner in one of the EIGHT exclusive resort restaurants, including…

  • Steak on Six
  • The Rafters
  • The Grill
  • Sawyers Bar & Grill
  • PAD (Passionate Asian Dishes)
  • Newbridge on USK
  • The Rib smoke House & Grill
  • Orange Grill & Garden Room

Furthermore, those wishing to go down the night before and stay in the hotel will benefit from Mike’s preferential rates:

1-night stay – £90pp incl. breakfast (Prices to be confirmed POST-COVID)

2-nights’ stay – £180pp incl. breakfast (Prices to be confirmed POST-COVID)

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HOW to ENTER

In July 2020, TSG launched its NEW Cool fibre Polo Shirt, which will soon be available to buy on the website.

Buy a TSG Polo shirt BEFORE 10th August 2020 for only £TWENTY (normally £25) and your name will be entered into a draw to WIN one of those TEN places on the TWENTY TEN.

TSG Polo Shirt is available in both Men’s & Ladies sizes.

  • Permanent wicking yarn technology
  • Regular fit with 2 button placket
  • 1×1 ribbed collar

Fabric Weight: 180gsm

Fabric Description: Micro-fine Pique in TSG Green or Black

Sizes: XXS – 3XL (green but up to 5XL in Black) – Ladies, S, M, L

 

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*On Monday 10th August will mak the draw and immediately contact the winners.

 


For those that do wish to enter, please check you are able to attend the tee times reserved for TSG below:

September 16th 2020 Four-balls Times:

9.30 am – TSG Winners

9.40 am – TSG Winners

9.50 am – TSG Winners (+ Mike Jones & TSG Team)

Note – These tee times are normally only reserved for Celtic Manor members!

I WANT TO be at Celtic Manor in September, BUY a TSG polo Shirt for £20 and you could win…

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Note: We will contact you regards sizing, once competition draw has been concluded.

 


About Celtic Manor and the Twenty Ten course…

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Built to stage the 2010 Ryder Cup, it was the first course to be built specifically for golf’s greatest team tournament.

The Twenty Ten measures a robust 7,493 yards off the back tees and has a par of 71.

With water hazards on half of its holes, the course has six signature holes and presents many more memorable tests and risk-and-reward dilemmas.

One of the features of the spectacular course is its variety.

Many of the earlier holes having a links-like feel, with long rough and greenside swales, before the middle section reveals the full extent of the lake-lined challenge.

A tough finishing stretch culminates in a real sting in the tail at the 18th.

Celtic Manor Course Details:

  • 7,493 yards off the back tees
  • Built to stage the 2010 Ryder Cup
  • Par of 71

The Twenty Ten Clubhouse was purpose-built for the 2010 Ryder Cup and is a fitting venue to host the world’s top golfers.

As well as state of the art facilities, the clubhouse is situated to take full advantage of its prominent position overlooking the 18th green – a signature hole of The Twenty Ten course.

Members and visitors are treated to the most exhilarating and spectacular panorama of the course and an enviable view of the final hole from a private balcony which wraps around the building.

As luxurious as it is dramatic, this is surely a place to make an impression.


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Mike Jones – Disabled Golfer

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WATCH MOVIE

In October 2015, proud Welshman Mike Jones, an electrical engineer, and single figure golfer, climbed astride his Yamaha MT09 Sports Tourer motorbike for the trip across the Severn Bridge from Cwmbran into England for a shift in Bristol.

With a toot of his horn, he said goodbye to wife Beth without a care in the world.

Four days later he would wake up in hospital in Swansea in severe pain and confusion.

Mike has been told he nearly died at the scene of the accident and lost a lot of blood.

A leg was badly crushed and his thighbone was rammed through his pelvis by the crash.

These bones could be rebuilt in complicated operations but his lower left leg had to be amputated three days after the accident.

This was the start of a long road, that would include 22 hours on the surgeon’s table, six months of regular out-patient visits and a hip replacement as recently as last November.

And even then, it could have been far worse.

His biker’s protective clothing may have saved his life.

Such was the injury that more exposure to the wound could easily have led to a fatal infection… READ MORE about Mike’s Journey to recovery!

 


By Ian Mullins

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

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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”

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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

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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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