September 2009


Prankster Paddy

 padraig steals cink's claret jug The Claret Jug, one of the most prized possessions in golf was the subject of a practical joke played by Padraig Harrington last Tuesday. Stewart Cink, this years Open winner had left the trophy in front of his locker at East Lake whilst waiting to attend an interview with PGA Tour productions. Recognizing the Jug’s case, Harrington quickly took it and hid it in his own locker. Cink assumed the interviewers had taken the Jug to the TV set. "I assumed they had gotten it and put it on their [interview] set, Cink said: 'So you guys already have the Claret Jug?' and they said: 'No'. Harrington was eventually rumbled by a locker room attendant who told Cink he saw him take the case. I guess you could say Cink got Punk’d!

Perry Honoured


With his mother suffering from blood cancer and his father also very ill, it has been a tough couple of months for Kenny Perry. He did however receive some respite last week after being honoured with the Payne Stewart Award, named after the three-time major champion who perished 10 years ago in a private plane crash. The award which is given for a player's commitment to charity, recognized Perry’s donation of 5% percent of his PGA Tour earnings to a scholarship fund for students from his home county in Kentucky. Perry's support stems from a deal made with a church elder, Ronnie Ferguson, who agreed to give Perry money for his third try at Q-school. No repayment was required if Perry failed to qualify, but Ferguson asked that Perry give 5% to Lipscomb if he made it on tour. Since then, Perry has earned more than $30 million and his honoured his vow. "Payne personified all the virtues the game of golf can teach us, so being recognized as a person who is worthy of an award created in his memory is incredibly humbling," Perry said. "This award is and will always be one of my greatest accomplishments."

Tour Wrap

sophie gustafson Sophie Gustafson claimed her first LPGA Tour victory in six years, cruising to a four-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday. The 35-year-old Swede shot a four-under par final round at Blackhawk Country Club and finished at 20-under for her first title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship. A delighted Gustafson high fived officials on her victory walk to the 18th green.

It’s amazing how many Champions Tour debutants win first time out. Tom Pernice became the 15th player to win on his debut, holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship. It sure brings added meaning to the phrase “50 years young”.

Ryder Cup Dreams

Watching the Vivendi Trophy last week got me thinking about next year’s Ryder Cup and who might be featuring on the European Team. First names on the team sheet have to be the seasoned campaigners Harrington, Westwood, Casey and Stenson. Then might come the young guns lead by Rory McIlroy and joined by Martin Kaymer and Ross Fisher. Also bidding to make it automatically will be the two Soren’s- Hansen and Kjeldsen. That leaves three Captain’s picks and all the hype that brings. Will Sergio make it, is Jimenez too old, can we afford to leave Darren out again and did Poulter’s heroics last time make him a cert this time? What about a newbie like Chris Wood? Whatever happens it’s going to be fun watching our European Team take shape.


Where does Alvaro Quiros generate all that power? Watch the swing sequence of the European Tour’s longest hitter in this week’s video.  Tiger Woods says Alvaro is “Stupid Long”










alvaro Date of birth: 21/01/1983

Place of birth: Guadiaro, Spain

Residence: Cadiz, Spain

Attachment: Golf Elite Management SL

Height and weight: 6ft 3in 13st (191cm 83kgs)

Interests: Football, music, friends

Turned Pro: 2004 (plus 4)

Alvaro Quiros is definitely licensed to thrill, the self professed fan of James Bond films is the longest hitter on the European Tour. Quiros claimed his third European Tour title when he won the 2009 Commercial bank Qatar Masters. “I saw The World Is Not Enough before winning (in Qatar). My favourite bond is Sean Connery. I don’t like Daniel Craig. I think I look more like Bond than he does” Quiros joked.

The fact that his desert victory came against the strongest field ever assembled at a regular European Tour event underlined the enormous talent of this swashbuckling Spaniard and saw him climb into the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking. That victory came only four months after he captured the Portugal Masters. Made the perfect start to his European Tour career by winning the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Championship on his first appearance as a full European Tour Member but the rest of that season was interrupted by injury to the tendons and ligaments in his left wrist during the Open de España which saw him sidelined for five months. Quiros is coached by former Ryder Cup player and four-time European Tour champion, José Rivero, whom he cites as one of the biggest influences on his career. Golf writer Steve DiMeglio wrote the following about a typical Quiros' driving range show stopping moment:

Quiros, who averages 315.6 yards with his driver to lead the European Tour, was hitting 280-yard rockets into a net at the end of the range on Monday — with a 1954 MacGregor Tourney M85 persimmon driver. Contact sounded like a baseball bat hitting a golf ball. The size of the wood driver head was smaller than his metal 3-wood. Quiros said he was hitting the ball as far as he hits his metal 5-wood. "I like it," Quiros smiled. "It sounds different, but good. The ball takes off."

What’s In Alvaro Quiros’ Bag

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I have to say I was quite sceptical prior to the Vivendi Seve Trophy. I feared it would be a case of the lesser lights of the tour going through the matchplay motions. How wrong I was. A fantastic atmosphere surrounded the event from start to finish. Slickly staged on the Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche layout, the scoring on the GB&I side was as hot as the weather. It was less a case of the prabables versus possibles on the back pitch of Landsdowne Road and more that of a full blooded Autumn international with all the trimmings. Even though the GB&I and European teams seemed to know each other a bit too well to cultivate any real needle, some fascinating cameo’s emerged. We didn’t know last week how good Paul McGinley would be as a captain, he fitted into the role so smoothly. More a Torrance than a Faldo in the leadership style department, McGinley has to now be a nvivendi getty 91190872ailed on certainty for future Ryder Cup captaincy.

It would have been nice to have seen more Ryder Cup heroes like Westwood and Garcia get involved in what is in-effect a Ryder Cup training camp but their absence gave some of those on the periphery a chance to display their CV’s for the apprentice role at Celtic Manor. One of those was Chris Wood and what a revelation he was? The towering 21 year old who has already nearly walked away with two British Open’s seems bornfor matchplay winning a shed load of points and could be a good bet for a Ryder Cup cap. Good to see Monty present also, next years captain is taking his job as seriously as he handles spectators who dare to move during his shots. On the Saturday he found some time to visit the Sky Sports commentary booth, where he offered a valuable insight into how he was dispatching his role of captain. One of his little nuggets of wisdom concerned Rory McIlroy, the star of the show who blitzed Henrik Stenson in the singles. Monty revealed his admiration for the Irishman by stating that if he were an amateur, he would “pay money” to watch McIlroy play. High praise indeed, that’s the first time in my life I have heard any touring pro saying he would part with cash rather than make off with it. On a more sobering note, it was sad that Seve couldn’t make an appearance, his absence is very worrying and I fear the biggest battle in his fight against his brain tumour is on the horizon. However as long as hope exists, that dream of seeing Ballesteros cross the Swilken Bridge with a club in hand at next summer’s British Open is alive.

Sunday night brought the conclusion of the Fed-Ex Cup on the US Tour. Hats off to Phil Mickelson on his win, three over par after the first round, he looked right out of it but a short game masterclass blew the field away. An emotional Mickelson, whose wife Amy and mother Mary are battling cancer, attributed his win in part to having reverted to the putting stroke he had used at the beginning of his career after working with coach Dave Stockton in the build up. “It's like teaching a fish to swim. They kind of know how to do it," Stockston said after reaffirming the value of Phil’s old forward press putting stroke. Mickelson may have stolen Tiger’s thunder, but Woods pocketed the $10 million Fed-Ex Cup. "It certainly doesn't feel like it did a couple years ago when I won the tournament by seven or eight shots," Woods said. "That felt a little bit better than it did today. … I'm a little disappointed I didn't win the championship, because I was right there." There’s just pleasing some! Finally, it will be great to welcome Padraig Harrington and Ronan Flood back to the European Tour this week. With results of T2, T4, T6, T4 in their last four events in the States, they are sure to be hot to handle and a win at this weeks €5 million Dunhill Links must be on the cards.


I Want One Of Those: New Nike Victory Red Drivernike victory red driver

Big Twitter fan and bigger twit Paul Casey recently visited Nike’s development facility in texas, known colloquially as “The Oven”. Whilst there he was shown the new Nike Victory Red Driver and quickly presented it on Twitter. He wrote:

11:29AM At the Oven today. Checking out 2010 product with the sales team.

1:05PM Pics coming after lunch. Food always comes first.

At 3:25pm, the pics duly arrived

The orange area behind the face, according to Casey's Tweets, is the Compression Channel. Nike say it expands the sweet spot of the driver. The driver appears to have STR8-Fit, Nike's adjustable clubhead system that is currently available in the SQ Dymo STR8-Fit driver.

Dr. and The Medic: Fast Arms


You have always had a nice release but suddenly you are not feeling a natural release.


You might be whipping your upper body through the shot too aggressively or allowing the upper body to initiate the downswing.


Relax and lighten your grip a little; this will allow you to release the club just a split second before impact for extra power. Focus on starting the downswing with your lower body. As you are shifting your body weight forward, remember to keep your trailing shoulder back. Avoid trying to swing your arms too fast; if you do, you will release your arms too early in the downswing and hook the ball.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

999 quesJust for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1. True or False? A player may not ask a fellow competitor the distance between his ball and the flagstick

Q2. True or False? In stroke play, a ball that is played from outside a teeing ground by a player starting play of a hole is not in play.

Q3. True or False? A player may return a scorecard different from the one issued by the committee at the start of the round.

Last weeks answers:

Q1. True or False? A player may remove a divot that is still attached lying just in front of her ball on her line of play without penalty. False- a player may not improve her line of play by moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed.

Q2. True or False? A player whose ball lies within a ditch designated as a lateral water hazard may drop a ball within the Rules on either side of the ditch. True

Q3. True or False? If a player’s ball is on a putting green he may mop up casual water lying on his line of putt with a towel. False- this is not one of the exceptions to the rule that a player may not touch the line of his putt.

green and bag

Full name: Richard George Green

Born: 19 February 1971 (age 38)

Residence: Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia & Bagshot, Surrey, England

Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

Nationality: Australian

Turned professional 1992

European Tour Wins: 2

Richard Green was born in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia. He learned the game at Huntingdale in Melbourne and attended the Victoria Institute of Sport. He turned professional in 1992, and joined the PGA Tour of Australasia the same year. Green has been a member of the European Tour since 1996, with his first win coming at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic, where he became the first left-hander to win on the European Tour since Bob Charles at the Swiss Open in 1974. His consistent performances in 2004 took him to a career best European Tour Order of Merit finish of 17th. That same year he won the MasterCard Masters, which is one of Australia's most prestigious tournaments, and also topped the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit. In 2007 he won his second European Tour event at the BA-CA Golf Open in Austria, winning in a play-off, defeating Jean-Francois Remesy. Green holds a share of the course record at Carnoustie with a 64, achieved in the final round of the 2007 Open Championship. The round saw him jump 27 places on the last day of the tournament to finish in a tie for fourth with Ernie Els. That was Green’s highest finish in a Major, which earned him an invite to the Masters Tournament for the first time. Another consistent year in 2008 saw his best finish of tied third coming at The Barclays Scottish Open. Off the course Green is a fanatical motor racing fan who loves to race Porsches and competed in the 2009 Australian Grand Prix GT Category

What’s In Richard Green’s Bag

whats in the bag Richard Green


clip_image002With the US Tour season wrapping up with the Tour Championship they can reflect on a surprisingly successful season played out in a recessionary climate. Tim Finchem and Co. really have thrown off their boring meat and two veg. image of recent seasons replacing it with the nouvelle cuisine of the playoffs. Ironically with the demise of Setanta’s subscription golf channel, the popularity of the PGA tour has also grown in Ireland with its “free” coverage on Eurosport. The time difference between the US and Europe, means live US golf at supper time, an alternative to Tubridy on Friday, with a tipple on Saturday and on the couch after a round on Sunday. Spice it all up with the thrice times major winner Padraig Harrington for a bit of local interest and you have the perfect recipe for success. And did I mention Tiger yet, the rarest of delicacies? Just when we thought Woods was tiring, the guy from ten years ago who wins by landslides reemerges.

The FedEx Cup playoffs are a bit like NAMA for the USPGA. They haven’t quite figured out the best strategy yet and keep changing the format. Going into this week’s Tour Championship five players stand a realistic chance of winning the Cup; Woods, Stricker, Furyk, Slocum and Johnson. Harrington lies just outside the top five- amazing really given his excellent run of results of late. Surely if the Cup was structured more fairly, Harrington would enter this event with a more than a mathematical chance of the top prize.

An interesting member of the top three Cup contenders is Jim Furyk. With his tie for second with Marc Leishman at Cog Hill Furyk moved into third place in the FedEx Cup standings entering this week. With a win at East Lake he would clinch the Cup no matter where anyone else finishes. Actually the same goes for the other four players in the top five.

Of course, with Tiger in the stripped down 30 man field that's easier said than done. Furyk hasn't won a PGA Tour event since the 2007 Canadian Open, 52 starts ago. If he does prevail at East Lake, you just know there will be even more questions in regard to the FedEx format. Should a player be able to win it all without previously winning this year? I say yes. Furyk, Slocum, Johnson and Stricker have all timed their runs perfectly to peak for the playoffs. Isn't that what they are all about?

We can’t end without doffing our cap to Tiger Woods, the nailed on favourite for the Cup. At Cog Hill Tiger took no more than 27 putts per round and his win was reminiscent of his British Open triumph in 2000. Everyone else might as well have been playing two extra par fours. With no major to show for the season but with a bucket load of tour titles, 2009 ranks statistically as Tiger’s seventh best season of his 13 year career. Seven out of 13, that’s just above average for Tiger! Enjoy what will most likely be his last start of the season.

I Want One Of Those:

TaylorMade Interchangeable Face TP Wedge

interchangeable face wedges Until now when the grooves in your wedge wear out, you have go out and but a new wedge. TaylorMade have now come up with an easier, and less expensive, way to get new-groove performance. Their new TP wedges with xFT, short for Exchangeable Face Technology, offer a new innovation in the market: replaceable face plates. By using a torque wrench that is identical to the one that comes with the R9 driver, players can remove the face plate and screw in a new one with fresh grooves. The whole procedure can be done in about 60 seconds. For professionals and amateurs who have custom grinds on the heels or toes of their wedges, being able to replace just the grooves could mean less time tweaking new wedges. Available in even-numbered lofts between 50° and 60° (as well as 64°), the TP wedges have a classic teardrop shape, several bounce options and come standard with KBS High-Rev shafts.

Dr. and The Medic:  Proper Grip Pressure


You want more yardage and need to improve on accuracy.


Avoid applying pressure too soon with your trailing hand.


Great players tend to apply pressure with their trailing hand just before impact and eleven inches past impact. Golfers lose potential power when they apply pressure as soon as they start their forward swing. Allow your trailing hand to simply be on the club for support and focus on letting your forward hand to almost feel as if it is pulling the club down along with gravity. You will then feel your trailing hand gain pressure and power as you approach the impact zone.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

999 ques Just for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1. True or False? A player may remove a divot that is still attached lying just in front of her ball on her line of play without penalty.

Q2. True or False? A player whose ball lies within a ditch designated as a lateral water hazard may drop a ball within the Rules on either side of the ditch.

Q3. True or False? If a player’s ball is on a putting green he may mop up casual water lying on his line of putt with a towel.

Last weeks answers:

Q1: True or False? There is no penalty for looking into a fellow competitor’s bag to determine what club they used. Answer: True. However a player may not gain such information by a physical act such as moving a towel covering the clubs.

Q2: True or False? There is no restriction on the length of a tee peg. Answer: False. A tee must be no longer than four inches.

Q3: True or False? A player may not putt with one hand while holding the flagstick in the other. Answer: False

Singh While You’re Grinning Iano

Ian Dempsey mentioned recently on his breakfast show that one of the few pclip_image002eople he could never warm to was Vijay Singh! This time last year sneaky Singh was fresh off wins at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, and just had to finish the Tour Championship alive to clinch the FedEx Cup. But how the mighty have fallen. Winless all year, Singh didn't even qualify for the final two playoff events. In the year when he turned 46, Singh blamed pushing too hard to hasten his return after undergoing knee surgery. They say that every household in Fiji has a portrait of Vijay in the hall with an everlasting light beneath- maybe we could one on ebay for Iano!

FedEx Cup Bench

Bizarrley only one of last years top five FedEx points list have made it into this years Tour Campionship at East Lake. Aswell as Vijay Singh, who won the first two events en route to winning last years FedExCup; Camilo Villegas, Sergio Garcia and Anthony Kim, all failed to make his years 30 man decider. They finished first, second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 2008 FedExCup points standings. Of last years contenders only Jim Furyk is back this week. Another man who wont be in the playoffs is Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson. Stenson is not eligible to rceive FedEx Cup points as he not a full member of the PGA Tour.

Tantrums and Tiaras

angry tiger There has been a lot of spotlight on Tiger’s temper over this Summer. Specifically about his use of expletives, temper tantrums and club throwing. Woods is certainly not the only culprit but because he occupies most of the limelight his issues tend to be magnified out of proportion. It seems now like Tom Watson is having his say on the subject. In October’s Golf Digest, Watson reveals "I did write Tiger a note earlier in the summer about his behaviour, but it's personal. Don't know whether he received it, and I really don't want to go there." Sounds like a thinly veiled scolding from Watson who wrote the book on gentlemanly on-course conduct.

Tour Wrap

ballesteros With the focus this week on the US Tour Championship, European golf will be focussed on the Vivendi Trophy at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Golf Club in Paris which sees Thomas Björn’s Continental Europe Team against McGinley’s Great Britain and Ireland Team. The Ryder Cup style event, though missing some of Europe’s top stars, still boasts 12 of the top 50 world ranked players including Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlory and Soren Hansen. Seve Ballesteros had hoped to be present at the event, formerly known as the Seve Trophy, but is currently in the midst of a course of radiotherapy as he continues treatment to fight the brain tumour with which he was diagnosed last October.

On the LPGA tour’s first visit to Torrey Pines, South Korean Na Yeon Choi triumphed by one over Ai Miyazato of Japan. Choi looked to have thrown away the title after blowing a seven shot lead but rallied to shoot a one under 71 Sunday to win the Samsung World Championship on the 18th hole.

Meanwhile on the Champions Tour, Jay Haas claimed the 13th over-50’s title of his career winning the Greater Hickory Classic by two shots over Russ Cochran and Andy Bean. Haas shot a seven under 65 on Sunday, setting a tournament record

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Michael Hoey

Full name: Simon Dyson

Born: 21 December 1977 (age 3simon dyson 1)

Birthplace: York, England

Height: 6 ft 0 in

Weight:12.0 st

Nationality England

European Tour Wins: 3

Simon Dyson was born in York. In 1999, he was runner-up in the English Amateur and won the Finnish Amateur title. He was also a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team that year, before turning professional in September. Dyson joined the Asian Tour in 2000 winning three times that year. Since 2001 he has played mainly on the European Tour. In March 2006 he won his maiden European Tour title at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open and he followed up later that year by winning the KLM Open in a play-off. He won the KLM Open for a second time in two weeks ago, defeating Peter Lawrie and Peter Hedblom in a playoff.

Simon comes from a family with a rich sporting pedigree. His grandfather was a jockey; dad, John, is a bookmaker and his uncle, Terry, played in Tottenham’s double-winning team in 1960-61. He was encouraged to take up golf by his older brother, Nick. After this, Simon made steady progress and achieved a scratch handicap by the age of 16.

What’s In Simon Dyson’s Bag


Have you seen Phil Mickelson’s DVD yet.  Its called Secret’s Of The Short Game and it’s brilliant.  Some readers sent me in the link to the Secrets Of The Short Game Torrent Download and the Tiger Woods wii Torrent.  Please find the link below.

Where exactly does the world’s best player create his power? Is it in the gym or in the swing. Watch Tiger swing in Konica Minolta Biz Hub swing vision as described by swing expert Peter Kostis.

Have you seen Phil Mickelson’s DVD yet.  Its called Secret’s Of The Short Game and it’s brilliant.  Some readers sent me in the link to the Secrets Of The Short Game Torrent Download and the Tiger Woods wii Torrent.  Please find the link below.

Isn’t is amazing how European Tour pro’s can play like proverbial donkeys for weeks on end, then get to a course they have previously performed well on and win? It’s the old “horses for courses” theory used religiously by so many of the best punters. But what happens in the psyche of your average tour pro to miraculously effect this change in form on a track they like?

clip_image002For many players it’s simply the course and how it is set up. Much like racetracks, golf courses are often set out requiring more draws than fades or vice versa. Some players putt well on a greens sown with poa anna while a whole different group might prefer creeping bentgrass. US courses often have tricked up layouts to keep the scoring reasonable, aka flummox the Europeans, such as heavy rough around greens. Rory McIlroy’s early PGA tour efforts will bear that out. Knowing the course and set-up is key to knowing who can win.

For someone interested in stats I find it amazing how often this “horses for courses” theory actually works. Journeyman Swede Mikael Lundberg (pictured) won his first European Tour event in Russia in 2005. Even with the win, he snaked and laddered between the main European and Challenge Tour for the next few years. When he eventually got to tee it up on the main tour in Russia again in 2008, he once again emerged victorious. Sadly for Mikael, this year’s Russian Open was cancelled and the poor guy looks like someone has cut up his banklink card and condemned him to life on the Challenge Tour in 2010. Another interesting case is Simon Dyson. In his six outings before this year’s KLM Open, Simon Dyson had won a total of €30,000. A dejected Dyson arrived at Kennemer without his game and armed only with fading memories of his win there in 2006. On the third anniversary of his win, Dyson juiced up on adrenaline, went out and shot a final round 63, then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Peter’s Lawrie and Hedblom.

Thus it seems there is credence in the argument that a player’s state of mind and his emotional disposition to an event or course play at least an equal part to all the course set-up factors in these strange multiple success stories on the European Tour. In Crans Sur Sierre two weeks back, the organizers put massive posters of all the previous Omega Masters winners on telephone poles on the street of the village. The empowering impact this marketing gimmick gave to a past champ such as Bradley Dredge must have been immeasurable. Okay Dredge may only have come second in Crans Montana but the theory obviously still applies. Going into that week no-one on the range suspected the out of form Dredge could or would contend. Compare that to the Open de Espana where Peter Lawrie defended this year. Lawrie was amazed at how little his 2008 win was acknowledged in the lead up to the event, yet such is the calibre of the man he still performed admirably, tying for third on a completely different course to that of his victory.

And so the cycle will continue and though the odd aberration will occur, when you have the yellow betting slip in your hand remember, you just can’t beat the horse for the course.

Dr. and The Medic: Weaken Your Grip



You cannot seem to get a nice, soft landing on the green when you try to hit a high shot.


Do not be afraid to create a lot of speed around the green. Even though the shot is short, you still need to have plenty of acceleration through the shot.


One easy way to hit a soft, short shot is to move your hands up on the grip so that you no longer have room for your last two fingers. Allow the last two fingers of your top hand overhang off of the club. You will gain extra loft due to the weakened grip because the clubhead will pass your hands as it approaches the ball. This will provide backspin as long as you give it good acceleration through impact.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

999 ques Just for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1: True or False? There is no penalty for looking into a fellow competitor’s bag to determine what club they used.

Q2: True or False? There is no restriction on the length of a tee peg.

Q3: True or False? A player may not putt with one hand while holding the flagstick in the other.

Last weeks answers:

Q1: True or False? When taking relief from an immovable obstruction a player may not clean his ball. Answer: False

Q2: True or False? The wall or lip of a bunker not covered with grass is part of the bunker. Answer: True

Q3: True or False? Apart from when a ball is in motion, a player may always ask for another player’s ball to be lifted if she considers that it interferes with her play. Answer: True



At the 2009 PGA Championship, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen tried out the yet-to-be-released, five-piece TaylorMade Penta golf ball. In the following weeks, six more players including Justin Rose and USPGA winner Y.E. Yang, started using the ball. Yang had previously been using the TaylorMade TP Red LDP. The Penta has been designed to optimize its performance in five key areas: with the driver, long-irons, middle irons, short irons and partial wedge shots. The ball will be available on our shores sometime in December.

Scott In From The Cold

clip_image002Just a couple of days Adam Scott was ready to put his clubs into the garage following a terrible 2009 PGA Tour season. Then came the call to from fellow Aussie and Scott’s boyhood hero, Greg Norman, to be part of the International Team in the upcoming Presidents Cup. Ever the loyal soldier Scott now plans to restore some confidence in his game by entering the Turning Stone Resort Championship (Oct. 1-4). While the pick has been met with widespread scepticism in the media, assistant captain Frank Nobilo, gave Scott a half hearted endorsement. “Adam will polarize people,” Nobilo said.

Fed-Ex Cup-Date

The US Tour pauses for breath this week ahead of the Tour Championship next week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta Georgia. The event has a field of the top 30 players in the Fed Ex points race with no cut. The top five players in the race will be battling for the Fed Ex Cup itself. These are Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Heath Slocum and Zach Johnson. In form Padraig Harrington already has his spot secured for the Tour Championship but finished just outside the top five. Three dropped shots on 12 and 13 last week were again his doing. Harrington hit only 28 of 56 fairways, and though he had the third poorest driving stats in the field, he finished tied seventh, his fifth top ten finish in a row. John Senden claimed the final spot in the Tour Championship after Brendt Snedeker self destructed with a four putt on the 18th which included a shocking miss from eight inches.

Sad Sabbatini

angry sabbatini Rory Sabbatini’s strong early showing at last week’s BMW Championship may have been his way of voicing his displeasure at being blanked by Greg Norman for a place on the International team for next month’s Presidents Cup. Sabbatini say he understands not making the team but he was vocal on why he wasn't given a courtesy call to explain the situation. "There was not a single conversation or a single phone call, period -- from anybody," Sabbatini said in his press conference after shooting a first round 66. "You could say I was a little disappointed."

Serve and Caddy

krajicek and besseling Wil Besseling, a young Dutch professional gained his European Tour card with a little help from a famous caddy. Former Wimbledon tennis champion Richard Krajicek has been managing and mentoring the 23 year old for the past two seasons and made his debut as his caddie in the final round of the Dutch Futures on the European Challenge Tour, where he helped Besseling shoot a two under par 70. Krajicek, retired since 2003, also manages sports stars such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Saloman Kalou. Besseling, who gained his European Tour card after finishing 15th on the Challenge Tour Rankings in his first season, is one of a number of promising young Dutch players 6ft 5in Krajicek has taken under his considerable wing.

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Here’s a clip from Phil Mickelson’s short game DVD where he demonstrates an amazing chip shot that any golfer can master. The shot creates enough backspin to spin a ball right back off the green!

nick watney

Full name: Nicholas Alan Watney

Born: April 25, 1981 (age 28)

Birthplace: Sacramento, California

Height: 6 ft 2 in

Weight:13 st

Turned professional 2003

PGA Tour Wins: 2

Nationwide Tour Wins: 1

Watney was born in Sacramento, California. He played his high school golf at Davis Senior High School in Davis, California. He played collegiate golf at the California State University, Fresno where he was a three-time All-American golfer. He turned professional in 2003, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Watney, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s. In 2004 Watney played on The Nationwide Tour, winning the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship Watney to earn qualification for the PGA Tour.

In 2007, after two years of slow progress, Watney won his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This victory took him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He got his second tour win at the 2009 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego with a one stroke victory over John Rollins. Watney now lives in Las Vegas, is coached by Butch Harmon and known affectionately as “Rube” after the ultra polite Rube in the film Major League 2.

What’s In Nick Watney’s Bag

Special thanks to Rick Veitch, my man in Titleist.


woods_468x691 The first thing I do on a Sunday night when analysing the next week’s upcoming PGA event is to check whether Tiger Woods is in the field. Unless there is a major on the horizon or a major endorsement contract involved it seems Tiger doesn’t do two weeks in a row. Maybe Tiger’s modest playing schedule is why he can put in such a supreme effort every time he tees it up. Woods is fresh whilst the jaded journeymen in the field wilt.

If you saw a racehorse with form of 1-1-2-2 you would be likely to back it, wouldn’t you? Not including last night’s Deutsche Bank result, that run is Tiger’s form since missing the cut at The Open. Fantastic figures by all accounts, but not when it comes to Woods. Looking back at Tiger’s performances in 2009, there is a common thread running through his stats where he has not won:- putting.

At Cabrera’s Masters early in the season, Tiger finished four shots back, having taken four three-putts during the week. Interestingly he also finished four shots behind Lucas Glover at the US Open having also struggled on the greens. At the USPGA Tiger missed a bucket load of putts to almost gift the title to Y.E. Yang and at Liberty National we saw Tiger do something never before witnessed by human kind- miss a six foot putt on the 18th for glory. “I putt a lot on memory”, Tiger said of his putting woes, perhaps implying that because they hadn’t used the New York course before, he was at some sort of disadvantage.

The real problem now with Tiger may be enthusiasm. After a year away from the game in 2008, he has come back and possibly over-golfed 2009. Granted he has won several regular tour events but a season without a major is surely demoralising for Woods and that adrenaline that surged through his forearms during major season has now run dry. His demeanour at The Barclay’s seems to back that up and though he shot 63 in the final round in Boston, the three preceding rounds were thoroughly ordinary by Tiger standards. He seems as if he just does not want to be out there at times.

It will be interesting to see how Tiger fares in the coming weeks being that there is no let up in his schedule. He is pencilled in to play twice in the next three weeks and then the Presidents Cup. Is the Tiger merely napping before roaring again or has he gone into hibernation until next Spring? Watch this enclosure.

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Just for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1: True or False? When taking relief from an immovable obstruction a player may not clean his ball.

Q2: True or False? The wall or lip of a bunker not covered with grass is part of the bunker.

Q3: True or False? Apart from when a ball is in motion, a player may always ask for another player’s ball to be lifted if she considers that it interferes with her play.

Last weeks answers:

Q1: True or False- A player may brush aside sand in the area where he is about to drop his ball under the Rules. False. Decision 13-2/11.

Q2: True or False- As a player reaches the top of his backswing on a tee shot the ball falls off the tee. He completes his stroke topping the ball just five yards forward. There is no penalty and he must play the ball as it lies. Answer: True. Rule 11-3.

Q3: True or False- A ball is visible in casual water but a player cannot retrieve it. Unless the player can positively identify the ball as his he must treat his ball as lost outside of the casual water. Answer: False. Decision 25-1/1.

Note: The player is not obliged to use unreasonable effort to identify his ball. In either case, as the original ball is not immediately recoverable another ball may be substituted.

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You shank, top, or hit the ball thin because you jerk the club or the clubhead is taking an upswing instead of a downward blow.


One of the most common causes of the yips is anxiety from anticipating how you will contact the ball. Instead of focusing on preventing the yips, you need to think about a specific aspect of your swing. The key is to relax your arms and concentrate on something else; such as keeping your weight onto your forward leg, maintaining clubhead angle for proper loft, keeping your hands ahead of the ball or limiting your wrist movements.


Place most of your weight onto your forward foot with the ball towards the back of your stance. Preset the loft of the clubface and make sure that the angle is the same when you finish the swing. Allow your hands to lead the clubhead throughout the shot. Avoid trying to scoop the ball by sliding the clubface under it; instead, you need a downward blow and limit wrist movements. Another great way to fix the yips is to change the sensation you get in your hands at contact. Try chipping a squash ball, this will change the way you feel the impact and will relax your arms with a little humour. Then return to using your golf balls.


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The Taylormade prototype rescue wood used so successfully by Kenny Perry this season is now set to hit the shops. The “Raylor” rescue wood will be available in lofts of 19° and 21° and is said to be the dogs when it comes to getting out of deep wet rough, or Irish winter fairways!

The Raylor is designed with a slightly sharp and pointed leading edge that TaylorMade says allows golfers to slide the face through the grass and onto the back of the ball more effectively. In addition, the sole of the clubs is shaped like a ship's hull, sloping upward at the sides. These two features reduce the area that would normally hinder the club in the rough by 23%. “It’s the ultimate weapon for getting out of the rough” say Taylormade. Not applicable for those who already own the ultimate weapon for avoiding the rough.


Another Major For Annika

annika_sorenstam_and_mike_mcgee Congrats to Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee on the birth of the daughter, Ava Madelyn McGee. Apparently baby Ava asked for a towel and a five iron minutes after her arrival into the world. This new arrival was announced on Annika’s blog:- “Mike and I are happy to announce that I gave birth to our little girl at 3:30AM this morning. Ava Madelyn McGee is six pounds 10 ounces and 19 inches long. We are all doing well and we truly appreciate the support we have received. We are VERY excited about our new addition and will keep everyone posted in the coming weeks. Thanks!” Speculation is now rife that Annika will return to the LPGA tour sometime next year. Former Solheim Cup team-mate Catriona Matthew won this year’s Women’s British Open only eight week’s after giving birth.


A Perry Ugly Affair

kenny perry and justin The news that Kenny Perry released Fred Sanders, his longtime caddy may have come as a surprise to those inside the ropes but the manner in which he did has certainly shocked them. Sanders claimed he learned about getting his P45 through Perry’s agent. Surely that’s the equivalent of dumping a girlfriend by text; it’s just not Kenny! Perry’s son Justin is now set to take his bag for the playoffs and President’s Cup having caddied at the British Open and The Barclay’s. Interestingly on both occasions where Justin has caddied for Dad, he finished tied 52nd. Hardly a good omen, but some might say just desserts after an ugly break-up!

Weekend Winners- Jeff and Suzann

LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF Jeff Sluman came from six shots back on Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title. A hole in one on the fifth hole helped Sluman to a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory. The six time PGA tour winner has now won three times on the seniors tour. Meanwhile European eyes were smiling on the LPGA when Norwegian Suzann Petterson claimed a five shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open. Before her victory, Petterson had been a long winless streak finishing runner-up six times with19 top tens. Petterson attributed her victory in part to an encouraging text received before her round from Tiger Woods.

Paddy Watch- How the Irish Fared

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Missed Cut: Gary Murphy, Shane Lowry, Michael Hoey

DoonbegThe Sting:
With forty psi of pressure in the back tyres and the car scraping off the road, it was with great excitement we made the “four lads” journey to Doonbeg. I had only ever heard rumblings about this Greg Norman design (and its snail population) and was keen to make my own mind up on a course, which seems to have been shrouded in controversy since its creation.
On arrival, the first thing to hit you (besides the sea breeze) is the cracking atmosphere around the place. Though off the beaten track, it is alive with activity. Families busily mooching around, kids spinning on bikes and top Irish touring pro Gary Murphy knockin’ in and out of the immense clubhouse.

View On The 4th at Doonbeg
“This inland par five is a wonderfully natural links hole. Choose to drive short of the left bunker or over the dell, according to your talent. A drive over the dell will allow you to go for this green in two. Be sure to avoid the five sod-wall bunkers in the fairway. This elegant, asymetrical green sits just over an old rock-and-sod wall that has been there for years. Careful avoidance of this wall and pot bunker may yield a birdie.”
With rates at the upper end of the scale, Doonbeg don’t give you a green fee, they give you a “golfing experience”. To savour it fully book a tee time for noon, but arrive around ten. After tea and homemade scones head out to the putting greens (yes plural) to get a feel for the speed and undulations that lie in wait. Then get whisked off to the super range where the everlasting supply of balls make you feel like a pro. When you’re ready, the marshall collects you and speeds you, sudden death playoff style, to the first tee. Play against  your mates for the price of a homemade burger to be consumed in the bustling bar whilst recalling your best shots of the day.
The Course:
What They Say
Chosen for his “least disturbance philosophy,” The Doonbeg golf site was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman. Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century-old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. Variations in wind speed and direction ensure the course plays differently each and every time. It is expected that an 18-hole round of golf at Doonbeg will take no more than 4 hours and 30 minutes.
The Par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 6,885 yards from the back tees. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par 3s and five par 5s.
Wind direction and speed determines consistent variation in play – for example the average golfer will play from a sand wedge to a 5-iron on the 111 yard 14th. To allow for a range of conditions and abilities most holes feature five or more tee locations.
What We Say
With a combined fourball handicap of 15 and we attacked the front nine from the back sticks. Even though there wasn’t so much as a whisper of wind in the air, we rapidly learned some home truths. If you’re short or crooked with the driver your ball is history, because many holes require (a) an initial carry over cabbage or (b) an arrow straight drive to a narrow fairway flanked by cabbage. Either way, there’s a lot of cabbage involved. However if the “big dog” is working, the greens are soft and receptive and will yield birdies. The first and 18th holes are the pick of the par fours but my favourite was the tiny par three 14th , a 100 yard hole14hole that requires anything from a sand wedge to a six iron to find the precipice green. Tight and fun with precision rewarded. A classic links hole and perfect summary of the course. All in all, Doonbeg is a surprisingly mature and testing links for its tender years.
The Terrificly Dangerous Par-3 14th at Doonbeg: No Chip and Runs Here
“This could be the most sensational short par three in Ireland, if not the world. The ocean view, extending all the way to the far peninsula, is unforgettable. Try if you can to ignore the view and hit the green. A birdie here will be in the memory bank forever”
 The You Tube Video
The Personnel:

Greg Norman’s Surveys where the 18th Might Go in Doonbeg
They say that if you wear bright colours on the golf course, you had better be good. Brian Shaw, head pro and lynchpin of the golfing operation, does and is. He is one of those larger than life characters, bubbling with ideas and born to manage an operation of this magnitude. He taught Robert Karlsson for God’s sake. At the PGA show in Florida, everyone who met us said “Hey, are you from Ireland?  Do you know Brian Shaw from Doonbeg?” Enough said. Nice also to see assistant pro Ian Carney, the Claremorris wonder kid who now plies his trade in Doonbeg. I’m sure that ass-kickin’ I gave him around Ballinrobe, moulded him into a better player. Mind you, he was only about 13 at the time!
Another “must do” in Doonbeg is to all chip in for a “four-caddy” to give lines and yardages. It costs €25 a man, but is really a must if you’re playing the course for the first time.  Our man was Colin Patrick Christopher, a super fit air traffic controller from Toronto who got to practice his left and right arm signals as our balls soared heroically to their Valhalla.
The Conclusion:
If you are of an anally retentive disposition and looking to critique Doonbeg on technical excellence in every aspect of its layout, your notepad will most likely be  dotted with little faults and foibles.  Electric fencing to protect some rare species of snail, a little bit of crossing and a green with a bunker in the centre are probably in there.  Having golfed every one of Ireland’s best courses however, I for one left  as a convert to the “Doonbeg golfing experience” with Brian Shaw as its spiritual leader.
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Greg Norman Course Design Doonbeg Overview
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Long before he drives into the welcoming courtyard of Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, the sight of a spectacular, stone-structure standing tall on the horizon will intrigue the expectant traveling golfer. With 47 inter-connected suites snugly nestled around it, the Doonbeg Lodge appears from a distance to be a self-contained village overlooking dramatic views of Doughmore Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
All the buildings are tastefully constructed in keeping with traditional Irish architecture. It is obvious no detail or expense has been spared in a total spend of €150 million, on and off the golf course, by the time the entire project is completed. Even the gardens and pathways are landscaped to reflect their location in westernmost Ireland by the renowned skills of the TV personality, Diarmuid Gavin. And we haven't yet mentioned the world-class Greg Norman-designed golf links.
Everything that Buddy Darby and his fellow Directors of Kiawah Development Partners conceive, is carried out with such superb taste and brilliant business acumen and planning that it comes as bit of a shock that they actually did get something badly wrong. It was nobody's fault, mind you, but the opening of the Doonbeg Links in 2002 could hardly have been worse timed.
In its short life, the Doonbeg project has had to cope with mountains of legal paperwork to overcome the most stringent of planning procedures, 9/11, Foot and Mouth Disease, the falling value of the US dollar and the Iraq War as well as the begrudging curse of St. Munchin which they could never have anticipated i.e. the spoiled Irish would be the most difficult of all to please.

Norman: "The sensitivity of this piece of property required a total hands-on approach. You do not get too many opportunities to work on a piece of land like this one."
Nor could the uproar and delays caused by the wish to save from extinction an estimated 10 million microscopic snails deflect Buddy Darby and Co. The snail, a member of the Vertigo Angustior family, has been jokingly renamed Angus locally due to the copious amounts of heifer dust that it helped generate.
As the crow flies, Doonbeg is strategically sandwiched equidistant between the long-established and world-famous Lahinch and Ballybunion courses. So, the owners knew from the beginning that they would have to compete in elite company.
As a frequent visitor to Doonbeg from its earliest days and as a member of both Ballybunion and Lahinch for eighty-three years combined, I regularly enjoy the different challenges of all three courses and therefore feel well-qualified to express an opinion on how they compare.
In my golfing travels I have always considered the 1st tee atmosphere at Lahinch to be second to none. You should see Doonbeg! The clubhouse at Ballybunion and its dramatic ocean views is pretty impressive. You should see Doonbeg! Off the back markers Lahinch and Ballybunion are formidable tests of ball control. You should see Doonbeg!
As you can gather, Doonbeg compares very well. Indeed, from my own experience I find it to be the most difficult of the three on which to produce a sub par score. Norman's intelligent design has achieved excellent variety by putting some greens above, some below and some on the same level as the approaching golfer without any of the back-breaking climbs that one has to endure at Lahinch, especially. On the other hand, Doonbeg is also probably the easiest of the three from the forward tees; so, tigers and rabbits are provided with challenges commensurate with their skills.
Doonbeg waited patiently for over 100 years begging to be turned into golfing ground. As long ago as 1891, this stretch of eye-catching dunes six miles north of Kilkee, screamed "golf course". Sir Alexander Shaw, a Scottish-born industrialist and enthusiastic golf promoter who was based in Limerick city, recognized its potential. He, and his friends, seriously considered locating what they termed "their summer course" here. The absence of an acceptable road system or more importantly, a railway line made accessibility rather too difficult. Instead, one of Ireland's most intrepid golf pioneers decided to go elsewhere. To be fair, Shaw found equally exciting terrain 20 miles up the coast where he became the founding father and first president of Lahinch Golf Club.
The choice of Greg Norman, as course architect was inspired. As a passionate lover of links golf, Greg understood his responsibilities. On one of 23 visits he made to the site, he said, "The sensitivity of this piece of property required a total hands-on approach. You do not get too many opportunities to work on a piece of land like this one. It is unique. I am going to make sure the end result is 100% but at the same time people must realize that great golf courses need time to evolve and Doonbeg should be regarded as a work-in-progress for sometime yet. This is a course I want to be identified with. One that I will be able to say with pride everywhere I go, 'I did this one!' It's Ireland. It's Irish golf. It's links golf; sand dunes like you'll never see again because golfing land like this is preciously finite. The ball is round and is designed to roll as well as fly. The golfer is required to make his ball do both at Doonbeg. The last thing I wanted to do was Americanize this golf course, I love links golf and Irish links golf is among the best. I wanted to keep it as natural as possible. As a golfing test Doonbeg will only get better."
The routing cut through a series of conical dunes adjacent to a crescent shaped shoreline lives up to its rave billing but the original design that was set out by Norman has not been declared sacrosanct. Head Pro, Brian Shaw and Head Greens Superintendent, Jim McKenna, have an understanding with The Shark, based on intelligent and practical feedback from the Doonbeg members that certain refinements will be executed on the golf course from time to time. Quite a number of them were successfully undertaken last winter. Those alterations plus natural evolution has seen the course mature more rapidly than could have been envisaged.
When I say that the course is infinitely better than when it first opened in 2002, do not forget that revered Ballybunion was classed as a "rabbit warren" once upon a time and Lahinch underwent its own extensive "Mackensieisation" refurbishment recently. Every time I go to Doonbeg, I fully expect to see subtle additions and improvements because Norman, McKenna and Shaw do not sit on their laurels.
The Shark has always played the game with enviable panache and this laudable approach is suitably reflected in all aspects of the Doonbeg facility. After being taken care of in the clubhouse, the high altarlike 1st tee and one of the most attention-grabbing puck-offs in all of golf is at one's doorstep.
With the sound of Atlantic waves ringing in one's ears as they crash onto the beach a mere wedge shot away and the nervy feeling brought on by many pairs of eyes watching you from behind the bar windows, there is no getting away from the fact that from the first to last swing, the boisterous elements of the west of Ireland will be your primary adversary. Variations in wind speed and direction guarantee that the course plays differently every day.

TV viewers in the USA will get at insiders look at the course when the Weather Channel debuts a series of 32, one-minute golf tips filmed at Doonbeg.
Just over 500 yards from the 1st tee; 50 yards from the front edge of the green; a tiny pot bunker catches one's attention. That trap, no more than six feet wide, has powerful magnetic properties way out of proportion to its size. Every golfer has to get past it somehow without doing serious injury to the scorecard. Behind the green a semi-circle of enormous, cone-shaped dunes is an eye-catching backdrop.
On the front nine my favorite stretch is Nos. 6 through 8. The raised, back tee at the 6th (373 yards, par 4) overlooks the beach and the fairway runs from a deep, hidden bowl between unruly dunes through an ascending valley parallel to the shoreline. The slightest of pulls ill end up on the beach; any miss to the right will result in a ungainly recovery, if you are lucky. From the back tee it could be the most intimidating shot on the golf course. The highest part of the green is the front edge and everything from that point meanders downwards in erratic steps for 120 feet. Believe it or not, I have managed to drive this green downwind which demonstrates the strength of the wind on particular days.
The 7th tee is located in the heart of the golf course. A glance at the scorecard reveals a formidable par 3 measuring 227 yards. Because the tee is elevated only a hint of prevailing breeze ensures that the hold plays nowhere near that length. The entrance to the green is open and flat as Norman sportingly provides an opportunity for weaker players to run their golf balls onto the putting surface.
The 8th hole (582 yards, par 5) has as wide a fairway as you will ever see but the hole can be brutal. No matter the wind direction, perplexing multiple-choice questions arise at various stages to test your course-management skills. Along the right is clearly the safest if longer route but if you are brave and want to force the issue you will have to risk much trouble on the left.
On the back nine, the 10th hole (580 yards, par 5) is a thinking man's golf hole that plays downwind more often than not. There are so many hazards, conundrums and food for thought strewn about that I never know whether to attack or back-off.
The short 11th (148 yards, par 3) has striking similarities with the same numbered hole at St. Andrew's in Scotland, the most obvious being the intimidating "Strath-like" bunker facing the player.
Norman claims that the 405 yards, par 4, 15th was the first hole he saw in his mind's eye when he made his inaugural visit to stake out the land. Nor is there a letdown on any of the finishing holes. If you can survive intact until the 18th, you will enter the Clubhouse fully entitled to your well-earned refreshments.
Templemore's Joe Russell has been the genial General Manager in charge of operational affairs at Doonbeg for almost three years. Joe is big into the detail of the many small things that can so easily be taken for granted. He sets high standards but is delighted and excited by the progress he sees all around him. Working on a project as big as this has given him a unique insight into "who delivers and who keeps his word," he says knowingly. The level of bookings already placed long before the Lodge accommodation is finished surprises Russell. He is particularly proud of his carefully chosen, keen to please staff of almost 150 that will transform the local economy and social scene.
One of the most notable of the new employees is Mary Kelly, the Golf Shop Manager. Mary grew up in nearby Mullagh but had to leave her beloved County Clare to earn a living as a retailer with Benetton. She has come back to her roots with a husband and two children and loves the challenge of working in this unimagined atmosphere of international proportions.
Doonbeg Golf Club does not intend to rely solely on golfers to keep its wheels turning. The ultimate aim is to have a total golf destination with add-ons like the superb practice facilities and spa that will be coordinated with the golf coaching staff's desire to implement an integrated biomechanical approach to fitness and wellbeing. The superb, casual and gourmet dining facilities and surrounding regional attractions and scenery should also draw less energetic, non-golf customers.
150 million TV viewers in the USA will see it all for themselves shortly when Doonbeg's Head Pro, Brian Shaw, makes a series of 32, one-minute inserts of golf tips for the Weather Channel. Doonbeg was the location selected for several reasons, Brian's friendly personality and expertise, the vagaries of the Irish weather, the beautiful background scenery. If only a tiny percentage of viewers are enticed to come to Ireland what a marketing coup that will be!
As we were going to press it was announced that Doonbeg was deservedly chosen to be the recipient of the prestigious Irish Golf Tour Operator's Award for 2005. Every Director of Golf should spend a day at Doonbeg to see how high they have raised the standards bar in Irish golf, including what services really means and how to take care of people.
Note: It is estimated that since the golf course opened at Doonbeg, the snail population has doubled. Proving yet again that golf is good for the ecological environment.
Etiquette & Rates At Doonbeg
Doonbeg Golf Club follows PGA rules with the exceptions as noted below.
Out Of Bounds (Rule 33-2a)
a) All places outside course boundaries, stated or identified by white stakes or stone walls.
b) Car parks, connected roadway, and clubhouse enclosure.
c) Beyond the snow fence and white markers at seaside of holes 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 & 18.
Water Hazards (Rule 26-1)
a) Areas defined by red or yellow stakes.
Ground Under Repair (Rule 25)
a) Areas defined by white lines or GUR signs.
b) Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated by fencing, stakes, and signs adjacent to holes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 15 & 16
Movable Obstructions (Rule 24-1)
a) Stones in bunkers are deemed movable obstructions.
Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)
a) All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if such an obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, and the ball is not in a hazard, the player may obtain relief without penalty as follows: the ball may be lifted, cleaned, and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball had lain that (a) is not closer to the hole, (b) avoids such intervention, and (c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green.
Integral Parts of the Course
a) All roads and pathways within the boundary of the course are integral parts of the course.
Ball Drop - Hole No. 14
To protect the course conditions for future golfers, please proceed to the ball drop adjacent to hole No. 15 tee under Rule 28.
Special Warning: Holes 4, 5, 6, 13, 14 & 15
The proprietors of Doonbeg wish to inform all players and spectators that they will NOT accept liability for accidents at the crossing of holes 4, 5, 6, 13, 14 & 15. It is the responsibility of each golfer to ensure there is no one crossing before he/she plays the holes. Players should only proceed to play these holes when other players are not close by.
Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Past the fences bordering holes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 15 & 16 are candidate Special Area of Conservation under the European Union of Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC. This land is protected for the conservation of the priority habitat of grey dunes. Golfers are not allowed in this area. Please play this as Ground Under Repair and drop in accordance with Rule 25-1b.
Pick-Up Points
Pick-up points are located at the 3rd tee, the restrooms by the 8th tee, and the Healy House at the 4th fairway.
Soft Spikes
Doonbeg is a soft spikes only environment. Metal spikes are not permitted. Spike changing facilities are available in the Clubhouse. (Please allow extra time.)
Dress Code
Appropriate golfing attire is required. Blue jeans or dungarees are not permitted. Golfers in improper attire will be asked to change prior to play.
We are currently accepting tee time reservations. 10% deposit is required when booking. Balance due 45 days in advance of play date.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation must be received in writing, fax, or email 45 days in advance of play date. Changes or cancellations 30 days or less no refund, deposit fortified.
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