Riviera Leads By Example – How A Tournament Course Should Be Presented.

The preparation and presentation of Tour and tournament courses today forms a large part of the viewer enjoyment, integrity of the key elements of performance of the players, and influence of the direction of the game. It is common for a tournament course today to be offered with very narrow width fairways, thick long rough, soft greens and often soft fairways. This presentation is not a result of weather conditions, but by design and intent. What does this achieve? It actively promotes the mentality ...

Bernie Hits First Golf Course Shot Of 2000 In Tonga – Original Article Located 21-Years Later

The 21st anniversary of my historic first golf shot of 2000 on a golf course has been located.  No sooner had I posted a reminder of my efforts 21-years ago and I went ‘surfing’ on the web and found my story. The following 427-word article appeared in the Tuesday, 5th January, 2000 edition of the Daily Record. Here is the link to the article and hereunder is the story. https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Golf%3a+Record+writer+hits+the+first+golf+shot+of+2000%3b+BERNIE+IN…-a060846340 BERNIE ...

Twenty-One Years Ago Bernie’s Historic First New ‘Millenium’ Tee Shot On A Golf Course In Tonga

Twenty-one years ago today, and in the spirit of a new Millennium, I hit the first golf shot on a golf course of this millenium at midnight on the 1st January, 2000 on the tiny Pacific Ocean island of Tonga. I flew from Sydney via Auckland to the Tongan capital of Nuku ‘alofa. Tonga encompasses around 170 islands of which 36 are inhabited while some 70% of the now 100,000 total population of the islands live on the main island. So why go to Tonga to golf? Tonga is located two-thirds of the way ...

Monte Carlo Golf Club – Thirty Years On & The Memories Return.

Thirty-years after my first and only prior visit the memories naturally came flooding back in re-visiting the Monte Carlo Golf Club. It was July 1990 and just two over years since my ‘career-changing’ moment in winning an all-expenses paid trip to the 1988 Players Championship in Florida. A year later in 1989 I attended the first of now over 80 Major Championships in reporting that year on the Open Championship at Royal Troon.  I then returned to Europe in 1990 for my first European ...

Golf De Roquebrune – French Riviera Golf At It’s Finest.

Golf de Roquebrune lies about 80 klms south of Nice and just under 20 klms north from Sainte Maxime. The golf course and resort is surrounded by the vineyards of Provence and overlooked by the Massif des Maures hills inland from Saint Raphaël and blending harmoniously into the surroundings. Many holes offer superb panoramic views over the bay of Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël, and the Lachens, Maures and Estérel mountains. ular Massif des Maures mountain range. The golf course was designed by leading ...

Beacon Woods A Shining Florida Golfing Light For Near On 50-Years.

Next year, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Beacon Woods Golf Club located at Bayonet Point on Florida’s west coast. Beacon Woods is just under 20-miles north of the Innisbrook resort near Tarpon Springs and venue each year for the Valspar Championship. It was during the hosting of the 2018 Valspar Championship and won by England’s Paul Casey by a shot from Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed that I was fortunate to play Beacon Woods. Woods was playing the event for ...

Dumbarnie Links Emerges From Darkness Of Uncertainty As A Shinning New Light In Scottish Golf.

In just six months Dumbarnie Links has emerged from the darkness of uncertainty as a brilliant shining new light in Scottish golf. While businesses across Scotland and the UK were facing uncertainty, the UKs newest golf club located at Upper Largo in Fife opened on 29th May and on the first day in the lifting of the lockdown. It was a soft opening given the restrictions still in place but in the intervening six months, Dumbarnie Links has established itself as a ‘must play’ venue. Among those ...