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

I was asked recently how many countries I have played golf. In all my many years reporting on golf I don’t think I had been asked that question but then, and as I am always travelling with my Callaways, it got me thinking and after much deliberation and studying a map of the world for a good while, I counted 42 countries where I have be fortunate to tee-up a golf ball. Now that’s not to say quantity translates into quality but 42 countries I thought that’s an awful lot of travelling. My ...

Saint Endreol Golf … Spectacular French Design, Superb To Play

Saint Endréol is situated between Provence and the Cote d’Azur spread out over 370 acres of unspoiled landscape that mirrors the exquisite lifestyle of Provence. The course is located in the town of La Motte less than an hour’s drive from Nice airport and also less than a 30 klm drive from Saint Maxime on the French Riviera coastline. Saint Endréol is a dramatic-looking 18-hole course of 5,883 metres length from the back tees,  5,789 metres off the white, 5,314 metres from the yellow ...

McIlroy To Make His Fort Worth Debut In Confirming First Three ‘No Spectator’ Events.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy confirmed he will make his Charles Schwab Challenge debut mid next month when the PGA Tour returns to full competition at Fort Worth in Texas. In fact, McIlroy indicated he will contest the opening three ‘no spectator’ events meaning he will tee-up in the following week’s RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, and an event he played just once in 2009 (T58th), and along with the following week’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut, and an event he has also ...

Big Sur – No Billboards, No Ads & Sheer Scenic Driving Pleasure

Big Sur – The name always conjures-up thoughts of stunning cliff top Pacific Ocean lined scenery. We took the drive along portion of Highway 1 earlier this year. The State of California realising the worth of the region in 1965 designated the 72-mile (116 klm) long section of the highway as the first ‘California Scenic Highway’. A year later in 1966,  Ladybird Johnson and the wife of President Johnson led the official designation ceremony at Bixby Creek Bridge. The same year, the ...

John F. Kennedy … Timely Visit To Dallas 54-Years After The Events Of 1963.

It was a Saturday morning in Australia – November 23rd, 1963 – and I can still recall to this very day what I was doing that morning. Of course, I am now showing my age but I was headed to a schoolboy game of cricket at Willoughby Park in northern Sydney and close to the family home. I also recall, and  now 54-years on, asking someone why all the flags were flying at half-mast and the reason being the events of Friday, 22nd November, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Having never been to Dallas ...

Meeting Tommie Brown & The Mayor Of Alligator, Mississippi.

It was of those chance encounters but in a town boasting around just 200 citizens. The four of us, including my brother, Steve and his wife Sally who were visiting from Sydney, were making our way north from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. I had observed a sign saying ‘Welcome to Alligator’ when we travelled to this part of the States earlier this year in reporting on the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic some 90-minutes drive north in Memphis. Now my first thought, ...

Moonlight Brilliantly Lights Up Belle Of Cincinnati On The Ohio River.

We were lucky to be in the right place at the right time when a full moon lit-up the Belle of Cincinnati that was at berth on the Ohio River.