Archive for March, 2010

The most exclusive club in golf

Mar 31st
2010

The Champions Dinner has been an annual tradition at The Masters since 1952, when Ben Hogan suggested and hosted the first dinner.
The idea is simple: Winners of The Masters are members of an exclusive club, so they get together each year on the Tuesday night of tournament week all wearing their masters green jackets to welcome the previous year’s winner to the club. That club is officially known as the Masters Club, but unofficially the gathering is called the Champions Dinner.

The previous year’s winner gets to select the menu (and pick up the tab!). Over the years, the dinner fare has ranged from cheeseburgers to sushi to haggis* (if you don’t know what haggis is, you’re better off that way).

But the former champs aren’t required to eat what the defending champion selects. If the reigning champ’s taste isn’t to the taste of other Masters winners in the room, they can order off Augusta National’s regular menu (which includes steaks, chicken and fish dishes).

Our favorite Champions Dinner menu was the one offered by Tiger Woods in 1998: cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries and milkshakes. Hey, Tiger was only 22 at the time.He must be glad he did not win last year or all the humble pie jokes would be doing the rounds.

It’s difficult to find info on Champions Dinner menus from the early days of the event, but more recent menus are usually reported in the media in the weeks leading up to The Masters.

Here is a sampling of Champions Dinner fare (the source for most of the pre-2000 menus listed below is a 1999 article in The Augusta Chronicle by Emily Sollie):

Angel Cabrera, 2010: And Argentine asado, a multicourse barbecue featuring chorizo, blood sausage, short ribs, beef filets and mollejas (the thymus gland, a k a sweetbreads).

Trevor Immelman, 2009: Bobotie (a spiced minced meat pie with an egg topping), sosaties (type of chicken skewer), spinach salad, milk tart and South African wines.

Zach Johnson, 2008: Iowa beef, Florida shrimp.

Phil Mickelson, 2007: Barbecued ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork, with cole slaw.

Tiger Woods, 2006: Stuffed jalapeno and quesadilla appetizers with salsa and guacamole; green salad; steak fajitas, chicken fajitas, Mexican rice, refried beans; apple pie and ice cream for dessert.

Phil Mickelson, 2005: Lobster ravioli in tomato cream sauce, Caesar’s salad, garlic bread.

Mike Weir, 2004: Elk, wild boar, Arctic char (that’s a fish), Canadian beer.

Tiger Woods, 2002: Porterhouse steak and chicken with a sushi appetizer.

Vijay Singh, 2001: Seafood tom kah, chicken panang curry, baked sea scallops with garlic sauce, rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce, baked filet Chilean sea bass with three flavor chili sauce, lychee sorbet.

Mark O’Meara, 1999: Chicken fajitas, steak fajitas, sushi, tuna sashimi.

Tiger Woods, 1998: Cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, milkshakes.

Nick Faldo, 1997: Fish and chips, tomato soup.

Ben Crenshaw, 1996: Texas barbecue.

Jose Maria Olazabal, 1995: Paella (a Spanish rice dish) and hake (whitefish), plus tapas.

Bernhard Langer, 1994: Turkey and dressing, black forest torte.

Fred Couples, 1993: Chicken cacciatore.

Sandy Lyle, 1989: Haggis, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips.

Bernhard Langer, 1986: Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal).

Snow Golf

Mar 31st
2010

Snow. Golf. Usually those two items stay as far apart from one another as possible, but not in the case of Snow Golf. Yes, that’s one term to describe a completely new and exciting way to have a sporting experience in the winter elements.

The English writer Rudyard Kipling, (30th Dec 1865 to 18th Jan 1936) author of the ‘Jungle book’ (1894) and youngest Nobel literature prize winner in 1907, invented snow golfing. Rudyard Kipling didn’t only like literature, he also had a passion for sport and was a visionary: with the help of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes), he was the first person to play his favourite sport: snow golf. During the long winter months that he spent at ‘Naulakha’ in Vermont, USA, he used to play with red golf balls and cans. But wait, there’s more

Leopard Creek Country Club

Mar 30th
2010

Leopard Creek, simply perfection, no other words can describe It.

The Best course in South Africa without a doubt! What makes this course unique is that not only are you playing a world class championship golf course, but you are sharing it with the wild animals of Africa.

Designed by Gary Player and working directly with the Kruger National Park and nature conservation authorities, the golf course was specially designed to blend in with the surroundings, providing leisure facilities in an untouched natural environment.

Original architecture and landscaping techniques ensure that the golf course and living areas are naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic views and interesting golf strategies. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek.

Gary Player, course architect writes:

Leopard Creek is surrounded by bushveld. The fact that your could be playing while hearing a hippopotamus snort or seeing a lion near the fence is unique, as is the pitch shot you might hit over a lake full of crocodiles and hippos. The clubhouse, an extraordinary piece of architecture with a thatch roof, is filled with golfing memorabilia.

Golf Art – The Bud Chapman Collection

Mar 29th
2010

Loyal H. “Bud” Chapman, a native of Minnesota, was born 1923. He began painting at an early age and played his first round of golf as a caddie at the age of 12 at Interlachen Country Club, the site where Bobby Jones finalized his grand slam.

During World War II he flew B-29’s and created a comic strip called “Willie Washout”. After his discharge from the service he attended Walker Art School in Minneapolis, and later opened his own art studio, starting his career as a commercial artist.

In 1972 he started and completed his first golf painting Victoria Falls Golf Club. Seventeen more holes followed over the next 10 years that were to be the 18 Infamous Golf Holes. To climax and complete the series he created the 19th Infamous Hole Golf Course. They first appeared in Golf Digest Magazine and later were featured internationally in Reader’s Digest Magazine. They have appeared and been featured on numerous television talk shows and have been distributed throughout the world.

As a golfer, he has won several state tournaments, is perennial club champion, and has participated in many U.S.G.A. national amateur opens. …source

Camillo Villegas fashion icon.

Mar 27th
2010

This short video filmed in Dubai shows Camillo Villegas continues to lead the way as golfs current fashion icon.
His partnership with J.Lindeberg is becoming one of the strongest in the golf industry and the J.Lindeberg following is growing fast.
Camillo is the perfect ambassador for the Swedish fashion brand that started in 1997 and has gained a reputation for progressive development.

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Extreme 19th – World’s Hardest Golf Shot

Mar 26th
2010

Par 3 course waiting for a hole in one.

This tee-off point on top of a 1,410 ft. mountain in South Africa is the hardest golf shot in the world, and more than $1 million awaits the player who can score a hole in one. Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and highest par three on the planet. Taking the shot also requires courage. A player needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside.

The ‘Extreme 19th’ hole is so high, the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground. Channel Nine cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have the shot in just three swings. “It was awesome, riveting and phenomenal,” he said. “It’s like the end of the world when you get up there, and it’s an awful lot of fun. It’s such an adrenaline rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down.”

This par 3 hole measures 830 metres from tee to green and is played from a vertical height of 430 metres. It’s based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa ‘s North-eastern Limpopo Province.
A round of golf – including a buggy and lunch – will set you back R450 ($70). The ‘Extreme 19th’ costs $1060 per four ball, including helicopter ride, souvenir cap, glove, and a DVD of you playing the hole. So far, no one has even come close to pocketing the million-dollar prize, …source

See a spectacular video about the Extreme 19th hole!

Extreme 19th – World's Hardest Golf Shot

Mar 26th
2010

Par 3 course waiting for a hole in one.

This tee-off point on top of a 1,410 ft. mountain in South Africa is the hardest golf shot in the world, and more than $1 million awaits the player who can score a hole in one. Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and highest par three on the planet. Taking the shot also requires courage. A player needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside.

The ‘Extreme 19th’ hole is so high, the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground. Channel Nine cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have the shot in just three swings. “It was awesome, riveting and phenomenal,” he said. “It’s like the end of the world when you get up there, and it’s an awful lot of fun. It’s such an adrenaline rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down.”

This par 3 hole measures 830 metres from tee to green and is played from a vertical height of 430 metres. It’s based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa ‘s North-eastern Limpopo Province.
A round of golf – including a buggy and lunch – will set you back R450 ($70). The ‘Extreme 19th’ costs $1060 per four ball, including helicopter ride, souvenir cap, glove, and a DVD of you playing the hole. So far, no one has even come close to pocketing the million-dollar prize, …source

See a spectacular video about the Extreme 19th hole!

Most Extreme Golf

Mar 25th
2010

Golf may not seem at first like the most extreme vacation activity, we agree, but these extreme golf courses may change your mind! Take Nullarbor Links, the world’s longest golf course, which stretches over 1,365 kilometres along the Eyre Highway in Southern-central Australia. Greens fees are a mere $50 AUS and the course can take you approximately 4 days to play, depending on how quickly you cover the average of 50 miles between each hole. The course opened October 22, 2009, so make your tee time now. While you’re there, explore the best of Australia.

Another one of the world’s most extreme golf courses is located in Uummannaq, Greenland and holds the honour of being the world’s iciest golf courses. Players use red balls which stand out more on this 36-hole course made of ice floes and glaciers. The course even changes each year according to the movement of the ice floes! …source

Golf Champions Of Football 2010 Golf Tournament

Mar 24th
2010

“A nationwide golf challenge is calling on all football fans to dust down their irons and woods to compete in the first annual ‘Golf Champions of Football’ tournament. Teeing off June 2010 golfing football fans are invited to head for the Algarve, Portugal to take part in one of two events on June the 1st until the 8th of June 2010.”

“Each team of four will be entered to play in one of two group stages to play alongside fellow supporters from around the country. Winning teams from each stage are awarded prizes with the team with overall points lead crowned Champions. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place; all prizes are sponsored by Nike.”…Source

The book of golfing secrets

Mar 22nd
2010

 

The Little Red Book has become required reading for all players and fans of the game of golf, from beginners to seasoned pros. The legendary Harvey Penick, who began his golfing career as a caddie in Austria, Texas, at the age of eight, worked with an amazing array of champions over the course of nearly a century, dispensing invaluable wisdom to golfers of every level. Penick simplifies the technical jargon of other instructional books and communicates the very essence of the game, and his Little Red Book is full of inspiration and homespun wisdom that reflects at once his great love of golf as well as his great talent for teaching. A fantastic enjoyable way to improve your golf and a must read for every golfer.