In another golfing first this week we visited a Texas golf club, the Legendary Oaks GC, where you will find a chapel lying to side of the practice range.
Of course, it triggered immediate thoughts whether the chapel is there in calling on divine intervention before a round of golf or to possibly later give thanks for a miracle 18 holes or maybe to seek forgiveness for any miss-givings on the course at Hempstead and located to the north of Houston.
Thanks to the owners of Bluejack National we were fortunate to get a first look this afternoon at Tiger Woods first designed golf course in the U.S. – Bluejack National located on the outskirts of Montgomery and about an hour’s drive north of this week’s Shell Houston Open host venue.
A little rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of organizers nor the media who were very warmly welcomed in what is an extremely inviting yet a temporary clubhouse.
Eric Bauer, Director of Agronomy ...
For so many years I had been driven past Vila Sol Golf Course on route to Vilamoura to report on the Portugal Masters.
And in travelling the main thoroughfare from Faro to Vilamoura each year we passed by a fairway where set into the banking of this particular fairway is the words ‘Vila Sol’.
However I was always curious what hole it was where the sign was located.
I found out first hand last year as it was Vila Sol’s sixth hole and one of the most picturesque and delightful holes ...
It was a very special anniversary when I had the pleasure for a first time in visiting Stromness Golf Club on the Scotland island of Orkney.
It was 6th June, 2014 and the 70th anniversary of the D. Day landings and while Stromness is a long way from the sandy beaches of Normandy there was no mistaking as I made my about the course the part played by the Orkney Islands in both world war conflicts.
Of course, lying at the heart of the Orkney Islands is Scapa Flow, and no one should need any reminding ...
There is something very unique in travelling to Doha each year for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
It is the only country on the 2014/15 European Tour International schedule that boasts just one golf course.
Fortunately the Doha Golf Club is a 27-hole complex with the 18-hole championship lay-out that has played host to the event since 1998, and there is a nine-hole Academy layout.
And while the Academy course is closed to members during Qatar Masters week the organisers are kind in allowing a ...
The sun was still 15 minutes away from making its presence felt when Eoin Clarke and myself stood on the opening tee of the Yas Island Links course at Abu Dhabi.
This was in contrast to a few years back when I joined a group of journalists covering the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to inspect the yet completed layout.
On that occasion we made our way out to the 8th hole, a stunning par three laid out on the Yas Island shoreline, where we were introduced to course designer, Kyle Phillips.
The eighth ...
It is never polite when visiting a golf course for a first time to be late arriving.
But then it was downright embarrassing in stepping up to the first tee and without the hint of a warm-up to then walk off the opening hole a few minutes later in holing a very long putt for birdie.
Well, that was the scenario when I joined three of Scotland’s leading golf correspondents – Martin Dempster (The Scotsman), Euan McLean (Daily Record) and Nick Rodger (Scottish Herald) – last October ...