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    A Very Scottish Pro-Celebrity Golf

      The world of golf has been stunned and saddened this last week with the news that the “ voice of golf “ Mr Peter Alliss has passed. Rightly lauded for his magnificent contribution to the game over many decades the tributes have been pouring in from far and wide. A very talented and successful player in his own right, the majority of us in the UK probably know him better as a superb commentator leading the BBC coverage of the great golf tournaments over the last 40 years including The Open and The Masters. His mastery of the spoken word, passion for the game of golf, beautifully crafted sense…

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    Strange Finish to a Strange Season

      It’s the end of October. The clocks have Fall (en) back. The fairway mats have appeared across many of Scotland’s golf courses. All clear signs the regular golf season has come to an end. All very clear in any normal season but of course this is still 2020 and any sense of normality was suspended many months ago. Golf clubs across the UK are now facing the prospect of another COVID lockdown, we are still a couple of weeks away from The Masters and a certain Golden Bear, Mr Jack Nicklaus has created a minor social media storm with his intervention in support of The Donald in this year’s…

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    Is it now Hug a Hoody Time ?

      Daily government briefings on the latest COVID cases, hospitalisations and connected tragic death figures. A deepening public health crisis, regional lockdowns, UK economy in free-fall, businesses facing a bleak short term future and millions of employees fearing impending unemployment. All desperately concerning but for a tiny minority ( we hope ) in the golf world, our current dire situation cannot be allowed to simply extinguish the critical question facing our great game. ” Is a Hoody an acceptable piece of clothing to be worn on a golf course ? “ In favour of allowing such an item the arguments put forward are clear and strong. In an age when…

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    Playing Golf Is Good For You; It’s Official

    The sound of regular golfers the world over breathing sighs of relief must have been palpable when it was recently announced by some ,no doubt extremely well funded, sports science research teams ,following months and months of rigorous study, that they have now concluded that not only is GOLF the greatest of all sports but it is in fact good for you as well. Who Knew ? Well to be candid about it, approximately 99.999999% of all those who have ever dared to step on to the hallowed turf of any golf course could have told them that. By current estimates that amounts to regular players alone of 55 million…

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    Have Clubs Will Travel ( to Scotland ? )

    This last weekend should have seen the latest episode of golf’s ultimate team contest, The Ryder Cup , when the game’s best representing Europe v USA get to engage in another gladiatorial sporting “ battle “ over three days, roared on by an ever increasingly boisterous, some-time baying crowd. Whilst this year’s get together scheduled for the Pete & Alice Dye designed Whistling Straits Course in Wisconsin has fallen foul of COVID restrictions, this enforced suspension has not prevented numerous publications and social media sites from speculating on the likely team compositions as well as provoking debate on who would be included in any fantasy best ever team for both…

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    Roughing It In New York State ?

      Please ! please ! No more beautifully created social media video posts of golf balls being dropped into lush heavy patches of all embracing rough. We get it. It’s US Open time. The rough has indeed been allowed ( encouraged ) to grow. This isn’t the Super Seniors Sunday afternoon Texas Scramble; the course is supposed to be difficult, you’re supposed to keep your ball out of the rough and on the well groomed fairways at all times. Now the annual face-off is well underway. In one corner those who are sick and tired of watching the best players in golf reduce most tournament venues to a veritable “pitch…

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    The Major Value of Money Lists

      In the months of March,April and May of this most forgetful of years, the focus of most people was not on which sporting events had been cancelled or postponed. Instead we were determined to do everything we could to protect our  Health Services, stay at home and admire the commitment and dedication of our frontline key workers. Now that the initial Covid onslaught has passed,our attentions have now moved on to how exactly we value the contribution of those workers vital to our daily lives and charged with the responsibility of keeping us safe and taking care of us when we are afflicted with life threatening illness. As we…

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    Plan Your Scottish Golf Vacation: 5 Key Questions

      Golfers the world over dream of one day making the pilgrimage to The Home of Golf at St Andrews to secure their own piece of golfing history on The Old Course. The majority of these dedicated enthusiasts will enjoy this great experience as part of an overall golf based vacation providing the opportunity to play several courses, travel to various parts of the country creating great memories with friends and family. However before you start contacting a Scottish Golf Tour Operator ( hopefully you will select Kard and Brown ! ) to put together details of tee-times, accommodation and travel arrangements you should take some time to consider a…

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    For sale : 1 Glasgow Golf Course

    The year 2020. The strangest of years. The strangest of sporting years. The strangest of Scottish Golf years. We have witnessed courses and clubhouses initially on lockdown. No golf allowed but available for our daily ration of exercise. This was followed by a carefully monitored booking system for all club members, no visitors, one way systems, changing shoes in car parks, wearing of masks in pro shops, marking your own card in medals and absolutely no touching flagsticks. On the disappointing side of the report, an almost complete absence of international visitors, open competitions heavily restricted, limited access to clubhouses and postponement of many tournaments including the 2020 Open Championship…

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    DeChambeau : Flawed Maverick or Champion Reformer ?

    The current wall to wall golf press coverage of the DeChambeau phenomenon has raised a number of issues. The seemingly never ending distance debate has been given new life; invigorating calls for overhauling club and ball technology, a system of bifurcation and heated argument on narrowing fairways with knee-high rough for when the pros come to compete. All have merit, all have supporters and all are keenly contested. Mr DeChambeau’s recent performance at Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio where he managed to produce a quintuple bogey 10 including two shots out of bounds, refused to abide by a decision by a rules official and missed the…