Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Skechers Elite Athlete Brooke Henderson Wins Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

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Dressed head to toe in Skechers, from her visor and apparel to Skechers GO GOLF shoes, elite golfer Brooke Henderson mounted an impressive win on Saturday at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. Henderson won by a single shot, finishing 16 under par to achieve her tenth LPGA title—expanding her record as Canada’s most successful female golfer in the history of the LPGA and PGA Tours. I love finding new ways to improve my game, and this tournament offered some great opportunities,” said Brooke Henderson. “I had a lot of breaks go my way on Saturday and that final chip for par on the 18th made it even more exciting. I remained focused on my game and was thrilled to move up the leaderboard for the win. I appreciate all my supporters, and it was great to secure this title in L.A. —home to Skechers.” “Brooke Henderson has always shown great talent, but over the past few years on the Tour, she’s developed an incredible maturity and tenacity—and we’re confident she will continue to break records and thrill her already huge fan base,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “We’re honored that Skechers GO GOLF has been part of her rise and evolution into one of today’s top golfers, and we look forward to seeing all the ways that she’ll continue to grow as a global contender and golf legend.” Henderson has become a prominent face in women’s golf since turning professional in December 2014. She won her first LPGA Tour event in 2015 at the Cambia Portland Classic, a title she would defend in 2016. She went on to become the second youngest player to capture a major championship with her win at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. In 2016, Brooke also represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil, where she tied for seventh place. In 2018, she won the Lotte Championship, and she also became the first Canadian in 45 years to win the national championship at the CP Women’s Open. Now with 10 titles, Henderson owns the record for most professional golf wins by a male or female Canadian, and in 2019 won the ESPY for Best Female Golfer. She is currently ranked #5 in the World Golf Rankings. Henderson joined the Skechers Performance team in 2016, wears Skechers GO GOLF footwear and apparel on tour and has been featured in ongoing marketing campaigns for the brand. She has competed in recent tournaments wearing Skechers GO GOLF Elite 3™ footwear. Known for its lightweight, high-quality, stable and comfortable designs, Skechers GO GOLF has achieved prominence within the golf category alongside the brand’s award winning running, walking and training collections. Skechers GO GOLF footwear is available at Skechers retail stores and skechers.com as well as select retail partners, including specialty golf pro shops.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

What Japan has given the golf Industry

For years Japan has been giving to golf, but until recently with the amazing tenacity and skill of Hideki Matsuyama, the champion of The Masters, the country has been ticking away in the background - or has it? Japan’s first golf course was Kobe which opened its doors in 1903. The second, Unzen Golf Club didn’t open until 10 years later. Interestingly Unzen is also the first public golf course in Japan. Fast forward a hundred years or so and the quantity of golf course has surpassed those in the UK, now sitting around 2,500 serving a population in the region of 126 million.
Whilst you might think golf is the top, or near the top for sports in Japan, it isn’t. Sumo still holds that top spot. Although it has been recognised that the younger generations are less keen on Sumo. Which is probably why other sports such as Baseball is the second favourite sport, followed by Rugby, Basketball, Football, Martial Arts, Pro Wrestling, Boxing. Golf surprisingly, makes an appearance in 9th place. In that 100 plus years of golf evolution, Japan has earned a solid reputation for its quality golf equipment. Established forges, some coming from Himeji, home of the Samurai sword, turn their hand to making golf clubs and the results are explosive.
Big names such as Mizuno, the largest manufacturer in Japan to the more bespoke hand made businesses such as Honma and Muira. Srixon, Vega, XXIO, Fujimoto and Kyoei are also brands some may have heard about. Whist Japanese forged steel is known for its strength, there is also a strong emphasis on aesthetics of the golf club. In fact Japanese people are quite exact when it comes to golf and golf apparel. I have never seen or played with a scruffy looking Japanese golfer!
Japan may seem like a relative newcomer in terms of its professional golfers, but the females have been paving the way for a few years now. In 1977, at the LPGA Championship, aged 31, Hisako Higuchi was the first Asian born - male or female to win a major. Higuchi, alongside Ayako Okamoto, who herself won 62 international tournaments, dominated the Japanese women’s golf during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Higuchi was also the first Japanese golfer to be inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. She later became President of the LPGA of Japan Tour. More recently, the infectious smile of Hinako Shibuno, aka the Smiling Cinderella, who took the win at the 2019 British Women’s Open, smiling from ear to ear was as endearing as the great golf on display. The little published and little known winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The 17 year old Japanese young lady, Tsubasa Kajitani, who stole the show just one week before The Masters.
And now of course the show stopping play of Hideki Matsuyama taking the win at The Masters recently has again turned the eye of the golfing world and propelled Japan into the golfing public arena. So we have great golf equipment, great up and coming golfers and a country with so many golf courses, what else could it possibly offer? Tourism? Starting a few years ago by the forward thinking Mie Prefecture who entered the world stage and pitched its wares at IGTM in …… Dressed in full Japanese national dress, the Kimono was enough to start my first conversation with them. And I will be honest, I didn’t think they had much to offer the golfer.
Following my first trip in October 2018, I was more than happy to eat my words, I was totally wrong. With a major influence from British course designer Charles Alison who arrived in Japan in the 1930’s, it did strike me that the golf is not too dissimilar to that of some UK golf courses. With one exception - the grass is totally different yet still plays consistently well thought the year. The Korai grass tends to die back in winter and takes on a whole new appearance of bright yellow to sand brown, which adds wonderful definition to any photographs against a blue sky. The greens are often bent grass, so stand out like a sore thumb lying in stark contrast against the yellow fairways.
The reality is anyone can play great golf in pretty much any country in the world, so I always ask the question, so what else is there - what can the golfing visitor look forward to if they chose to go to visit. This question came totally unstuck with the quantity of unique, quirky, traditional, cultural and good old fashioned humble humour of the Japanese people became more apparent. Steeped in tradition, respect is of huge importance to the people of Japan. There still remains the hierarchical approach, which was endearing and delightful to witness on the golf course. The earlier designed golf courses often have two greens, one left, one right. One for winter, one for summer. With markers on the right of the fairways giving distances to the green on the right, the same applies for the left hand side. A simple, yet logical approach. Caddies are common place, it is less usual to tip them, but I think this will change as golf tourism takes hold. The buggies can be driverless, instead being operated by a remote control the caddy has complete control of. Anther unique practice was the use of two golf bags. The main golf bag is strapped to the cart, a smaller pencil bag is carried by the golfer. After being loaded with a few golf clubs from the main cart bag, he takes it to where his ball lies. This means the golfer can walk down the fairway and play the hole out, whilst the cart chugs along by itself to meet you at the green.
The golf is great, but it is the people and the culture which make visiting Japan an exceptional experience - don’t get me started on the food, that is a whole new article! You can view my video ‘Kicking around in Kansai on Travelling Lady Golfer You Tube channel More artilces, including Japan, www.golfgurugroup.com Follow me on Instagram sarah_thetravellingladygolfer Connect on LinkedIn Sarah Forrest Twitter and Facebook @golfgurugroup ENJOY

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Ingersoll Rand to Sell Club Car to Platinum Equity

DAVIDSON, N.C. – April 12, 2021 – Ingersoll Rand Inc. (NYSE:IR), a global provider of mission-critical flow creation and industrial solutions, has entered into an agreement to sell its Specialty Vehicle Technologies Segment (“Club Car”) to the global private equity firm Platinum Equity. The all-cash transaction is valued at $1.68 billion, which is approximately 12.1x 2020 Specialty Vehicle Technologies Segment Adjusted EBITDA, and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. “Today’s announcement to divest Club Car demonstrates swift progression on our transformation journey,” said Vicente Reynal, chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. “The Club Car divestiture achieves a premium valuation for the leader in the golf, commercial and consumer low-speed vehicle market. We are excited about future opportunities to create long-term value for stockholders with the cash from the transaction, including significant organic and inorganic investment into our core business segments as we advance our growth strategies and expand our addressable market. We continue to leverage IRX to drive results and execute strategy, including portfolio optimization, and will continue to devote our energy to driving innovation across our businesses with a portfolio focused on core, sustainability-oriented, mission-critical flow creation technologies and industrial solutions supported by long term growth trends.” Ingersoll Rand selected Platinum Equity because of their financial, operational and marketing expertise as well as their focus and interest in the automotive industry and mobility trends. Platinum is an ideal fit for Club Car and will serve as a strong partner in driving long-term, sustainable growth for the business.
“Club Car has a long history of leadership in golf, utility and consumer low-speed vehicles, and we look forward to nurturing their core business and supporting the diverse needs of the company’s customers,” said Tom Gores, chairman and chief executive officer of Platinum Equity. “We are excited to partner with the Club Car team and support the business as it executes on its strategy of operational excellence and ongoing, profitable commercial growth.” Goldman Sachs is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Ingersoll Rand and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal counsel. Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are serving as financial advisors to Platinum Equity on the acquisition of Club Car and Morgan Lewis is serving as Platinum Equity’s legal counsel. BofA Securities will lead the debt financing for Platinum Equity and Club Car. Willkie Farr is providing financing counsel to Platinum Equity on the transaction.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Guess the Link 2

Two images, but how are they linked?
The first a bear enjoying the sunshine. The second image a well known car manufacturer.
One venue that links the two photos 1. I played this golf course a couple of times but it hasn’t yet featured on my social media pages! 2. Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio 3. Regarded as some of the toughest finishing holes, (15, 16 and 17) on the Circuit. 4. Redesigned in 1990 by Jack Nicklaus 5. These iconic holes are named after the course re-designer Got it? I think this one is quite easy, but then I wrote it! The Answer is PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Just over an hour North of Miami this place is big… There are actually five golf courses on site, and as the name suggests a hotel and spa too. Home of the Honda classic since 2007, it is a big operation which runs exceptionally smoothly. One of the times I visited, I was invited by the Colombian Golf Federation to play in their annual event. At that time, they were looking to do something similar in the UK, so was seeking some assistance to assess its feasibility. My Spanish is sketchy at the best of times, fortunately for me, many of the Colombians spoke English. It was a great trip and one I remember for making new friends, some I had met previously, most I hadn’t. All were kind, warm and welcoming to me as a single golfer joining an established group. It was a very well organised event. I found out that they didn’t play stableford. When I asked why, I was told that they felt cheated playing that format. Of course the inevitable result was slow rounds. Another anomaly, regardless of ability all the female golfers were put out at the end of the field, ie after all the males. Rather than mixing up the groups as per handicap or ability, it was strictly male then female - then it was in handicap order. Being a shot-gun start did spread out the field a little bit, but I was in early groups so it didn’t take long to catch up! The end result was my longest round …. ever. It took 7 hours to play 18 holes and I was ready to pull my hair out at the end of it, with hysteria almost creeping in. I was exhausted too! However, for some bizarre reason I won a prize at the final evening presentation. No idea what for, my Spanish wasn’t that good, but the laughs a friendships continued into the night I loved being with these people, they were so friendly and welcoming and tried their hardest to communicate with me, as I did them. Golf was our common language, it bridged the gap with ease despite the language differences. Who else has used golf as the common language? Follow #twitter #facebook @golfgurugroup Follow #instagram @sarah_thetravellingladygolfer Follow #youtube @travellingladygolfer Follow #LinkedIn @sarahforrest ** The home of fun and unique marketing and media ** Bear photo by Mark Basarab #colombiangolf #florida #visitflorida #miami #visitflorida @markbasarabvisuals @pgatour @pga @honda @thehondaclassic #journalist #blogger #golf #lifestlye #golf #bear #golfstgram #instagolf

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Casa de Campo - a great place for the whole family

Visiting #dominicanrepublic and playing @casadecampo #teethofthedog is a place golfers and their families could consider for their next golf and lifestyle destination Why? Teeth of the Dog With seven of the eighteen holes being ocean side brings little let up for any wayward shots. You could find yourself shooting over inlets, coves or beaches to what seems like a small green. Of course the greens aren’t that small but some do have a tendency to slope towards the water! It has to be said this Pete Dye course is a bit of a love it or hate it kind of course. And I’ve experienced both sides of that feeling on different days during the same trip! Pete Dye says ‘the ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick up there’. He confronts critics who believe his golf courses are too difficult, and relishes in the opportunity he has been given to ‘mould Gods earth’ Taking inspiration from the golfers themselves creating lasting memories. At Casa de Campo there are three championship golf courses, with Teeth of the Dog being the best known. Whilst visiting this Caribbean purpose made destination you can indulge in so many more things. This makes it an ideal spot for golfers and non-golfers alike. After golf we’d jump in the buggies which are provided for your personal use. A daily stop by the beach and sit in the water watching the sun go down. Jumping back in the buggy and back to the room to get ready for dinner at one of its seven restaurants. I was lucky to be on the same flight as the chap who ran the shooting school at the time, he invited me to have a go on the range - another kind of range for a nice change! A few friends were able to join me. It was brilliant to not only experience shooting but to watch others take part. Golfers who have never had the opportunity previously. It certainly made for good conversation that night. Shooting skeet and traps was great fun. **No animals (or golf tour operators) were harmed in the making of this trip**
A shout out to all the other great people who made this trip so special. Whilst a few years ago now, I still have wonderful memories of my visit to Casa de Campo in Dominican Republic. Could this be your special place? Golf Guru Group - the home of unique fun promotions

Friday, 12 March 2021

Guess the Link?

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Two images but how are they related? 1. The amazing Silver wear proudly displayed at one golf club the other is an image of another famous golf course. But what’s the link? One name, one man 2. Whilst not the same course, they are within 10 minutes of each other by car 3. The man who links these two pictures played only a few British courses. 4. A private man known as Wee Ice Mon to the locals 5. Reputed to have changed the spec of a golf green to suit his practice and prepare him for faster greens Got it? The Answer is Hogan - Ben Hogan The 1953 Open Championship winner at Carnoustie Hogan arrived early to Scotland to practice for the upcoming Open in 1953. Known as a private man he was looking for a golf course to practice on, when he stumbled upon Panmure Golf Club. At that time Panmure was a very private club and this suited Hogan who made this his ‘golf home’ his two week practice. He wasn’t just there to practice, he needed to get acclimatised for the Scottish conditions and also importantly to familiarise himself with the smaller 1.62 inch British golf ball. The 6th hole at Panmure is famed as he stated that as his favourite hole after winning the Championship shooting 73, 71, 70 and the course record of 68 in his final round. Playing the 6th hole a par 4 at 414 yards from the back tees, and a 342 yard par 5 off the front is a lovely hole too. As if a slightly blind tee shot and undulating fairway to a testing uphill to the green aren’t enough. Hogans suggested putting a hidden pot hole bunker in front of the green added difficulty and interest. Inside Panmure Golf Club there are three main rooms for guests. The smaller Captains Bar or 19th, leading through to Hogans Room, home of the silverware and wrapping around to the Dalhousie room for dining. Winning by four shots this was Hogans only Championship appearance. Who got this right? If so how many clues did you need? Wnat more fun in golf? Follow me on: Instagram : sarah_thetravellingladygolfer Twitter @golfgurugroup Facebook @golfgurugroup You Tube : Travelling Lady Golfer www.golfgurugroup.com

Monday, 1 March 2021

My Marathon in Golf

Remember this?
I completed one article a day for 26 consecutive days. A marathon in golf writing and promotions, you might say! The reason for taking on this self imposed challenge was to help golfers remain buoyant and give them something positive to think about. When the world returns to some semblance of normality, this will still be here to help golfers think and plan. I purposely didn’t want all bucket list courses, just a variety of genuine good courses to visit and play. I wanted to give England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales an even (as possible) split too. With my desire to appeal to all golfers; old, new, young, old, male, female and families. The truth is, there is no point squirrelling knowledge when others can benefit from it! Favouring to focus on golf courses I had played. I did need help for 4 of the courses featured. Thank you Kevin Markham, Neil W and Phil Millington for plugging three of the gaps! Also thank you to Kevin Markham and Kevin Murray for allowing me to use their excellent golf photography for some of the features. What I didn’t expect was for it to take so long to do the daily research. To dig through copious notes and do an awful lot of tapping into my memory banks. Then of course get the articles written up, images sourced and posted across various platforms. Thanks to the golf clubs, despite being in lockdown, who answered my various questions and requests. An annoying lightbulb moment at some ungodly hour of 4am was something else. For this campaign, I decided to act out each letter in semaphore. It then became apparent, that whilst I thought it was a great idea, a lot of people didn’t have a clue. They just thought I was doing some poor version of YMCA, by trying to replicate the shape of the letter. When I got to letter S, I told people what I was doing and the penny dropped. I made the commitment and was delighted by the level of engagement across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. My blog also hosts the full write up and suite of images which has now tipped 28K. All social media platforms produced a good ROI, with Instagram being the most interactive. Probably as it is pitching to the audience who is most likely to be interested in visiting more golf locations. But in all, the campaign across all platforms has been well received. Other golfers praising me for the foresight and tenacity to ensure its success through its unique delivery. My business ethos has always been about working with people, striking up friendship and helping them where I can. My social channels follow this ethos, so I am grateful for the interactions I have received. Whether it was guessing the letter of the day or commenting and liking the posts. I’m delighted to have such good strong golf and business relationships. People who genuinely want to see and hear about golf and lifestyle. As presented in my unique eye popping way. This semaphore for today is not a letter more its meaning as ‘end' - or ‘end of word', as it signifies the end of this campaign. I like showing golfers and their families where they can go to play golf, or visit for their next holiday. To this end, I am looking for destination partners as well as sponsors. Brands who enjoy out of the box thinking when it comes to promotions. Brands who want innovative fun campaigns promoting golf and lifestyle to those who want to see it. More innovative and imaginative content to come, don’t forget to follow me: Instagram sarah_thetravellingladygofler Twitter and facebook @golfgurugroup LinkedIn @Sarah Forrest Blog https://golfgurugroup.blogspot.com Website www.golfgurugroup.com And my fledgling You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/travellingladygolfer Full statistics for this campaign available on request. Email : Sarah@golfgurugroup.com

Thursday, 25 February 2021

GALVIN GREEN ATTRACTS GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNGER GOLFERS

I was able to review some Galvin Green clothing for ladies. Product and Equipment reviews on this Blog *** PRESS RELEASE ***
Leading high-performance golf clothing brand Galvin Green has seen a surge of interest from younger golfers amongst its customer profile over the past year. The largest percentage of purchasers of its award-winning Multi-layer garments are now golfers aged between 25-34 years old, which is also the fastest growing age range for the brand. While the number of younger golfers aged 18-25 buying Galvin Green between 2019 and last year almost doubled.
The brand credited with having the largest market share of the waterproofs sector across the UK & Ireland has seen evidence of an increasing number of younger golfers turn to its products since 2019. This trend is especially true in the UK, Europe’s largest golf market. Garments like the revolutionary GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ jacket, the versatile INTERFACE-1™ hybrid jackets and the thermal INSULA™ hoodies and sweaters have appealed to the middle-aged category of golfers in greater quantities than ever before.
“Having had a strong presence in the market for more than two decades, the perception might be that Galvin Green clothing would appeal more to the older golfer, but this latest data refutes that view and confirms the broad appeal of the ranges across all age groups,” said Tom Romano, General Manager of Galvin Green USA. The latest 2021 Part One range that becomes available this month, reflects the level of interest in lightweight, colourful golf clothing designed to help men, women and junior golfers perform at their best in all weather conditions. “Pre-orders of the latest range have been strong, and we anticipate a good reaction to the collections from golfers of all ages once courses begin to reopen,” Romano added. To assist retail customers place orders more efficiently this year, the brand has introduced a new, more advanced B2B platform that provides:
Enhanced product information and garment details; A new streamlined product search function; An in-depth account dashboard with key statistics and data against previous years; Simplified order entry; and Improved account features to view order history, track deliveries and manage invoices.
For details of the service and the new collections, visit www.galvingreen.com.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

My Head and Heart Argument

I have a head and heart argument going on here! As a keen golfer, I want to get out and play golf as soon as possible. As someone who had worked hard this last decade to make golf a more inclusive sport, dispelling the stuffy old men on the tee casting nasty little quips vision. Traditionally golf has been seen as an elitist sport, it’s taken many years of chipping away by myself and many others in the industry to change this perception, for all golfers. And the tide is slowly turning. Come the 29th March golf is in the first tranche of sports being listed as acceptable to be played. And whilst I completely understand the health benefits of playing golf, both mentally and physically, this desire to keep putting golf under a different umbrella is wearing a bit thin. We are trying to encourage all people in to golf, by keeping the doors open for all to get involved in the future and stop making news by trying to buck the system I, like most golfers, want to play golf. We have a way forward now, a careful considered pathway to not only protect our NHS, ourselves, our golf and our nation, but to give us something to look forward to. Lets embrace this news and start planning for a better, longer future. After all, we’ve (hopefully) been through the worst. I for one don’t want the country to open up too quickly, as it did last time, only to be taken straight back into lockdown later in the year. The punchy government advert on television saying ‘look into my eyes - are you doing your bit’ I honestly cannot say that I have 100% of the time. It is almost impossible to do this. Too many shoppers crowding around, too many people not listening to their symptoms, too many people walking in crowded parks and more recently a group of golfers being tweeted about being seen playing on the putting green. The minority spoiling it for the majority. I appreciate it is not what most golfers will want to hear, but a little more patience is required here. And a huge amount of hope that by letting the English government guide us, we can manage this together. There is naturally no accounting for new mutations of this vile disease, we can only manage it by doing our bit - as we have been asked to do. Golf is special. It is special to each golfer. Just as cycling is to a cyclist. Just as fishing is to fishermen. But golf shouldn’t be seen as elitist. That, to me, is going backwards. I did this slot with BBC Sports at 1830 last night 22nd February, after the roadmap was released by Boris Johnson.

Friday, 19 February 2021

GB&I Golf Course Reviews - A for Auchterarder

This is my last in this series of GB & I golf course reviews. I hope that you have enjoyed it, that it has given you some inspiration and importantly helped you through the tough times we are all in at the moment. I am always here to help and to listen. As ever, the full write up and more on https://golfgurugroup.com under the Travelling Lady Golfer tab.
Auchterarder Golf Club, Orchil Rd, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, PH3 1LS
It seems fitting that as I start this series in Scotland, The Home of Golf that I should finish it here too. As before, this series is about showing you some genuinely good golf to play around the UK and Ireland. Auchterarder is no exception to this.
Arguably it isn’t the longest course, there are 6 par 3’s and 3/4 par 5’s. It measures 4967/5800 so is an easy walking course. In the shadow of its big boy neighbours you can catch a glimpse of the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles as you enjoy playing Auchterarder. In fact, time it right and you can shoot to the green to the crowds whooping and hollering No one need know they are actually cheering golfers on the adjoining course! A beautiful, hilly in places, but not too silly, parkland course with amazing views.
Only 28 miles from Edinburgh airport located with the beautiful Ochil Hills as its backdrop. Doing some research I found 78 Ochil in Scotland, so maybe don’t put that into you navigation system! The name Ochil, recorded as Okhel in 13th Century is from Pictish origin. Although it may have evolved from Ogel meaning ‘ridge.’ Either way, it is quite beautiful.
Hole number 13 is actually called Ochil View. A par 4 SI16/18 268/289 yards this downhill shot is fairly narrow with green side bunkers in play. So if you’ve played it badly, take solace in the view. With Auchterarder, in Gaelic meaning ‘the summit of the rising ground’ gives you some idea of the altitude. Located on the Strathern Ridge it is one of the highest towns in Scotland.
Life started in 1913 when Ben Sayers designed a 9 hole golf course. In the early years maintenance was done by goats grazing the high ground. With WWII came the call up of a lot of its members, it also saw the golf course return to pasture land once again. Post war and into the 1950’s and 1960’s the Old Nine was recognised a good place to play. In 1979 it became an 18 hole course. More recent works include an extension to the clubhouse in 2002.
It was lovely to see some of the names of the holes. No. 7 is called Dinnae Stray, a par 4 SI5/9 332/473 yards. The exit off the tee is a little intimidating with established trees left and right. It does open up a little but the green with it amphitheatre of trees around the back of the green add drama. Quite an appropriate name though!
With a continued plan of phased improvements the 12th hole bears the mark of more recent upgrades. This par 3 SI 18/16 116/164 yards could be a nervy tee shot through a relatively narrow exit off the tee. The new three tied green is protected by bunkers from right and left and water at the back. I loved playing this hole, in fact I didn’t realise at the time it was a fairly new improvement. It had clearly bedded in well.
The 18th is called Hame… no guessing as to what that means. A par 3 SI 12/10 145/184 yards is a tight closing hole. But a warm friendly club awaits your return — what could possibly go wrong! So might not be the course you thought I might feature for my final letter, but one I wanted to give a shout out to as a good club to visit. Despite its relative short length, it is a good course to play. Strategic bunkering and well established trees made it a pleasant game and the clubhouse atmosphere was great too.
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