Top Golfshake News & Features
Costa Brava Embraces Return of Golf
Normality is returning to one of Europe's leading golf destinations, the Costa Brava, which has now seen golfers back on the fairways on all eight of its stunning courses, following two months of lockdown.
Is 54 Handicap A Step Too Far?
Golf handicaps divide opinions more than any other issue within the game of golf. Taking a look at our survey in Feb 2020, focused on handicaps, we we round up the data and your comments which make for interesting insights into what golfers think.
Home On The Range ... The Day I Hit 200 Golf Balls
I DID it. I went out and hit golf balls - 200 of them, to be precise. And before any of you start thinking that I have completely lost my game I should stress that the balls were hit at my local driving range in Ipswich.
Revised European Tour Events Possibly Taking Shape
THE good news is that it looks like when the European Tour makes its long-awaited return, much of the action could take place in England according to reports.
Rory Finds A Way To Be Consistently Word Perfect
WITH greatness comes responsibility. Rory McIlroy is the world’s top-ranked golfer and, as such, he is a man who is approached for his views on just about every subject under the sun. And boy has he grown into the role.
My Clothes Don't Fit Me Any More
Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest update from lockdown, detailing how he is progressing so far and also slowly returning back to golf.
8 Reasons Why The Match 2 Was a Success
Raising millions for COVID-19 relief efforts, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson reunited for a charitable sequel to The Match, joined by NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, which could have been drowned out by the heavy rainfall, but the players were nonetheless able to provide a spectacle that many viewers found thoroughly entertaining, surpassing expectations. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook shares his thoughts on why the event was a success.
5 Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK
During the shutdown period, many of us spent a reflective time imagining the future, considering the places that we most want to experience once a sense of normality returns. We asked Golfshake Ambassadors to identify their Top 5 Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK, looking for the courses that they haven't yet played, but sincerely hope to do so.
The Match II Preview
Following last weekend's TaylorMade Driving Relief at Seminole, live golf is back on our screens again this Sunday at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, which hosts The Match: Champions for Charity, featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson competing with NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, both keen golfers.
What Makes the New Callaway Chrome Soft Better
The Chrome Soft has become a key product for Callaway, delivering a golf ball with a fast but receptive feel, but what factors within the new editions have seen them provide such a considerable leap in performance? Global Brand & Product Director Jason Finley to find out more about the new balls, the manufacturing process and how they were engineered.
Golf to Resume in Scotland From May 29
Since March 23, the iconic courses of the Home of Golf have lain dormant, but two months on, the ancient game has finally been given the green light to resume in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had outlined the Scottish Government's phased route from lockdown, beginning next week, part of which saw a relaxation on physical activities, golf included among them.
Golf Clubs Ensure Confidence With Safety Guidelines
Following the loosening of lockdown restrictions, golf clubs had a responsibility to deliver the game safely, introducing protocols and guidelines, providing confidence to their members and visitors. The Springs and Kilnwick Percy, both part of the Darwin Escapes group, are fine examples on the importance of communication, clarity and careful planning.
QHotels Venues Welcome Back Golfers
Since golf resumed across England, the UK's largest golf resort operator- Almarose Hotels & Resorts - which many will know for its management of QHotels and DoubleTree by Hilton venues, has seen a significant uptake in tee times from golfers returning to play the game in a safe environment.
Jack Nicklaus Contributes to Virtual Women's Golf Day
This year's celebratory Women's Golf Day is a little different, but on June 2nd, it will be a rich occasion of entertainment and inspirational messages, as the effort to draw more women and girls to our wonderful game is showcased in a unique way, something that will also include a charity auction, featuring items donated by Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam.
Unattached Golfers Express Willingness to Join Clubs
Golf clubs throughout England have experienced an unprecedented level of demand for tee times since venues reopened, but they have also seen a great interest in memberships, with reports across the country of increased applications hitting the desks of club managers since the game resumed, a trend supported by Golfshake Survey data.
How Golf Can Help Your Mental Wellbeing
It is Mental Health Awareness Week and never have we been more aware of our mental health than we are right now. Golf is known to be a hugely benefical activity for improving your mental wellbeing, but just how effective can it be? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the positive impact that the game has on mental and physical health.
Beef Finds a Road to Happiness
Andrew "Beef" Johnston quickly became a crowd favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, but spotlight brought a pressure that proved damaging to the Englishman's mental health. Now, he is speaking out on the challenges he faced, and the progress that has been made.
English Golfers Search For Tee Times in Record Numbers
Golf courses in England reopened last Wednesday, unsurprisingly seeing a huge demand for tee times, but that unprecedented rush has now been illustrated by statistics from GOLFNOW, which show that the appetite for golf has been left undiminished by the shutdown.
Ready, Steady, Golf!
Golf is back throughout much of the UK & Ireland, but due to social distancing restrictions, the game isn't quite what we knew, two-balls are mandatory, clubhouses are closed, and those post-round drinks are a thing of memory. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken a fantastical gaze ahead, looking forward to a day when full normality returns.
Forgotten Golfers Seek Guidance
Thousands of golfers have now returned to their courses across England and Wales, but that has not happened for blind and partially sighted golfers who require a guide, something not possible under social distancing guidelines. Writing on behalf of the England and Wales Blind Golf Association, Steve Killick describes the importance that the game plays in the lives of this community of golfers.
How to Find a Golf Tee Time This Week
Golf has resumed in England, Wales and Ireland, but with tee times limited and restricted, it can be a challenge to secure a spot, particularly for non-club golfers. However, there are some options available. We have rounded up many of the current tee times for this week, broken down across regions.
I Have Itchy Feet to Start Playing Golf Again
Last week, Golfshake's Derek Clements wrote a piece on why he didn't feel the urge to return to the golf course, despite the game resuming in England, but now, following a range of positive and supportive comments from readers, he is beginning to feel that itch to start playing again.
McIlroy and Johnson Take the Honours - But Good Causes Are the Real Winners
Televised golf made its return on Sunday, raising millions for COVID-19 relief work in America, with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson taking on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins game at Seminole Golf Club. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the event, reflecing on what we saw.
Lockdown Update: I Just Don't Feel Comfortable Jogging Now
Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest update from life in lockdown, describing frustrations with government messaging as the country slowly moves to reopen, and why he no longer feels comfortable jogging in the street.
Golf at The Belfry to Return in June
Four-time Ryder Cup venue The Belfry has confirmed that it intends to reopen its acclaimed Brabazon and PGA National courses for play on Monday 1st June, with bookings available to be made from 9am on Monday 25th May, news that will be welcomed by golfers in the Midlands.
Big Guns Are Back in Action for Great Causes - And We Should be Watching
Live golf returns to our screens on Sunday when Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy take on Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match at Seminole Golf Club in Florida in aid of Covid-19 relief efforts. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and explains why you should be watching.
Golf Has a Chance to Grasp That May Never Come Again
English golfers have been flocking back to their courses in huge numbers, but not everyone is happy, and many non-club members haven't been able to play. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this unique time presents an incredible opportunity for the game to revitalise memberships and draw in new players.
Golfers Thoughts On Golf Being Back With Restrictions
Golf is back in England, but things aren't quite as we knew them, restrictions are in place, established potentially for months ahead, limiting tee times, enforcing social distancing, and shutting down clubhouse access. But what do the golfers themselves think about all this? Before play resumed, we asked them.
Golf Quiz #5 - How Much Do You Know About The Masters?
Since it was founded in 1934, the Masters has become an iconic fixture on the sporting calender, defining many of the most unforgettable moments, shots and victories in golf. But how much do you really know about the event, its champions, records and past? Have a go at our latest quiz and see how you get on.
Rory is Raring to Go on the PGA Tour
Set for the return of golf, world number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will be playing in all three PGA Tour events next month as it is revealed he is Britain’s second-wealthiest sportsman behind Lewis Hamilton.
Golfers in England React to First Rounds Back
The game we all love returned in England on Wednesday, not exactly golf as we know it, but golf nevertheless. But how did it go? We asked some of our ambassadors a series of questions, gathering their reaction to the experience of playing again, from booking to social distancing and course conditions.
Golfer Makes Hole in One With First Shot Back After Lockdown
The magic of golf, the lure that always makes us come back for more, is that the next shot you play could your best. For Ed Sandison, that took on an entirely unexpected level of significance on the day that courses reopened across England, playing at Styal Golf Club, Ed celebrated his return to the game by making the first hole-in-one of his life.
England Welcomes Back Golf
It had been seven weeks since the last official golf shot was played at an English course, so it was no great surprise to witness the excitement expressed by the thousands of golfers who ventured back onto the fairways this Wednesday after clubs reopened for doors.
What Golfers Expect From Return of Golf
Before The R&A and England Golf announced that the game would resume this week, Golfshake surveyed 1,200 golfers on the potential return of the sport, specifically on what changes they expected to see implemented at courses.
Why I Won't Be Joining the Rush to the First Tee
Golfers in England are returning to their courses this week, but Golfshake's Derek Clements won't be among them. Offering a perspective that some may be quietly feeling themselves, he explains in this feature why, for the moment, despite loving and missing the game, golf just isn't for him right now.
The Massive Challenges Facing Golf Clubs as Doors Reopen
Golf clubs in the UK had been wrestling with many challenges before and during the coronavirus lockdown, but now with play returning in England, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the issues that venues will face during reopening with limited revenue available.
Welsh Golf Courses Can Reopen From Monday
Reviewing the latest guidance from the Welsh Government, Wales Golf has now presented further details for golf clubs, opening the door for them to reopen from next Monday, May 18, but a decision that remains entirely at their discretion, with travel restrictions in place.
Golf To Resume In England - But What Does That Mean?
Following Boris Johnson's Sunday announcement of changes to lockdown measures in England, the golf industry sought further clarification from government, with courses permitted to reopen from Wednesday. There had been initial confusion, but now more detail has been revealed jointly by the governing bodies, including The R&A and England Golf.
Golf's Return - Am I The Only One Who Is Confused?
Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Sunday, golf has been given the green light to return in England, but that announcement has caught the industry by surprise, leading to much confusion and search for clarity within the governing bodies and clubs. Golfshake's Derek Clements feels just like them.
How to Get Ready for Return of Golf
Golfers will likely be feeling a little rusty after the game was sidelined during the initial period of lockdown, but to help them get ready for the reopening of courses, Golfshake has a vast library of content that should help golfers to dust off those neglected clubs and themselves to make the most of golf's return.
Golf Courses to Reopen in England From Wednesday
Golfers have been unable to play their beloved courses since March 23, but that is now set to change in England from Wednesday, May 13, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement on the next stage of lockdown, which has green lighted the return of a range of physical activities, including golf.
Golf Ireland Sets Out Roadmap For Return Of Play
The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) has announced how the sport is going to look when it returns on May 18 as part of a five-phase plan for golf's return in Ireland.
European Tour Finds a Virtual Solution
With tournaments suspended, many leading professionals have been turning to solutions at home and now the European Tour has come up with a novel way of giving us - and some of their top players - our fix of tournament golf, albeit without crowds and caddies. Find out more about the new BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan.
How My Clothes Airer Landed Me With a Visit From The Police
Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on week 5 of his lockdown fitness kick, how he's getting through lockdown and his mental well-being, along with a story on why the police visited him over his clothes airer.
How The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Impact Golf Club Memberships
Golf continues to go through historically testing times, but looking at the wider impact on memberships for clubs, Golfshake has surveyed core golfers, highlighting their willingness to support venues, but also presenting opportunities that could emerge in the future once a sense of normality returns.
Communication is Key as Golf Clubs Launch Fundraising Efforts
Already struggling before the present crisis, several golf clubs, including a handful in Ireland, have closed their doors for the last time, while in the face of economic worries, other venues across the British Isles have launched fundraising efforts to ensure their survival going forward. But as Derek Clements notes, effective communication is vital in the future.
Golf Quiz #4 - How Much Do You Know About The Open?
Staged across many of the finest links courses in the United Kingdom, The Open is golf's most prestigious event, the most distinctive, and the one that has the biggest international reach. But how much do you know about the championship? Have a go at our latest quiz and see test your knowledge.
Slope Rating - What Does It Actually Mean
Ahead of the World Handicap System being introduced this year, golfers had raised concerns about understanding the changes, specifically the slope rating system. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains what the slope rating is and how this will affect your handicap from November for golf club members.
Keep Dreaming of Golf in the Algarve
Golf and travel has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean our imaginations need to be similarly inhibited. Keep dreaming is the theme of a new video produced by Visit Golf Algarve, showcasing the magic of this region, which has grown into a revered destination.
Sun Mountain Introduces New Sustainable ECO-LITE Golf Bags
Sun Mountain has a fresh breakthrough in the industry, delivering impressive sustainability through its new ECO-LITE stand and cart bags, which have been manufactured through the use of 25-30 recycled plastic bottles.
Free Bushnell Golf GPS App Reveals Major Upgrade
Bushnell Golf has revealed a major upgrade through its new app, available to download for free, providing state-of-the-art graphics and technology designed to further enhance a golfers experience on the course.
Are These the Issues Golf Clubs Still Need to Address
Golf clubs have made significant strides during the past decade to address concerns raised by the wider community of golfers, working hard to deliver a contemporary product that reflects the times, but continuing analysis of the 2019 Golfshake Survey, responded to by over 3,500, there are several key issues that need tackled in the future.
Golf's Return Edges a Step Closer
First it was Ireland that announced it was reopening its golf courses. And now courses in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey have also allowed golfers back on the course, with restrictions, a development that advances the sentiment that a return of the game in the UK is expected sooner rather than later.
3 Hammers Golf Academy Presents Online Coaching
The award-winning 3 Hammers Golf Academy has been translating that reputation into an online setting, delivering a range of free, fun, engaging and educational content on social media for golfers, including tips, remote coaching, and fitness advice.
TaylorMade Launches MYMG2 Personalised Wedges
If you love TaylorMade wedges and the idea of adding a personal touch to your golf clubs, the manufacturer has launched its new MyMG2 personalised wedge programme, joining MySpiderX, MyHi-Toe and MySpider.
Golf Survey May 2020
In our second short golf survey, we wanted to know more about your thoughts on getting back playing, how this may impact you and the practicalities to play golf.
When is Golf Coming Back - Golfers Have Their Say
Rumour and speculation has intensified in recent days that golf could soon return in some manner in the UK, but providing a wide range of perspectives, Golfshake launched a survey to gather the views of golfers, on when they believe the game will resume, what form it will take, and what they hope will happen in the weeks and months ahead.
TV Golf Returns With Rory McIlroy Headlining Charity Match
If you have been pining for televised golf, the wait is nearly over, as the PGA Tour, NBC Sports and Sky Sports have collaborated with TaylorMade to showcase a $3 million charity skins match at the revered Seminole Golf Club, featuring Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson teaming up together to take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, raising money and awareness for the COVID-19 relief effort.
The Positive Opportunities for Golf to Embrace
As we eagerly await news of the opening up of our golf courses, Golfshake's Andy Picken has been reflecting on the opportunity for the how game could thrive in the future with a progressive and flexible approach.
Charities Will Lose Millions as a Result of Tournaments Being Scrapped
Among the consequences of the present shutdown is the significant impact on the many charities that are supported to the sum of millions each year by professional golf tournaments. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at what these organisations are missing out on.
An Idiot's Guide to Golf
For the benefit of new golfers and those who should already know better, Golfshake's Derek Clements, with tongue firmly in cheek, has presented his idiot's guide to the game, which is a handy reminder for everyone.
Ireland Ready To Open Courses Again - When Will The UK Follow Suit?
Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the latest announcement which could mark the return of golf in Ireland on the 18th May and assesses when golf may return to the UK.
Just When It Was All Going So Well .... Catastrophe!
Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on week 4 of his lockdown fitness kick. How this entails more than just jogging and how he is reviewing what he eats, all for the better in terms of mind, body and soul.
What is Your Dream Round of Golf?
We're all looking forward to that magical day when golf reopens in the UK, but consider what your dream post-lockdown round would be. Who are you playing with, and where is it going to be? It's a question that we presented to the Golfshake Ambassadors.
Golf Quiz #3 - How Much Do You Know About Rory McIlroy?
Winner of four major championships, Rory McIlroy has been a talismanic figure in European golf for over a decade, but how much do you really know about him? On May 4th, Rory turns 31, so we thought it was timely to reveal our new quiz centered on the man himself.
Courses Show Ingenuity to Prepare for Return of Golf
Golf courses across the UK have been closed since the government announced lockdown measures in March. However, that hasn't stopped our beloved venues preparing themselves for when they are permitted to reopen, displaying some ingenuity to ensure that the game can return safely.
New Golf Geeks Website & Community to Launch in May
Unveiling a new retail website and community for golfers in the UK, Golf Geeks is set to launch on Monday May 4th 2020, delivering specialist sourcing of the highest quality of nearly new, ex-display, ex-display and preowned golf clubs, in addition to GPS and Rangefinder devices, alongside an engaging hub for everyday players.
OCEAN TEE Unveils First Product in Sustainable Golf Apparel Range
You may have already seen OCEAN TEE's bamboo tees, but now the sustainable brand has extended its offering to include clothing. The first product in the line, which is available to purchase from May 1st, is the Mako polo shirt; named after the endangered Mako shark, the fastest shark in the ocean.
Europe is Turning to Exercise in Huge Numbers
We report on the growth of fitness activities amongst European countries as well as the effect to golf from countries where golf courses are now back open.
Importance Of Digital Technology For Golf Retail
This is a quickly evolving digital age, where online content dominates our lives, and golf has been significantly touched by that revolution, a fact underlined by insights gained from the 2019 Golfshake Survey, which has pointed a shift to the future, both for golfers and the wider industry.