Archive for January, 2012

Golf Movies #3 (Pat and Mike – 1952)

Jan 31st

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, arguably Hollywood’s most acclaimed “team,” are paired up in the 1952 comedy, Pat and Mike. George Cukor, one of Tinseltown’s legendary figures during Hollywood’s Golden Age, directed.

Hepburn plays an acclaimed golfer who unfortunately develops the “yips” whenever her fiance (William Ching) is around. He wants her to retire and settle down in wedded bliss, but she isn’t ready to give it up.

She hooks up with a gruff, no-nonsense sportswriter (Tracy), which somehow leads the strictly above-board relationship into a comedy of errors involving gangsters (one of whom is a young Charles Bronson).

Numerous recognizable faces appear, including golf legend Babe Zaharias, tennis greats Don Budge and Gussie Moran, as well as screen notables Aldo Ray, Jim Backus, “Alfalfa” of Our Gang fame, and Chuck “Rifleman” Connors.

Year: 1952  Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn


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Real Club Golf de Las Palmas, Spain

Jan 30th

The Real Club de Golf in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Spain, is the second oldest golf course in continental Europe, the club is also known as Bandama Golf, inaugurated in 1891 is the oldest club in Spain and one of the longest names as well. Originally established in 1891 the club has only been at its current site, on the crater’s edge of the thankfully long extinct Bandama volcano, since the 1920’s. Designed by Mackenzie Ross  this golf course affords panoramic views of the mountains to one side and the Atlantic Ocean to the other, yet despite its lofty position the course is very walkable.

The fairways of Real Club de Golf Las Palmas are lined with mature tropical flora, and are often crossed by dry river beds (barrancos), whereas the golf greens are small and well protected. This is a mature, popular and well developed golf course in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

As you would expect from its location there are deep ravines and rocky areas making accuracy most important. Despite not being a long course it requires a careful club selection to hit the fairways and greens.

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Destination Golf – Lisbon, Portugal

Jan 29th

As one of the most exciting golf destinations in latest years, Lisbon has become a jewel between golf holiday makers. With a host of top quality golf courses, you will be spoilt for choice! Those seeking some Championship golf should experience Oitavos Dunes, which is a current venue on the European Tour, located a short distance from there is Quinta da Marinha which has hosted Challenge Tour events.The thing we love most about the Lisbon Coast is the welcome it provides. The locals treat you like you’re one of their own, and we always feel that we’re enjoying an up market lifestyle without overtaxing our pocket.
The golf is great, the beaches are blissful, but there’s a great deal more here too. Estoril and Cascais are the places the discerning Portuguese visit to play golf, relax, enjoy the scenery and savour the superb local cuisine. What’s more, you’re just a short drive away from the elegance and sophistication of Lisbon. But wait, there’s more

Golf Funny Commercial #68

Jan 28th

The Locker Room Snatch.

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Golf Cartoon #55

Jan 27th

Golf Books #58 (The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods)

Jan 26th

The Big Miss is Hank Haney’s candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance: at tournaments, on the practice range, over meals, with his wife, Elin, and relaxing with friends.

The relationship between the two men began in March 2004 when Hank received a call from Tiger in which the golf champion asked him to be his coach. It was a call that would change both men’s lives.

Tiger—only 28 at the time—was by then already an icon, judged by the sporting press as not only one of the best golfers ever, but possibly the best athlete ever. Already he was among the world’s highest paid celebrities. There was an air of mystery surrounding him, an aura of invincibility. Unique among athletes, Tiger seemed to be able to shrug off any level of pressure and find a way to win. But wait, there’s more

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #34

Jan 25th

From the edge of a fairway bunker on No. 18 in Round 4 of the John Deere Classic, Steve Sticker hits his second shot to within 25 feet of the hole, drains the birdie putt and wins by a stroke

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Nike Golf introduces slimmer fitting Sport collection for 2012

Jan 24th

Shared from – Chapeau Noir Blog – Trends in Golf Apparel.

Here’s a ‘nice to see’ from Nike Golf — slimmer fits! In a release issued today, Nike Golf has stepped up to address the trend towards slimmer fitting golf clothes “delivering youthful styling to golfers who want an exuberant, expressive look.”

“Our Men’s and Women’s Sport Collections provide an exciting new apparel line with a different point of view towards the sport of golf,” said Doug Reed, Global Category Business Director, Nike Golf Apparel and Footwear. “This collection gives consumers an alternate way to enhance their ‘expression of golf attitude and style’ both on and off the golf course. The Nike Golf Sport Collection gives the athlete a new look and feel for golf apparel that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of golf.” But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: Peter Matkovich

Jan 23rd

Peter Matkovich grew up in Shabani, near Fort Victoria in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and played at Shabani Golf Club, an 18-hole course owned by the local mine. He played many of the magnificent courses in the area, all owned by the mines, and became a competitive amateur golfer. He turned professional in 1968 and played in Europe for three years, Australia for a year and the Sunshine Tour for over ten years. He played in two open Championships, Carnoustie in 1968 and St Andrews in 1970.

‘I was fortunate to play with all the top players of my era. I played with all four Grand Slam winners, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus but I realized early on that I was not going to be a top player. I also realised though that I loved golf courses, the look and feel of them.’

In 1973 Peter and his family moved to South Africa and settled at Circle Golf Club, Pinetown. Soon thereafter he moved to Umhlali Country Club where he fulfilled the role of club professional, playing professional and course superintendent. Playing all three roles was fairly normal for the times, unlike today. Umhlali was then only a 9-hole course and the club was set to add another 9 holes and complete Umhlali as a full 18-hole course. Peter Matkovich took on the job of designing and building the new holes and at the same time redesigning many of the existing holes. The new course opened in1975 and was Peter’s first foray into designing and building golf courses and an experience that was to ‘open many doors’ in the future.

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Destination Golf – Costa Del Sol, Spain

Jan 22nd

Known as one the best golf destinations in Europe Costa del Sol (Sunny Coast or more literally, Coast of the Sun) is a region in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, comprising the coastal towns and communities along the Mediterranean coastline of the Málaga province. Formerly made up only of a series of small, quiet fishing settlements, the region has been completely transformed during the latter part of the 20th century into a tourist destination of world renown.

The most well known resorts lie west of Malaga beginning with Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Further along the coast lies Marbella with its famous marina at Puerto Banus, Estepona, Sotogrande and finally Gibraltar. Settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, and has been colonised and ruled by many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, before the Reconquista. Ancient and cosmopolitan Malaga still retains its historic roots intact. In long-gone times it bore witness to the origins of man and of the Mediterranean culture, and is today the primary force in the Andalusia tourist industry, keeping alive its tradition of a welcoming and creative land.

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