Play away: Royal Portrush

Royal Portrush GC

THAT JUSTIFIABLY renowned golf course designer, Harry S Colt, reckoned that Royal Portrush on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland was his finest work, better even than Muirfield. It prompted Bernard Darwin to write, that ‘Mr HS Colt…has thereby built himself a monument more enduring than brass.’ And there are now two splendid loops of 18 holes on classic links land to enjoy. Continue reading “Play away: Royal Portrush”

The Top 10 Major Collapses

1966 U.S. Open ChampionshipAS NIGHT FOLLOWS day so every April the television brings us Peter Alliss, with his mellifluously smug tones. This can only mean one thing: the US Masters is underway as the professional golf circuit cranks up a notch or five with the first of the four classic ‘Major’ tournaments.

To celebrate this opening starburst in golf’s firmament we thought that it would be rather fun to take a look at those men who, over the years, have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. With a major trophy and a fortune within sniffing distance they have stumbled as the tension and their opponents got into those precious five inches between their ears. We have all missed pressure putts or hit dire shots when in a position to win a match or a competition, but nothing, ever quite as knee tremblingly, brain mashingly awful as this: Continue reading “The Top 10 Major Collapses”

Thought for the month:

“If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.” Horace Hutchison

See you all next month……….