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November 9, 2017

I am, at heart, a modernizer. When the time came a few years ago for me to join a club I had a choice of three local tracks. The one I joined was the one where I could wear what I liked in the clubhouse, denim included. The one were I could use my mobile phone, even on the course. The one where I didn’t feel like I had walked in to God’s waiting room when I arrived. You see, I am a firm believer in change and change, I feel, i...

November 9, 2017

An Essay On Declining Golf Club Membership (Part 1… probably)

It’s hard to read a golf magazine these days without some lament about declining golf club membership. It’s been on a downward spiral for years and although there has been some recent stabilisation, there are a lot of worried people at England Golf and the R&A. Reasons for it and ideas to halt it abound, but the general consensus is that things just aren’t what they...

June 14, 2017

I should first come clean and admit that I was born in Northern Ireland and that although I left at the age of 13 I still spend a fair amount of time there. I learnt to play golf at Lisburn Golf Club, where my grandfather bought me some junior clubs and pretended to the course marshalls that I wasn’t actually playing and so didn’t need a green fee! It’s where my love of the game was seeded, if not exactly where it flourished....

June 14, 2017

We invented golf. Well, the Scottish did, really. But the ‘British’ made it what it is today – an elitist sport enjoyed by rich people more interested in excluding others than actually hitting balls. This British take was imported by Americans, who have, for over 100 years, reveled in its exclusivity. No-one does snobbery better than the Yanks, who just use money instead of lineage as a pre-requisite for entry. Democratic, as...

June 14, 2017

The weather. We British have a preoccupation with it. It has been the hot topic since time immemorial but in fairness that is understandable. Any people who live in a temperate climate with such changeable weather are tossed around on the raging sea of its capricious vagaries so our obsession is born of necessity. It defines us. It changes us. It causes joy. It causes misery.

All golfers have a love / hate relationship with the...

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