The Last Word

“Spieth is lining up his putt. If I’m quick I can get a beer. Go to the toilet and paint the spare room b4 he hits it.”

A tweet from Danny Willet’s brother P.J.Willett during the closing holes of The Masters.

See you all again next month…….

From ‘Fore’ to four bedrooms

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THE TIMES LEADER column rarely mentions golf. Yet in the March 5th edition it tells the sorry story of clubs selling their courses as land for house builders. As if golf were not under sufficient pressure the prospect of clubs, particularly those owned by local authorities, selling out to developers to meet the ever increasing demand not only for new homes but also to balance the books is possibly the most worrying trend of all. Continue reading “From ‘Fore’ to four bedrooms”

Playaway: Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course, Lincolnshire

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THAT FINE AND most traditional of golf writers, Henry Longhurst, said ‘It is I think, the best course, in the most comprehensive sense, that I have played on in Britain.’ It is the Hotchkin course, named after club member, golf architect and local resident, Stafford Vere Hotchkin, who in 1902 offered a large swathe of his own hunting land to use as an 18-hole course in the Lincolnshire spa town of Woodhall. Continue reading “Playaway: Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course, Lincolnshire”

Thought for the Month

“I am hitting the woods just great, but I am having a terrible time getting out of them” Harry Tofcano*.

*And, no, we have no idea who he is either. See you all again next month………..

The 10 definitive excuses for rubbish golf

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EXCUSES COMPRISE A sizeable plank of amateur golf. So often that hideous snap hook into the nearby garden or a grisly shank last seen bounding down the cart path is really not our fault. No really it isn’t. How could it be when we simply do not hit shots like that? So we thought that, seeing that it is awards season for all sorts of things, we would present our own golfing Oscars for the 10 top excuses for truly dreadful golf shots. Continue reading “The 10 definitive excuses for rubbish golf”

Playaway: Kington Golf Club, Herefordshire

 

IMG_0096YOU WON’T FIND Kington Golf Club in any great golf courses’ guide but that is absolutely no reason to ignore this wonderful little course clinging, almost precariously, to the top of Bradnor Hill in far West Herefordshire. At 1,280 feet, Kington was once the highest 18-hole course in England although since Alston Moor in Cumbria was extended it has now been relegated to second place. What this most welcoming of clubs is most certainly is the best in the county and one well worth making a detour to play. Continue reading “Playaway: Kington Golf Club, Herefordshire”

The Last Word:

“To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment.”

Sam Snead

SEE YOU ALL AGAIN NEXT MONTH…….