DeChambeau On How Bryson Would Go About ‘Bryson-Proofing’ Augusta National

For a second time in some 20-years Alister MacKenzie will be turning in his grave with talk again of toughening Augusta National. MacKenzie designed the course in the early 1930s and for nearly 70 years the world’s best golfers peacefully competed without hardly any fuss at all when it came to the golf course. And then in the late 1990s Tiger Woods came along and demonstrated a newer muscle-bound way to play the Georgia golfing gem. It led to calls of the need to ‘Tiger-Proof’ Augusta but ...

How Many Countries Have You Played Golf In? – I Count 42 & Looking To Make 50.

In the remarkable and totally bizarre manner I embarked on a career as a golf journalist not for a moment would I have thought that more than 30-years on would it lead to having now played golf in 42 countries. My first round of golf in growing up in northern Sydney suburb of Willoughby was at the nine-hole Castle Cove Country Club and where was father was a member.  I was also a late starter to golf and finding my way into golf in my mid-20s. In mentioning Castle Cove, and where my father is honoured ...

Woods Puts Winged Foot Up With Carnoustie & Oakmont As Hardest Major Venues

Tiger Woods has placed this week’s U.S. Open host venue at Winged Foot up there with Carnoustie and Oakmont as the three hardest major championship venues in golf. The 15-time major-winning Woods is contesting 22nd U.S. Open having captured the title on three occasions – 2000, 2002 and 2008. Woods is among just 15 players who teed-up in the 2006 U.S. and when last staged on this week’s host venue at Long Island and with the reigning Masters winner asked where he would place Winged ...

Long Reef Golf Club – Long On Reward, Never Short Of Satisfaction

It is the first day of a new decade. The annual Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks extravanza has again provided a spectacle hard to be matched by any city in the world, and this despite the controversy of allowing the $6.5m pyrotechnic show to go ahead when there is so many devestating and life-taking bushfires still raging out-of-control across the State of New South Wales. On the first day of 2020, the effects of the bushfires is clearly noticeable with a smoke haze again hanging over Sydney. I’ve ...

Golf Club De Servanes – From A Van Gogh Landscape To A Masterpiece Golf Design.

What a superb blank canvas handed to Thierry Sprecher and Gery Watine when afforded the opportunity to work together in designing Golf de Servanes – https://golfservanes.com/ Golf de Servanes is located in the south of France around halfway between Arles and Aix-en-Provence and roughly an hour’s drive north-west of Marseille. What makes Golf de Servanes so magnificent is that the course is laid out right at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range that is about 25 km long by about 8 to ...

Golf de la Saint Baume – Stunning Natural Landscape In The Heart Of Provence

Golf de la Saint Baume is located in the heart of Provence situated around halfway between Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Brignoles in France. The golf course gets its name from the towering Saint Baume mountains dominating the countryside.  The summit is 1,147 metres. Saine Baume is situated also in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Sainte Baume , one of the concerns of the golf is to safeguard its ecosystem, to preserve and enhance the local flora and fauna. The Golf de la Sainte Baume ...

Knox Hails Course Improvements At His Beloved Nairn Dunbar.

Russell Knox has hailed the course improvements at Nairn Dunbar, as the club celebrates attracting 80 new members since golf’s return. The championship venue has undergone a series of adjustments as the club prepares to co-host The Amateur Championship in June next year. After receiving consistent feedback that holes 9, 10 and 11 had a more parkland feel, the club put a restoration plan in place to unveil as much of the natural dune systems and undulations as possible to promote a true links experience. Course ...