Friday, 27 March 2009

The Road to Scotland

Journey starts 7.30am Haywards Heath time. Train to Victoria, blag lift with brother and head north. Overnight in York, and then onwards and onwards, and upwards to Scotland. I've got to say it's bloody miles. 337 miles from York alone. We may be some time! But it will be worth it. Machrihanish and Machrie are names I have been savouring all week. Niblicks polished, Srixon Soft Feels at the ready, and several sets of thermals packed just in case. In case - survival kit will no doubt be essential, and I'm not taling about a couple of Mars Bars and bottle of pop. I am expecting Scotland to throw everything at me in terms of weather. I've been fooled before by a few spring days. So I'm prepared, and ready for the off.


Thursday, 26 March 2009

Royal Ashdown Forest

We got some golf lined up for tomorrow at the glorious Royal Ashdown Forest. It may be raining cats and dogs today but it's bound to clear up for tomorrow. Of course. Well just checked and the weathers no shoe in, but we'll be there in our waterproofs, unleashing hell - well, maybe the odd decent drive.

Royal Ashdown for those who don't know is one of those rare courses with no bunkers on it. It's no that long either, but that still doesn't make it easy. It has been a Open Championship Regional qualifying venue, so clearly the R&A are impressed. Just checked and its still on the list for 2009. I'm sure a part of its attraction for the R&A is that its still a really old school course, in the best sense. The old school test for me is if they have a load of combs in a jar of some strange mixture of antiseptic in the changing rooms. I'll have to get a picture to make my point, but it does hark back to a different era when chaps coming off the course would give their hair a good comb over before getting the blazer on and going for a livener in the bar.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Massive Upside

I've just been invited on the ultimate road trip. Off to the Western Isles to play some golf and drink some whisky - playing Machrihanish and then the Machrie. Some of the best links golf in the world, followed by some fine whisky from the distilleries of Islay. Can't bleading well wait. Will be doing a daily blog and all of that to communicate the outstanding joys of playing golf and drinking grog.


Saturday, 14 March 2009

Come on Tiger!

It's really not happening for Tiger at the moment - he's currently 3 under, while Michelson is cruising away at 13 under - 2 shots off Watney and 3 off young Mr McIlroy. Now Rory is really getting into boy-done-good territory. One win under his belt after a couple of nearly got there's and his confidence is clearly riding high. Will have to nip off and see what's going on. Would be great to see some Tiger magic, but it's great that the next generation which was Tiger inspired is fighting for his crown.


Friday, 13 March 2009

Leeds Road Trip

Friday at long last. Really in a bit of a TGIF mood as it's been a long old week, with an overnight trip to Leeds and back thrown in for good measure. We also got to see Leeds play Yeovil, and what a game it was. 4-o - and a hatrick from Beckford. There is a real nucleus of quality players there with Beckford, Delph and Beccio. Parker wasn't bad either and the new 'Young American' Michael Grella looked very promising.

Now what's this all to do about golf you may ask? Well, nothing. But you have to have the odd look at something else. The real purpose of our visit was to see the nice people at Direct Golf, over Huddersfield way. Great operation going on there, and a really friendly feel to the business. We are going to be doing a ton of stuff with them hopefully in the coming months. Including a competition for a set of John Letters clubs. Better get on and write that copy.