Jun 24th, 2019
Derek The Donkey, GolfPunk's grumpy horse-envier delivers his 'Joke of the Week'. He likes nothing better than a proper good laugh as long as it's at someone else's expense...
Derek The Donkey, GolfPunk's grumpy horse-envier delivers his 'Joke of the Week'. He likes nothing better than a proper good laugh as long as it's at someone else's expense...
Get ready folks there is a new handicapping system on its way. For those across the pond things will not be much different but for golfers in the UK, and to a slightly lesser extent Europe, there is a fair bit changing. The new World Handicap System will be introduced in the USA and dozens of other countries in January 2020 with the changes coming to the UK, Sweden, Portugal and Italy in November.
A golf club is counting the cost of a horrific attack on their greens by mindless vandals. Seven of the greens at Oldham Golf Club were hacked at with what appears to have been a golf club or clubs. The distressing pictures were posted by the club on their social media feeds.
There has been much debate about parity for women golfers and there have been attempts to move in the right direction, for example the Jordan Mixed Open and the ISPS Handa World Invitational promoted by Niall Horran’s Modest media. With all respect to these other events, finally, there is a big one with some serious money attached.
The 6:57 to East Grinstead trundles out of Clapham Junction. I’m on board with my Café Nero’s black americano in hand (other coffee brands were available) and a copy of City AM on the table in front of me. Today’s mission, to seek out a gem of a course that I have known about for years but never played. The course in question is Tandridge Golf Club and I have heard good reports about the course and, in particular, the famous lunch – more of that later!
The Sanderson Farms Championship from the Country Club of Jackson delivered another first-time winner when Sebastian Munoz saw off 2019 Rookie of the Year, Sungjae Im, on the first hole of a playoff. It was the Columbian’s first tour victory and follows the win by Joaquin Niemann of Chile at last week’s win at the A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.
Following close on behind the launch of their Go Faster Turbo Woods Cleveland have unveiled the Launcher HB Turbo Irons. Built for more speed and more precision and targeted specifically at improvement players the irons deliver maximum forgiveness and an easy-to-hit to profile.
Cleveland have been on a bit of a role when it comes to launching wrenches recently. Their CBX 2 wedges kicked it off, followed by their amazing Frontline Putters and the Huntington Beach range. Now, two years on from their return to the woods and irons market they are releasing the Launcher HB Turbo woods which they say are “sleeker, faster, and more forgiving” which is exactly what you want!
Cleveland wedges are definitely always in the mix when you think about premium tour products and we loved their recent CBX 2 launch aimed at the slightly more regular golfers amongst us. What they aren’t as well known for are their top of the line putters and perhaps, with the new Frontline range, that is about to change?
What happens when you pair one of the world’s biggest pop stars with the world’s number two golfer at a Pro-Am event? Well it’s no joke but what you actually get is a lesson in bunker play in the middle of the round, oh and a very near miss!
We often read about how a club has been designed for the tour players and is now being released to us mere mortals and, to be honest, it sells a great idea that by adding said stick to our bag will result in us playing like Brooks, Tiger or Rory. Sadly, in real life this is rarely the case so the idea that Cleveland have launched their CBX2 wedges with the majority of golfers in mind is a refreshing change of pace.
Scotland’s Craig Ross and England’s Eleanor Givens are the first round leaders lead in the The ISPS HANDA World Invitational, both carding an impressive 6 under par. Ross shot an impressive birdie free round of 64 Massereene Golf Club while Givens had seven birdies and one solitary bogey in carding a 67 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
It has rather flown under the radar but yesterday the ISPS HANDA World Invitational event for both men and women teed of at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Massereene Golf Club. A first for golf in Europe as women will play alongside (sort of) the men and will play for the same money.
Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links, Co. Cork, Ireland 12th hole (Courcean Stage) Par 5 564 yards
Well it’s been a pretty exciting week for golf on the island of Ireland. First, Shane Lowry’s spectacular win at the 148th Open in Northern Ireland and then the magnificent Adare Manor in County Limerick has been announced as host of The Ryder Cup 2026. Not too shabby!
Congratulations to Gary Woodland who stood firm under the pressure of a charging Brooks Koepka, the world number one and winner of four of the last eight majors he had played in. Others launched a challenge, most notably England’s Justin Rose, but all faded away as Woodland stuck to his task.
It was an early alarm for the final day of the Stena Line Media Masters 2019. As we stumbled down to another fine breakfast at the Druids Glen Hotel thoughts turned to the eight singles matches which were to take place at Powerscourt Golf Club. I had heard great reports of the courses at Powerscourt and so was looking forward to another great test of golf. I was not to be disappointed.
Having found a new and relaxing way to reach the Emerald Isle, by ferry across the Irish Sea, Team GB headed out of Dublin on their way to their base for the Stena Line Media Masters. The 5 star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is set in 360 acres of countryside between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea and is only some thirty minutes from Dublin.
The call came through: “Can you play in the Masters?” Thoughts like ‘is the Pope Catholic?’ came to mind as they followed up with the “Media Masters – Stella is inviting you.” Panic sets in as I wonder if I know a Stella and what the wife might say. “No, the Stena Line Media Masters” and so began the adventure.
La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational, a Ladies European Tour event sponsored by La Reserva de Sotogrande and organized by Deporte & Business that will be played from 16 to 19 May, will mark the first of three visits to Spain for the LET in 2019.
A new golf campaign, aimed specifically at encouraging more women to travel to Scotland to play golf, has been launched today by VisitScotland.
Sunderland of Scotland, has revealed its collection for Spring Summer 2019.
40 of Ireland's leading golf clubs and resorts are coming together next week in Belfast, brought to you by Golf Ireland in association with Fáilte Ireland.
This has made our week at GolfPunk. Gary Woodland, we salute you. And Amy Bockerstette, you a star!
Today, PUMA Golf announced a multi-year partnership with celebrated PGA Tour professional Gary Woodland that will see him wearing PUMA Golf apparel, footwear and accessories on the course.
Wilson Golf has announced that Gary Woodland has signed a multi-year deal to join its Advisory Staff. The addition of Woodland, who is currently ranked in the top 40 worldwide, brings his considerable experience and genuine passion for the game to the Wilson Advisory Staff.
Ireland is actively pitching to host the 2026 Ryder Cup, with Adare Manor set to be the venue.
For the majority of most professional golfers on tour, the big occasion has the potential to send the weaker characters into meltdown.
After 125,000,000 steps and 16,000 rounds, the 2018 FJ Walk of Champions concluded at the Home of Golf in October, with the event’s Grand Final.
Brandt Snedeker claimed a three-shot victory over Taiwan’s C.T. Pan at the Wyndham, a victory all the more remarkable because he was carrying an injury.
Cleveland® Golf have announce the launch of the all-new RTX 4, the most tour-authentic wedge Cleveland Golf has ever made.
So we caught up with the big hitting bomber Gary Woodland earlier this month. Here's what he had to say about Scooby Doo, Garth Brooks, and women trouble...
Scotland’s Year of Young People is celebrating across the country’s summer golf events with a series of activities aimed at engaging young people in the game.
"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
The Scottish Left-handed Championships has now become a popular annual competition, and this year will be held at the Muir of Ord.
Adidas have taken inspiration from Augusta National’s legendary pimento–cheese sandwich to launch a limited edition “Crossknit Boost” golf shoe.
GolfPunk attended the England Golf Awards last week, and saw Leeds Golf Centre, which offers golf for all, win the England Golf Club of the Year Award. So congratulations to everyone at Leeds Golf Centre.
The Walker Cup is returning to the Old Course at St Andrews in 2023 for the first time in almost fifty years.
St Andrews is quite rightly holding the 150th-anniversary Open championship. Some of us here at GP think it should never leave the place but that's another story.
Andrew Beef Johnson was interviewed before the Arsenal v Liverpool game at the Emirates, and has this golfing advice to gve to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Sandals, Exuma, The Bahamas: nice, very nice indeed. First off, Sandals is for couples only, so there are no kids on the block, new or otherwise. It’s 100% nipper free, so if you want some P&Q and a break from kids, then this is the place for you and your better half – male or female.
Cassandra Blaney is an absloute beast off the tee, and a beauty everywhere else. Your latest #SwinginSiren can smash that driver...
An £850,000 tax fraudster has boasted of enjoying trips to top golf courses just months after she was jailed for almost four years, including a round at St Andrews!
Golf? In Finland? Hell yeah!!!! And it's absolutely awesome. Come with us and have a look!!!
We sent the Golf Brigadier out to meet and play golf with Chervo at their course in Verona.
Andy Sullivan's house in Magyar Crescent, Whitestone, is up for sale with Fine and Country, and offers over £900,000 are being welcomed. We take a look at the place and ponder what Sulli gets up to here...
Maybe the most forgiving irons on the market, check out the new Cleveland Launcher HB irons...
Cleveland launch their new irons for the rest of us, great looking forgiving irons for the average golfer.
Forget bringing sexy back, Cleveland have brought the legandary Launcher driver back!!!
Here are the full Alfred Dunhill Links Championship round one tee times for all three participting courses.
The modern sand wedge hasn't changed much in 85 years. Cleveland are trying to rectify that with their new CBX range.
The quality of England's golf courses has been recognised by golfers from across the continent, following a study conducted by SPORTS MARKETING SERVICES, on behalf of Golf Tourism England.
A Twitter poll conducted by TalkSport's Mike Parry and Mike Graham has caused a social media storm after they asked whether or not Andrew "The Beef" Johnston was an inspiration or a clown.
Golf Tourism England (GTE), the membership body representing the golf tourism industry in England, has unveiled its new website showcasing the outstanding quality of golf England has to offer across several regions of the country.
Cassandra Blaney is a Florida golf pro based at Champions Gate, Orlando. It's as simple as that.
Golf tourism in the Highlands is set for another boost with the staging of the Scottish Hydro Challenge at Spey Valley Golf Club in Aviemore this weekend.
Fish that were stranded on a Moray golf course after heavy rain have been returned to the River Spey.
Cleveland Golf has announced the addition of a distinctive new Tour RAW finish to its advanced–performance RTX–3 wedge family, that was launched to much acclaim in September last year.
Alexandra O'Laughlin is a model, Golf Channel presenter, and most importantly a golfer. Say hello to your latest #Swingin Siren...
Two golf clubs. Two golf balls. Simples!
Golfers have awarded Loch Lomond Golf Club with the title of best golf club of Scotland in 2017, with an average rating of 9,41. The Golfers' Choice rankings are based on 350,000 reviews from golfers across Europe on Leadingcourses.com.
The closing hole at St Andrew’s Old Course has been voted as the best golf hole in Scotland, after a poll of 3,000 golfers chose it ahead of a formidable selection from the country’s world–class courses.
The owner of a Cambridgeshire golf club has said an attack on 14 of the course’s greens is the worst case of golf vandalism she has ever seen.
Golf Tourism England has launched the fourth in a series of five videos, and this one showcases the Atlantic LInks as one of the most spectacular regions to play golf in England. It's pure, unadulterated, Golf Porn.
The economic value of golf tourism and events to Scotland has increased to £286 million per year following a bumper decade in Scotland.
Golf's two main governing bodies have announced they are planning to introduce a new single World Handicap System for club golfers.
Here are the tee times and pairings for the final day of the 2017 Masters.
Costco has restocked 40 US stores with their Kirkland Signature golf balls. The balls are priced at $29.99 for two dozen balls. But they've still not made it over the pond to the UK.
The Open has teamed up with The Randox Health Grand National ahead of the 146th staging of the Championship at Royal Birkdale this July.
Gary Woodland withdrew from the WGC–Dell Match Play because his wife had complications with her pregnancy that resulted in the loss of one of their unborn twins.
As the Masters starts to beckon, we’re getting the low down on what many of the star players will be wearing throughout the tournament. Here's how Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas will be kitted out for the week.
Sports fans from around Europe can combine golf and football thanks to the return of ORIZONTE - Lisbon Golf's successful ‘Derby & Golf Weekend' package.
Beef was not playing at the Valspar last week, so he had time to do some pre–round interviews for Sky Sports. But not everything went quite to plan when he interviewed Henrik Stenson.
VisitScotland has launched an online poll to find the nation’s favourite golf holes from almost 600 courses across Scotland.
England Golf has introduced a clause to CONGU’s handicapping system that requires players to return their scores to their home golf club. Here's why.
According to reports from MyGolfSpy, effective March 1st, the USGA has approved a new Costco Kirkland Signature golf ball. The new ball is called the Costco Kirkland Signature Performance One.
Fancy a quick get away to the mountains, fresh air, and fine golf? Then Switzerland could be for you.
Gavin Craig, 28, is the country's number–one ranked player of footgolf, and In May he will join UK teammates in California, taking on the Americans in a three–day Ryder Cup style tournament, the Jansen Cup.
Police officers are appealing for information after thousands of golf balls were stolen from a luxury hotel.
Everton FC has agreed a media partnership with the R&A as The Open comes to Royal Birkdale this summer.
Call us mad, deluded, or just plain stupid, but we’re pretty sure that golf and music have more in common than you may think, and we are damned set on making you see what we see. Do you remember Fairway To Heaven? Gorgeous George’s rock n’ roll fuelled, radio journey around the country to prove that we’re not the only ones who believe in this beautiful world where guitar solos meet 300 yard drives...
The finalists for three individual categories at the England Golf Awards on 16 March 2017 have been announced, and the winners will pick up their trophies at an evening at Lord’s Cricket Ground. And we know who we are rooting for.
A landmark legal case has dismissed a golfer’s claim against his club’s committee. It means that members of Scottish golf clubs cannot sue fellow members for personal injury.
Sport England have announced an £8.48m award to the England Golf Partnership (EGP) to support talented players and encourage regular golfers to continue playing.
Smash the bejeezus out of it on the tee straight down the middle, fine. But we all know the scores on the doors are dependant on what happens from 125-yards and in. Enter the Cleveland Golf Wedge Analyser...
Hosting The 145th Open at Royal Troon delivered more than £110 million worth of benefit to Scotland, according to an independent study announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
LONG LIVE THE KIRKLAND! It seems that rumours of the death of Costco's Kirkland ball my have been exaggerated.
The Costco Kirkland Signature Golf Ball has been a great story. The quality golf ball that sold for just $15 a dozen. But according to MyGolfSpy, no sooner has the party started than it's all over.
Golf Tourism England has revealed its first video in a mini-series designed to capture the essence of golf in five carefully selected regions up and down the country. Here's England's Golf Coast. Lovely stuff.
The host venue for the prestigious European Nations Cup 2017, La Reserva de Sotogrande, is the latest high-quality Spanish club to successfully apply for membership of World of Leading Golf (WLG) - an association representing many of the world's top golf clubs and resorts.
A street in Fife which leads to the first tee of the Old Course at St Andrews has been named the most expensive in Scotland.
We wrote about the new Costco Kirkland golf ball the other day, and how it had already sold out. Here was a $29.99 a pack of 24 golf balls that was taking on all comers. It's been back on the shelves, but there is a but....
Golf club members who took over a former council course to save it from closure are worried about its future after “mindless” vandals struck.
As we reported yesterday, Steven Bowditch and Boo Weekley have challenged Beef Johnson to a Birdie, Beef and Beer triathlon. Then in a bold move, Beef summoned the big guns by asking John Daly to be his team mate. What was his answer?
One of the world’s oldest golf courses has been damaged by vandals who deliberately tore up one of the greens in a car. Utter cretins we say!
Steven Bowditch and Boo Weekley have challenged Beef Johnson to a "birdie, beer and beef triathlon." We are afraid, very afraid!
Mini Golf Buddies has just come out on Android, and it is free on Google Play. So if you have an idle moment this could be for you.
Golf Tourism England unveiled what is set to be the first of a series of videos designed to capture the imagination of the golf travel trade and golf enthusiasts around the world. We like.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck South Island in New Zealand just after midnight on Sunday. Watch the moment an aftershock hits a golf store 120 miles north in Wellington. It was all caught on CCTV and really shows the full effect of the aftershock.