From fresh faced beginners to seasoned veterans the game of golf is a game enjoyed and loved by millions of people across the globe. Recently Your Golf Travel has got together with some big hitters from the golfing world to pick their brains about the courses they love, great golfing moments from the professional game and why they love the game. We all love to talk about the game in the 19th hole after a day on the fairways and here is what leading professionals in the golf industry had to say.
Freelance journalist European & PGA Tour. Assistant Secretary, Association of Golf Writers. My website is www.golfbytourmiss.com.
How often do you get to play golf these days?
When in Crail, around 4 times a week.
What inspired you to take up the sport?
My close friends began playing golf and I simply found myself joining them. My only wish is that I had of started playing golf much earlier!
Crail Golfing Society
Where is your home club and why do you enjoy playing there?
Crail Golfing Society in Fife. There are two challenging 18-hole courses laid out around St. Andrews Bay and the Forth of Fife so you’re never far away from the tranquil sound of the water. Old Tom Morris designed the Balcomie while Gil Hanse, who was recently awarded the 2016 Olympic Games course in Brazil, designed the Craighead.
The famous par 3 12th at Augusta National
What is the best golf course you have ever played?
Augusta National - twice! I have been fortunate in covering the Masters to have been rewarded by having my name pulled out in the draw to play the course the day after The Masters finished.
Royal St Georges
What is your favourite moment from golf’s rich history?
Walking with Greg Norman for all 18 holes on the final day of the 1993 Open Championship at Royal St. Georges and then to see him being presented with the Claret Jug by the late, great Gene Sarzazen.
Who would complete your dream fourball?
Greg Norman, Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle.
If you had the keys to a private jet and could choose to play any golf course in the world; where would you go?
Kabul Golf Club in Afghanistan. I had the occasion in covering the 2011 Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club when three members from Kabul Golf Club attended the events as guests. To see the look on their faces when they shook hands with the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlry and Sergio Garcia was truly amazing. From photographs it is very rudimentary and a predominantly grassless course. There have been stories of kidnappings while there are a number of additional bunkers caused by bomb and rocket damage along with the remains of damaged tanks. But despite countless wars and struggles golf continues to survive.
If you worked for Your Golf Travel, where would you recommend for people to go for a golf holiday?
Ireland. No one ever suffers an ulcer playing golf in Ireland!
What is the best golf related advice you have ever received?
Take an extra club.