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The sad news that Torphin Hall Golf Club near Edinburgh, Scotland was forced to call in the Administrators this week after failing to find a buyer, highlights the increasingly worrying times facing many British golf clubs and courses.
With research from KPMG showing that membership has fallen by 20% over recent years, clubs are struggling and owners of private courses are starting to jump ship, with courses now going on the market.
So the question is, how much do you think it would cost to buy your own 18-hole golf course?
Gorilla Golf think you may be in for a surprise.
Whether it is arguably the most famous hole in golf, the 18th at St Andrews (below), TPC Sawgrass famous island 17th green, or perhaps even one of the holes around the famous Amen Corner at Augusta, most people are aware of some of the greatest holes in golf.
Yet what it is about the hole that makes it ‘great’ is open to conjecture. No doubt that for every golfer who lauds the Postage Stamp, or the island green at Sawgrass, there are many more who would happily confine either to the waste bin if they could.
So this led me to ponder, what is it that makes a great golf hole?
Last year I penned an article on Gorilla Golf about my three main New Year resolutions in 2013 in terms of my golf.
To summarise them briefly, they were:
- To get fitter to play golf more easily
- Attend refresher lessons with a local pro, and
- Structure my practice at the range still further
So how did I do? And what are my new year’s resolutions for 2014? Read on to find out!
One of the biggest criticism’s made about golf swing apps is that while they are useful for recording your swing and analysing against the swing of other players (including professionals), when it comes to feedback, you are very much on your own.
That situation could be about to change thanks to American company Zepp and their range of sporting sensors and app.
Earlier this year on a bright, summers evening, I headed to the local course with three friends for a lovely evening four-ball on a Friday.
Somewhat untypically, I began the round in impressive fashion, and after six holes of play, considering my handicap was around 18 at the time, I was one under par and had registered two birdies on the round, and had an eagle putt lip out on the cup.
Then it all began to unravel in spectacular style…
Being brutally honest, winter golf can be a bit of a slog at times. If the rain isn’t going to get you then the strong, cold wind can turn even a dry round into something of an ordeal.
Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. Winter golf is a mindset that you need to conquer in order to keep your game in the best shape possible for when the weather improves.
If that means hitting balls at the range so be it, but why spend money hitting balls, when you could be hitting the course?
Here’s some handy winter tips to prepare for your first winter round…
As the days shorten, nights draw in and frost is an all-too welcome site overnight, often preceding the first snowfall of the year, it is easy for the golfer in more snowy climes to want to throw their clubs into a travel case and head somewhere more favourable for golf.
So if you fancy a bit of winter golfing, where should you head? If your local course is snowbound and you want to find some great winter golf, then why not check out any of the five destinations on our hit list.