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Golf is the game of business. More deals are closed in a golf course club house or through the relationships cultivated while playing golf than with any other endeavour. There are a couple of reasons for this. Golf is still considered the game of kings and royalty. It is a prestigious game and to top it, an expensive sport. Moreover, the game of golf is difficult, takes four and a half hours to play and has built in a social factor by including lunch after nine holes in a fancy clubhouse and drinks afterwards. The golf cart allows one to network and charm your prospective client all the way around the golf course for the entire four and a half hours. As if that’s not enough, golf is also the only game, that you can play with a drink in your hand! Realising synergies between golf and business, Oman Economic Review initiated OER CEO Golf in 2005. And boy hasn’t it done well. Over the last eight years the event has emerged as the most prestigious and sought-after business event in the Sultanate. Its mix of high quality golf, networking and entertainment has attracted business leaders and corporate captains year after year. The event has also helped in promoting the game of golf in Oman. The eighth edition of Tee Time – the official publication of OER CEO Golf and an OER presentation comes with a variety of articles that are informative and interesting. These include a round up of the best golf courses in the GCC region; promising golfers to watch out for; a short history of the game; a tribute to Seve Ballesteros; golfing humour and more. Enjoy the issue and happy teeing.

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Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy honoured by Queen

Northern Irish golf stars Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are among the sports figures honoured by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list, after claiming their first major titles. The 43-year-old Clarke was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire after ending his long wait for a major victory by winning the British Open at Royal St. George's. "It is a great honour and a fantastic way

to end a great year. I am very proud for me and my family,'' Clarke said. "It was a life-changing moment really and in many ways my feet have not touched the floor since. And now this.'' Clarke lifted the claret jug weeks after the 22year-old McIlroy's eight-shot victory in the US Open at Congressional. The second-youngest major winner since 1934, McIlroy was made a Member of

the Order of the British Empire. "It is quite humbling to be included in such a list of worthy recipients,'' McIlroy said. "Many people on the honours list have made huge personal sacrifices and contributed significantly to society during their lives. I feel very fortunate to be in their company.'' With less than seven months to go before the start of the 2012 Olympics in London, two men involved in the organisation of the games received knighthoods. Charles Allen, a board member on the London Organising Committee, and John Armitt, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority who is recognized for services to engineering and construction, both become sirs. World taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson, who will be one of Britain's leading medal prospects in London, received an MBE at the end of a year in which both her parents died. Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to children and young people. The 58-year-old Mansell is the president of UK Youth, a charity that provides tools to help build young people's selfesteem, aptitude and skills.

Ian Poulter wins Australian Masters England's Ian Poulter won the Australian Masters on Sunday, spoiling Geoff Ogilvy's bid for a victory on his boyhood course. Poulter, two strokes behind Ogilvy entering the round, closed with a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to finish at 15-under 269 at Victoria Golf Club. "To come down here the week before Christmas and to win this tournament is very special," Poulter said. "I had a message from (former champion) Justin Rose, who said, `Put a nice gold jacket in your wardrobe like I have,' and it's nice to do that." Marcus Fraser had a 64 to finish second, three strokes back. Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion who matched the course record with a 63 on Saturday, shot a 73 to end up third


at 11 under. Poulter erased Ogilvy's lead with a 15-foot eagle putt on the short par-4 first hole. The Englishman birdied the seventh to take the outright lead and added another on the ninth -- after nearly making another eagle -- to make

the turn with a two-shot advantage. "After the first couple of days when there wasn't much wind people may have thought the Victoria Golf Club was easy, but they were mistaken," Poulter said. "It certainly showed its teeth today."



Luke Donald, Yani Tseng, Tom Lehman win golf writers' awards Luke Donald is the overwhelming choice as male player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America. Donald, who won four times around the world and became the first player to win the money title on the PGA

Tour and the European Tour in the same season, won 88 percent of the vote to easily beat Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy. Yani Tseng received 94 percent of the vote as the female player of the year

after winning 12 times worldwide, including two majors. Tom Lehman was voted senior player of the year. They will be honoured at the GWAA annual awards dinner April 4 in Augusta, Ga.

Tiger Woods upbeat about 2012 Rory McIlroy, top-ranked Luke Donald and defending champion Martin Kaymer. The tournament starts on January 26 and will give a first indication of whether Woods can maintain his level of play at the Chevron in December. That was his first victory since a car crash outside his home in 2009 led to revelations of extramarital affairs that derailed his marriage and golf game. “I am looking to get off to a fast start in Abu Dhabi and keep building from there,'' Woods said. “Now that I am healthy, I feel I can keep building my game and confidence week on week, much like I did at the end of (last) year - from the Australian Open to the Presidents Cup to, finally, a win in California.”

Having ended 2011 with his first victory in two years, Woods said the joy of being able to play golf with a healthy body has returned as well. He told The Associated Press by email that he has fully recovered from the leg injuries that ruined much of last season. He also hopes his recent victory at the Chevron World Challenge in California is the, “start of another great run...The lowest moments (last year) came from the fact that I wasn't healthy and couldn't put in the time on and off the course that I wanted and needed to, and that was frustrating,'' Woods said. “I was playing with pain and that isn't fun. The last couple of months have been really fun and that is mostly because I am feeling healthy again and building week on week.” Woods is preparing for his first tournament of the year and his first in Abu Dhabi. He will be facing a world-class field that features US Open champion


Woods finished third at the Australian Open, and then delivered the clinching point for the American team in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. Now he's eager to show some of the young players who have grabbed the spotlight during his two-year slump that he's still a force. Donald made history this year by winning the money titles on both sides of the Atlantic, while McIlroy's dominant performance at the U.S. Open drew comparisons to Woods in his prime. “There are so many great and talented players in the game right now - it is exciting for golf fans and I relish the challenge of going head-to-head with any number of the leading players on a Sunday afternoon,'' Woods said. “Rory and Luke are both very talented golfers and I admire what they have achieved in the last year. I look forward to having many great battles on a Sunday afternoon with these great players in 2012.”


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Ernie Els and Retief Goosen doubtful about the Masters

Lee Westwood wins the Thailand Golf Championship Lee Westwood shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions at the recently held Thailand Golf Championship to Masters champion Charl Schwartzel by seven strokes. The third-ranked English star finished at 22-under 266 at Amata Spring Country Club. He opened with rounds of 60 and 64 and shot a 73 on Saturday in the Asian Tour event. "It means a lot, any win does," Westwood said. "It's special this week because of the difficulty of the golf course, who I was up against in the weekend. "Charl is the Masters champion and he has had a great year. The fact that I led wire to wire -- 60 in the first round and 64 in the second round, 20 under after two rounds -- it's yours to lose really with an 11-shot lead. There was pressured involved." Schwartzel closed with a 72. "It was a tough day. The wind probably blew the hardest today compared to the last three rounds," the South African star said. "I played great. If it wasn't for Lee, I would have probably won the tournament." American Michael Thompson was another stroke back after a 70.

TNT golf broadcaster Jim Huber passes away Jim Huber, the veteran sports broadcaster known for his work at CNN and TNT, has died after being diagnosed recently with acute Leukemia. Huber, 67, spent 27 years with Turner Broadcasting, reporting primarily on golf and the NBA. Huber, once an anchor for the CNN/Sports Illustrated 24-hour news network, died recently. His obituary at notes that he wrote three books, including last year's "Four Days in July," which chronicle Tom Watson's gallant bid for a British Open championship in 2009, at the age of 59. Huber won an Emmy for his "Olympic Park Bombing" essay from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and also amassed six Sportscaster of the Year awards from The AP.


The field for the Masters took shape, after the final official week of golf tournaments around the world recently. Among the criteria for an invitation is to be among the top 50 in the world ranking at the end of the season. Ernie Els, a three-time major champion who has suffered plenty of heartaches at Augusta National, fell to No. 56 in the final ranking. Els has been eligible for the Masters every year since his debut in 1994. Goosen, a two-time US Open champion, is at No. 53. Jim Furyk narrowly claimed a spot in the Masters, to be played April 5-8, when he finished at No. 50. Furyk began the year at No. 5 in the world. Others who got into the Masters through the world ranking were Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Alvaro Quiros, K.T. Kim, Simon Dyson, Sang-moon Bae, Rickie Fowler, Francesco Molinari, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Els and Goosen still can get in by winning a PGA Tour event before the Masters (except those tournaments held opposite World Golf Championships), or by getting into the top 50 in the world ranking published the week before the Masters. Others who have yet to qualify include Ryo Ishikawa (No. 51), Ben Crane (No. 54), Ryan Moore (No. 57), Matteo Manassero (No. 58) and Robert Allenby (No. 59).




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Sunshine Tour International (The Open Championship)

Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, South Africa

19th - 22nd

USPGA Tour: Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation

La Quinta CC, La Quinta, California, USA

20th - 22nd

USPGA Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Hualalai Golf Course, Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii, USA

12th - 15th

USPGA Tour: Sony Open

Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

26th - 29th

European Tour: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2nd - 5th

USPGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open,

FEBRUARY TPC Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2nd - 5th

European Tour: Commercialbank Qatar Masters

Doha GC, Doha, Qatar

9th - 12th

European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE

22nd - 26th

WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship

Ritz Carlton GC, Marana, Arizona, US

23rd - 26th

USPGA Tour: Mayakoba Golf Classic,

El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

MARCH 8th - 11th

WGC - Cadillac Championship

Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Florida, USA

15th - 18th

USPGA Tour: Transitions Championship,

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Florida, US

22nd - 25th

USPGA Tour: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge, Florida, USA

22nd - 25th

European Tour: Trophee Hassan II

Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco

29th - 1st April

USPGA Tour: Shell Houston Open

Redstone Golf Club, Texas, USA

5th - 8th

Masters Tournament

Augusta National GC, Georgia, USA

12th - 15th

USPGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA

19th - 22nd

USPGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

AT&T Oaks Course, Texas, USA

26th - 29th

Asian Tour Ballantine’s Championship

Blackstone Resort, Seoul, South Korea

26th - 29th

USPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, USA

3rd - 6th

USPGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, North Carolina, USA

10th - 13th

USPGA Tour: THE PLAYERS Championship,

TPC Sawgrass, Florida, USA

17th - 20th

USPGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship

TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, Texas, USA

24th - 27th

USPGA Tour: Crowne Plaza Invitational

Colonial Country Club, Texas, USA

31st - 3rd June

USPGA Tour: the Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio, USA



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JUNE 7th - 10th

USPGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic

TPC Southwind, Tennessee, USA

8th - 12th

37th Curtis Cup 2012

The Nairn Golf Club, Nairn, Scotland

14th - 17th


Olympic Club, San Francisco, USA

21st - 24th

European Tour: BMW International Open

Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany

29th - 1st July

European Senior Tour: Berenberg Bank Masters

Wörthsee Golf Club, Munich, Germany

JULY 5th - 8th

European Tour: Alstom Open de France

Le Golf National, Paris, France

19th - 22nd


Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, England


European Senior Tour: The Senior Open Championship

Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland

25th - 28th

European Tour: Austrian Golf Open

Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria

26th - 29th

USPGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open

Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada

2nd - 5th

WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone CC, Ohio, USA

23rd - 26th

European Tour: Johnnie Walker Championship

Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland

23rd - 26th

USPGA Tour: The Barclays,

Bethpage State Park, New York, USA

30th - 2nd Sep

European Tour: Omega European Masters

Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland

31st - 2nd Sep

European Senior Tour: Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters

Duke's Course, Woburn GC, England

6th - 9th

USPGA Tour: BMW Championship

Crooked Stick Golf Club, Indiana, USA

13th - 16th

Ladies European Tour: RICOH Women's British Open

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England.

13th - 16th

European Tour: Italian Open

Royal Park I Roveri,Turin, Italy

20th - 23rd

USPGA Tour: TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

East Lake Golf Club, Georgia, USA

28th - 30th


Medinah Country Club, Illinois, USA



OCTOBER 4th - 7th

European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Old Course St. Andrews, Fife & Angus, Scotland

4th - 7th

USPGA Tour: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

TPC Summerlin, Nevada, USA

11th - 14th

USPGA Tour: Open

CordeValle Golf Club, California, USA

18th - 21st

European Tour: Andalucia Masters

TBC, TBC, Spain

26th - 28th

USPGA Champions Tour AT&T Championship

TPC San Antonio - ATT Canyons, Texas, USA

1st - 4th

WGC - HSBC Champions

8th - 11th

USPGA Tour: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

8th - 11th

European Tour: Barclays Singapore Open

Sentosa GC, Sentosa, Singapore

15th - 18th

European Tour: Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong

22nd - 25th

DP World Tour Championship, Dubai,

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

5th - 8th

Ladies European Tour: Omega Dubai Ladies Masters


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Golf courses in the Gulf Although the history of golf in the Arabian Gulf countries is a recent one, the game's popularity is fast growing recently. The region’s golfing industry is thriving with a number of cities emerging as world-class golf destinations. The following pages will give you a glimpse of some of the best golf courses in the GCC countries.




Abu Dhabi City Golf


ocated in the Al Mushrif area, in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is a tranquil oasis in one of the Gulf ’s most beautiful cities. The golf course was originally a sand course, established in 1976, which has been transformed from barren desert to luscious grass fairways 22 years later. It is an oasis of colour, with scenic lakes, fountains and indigenous wild birds inhabiting this beautifully manicured course.

Set within the circumference of both stunning grass and sand horseracing tracks, the golf course is an intriguing course of nine holes that offers nightly flood lighting and different tee positions, creating an 18-hole, par 70, 6,395-yard little gem. Challenges of water come into play on four of the nine holes, with testing dog-legs left and right and an enormous par five,

630-yard eighth hole, where skillfully designed water hazards cross the fairway and immediately come into play. Surprisingly for a nine-hole course, there are only two par threes, namely the fourth and the seventh hole.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club


n oasis of tranquility carved out of the desert, Abu Dhabi Golf Club offers one of the most luxurious golf resort experiences in the Middle East. The 27-hole championship course, home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, provides

a tough but fair challenge, with lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers and generous greens. The 27-hole championship course, weaves through undulating terrain that features pockets of palms, ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as seven spectacular saltwater lakes. The par-72, 7,334-yard Championship course provides a toughbut-fair challenge, with 18 holes of lush

The facility provides members and visitors with a relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle of modern day life. What was once an undeveloped sandy area is now arguably one of the finest recreational retreats in the region.

fairways, strategically placed bunkers and generous greens. The 3,299-yard, par-36 nine is more forgiving, making it an enjoyable experience for all players, especially those new to the game. The course features an undulating terrain meandering through pockets of palms and ornamental trees, shrubs with seven spectacular saltwater lakes. Situated majestically overlooking the golf course is the iconic, newly refurbished Falcon Clubhouse, built in the shape of a falcon with its wings outstretched, peering over the 9th and 18th greens. As you look across the lakes from the far end of the course, the Clubhouse dominates the scene. It is a spectacular, superbly-designed building that creates an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. The Golf Institute by Troon Golf provides the highest standard of golf instruction facilities in the Middle East.



Al Badia Golf Course (Four Seasons Golf Club)


esigned by Robert Trent Jones II, this 18-hole, par 72 championship course is one of the most enjoyable courses in Dubai. Measuring 7,303 yards from the back tees, the course is designed in a “desert oasis� theme; there are 11 lakes, several ponds and numerous cascading waterfalls. The course is lined

with plants and trees indigenous to the Arabian Golf, and these features all add to up to a visually stunning course. With four tee positions on every hole, the course is suitable for all levels, from the low handicapper to the recreational player. It is an amazing clubhouse built in a circular motion with three restaurants of varying sizes, an Atrium lounge, a

Al Ghazal Golf Club


he 18-hole Al Ghazal Golf course in Abu Dhabi, which opened in 1997, measures 6711 yards of the white tees, with a par 71 and presents an exciting challenge to the novice and the experienced golfer. Instead of greens there are browns. These are created by compacting rolled and treated sand and, as the players quickly discover, they give an extremely true putting surface. The front nine holes (par 35) are based around an archaeological site which was once an old coast line. The back nine (par 36), which have recently been developed, present a great challenge. Be careful of the water on the 11t.


golf shop, academy, locker rooms, three distinct meeting areas and an outdoor function space. The concept of the design of the club house is taken from the logo of the Festival City which is all about life. The centre piece of the Four Seasons Golf Club Dubai Festival City, is the challenging test of the Robert Trent Jones II design Al Badia Golf Course. The original design of the course and the spectacular club house, modeled on the swirls of a golfers swing, make this a truly original Dubai treat. The 7,303 yard course nestles close by the banks of the Creek whilst incorporating eleven lakes, several small water features and a host of indigenous shrubs and plant life. Water is a key feature to the personality of this environmentally sensitive course, changing in presentation as it transitions from open water bodies to waterfalls downstream. The variety in its design coupled with the wind and water hazards make this a true test of players shot making skills.

The golf course has gone through many changes over the years and has turned into one of the best sand courses in the world. The clubhouse, decorated in typical English style, with Chesterfield sofas and wooden floors, has a luxurious, unpretentious feel about it. The restaurant in the clubhouse offers an a la carte menu and a comprehensive beverage list. The club also has a state-of-the-art academy which has been developed to coach players of any standard, from beginner to scratch player. The facility also has a sports field which is now home to the Abu Dhabi Football Academy. There is also a health club equipped with gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi and there are three tennis courts and two multi-courts where basketball, five a side football and volleyball can be played.



Al Hamra Golf Club


l Hamra Golf Course in Ras Al Khaima is the first taste of Links Style golf in the Middle East. This 18-hole golf course designed by Peter Harradine is built along the shores and rolling waves of the Arabian Gulf. The course meanders around a large open sea water lagoon with four interconnected sub lagoons all being used as integral parts of the development. Originally planned to be built on the salt flats bordering the water edge, some five million cubic meters of sand combined with expert shaping have come together to create gentle elevation changes as the terrain moves around the lagoons rising and falling from plus one to plus eight metres. As many traditional links course do the front nine measuring 3,578yards

making its way out and away from the club house, whilst the back nine measuring 3,747 returns home around the lagoon to the clubhouse. The result is a stunning Par 72 Championship Golf course measuring 7,325yards at full length, but with five varying tee options it provides a fun and enjoyable

test of golf for the seasoned professional or fledgling enthusiast. In keeping with tradition and style of links the golf course features humps, hollows and pot bunkers unique to golf in this region. Al Hamra Golf Club uses the latest zero pollution floodlights to offer golfers the ability to play into the night.

Arabian Ranches Golf Club


rabian Ranches Golf Club located in the heart of the Arabian Ranches in Dubai was built as a true 18 hole, par 72, desert style grass course, designed in signature style by Ian Baker-Finch, in association with Nicklaus Design. Shots which miss the immaculate grass of the fairways and

greens often enter the ‘sandy wasteland’ with its indigenous shrubs and bushes. The first-rate golfing experience is further enhanced by the GPS (Global Positioning System) yardage service available on every golf cart. The Clubhouse hosts a fully stocked Pro Shop, with all the latest Golf Apparel and Hardware, a Grand Lobby, and the Baker-Finch Room complimented by a Terrace and the Birkdale Bar, a most

exclusive venue to entertain your guests in a striking location. At the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, the Clubhouse boasts the Ranches Restaurant and Bar with the Terrace hosting panoramic scenic views over the 9th and 18th holes, a great place to meet and try the new International Menu, which also includes the launch of a sumptuous Friday Brunch The. Spanning 247 acres, of which 120 acres are irrigated, the course is a par 72. It is a great place to meet and tempt your tastebuds with the varied international menu. Within the clubhouse there are 11 beautifully-furnished guestrooms with spectacular views and full ensuite facilities. Step out of your room, hop onto your golf buggy and drive or walk straight to the first tee, totally refreshed for your game of golf. In short, this is the perfect setting for any golfer.



Awali Golf Club


he desert course at Awali Golf Club on the southern part of Bahrain Island is without question the oldest golf club in the Arabian Gulf area and perhaps the oldest in the entire Middle East. The clubhouse sits atop part of the rim that forms the basin within which the course lies. It offers views of the 1st, 7th, 10th, and 18th, teeing grounds and fairways, plus the 6th, 9th, and 18th, greens. The course itself, like regular grass courses, takes advantage of the natural terrain, thus presenting a different set of challenges to golfers. The par 70, 6309 yard 18-hole course is littered with areas of uneven and often unkind bounce and therefore requires a 'horses for courses' approach to the game. The panoramic view, from the patio of the clubhouse,

of the desert landscape, which forms this unique and challenging golf course. The British Overseas Airways (BOAC) Cup, currently sponsored by British Airways, is the oldest recorded sponsored competition in the Gulf

region. It is still a much sought after trophy and attracts a very large field of competitors each year. Another 'first' in the Gulf region was the Bahrain Open Golf Championship, organised and staged in 1964 by the Awali Golf Club.

Doha Golf Club


oha Golf Club boasts an 18 hole Championship Course, a 9 hole Academy Course, an enourmous driving range and putting green, 8 artificial lakes, graceful landscaping and a beautiful clubhouse designed in old traditional Arabic style, which has been located at one of the highest points on the course giving it a magnificent prominence. The Championship Course is a tough course from the back tees and offers many strategic and heroic holes where the scratch golfer can test his skills. The course has been designed with two starting and finishing holes which maximises playing flexibility and the number of daily rounds. The unusual 150 hectare site has been enhanced by emphasizing the natural attributes and features. There are lakes


which will double as obstacles and aesthetic features. In addition, there are about 5000 shrubs, 6000 trees, 10 000 cacti imported from Arizona which will emphasize the nature of the rugged surroundings. The Academy Course is less demanding and can be played by beginners, ladies and those who want to play a quick nine holes. The fairways are larger, the holes are shorter with less hazards and generally the course will allow the not-so proficient golfer to enjoy the game and the good golfer will have the opportunity to have an

enjoyable round during a short break from the office. Designed by Peter Harradine and unveiled in 1997, the 7374-yard 18hole Championship Course and floodlit 9-hole Academy Course provide a variety of challenges that will appeal to both the novice golfer and the seasoned professional. eight strategically positioned lakes, 65 giant cacti, numerous imposing limestone rock formations and an abundance of lush and lengthy green fairways present a startling contrast to the desert that lies beyond



Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Well-groomed fairways lined with date palms and coconut trees, attractive water hazards and shrubbery lends a tropical air to the Club's 18-hole, par-71 championship course that rolls into thousands of undulating yards. The majestic Clubhouse - its design mirroring the sails of the traditional Arab dhow has been one of the most photographed landmarks since it opened in 1993, capturing the essence of Dubai's seafaring traditions and presenting the perfect fusion of heritage with modernity and style.


ominating Dubai's enchanting waterfront, the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club overlooks the Creek and Marina. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club opened in January 1993 and since then it has been host to numerous

tournaments and events, including the Dubai Desert Classic on two occasions. The course record of 63 is held by the current world number one player Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke. A round of golf at the sporting oasis in the heart of the city has a distinct aura of a delightful journey across the fabled landscape of Dubai.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is home to a unique residential leisure community. As many as 92 luxury villas are situated inside the stunning golf course and offer an exclusive living environment for a privileged few that are able to call this home.

Emirates Golf Club


mirates Golf Club, host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city's finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which also offers night golf.

Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse, remains the most eye-catching in the region. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 22 year history, the most recent of which were its 2010 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Golf


Courses in the World' and its award for 'Best Course Middle East' in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010 . From the testing 18-hole Majlis and Faldo courses, to the equally challenging par 3, the Emirates Golf Club draws accomplished and casual golfers looking

to improve their game. 'The Emirates' is so much more than a golf club, serving as the premier address for all things leisure. Its appeal is equally wide-ranging off course, with everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside top-notch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a brand new spa.


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Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa


he award-winning five star Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, situated on its own private 800 metre, palm lined beach, overlooking the golden shores of the Arabian Gulf, is renowned for its relaxed holiday atmosphere. The golf course at the Jebel Ali is of a championship

standard, regardless of the fact that it is only nine holes. It is a par 36 course, originally designed by Peter Harradine and built in 1998. For such a young course, it has achieved a lot, having held the Challenge Match for the Pros in 2008; the official opening of the Dubai Desert Classic. There was great thought put into the creation of every hole on this exotic nine hole course, with shrubs and

original desert flora strategically placed to improve aesthetics and increase difficulty. The course also features a saltwater lake which comes into play on five holes. Overall, this venue is quite charming, with breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf and peacocks which freely roam the fairways of the golf course. Golfers can enjoy the delights of playing a course used by legendary players including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. The course is situated within the idyllic grounds of the resort. Designed by Peter Harradine and opened in 1998. Each hole is uniquely landscaped with exotic trees, shrubs and original desert flora and also features a saltwater lake which comes into play on five holes. The wooden gazebos, views of the Arabian Gulf and peacocks which freely roam the fairways have added a special charm to this course that is a fair and exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities.

Ghallah Wentworth Golf Club


hallah Wentworth Golf Club in Muscat, established in 1972, offers a challenging 18 hole desert course set in a valley bordered by a dramatic range of mountains. The course offers stunning views over the coast of the Gulf of Oman as well as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. From a rugged sandand-rock look, the course has undergone a complete transformation; the front nine of the 18-hole course now sports a soothing green look, with spectacular rocky hills on either side and a glimpse of the sea making for an impressive setting It is challenging 18 hole course built into a natural wadi (dry river bed) with a spectacular mountain backdrop and wonderful sea views. Ghala Wentworth Golf Club has been a pioneer in the


country for four decades and many Omani golfers have acquired their skills in the game on the original sand course and represented the country in tournaments in the region.

The facilities at GWGC include clubhouse/club bar, bar snacks, changing rooms, pro shop etc. In addition, the first golf academy in the sultanate will be set up at the GWGC.



P.O. Box 882, PC 131, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman • Tel: 24498244 • Fax 24496718 Email: •


Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club


uscat Hills Golf & Country Club is the cherished dream of His Highness Sayyid Kais bin Tarik Al Said. Designed by Paul Thomas of internationally renowned Dave Thomas and Associates-whose portfolio includes La Manga West (Spain), Seve Ballesteros Golf Club and the Top Players Golf Club (Japan)-and constructed by Southern Golf Oman, the golf course is the first par 72, 18 hole championship grassed golf course in Sultanate of Oman. The course is minimally surrounded by residential villas and apartments; residents have the added advantage of living close to the uniquely designed golf course that has been delicately built over natural contours with crafted landscaping into the natural Omani Wadi environment with the distant backdrop of the Hajar mountain range in the back ground. Natural mountainous

surrounds, challenging undulating fairways, greens that require accurate approach shots and ever present natural wadis that run adjacent to a number of holes make for spectacular golf. This special topography is home to the region's most exciting golf. The 18-hole golf course presents itself with undulating Bermuda green grass fairways with greens that test the best players in the game.

Muscat Hills Golf Academy currently offers full driving range facility with flood lights for night time use. Tuition from qualified PGA teaching professionals covers a wide range of playability skills whether you are picking up a club for the first time or require in depth video analysis our teaching professionals cater for all golfers of all abilities offering their expertise and guidance to ensure you improve every aspect of your game.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club


aadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, with its Gary Player designed course, is one of the world’s most captivating golfing projects. The course provides one of the most challenging in the golfing world to date. The course itself has been designed to entice golfing enthusiasts from around the world with some of the most spectacular golf hole designs. The course design has been set up to cater for all types of players starting at 5290 yards, to the most challenging environment for the world’s leading tour players at 7784 yards. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club harnesses the stunning natural beauty of Saadiyat Island to create an unparalleled experience, made


all the more rewarding with spectacular views of the Gulf ’s glittering blue waters fringed by pristine white sands. As the Arabian Gulf ’s first beachfront course, it provides a breathtaking variety of golf experiences with every hole having its own unique character. The course has been designed with strict environmental guidelines and sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment, greatly

enhancing your overall experience. While much has been invested in championship tees, each hole is designed to accommodate all levels of golfers. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club offers each golfer a “Member for a Day” experience with the optimum level of genuine customer service, from personalised lockers and bag tags to personal touches from multicultural staff.



Sahara Kuwait


lthough the name Sahara comes from the Arabic word 'desert', the Sahara Kuwait club changed the whole idea of hot burning desert sand into a place that looks close to heaven. Fifteen minutes from the city,

you will find yourself in a place full of harmony and tranquility away from the hectic life of the city. Opened since 2005 and designed by world-class architect Peter Harradine, Sahara is Kuwait's only premier golf resort with a comprehensive appeal. Nearly 750,000 m of sand was removed to sculpt the undulating

contours of a course that engages golfers at every level of consciousness. Sahara Kuwait is different from Kuwait's climate and nature and it will charm you with its green scenery, challenging golf course, and state-of-the-art facilities. The stunning 18-hole golf course is built to PGA championship standards and is 6,730 yards long and features three lakes which are surrounded by nearly 5,000 trees that add a touch of life and beauty. In order to avoid the summer's heat and dust, floodlit holes are spread all over the course to allow players to pursue their games even at night. Sahara's management oversees the supervision of the course and ensures that every aspect of the golfing experience meets stringent international standards. For all golfers living in Kuwait, Sahara is just the right place to fulfill their passion of the game with professional trainers as it provides a corporate business climate, buggy cars, experienced caddies, putting greens, and a driving range

Sharjah Golf And Shooting Club


harjah Golf and Shooting Club boasts a 9 hole, fully floodlit golf course which enables play well into the evening. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Peter Harradine, if played twice, this wall to wall grass oasis will provide a par 72 layout that stretches in excess of the 7,300 yard mark. Described as a pleasure to play but a challenge to par, the course features between 5 and 7 different tees on every hole, vast water features, generous fairways, large and challenging bunkers and unique undulations; all of which ensure this golfing paradise offers a fair but tough test to every level of golfer and one you will relish time and time again. Located on the Emirates Road, Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club (SGSC) provides first class facilities for Golf, Rifle


& Pistol Shooting, Indoor and Outdoor Paintball games, a Signature Spa for both ladies and gentlemen "Cleopatra's

Boutique Spa", State of the art Gym, 3 restuarants, a conference centre and recreational facilities.


Furniture which Evoke a Sense of Power


Sharjah Wanderers Golf Club


ounded in 1979 as a members' Golf Club, Sharjah Wanderers Golf Club, a section of the Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club, has been in its present site amongst the rolling sand dunes since 1990. Despite being a sand course with 'browns' instead of 'greens', it has rolling grass fairways which confront the observer standing on the clubhouse veranda. Interspersed with desert terrain and vegetation, it gives a genuine 'links' feel to the impending round of golf. Nine of its 18 fairways are now grassed and plans are afoot to grass more as finances permit. The course is regarded amongst the local golfing fraternity as a real challenge. Maximum use has been made of the natural topography in setting out the

course, added to which the prevalent land/sea breezes continue to change direction and modify playing conditions as the day progresses. As with Links Golf, imagination and adaption are the key to good scoring at Sharjah Wanderers, and those who play with a 'one club - one shot' approach would be advised to pop a calculator into their bag for later use.

The course is also an excellent fitness challenge - with hills and valleys to stretch the leg muscles. One of the course's more endearing features is the family of ducks who take the sounds of pinging golf balls in their stride and splash around in the custommade lakes.

Riyadh Golf Courses


he Greens Course: Riyadh Green Course offers challenge and pleasure to clients of all levels. An official Par72/73 championship course situated just 20-25 minutes from Riyadh City Center, recently opened to cater the serious athlete or to simply unwind and indulge in the beauty of the course. Undulating terrain, wide fairways and manicured greens awaits golfers to a pleasurable experience of the game. Challenge looms over the longest hole on the course, a Par-6 739 yards with strategically positioned sand bunkers, narrow approach and lush vegetations; and intimidating Par-3 with just 162 yards frequented with crosswinds and guarded by water on all sides. Manmade streams traversing into the whole course also serves as challenge and


excitement, keeping golfers at the height of their game. The Desert Course: Opened late 1986, Riyadh Desert Course is a Par-72 with 7000 yard length and considered as the oldest public golfing facility in Riyadh.

Coupled to the golf course is the Driving Range where patrons can practice their fine skills or simply warm-up for the game. Professional golf tuition is available from our qualified personnel of whom had been associated with the course since its construction



The Royal Golf Club Bahrain


ituated in the heart of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Royal Golf Club forms the centerpiece of Riffa Views, the island's first luxury residential gated community. Conveniently located just 20-minutes drive from the capital city, Manama, and the same distance from the Saudi-Bahrain causeway, the Royal Golf Club attracts visitors from all

over the Gulf region and further afield. As a semi-private establishment, the Royal Golf Club offers the best of both worlds; exclusive membership options are available for keen golfers living locally while visitors from overseas are always very welcome to come and enjoy the unrivalled facilities while in the Kingdom. Opened in 2008, the Royal Golf Club's

world class 18-hole championship course was designed by golfing legend and acclaimed golf course architect Colin Montgomerie. The 7102 yard, par 72 Montgomerie course offers a truly unique blend of links and desert golf, taking advantage of Bahrain’s natural rough desert terrain and combining it with vast manmade lakes. The desert feel is retained through the use of sandy waste bunkers and the attractive indigenous vegetation and grasses used in the landscaping. However, the rolling links-style fairways and undulating greens are immaculately maintained. With five teeing ground options on each hole the Montgomerie course delivers a challenging and unforgettable experience. The challenging championship course is complemented by the Wee Monty 9-hole, par 3 academy course which is ideal for beginners in the sport, junior golfers and those wishing to work on their short game.

Yas Links Golf Club


he Aldar owned Yas Links Golf Club is situated on the West shores of the Yas Island on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course designers, the 18 hole, 7,450-yard championship links course is the first links golf course in the Middle East region. The facilities include an 18hole course, a nine-hole academy course, clubhouse, golf academy and floodlit practice facilities, set against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf. The course combines unparalleled visual glory with the thrill of golf ’s ultimate test. With 18 holes, 7450 yards, 144 bunkers, 8 coastline holes, 300,000 m3 of capped sand, this course is more than just numbers, it is a celebration of the all that links golf has to offer. It is a


course that will test professionals, enthral amateurs and excite beginners. It honours the traditions of the game, demands respect, yet offers so much.

Set against the Arabian Gulf, the stunning scenery and course designed by Kyle Philips makes for the ultimate golfing experience.



On the crest of a golfing wave


he recently opened Almouj Golf, located at The Wave, Muscat, is a PGA Championship standard golf course in the Sultanate. Widely recognised as a world-class golfing destination by both professionals and amateurs, it opened its first nine fairways on December 1, 2011. Within the first month, Almouj Golf welcomed more than 1000 players, proving that it offers a challenging and rewarding golfing experience for all those who play on the Sultanate’s first seafacing course. International golfing legend Greg Norman is responsible for the magnificent design of the 7,342 yard par 72 course. When he first visited the site back in 2006 he could instantly envision the course he wanted to create. After carefully studying the topography and weather conditions of the site, and using his years of experience playing top golf courses around the globe, Greg and his


associates from Greg Norman Design produced an inspiring plan. The new Greg Norman course offers truly unique characteristics with each hole providing something different from the last. He and his design team were mindful of maintaining the panorama of the ocean and the spectacular vista of the Hajar Mountains. On a clear day, you almost feel as if you can touch the

mountains. Of course each hole has its own distinctive list of features and attributes designed to challenge the skills and nerve of the player but there are one or two which not only require skill but also strategy. For example, when playing what is currently the 4th hole, the golfer makes the turn back towards the clubhouse and encounters what is almost



certainly to become one of Almouj Golf's signature holes; a mid length par 3 played entirely over water to an all but surrounded green. During a recent visit to Oman, Greg Norman commented, “The course is coming along just as I’d planned and hoped, and as the weeks pass by I am even more convinced that this will be an outstanding golf course which will quickly earn the reputation as one of the best courses in the Middle East, if not the world. I haven’t changed my opinion that the course at Almouj Golf is one of the best courses I have ever designed.” The team at Almouj Golf are a highly professional, yet friendly and approachable group. Qualified PGA golf instructors are on hand to help improve the game of both adults and children, beginners and the more experienced players. The team of 100 per cent Omani ground staff is trained to ensure that the best possible customer service is provided at all times. There is a comprehensive range of membership packages available specifically designed to cater for Individuals, Families, Mid-Week Members, Juniors, Students, Overseas Members and Corporates and the team at Almouj Golf is happy to discuss these in more detail on an individual basis. Almouj Golf is more than just a golf course. It provides many other facilities such as the state of the art Swing Studio and a flood-lit driving range while The Academy Retail Shop offers a wide selection of golf clothing, accessories and equipment. Opening in early 2012, there will be a licensed restaurant within The Academy Clubhouse which will offer a wide range of refreshments within a relaxed and friendly environment. Also open to non-members, it is set to become the hub of social activity. For more information, please contact the Almouj Golf team via email: info@ or calling personally to arrange a tour of the course and the facilities.



A promising lot Here is our pick of the Most Promising Golf Pro Players of 2012 as they get ready to dominate the PGA tours this year The year 2012 promises to be a great year for golf. With tournaments lined up all through the year, it is the perfect treat for any avid golfing fan. There are many promising pro golfers who could make 2012 their year. These are the players to pick if you want to improve your Golf odds:




Rory McIlroy


ory McIlroy has been touted as a major contender for championships in both the US and British Open for a while. He is scheduled to play in tournaments all over the globe and is expected to win a lot of them too. If he can maintain his exemplary attitude and his health, he will be one to beat. On 19 June 2011, he won the US Open, his first major. He finished with a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-shot victory, as the youngest winner since Bobby

Jones in 1923. He has been cited as the most exciting young prospect in golf and having the potential to become one of the highest earners in sports in terms of endorsements. The victory lifted McIlroy's position in the Official World Golf Ranking to a career high of number four. In November, he finished tied for 4th at the WGC-HSBC Champions to move to a new career high of number 2. Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer from Holywood in County Down. He has represented Europe, Great Britain and Ireland both

as an amateur and a professional. He had a successful amateur career, topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week as a 17-year-old in 2007. Later that year he turned professional and soon established himself on the European Tour. He had his first win on the European Tour in 2009, and on the PGA Tour in 2010. He represented Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup.



Kevin Streelman


evin Streelman is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Streelman was born in Winfield, Illinois. A graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School in 1997 and Duke University in 2001, Streelman turned professional in 2003. He played college golf at Duke with fellow PGA Tour member Leif Olson. His best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for 3rd at the 2010 The Barclays. He tied for the lead after the first round of the 2008 US Open Golf Championship. In March 2009 he entered the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. After three wins and a successful year on


the mini tours in 2007, Kevin earned his PGA Tour card through 2007 qualifiying school. An exciting rookie year, with four top-10 finishes and a 35th place finish in the FedEx Cup, paved the way for Kevin's win of the 2009 Kodak Challenge in his sophmore year. He further improved his standing on tour in 2010 with seven top-10 finishes and a 25th place finish in the FedEx Cup, and four top-10 finishes in 2011. He is expected to carry his success streak into 2012 and finally make a name for himself when he competes in the major tournaments and championships this year. Kevin Streelman grew up in a Western suburb of Chicago called Wheaton, Illinois. Golf wasn’t his first athletic passion and other sports such as tennis, basketball, and baseball consumed most of his time. It wasn’t until his freshman year of high school that he decided to seriously take up the

game and even still, the game held less of a priority to basketball and tennis. After some strong showings in national junior tournaments, college coaches started taking notice and Kevin chose Duke University as a perfect balance of excellence in athletics, academics, and good weather. It was in Durham, North Carolina that Kevin truly began to find himself and his passions. He discovered the importance of finding balance in life and was able to keep a 3.1 GPA at the same time lettering in Golf and participating in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. His golf game steadily improved and by his senior year Kevin not only captained the team but also became a factor in many national collegiate events. It was a round with PGA Tour Professional, and Duke Alumnus Joe Ogilvie, that helped persuade Kevin to give professional golf a try.



Webb Simpson


ames Frederick "Webb" Simpson, is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. Simpson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He played high school golf at Broughton High before his collegiate golf career at Wake Forest University. He was a three-time AllAmerican and the ACC Player of the Year in 2008. He won several prestigious amateur tournaments. He played on the victorious 2007 Walker Cup team and the 2007 Palmer Cup team.

5th place finish at the Bob Hope Classic and a 9th place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He ended the season with four top 10 finishes and comfortably retained his tour card ranked 70th on the money list. Simpson had a chance to win his first PGA Tour title at the 2011 Transitions Championship but bogeyed the final hole, missing out by one stroke to Gary Woodland. Simpson then came even closer to his first career PGA Tour title when he lost out in a playoff to Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

After turning professional in June 2008, Simpson played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour on sponsor's exemptions. He recorded two runnerup finishes on the Nationwide Tour. He then competed in the PGA Tour's qualifying school and finished T7 to earn his Tour card for 2009. He had a successful start to his rookie year with a

Simpson won his first PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, his home state, on August 21, 2011. Simpson won the championship by three strokes from George McNeill, carding a final round of 67, which included three birdies and no bogeys. After achieving his first victory so close to home, Simpson said

"I really couldn't think of a better place to win than here in Greensboro. That was probably the most fun 18 holes I've ever been a part of." As a result of this victory, one week before the season ending FedEx Cup playoffs, Simpson jumped to third in the overall standings. Simpson won his second tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour season and of his career, at the second FedEx Cup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship. Simpson moved to first in the FedEx Cup standings for the first time in his career. Simpson came close to picking up his third victory of the year at the McGladrey Classic in October 2011 but lost to Ben Crane in a playoff.



Dustin Johnson


hough not exactly a newcomer to the golfing circuit, it is hard to believe that Dustin Hunter Johnson has been around for only four years. This may come as a rude shock to many due to the level of success he has been able to achieve in this relatively short period of time. He has made the news for controversies previously and has been hailed for being able to brush them off and coming back strongly. In July 2011, Johnson earned his best finish in a major championship at the 2011 Open Championship. He finished in a tie for second place, alongside fellow American Phil Mickelson. The pair were beaten to the title by Darren Clarke who finished three strokes ahead of them. Johnson turned professional in 2007 and earned his 2008 PGA Tour card by finishing in a tie for 14th place in the 2007 qualifying school. Johnson won his first PGA Tour event, the Turning Stone Resort Championship in October 2008. Four months later, he won his second event at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Johnson is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour having been third in the driving distance stats for three consecutive years between 20092011. Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University. As an amateur, he won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 and played on the winning 2007 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams.




Rickie Fowler


ickie Yutaka Fowler is said to be one of the hottest golfing prospects and a welcome addition to the PGA Tour, which he will be on for a number of years to come. Still in his early 20s, Fowler has a playing style that depicts maturity which does not show that he has been around for a couple of years. Look forward to a great year for this young golfer from Oklahoma. Fowler (born December 13, 1988) is an American professional golfer. He was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 36 weeks in 2007 and 2008. Fowler represented the United States in their victory at the 2007 Walker Cup. After the Walker Cup, Fowler turned professional and

played the Albertsons Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour for his pro debut. Fowler's first PGA Tour event as a professional was the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open where he finished tied for seventh. In September 2010 he was chosen as a captain's pick for the US Ryder Cup team.[9] At the age of 21 years and 9 months when the matches began, Fowler became the youngest US Ryder Cup player of all time, and only European Sergio GarcĂ­a was younger when he made his Ryder Cup debut in 1999. In July 2011, Fowler recorded his most successful result to date in a major tournament by finishing tied for 5th in The Open Championship at Royal St George's. In October 2011, Fowler enjoyed his first professional win with

victory in the OneAsia Tour's Kolon Korea Open, securing a six shot victory over Rory McIlroy. Fowler ended 2011 ranked 32 on the Official World Golf Rankings. Fowler is one of four golfers in the "Golf Boys" group along with fellow PGA Tour players Ben Crane, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. The Golf Boys released a YouTube video of the song "Oh Oh Oh" on the eve of the 2011 US Open. Farmers Insurance is donating $1,000 for every 100,000 views of the video. The charitable proceeds will support both Farmers and Ben Crane charitable initiatives.



Ryo Ishikawa


yo Ishikawa (born 17 September 1991), also known by the nickname "Hanikami Oji" (literally, "Bashful Prince"), is a Japanese professional golfer. On 20 May 2007, Ishikawa became the youngest winner ever of a men's regular tournament on the Japan Golf Tour by winning the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup at the age 15 years and 8 months. He competed as an amateur and it was Ishikawa's first tour appearance. He finished one shot ahead of Japan's 9th top ranked player at the time, Katsumasa Miyamoto. The highest ranked player on the Official World Golf Ranking who took part in the event was Toru Taniguchi who finished T13, 6 shots shy of Ishikawa. Taniguchi ranked number 86 in the world after the event. Ishikawa


turned professional in 2008, and won another Japan Golf Tour tournament, the mynavi ABC Championship. By the close of 2008 he had become the youngest ever player to reach the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Ishikawa played in PGA Tour tournaments for the first time in 2009. He was cut from the Northern Trust Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the 2009 Masters Tournament. He finished 71st at the Transitions Championship. On 28 June 2009, Ishikawa won the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic on the Japan Golf Tour to qualify for the 2009 Open Championship, the first major event he has qualified for without receiving a special exemption. With four wins on the Japan Golf Tour in 2009, in September, Ishikawa became the youngest golfer ever to reach the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Ishikawa dominated the Japan Golf Tour for much of the 2009

season and has been the top-ranked Japanese player in the World Rankings. On 18 October, he tied for second at the Japan Open, losing to Ryuichi Oda on the second hole of a playoff. He finished the season as the money list leader on the Japan Golf Tour with ¥ 183.52mn. Ishikawa caught the attention of American golf fans at the 2010 US Open. Wearing a bright bubblegum pink outfit, he played under par on the first day and was tied for second after the second day. On 30 March 2011 Ishikawa announced that he will be donating all of his 2011 tour earnings, plus an additional ¥ 100,000 for every birdie he makes during the year, to the Japan earthquake relief efforts. The ‘Rock Star’ from Japan is still only 20 but has been revered by fans in his home country for many years now. One of the most exciting players ever to hail from Asia, Ishikawa is still missing that one great success that will propel him into the top bracket of professional golfers. Let’s hope that he does it in 2012.



Rickie Barnes


ichard Kyle Barnes is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. Barnes was born in Stockton, California. He played college golf at the University of Arizona. He attended Arizona from 2000 to 2003 and during that time was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2000, Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year in 2001, second-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and first-team All-American in 2003. In 2002 he won the 102nd US Amateur, defeating Hunter Mahan 2 & 1 in the final. Barnes and Mahan would share the 2003 Ben Hogan Award and would lead the USA to victory at the 2002 Eisenhower Trophy. In 2003 he was the low amateur at The Masters,

where he finished 21st after outscoring his playing partner Tiger Woods by seven shots in the opening round. Barnes turned professional in 2003 and joined the Nationwide Tour in 2004. His best finish on tour came in the 2006 Oregon Classic where he lost to Cliff Kresge in a playoff. Barnes finished in the 25th spot on the 2008 Nationwide Tour money list which earned him his PGA Tour card for 2009. At the 2009 U.S. Open, Barnes set the 36-hole scoring record after shooting an 8-under 132 through the first two rounds in soft, rainy conditions. The runner-up finish at the U.S. Open was his only top-25 finish in 2009, but he retained his tour card for 2010 by finishing 120th. In 2010 a string of top

10 finishes helped Barnes to comfortably keep his card, and he finished 43rd on the money list. In January 2011, Ricky Barnes signed a contract with G/FORE, a golf company from fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, to exclusively wear the G/FORE coloured glove on the PGA Tour. Barnes has been around for a while but took a lot of time for him to turn pro. Well better late than never, as the experts say, as we finally get the chance to see this talented golfer take his place among the sport’s greatest this year on the PGA Tour.



Lonely at the top A look at the attributes that have enabled Luke Donald to dominate professional golf for close to a decade and become the World No. 1


uke Campbell Donald who is the current World No.1, though a member of the European Tour, plays mainly on the US based PGA Tour. He began his professional career in 2001 and by 2006, he had reached the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings. In January 2007, he was briefly the highest ranked European golfer and by May 2011 Donald had became the No.1 in the World Rankings after winning the BMW PGA Championship. He has won the 2011 PGA Tour money list title and presently also leads the European Tour money list.

In 2002, Luke Donald won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, becoming only the 11th rookie in PGA Tour history to earn more than $1 million in his first season. By the early 2005, he was in the top20 of the Official World Golf Rankings and his victory in the 2006 Honda Classic moved him into the top 10 for the first time. Soon, he moved up to 9th and in January 2007 he moved up to 7th place in the world. Till now, Luke Donald has earned a whopping sum of about $25.34mn on his PGA Tour as well as over â‚Ź7,000,000 on his European Tour.

Success principles When we think of Donald the first thing that crosses our mind is the rhythm and the perfectly balanced finish, which make his golf swing appear graceful and uncommonly effortless. In his golf videos, you'll notice that he uses a weight on the club shaft which helps him to further ingrain his smooth rhythm. He strongly believes that most amateur golfers would become better putters if they followed a few basic fundamentals and took more notice of the game from a psychological point of view, rather than focusing purely on techniques.




"Psychology plays a vital part in putting.", says Donald, presently 2nd in the PGA Tour's putting average with 1.71 putts for every green he has found in regulation and 4th in putts per round with 28.12. When Luke Donald prepares for a tournament, the closer he gets to competition date, the more he shifts his focus towards golf, hitting shots, focusing on the target and away from his swing mechanics. He follows a simple formula that has guided him to the top of the golf world. Assuming that the tournament starts on the fourth day, his practice for the schedule will be as follows: 1st Day 70 per cent focus on swing mechanics and technique 30 per cent focus on shaping shots and hitting specific targets. 2nd Day attain a 50/50 balance between technique and targets. 3rd Day 70 per cent shots are hit with a shot shaping and target focus 30 per cent shots to work on his technique.

The money trail Luke Donald has signed a contract with sports management company IMG and also has a multi-year contract with

Mizuno Corp. As part of this sponsorship Donald plays with Mizuno Fairway Woods, Irons and Wedges. Luke also uses a Mizuno bag, headcovers and umbrella. It has been said that he earns $1mn just for wearing his Mizuno visor, and this could quadruple if he wins a major event such as the Masters. Donald also has a sponsorship deal with Footjoy, who sponsor his shoes In February 2007, Donald signed a new multi-year contract with the luxury apparel company, Polo Ralph Lauren. Luke will continue to serve as a worldwide brand ambassador for Polo for their RLX Golf range. Polo has been the exclusive apparel sponsor of Donald since 2002 and he will continue to wear clothing from the RLX collection and will be featured in its advertising campaign. Donald met his life partner, Diane Antonopoulos, while attending Nortwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He proposed to her in June 2006, and they got married on 24 June 2007 in Satorini, Greece. He has two children. He has graduated in Art Theory and Practice, and enjoys painting when not on tour. In 2002, one of his oil paintings was auctioned off by the PGA Tour for charity reasons. Both Donald and his wife are avid collectors of contemporary art.



In remembrance The passing away of Seve Ballesteros in May 2011 has left a void in the golfing world that is unlikely to be filled soon. A tribute to this great role model and tireless fighter


everiano Ballesteros (Seve) was born on 9 April 1957 in Pedreña (Cantabria), a small village on the southern shore of the Bay of Santander in the north of Spain. Baldomero, his father, had formed part of one of the best rowing crews in history in Spanish “traineras” (fixed bench fishermen’s boat). In Pedreña there is a great tradition for this type of tough sport, although golf also formed part of the atmosphere at that time-the 50’s and 60’s. If, in all the Pedreña homes one could always find a member of the family who had caddied at the Royal Pedreña Golf Club – a prestigious club inaugurated in 1928 by de King of Spain – in the Ballesteros family this was more than a customary as Seve’s older brothers Baldomero, Manuel and Vicente were all professional golfers, as was his uncle Ramon Sota, his mother’s brother, one of the best golfers in Europe in the sixties, winner of four Spanish Professionals Championships, sixth in the 1965 U.S. Masters and a member of runners-up teams at two World Cups, in 1963 and 1965 (behind the USA and South Africa, respectively), in addition to other important victories all over the world.


The ascent With this background, plus of course, impressive natural talent and his tremendous love of the game and enthusiasm for work, Seve, with a 3-iron his brother Manuel had given him as a present, invented a huge variety of shots that bestowed his game with enormous versatility. On March 22, 1974 he turned professional (he was not quite 17). His first tournament was the Spanish Professionals Championship at San Cugat. He came 20th, causing his great disappointment as his objective was no less than outright victory. His first triumph came in Pedreña when he won the under -25 Championship of Spain and the following week he was runner – up at the Santander Open, al the North of Spain Circuit. At an international level, his best performance was at the Italian Open where he came 5th. The year 1976 was witness to his definite launching. Not as mucho for winning the Order of Merit with victories in the Dutch Open or Lancôme Trophy, catching up on the 4 shots Arnold Palmer had over him with 9 holes to go, or his triumphant World Cup Team win in California but for his performance, which catapulted him

to world fame when he came second in the British Open at Royal Birkdale, sharing the honours with Jack Nicklaus as runners up to an unsociable Johnny Miller. Seve was leader of the tournament for the first three days, surprising everybody with a chip that he shot clean as a whistle between two bunkers, rolling too little over a metre from the pin, giving him a birdie on the last hole. The intense look on his face and his courage from that day onwards mesmerise the masses. In 1977 he again came first on the Order of Merit and in 1978, with victories in the USA, Kenya and Japan; he became a truly international golfer. The truth is he achieved six consecutive tournament victories which, in addition, were over the remaining four continents after Europe. Seve won his first British Open in 1979, becoming the youngest winner of the century His next appearance in a major was at the US Masters where, in 1980, he gain amazed everyone. With 9 holes to go he was 10 ahead of the player in second place. Seve holed 23 birdies an eagle. Augusta already had its winner. At 23 he became the second non-American and



first European to wear the green jacket. It was really an incredible success. The church bells in his home town rang out in joy. Seve’s fighting spirit was most likely inherited from his father and it has become a characteristic of his in all he does, whether on or off the course. He has fought to dignify the European Tour and this cost him no small upsets such as, for example, not being selected to play in the 1981 Ryder Cup. Despite all, his contribution has been vital in bringing the event to the brink of expectations and making it become one of the most keenly-followed sporting events shown on television. Seve, indeed, did not take part in the 1981 Ryder Cup but in the tournaments following that event, he put many a player to shame by showing that his level was far above that the rest of the European Tour. The following example is eloquent enough. In the six remaining tournaments he played after the Ryder Cup, he won four important titles (Spanish Open, World March Play, Dunlop Phoenix in Japan and Australian PGA Championship), losing in the play-off to miller at the Million Dollars Challenge in Sun City and coming third in the Johnnie Walker Trophy. In 1983, Seve conquered his second green jacket. His opening sequence of the last

round left the Tournament practically sentenced (birdie, eagle, par, birdie). Tom Kite, runner up said, “when he gets going, it’s almost as if Seve is driving a Ferrari and the rest of us are in Chevrolets”, thus showing the perfect symbiosis existing between the player and the tournament.

anybody else. I believe Ballesteros is one of them… On a golf course he’s got everything – I mean everything: touch, power, know- how, courage and charisma". But the best summing – up was delivered by Ben Crenshaw when he stated Seve plays shots “Seve plays shots I don´t even see in my dreams”.

Unparalleled success

On October 5, 2008, Seve had to be admitted as a matter of urgency at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, after suffering a collapse. A brain tumour was diagnosed and he underwent treatment.

At the end of the eighties, in a book written by personalities such Arnold Palmer, Mark McCormack, Peter Dobereiner and Peter Allis, the following appeared: “Even before winning the Open at Royal Lytham in 1979, there was an important stream of opinion that maintained than Seve was number one. Toward 1983 all discussions on the theme ceased; the Spaniard was top of the poll, whatever criteria on used.” Golfing authorities pointed out that in Seve there was Hogan’s elegance, Snead’s ability and force, Palmer’s power and aggressiveness, Player’s tenacity, Nicklaus’ technique and Watson’s temple. In 1999, on the occasion of Seve’s induction to the Hall of Fame, Lee Trevino pointed out that: “Every generation or so there emerges a golfer who is a little bit better than

Severiano followed a very tough recovery programme which he only interrupted to give his time to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation which he set with the aim of funding investigation on brain tumors coordinating it with his work as golf course designer. On May 7, 2011 some minutes after two o'clock in the morning Ballesteros passed away at his home in Pedreña with his close family at his bedside. All over the world countless messages of deep sorrow for the loss of a unique athlete poured in. Great not only for his record but for becoming a role model in golf. A true example of his integrity as a person as well as for being a tireless fighter in all areas of life.



Off the

blocks Golf can be a daunting game even for professionals, so one can imagine the plight of novices. Here is a beginners guide to a fun filled initiation into the CEO sport

1: Getting the right equipment

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hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft. These are the clubs that are the most forgiving and easiest to get airborne. Don't guess -- try before you buy: If you're an absolute beginner looking to buy clubs, go to a larger golf shop or driving range and ask to try a 6-iron with a regularflex and a stiff-flex shaft. One of the two should feel easier to control. That's the shaft flex you should start with for all your clubs. Once you get serious about the game and are able to make consistent contact, a club fitting will enable you to get the most out of your equipment.

to hit than others. For one thing, you're better off with hybrids instead of 3, 4, and 5-irons. And irons with wider soles (the bottom part of an iron) will alleviate the tendency for the club to stick in the ground when you hit too far behind the ball. Also, with more weight concentrated in the sole, the iron's centre of gravity will be lower and this will help shots launch on a higher trajectory. Generally, a more forgiving iron will feature a sole that measures about the width of two fingers (from front edge to back).

The more loft, the better: Unless you're a strong and well-coordinated athlete experienced with stick and ball sports (baseball, softball, hockey, tennis, for example), opt for woods that have more loft. Why? The extra loft generally means it will be easier to get the ball in the air and also can reduce sidespin so shots fly straighter. So go for drivers with at least 10 degrees of loft and fairway woods that start at 17 degrees, not 15 degrees.


Take advantage of clubs made for beginners: Some types of clubs are easier

Choose the right ball: Buy balls on a sliding scale based on how many you lose in a round. If you've never played before or lose two sleeves or more a round, buy balls that cost around $20 a dozen. When you cut the number of lost balls back to maybe three to five balls a round, buy balls that cost less than $30 a dozen. Only if you're losing less than a sleeve a round should you consider the $40 a dozen balls.



II: Learning to play The hardest part about golf can be getting started. Ask yourself a few questions. First, why do you want to play? Is it for work or social reasons? Maybe then you need only some basic instruction and patient friends. Perhaps you're looking to jump in headfirst in hopes of getting better fast. If so, there's plenty of top-level instruction out there. Next, how much are you willing to put into it? That goes for time and the money. Point is, there's a huge difference between wanting to ride around and have some laughs and being a serious player. Do some soul-searching, and start to develop your plan. Take lessons right away: The bad news when you're just starting out is you don't know much about golf. The good news? You don't know much about golf. You probably haven't ingrained many bad habits, and you have tonnes of questions about what to do. Nothing beats starting out with some positive direction. And don't just seek instruction when you're struggling. It's just as important to know what you're doing right as what you're doing wrong. Your golf buddies might sometimes have a good tip for you, but it's better to seek out a PGA professional since they're the ones trained to teach the game to someone like yourself. Have a range routine: Everyone wants to see how far they can hit a golf ball, but when you go to the driving range, resist the temptation to immediately start ripping drivers. Yes, you might crank a couple, but swinging for maximum distance will throw you out of sync -- and fast. Start out by hitting one of your wedges or short irons, warming up your golf muscles with half-swings. Then increase the length and speed of your swings, and move on to your middle irons. Work your way up to the driver, and after you hit some balls with it, go back to a short iron or wedge. This will

help you keep your tempo and tension level in check. Learn the short shots: Roughly half of your strokes come within 50 yards of the green. That means you probably should spend half of your practice time with your wedges and putter. This might sound boring, but the good news is, you can practice your short game in your own back yard -- even in your TV room. Put out some buckets in your yard at various distances and try to pitch balls into them. Give yourself good lies and bad lies, just like you get on the course. As for putting, your carpet might not play as fast as the greens, but you can still practice aiming and rolling balls through doorways and into furniture legs. When in doubt, go back to basics: Golf can really get you thinking too much. There's a lot of information out there, and the most mind-numbing part can be the instruction. When you're a new golfer, you can't help but read it and watch it, but too much can be, well, too much. When you find yourself getting burned out from too much swing thinking, go back to basics. Try to get yourself into a good setup -- check your ball position and posture -- then make a relaxed swing all the way to a full finish. Over-thinking creates tension, so be aware of your stress level: Waggle the club a little at address and try to make a smooth move off the ball. Nothing ruins your chances faster than snatching the club back.

Find the right teacher: Finding an instructor you trust can really speed your improvement. Of course you want your teacher to be knowledgeable and committed to helping you, but just as important is finding a good personality fit. If you're laid back, you might like a teacher with a low-key approach. If you're a creative type, you might work best with someone who teaches with feels and images instead of angles and positions. The point is, you want to be comfortable and enjoy the experience. You'll learn best when you feel free to ask what you think are stupid questions and when you're not afraid to fall down a few times.

III: Basic shots you should know There are parts of golf that will elude you your entire life, but certain fundamentals are essential. You have to be able to hit a driver off the tee with a fair amount of confidence. You have to be able to hit an iron off the ground, and get out of a greenside bunker. You have to know a few basic short shots around the green, and be able to keep your cool when things get ugly. Know when to chip and when to pitch: When you have a short shot to the green, you're going to hit either a chip or a pitch. What's the difference between the two? A chip shot stays low and runs along the ground, and a pitch


PLAYING TIPS athletic instincts. Golf might be more mental than other sports, but the swing is still a dynamic, athletic movement. At address, stand like a defender in basketball, with your legs lively and your weight balanced left to right and front to back. On the backswing, think of a quarterback rearing back to make a pass: Arm stretched back and body coiled from top to bottom. And on the downswing, be like a hockey player hitting a slap shot, with your wrists staying firm and your hands leading the club head into the ball.

flies higher and doesn't roll as much. Use a chip when you don't have to carry the ball over an obstacle, like deep rough or a bunker, and you have a lot of green between you and the hole. Use a pitch when you have to carry over something or need to stop the ball faster. The extra height on a pitch shot causes the ball to land softer and stop faster. Get out of a bunker every time: The greenside bunker shot is the one shot in golf where you don't actually hit the ball, you swing the club head into the sand behind the ball, and the sand pushes it out. For that reason, you have to swing quite a bit harder than you might expect; the sand really slows down the club head. Here's the basic technique - using your sand wedge, stand so the ball is even with your front instep, twist your feet in for stability, and focus on a spot about two inches behind the ball. Swing the club back about halfway then down and through that spot behind the ball. Keep turning your body so your chest faces the target at the finish. Use your athleticism: Beginning golfers often get so tied up in the instructions for making the swing that they lose their


Don't fear the big dog: You might think the driver is more than you can handle right now -- it's the longest club in your bag, and the head is gigantic. The truth is, built into that big club head is more forgiveness for miss-hits than you get with any other club. Have a few driver keys to rely on. First, tee the ball nice and high. Second, take the club back smoothly and make a full body turn, getting your back to face the target. Third, swing through the ball; just let it get in the way of the club head through impact. Last, hold your finish. If you can finish in balance, you've swung at a speed you can control. Lost your way? Go back to chipping: Learning golf can at times be overwhelming. When you feel frustrated, go back to hitting short chip shots. The chipping swing is the basis of the entire swing; it's the full swing in miniature. And with the chipping motion being so short and slow, you can more easily understand what's happening. To play a chip, position the ball back in your stance, put more weight on your left foot, and swing equal lengths back and through without hinging your wrists on either side. Once you get a feel for the chip, swing a little longer by hinging the club upward with your wrists and letting your weight shift back and through. In no time you'll build a feel for the full swing. So now that you've got some clubs and you've learned the basics of the golf

IV: When you're ready for the golf course swing, you're thinking about testing yourself on an actual golf course. Great, but it's not as if you should step right onto the same course the pros play. If you want to make sure your early experiences on the golf course are positive ones, it's best to know your limitations, then build yourself up. Here's what to keep in mind. Start small: Golf is hard enough without needing eight shots just to get to the green. Start on a par 3 or "executive" course before you try an 18-hole championship course. On a par-3 course, all the holes are par 3s -- that is, usually less than 200 yards. Executive courses typically have multiple par-3 holes and their par 4s and 5s are shorter than what you'd find on a championship course. Give yourself some time to get acclimated here before taking on a bigger challenge. Play three holes: In a way, golf its own kind of an endurance sport, and you need to build yourself up to playing 18 holes. Consider starting by playing three holes of a nine-hole course late in the afternoon when the course is less crowded and rates are cheaper. The course might not charge a three-hole rate, so just play until you start getting frustrated, then come back another day. Choose the right course: Don't start on Bethpage Black, or any course that's going to have you discouraged before you reach the first green. A good beginner course is flat, short and doesn't have many hazards or forced carries -- that is, waste areas or hazards you have to hit over to get to the fairway. There'll be plenty of time to test yourself on tougher layouts, but for now, give yourself a chance to gather some positive momentum. Move on up: Forget about ego, and feel



free to play from the forward set of tees. Playing the course at 5,500 yards or less will save you time, frustration and golf balls. And you'll be in good company: there's a nationwide push for recreational golfers of all levels to be playing courses from shorter distances. Keep up the pace: Most golf courses ask that you finish 18 holes in four-and-ahalf hours, but you can do better than that. One way to maintain a decent pace is to limit yourself to a certain number of strokes per hole. As a beginning golfer, there's nothing wrong with picking up your ball if you're holding your playing partners up. Trust us, they'll appreciate it.

V: Etiquette Congratulations! You've been invited out for a round of golf by a friend or a family member or maybe even your boss. You're excited, but you're also petrified you might embarrass yourself because you're not quite sure of the protocol either on or off the course. Golf etiquette may seem complicated, and in truth, there's plenty you'll learn the more you play. But if you start with the following five points, you'll be fine. And remember, if you're still not sure of something, there's nothing wrong with asking. Don't lag behind: The easiest way to endear yourself to playing partners has nothing to do with how well you play, but rather, how fast. That doesn't mean you have to rush your shots or run to your ball. It simply means you should take just one or two practice swings and be ready to hit when it's your turn. That still leaves plenty of time to chat between shots (but never when someone is getting ready to hit). Additionally, on the green if it is a casual round of golf, very short putts (roughly two feet or less) are generally "given." If someone tells you "that's good" it means it is assumed you will make the

next putt and you can pick the ball up. A good way to monitor your pace of play is to always remain a half hole behind the group in front of you. Wait your turn: If all golfers hit at the same time, it would be mass confusion, so knowing when to go is important. Traditionally, the person who had the best score on the previous hole has ‘the honour’ and tees off first (and so on). From there, the general rule is the person furthest from the hole -- or ‘away’ -- hits next. Bear in mind, however, that your group might decide it wants to play "ready golf," which means anyone who is ready to hit can go. Once you're on the green, another consideration is the flagstick. If you're the closest to the hole, you're in charge of removing the flagstick if everyone says they can see the cup clearly, tending the flagstick (which means pulling it from the hole as a putt tracks closer to the hole) if they can't, then putting the flagstick back in the hole when your group leaves the green. Don't kill anyone. Yell "Fore!": Chances are you'll need to say this quite often when starting out. Shouting "Fore!" is merely a way of saying, "Watch out!" and it is used when golfers hit shots astray that might possibly come close to another person on the golf course. A couple of things to know about using this term: First, don't wait. The moment you realise a ball has even a remote chance of hitting another person, shout it out. That brings up the second point, which is, shout it out. Using the term at anything less than full voice is a disservice. It is a warning to other golfers. Also helpful is to yell the direction the ball is headed in, as in "Fore right!" or "Fore left!" The more specific, the better. There is no harm in yelling "Fore!" even if the ball does not Take care of the course: It's hard work to make a golf course look as good as it does. Do your part to take care of it. For starters, if you're in a golf cart, find out if it is OK to take the carts on the grass or if they must remain on the cart

path. Either way, never drive the cart near the putting green. On the course, if you take a divot (a piece of turf when hitting a shot), you should either replace it by carefully placing it in the spot and then firmly pressing down on it with your foot, or filling the hole with some seed mix. Shots hit to the green often leave a ball mark. If you don't know how to properly fix them, ask one of your playing partners to show you. And make sure you rake the bunker after you hit out of one. The sand is daunting enough without having to contend with someone's footprint.

Know where to stand: Golf may seem like a genteel sport, but keep in mind it is played with blunt objects. If golfers seem obsessive about where people are standing, it's because they don't want anyone to get hurt. They also don't want anything interfering with their concentration on a shot. A good rule of thumb is to stand to the side and slightly behind nd the ball several yards away. If a playerr is in a bunker, stay alert and stand well off to the side. Those shots come out fast and nd can go anywhere. On the green, try too stay out of the line of sight of the person on putting. Further, when walking on the he green be aware of the line from otherr player's balls and the hole and don'tt step in those lines.

VI: Rules Yes, it's t's true, the Rules of Golf is 182 pagess long and understanding many of the game's ame's 34 rules is important. But don'tt worry. Most golfers, including thosee guys who turned their noses up at playing aying with a newcomer like you, have very little knowledge of how to play ay the game correctly. You'd be surprised rprised by how many golfers just make rules up as they go, so don't on't fret if you're not sure aboutt what's OK and what's a

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PLAYING TIPS violation. Just remember these key points and you'll do fine. Don't move your ball: Unless you're on a putting green, don't move your ball under any circumstance. Play it as it lies unless it's interfered with by an obstruction. And if you're not sure what an obstruction is, ask the head pro or an experienced golfer. On the putting green, you have to mark the ball's position before lifting it, usually with a coin or a small ball marker. Stick with your own ball: If you see a ball that's not your own, you may think, "Hey, free ball!" But what you should do is leave it. Believe it or not, you're not the only golfer on the course who is hitting his ball to unintended locations, so it could be another player's ball from another hole. It's (mostly) OK to play from another hole: If your shot lands in another fairway, you can play the ball as it lies as long as that fairway is not designated as out of bounds (white stakes or lines). If you don't see white stakes or lines, you can play back to the hole you're playing. Just don't interfere with players on that particular hole. Let them play through unless they give you permission to go first. If your ball is outside the outof-bounds markers, take a one-stroke penalty and play another shot from the spot you just hit from. Only take five minutes to look for a ball: If you hit a shot and you can't find the ball after five minutes of searching, take a one-stroke penalty and play another shot from as close as possible to the last spot you played from. This might require you to drop a ball. If so, extend your hand at shoulder height over that area, simply drop it, then play from there. Play within the golf course: If you ever hit a shot out-of-bounds (white stakes or lines), you have to replay a shot from as close as possible to where you just hit and add a stroke penalty to your score. So, for instance, if you teed off and hit a shot out of bounds, take a stroke penalty and play your third shot again from the tee.


VII: Style Learning how to play may be the most important part of becoming a golfer, but not to be overlooked is knowing what to wear. Your attire matters for a variety of reasons: because most golf courses enforce some kind of dress code, because you'll be spending at least four hours outdoors; and because, frankly, who doesn't want to look sharp? Here are a few pointers to make sure you're outfitted right for the course. Pick the right collared shirt: Most courses, even public ones, require that men wear a collared polo (women are more often allowed to play without a collared top). There are two main types of collared shirts: those made of cotton, and others made of more technical fabrics. If you feel more comfortable in a traditionally-cut polo, stick with cotton. But if it'll be hot on the golf course, collared shirts made of technical fabrics, such as those made by Adidas, Nike and Callaway, will help keep you dry by wicking moisture away from your skin. Stick to khakis: Hands down, these are the most comfortable pants to play in, especially since khaki fabric is more breathable than ever before. And you won't find a golf course that doesn't allow you to wear khaki pants. Most courses, save for a few traditional private clubs, now allow shorts as well, although some are a bit strict on cargo shorts. As for jeans, best to leave those at home. Even if a course allows them, they're uncomfortable for golf.

baseball cap never fails, and when it's time to buy sunglasses for golf, make sure the lens blocks UVA and UVB rays, and that they wrap around your eyes to offer complete coverage. Of course, golf is played in all kinds of weather. You'll need a good rain jacket for wet conditions, and you should always carry a dry towel to keep your grips dry. For starters, go with sneakers, not golf shoes: Hold off on purchasing golf shoes until you become really serious about the game. Stick with sneakers, which you'll be able to use on and off the course. Since you'll want to stay as level to the ground as possible, make sure you don't wear running sneakers, which have too much cushion under the heal of your foot. Apply sun block: A must-have accessory for all golfers. You'll need to apply sun block 30 minutes before your round and again at the turn, since the SPF in sun block wears off after a couple of hours. Also, try to spray sun blocks when you reapply during your round, since you can apply it without making your hands slippery, and don't forget to apply a lip balm with SPF. And finally, it all comes down to enjoying the game and so it is important to maintain a sense of humour. Since you are not a professional golfer who practices daily, the only expectation others have is that you offer pleasant company. So go ahead and enjoy the game.

Prepare yourself for the elements: If all goes well, you won't be spending your entire round punching your ball out from under trees, so shielding yourself from the sun will be important. A basic


HUMOUR Dentist A man and his wife walked into a dentist's office. The man said to the dentist, “Doctor, I’m in one hell of a big hurry! I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf. So forget about the anesthetic and just pull the tooth and be done with it.I don’t have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!” The dentist thought to himself, “My goodness, this sure is a very brave man, asking me to pull his tooth without using anything to kill the pain.” So the dentist asked him, “Which tooth is it, sir?” The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth, Honey, and show the doctor which tooth hurts.”

Fatherly Advice


A father spoke to his son, “It’s time we had a little talk, my son.

After winning the US and British Open and the PGA Championship, a writer asked Tiger Woods if that was his greatest year. Tiger replied “No, when I was 11, I had straight “As”, won 32 junior tournaments, has two recesses a day and had the cutest girlfriend in the wholee school. Everything has been downhill since then.”

Soon, you will have urges and feelings you’ve never had before. Your heart will pound and your hands will sweat.

“I especially love driving down a hill directly at a tree and swerving to one side at the last moment. That’s my way too relax.” -- Boris Yeltsin, on the joys of driving his golf cartt

You'll be pre-occupied and won’t be able to think of anything else.” He added, “But don't worry, it’s perfectly’s called golf.”

Late Arrival

Pro Shop Calls

One golfer asked his friend, “Why are you so late in arriving for your tee time?”

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: What are your green fees?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Staff: 38 dollars.

Caller: Yes, I'd like to get a tee time tomorrow

Caller: Does that include golf? between 12 o'clock and noon. Staff: Between 12 o'clock and noon? Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes. Caller: Yes, do you have one of those areas where you can buy a bucket of golf balls and hit them for practice?

Staff: We'll try to squeeze you in.

Staff: You mean a driving range?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Caller: No, that's not it.

Caller: Do you have a dress code?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?

Staff: Yes, we do. We require soft spikes.

Caller: Do you rent golf clubs there?

Caller: How about clothes?

Staff: Yes, they're 25 dollars.

Staff: Yes, you have to wear clothes.

His friend replied, “It’s Sunday. I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing golf.” “Yes,” continued the friend, “but that stills doesn’t tell me why you are so late.” “Well,” said the fellow, “It took over 25 tosses to get it right!”

Most golfers prepare for disaster. A good golfer prepares for success --

Bob Toski

Caller: How much to rent a bag?



Tracing the genesis The history of golf can be traced back to various similar games played in the mediaeval Scotland


olf originated from a game played on the coast of Scotland during the 15th century. Although it was after 1750 that golf evolved into the sport as we recognise it today, many of the unique elements of golf evolved in the port towns in eastern Scotland from the medieval period onwards. Golfers would hit a pebble instead of a ball around the sand dunes using a stick or club.

In 1774, Edinburgh golfers wrote the first standardised rules for the game of golf. Golf spread from Scotland into the rest of the United Kingdom and then to the British Empire and the United States of America during the late 19th century. There is evidence that Scottish soldiers, expatriates and emigrants took the game to British colonies and elsewhere during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The Royal Calcutta Golf Club and the club at Pau in south western France are notable reminders of these excursions and are the oldest golf clubs outside of the British


Isles and the oldest in continental Europe respectively. However, it was not until the late 19th century that Golf became more widely popular outside of its Scottish home.

Etymology The word golf was first mentioned in writing in 1457 on a Scottish statute on forbidden games asgouf,[34] possibly derived from the Scots word goulf (variously spelled) meaning "to strike or cuff". This word may, in turn, be derived the Dutch word kolf, meaning "bat," or "club," and the Dutch sport of the same name. But there is an even earlier reference to the game of golf, and it is believed to have happened in 1452 when King James II banned the game because it kept his subjects from their archery practice.

Golf Balls The evolution of golf can be explained by the development of the equipment used to play the game. Some of the most notable advancements in the game of golf have come from the development of the golf ball. Golfers, tired of hitting pebbles,

tried other things.The golf ball took on many different forms before the 1930s when the United States Golf Association (USGA) set standards for weight and size These standards were later followed by a USGA regulation stating that the initial velocity of any golf ball cannot exceed 250 feet per second. Since this time, the golf ball has continued to develop and impact the way the game is played. The earliest man-made golf balls included thin leather bags stuffed with feathers (they did not fly very far). The gutta-percha ball was invented in 1848 by Reverend Adam Paterson. Made from the sap of the Gutta tree, this ball could be hit a maximum distance of 225 yards and was very similar to its modern counterpart. In 1898, Coburn Haskell introduced the first one-piece rubber cored, when professionally hit these balls reached distances approaching 430 yards. According to "The Dimpled Golf Ball" by Vincent Mallette during the early days of golf the balls were smooth. Players noticed that as balls became old and scarred, they traveled farther. After a while players would take new balls and intentionally pit them. In 1905, golf ball



manufacturer William Taylor was the first to add the dimple pattern using the Coburn Haskell ball. Golf balls had now taken on their modern form.

to holes whose locationss were dictated by topography. The course rse that emerged featured 11 holes, laid out ut end to end from the clubhouse to the he far end of the property.

Golf Clubs Another notable factor in the evolution of golf has been the development of golf clubs. The earliest golf clubs were made of wood that was readily available in the area. Golf clubs have evolved from wooden shaft clubs to today's sets of woods and irons with durability, weight distribution and graduation utility. The evolution of clubs went hand in hand with the evolution of golf balls that were able to withstand harder whacks. Over the years, Hickory developed into the standard wood used for shafts and American Persimmon became the choice of wood for the club head due to its hardness and strength. The introduction of steel shafts began in the late 1890s, but their adoption by the governing bodies of golf was slow. In the early 1970s, shaft technology shifted again with the use of graphite for its lightweight and strength characteristics. The first metal “wood� was developed in the early 1980s, and metal eventually completely replaced wood due to its strength and versatility. [32] The latest golf club technology employs the use of graphite shafts and lightweight titanium heads, which allows the club head to be made much larger than previously possible.

Carrying & Caddies During the 1880s, golf bags first came into use. "The beast of burden" is an old nickname for the caddie who carried golfers' equipment for them. The first powered golf car appeared around 1962 and was invented by Merlin L Halvorson.

Golf Courses Golf courses have not always had eighteen holes. The St Andrews Links occupy a narrow strip of land along the sea. As early as the 15th century, golfers at St Andrews established a trench through the undulating terrain, playing

One played the holes out, ut, turned around, and played the holes iin, n, for n, a total of 22 holes. In 1764, 764, several of the holes were deemed too short, and were therefore combined. d. The number was thereby reduced from m 11 to nine, so that a complete round d of the links comprised 18 holes. Duee to the status of St Andrews as the golfing lfing capital, all other courses followed suit uit and the 18 hole course remains the standard to the present day.

Golf Tees The word "tee" as it relates ates to the game of golf originated as the name for the area where a golfer fer played. In 1889, the first documented nted portable golf tee was patented byy Scottish golfers William Bloxsom and Arthur Douglas. This golf tee was made from rubber and had three vertical rubber ubber prongs that held the ball in place. ce. However, it lay on the ground and did not piece (or pegged) egg g ed) the ground like modern golf tees. In 1892, a British patent was granted to Percy Ellis is for his "Perfectum" tee that did piece (pegged) the ground. nd. It was a rubber tee with a metal spike. The 1897 7 "Victor" tee was similar and included a cup-shaped top op to better hold the golf ball. The Vicktor was patented by Scotsmen PM Matthews. American patents for golf tees include: the firstt American patent issued to Scotsmen David Dalziel iel in 1895, the 1895 patentt issued to American Prosper Senat, and the 1899 patent for an improved golf tee issued to George Grant.




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