Monty Fears 150th Open Championship Could Be Last At St. Andrews

Colin Montgomerie fears new technology could see this year’s 150th Open Championship be the last to be played on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Monty, and like so fellow tour pros, believes big-hitters like Bryson DeChambeau, and given calm conditions that may prevail at the Home of Golf, could turn the Home of Golf venue into one big birdie feast. This year’s Open Championship will be the first at St. Andrews for DeChambeau and company since 2015 when American Zach Johnson won a Monday play-off ...

Yas Links & The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship A Big Step 12-Years On From Meeting Designer

A dozen years ago early on a Saturday morning in January, a handful of the media were taken out to the eighth hole of the Yas Links Golf Course. The par-3 eighth hole was then the only grassed hole on the newest golf course in the United Arab Emirates. Meeting the handful of media was Kyle Phillips, the Yas Links course designer who had arrived a few hours earlier on a flight from the U.S., and after a short visit to his hotel, he also was heading to the eighth tee. It was the week of the 2010 Abu ...

Arabian Ranches – Eighteen New Greens Now Presenting Decades Of Putting Delight

One of the rewards in reporting on tournament golf is to admire first-hand how new golf courses hosting new tournaments have matured. I was present at the 1991 Dubai Desert Classic and have been amazed not only at how the Majlis course has matured but how much Dubai has grown.  It is the same in attending the second Qatar Masters and admiring how the Doha Golf Club has matured and also how the course, once on the outskirts of the Qatar capital is now surrounded by buildings. Scotland’s Kingsbarns ...

Gateway Park, Montgomerie, Alabama – Gateway To Golfing Enjoyment.

In working the PGA Tour, we’ve spent many hours driving the Interstates of the U.S. I could probably mention every bend on the I-95 between West Palm Beach and the Georgia border and I could tell how many ‘bumps’ there are on the I-10 between Jacksonville and Texas. Of course, I’m exaggerating but you get the idea. A great thing about driving between Tour stops is the opportunities it presents compared to flying.   I cannot remember the number of occasions we’ve ended-up ...

Emirates Golf Club Delves Into The Past In Looking Ahead To The Future

For the Emirates Golf Club and host to the 2022 Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic, it was an exercise delving into the past in looking ahead to the future. It’s remarkable that the first golf course to be built on the Arabian Peninsula will at the end of January 2022 celebrate the 34th anniversary of the tournament. The Carl Litten-designed course was built in 1987 and two years later joined the European Tour schedule. Back then, the course was sitting all by itself laid out in the desert far away ...

Al Hamra Golf Club – Well Worth The Visit & Now For The Golf World To Admire

There’s always that unique joy in playing a golf course you’ve not played before. Normally, it is a golf course you know well or you’ve read about. Also, that delight is magnified if you’ve managed to play well. There is also a joy teeing up at a golf course you know relatively little about but where you also play well and while missing a couple of birdie putts, you do manage a handful of pars. Adding to that pleasure, the course has a great layout, it’s in an ideal ...

On A Golfing High In The Stunning French Alps – Gay Bayard Golf Club

For the golfers out there who enjoy more than the experience of savouring a new golfing adventure here’s a destination to really whet your adventurous side. On the outskirts of the town of Gap in Haute Alpes of France, the Bayard plateau rises to an alitude of 1,250m.  In winter the plateau is a hive for Nordic skiiing. When the snow melts, there’s nine groomed and marked trials offering around 50 kilometers of ideal mounting hiking. The summer rays also reveal a stunning golf course ...