Rockland Lake - 10th hole marker

Rockland Lake Golf Club – A Taste Of New York Golf Close Enough To The Big Apple.

It simply comes with job! By that I mean the increasing practice of visiting golf courses in the vicinity of a tournament venue. This week’s Barclays Championship was no different as I found myself venturing to the Rockland Lake State Park Golf Course located about around 20 minutes from this week’s Ridgewood Country Club host venue. In fact, the course is just 25 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. Rockland Lake State Park boasts an 18-hole Championship golf course and ...
Sam Snead Drive leading to Starmount Forest Country Club where 'Slammin' Sam' won in 1938 the first of eight Greater Greensboro Open titles.  (Photo - www.golfbytourmiss.com)

Starmount Forest Country Club – Where Former Stars Of The Game Shone Very Brightly.

As part of the celebrations for last week’s 75th anniversary Wyndham Championship organizers brought into the media center two of the greats of the game in Bob Goalby and Dow Fistenwald. Goalby captured the the 1958 Greater Greensboro Open, as the event was then known, and a year later Finsterwald was crowned 1959 champion. However Goalby wrote himself into golf’s history book in winning the 1968 Masters but only after controversy surrounding Argentina’s Robert de Vicenzo who thought ...
Bernie revisiting Cruden Bay Golf Club.

Cruden Bay Golf Club … A Scottish Golfing Gem Revisited.

It was a great pleasure during the recent Scottish Open to revisit the stunning Cruden Bay Golf Club. I had first played the golf course in the late ’90s and a week after one of the former Dunhill Cup team encounters in St. Andrews. Even to this day I can still recall never ever being so cold on a golf course and also not being able to put my hands in my pockets as I was being pelted by pin head size hail. Some years ago I enjoyed the opportunity in arranging for good friends and journalist ...
Thracian Cliffs course in Bulgaria

Thracian Cliffs Lands Membership Of ‘Leading Golf Courses Europe’.

The stunning Thracian Cliffs Resort in Bulgaria, and venue of Graeme McDowell’s dramatic 2013 Volvo World Match-Play Championship success, has been bestowed membership of the prestigious Leading Golf Courses Europe collection following a recent inspection visit by its senior team. The luxury Black Sea venue has gained many admirers since opening in 2011, with images of its sensational cliff-top Gary Player golf course being transmitted around the world in May last year. www.golfbytourmiss.com ...
South Ronaldsay G C - Overview of course

South Ronaldsay Golf Club – A Orkney Youngster Demanding Respect.

South Ronaldsay Golf Club is very much a youngster when it comes to golf in the Orkney Islands. The course was open to play in June 2005 making it 90 years younger than Stromness and 110 years the junior to Orkney Golf Club in Kirkwall that recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. But while South Ronaldsay may lack a strong historical background it certainly makes up in terms of youthful exuberance. In fact, of the three golf courses now readily accessible by car the nine-hole layout that looks ...
The stunning backdrop to the final green at TPC Piper Glen.

Charlotte & Southpark Courtyard Marriott – Great Golfing Buddies.

It has been our first visit to Charlotte, North Carolina and this week’s Wells Fargo Championship. The ‘Queen City’ as Charlotte is affectionately known is a sporting giant being home to a number of major sporting teams – the NFL Charlotte Panthers, the NBAs Charlotte Bobcats and later this month some 180,000 fans will pack into the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the running of the 55th running of the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600. However what has become evident in our time here ...
The First Tee at  Augusta

The Day We Played Golf At Augusta For Just $10.80.

It was around 4pm on the eve of the 2014 Masters and the final preview piece had been filed. Those competing in the season’s traditional opening Major were away competing in the Par 3 Contest. The championship Augusta National course was now closed to any further practice rounds but didn’t deter the three who had gathered on the First Tee. There was good friends and colleagues Euan McLean (Daily Record), Neil McLeman (Mirror) and myself. After the rain that had washed out play on Monday, ...