Penmar Golf Course, Santa Monica & Where Indiana Jones ‘Safely’ Missed The Green In Regulation.

Penmar Golf Club is a better-than-average nine-hole golf course in the suburb of Venice near Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean shoreline in California. The club is located just three miles from the famed Santa Monica Pier and only seven miles from the exclusive Riviera Country Club and host each year to the Genesis Open on the PGA Tour. And it was the tournament won by Dustin Johnson, and a victory that saw him go to No. 1 in the world, that drew me to Penmar. But then there was an event that drew ...

Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort, Virginia … Top-Ranked Course But I Was Clearly Out-Ranked.

I have enjoyed the pleasure of playing a round of golf with a number of leading professionals including double Open winner Greg Norman,  former U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell, past European No. 1 Robert Karlsson and a list of others. Earlier this year, I was fortunate to join former R & A CEO, Peter Dawson in contesting the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Pro-Am. But I have to say in all my years playing golf I recently managed another first and that was to enjoy a game alongside a ...

Brownsville Country Club, Tennessee … Not The Only Thing In Brownsville To Sing About.

In Aussie-born Helen Reddy’s 1973 No. 1 hit song ‘Delta Dawn’ she sings the lines … “All the folks around Brownsville say she’s crazy … Cause she walks downtown with a suitcase in her hand”. Brownsville is a town north-east of Memphis and boasts being ‘The Heart of the Tennessee Delta’.  The city is laid out close to the Hatchie River and a tributary of the mighty Mississippi River. We found our way to Brownsville and the Brownsville ...

Wetlands Golf Club, Maryland – Born, Raised & Nurtured In True Scottish Tradition.

It is amazing how the simple task of taking a break from the mundaness of driving long hours on the freeway can lead to such a fascinating golfing experience. In heading south on the I-95 from TPC Boston, and venue for the Dell Technologies Championship, we stopped for a break in Aberdeen, Maryland. I have played many games of golf in and around Aberdeen in Scotland but never in Aberdeen, Maryland. And it came as no surprise to learn Aberdeen, Maryland was named after its mother namesake in Scotland ...

Up At 3am But Not Teeing-Up To 3.30pm & Just To Play The Old Course … By Laurence O’Dwyer.

Laurence O’Dwyer is a member of the Eastlakes  Club in Sydney.  He plays off a handicap of 6.4, I met Laurence in bizarre circumstances when he just happened to walk into the Pro Shop at Crail Golfing Society, and golf’s seventh oldest club.  He and I got chatting and quickly establishing we both came from Sydney.  I asked if he was going out to play the Balcomie Links, and the oldest course at Crail, so we agreed to play a round. However, high on Laurence’s list of golf courses ...

The Great Southern GC, Mississippi Reborn & Rebounds From Hurricane Katrina.

The destruction Hurricane Harvey  caused to golf courses in Houston and now the onslaught of Hurricane Irma immediately rekindled memories of a visit earlier this year to a golf course in Gulfport, Mississippi. Bizarrely, it is exactly 12 years ago Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc to the east of Texas slamming into the Gulf Coast submerging New Orleans and causing death and unbelievable destruction all the way to Florida. While the clean-up and rebuilding after ‘Harvey’  continues ...

Tot Hill Farm Golf Course – Little Known Course Rated Among Top-10 Toughest In The States.

We’ve all heard of Kiawah Island, The Internatonal in Denver, PGA West , the Black Course at Bethpage Park, Pine Valley and Whistling Straits. But seriosuly who has heard of Tot Hill Farm? I came across Tot Hill Farm purely by accident driving as we were from Charlotte, and venue for the 2017 PGA Championship, to Greensboro and also in North Carolina, for the Wyndham Championship. In making my way into the Tot Hill Farm clubhouse here on one of the walls was a Golf Digest plaque signed by ...