Fly & Swing To New Heights With The Alpine Flying School & Gap Bayard Golf Club

Here’s an adventure for the golfer’s out there who enjoy discovering new heights. Now that restrictions to travel are being lifted, why not treat a flight yourself to double French alpine flying and golfing adventure? This is what we did recently thanks to Alpine Flying School – https://alpineflyingschool.fr  and the Gay Bayard Golf Club – http://www.gap-bayard.com/golf-de-gap-bayard The Alpine Flying School and Gap Bayard have their homes high in the stunning French Alps ...

Being Handed ‘DJs’ Putter Just A Few Holes From The 2011 Open Championship Finish

A decade ago, I ended-up with Dustin Johnson’s putter during the final round of the 2011 Open. I was working, as I still do, with the R & A media team helping out in bringing players to the media centre over the official opening three days and then once the tournament proper gets under way, I would walk escorting the media about the course. So, on the final day of the 140th Open I am walking the last group with Darren Clarke and Johnson. I think it may have been either the 14th or 15th hole ...

How The Shark’s 1993 Open Championship Success Gave Bite To My Golf Reporting Career

Of all the Open Championships I have attended, the 1993 Open at Royal St. George’s stands out as special. Special in that it was a fellow Australian and my ‘growing-up’ golfing idol Greg Norman being handed the famed Claret Jug by legendary Gene Sarazen. Also making it special was seeing the Australian Cricket Team in attendance and with Alan Border’s men already boasting two wins and a draw from their three Ashes series matches against ole foes England. I had been among the media ...

It’s Usually Customary To Present The Visting Media With A Gift – $200?

For some reason, I missed the inaugural 1998 Qatar Masters and won by Scotland’s Andrew Coltart. It was a double celebration for the affable Scot who awoke on the Sunday morning having been confirmed as the 1997/98 Australasian Tour No. 1. Coltart had travelled to Australia in the weeks leading up to Christmas and pulled off a second ‘Down Under’ triumph in three years in capturing the 1997 Australian PGA Championship at the famed Alister MacKenzie designed New South Wales club ...

‘I’ve Talked To Bernie, That’s It’ Declares Tiger.

If you thought you needed any assurance you had had found your place in a chosen field then that comes sometimes when someone of higher authority or stature publicly acknowledges your work or presence. It could be a school teacher being singled out by the school head in front of the entire school or an office worker praised by the CEO in front of the entire company workforce. It was well into the latter half of 2013 when controversial TV analyst, and former PGA Tour player, Brandel Chamblee, and ...

The Day Brian Lara Asked If He Could Join Me In A Game Of Golf

April 11th, 2011 Brian Lara – it’s a name synonymous with cricket as the man many call ‘The Prince’ was just one of two players who scored more than 10,000 Test runs and probably a similar return in One-Day cricket. But to bump into one of cricket’s all-time greats on a golf practice range in the Middle East – no chance! It was Monday of the 2011 Dubai Desert Classic week and fellow Australian Darren King, who works as a director of golf at the Els Club, had invited me to play the course. I ...

The ‘Promise’ Of Two Million Mangrove Seedings For Every Abu Dhabi HSBC Ace.

Fans of professional golf are so used to seeing either a gleaming new car, jewellery, watches or cash on offer for a hole-in-one during competition. And the par-3 seventh on the National course in Abu Dhabi there is not a prize but a ‘promise’ on offer, the like that has never before been offered in major tournament golf. When I first travelled to Abu Dhabi for the inaugural 2006 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship the prize, and usually at the par-3 15th, was a few nights, all expenses paid ...