Oct 4th, 2017
It’s road trip time as we head up to the British Masters at Close House. And where better to stay en route to Newcastle than Oulton Hall in Leeds.
It’s road trip time as we head up to the British Masters at Close House. And where better to stay en route to Newcastle than Oulton Hall in Leeds.
We get a loads of stuff sent to us at GP Towers and a much of it doesn’t really get us going. One area sure to unite the team are any efforts to bring in young’uns into our beloved sport and on Sunday 14th (this weekend) Crown Golf have a beauty as over 100 juniors can walk away with a year’s free membership!
We love Carnoustie. It’s probably one of the bestest courses in the UK, forget that the World! So, what better venue for a ‘Round of a Lifetime’ for one Edward Johnson from Massachusetts, U S of A.
The GolfPunk team love the game of golf and are big supporters of the idea of improving the etiquette on the course and in general. However, this week the big news running around social media was about the US amateur golfer that carded an impressively poor 194 for 18 holes and things got worse when the Florida State Golf Association confirmed it was actually a 131 over par 202!
Ok time for a rerun of our GolfPunk rant. The three-minute rule is a good one and it is intended to speed up play like the other good rule change, putting with the pin in. I am sure most pros did not expect to suffer too much from the rule change but then they are not playing Royal Portrush every day.
Each year the winner of The Open receives the famous claret jug which he must return before the following year’s event. But what is the history behind this iconic trophy?
Derek The Donkey, GolfPunk's grumpy horse-envier once again delivers his 'Joke of the Week'. As you know he likes nothing better than a proper good laugh as long as it's at someone else's expense...
Sunderland of Scotland, has revealed its collection for Spring Summer 2019.
Rory McIlroy has welcomed the sweeping changes that have been implemented to the rules of golf and hopes that the new rules will bring a greater clarity within the sport.
A great result for GolfPunk readers with Danny Willett winning the DP World tour Championship at 139/1. He actually drifted on Betfair to 179/1 so hopefully GolfPunk readers got the best odds??
Following seven years of consultations, on 1st January 2019 the governing bodies of the Rules of golf will implement the most comprehensive Rules changes seen in the game for 37 years. And on the 1st of November, Hamlyn Publishing will be launching 'The Offical Guide to the Rules of Golf R&A.'
World of Golf London, one of the busiest driving ranges in Europe with an average of 13 million balls hit each year, is enjoying a record period and has seen its business boosted by Ryder Cup fever following Europe’s victory in Paris.
Santiago Luna stayed in control throughout the final round as he marched to victory at the Farmfoods European Senior Masters.
With one week to go until this year’s Farmfoods European Senior Masters gets underway, the full list of professionals has now been announced for the Staysure Tour event which takes place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
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SRIXON® has announced the launch of the new Soft Feel golf ball. Available in Soft White™, Tour Yellow™ as well as a Soft Feel Lady model in Soft White™ and Passion Pink™. The new Soft Feels are available now.
"When Tiger Woods came up here to this tee box for the first time, he said "Holy shit! So now it's called the 'Holy Shit' hole. Every time anyone comes up here for the first time, they say "Holy shit!"' Little John, Old Head Caddie
Major global golf footwear manufacturers have been putting their faith in the Softspikes® Fast Twist 3.0® insert system since its introduction to the market in 2017.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Farmfoods European Senior Masters, this year the event is returning to the Forest of Arden Marriott Country Club & Hotel, between 4-7 October.
Bioflow, one of the worlds leading suppliers of magnetic therapy, also offers golfers protection against flying and biting insects with their excellent Mosquito Repellent Bands.
It's the start of the season and you're going to need all the help you can get to shoot some decent scores. Some fresh wedges will ensure maximum control around the greens, and lets face it who doesn't like seeing that ball rip back when it lands. Without further ado here are six of the best wedges for 2017...
We've been looking back at the best read articles of 2017, and it came us no surprise to us to find that there are a lot of Paige Spiranac fans out there. Here's GP's take on 'A Day In The Life Of Paige Spiranac, The Overlord Of Instagram....'
Scaredy Cat Scaredy Cat, sitting on the, errmm, golf mat. No need to be afraid anymore. Ian Poulter is here to show us how to attain true bravery on the tee. No matter what is in front of you...
With just days until the inaugural Farmfoods European Senior Masters gets underway at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, the full field of European Senior Tour professionals has been revealed.
Help The Gravy & Bunch Of Arse The stuff that's floated our boats and upset us this week...
Jeff Ritter can help you get the ball close from the trickiest of lies. Downhill chip over a bunker. No problem!
The guys on the European Seniors Tour represent a golden, pioneering age of golf. Many of them, like Sam Torrance, were there at the start of the European Tour in 1972, when events took them to ridiculously hard to get to destinations, and players slept 4 to a room to save costs. Subsequently they have very interesting stories...
It’s not a boat and it’s not in a garden, but it is one of the hidden gems of Scottish golf.
FootJoy is launching its season–long FJ Walk of Champions campaign.
Tommy Fleetwood has backed blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan’s ‘March of the Men’ campaign, which seeks to recruit more young men to the stem cell register.
From The Oscars to Rickie Fowler, soggy driving ranges to Laurel & Hardy. The stuff that's made us smile... or otherwise this week...
Police officers are appealing for information after thousands of golf balls were stolen from a luxury hotel.
What's floated our boats & bunched our bottoms this week?
Tiger has sensationally pulled out of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with back problems. No, surely not.... say it ain't so...
QHotels is the UK’s largest golf resort operator, and it's now offering visiting golfers the opportunity to double their enjoyment with a BOGOFF offer – Buy One Get One Fourball Free – at each of its 10 UK venues.
With their new Supersoft Golf Ball, Callaway have combined their lowest compression golf ball ever with a soft cover and their Premuim HEX Areodynamics surface pattern. Result: long, straight and Supersoft.
John Jacobs has died aged 91.He will be best remembered for his work in establishing the European Tour, where he served as the European Tour’s tournament Director–General from 1971 to 1975.
David Law’s eagle at the Terre dei Consoli Open has been voted the 2016 European Challenge Tour Shot of the Year.
Justin Thomas is leading the SBS Tournament of Champions with a third straight 67 and has a 2-shot lead over an in-form Hideki Matsuyama.
Rory McIlroy has won the European Tour shot of the year, as voted for by My European Tour fans, for his approach shot to the 18th at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Former South African golfer Wayne Westner has died in an apparent hostage drama on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Wednesday morning.
Muirfield Golf Club has been told to "get out of the dark ages" when it decides whether or not to admit women members in the New Year.
The Old Course Hotel may be in a totally iconic position, but that position does come with a cost.
Following directly on from winning the Golf Writers' Association Trophy, Henrik Stenson has now landed the big one – European Tour Player of the Year. It's going to be a very happy Christmas down at the Stensons.
GolfPunk celebrates this week's movers & shakers... and laments the oxygen takers....
The stuff that's floated our (& the readers') boats this week. And the stuff that has annoyed the bejeeses out of us...
Sir Nick Faldo was awarded the title of Golf Course Designer of the Year at the 2016 World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony, which was held in the Algarve.
Golfers can get free golf for the rest of the year if they snap up a new five-day 2017 QFairway membership - available at six of QHotels award-winning resorts.
Ireland’s historic Luttrellstown Castle Resort will be the imposing stage for the 2017 Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship.
Glencor Golf Holidays, the UK based golf tour operator, has launched a new brand to help golfers to continue to identify great value holidays in Europe despite the weaker pound and the current complications around the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
The phrase 'World Cup' has a certain cachet in the sports world. Outside of maybe the Summer Olympics, the football World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Now golf has tried to get in on the power of the 'World Cup' brand with the World Cup of Golf. But the stars aren't turning out.
The humble golf waterproof has changed so much over the years. The Ping Zero Gravity is one of the lightest yet.
It’s the perfect phone call. The opportunity to go somewhere great and play golf. On the line is my Austrian friend Natascha, who had just offered me the chance to come out to her homeland and sample a new golfing Mecca. Yesss.
Emilliano Grillo was rated the top rookie for the 2015-16 season by his own peers. Tour members who played in at least 15 official money events this past season were eligible to vote.
Welsh Rugby international Andy Powell laughs up his infamous golf buggy escpades in a new spoof video...
Early on Sunday morning a novice green keeper at West Cornwall Golf Club discovered that a seal pup had found its way onto the golf course. What was he to do?
Steve Wheatcroft hit one of the worst shots under pressure ever at the Canadian Open.
The R&A has introduced two new measures to its Pace of Play Condition in time for The Amateur Championship, which is being played at Royal Porthcawl and Pyle & Kenfig in Wales.
Lofoten Links Golf Course, on the island of Simsøya in Norway, is a spectacular golf course. From the end of May to the end of July the course is open 24 hours a day and you can golf in the midnight sun. Imagine seeing the Norther Lights whilst playing golf?
The official interpretation of the Rules of Golf from The R&A is now available free in an updated edition for 2016 - 2017 and it's now also avaialble on Android as well.
We all hate slow play, and our feelings are shared by one of the UK’s largest golf groups, They’re getting about pace of play, with a high-visibility, long-term programme now in place at all venues.
The good people at Oceânico had a go at bettering the recent par-5 speed record set at Valderrama, and have unofficially broken it with Ricardo Santos and Portugal’s former goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira on the team.
Open Championship winner Sir Bob Charles CBE has become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
PGA National in bizarre homage to Game of Thrones!
The multi-award-winning, independent, five-star Finca Cortesin - one of Europe's leading golf resorts - has joined World of Leading Golf (WLG), the international organisation representing some of the world's best golf venues.
Tournament host Sergio Garcia led a three-team, international challenge ahead of the Real Club Valderrama Open de España, as the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Fastest hole in golf by a team of four’ was broken.
We've been thinking for a while that streetwear is the next direction for golf fashion to take. Nike Golf seem to agree with us.
According to data compiled over three million rounds of golf by the GPS and scoring app, Hole19, the UK has achieved more hole-in-one’s than any other country.
Families looking to get active during the Easter and May half-term holidays can enjoy late discounts of up to 20 per cent on sunshine breaks at Spain's multi-award-winning La Manga Club.
We all know that golf has an image problem. It’s seen as elitist, old fashioned, and out of touch – the preserve of the white middle class male. We all get that don’t we? And we all want to do something about it. So why get the Houses of Parliament involved? Here's your chance to have your say with our poll.
The never eagerly anticipated Grand Slam of Golf has thankfully been culled by the PGA of America. We will no longer have the dubious pleasure of watching already wealthy tour pros play out a feeble exhibition match for an extraordinary amount of cash (even 4th place got $300k!!). PLUS Amazing gallery of every Grand Slam line up.
The merger of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association (SLGA) went through last year, and the new unified body came into existence on October 1 2015. But only months later it has lost it’s new CEO. What’s occurring?
James Braid was a prolific golf course designer, and we mean properly prolific. 412 golf courses in total, 32 of which don’t exist any more, and six that were never got built. That’s still 374 courses that can be played on to this very day.
European Tour player Haydn Porteous had to get his kit off during the first round of the Tshwane Open in South Africa. One for the ladies?
Srixon have launched the UltiSoft golf ball to help those lower-swing-speed golfers have more fun on the course.
We want to hit the ball further in 2016. We're not sure we're ready to start working out though, so we thought we'd see which driver might help us hit longer drives this year. There are limitations in place on driver design by the R&A and USGA, but the manufactuers won't stop striving to produce drivers that hit the ball consistantly further.
BIG MAX is set to introduce its latest model for 2016, the innovative Autofold FF. So if you are looking for a trolley for the new season check this out. It really is as compact as you like.
Here’s someone that really, really wants a bit of Olympic action. Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman makes no bones about its importance to the wider world ahead of the sport's return at the Rio Games in August 2016.
Unheralded Argentinian Fabian Gomez won the Sony Open last night, beating arguably the best putter in the game (not called Jordan) Brandt Snedeker at the second extra playoff hole. His second PGA Tour win, this takes Gomez to 55 in the world rankings, and he's seriously eyeing up an Olympics spot this summer.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD – not to be confused with MoTD) is apparently quite heavily involved in the golf business. They have 11 courses, one pitch and putt centre and a driving range. And now they are under pressure to off load them sharpish.
Video highlights as Patrick Reed fires a blistering 65 to lead Spieth by one.
Shane Lowry's miracle wedge shot on the final hole of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational has been named 2015 European Tour Shot of the Year presented by Emirates.
It’s going to be quite a month for golf in January with a total of nine events to be enjoyed.
Goodbye and good riddance to anchored puttiing. The ban has now come into force. It's time to put(t) away the golf zimmer frame.
Electing Bernie Sanders as president would lead to the end of golfing in the United States, according to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Golf Channel president, Mike McCarley, has reported that the changing of the guard at the top of professional golf is already having a positive impact in terms of bringing in younger viewers.
Golfers who refused to give up their club despite mounting pressure from All England Lawn Tennis Club have rejected a “bribe” of £50,000 each to let the world-famous tournament expand on to their grounds.
The 2015 GolfPunk Of The Year Winner is.... and also, the GolfPunk Team Of The Year Staunchy goes to...
Male Player Of The Year 2015, Lady Player Of The Year and Rookie Of The Year: Here's your verdict...
Wow this was a close run thing! Two ladies swapped the lead until late into Christmas Eve. Here's the low down...
It’s no shock to announce that Rory McIlroy has been named the 2015 European Tour Golfer of the Year for the third time in four years. Having won the Race to Dubai three times in four years too, it was the least surprising announcement all season.
Byeong Hun An has become the first Korean winner of the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. His breakthrough 2015 season also yielded another prestigious title as the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year.
This is a great little video that the European Tour has put together. You can watch Rory's final round of the year at the DP World Tour Championship in just ten minutes flat.
Here at GolfPunk we like to celebrate our Swinging Sirens. But what about the first swinging siren? A trailblazer for our game in Golf's earlier days.
Here's what happens when you get a sadistic Brigadier to organise a shoot...
Bill Murray receives total consciousness. Not from the Dali Lama (yet) but from the Caddie Hall Of Fame.
The every day stuff that's been floating and sinking our boats this week...
The PGA announced today, Thursday, that it would not be staging this year’s Grand Slam of Golf. Here’s why.
As Morrissey once sang, “Heaven knows I’m miserable now”. And as the heavens have opened, it’s chucking it down outside. When all we realy want to be doing is following a little white orb around a prepared field of grass with holes cut into it, making said orb disappear down a hole 18 times. But help is at hand as we’ve got some of the latest waterproofs for your perusal to help keep you dry when you want to let it fly…