Austin Country Club – First Described A ‘Terrible Design Property’ And Now A Shrine To Texas Golfing Greats

Like most things in Texas, the Austin Country Club is a big golf course. The course that again plays host to this week’s WGC – Dell Technologies Match-Play championship measures 7,062-yards but has been carved out of hillsides, with many holes over-looking steep gorges, and also with a handful of holes running along the floodplain of the Colorado River in the north-western outskirts of the Texas capital. The Austin Country Club was founded in 1899 and moved to its third and present site ...

McGuire: Twenty-Seven Friendly Years Following Tiger To His Hall Of Fame Induction

I have never been formally introduced to Tiger Woods but in the course of reporting on his winning ways around the world, I somehow became a friend. A friend, not in the sense I had his phone number and I could ring him up and see if he wanted to go out for a game of golf and an afterward beer. No, nothing like that.  More in the sense I would be present among the media where Woods was competing, and that he would see me at tournaments, and then in the course of sticking my hand-up to ask a ...

The Day Arnie Introduced Us To ‘Mulligan’.

One of what I would say is a first delight in nearing the Bay Hill Club and Lodge is there are no security gates, no security guard box, or even a simple electronically-operated boom gate. This is so vastly different to the scenario across America where, and even at some public courses, unless you have prior permission or a suitable pass, you just cannot get past the front gates. Of course, in this dangerous world, that’s how sometimes it must be. Though not in driving down South Apopka Vineyard ...

What Impressed Harrington About Hollywood Legend Katharine Hepburn?

Players at this week’s Genesis Invitational will again find their way up over 50 steep steps at the back of the 18th green to the clubhouse at Riviera Country Club in suburban Santa Monica. The Riviera club had first hosted a PGA Tour event in 1929 with a purse of $10,000 and since the club has welcomed the Tour in 1930, 1941, 1945 to 1953, 1973t to 1982, 1984 to 1997, and then every year from 1999 to a year ago when Max Homa was handed a $1,674,000 first prize cheque from a purse of $9.3m. ...

Pom Points His Putter Point-Blank Sounding An Ultimatum

They call it the ‘Golf Writers Mock’! It is when you leave the sanctuary of the media center and walk out onto the golf course and choose to follow a particular group or golfer. Nothing really wrong with that as long as the player you are following doesn’t start dropping shots. I was reporting on the 1991 Volvo German Open at the Hubblelrath GC in Dusseldorf.  It was late August and the German Open was the last qualifying event for the European Ryder Cup team selection though at ...

Al Hamra Golf Club – Well Worth The Visit & Now For The Golf World To Admire

There’s always that unique joy in playing a golf course you’ve not played before. Normally, it is a golf course you know well or you’ve read about. Also, that delight is magnified if you’ve managed to play well. There is also a joy teeing up at a golf course you know relatively little about but where you also play well and while missing a couple of birdie putts, you do manage a handful of pars. Adding to that pleasure, the course has a great layout, it’s in an ideal ...

Bernie McGuire: Winners, Grinners, Losers, Cat Fights, Pony Tails, Millionaires, Seve Movie, Mushroom Soup, , Arabian Sea Breeze, Rulings, Double-D, Open Champs, A Signed Scottish £1 Note, Mum, Media, Bar-B-Ques, Spanish Tears, Pampered Pros, A Broken Shaft Plus Huey Lewis But Without The News

Looking back on the golfing year there’s been … Winners, Grinners, Losers, Emotion, Cat Fights, Pony Tails, Millionaires, Seve Movie, Mushroom Soup, Arabian Sea Breeze, Rulings, Double-D, Open Champs, A Signed Scottish £1 Note, Mum, Media, Bar-B-Ques, Spanish Tears, Pampered Pros, A Broken Shaft & Huey Lewis without The News. Let’s now roll with the best, the worst, & much more from season 2021. TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD The winning European Solheim Cup team.  It’s the ...