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News and events from around Surrey



SPOTLIGHT Puttenham Golf Club celebrates 125 years



World-class golf in the South West of England Discover beautiful Quinta do Lago in Portugal

Putting the power of 3 Stress free bunker play





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After a long, chilly Winter, I’m pleased to see that Spring is finally starting to show its face which means it’s time to come out of hibernation, dust off the cobwebs, head to the course and make 2019 the year to improve your golf. Although temperatures can still be in the ‘sweater wearing’ region it’s also a time to enjoy watching the countryside spring into life. We have our usual round up of news from across the county and in this issue we put the ‘spotlight’ on Puttenham Golf Club, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary. Check out our Pro-Talk pages where Sam Truman, helps to make putting practice fun and effective and Matt Antell looks at stress free bunker play.

Editorial: Jo Habgood E: jo.habgood@abstractmediaservices.com Advertising: Justin King E: justin.king@abstractmediaservices.com Design: Mandy Boosey E: mandyboosey@yahoo.com SURREY COUNTY GOLF CONTACTS Tel: 01483 755 788 Fax: 01483 751 771 www.surreygolf.org Office Manager and all Knockout results: Jane Duhart Junior U18 Manager: Gary Barthram

We explore the South West of England which offers a superb choice of golf courses and is a great golfing destination for players of all abilities. Or jet off and discover Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, Portugal – one of the most exclusive and impressive resorts and a wonderful destination tailor made for golfers.

Junior U16 Manager: Brian Woodham

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6 The Staysure PGA Seniors Championship to be held at London Golf Club



8 The 12th Invitational Sunshine Pro-Am 10 State-of-the-art indoor training centre opens at Purley Downs Golf Club 12 Surrey’s Ben Wheeler wins the Red Sea Little Venice Open


14 U14’s Spanish Golf Trip 18 County U18 and U16 League Squad enjoy a winter training trip to Portugal Enrique Dimayuga selected for England Squad 20 Gabby Shacklady – one to watch 22 Burhill juniors claim prestigious title in Portugal

PRO TALK 24 Making putting practice fun and effective with PGA Professional Sam Truman




SPOTLIGHT 26 Puttenham Golf Club celebrate its 125th Anniversary

30 Stress free bunker play with Matt Antell


32 David Boote shares his early season adventures

28 Pilates for golf with Linda Segerstam SURREY GOLF MAGAZINE



GOLF BREAKS 34 The Vale Resort – named Wales’ best golf hotel for the second year in a row 36 South West golf breaks – an ideal choice for a golf break in England 46 Clive Agran has an awkward dilemma on a trip to Quinta do Lago





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CHAMPIONSHIP TO CLOSE EXCITING ENGLISH DOUBLE HEADER The Staysure PGA Seniors Championship will end two enthralling weeks of Staysure Tour action as it follows The Senior Open Presented by Rolex in the Staysure Tour International Schedule.


he event, which will be held at London Golf Club for a second successive season, takes place the week after The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at Royal Lytham and St Annes. With back-to-back weeks on English soil, including the last Senior Major of the season as well as one of the most lucrative events on the tour, it gives players the chance to quickly move up the Staysure Tour Order of Merit. With the stars from the over-50s circuit aiming to build momentum over the two-week period, the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship is set for another drama filled week of action at London Golf Club, a member of


European Tour Destinations’ network of world-class properties. Last year, Philip Golding reigned victorious after a final round 63, nine under par, coming from six shots behind to lift the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship in an action-packed final day. Ryan Howsam, Chairman of Staysure, said: “Last year’s event was brilliant from start to finish. Planning for this year is well under way and we are working tirelessly to surpass the success of last year’s event with David MacLaren and his team, as well as London Golf Club, who were fantastic hosts. “We had really positive feedback from the pros and many of our customers

described the experience of playing in the Pro-Am and Alliance as one of the best experiences of their lives – we want to build on this great platform for next year.” Stephen Follett, Chief Executive of London Golf Club, added: “We are incredibly happy to be confirmed as the host venue for the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship for the second year running. “Despite the hot weather giving our greenkeeping team an enormous task last year, the International course remained in fantastic condition. It’s a credit to the whole London Golf Club team that the Staysure Tour will return this year.”



Left to right: Chris Evans, Simon Martin, Matthew Ford and Matthew Paget


atthew Ford (CK Group) won the 12th Invitational Sunshine ProAm, notching up a 17-under-par Stableford points total of 161 to claim victory and the £1,100 winner’s cheque. Ford opened with a blistering 44 points at Quinta do Lago’s Laranjal, which included five birdies on the trot. He kept the opposition at bay with three more rounds of 39 points each, one at Quinta Do Lago’s North course and then two more over the South to win by seven. Pushing Ford as hard as they could was runner up PGA Cup star Andy Raitt (St. George’s Hill) just seven behind, and the 2018 Battle Bowl champion Oscar Granstrom-Livesey (Royal Mid-Surrey) three more back. Raitt’s performance helped drive his amateurs to the team event trophy and prizes with a masterful 361 points, well clear of Louis Savill’s Tandridge team who took second spot. For the 26 teams and PGA Professionals competing, the entertainment for the week also included cocktail parties, piri piri


THE 12TH INVITATIONAL SUNSHINE PRO-AM Ford outshines the rest in Portugal by Charles Dehann chicken dinners, karaoke and a special lunch down at Julia’s on the beach, with entertainment from comedian Adger Brown. The success was as usual down to the enthusiasm, drive and military-style organisation of two PGA Professionals: Tandridge’s Chris Evans and Royal MidSurrey’s Matthew Paget, who laid on a great week for all the competitors.

Amazing achievement But perhaps the highlight of the golfing week was off the course, as the dynamic duo of Evans and Paget helped the teams raise no less than a spectacular

£13,000 for Demelza House Children’s Hospices in one evening, an amazing achievement in which golf as a sport can take enormous pride. This took the total raised by the Sunshiners over the 12 years of the event in excess of £100,000 – a real ray of sunshine for charity! The week also saw a Monte Rei Challenge Day where Raitt got some revenge, winning with 39 points from Granstrom-Livesey with 36. This left Ford sharing third spot on 35 points with three others: Guy Woodman (ProAgenda.com), Louis Savill (Tandridge) and Craig Sutherland (Poult Wood).


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IT’S BEN’S TIME, AT LAST! A par on the first play-off hole of the Red Sea Little Venice Open was enough for Surrey’s Ben Wheeler to finally catch the first title of his professional career, while Italians Enrico Di Nitto and Federico Maccario, leaders respectively after the first and the second rounds, both missed their second putts and had to settle for sharing second place on another quite windy day in Egypt.


he three talented players had finished their third round tied at -6, with Di Nitto returning the best card, a 68 (-4) after a disappointing second round; Maccario dropping one shot compared to the -7 he had on the previous day; and Wheeler adding a 69 to the 68-73 he had on his records. Maccario and Di Nitto have both already won Alps Tour events in the past, but on Sokhna GC course, at last, it was Ben Wheeler’s time. “It’s such a relief” he said, after holing a not-soeasy 3-ft putt, when his opponents had already missed from a slightly further


distance for bogeys. “I had been close a few times, especially last year, so I was really waiting for this moment” he conceded, “Although I’m a bit surprised it happened in such windy conditions, usually I don’t like them at all”. Ben, 26, from Surrey, had joined Alps Tour back in 2016 having finished 6th in the Qualifying School, and collected 7 more ‘top tens’ since. In 2018 he ended in 12th position in the Order of Merit, playing 15 tournaments and totalling about 12.500 points. Now, after two tournaments he has already 6.500 points to his credit, more than a half than last year and shares the leadership of the OoM with Frenchman Frederic Lacroix, winner of the first tournament of the 2019 Alps Tour schedule, the Ein Bay Open. Experienced Argentinian Rafa Echenique had the best comeback with

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One of the greatest assets Surrey County Golf has is the willingness to discuss change and the flexibility to do so. The good news about this is that the benefit of this is to the players within the county. The teams were:

By Peter Millham, U14 Manager


ust over three years ago the management team working with the U12’s-U14’s approached Mr McNeill with an idea to have something a little more than the February half term two-day league training at a location in Surrey and take this abroad for four days, including three rounds of golf and coaching. Trying to do the previous arrangement year-on-year always presented a gamble over weather conditions and in turn how much the players could benefit from it. Thankfully the answer was ‘yes’, giving more time for the players to be coached, play, interact and the coaches to see them on and off the course, creating a great team environment. This year was the third year and once again a stay at Mar Menor. Oscar Lent and Aidan Millham were


already in Spain, Aidan joined up with his team at lunch but unfortunately Oscar was not due until 4.30, so Sam Truman stepped in for Oscar. The first day was 4-ball better ball, with golf strategy and course management questions thrown in by Ben Clayton. Villa 2 came out on top after day one with the notable scalp of Truman and Banday being taken by Vorobyev and Prince 6&5 Day two saw the first change to the normal trip by the teams and coaching staff being transported to El Valle golf club. The course is slightly more inland and cut out of the rocks, offering a different and slightly tougher challenge to Mar Menor but some good holes. It also provided us with clear blue skies and a lovely warm sunny day.

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The full days began with coaching and day two focused on green reading and pace with some long game to round the session off. Notes were taken, questions were asked, and tests were undertaken. A lot of fun and head scratching was had trying to roll the ball into that little hole at different paces. The second days competition was triple match play in seeded order. Triple continued on page 16


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match play enables coaches Ben and Sam to play 9 holes with each group and mirrors the format for the league matches the boys will play. El Valle has plenty of slopes, lots of bunkers and false fronts everywhere but this did not stop a birdie fest and they were flying in everywhere. We had short hole outs through great iron play, long hole outs that Jordan Spieth would be proud off and chip in’s from off the green. After 6 holes one of the boys had recorded 4 putts in total and on one of the holes, every player in a group recorded a birdie, each from 3 different sides of the hole. The boys gave great feedback on the course which featured elevated tees, caves and plenty of water. Day three again saw another change with the coach transporting everyone to Condado de Alhama. This is the Jack Nicklaus signature course within this group and provides great practice facilities utilised by the Scandinavian national teams year on year. Once again, the intensity was raised with this being the hardest of the three courses. In addition to the course presenting its own challenge, temperatures had risen


further, every cloud had disappeared, and the wind had picked up. The practice facilities for coaching offered up a full range of activities including Trackman skills tests, pitching and chipping challenges, putting challenges and bunker play. The boys were shown each test and the skills challenges were underway. On completion of testing and collection of scores, the boys competed as a group in a final tough chipping competition. As on the previous days the group all sat for lunch and refreshments before beginning the final round of triple match play. Ben and Sam once again were able to play alongside the boys, ask questions and provide invaluable guidance and information. The course provided a stern but fair test with again numerous well positioned bunkering, false fronts, slope on the fairways and the trickiest greens of the trip. Rounds were completed by each group, some tight matches had been won and lost on the 18th, refreshments were taken on before boarding the coach to total up scores which were to be announced at our final dinner. Prior to dinner the announcements

were given with Villa 2 (Aidan Millham, Kris Kim, Leo Vorobyev & Daniel Prince) running out winners. Day four, demonstrated that they do run out of energy, trying to wake the boys on the morning to jump on the coach for 8am possibly presents the toughest challenge of the trip. Luckily this was achieved, and the group flew home to be met by parents at the airport. The benefits of this trip have been previously listed but cannot be understated from all sides.


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WINTER TRAINING BREAK FOR SURREY COUNTY U18 AND U16 LEAGUE SQUAD Twenty of the County U18 and U16 squad enjoyed a winter training break at the Pestana Vila Sol Golf Resort in Portugal, at the start of February.


ed by county coaches John Noble and Gregor Brodie and supported by the U16 Manager Brian Woodham and U18 Manager, Gary Barthram, the boys were able to develop their golf in some fantastic conditions. Located near Faro in Portugal, the Pestana Vila Sol Resort has excellent training facilities, along with an undulating 27 hole golf course which was a great challenge for the squad. The three days were packed with morning training sessions with coaches, followed by an 18 hole

competition in the afternoon, with the format for each round being changed daily to test the boys thought process around the course and team work. The trip also allowed for some great team bonding ahead of a very busy golf season for this bunch of boys. The trip was part of the county’s continued drive to develop golf at the U18 level, an age group that has consistently performed well over previous years and produced some outstanding young golfers. Next years’ return trip is already in the planning!

ENRIQUE DIMAYUGA SELECTED FOR ENGLAND SQUAD England Golf have just announced their Teams for the 2019 season and once again Surrey’s Enrique Dimayuga has been selected. A member at Walton Heath, 17 year old Enrique who plays off a -1.9 handicap has been a part of the Surrey set up since his very early days in golf. His first taste of County events was in the very successful RookieTour, a junior tour that has identified and developed many a good golfer, Internationals and professionals. Enrique then went onto play in Surrey teams from the U12’s right through all the age groups to the Men’s 1st team, on occasion Captaining some of the junior sides. Surrey are extremely proud of what Enrique has achieved so far and are sure there will be many more honours to come.



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Gabby Shacklady Kent last year, I was fortunate enough to achieve a hole-in-one before 20 people, going on to win 5 and 6. Surrey went on to win the title, which as a genuine team player inspired me. I enjoy being part of a winning team. My present match play stats are played 21, won 19. How often do you play/practice? Is finding time to play whilst managing school work etc. difficult?

When did you start playing golf and who was your inspiration? Under the pretence of helping me keep my balance to walk at 10 months I was literally given a golf club. I was therefore comparatively comfortable at 12 months to use my fathers full-length clubs in my early attempts to hit balls. My own inspiration comes from my father, who advises some of the world’s most successful companies in leadership and neuroscience, so throughout my career I have been able to draw upon the most recent neurological advances. My confidence is not misplaced or arrogant, I will succeed and I look forward to competing at the very highest levels in golf. Do you have a favourite player and who would be in your dream fourball? Who cannot be inspired by the Jatanugarn sisters from Thailand? With humility, determination and such impressive swings akin to Laura Davis. My favourite four ball would need to include contrasting personalities such as Donald Trump, Gandhi and Winston Churchill.

A quotation from my father means I practice 1¼ hours every day. ie “Success is just a matter of luck – ask any failure”. You can use the excuse of not enough time, but for me, I create time when it is needed in spite of succeeding as a straight grade A student at a grammar school. Are there specific areas of your game that you work on and how do you monitor your results to try and identify any concerns you have? To take advantage of the harsh winter, I have been working on my swing with one of the world’s most successful coaches. Monitoring results starts in the car returning back from a competition with a thorough lessons learnt exercise to more statistical analysis using Golf Data Lab (GDL). What are your goals for 2019 and beyond? Of course I want to play well in national competitions, but coming second or third

still means I have lost – I play golf to win and my handicap will take care of itself. What advice would you give to young players just starting on their journey in golf? Whether you want to make a career out of golf or play it as a hobby, to succeed in either (for me) the motivator is enjoyment. The more you enjoy it, the more you’ll practise, the more you practise, the more success; the more success, the more enjoyment. Finally, what are your other interests when you are not playing golf? Although time is tight in order to secure a scholarship in USA to study medicine I enjoy most competitive activities, but winning with modesty.

PLAYER PROFILE Handicap 4 2015 • Chelsfield Junior Masters 2017 • IMG regional qualifier • Woodcote Park Junior Open Winner • Northforland Junior Open Winner • Dartford Junior Open Winner • Birley Trophy match play winner 2018 • Littlestone Junior Open Winner • Represented Surrey Ladies 2nd Team – won all my matches • Represented Surrey for junior county match week – hole in one • Rookie Tour scratch girls winner

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CLAIM PRESTIGIOUS HOME NATIONS TITLE The Burhill junior golf team returned home as champions after claiming a hard-earned triumph in the Home Nations Inter-Club Junior Team Golf Championship at Morgado Golf & Country Club in the Algarve, Portugal.


he team held their nerve over four days of competitive match play to claim the club’s first international victory, beating off competition from the best junior teams from England, Wales and Scotland. Qualifying for the event as runners-up in the England National Finals, Burhill’s victory represents the culmination of months of hard work and dedication from the talented young players and their coaches. The championship final was an allEnglish affair, with Burhill prevailing with a 3.5-2.5 win against their compatriots from Huddersfield who had previously pipped them to top spot in the England National finals. Speaking about the team’s performance, Burhill junior organiser, Angie Crockett said: “The team were a credit all week to their parents, to Burhill and to the game of golf. I had so many compliments about the way they played the game, their professionalism,


sportsmanship and etiquette on and off the course. I’m a very proud junior organiser and parent!” Team captain, Sasha Crockett, was awarded the Paul Casey Award for the best category 1 player after she remained unbeaten all week with three wins and a half from her four matches; the only player in the field to achieve that. “What a team, what a week. I could not be prouder of the fantastic performance the whole team put in over the tournament,” she said. “We had an amazing week, played some spectacular golf and made lots of friends on and off the course.” The Steve Redgrave Award for the best category 2 player went to Ben Wilson and Jess Adams was also recognised for her sterling performances with the trophy for Best Performing Girl. After the presentation of the individual awards, the Burhill juniors went up as a

team to collect their overall accolades – they all received a Cleveland wedge, balls, towels and individual keepsake trophies. Dubravka Griffiths, General Manager at Burhill Golf Club, commented on the success of the team: “We are so proud of the performance of our young players and everything that they have achieved this season. “At Burhill we invest significant amounts into our Junior Development Programme each year which is essential for us to help grow and promote the game. It’s brilliant to see that this investment is paying off and leading to fantastic success stories such as this.” The full team consisted of: Sasha Crockett, aged 16 (Captain); David Gurr, aged 18; Jess Adams, aged 17; Matthew Hawke, aged 15; Thomas Hawke, aged 15; Harley Yates, aged 15; Elliot MacGregor, aged 15 and Ben Wilson, aged 14.



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PUTTING – THE POWER OF 3… Making putting practice fun and effective with PGA Professional Sam Truman


utting practice for most golfers can be a bland process and sometimes gets neglected all together. A few tees around a hole and a few random putts across the green, most golfers don’t practice with enough purpose and most importantly it’s not fun. By adding some simple structure

and effective training aids, your putting practice can be just as engaging as your driving range sessions. By following my rule of 3 you’ll have plenty of tasks to get your teeth into... Simply categorise putting into 3 key factors: We need the ability to start the ball on our chosen start line. We need

to be able to control the pace and overall distance our golf ball travels. And finally, we need to be proficient in analysing the slope and undulation of the green (Green Reading). START LINE – CREATE YOUR OWN STATION For the most effective start line practice, always refer to straight lines. Don’t get too caught up on going to a hole. Make your station simple, but tough. Making life a little more difficult for yourself in practice will only help you improve your scores on the course in competition. Kit: String lines, chalk lines, gates and tees etc. See pictures 1, 2, 3 and 4 Remember! “Feedback is key, however infuriating it may be.” Left are some combinations of start line stations. PACE – GHOST HOLES






One of the best training aids for pace control are ghost holes. They create little to no resistance on the golf ball, and will give you feedback on the pace of the ball regardless of whether the ball goes in the hole or not. If you’re wondering where to get some visit www.visioputting.com Kit: Ghost hole, tees Set up: N S E W Tees at 6ft and 12ft Scoring: Your challenge is to hole every putt (roll over the ghost hole) but finish the ball a set distance past the ghost hole (I would suggest between 12 – 18 inches past). Place a tee at your set distance past the hole and you can only move onto the next





tee if your ball rolls over the ghost hole and finishes within 3 inches of the tee past the hole. Remember to think about where/how the ball will travel past the hole and theres no prizes here for holing the putt but it finishing 6ft past the hole. See how many putts it takes you to complete all of the tee locations? See pictures 5 and 6 GREEN READING – SPIRIT LEVEL Using a spirit level on the practice putting green is a great way to give yourself accurate feedback as to how much break is on a putt and whether a putt has more break at the start or at the end of a putt. Accurate feedback allows us to



make more precise decisions on where to aim our ball/club face. See if you can guess how severe the slope is on a putt before checking it with a spirit level? See picture 7 TRAINING AIDS They make for fun practice and accurate feedback! You don’t need lots of high tech equipment to have a really constructive practice session. Find a few training aids that match the needs of your practice, and you’ll see your scores plummet in no time. Phillip Kenyon and his team at Visio Putting make some superb training aids. All of their products can be found at www.visioputting.com Sam Truman is a PGA Professional based at The Surrey Golf Lab, Reigate Hill Golf Club and is regarded as one of the best young performance coaches in the region.

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2019 sees Puttenham Golf Club celebrate its 125th Anniversary. The Club has certainly come a long way since the Lord of Puttenham Manor gave permission to a group of Army Officers, Charterhouse School Masters and local businessmen to form a golf club on his land at Puttenham Heath in 1894.


uttenham Golf Club is still to this day owned by its members and run with its members interests in mind but is also welcoming to visiting golfers who come to experience the special brand of Puttenham hospitality. The golf club has many events and competitions planned over the course of the year to mark this milestone, however probably one of the most popular decisions has been to set the full membership subscription at just £1,250 (not just for new members but for existing members as well) and this price is fixed for a three year period. In an age of increasing subscription costs year on year Puttenham Golf Club has definitely bucked the trend


and in so doing has allowed its members, both new and old, to have some degree of certainty over their golf expenditure during the Brexit saga and into the future. So, what exactly makes Puttenham unique in golfing circles? Well firstly, Puttenham is rightly proud of its golf course with a mix of woodland and heathland, set in amongst the beautiful Surrey Hills. Over the years the course has undergone several transformations and was extended in the early 90s to the 6220 yard par 71 layout that is in play today. Its predominantly sandy soil allows play to continue all year

round, and with the recent investment of £66,000 in restoration work on existing drainage routes, the course truly is one for all seasons. Fairway watering serviced from its own borehole also helps the club maintain its green fairways even in the hottest of summers, as was experienced in 2018. The signature hole of the golf course must surely be the 12th where during April shades of Augusta National appear as you tee off over water amongst the colourful rhododendrons and azaleas. In fact, the trio of holes of the 11th, 12th and 13th are a real ‘Amen Corner’ challenging even the most experienced golfer.



If you are interested in becoming a member and joining in with the 125 year celebrations at Puttenham Golf Club or you would simply like to play the course and sample the Puttenham experience as a visitor, then please contact the club office for full details on: 01483 810498 or alternatively email enquiries@puttenhamgolfcub.co.uk

Secondly, Puttenham has an excellent way of organising play during the week and at weekends, which means that if you are looking for a club that really helps you integrate and find new friends to play with, you couldn’t make a better choice. A series of roll-ups take place that all club members are welcome to take part in. Puttenham Golf Club uses the terminology ‘tables’ to describe its roll ups, a terminology unique to Puttenham that dates back to when the club was first formed. Back then a member would sit at the ‘clubhouse table’ and wait for fellow members to arrive, players would write names onto scorecards and at


five to the hour would draw cards into fourballs. Those fourballs would then head to the 1st tee to tee off in the order they had been drawn out. If that five to the hour happened to be 8am then that group would be dubbed the ‘8am table’ and this tradition is still upheld today. There are numerous table groups that meet regularly throughout the week making arranging a game very simple. This system of play has helped many new members feel part of the club at an early stage of their membership and has also assisted them in making many new friends. Thirdly, is the wealth of experience that exists within the club’s staff, many

of the senior staff have worked at the club for well over 20 years with others closing in on that number. Never complacent, the enthusiasm and positive attitude of the team perhaps explains the warm friendly welcome you always receive at Puttenham, whether you are a first-time visitor or a long standing member. Last and most importantly, the membership. A diverse cross section from the business and working worlds, no cliques, just a friendly but fairly competitive bunch of like minded golfers who all relish the challenge of golf, whilst enjoying the camaraderie and friendship of their fellow members.



Lower your handicap with Pilates for golf! 15 years ago Linda Segerstam was told she should not play golf again. Persistent back injuries were a huge problem, but instead of hanging up her clubs for good she took up Pilates. She is now a better golfer, injury free and has made teaching Pilates for Golf her career. Here David Bartlett, PGA head professional at Bulbury Woods Golf Club, experiences his first Pilates for golf lesson.


avid and I spent a rainy afternoon at the golf club going through a series of exercises. The first thing we looked at was alignment of joints and whether David was moving freely in the spine and legs. This was checked in a standing position as well as lying on the back, on the side, on the front and four point kneeling. These positions are the starting points for the actual exercises. Depending on your individual needs, the exercises are then mixed up to improve your flexibility, mobility and strength. David and I started with some warm up exercises that you can do on the golf course holding onto your golf

Keep the spine and hips upright, step into a backward lunge, back heel off the floor


bag. We worked on Pilates squats to activate muscles and lunge position with side reach to lengthen and warm up muscles. The idea is that you don’t hold positions in Pilates for too long but keep moving to work the full range of movement of muscles. David mentioned he was tight in his shoulders so we added an exercise called Dart to get the muscles on the back to activate and muscles in front of the shoulders to release. This particular exercise starts lying down on your front, looking down with your legs straight and arms by your side. You then lift your head, chest and arms with a breathing pattern to aid the movement.

Add a side reach to lengthen more of the front hip muscles and oblique side muscles

Linda: “So David, how was your first Pilates lesson”? David: “It was a bit of an eye opener! I could feel my muscles working with what felt like such small movements. I consider myself quite fit but when I was doing the Dart exercise my whole body was shaking. I hardly felt I was moving at all but it was definitely doing something.” Linda: “What do you think was the most important thing to remember?” David: “I think the breathing is such a major aspect, I kept forgetting to breathe, which sounds crazy! I think after just a few sessions with yourself I would learn that pretty quickly. I do strength and conditioning to supplement my golf

Warm up back muscles in slow rotation breathing out as you move, 2-4 clubs



IS PILATES FOR ME? • Easy to start • Effective • Inexpensive • No equipment • Lengthen playing life but flexibility and core strength are particular weaknesses for me. I think I would benefit massively from Pilates.” Linda: “Well done, it looked good!” The exercises will not only improve David’s game but will also help him understand his clients better. KEEP FIT FOR GOLF I set up my company, The Intelligent Core, in 2014 to teach golfers how to keep injury free, get stronger and move better with Pilates training. I do talks and demonstrations at golf clubs and golf industry events. The audience usually gets onboard once they understand how the exercises can improve their golf game. Pilates,

Squat imagining sitting down, squeeze glutes to slowly lift back up


More intense version of the backward lunge keeping the back leg straight and heel off the floor, reaching the arm slightly behind you

group or individual sessions, at golf clubs can keep both members and staff injury free and playing more golf! There has been a big change in the golf industry in the last couple of years with more golfers adding Pilates, yoga and strength conditioning to keep fit for golf, and the likes of Rory McIlroy and Colin Montgomery embracing Pilates (reluctantly at first!) helps create awareness. Golf is a more athletic sport than you would think and being physically prepared helps avoid injury and creates stamina to last 18 holes. It can be tricky to figure out what exercise will actually improve your golf so the key is to tone the whole body so all muscles work together and then identify some key areas. We know that lower back pain is very common for golfers, so strength and flexibility above and below is a good place to start. Increasing core strength with Pilates can improve hip rotation, range of motion in the shoulders and back stability, as it encourages weak muscles to strengthen and tight muscles to loosen up. I love that Pilates works all my muscles, is easy on the joints, and improves my posture. I feel taller, the pace of my golf swing has improved and not to forget, longer drives!

I am based at the ZH Pilates Pavilion studio at Imber Court Sports Grounds in Surrey and currently teach classes at several golf clubs including: Coombe Wood, Wimbledon Park, Surbiton, Tyrrells Wood, Effingham, The Wisley and workshops at Roehampton Club, Foxhills and Reigate Hill. Linda Segerstam is the founder of The Intelligent Core specialised in teaching Pilates movement training for golf. She has worked with major sports and corporate brands for 20 years. She is also a writer, public speaker and PGA level 1 golf coach. Linda worked with Body Control Pilates, the largest Pilates teaching organisation in Europe, developing the Pilates for Golfers teaching programme. Linda is a brand ambassador for Honma golf and Duca del Cosma golf shoes. She works with individual golfers, golf clubs and county teams. info@theintelligentcore.com www.theintelligentcore.com TIC_core Pilatesforgolf TheIntelligentCore




bunker play! A

s with many of golf challenges, the key to success with bunker play is to understand how to use the club to complete the task in hand... the fun then lies in exploring the multiple options available to you to make the club work!



The bunker... To some this sand filled hazard is a preferred alternative to heavy greenside rough – but for many this beast conjures up fear and anxiety before they even step inside!

For a standard green side bunker shot from a good lie the task is to get your club to bottom out under the ball in the sand with enough loft and speed to clear the bunker lip and carry the ball the desired distance. As discussed in our last feature on chipping, one of the key design features of modern day wedges is the ‘bounce’ on the sole of the club. With the soft sandy surface it is essential that as the club enters and moves through the sand under the ball that the bounce is correctly engaged to prevent the club from naturally

wanting to excessively dig in, deloft and slow down. SET UP To keep the loft of the club facing the target (ensuring that you swing towards it) and to maximise the effect of the bounce you must ensure that for every degree you ‘open’ the face (to increase the loft) you lower the shaft plane by the same amount (see the images below).








To assist with lowering the shaft and creating an effective approach in to the ball, take a slightly wider stance than usual, screwing your feet in (both to feel the how much sand you have to work with and to lower your swings natural base under the resting height of the ball). SWING To get the feel of maintaining loft and bounce both as you swing the club away from the ball and also through impact try this exercise: Rest some sand of the face of the golf club at address and see if you can slowly swing it back away from the ball without the sand falling off, repeating the same task as you swing through the impact area. Now try and replicate this motion with the ball in play – but remember, you’ll require a healthy size swing to generate sufficient speed to get the ball out. TEST YOUR SKILLS! Once you have understood the basic concept of the bunker shot, one of the best ways to explore your technique and develop some skill is try and play the greenside splash shot with various clubs in the bag – not just your wedges! Have a go at the ‘through the bag challenge’ and see how far you can progress up the set with your wedges and irons. Start with your most lofted club and see how far you can progress up through your bag getting the ball in to your target area (see the images 1 to 4 right)!






Matt Antell is a PGA Advanced Professional golf coach. He was based in Surrey until 2018 and worked with many of the county’s best players in his roles with England Golf (U18 coach) and Surrey Golf (U14 coach) before moving to Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia in 2019. Regarded as one of the leading development coaches in the game, Matt is passionate about providing engaging, educational and inspiring coaching experiences for his players. He continues to mentor club golfers and elite players alike in the UK via his Online Performance Academy, with monthly consultancy available from just £75/month. To register or find out more get in touch via matt@royaladelaiedgolf.com.au or follow him via social media channels online @MattAntellGolf



EARLY SEASON ADVENTURES So the playing season is finally here after a long winter break and I am looking forward to a full season on the Challenge Tour starting in late April. David Boote


uring the winter break I have been busy with my coach Neil Matthews working on my game and getting into good physical condition for the year ahead. I again managed to spend a month in California at my ‘alma mater’ Stanford University on their superb practise facilities and whilst over there also fitted in a trip to the Titleist Performance Institute in San Diego. I cannot thank my club manufacturers Titleist enough for their support since turning pro and their attention to detail


at the TPI was fantastic, especially in the putting studio. After returning from the US I decided to start my schedule with a couple of warm up events on the Portugal Golf Tour at Amendoeira which were very useful to asses where my game was at. The O’Connor and Faldo courses are a good test, especially in the surprisingly windy, cold and rainy conditions we faced. The fields in these Algarve Tour events are always strong, with many seasoned Challenge Tour and Main Tour players’ fine

tuning their swings before their seasons start. I was happy with my results – tied 11th and 4th with scores of -2 in both tournaments and it felt good to be competing again for the first time this year. It was excellent preparation for my first European Tour event of the year the following week at The Magical Kenyan Open in Nairobi. This was my first venture down to Africa and the course at the Karen Country Club was excellent, playing playing similar to last year’s UK summer conditions – hard baked



fairways and firm greens which took a little getting used to at first. The temperature was over 30 degrees C by mid-day so it was nice to get warmth in the body again! I was pleased with a two under par 69 to open my account but struggled on the back 9 of the second round, eventually finishing with a 75 to make the cut on the number. This was my first cut made on the full tour so it was a pleasing milestone! I shot level par over the weekend to finish tied 62nd of the 79 players to make the cut and was happy with this, considering it was the first serious event of the year at a course unfamiliar to me. Kenya was a very eye opening place too, with police escorts to and from the course from the hotels, driving past huge favelas and spending a bunch of time with my caddie, Njenga who was walking 5km to the course every day it made me really appreciate how lucky I am to live in Surrey and do what I do everyday. Next up will be a mixed event in


Jordan at the Ayla Golf Club, Aqabar, which brings together an equal number of golfers from the European Challenge Tour, Ladies European Tour and the Staysure (seniors) Tour to compete against each other in the same 123 player field- something that has never been done before! Although the tournament does not count towards the Challenge Tour Order of Merit it should be another perfect week of preparation in similar conditions to those to be expected in Samsun, Turkey in late April for the opening Challenge event. My season will then be fully underway! It’s an exciting time ahead for me, but as mentioned this start has made me appreciate how privileged I am to be representing Walton Heath Golf Club and have such a great team behind me.





Named Wales’ best golf hotel for the second year in a row by an international awards body that recognises excellence in tourism.


he four-star hotel and leisure venue, in Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan, was named Wales’ Best Golf Hotel 2018 at the 5th annual World Golf Awards, held at La Manga Club, Spain. It retained its title despite strong competition from the Celtic Manor Resort and Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa and the. Votes are cast by professionals working within the golf industry and by members of the public. The ceremony was organised by the World Travel Awards, which describes itself as “the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence”. The Vale Resort has also retained its title as Wales’ Best Resort Spa 2018 at the 4th annual World Spa Awards, also organised by the World Travel Awards and held at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, in the southern Dhaalu Atoll. The organisation holds various awards ceremonies to reward the best travel and leisure organisations in the world, which have been described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’.


The World Travel Awards also recognised the Vale Resort as Wales’ Leading Golf Resort in 2004 and 2007. Stephanie Metson, marketing manager at the Vale Resort, said: “We are delighted to have retained our title as Wales’ Best Golf Hotel. The World Travel Awards are world-renowned and a benchmark of quality and excellence in the travel and tourism industry. “When we won last year, we were determined to ensure we maintained the high standards that led us to the title. It’s a credit to the entire team’s hard work that we find ourselves celebrating success again.” The Vale Resort’s two championship golf courses have been host to a number of PGA and European golf championships over the years, with its state-of-the-art courses and greens equipment. As part of its ongoing commitment to golfing excellence, it recently invested £250,000 in upgrading its golf buggy equipment – purchasing 50 new high-tech Club Car UK GPS buggies to give its members

and thousands of visitors, an even better golfing experience in 2018. The resort’s courses offer a mixture of mature wooded areas, wide and narrow fairways and vast areas of water features. The Wales National, at 7,433 yards off the championship tees, is one of the longest courses outside America, with hole 6 being voted one of the top 10 par 4’s in the UK. The Lake course, slightly shorter at 6,436 yards, is just as challenging, and aptly named with water coming into play on 12 of its holes. Stephanie Metson said: “Sport, and golf in particular, is part of our DNA at the Vale Resort. We pride ourselves on delivering a memorable golf experience for players of all levels. Retaining our title as Wales’ best golf hotel for two years only makes us more determined to maintain our high standards in 2019.” The Vale Resort Hensol Park, Hensol Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY 01443 667 800 www.vale-hotel.com


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South West golf breaks The South West is a superb golfing destination for players of all abilities – beautiful scenery, picturesque coastlines, charming villages and a superb choice of golf courses, traditional private hotels and purpose-built resorts which makes the region an ideal choice for a golf break in England.


he South West offers some worldclass golf courses and with its lush greens, rolling countryside and a unique coastline there are endless opportunities to find a golfing option to satisfy every demand. THE POINT AT POLZEATH The Point at Polzeath has come a long way in the six years since being born out of the administration of Roserrow.

The Point at Polzeath


The Golf course has improved immeasurably; once poor drainage is no longer an issue, the greens run true, smooth and fast and the fairways are second to none and boast stunning views out over Hayle Bay and Pentire Point. The course is a real challenge for golfers of all standards and plays just short of 6300 yards off the back tees. Course improvements have been overseen by architect Tim Lobb. This winter has seen a new bunker in front of the 11th green and a new tee complex on the 12th hole along with work to the paths around the course. 2019 has seen the start of construction on a new 7th hole, due to open in 2020. The Point is a regular fixture on any tour of the South West, with stunning 5-star accommodation, a state of the art health club, a new bar and restaurant offering wonderful views. The Point sits just above the Camel

Estuary, five miles from Wadebridge and a mile from Rock and St Enodoc. www.thepointatpolzeath.co.uk LANDAL GWEL AND MOR Play like a golfing legend at The Famous Nine – Landal Gwel an Mor has created a golf course that everyone will enjoy playing. With spectacular views out to sea, every hole looks breathtaking on its elevated coastal location above Portreath. The Famous Nine is Cornwall’s newest golf course and is uniquely inspired by some of the most famous golf holes from around the world, from St Andrews to Pebble Beach. The Famous Nine is a new 9-hole par 3 course, situated at multiple awardwinning Landal Gwel an Mor Resort in Cornwall, with glorious sea views. It is the largest course in the UK to use the latest all-weather greens, making it



Torquay Golf Club Torquay Golf Club

The Point at Polzeath

playable all year round. And, of course, you could combine your golf with a stay at this luxury resort, where there are lakeside lodges overlooking the course. The Famous Nine was opened by Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher OBE, who said: “I enjoyed playing the course very much. The most life-like was the hole inspired by the ‘Postage Stamp’ – when I stood on the tee it felt exactly like it. Hats off to the course designer David Cooper for creating a terrific course.” www.gwelanmor.com TORQUAY GOLF CLUB Founded in 1909, the course has steadily evolved to present a first class parkland layout that offers a challenging yet rewarding test of golf in beautiful natural surroundings. Extensive views from the course encompass Lyme Bay in the east across the water to as far afield


as Portland Bill, and to the rugged tors of Dartmoor to the west. The tree lined fairways and high quality greens present an interesting challenge on each hole. Torquay golf course provides a true test of golf for players of all abilities. Visitor green fees are available throughout the week and weekend. To match the course, the comfortable and friendly clubhouse offers excellent catering and bar facilities where you can have a relaxing meal and a drink on the terrace overlooking the 1st and 18th fairways. www.torquaygolfclub.co.uk LANHYDROCK HOTEL Hidden in a sheltered wooded valley in Bodmin, Cornwall, Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club is one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in the South West. Over the years the course has been beautifully shaped into the landscape,


producing a course that offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities. From the first hole, players are excited and enthralled. A short par four provides the option for a gentle lay up to the generous landing area, or do you take on the water for the opportunity of a birdie or eagle? A range of practice facilities are also available to warm up before continued on page 38



your game. The driving range offers six covered bays and two grass area practice tees and is located adjacent to the clubhouse. We can provide catering from 7am for those requiring sustenance before their round, and of course, no round of golf would be complete without the pleasure of sinking one in the nineteenth hole, or as we call it, Nineteen Bar and Bistro. www.lanhydrockhotel.com BOWOOD PARK HOTEL & GOLF CLUB Set in the heart of North Cornwall in 230 acres of rolling hills and woodland, designated an area of Special Landscape Value, the Bowood Park Hotel & Golf Club once formed part of a 13th century deer park owned by the Black Prince. Bowood Park is now home to a comfortable 31 room three-star hotel and restaurant with one of the most outstanding of all Cornish golf courses, making it one of the best destinations for golf breaks in the South West. The ‘Bowood Restaurant’ serves a wide range of international cuisine which is made to order plus lounge bar, with its extensive stock of wines, gins, malt whiskeys and latenight opening, which is spacious and comfortably furnished. Situated on the fringes of the North Cornwall coastline and within touching distance of popular holiday destinations such as, Tintagel, Padstow and Port Isaac, Bowood Park is your destination for a mini golf tour on the picturesque golf course and a great base for exploring the local area and experiencing the beautiful scenery Cornwall has to offer.


“I have just one word to describe Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Club and its facilities – superb! This Cornish cracker is a must visit!” John E. Morgan – Former PGA and European Tour Star. www.bowoodpark.com BUDOCK VEAN HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB Budock Vean Hotel and golf club is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Helford River in Cornwall. Their challenging 9 hole/18 tee parkland course was designed in the 1920’s by the great James Braid, and adjoins the hotel and on-site holiday cottages. It’s a great base if you like golf as it’s included in your stay. Alongside the golf course, there’s also a spa, indoor pool and tennis courts, plus boat trips and kayaking adventures on the river from their private quay. Why not visit with a group of fellow golfers, competitive rates available for Society bookings. Call 01326 250288 or visit www.budockvean.co.uk/golf DORSET GOLF RESORT

Budock Vean Hotel and Golf Club


The awards are piling up for the Dorset Golf Resort, now having been rated a Top 100 Golf Resort by two separate bodies two years in a row. When interviewed General Manager Graham Packer puts their success down to two things: “We are so fortunate to have a great 27 holes of


championship golf designed by the renowned Martin Hawtree, he was also designer of Trumps Dunes course in Aberdeen Scotland (who rates him as the No.1 course designer in the world!) We keep investing money in the course so that it plays better each year, rather than just maintaining its standard. The popularity of our Luxury log homes for groups of 4+ makes us a unique destination, as golfers can stay together in a luxurious house to enjoy each other’s company more than the traditional hotel room set up”. In the last few years The Dorset Golf Resort has become a popular destination and for many a firm yearly fixture, it’s no wonder why the resort boasts 65% repeat business with past guests returning up to 15 years in a row! With 14 luxury log homes and cottages and 27 holes of championship golf, the resort is not a small one and certainly is up there when it comes to places to stay and play in the UK. Not to mention Dorset is a great place to visit golfing or not! Breaks start from £74.95pp and you can take advantage of a ‘FREE Upgrade Thursday’ promotion if you want a 1 night break in a 5* log home (groups of 4 or more). www.dorsetgolfresort.com


• 18 hole golf course • redesigned by Tim Lobb • dog friendly • new luxury apartments • award-winning restaurant • new bar • fully fitted health club • 18m pool and sauna • 15 minutes walk from Polzeath beach • 4-bay covered driving range info@thepointatpolzeath.co.uk • www.thepointatpolzeath.co.uk 01208 863 000 • The Point at Polzeath, St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6QT


MALONE GOLF CLUB Stunning parkland golf course located just 5 miles from Belfast city centre Golf packages available all year round Society Packages starting from £27 per person Book now for 20 players or more and the organiser plays for free

Premier Golf Club on the English Riviera. Full memberships available for less than £100 per month Torquay Golf Club is James Braid designed course and is the home of Sir Nick Faldos first professional win

Please enquire: T: 01803 314591 E: secretary@torquaygolfclub.co.uk W: www.torquaygolfclub.co.uk Torquay Golf Club, Petitor Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4QF

• Considered by many to be the best ‘old style’ parkland course in Northern Ireland • 27 hole facility with green fees to suit all budgets • Host venue of the Vagliano Trophies in 2015 and many other championships over the years • Mature 330 acre estate, with a magnificent 180 year old main clubhouse building

In any 19th hole discussion attempting to determine the accolade of a supreme inland course in Ireland, it is perfectly understandable that there will be a case for the claims of Malone Golf Club. Not much argument is really required for, truth to tell, the gently rolling summertime tapestry of mature wood, restful lake and blaze of flowers sets it quite apart. John Redmond, Great Golf Courses of Ireland

MALONE GOLF CLUB 240 Upper Malone Road, Belfast, BT17 9LB T: 02890 612758 E: manager@malonegolfclub.co.uk


Hotel, cottages and holiday homes by the beautiful Helford River in south Cornwall. 9 hole/18 tee parkland golf course • Spa • Restaurant • Tennis • Kayaking • Boat trips







A Course not to be missed when you visit Cornwall

Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5LG Hotel bookings: 01326 252100 Golf Club: 01326 252102 relax@budockvean.co.uk www.budockvean.co.uk @BudockVeanHotel www.facebook.com/BudockVeanHotel @BudockVeanHotel











01208 262570 golf@lanhydrockhotel.com www.lanhydrockhotel.com Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club | Bodmin | Cornwall | PL30 5AQ


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Wish you were here Ufford Park Woodbridge

11 night GolfBreaks Breaksfrom from £125* night Golf only £98*per perperson person

includes complimentary use of the Health Club with it’s gym and pool.

Looking for the perfect all year round venue for your golf break? Set in the heart of Suffolk and located just off the A12, our 18 hole, par 71 course is ideal for the beginner or the experienced player. Book your tee time online, visit the on-site AmericanGolf superstore and practice your swing on our 2 tier floodlit driving range, all before you even set foot on the lovingly cared for, award-winning, top winter course. *Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.

t 0844 847 9489 (local rate) w www.uffordpark.co.uk Yarmouth Road | Woodbridge | Suffolk | IP12 1QW

RESIDENTIAL GOLF BREAKS 2019 2-DAY GOLF BREAK INCLUDES: • One night B&B • One 3-course evening meal • Two rounds of golf 1 April – 30 Sept. £110pp

Bowood Park Hotel & Golf Club, North Cornwall

3-DAY GOLF BREAK INCLUDES: • Two nights B&B • Two 3-course evening meals • Three rounds of golf 1 April – 30 Sept. £190pp 4-DAY GOLF BREAK INCLUDES:

Discover Cornwall with a residential golf break at beautiful Bowood Park

• Three nights B&B • Three 3-course evening meals • Four rounds of golf 1 April – 30 Sept. £190pp Additional benefits on all breaks include: • Organiser for groups exceeding 16 people • Golf locker room to store equipment • Various dinner options provided by our experienced team All available midweek or weekends Extra nights can be added from £89pp Packages based on two people sharing twin/double room See website for full details and T&Cs


Bowood Park Hotel & Golf Club, Lanteglos, Cornwall, PL329RF T: 01840 213017 E: info@bowoodpark.com www.bowoodpark.com

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Basingstoke Golf Club was formed in 1907 and moved to its current location at Kempshott Park in 1928 on a course designed by James Braid. As we move towards 2020, Basingstoke GC will again be looking to relocate as ‘progress and planning’ dictates our future. So you have a limited time to experience our wonderful mature parkland James Braid course! We warmly welcome golfers/societies/green-fees and, as well as a fabulous golf course, our renowned in-house clubhouse team will offer you a warm welcome, outstanding quality service and food. Our PGA Professional team offer a fully stocked shop – buggy hire, trolleys and, of course, an option of clubs from leading stockists.

Tel: 01256 465990 (Office) 01256 351332 (Professional) www.basingstokegolfclub.co.uk






Green fees from £25pp Stay & Play from £69pp Pro-Fit provide ball catch fences to protect fairways, roads, houses etc. from wayward shots.

A professional practice enclosure in your garden is a great way to improve your technique without the journey to your golf club.

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Slinfold Golf & Country Club lies just west of Horsham, in beautiful Sussex parkland. The club is one of the most popular golf day

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Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition | JUNE 05 - 12, 2019 | RCGS RESOLUTE Canada’s East Coast - Fiddles & Sticks | JULY 03 - 10, 2019 | RCGS RESOLUTE CONTACT US FOR 2020 DATES


One Ocean Expeditions remains at the forefront of programme and itinerary innovation. Our new expedition golf cruises offer a totally unique take on the traditional golfing holiday and encourage new friends to experience the One Ocean difference in some of our favourite destinations. Canada’s East Coast is home to some of the best golf courses in North America and golfers from across the globe are drawn here by the superb challenges and magnificent coastal setting. This unique expedition golf cruise introduces a truly ‘new way to play’, transferring golfers to the exquisite courses via Zodiac, whilst still implementing all of our usual programming. For summer 2019, RCGS Resolute, One Ocean Expeditions’ newest vessel, will be venturing to Scotland and Ireland - home of the modern game of golf. Guests on this voyage will be immersed in the fascinating Celtic culture and history, with the opportunity to play some of the top golf courses in the world. Both 2019 expedition golf cruises will include a whole host of active discovery activities, available to both golfers and non-golfers alike.


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The miserably mean dimensions permitted for carry-on baggage on my budget airline flight to Faro presented me with an awful dilemma on a recent trip to glorious Quinta do Lago... By Clive Agran


hoes take up a disproportionate amount of space and so I normally pack golf shoes and of course wear one pair of outdoor shoes on the flight. On this occasion, however, I was scheduled to play tennis as well as golf but packing two pairs of shoes was out of the question, so which should have priority? Although I possess a rather fetching pair of trainers that could conceivably be tolerated on, say, a municipal pitchand-putt facility, I would worry about their acceptability on such revered tracks as the three impressive courses at Quinta do Lago. And the last thing


anyone wants when playing golf is to run foul of the dress code and be reprimanded, not to say humiliated. Despite the fact that it’s about 20 years since I last hit a top-spin lob in anger, I’m reasonably certain that tennis is far more forgiving than golf when it comes to apparel. Having said that, I nevertheless doubt that spikes would be appreciated on the excellent clay courts at Quinta do Lago. What further complicated matters was that I would be sharing the court with Judy Murray who, having inflicted something similar onto the feet of Anton du Beke a couple of

years back on Strictly Come Dancing, would probably prefer not to have her feet spiked by an ungainly partner improperly shod. Before I explain why someone as famous as she would deign to continued on page 48




share a baseline with me, I should reveal that, after much agonising, I packed my golf shoes and travelled in tasteful blue shoes that, although not something Mr Federer would ever pull on, wouldn’t raise too many disapproving eyebrows at the LTA were they ever to learn of my ‘code violation’. Judy and I were there to celebrate the completion of phase one of The Campus, a collection of first-class sporting facilities that will appeal to top-level athletes such as I (Are you joking? – Ed). As well as the quality clay courts, there’s a superb gymnasium with all the very latest

equipment, a magnificent full-sized football pitch that can accurately simulate the playing conditions at any top-flight ground, mountain bikes to explore inviting trails, a fabulous spa and a splendid outdoor heated swimming pool. It’s a state-of-theart facility that will attract top-class athletes as well be enjoyed by lessaccomplished sports’ enthusiasts. It also reinforces Quinta do Lago’s claim to be the premier golf and residential development in the Algarve. But I sense what you really want to know is how I got on at the tennis.

Although I may be wrong about the latter, no-one remarked on my improper footwear and I think Judy was impressed with my backhand. What I did discover in an exclusive post-match interview with her is that Jamie is a better golfer than Andy and played off a handicap of three when he was only 16.

QUINTA DO LAGO Since its inception in 1972, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf, hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international tournaments. Home to three world-class golf courses, the resort also boasts a wealth of cutting-edge practice facilities. Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community. For more information on Quinta do Lago and its facilities, call + 351 289 390 700 or visit www.quintadolago.com



So close to the south… … with the Alpe-Adria Golf Card. Golfing south of the Alps, surrounded by spectacular scenery, has many attractions. Including the tantalising taste of three different countries. 12 months a year. You can pop across borders and play over 20 golf courses in Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia. With one single card. The Alpe-Adria Golf Card – available exclusively from your golf hotel or the participating golf courses. Your card bonus: early* and late** in the season the Alpe-Adria Golf Card is even worth twice as much – your partner plays free of charge. www.golflust.at www.alpe-adria-golf.com *from the start of the club’s season up to and including 30 April 2019 on all participating golf courses, excluding Dolomitengolf, GC Jesolo, GC Venezia, GC Otočec, Royal Bled. All rights reserved. Subject to change. **from 7 October 2019 until the end of the season on all participating golf courses, excluding Dolomitengolf, GC Jesolo, GC Venezia, GC Otočec, Royal Bled. All rights reserved. Subject to change.


Societies welcome 7 days a week Talk to our team about our incredible stay and play offers Come and see our refurbished course Our well stocked professional shop can cater for all of you're needs Check out our new golf simulator, perfect for custom fitting, lessons or experience a variety of famous courses from around the world

FROM €799 c 7 nights + breakfast c 5 green fees with buggy c Holiday car (pick up Malaga Airport) c Private putting green and chipping mats

Two rounds of golf with bed and breakfast for just £34.95 Monday – Friday or £39.95 on Saturdays (Price per person, based on two sharing, subject to availability)

c Heated pool with jetstream c Sauna c 80 mbps wifi, smart & Apple TV c German beer (Warsteiner) on tap

For more information or to book, please call our event manager on 0034 697 867225 or email us at marbella.golf.villa@gmail.com www.marbellagolfvilla.com

• Custom build your own package • Societies welcome 7-days-a-week • Buggies available to hire I wanted to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity so decided on a golf day. The hardest part of this was where to hold it. Not many clubs could hold this type of booking on a Saturday. Because of all the staff at Bletchingley it was a great day, raised loads of money and everyone had a fabulous time. It’s a great course for one but when most courses are shut because of a spot of bad weather, Bletchingley GC will more than likely be open, and still in great condition. Ash Tofte

Awesome April!

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MEMBERS away days

For more information please contact Steven Cookson, General Manager: t: 01883 744848, e: generalmanager@ bletchingleygolf.co.uk


Petersfield GOLF CLUB

We extend a very warm welcome to members, societies and visitors alike. Petersfield Golf Club is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is easy to reach from most areas. The 6,437 yard gently undulating course is a jewel in the South Downs National Park. It meanders its way through delightful countryside with some outstanding views. With USGA designed greens and free draining fairways, it offers all-year-round play and a true test of golf for all levels of golfer. Our modern and spacious clubhouse affords superb views from every window, with our extensive balcony overlooking the 18th green. These fine facilities with excellent cuisine enable the club to offer exceptional value for society and corporate golf days.

T: +44 1730 895165 • E: admin@petersfieldgolfclub.co.uk • www.petersfieldgolfclub.co.uk Tankerdale Lane, Petersfield, Hants GU33 7QY


The best kept course in Hertfordshire...

Our fantastic year-round course is ideal for societies, with true, free draining greens and excellent drainage throughout. Follow in the footsteps of England’s most successful ever golfer, Sir Nick Faldo, and find out how our course helped to make him the golfer he became.

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Packages tailored to suit your requirements subject to availability. Societies of 16 or more qualify for our added value package offer – see our website for further details www.wgcgc.co.uk

Book early to avoid disappointment – call 01707 325243 now or email david@wgcgc.co.uk Membership and green fees available at this fantastic members’ club, which is welcoming to all members and visitors. MANNICOTTS, HIGH OAKS ROAD, WELWYN GARDEN CITY, HERTFORDSHIRE AL8 7BP

Office: 01707 325243 | Pro Shop: 01707 325525 E: david@wgcgc.co.uk | www.wgcgc.co.uk

Looking for a fantastic experience on your next society or away day? Why not come and play Waterlooville Golf Club, home of the 2016 English Women’s County Finals?

We welcome groups from 12 to 100+ players. Waterlooville Golf Club is one of Hampshire’s friendliest clubs and you are sure to have a great experience, from the warm welcome, to the fantastic championship course right through to the great food after your game. If you haven’t played it, put it on your bucket list! The friendliness of the welcome, the presentation of the course and the quality of the greens were all outstanding.


Andra, Gloucestershire Team Captain

To book your day at Waterlooville Golf Club please call 023 9226 3388 or email admin@waterloovillegolfclub.co.uk



Real Golf is an independent premier golf coaching business based in SW London. Our founding team is comprised of golf professional, fitness experts and sports medicine practitioners. This collective expertise takes our coaching philosophy far beyond image driven theory and enables us to take a closer look at your body’s internal function during the golf swing.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY: Focused Schools: “Professional and superb” “Totally changed my game” “First class in every way” Seminars: “Having attended many PGA seminars this was one of the most informative.” Peter H – Advanced PGA

We provide golf education for sport professionals as well as bespoke coaching programmes and overseas trips for amateur golfers. Come to challenge the common perception of the game and experience the golf lessons that guarantee fast improvement.

SW London coaching venue: Dukes Meadows Golf Club, Chiswick c 3-hour focused schools with max 4 students per class c Short game school c Long game school c Putting school Overseas coaching venue: 5* Costa Navarino, Greece

Quote SGM19 to receive

£20 off your first booking

c 5-day coaching trip c 2 hours daily range coaching c Daily playing lessons Golf seminars for PGA teaching pros, PT and rehabiliation clinicians alike.

For full training schedule, please visit www.real-golf.org For bookings and enquiries, please call 077 300 15234 or email info@real-golf.org


MOTOCADDY LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY AQUAFLEX STAND BAG New lightweight Pro-Series bag also revealed by the No.1 cart bag brand The versatile AquaFLEX stand bag is 100% waterproof and superlightweight, offering golfers the ultimate flexibility when deciding whether to carry or fit onto a Motocaddy electric or push trolley. Weighing just 2.2kg, the stylish bag with a modern design has a number of standout features including a fullyadjustable quick-release carry strap and a swivel buckle with ‘Smart Fit’ technology, which allows the strap to automatically re-balance when carrying so that weight is always evenly balanced between both shoulders.

The ‘rear stand lock’ holds the legs in place when attached to a Motocaddy trolley and the bag is kept firmly in-place by the brand’s innovative EASILOCK™ bag-totrolley connection system, removing the need for a lower bag strap. Manufactured from a durable TPU coated Nylon, it includes thermo sealed zips and heat-welded seams to protect the bag from the elements. Easy-open Japanese YKK zips with toggles are incorporated on five spacious pockets, including a garment storage space and valuables pouch.

Other key features include five full-length dividers; waterproof rain hood; towel and accessory hook; internal umbrella sleeve and external beverage pouch. The AquaFLEX stand bag is available in three new colours of Charcoal/Blue, Charcoal/Lime and Charcoal /Red options at an RRP of £199.99 (€269.99). www.motocaddy.com

THIS SEASON’S ‘MUST HAVE’ NEW PRODUCTS... BUSHNELL GOLF LAUNCHES PRO XE – THE ULTIMATE LASER RANGEFINDER THE LONGEST, MOST ACCURATE, MOST CONSISTENT GOLF LASER RANGEFINDER EVER. Bushnell Outdoor Products, makers of the #1 laser rangefinder on the PGA Tour have launched its latest and most innovative laser rangefinder – Pro XE. The Pro XE introduces Slope with Elements, a technology that takes Bushnell’s Tour-trusted compensated distances to the next level. Temperature and altitude have now been added to Bushnell’s patented Slope technology to give golfers the most precise compensated distances ever.


Pro XE features: • Slope with Elements •P  inSeeker with Visual JOLT Technology •B  uilt-in BITE Magnetic Mount •R  anges 500+ yards to a flag

• Rubber armoured metal housing

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• Newly Designed Premium Carry Case includes clip for golf bag, belt loop attachment and velcro golf bag strap attachment

•P  ositive click Slope Switch (Pro XE is legal for tournament play when Slope mode is disabled) •E  nhanced Ultra-Bright Backlight Display

• RRP of £449.99. Visit: www.bushnellgolf.com SURREY GOLF MAGAZINE


ECCO® GOLF UNVEILS AN EVOLUTION IN CLEATED PERFORMANCE WITH ECCO STRIKE Leading golf footwear innovator, ECCO GOLF, has unveiled an exciting addition to its cleated lineup – ECCO STRIKE A result of the company’s commitment to designing golf shoes that provide performanceenhancing grip, the new ECCO STRIKE design is defined by an improved spiked outsole which features a rotational line that compliments the natural movement of the foot throughout the swing. The sole combines strategically positioned ZARMA-TOUR® spikes with a series of hybrid cleats – a concept that’s engineered to provide increased room for dynamic traction, as well as reducing the overall weight of the shoe. The hybrid elements, including a rotation line on the toe, are complemented by the ZARMATOUR® spikes which utilise six flexible, anti-clogging comfort legs to maximise traction and durability. The re-engineered cleat configuration represents an evolution in spiked golf shoe

performance, with the overall stability of the shoe further increased by a more optimised FLUIDFORM™ platform, providing a finely-tuned balance of cushioning and rebound. ECCO STRIKE is crafted from the company’s own performancedriven ECCO YAK leather, providing an extra strong, durable and modern upper material with a twotone surface that’s both sporty and water-repellent. Additional features of ECCO STRIKE include: • 100% GORE-TEX® waterproof protection

• The option of a BOA® closure system for optimum fit • A two-component direct-injected P.U/T.PU outsole which creates a highly comfortable, hard-wearing playing platform • A microfibre heel pad to ensure a secure, snug fit while walking, and throughout the swing, with additional collar padding providing further wearing comfort • A removable, washable Ortholite® foam inlay sole which provides long-term cushioning and enhanced breathability, as well as the option of extra width when you take it out • A premium textile lining which provides a soft, comfortable inshoe experience www.eccoshoesuk.com




WIN A GOLFSTREAM VISION ELECTRIC GOLF TROLLEY To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Golfstream are delighted to offer readers of Surrey Golf Magazine the chance to win their fantastic new Vision electric golf trolley along with an all new waterproof bag, a pack worth £618. The Golfstream Vision offers new and innovative features not available on most other golf trolleys but at a price that offers incredible value for money. The CaddyWhite screen offers a screen that can be seen clearly in any light including full sunlight, the trolley fold/unfold is a single action and takes less than one second, the tyres are long-lasting rubber, not plastic and the bag is held by the two side arms not the central beam, this gives fantastic stability, you can even swap out the colours to personalise your trolley. Go to www.golfstream.co.uk to find out more and see our video. To be in with a chance to WIN this fantastic equipment bundle from Golfstream answer this question: How old is Golfstream? Email your answer along with your name and telephone number to: golfstream@surreygolfmag.com


Closing date is June 30th 2019 – only one entry per person per competition. Winners will be picked at random. Visit website for full terms and conditions – www.surreygolfmag.com





After 10 years, Mojo Europe are leading the field and being worn by some of the top athletes in the world – from No.1 in the world equestrians, Olympic gold medal winners to cage fighters and Grand National winning horses. Mojo Europe were performance enhancement specialist winners 2010 and are now entering the world of golf having completed a 50 person double blind study by PGA professional Mark Bull who used the latest 3D technology resulting in a statistical significant difference. In 2019 Mojo Europe will be working more with Mark Bull for further testing.

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Originally constructed in 1937 at the behest of the Yugoslav Royal family, Royal Bled has undergone an extensive 2-year renovation and has





reputation as one of the Europe’s most revered golfing destinations in a truly spell-binding setting.

STAY & PLAY 3 nights BB & 3 days of unlimited Golf with buggies from €450.00 per person. Ljubljana Airport transfers included.

Book within 1 month from this edition issue date and receive 20% OFF. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE QUOTE “SURREY-GOLF-19”. WWW.ROYALBLED.COM



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