The Open Returns to Royal Portrush

You can't have missed the fact that the largest ever sporting event to be held on the island of Ireland is happening this week!  It's bound to be a success - tickets sold out almost a year ago and many say that the stunning Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush is superior...

Tom Dickson – Golfing for over 90 years

This week I have a story of a record-breaker, Mr Tom Dickson!  When I started to read about the history of his family in connection with Dungannon Golf Club I discovered many interesting facts which are worth sharing. Having joined the Club in the late...

Greens as fast as Royal Portrush’s

We all talk about the speed of the greens, whether that’s because they were so fast and we putted three or four feet past the hole, or perhaps they were so slow that our ball never got near the hole, or maybe some were fast and some were slow, so we never got the...

Irish Success

I hadn't heard of James Sugrue until Twitter was filled with his exploits at the 124th British Amateur championship at the end of last week. Making it through the strokeplay qualifying and then matchplay, the 22-year-old plus-four handicapper from Mallow, Co Cork, was...

The benefits of golf

The Benefits of Golf Golf is a great game.  I love it, but a recent conversation with a colleague made me realise that a lot of people have an outdated view of this wonderful sport and don't realise the wide range of mental and physical benefits that it offers....

Match Play Strategy

As I played my Traders' Cup match on Friday evening, I remembered how much fun match play can be.  Match play and stroke play are two completely different games. Match play allows for more aggressive play, no worry over a blow-up hole, or four, and arguably the most...

Driving down the first!

Well, it was Captain's Day on Saturday and what a great day that was!  I was down at the first tee for a few hours and must have seen about 80 or 90 men drive off, some more stylishly than others and some more successfully than the rest!  I think they were all pretty...

Stroke Indexes

Professional golfers don’t need to concern themselves with stroke indexes, however for the ordinary club golfer playing a stableford competition or competing in a club match play event a hole’s stroke index may mean the difference between victory and...

Success and Failure

Despite the very best efforts of golfers, coaches and equipment manufacturers, golf remains essentially a game of failure. Even Ben Hogan, perhaps the finest ball-striker the game has known, described golf as 'a game of misses'. Yet, there is the odd success sprinkled...