Category: golf

Mariell Bruun of Norway during a practice roun…

Mariell Bruun of Norway during a practice round – Ladies European Tour 2018: Investec South African Women’s Open, Westlake Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Tristan Jones@LETGolf #nature #travel

Laura Murray of Scotland during a practice rou…

Laura Murray of Scotland during a practice round – Ladies European Tour 2018: Investec South African Women’s Open, Westlake Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Tristan Jones@LETGolf #nature #travel

Lamkin Extends Iconic Crossline Grip Line Lamk…

Lamkin Extends Iconic Crossline Grip Line

Lamkin Corporation, the original manufacturer of premium golf grips, has literally and figuratively, extended its iconic Crossline grip line with the introduction of the Crossline 1150, an 11.5” version of the classic grip with a reduced-taper shape and enhanced 360° Crossline pattern.

Featuring an extra inch in length and a straighter profile the new Crossline 1150 is designed to promote more precise and consistent short game shots. An ideal grip for a golfer’s wedges, the extra length enables players to choke down on the shaft while benefitting from a consistent feel from the straighter, reduced-taper profile.

The new grip has made it straight into the bag of Lamkin CEO and President Bob Lamkin, giving him an immediate improvement in the versatility of his short game, as he explains, “As soon as I tested the Crossline 1150 I knew it was going in the bag. The reduced-taper profile and Crossline design give it such a familiar feel and when you choke down on the grip, the extra shot control is exceptional.”

With an enhanced, logo-free pattern, the 1150 delivers all of the familiar traction and control that has made Crossline a firm favorite with the world’s top players for over 20 years, netting over 200 million dollars in worldwide Tour earnings. The new Crossline 1150 will surely add to that total, and also help every golfer add an extra dimension to their short game.

The new Crossline 1150 is now at and from select golf retailers.

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Some of the biggest names in professional golf…

Some of the biggest names in professional golf—from Rory McIlroy to Jack Nicklaus—joined 22 teams of amateurs in the 10th annual Els for Autism Pro-Am at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Monday, March 12. The event raised $1.1 million for the Els for Autism Foundation, pushing the ten-year total to $10 million. Marvin R. Shanken, center, and Ernie and Liezl Els, far right, present trophies to the winning groups.The Pro-Am, which was founded by Ernie Els and Marvin R. Shanken—editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator magazines—has funded a modern school for autistic children called the Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida. The school is a hub of education and information for autism, one of the most serious illnesses affecting children in the world today.

Stina Resen of Norway during a practice round …

Stina Resen of Norway during a practice round – Ladies European Tour 2018: Investec South African Women’s Open, Westlake Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Tristan Jones@LETGolf #nature #travel

Carnoustie Country Launches Legendary Campaign…

Carnoustie Country Launches Legendary Campaign and Website

As anticipation grows for The 147th Open at Carnoustie, a new website has been unveiled by Carnoustie Country as an online hub for the region’s 34 outstanding golf courses and accommodation providers. With preparations underway for the world’s oldest Major, Carnoustie Country has also unveiled a new legendary marketing campaign intended to underpin its reputation as a world-class golfing destination boasting a golfing legacy stretching back over 450 years.

Providing insider knowledge about playing golf and staying in the east of Scotland as well as detailing the very latest offers, the new Carnoustie Country website has been written and designed with the visiting golfer in mind. Featuring a chronological history of The Open at Carnoustie along with dedicated sections on links and inland courses – many of which were designed by legendary architects such as Old Tom Morris, Willie Park Jr and James Braid – the new website is brimming with information about golf in Angus, Perthshire and Fife.

Commenting on the new website, Cllr Ron Sturrock, spokesperson for economic development for Angus Council, said The 147th Open represented a huge opportunity for tourism in Scotland. “This year’s Open Championship will put Carnoustie Country in the spotlight with 600 million households watching events unfold on TV alone. The new website has been designed to ensure those viewers and the thousands of tourists who will visit Scotland this year have the information they need to help make the most out of their trip to Carnoustie Country. With details about our links, heathland and parkland courses as well as suggestions about where to stay, the new website is a fantastic resource for golf fans around the world.”

Offering all-year-round golf and a wealth of courses, Carnoustie Country has hosted The Open on seven previous occasions. The Claret Jug was last decided in Angus 11 years ago when Padraig Harrington edged out Sergio Garcia during an extraordinary play-off. As ever, Scotland’s enigmatic east coast provided a stern test and drama aplenty.

With golf being played in the region for over 450 years, one of the key objectives of the new website was to consolidate Carnoustie Country’s reputation as a world-class golfing destination. “One of the aims of the new website was to further secure Carnoustie Country’s growing reputation as a must-visit golfing destination,” noted Cllr Sturrock. “To do this we needed toestablish the right tone for the website and introduce eye-catching imagery to support our world-class offering. Our new online presence achieves this by combining an intuitive layout with compelling information in an easy-to-use resource.”

In addition to the new website, Carnoustie Country has also launched a wider communications campaign in the lead-up to and following The Open which will capitalise on the region’s championship links and some of Scotland’s finest in-land courses. Revolving around outstanding golf experiences, the initiative has been designed to capitalise on the region’s legendary status, cosy pubs and prized restaurants as well as the impressive variety of accommodation on offer.

In what will be an important year of golf for Scotland, the launch of the Carnoustie Country’s new website and campaign couldn’t have come at a better time according to Cllr Sturrock. “This year’s Open is in the middle of a run of major golf tournaments in Scotland starting with the Scottish Open and concluding with the Senior Open Championship in St Andrews. The new website has been perfectly timed to help Carnoustie Country members maximise this exceptional opportunity.”

Located just 45 minutes from St Andrews, Carnoustie Country is easily accessed from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports via excellent road and rail networks. Even closer still is the city of Dundee which was named by The Wall Street Journal last year as one of the world’s 10 must-see destinations.

Golf Points Index a Worthy Option to the New W…

Golf Points Index a Worthy Option to the New World Handicap System

 The USGA and R&A, along with four other handicap governing bodies, announced the new World Handicap System last week.  In addition to the challenging task of developing a unifying system that could be used by golfers all around the globe, the committee spent six years trying to come up with a handicap system which would entice more golfers to keep a handicap.

Ron Zevy, President and Founder of Golf Points Index (GPI), did it in one afternoon. 

Golf Points Index is a scoring and handicap system which uses points earned on each hole in relation to par in order to keep score and track progress.  With GPI, a double bogey is ½ point, a bogey is 1 point, a par is 3 points, a birdie is 5 points, and an eagle is 8.  All other results are scored as a 0.  Your GPI handicap is the average 9 hole point total over the last 180 holes played. The system allows golfers of all abilities to compete on a level playing field. 

Players can enter their scores in the free website and the system calculates their GPI.  One of the advantages of the GPI system is that it allows golfers to play as many or as few holes as they want and still enter a score towards their handicap.  GPI also gives the millions of recreational golfers not on GHIN a way to establish a handicap, benchmark and track their progress.

While the system can be used by golfers of all levels, it is geared especially for juniors, who are hard wired to earn and accumulate points, and mid to high handicaps.  The First Tee has embraced the system and 21 chapters across the United States are using GPI in 2018. The system is beginning to catch on.  In addition to the First Tee chapters and golf courses in North America, GPI  has received requests from golfers as far away as Scotland and New Zealand to add their courses to the system so they can start entering GPI scores

Zevy admits that the genesis for developing GPI was his frustration with the current strokes based scoring and handicap system. “How can a birdie, which is much more difficult to get than a par, only be worth one point less?” he argues. “The current system renders virtually meaningless what is arguably the most compelling and interesting part of the game.  That is, the challenge to make par or better on each hole.”

Zevy acknowledges that the USGA and R&A had a Herculean task but he was surprised ‎with the recommendations.  “It feels a little like they are shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic,” Zevy ‎wryly states.  “I am not sure that raising the maximum index limit to 54 is going to move the bar.  Golfers want a way to track their progress which is encouraging, fun and engaging.  I am obviously biased but I think GPI, by equitably rewarding golfers for good holes and not unfairly punishing them for bad, does a much better job of doing that.“  For more information about GPI, visit or e-mail

New Jersey’s Shackamaxon Country Club Hires Ne…

New Jersey’s Shackamaxon Country Club Hires New Executive Chef 

Shackamaxon Country Club has hired Brian Walter as its new Executive Chef.  Walter boasts a first-rate culinary pedigree with 20 years of success in both the private club industry and with world class restaurants. 

His career launched with his first kitchen position at Shackamaxon Country Club in 1993 as a prep cook and dishwasher.  He then was hired by New Jersey’s Plainfield Country Club where he soon discovered his love for cooking.  Walter then enrolled at New York’s French Culinary Institute and was an intern for celebrated Chef Mario Batali at his original West Village New York City restaurant, “PO.”  At the age of 18, Walter earned the Chef De Partie title at the French Consulate, where he worked under then French Master Chef Luc Pasquier.

Walter went on to become Chef De Partie at two world famous New York City restaurants, Le Cirque 2000 and Lespinasse, and subsequently was named the Executive Sous Chef at Guastavino’s (also in New York) under celebrity Chef Daniel Or.  Walter spent his last year in New York City as Chef De Cuisine at the iconic Union Club.  At the age of 25, he became the Executive Chef at Acqua Ristorante in Raritan, New Jersey, which led to him becoming the Executive Chef of the Char Steakhouse Restaurant Group. 

In 2009, Walter was hired as Executive Chef by Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey, where he served for two years.  Most recently, he was Culinary Director and Executive Chef for MGL Food Services and Bayberry Culinary Consultants in Somerset, New Jersey.

During his career, Walter was given the distinction of becoming an honorary James Beard Foundation member, and his creative food dishes have been recognized in local and national publications.  Walter also has appeared as a guest chef on Good Morning America, FOX5 Good Day New York and NBC Today.

StrackaLine, maker of the game’s premier…

StrackaLine, maker of the game’s premier greens guides, continues to add to its family of courses. Broadmoor Golf Club and Dormie Club are the newest courses to offer StrackaLine’s professional greens guides.

Sunrise over the first tee – Ladies European T…

Sunrise over the first tee – Ladies European Tour 2018: Investec South African Women’s Open, Westlake Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa. March 8-10 2018. Credit: Tristan Jones @LETGolf