Just One Welsh Course Featured in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

A few weeks ago Golf Magazine published its latest ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World. Pine Valley held the top spot (where it’s been firmly entrenched since the list commenced in 1985), followed by Cypress Point and the Old Course at St. Andrews.

America, Scotland and England dominate the list, but in all 20 different countries made the cut. Yes, there is great golf everywhere! Of those 20, 11 countries have just one course in the Top 100, including Wales.

Do you know which course it is? Have you played it?

No surprise, it is Royal Porthcawl, ranked at No. 85. Here’s what Golf Magazine wrote about it:

“Bob Hope competed in the 1951 British Amateur here, but Tiger Woods found little humor in his Day 1 singles loss at the 1995 Walker Cup. This rumpled H.S. Colt redesign opens with three stout par-4s along the beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Porthcawl then turns inland, traversing higher ground, but never lets up.”

Porthcawl, Wales, H.S. Colt, 1913

                      Bob Hope competed in the 1951 British Amateur here, but Tiger Woods found little humor in his Day 1 singles loss at the 1995 Walker Cup. This rumpled H.S. Colt redesign opens with three stout par-4s along the beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Porthcawl then turns inland, traversing higher ground, but never lets up.


How To Correctly Repair A Pitch Mark

Many golfers do not take the time to do the simple task of repairing pitch marks, to the detriment of the course.

Repairing a ball mark makes a huge difference when you are looking at the presentation of a course and who knows, it could be you that ends up having to putt over an indentation in the surface.

However, getting the technique right is more important than you may think. By pushing the bottom of the divot upwards, you can end up tearing the roots, which kills the grass.

Instead, take your ball mark repair tool and insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the depression. Then push the edge of the tool towards the centre in a gentle twisting motion.

By inserting the prongs vertically and twisting them, you’ll actually introduce air directly downwards into the soil, which helps the roots grow stronger, rather than damaging them by using the tool as a lever to push the bottom of the mark back upwards.

Ball mark repairing makes a real difference to the quality of course greens, both in the health of the turf and the consistency of the playing surface, all of which leads to a more enjoyable playing experience.

So remember:

Right – use the prongs to push grass at the edge of the depression toward the centre

Wrong – use the prongs as levers to push up the bottom of the depression

Repairing Pitch Mark

To view a video on this subject go to: http://www.golfshake.com/improve/view/11279/How_to_correctly_repair_a_pitchmark.html

The video was filmed in association with Golfshake and BIGGA (The British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association) at the Belfry in March 2017.

For more videos in this series covering key aspects of golf courses relevant to golfers, including: correctly repairing pitch marks, how to rake bunkers and aeration, visit: www.golfshake.com/improve/tag/BIGGA/.

BIGGA represents the Nation’s greenkeepers and works hard through education and training to raise standards in golf course management throughout the green keeping profession. To find out more about the work BIGGA do visit www.bigga.org.uk.

Republished with grateful thanks to Golfshake June 13, 2017.

Speed Of Play – And, Do We Really Need 14 Clubs?

Republished from a LinkedIn post by by Dapper Dan Morby · May 09, 2017, with grateful thanks.

After the “Golf-Sixes” at the weekend, there has been much talk about the speed of play and how the stopwatch had players getting on with their shots. There has also been plenty of talk of late on how today’s best players have reduced most courses to pitch & putt, resulting in competitions pimping up the greens to make the courses more difficult. This then results in players taking far too long over 3 footers and so the ever-increasing 5-hour rounds are endured.

With all these ingredients thrown into the pot, it got me thinking about how I would walk 18 holes back in Blighty in 3 hours with a half set and a lightweight bag. I didn’t need 14 clubs and to be honest, these days I only carry 12 and end up not using a couple of clubs in my bag by the end of the round (I play off 10 btw… sometimes). I see guys I play with now shooting 90+ carrying 4 wedges and they can’t even hit one of them properly, It’s bloody ridiculous.


My buddy who’s a caddy on the Asian Tour mentioned the other day, that his bag weighed 25kg at the start of his round the other week in KL. You would be asked to re-pack that at the airport these days, as the baggage handlers would sue the airport for unfair working practices. Think about it, twenty-five kilos, how’s a caddie going to nip round in under 4 hours if he’s carrying dead body parts around with him.

So here’s my solution for speed golf and at the same time, more interesting and creative golf tournaments.

Before each round, players can only select 10 clubs

Tour players only allowed 6 balls, if they lose them all, they get DQ’d

Caddies use lighter & smaller bags

Any lagged putts that finish within 3 feet of the hole must be finished off without   marking

Pretty much that’s how most people use to play golf anyway 20 years ago before they watched players throwing grass around, lying on greens and checking yardage devices every 5 seconds. It’s time to strip back and get back to basics, instead of making courses harder and harder for high hdcp golfers.

Lining Up Putt

Chip in with your thoughts please – Dapper Dan Morby – www.balls.world

The New Year’s Resolution Every Golfer Should Have

It’s New Year’s resolution season, so we’re all on our way to losing 20 pounds and having single-digit handicaps. While most resolutions have rather limited staying power, we have one instruction-based resolution that we truly hope everyone sticks to for eternity.

Erika Larkin, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, says the best resolution you can make for yourself is to stick to one swing thought during a round, two thoughts as an absolute max. This may not sound like a difficult resolution, but take a second and think about how many swing thoughts you had during your last swing, let alone your last round. Pause at the top, keep your head down, shift your weight, don’t bend your left arm, turn all the way through, swing to your finish. That’s six thoughts right there.

Having multiple swing thoughts is destructive to your game for several reasons. First, having a bunch of different swing thoughts going on at the same time is confusing. You’re going to get caught up in thinking too much and it’s going to make it hard for your body to make a nice, natural move at the ball. Second, if you’re having multiple swing thoughts, it probably means you’ve quit on a good swing thought.

If you take a lesson, a lot of teachers will try to leave you with one good swing thought to take into your next round. You’re a reasonable person, so you commit to that swing thought for a few holes, until you start hitting it poorly. The natural reaction is to switch to a different swing thought, because the original one clearly doesn’t work anymore, right? Wrong. When you’re given a swing thought to work on or find one that works in practice, Larkin says you’ve got to stick with it through the good and the bad shots.

“Abandoning your thought mid-round and grasping for new ones doesn’t help,” says Larkin. “Have faith in what worked for you in practice, relax as much as possible, and lord help you if you start searching YouTube at the turn for that magic pill for the back nine.”


Republished with thanks from http://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-new-years-resolution-every-golfer-should-have by .

And, here’s an easy start to recover from the holidays:


The Do’s and Don’ts of a Corporate Golf Day


Each year many of us are fortunate enough to be invited along to a corporate golf day or two. If you’re lucky you’ll be hosted by a company at a prestigious venue where you’ll be plied with free gifts, food and drinks for the duration of the day. Who would turn that down?!

But…..and here’s the problem, people don’t want to turn it down. Even if they’re not a regular golfer, even if their clubs have been in the back of the garage gathering cobwebs, or the only balls they have are some ultra soft balatas from 1991.

We understand the opportunity is too good to turn down. So if you are in the minority and really want to attend but have a backswing like a rusty gate here’s some tips that’ll help you survive and thrive on the day:-


Get a lesson 

No one’s a perfect golfer, but you are definitely not. Even when you watch golfers on the TV and think it’s easy – it’s not. You’re going to be nervous. People will be watching you on the first tee sizing up the competition. Your playing partners are going to be annoyed if you’re hacking it up every fairway. So get yourself a lesson – tell the pro you want some quick fixes so you hit the ball somewhere near straight and go to the day with at least some sense of confidence and reassurance.

Play your game down

Take the pressure off yourself. Tell your playing partners you don’t know where the ball is going to go you’re that much out of practice. If it’s true then hey, sometimes that happens if not, then you’ve lured them into a false sense of security and they’ll be too busy annoyed and muttering ‘bandit’ under their breath to be able to post a decent score themselves.

Respect the course!

Corporate days are rarely played at your local municipal course. This is some high end venue. So don’t go taking divots the size of a football pitch! Keep your head, respect the course and swing it easy.


Use the free balls they gave you

Schoolboy error. Not only are other people going to use them which results in an inevitable case of mistaken ball, they’re actually going to be some high end premium balls. So don’t tee one of them up on the first. At least wait 6 or 7 holes until you have found some sense of rhythm and timing. Otherwise you’ll be ruing the lost Titleist’s and reverting to something older, harder and muddier.

Lie about your handicap!

If you do you’re going to end up too high or too low and nothing in between. If you don’t have an official handicap then play a couple of rounds before the day itself, mark a card and average out the scores to find an indicative handicap. Don’t go off the last handicap you had 8 years ago; if you’re out of practice you’ll likely not get anywhere close to it (even if it was 36!)

Trash talk your opponents (too much)!

Trash talk has it’s place, especially at a corporate day. But you need to earn the right to trash talk through some decent golf. Don’t be giving it all that on the first tee because next minute you’ll be in the woods after your third shank with your head in your hands. Take it easy, hold your ground if it’s dished out to you (and if you return the favour), do it because you deserve to. It’ll feel better.

Republished with grateful thanks from an article by:



Wales Retain “Ryder Cup” Trophy at Glamorganshire Golf Club


The Wales “Ryder Cup” Team with captain Pete Goodfellow holding the trophy

AS MATCHES go this wasn’t a game of two halves but one way traffic from Wales who won the “Ryder Cup” at Glamorganshire Golf Club by 12½ to 5½ last weekend.

The traditional yearly event started with a Texas Scramble on Friday, September 30, which was eventually won by John Peters, Paul Davies, Darryl Hamonda and Richard Jeremy (last year’s Wales’ captain).

In the evening all players representing Wales and the Rest of the World were at the dinner where they received their shirts from both captains, Wales – Pete Goodfellow, and Rest of the World – Richard Kynaston. A thank you here to all the shirt sponsors and to Andy Ferrier for compering the evening with his usual wit and charm.

The betting then took place to see who could predict the correct or nearest scores for the Saturday competition, which was again arranged by Mike Hennessey.

Saturday morning the first teams were on the tee at 8.10am for the foursomes and by lunchtime Wales were leading six points to three with Wayne Blatchford and Ian Jones having a resounding win of six and five.

However Messrs. Brown and Hughes lost four and three, which is down to their antics on Friday night. The afternoon’s matches of fourballs started with both captains playing against each other with their respective partners of Wales’ James Barnett and Rest of the World’s club captain Alan Buchan.

The game was won by Wales on the 18th which set the tone for the afternoon.

Outstanding performances in the afternoon came from Richard Jeremy and Nathan Waters who won eight and six, Steve Morris and Peter Edmunds who won four and three and Tom Maunder and Paul Richards also winning four and three.

Congratulations to Paul Richards for getting the most results correct. Yet again Paul Brown was unsuccessful in getting any points for Wales, so there will be changes next year.

The Wales captain was presented with the Ryder Cup Trophy which was filled with Champagne from the Rest of the World captain.

The two captains’ will again lead their teams next year and have appointed the following vice captains, Wales Richard Hughes and Rest of the World Mike Jones.

A great golfing weekend was had by all and the Club are sure that next year’s event will go from strength to strength.

Book Your Golf Adventure In Wales This Year

Of course, we would love to give you a warm Welsh welcome at our Glamorganshire Golf Club this summer, the Birthplace of the Stableford scoring system, and one of the oldest golf clubs in Wales.

But why stop there?

2016 is officially the Year of Adventure here in Wales. So you’ve got five more months to book your trip to our famous Welsh courses that play brilliantly all year round.

Have a look at this recent email from Visit Wales:


Croeso i Glwb Golff Sir Morgannwg!