What does the marvelous Melbourne Metropolitan Golf Club and its unique bunkering have in common with a 100 kilometer long stretch of golden sand on the Atlantic Ocean west coast of Senegal?
The answer is almost nothing!
It’s just that so many wonderful words have been penned about his famed ‘Sandbelt’ Gem I found myself struggling for an introduction to this feature.
It was Friday of the World Cup of Golf week and after a late afternoon call the day before, Peter Paccagnan, the General Manager ...
It was the day after the World Cup of Golf and a lovely cloudless Monday morning when we took to turn off from the Hume Highway on route to Sydney for this week’s Australian Open to visit the Victorian rural town of Euroa.
The town was made famous by the legendary Australian Bushranger, Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang when on 10th December, 1878 they head up the staff of the National Bank and escaped with £2,000.
Arriving from the Melbourne end of town it’s hard not to miss the Euroa Golf ...
It is just after 6.30am Monday morning and the day after Frenchman Victor Dubuisson became the first-ever Turkish Airlines Open champion.
There is a few people on the practice putting green but no one on the first tee of the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.
The sun is starting to make its present felt on a morning where there is not a cloud in the sky.
I stand on the first tee and I am thinking of the MasterCard advertisement - Priceless.
I tee up noticing a man and a woman ahead of me but then I ...
One of the European Tour’s leading photographers and myself had the opportunity to play one of the 10 Mission Hills course at Hainan Island ahead of the Match at Mission Hills.
Having played the Stone Quarry course during the course of the 2011 World Cup of Golf I asked if I could again play this course – No. 7 of the 10 courses at this spectacular new golfing destination off the Chinese mainland.
All 10 courses at Mission Hills Hainan Island were designed by the American-born team of ...
There are some half-a-dozen tournaments I’ve reported on where the winner is presented with a jacket.
A golden coloured silk jacket is fitted to the winner each year of the Volvo China Open and there is a wattle coloured jacket presented each year to the new Australian Masters champion while the Arnold Palmer Invitational champion and the Heritage champion is fitted with tartan design jackets.
As well, the new Omega European Masters champion gets to keep a red jacket and of course, and certainly ...
The Aloha Golf Club on Spain’s Costa del Sol should be no stranger to serious golf fans as it played host in 2007, 2008 and more recently 2012 to the Andalucian Open.
England’s Lee Westwood lifted the trophy in 2007, Frenchman Thomas Levet dedicated his 2008 success to an then ailing Seve Ballesteros while his compatriot, Julian Quesne posted a new course record of 64 to win last year.
Reporting on Quesne’s victory was the first time I had visited the club and this has always been ...
There’s no denying the subject of golf and marriage will long be the butt of many jokes.
However for a first occasion in more than 25 years reporting on golf around the world I came across a scenario where golf and marriage are joined in harmony.
Earlier this year Tour Miss and myself , along with neighbour, Mary Heal and very good friend, George Morris set out on a trip to the Scotland Western Isles of Lewis and Harris.
However rather than be delayed in any traffic we made the decision to ...