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- Do I let him follow the “Bubba Watson” path and find his own golf swing?
- Or, do I spend a little cash and get him a few lessons with an instructor to help him along?
Ask any beginner golfer what their biggest fear is about playing and many will likely tell you exactly the same answer; making a fool of yourself out on the course.
Whether it is by breaking a simple rule of etiquette, being unable to hit the ball properly, losing too many balls and taking too long to find them to simply slowing down all the golfers playing behind you, it is little wonder that many beginners have a sense of real trepidation when they head out onto a genuine 18-hole, full length golf course for the very first time.
So how do you avoid looking like the nervous newbie out on the course for the first time? We’ll show you precisely how below…
With just under a month until the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, American team captain Tom Watson has seen his American team already decimated by a combination of personal issues and injury. This has led to speculation as to who Watson is likely to pick as his three wildcard selections for the tournament.
Of course, Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the Ryder Cup this year due to his recurrent back injury and it seems likely that another major winner, Jason Dufner, could also be set to miss out with a similar ailment, although Dufner has not yet confirmed he won’t be able to compete. These two injuries are a big blow for the American team, as is the self-imposed exile of big-hitter Dustin Johnson (below) for personal reasons.
I’ve seen some odd things on a golf course in my time. Of course, there are some golf fashions, particularly those worn by John Daly, that plummet off the edge of ‘stylish’ and deep into the pit of mental cruelty, such is the clash of vivid colours that assaults the eyes.
Then there’s Adam Scott, the former World Number 1 and Masters champion who is a genuinely nice, disarming and charming chap, but who just happens to putt the ball with a club that resembles a television aerial. When he puts that club back in the bag I am sure he can tune in to any radio or TV station across the globe.
When you step out on a golf course, while away on holiday, it is perhaps one of life’s most enjoyable and relaxing moments. So too should it have been for Dougie Thompson last week as he celebrated a friend’s wedding, in the Mexican resort of Cancun, with a round of golf at the local Iberostar Cancun Golf Club.
The 58-year-old Scotsman, who now lives in Toronto, Canada, had shot his ball into a bunker on the course, near to a bush shrouded lagoon.
Mr Thompson lined up his bunker shot and was happy to see his ball fly onto the green, however as he turned to leave the bunker an 12-foot long crocodile leapt from the bushes, clamping its jaws around Mr Thompson’s leg.
The video below was taken by a visitor to the same golf course and shows the kind of croc’s that lie in wait for the unsuspecting golfer.
Here’s the dilemma:
My son is now 10 years old and has expressed an interest in moving from being my (underpaid) caddy to actually joining us for a round of golf.
He’s played on pitch and putt courses and enjoyed a summer camp a year or two ago, but other than that he’s just hit balls on the range when he’s ventured there with me.
As a dutiful dad, I’ve tried to give him a few simple pointers with mixed results and now that he seems to be getting more serious about golf I have to consider one thorny issue:
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?