Articles by Andrew Picken
Andrew is a Golfshake ambassador and regular 'Golf Traveller' having carried out courses features throughout the UK as well as venturing on several golf trips in and around Europe for golf travel features.
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What Makes Bamboo Golf Tees Ecologically Beneficial
Continuing his look at Sustainable Golf Week, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken caught up with Tim McManus, CEO of Green Swing, to gain a greater understanding of the ecological benefits offered by bamboo golf tees.
The Golf Club That Banned Plastic Tees
Plastic golf tees have become a major talking point as the game looks to become more ecologically sustainable. Historic Royal North Devon is among the clubs that have taken the bold step to outright ban plastic tees. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken wanted to learn more about the impact of this decision.
An Introduction to Sustainable Golf Week
Ahead of Sustainable Golf Week, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been conducting research into the many ventures that have been launched to make the game more environmentally friendly. Here, Andy provides an Introduction.
The Great English Golf Boom Book Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken reviews The Great English Golf Boom 1864 to 1914: A History by Dr Michael B Morrison, a stunning, academic quality book that explores the growth of the sport in England and answers many key questions.
Playing Golf With Paragolfer User Kris Aves
In 2017, Metropolitan Police officer Kris Aves was severely injured during the Westminster Bridge terrorist attacks. Following intensive treatment, he returned to his beloved sport of golf via the use of a Paragolfer machine. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken, himself retired from the police service, recently played with Kris in a Team Police Golf Day at Forest of Arden and describes the experience in this new feature article.
Early Golf Royal Myths And Ancient Histories Book Review
There are a host of historical golf books that have been published to coincide with the 150th playing of The Open at St Andrews this year. Early Golf Royal Myths And Ancient Histories by Professor Neil S Millar is one of them, exploring the myths and revisiting the evidence surrounding the early history of golf.
Copper Tech Golf Gloves Review
The Copper Tech Golf Glove is a market leader in the USA and featured heavily at the 2022 PGA Show in Orlando, so Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken was intrigued when offered the chance to test and try it.
Golf In Scotland In The Black And White Era Book Review
Golf In Scotland In The Black & White Era by Steve Finan is a coffee table book that features historic images from the archive of DC Thomson, which haven't been seen for decades, presenting the game as it looked in generations past. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken simply loved the book and describes his thoughts in this new review.
Following The Drama of Regional Open Championship Qualifying
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken spent the day observing Regional Qualifying at Kedleston Park Golf Club for the 150th Open Championship and shares his observations from a memorable experience.
Review of The Long Golden Afternoon by Stephen Proctor
The Long Golden Afternoon is the latest book by journalist and golf historian Stephen Proctor, chronicling the development of the game between the period of 1864 and 1914, an era referred to as the Age of Glory. Golfshake's Andy Picken - a keen student of golf history - has read and reviewed this new piece of work for us.
The Manor House Golf Experience
Highly Recommended on Golfshake, The Manor House Golf Club & Hotel continues to rate positively with visiting golfers. Andy Picken made a return visit to discover just why the experience offered at this venue is so popular.
Mount Juliet Estate Golf Course Feature Review
As part of his Ireland Golf Road Trip, Golfshake's Andy Picken experienced the celebrated Irish Open venue, Mount Juliet Estate, something that he describes in detail in this new Feature Review.
Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club Feature Review
During his Ireland Golf Road Trip, Golfshake's Andy Picken had the chance to play the modern classic, Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club, which was recently decared the Best Hidden Gem in Ireland. Andy describes why in this new Feature Review.
Rosslare Golf Links Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken was joined by author and photographer Kevin Markham for a round at the magnificent Rosslare Golf Links, which served as a highlight during his Ireland Golf Road Trip. Andy describes this stunning layout in his new Feature Review.
Unforgettable Golf Road Trip to Ireland's Ancient East
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recaps his recent golf road trip across Ireland's Ancient East, where he played Rosslare, Bunclody and Mount Juliet, with evenings spent in towns including the magnificent city of Kilkenny.
The Carrossa Hotel Spa Villas Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently had the chance to visit Mallorca and experience the stunning Carossa Hotel Spa Villas, while also playing golf at Capdepera and Alcanada. Andy describes the destination and what makes it special in this new review.
Mannings Heath Melanoma Charity Golf Day
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently participated in a charity golf day at Mannings Heath, supporting the Melanoma Fund. Providing fun and entertainment to those in attendance in addition to education and health checks, Andy documents a rewarding experience for everyone.
The Best Ever Gift For Father's Day
Father's Day is approaching, but what can be a better gift for a man in your life than having a potentially live-saving conversation with them? Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken explains the essential work being done at Prostate Cancer UK and how we can all support it this month.
The CaddyDaddy Claw Golf Glove - Initial Review
The CaddyDaddy Claw Golf Glove is a unique alternative to more traditional leather products, featuring silicone-web coating and an innovative Flex-Mesh design, which offers greater ventilation by boosting airflow and enhanced breathability. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has shared his initial review of the glove ahead of the new golf season.
Eyewitness to The Death of a Golf Club
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been chronicling the rich history behind Allestree Park, which was originally designed by revered architect Harry Colt. Facing potential closure - while the course may yet have a future, the golf club attached to the venue is closing its final chapter. Andy had the opportunity to enjoy a socially distanced visit and appreciate stories of a treasured past.
Glimmer of Hope For Allestree Park Golf Course
Offering a glimmer of hope that a future can be found for the Harry Colt designed Allestree Park in Derby, the City Council has revealed that the course will remain in a playable state beyond the scheduled closure date on 31 December, giving potential buyers an opportunity to make a constructive bid.
A Bitingly Bitter Day at Allestree Park
Golfshake's Andy Picken continues his ongoing story at Allestree Park, which faces closure, visiting the venue and charting former holes designed by the great Harry Colt, while also being stunned by just how busy the course was despte challenging weather conditions.
Hidden in Plain Sight - Uncovering a Golf Treasure
Derbyshire's Allestree Park Golf Course faces closure and being lost to history. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken began his relationship with the game at this public venue and has investigated its fascinating past, which points to the layout being designed by the legendary architect Harry Colt.
Prostate Cancer Awareness - Richard's Story
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken continues his own prostate cancer story, with a tale of friendship that underlines the importance of being honest and having conversations, which can help to save lives.
Allestree Park Golf Course to Close
On 16th November 2020, the Derby City Council announced formally that Allestree Park Golf Course will close by the end of the year and be returned to park land, after no viable business proposals were put forward to take over its running.
Without Municipal Courses - What Pathways Are There Into Golf
How did you get into golf? Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the importance of municipal courses, specifically, in his case, Allestree Park in Derby, and the ongoing challenge facing these pay and play venues and what it means for the game.
Cumberwell Park Stay & Play Review
Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire is a modern venue that boasts 45 holes, split between four loops of nine and an excellent par 3 course. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience this Highly Recommended destination and shares his thoughts on what visitors can expect.
Prostate Cancer - Sparking Conversations to Save Lives
Sharing the next chapter in his own story following diagnosis, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the vital importance of Prostate Cancer awareness and ensuring that at risk men get checked and monitor any potential symptoms.
There Is Still an Appetite for Golf To Continue at Cleeve Hill
The potential closure of the historic Cleeve Hill inspired a significant reaction across the golf community, and now, as Andrew Picken explains, there are reasons to be optimistic, with there being a welcome rethink and the strong possibility that the venue will remain an accessible pay and play course.
The Manor House Stay & Play Review
The Manor House Golf Club is a beautiful and classic parkland course set deep in the Cotswold Valleys offering stunning views, but what sets this venue apart is the accommodation and cuisine on offer. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken describes the experience of staying and playing there.
Importance of Prostate Cancer Awareness - A Personal Story
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the United Kingdom. 129 men are diagnosed every day, with early detection key. Golfshake's Andy Picken was exposed to an awareness campaign, something that may have saved his life, as identifying key symptoms led to a vital diagnosis. Showcasing the importance, Andy shares his personal story and journey.
Playing a Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour Event
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the experience of playing in a Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour event at Royal Lytham & St Annes and why you should consider taking part for an opportunity to play some of the finest courses in a competitive setting.
Sir Nick Faldo Supports Campaign to Save Cleeve Hill
The campaign to save the unique and historic Cleeve Hill has drawn significant interest, including from golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. Golfshake's Andy Picken shares his insight on the situation and explains why this story matters for the game.
The Need to Save Cleeve Hill Golf Club
The unique and historic Cleeve Hill Golf Club is facing potential closure next year, a situation that has caused despair to the thousands of golfers who have played there. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken explains why this spectacular venue needs to be saved.
Interview With Pro Golfer Holly Calvert
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently played the magnificent Hillside Golf Club with LET Access Series player, Holly Calvert, where they discussed life as a professional, how to grow the game for girls, and her experiences of the recent Rose Ladies Series.
Interview With Amateur Champion Joe Long
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken interviews 2020 Amateur Champion Joe Long, who defeated fellow Bristolian Joe Harvey in the final, securing the historic title and his place in the Masters, US Open and Open. Joe describe his journey, the experience of winning, and what the future holds.
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Feature Review
Legendary Open Championship venue Royal Lytham & St Annes is one of the most formidable tests in British golf. Discovering it for himself, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the experience of playing this magnificent links.
St Annes Old Links Golf Club Feature Review
St Annes Old Links was established in 1901 and is part of a magical area for golf. Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Andy Picken went to experience the revered layout for himself, a round he describes in this new Feature Review.
Hillside Golf Club Feature Review
Hillside Golf Club has staged many top amateur and professional tournaments and is part of England's Golf Coast. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently experienced this revered venue and describes what it's like to play.
Competitive Scoring Defines Faldo Series Midlands Championship
The Faldo Series England Midlands Championship at Kedleston Park is closely fought as the final day approaches. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been following the action and shares his reflections from the second round of the event.
The Faldo Series Heads to Kedleston Park
The Faldo Series is hosting the England Midlands Championship for elite young golfers at Kedleston Park in Derbyshire. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has stopped by to get a feel for the event and what is happening, sharing his impressions in this report.
Longcliffe Golf Club Feature Review
Longcliffe Golf Club is a Highly Recommended venue in the East Midlands, situated in the heart of the ancient Charnwood Forest. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken went to experience the course for himself and shares his thoughts in this feature review.
Worksop Golf Club Feature Review
Spiritual home to the likes of Lee Westwood and Mark Foster, Worksop Golf Club is situated on the outskirts of the town, on the boundary of the National Trust’s Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken went to experience this Highly Recommended venue for himself and shares his thoughts.
The Caddyboo is a unique and innovative alternative to the standard golf towel, a tool that can be safely tucked away in your pocket, ideal for making sure that your golf ball is clean before each putt. Golfshake Ambassadors Andy Picken and Rob Cross have been testing it for us and share their thoughts in this review.
Falling in Love With Golf Again
Since the game resumed from lockdown restrictions, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been playing at his new club, Kedleston Park in Derbyshire, alongside his son, Alex, an experience that has reignited his love for the game during these difficult times, serving us as a reminder why golf remains magical.
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.
100 Things Every Golfer Should Do Just Once
How far have you covered in your golf journey? Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been thinking what he's done and dreams of accomplishing in the future, coming up with a list of 100 things that every golfer should do just once, all of which add up to the complete experience in the game.
SkyCaddie SX400 Review
Realising that he was consistently losing shots due to poor course management, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been testing the new SkyCaddie SX400 for us, discovering whether it can improve and help to better inform his decision making when playing golf.
The K Club Makes Facilities Available in Pandemic Battle
Society is coming together in the fight against COVID-19, and The K Club is no exception, with Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken encouraged to see the acclaimed venue make its facilities available to the government and health service in Ireland.
Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour to Accept Golfshake Handicaps
The popular Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour is opening its events to golfers who have a Golfshake Handicap, potentially welcoming non-CONGU players. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken reports on the change and looks back on his experiences in these tournaments.
How Golfers Can Support Mental Health of Greenkeepers
Have you considered the impact that pressure from members and negative feedback can have on the mental health of greenkeepers? Golfshake's Andy Picken was intrigued by the story of Michael Davie, Course Manager at Hazel Grove, who received a special award recognising the efforts he has made to support his colleagues across the industry.
Benefits of Recycling Your Golf Clubs
Have you got a stack of extra, unwanted golf clubs sitting in your garage? Well, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken was in the same position, but thanks to golfclubs4cash having a trade-in event nearby, he found a solution to his hoarding.
The Lodge at Prince's Golf Club Stay & Play Review
Prince's Golf Club is a revered venue in Sandwich, Kent, a place loved by Golfshake's Andrew Picken. But he hadn't yet taken the opportunity to sample the striking accomodation on site, The Lodge. Andy returned to experience this paradise of links golf.
Harleyford Golf Club Feature Review
Harleyford Golf Club is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake, located in Buckinghamshire. Andrew Picken recently had the chance to experience it for himself, delving further to provide insight, including from course architect Donald Steel.
Now for the Back Nine Book Review
Golfshake's Andrew Picken has reviewed Now for the Back Nine, written by former Ryder Cup player Peter Dawson, which features both tales from the tour and instruction that is tailored for the senior golfer.
Getting Inside the Fascinating Mind of Thomas Bjorn
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the opportunity to meet and pose questions to 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjorn. Reflecting on the experience and the many topics discussed, Andy reflects on his time spent with one of the most fascinating minds in golf.
Mind Game: The Secrets of Golf's Winners Book Review
Mind Game is a collaboration between sports journalist Michael Calvin and 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, which provides an insight behind the mental challenges facing golfers at the elite level. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has read the book and shares his review.
A Journey With ECCO Golf Shoes
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken shares his long journey and relationship with ECCO golf shoes, reflecting on how they helped him to continue playing the game after injury, in addition to reviewing the brand new Biom Cool Pro.
Forest Pines Stay & Play Report
Forest Pines is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake, situated within 190 beautiful acres in Lincolnshire. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the chance to stay at ths DoubleTree By Hilton hotel, which is known for its 27 holes of championship golf.
Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course Feature Review
Home of England Golf, Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire is considered among the finest inland venues in the UK, its Hotchkin Course being frequently ranked with the best. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the chance to play this renowned layout and shares his thoughts on the experience.
PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell Feature Review
Slieve Russell, which has been rebranded as PGA National Ireland, is a premier stay and play facility. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the chance to experience this visually striking venue and shares his thoughts.
The Birdie of Dreams at Hogan's Alley
Golf is a rare sport that allows us to walk in the footsteps of the greatest players in the game. Golfshake's Andrew Picken's favourite golfer in history is Ben Hogan. Playing Carnoustie's Championship Course, Andy had a dream of emulating his hero, and it came spectacularly true.
Carnoustie Golf Links is Superbly Traditional, Surprisingly Modern
Carnoustie Golf Links is a venue that is traditional, but modern in its approach. Golfshake's Andrew Picken takes a closer look at the location, its courses, facilities, and why it represents a progressive and inspiring vision for the game.
The Experience of Playing the Old Course at St Andrews
Part of a meaningful golf trip with his son, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken reflects on his experience of playing the Old Course at St Andrews, the emotions, sights, sounds, and why this was one of the greatest rounds of his life.
The Ultimate Lad & Dad Trip to Scotland
Golfshake Ambassadors Andrew and Alex Picken planned and embarked on the Ultimate Lad & Dad Trip in Scotland, spending valuable time together, making unforgettable memories in St Andrews and Carnoustie that would inspire anyone with a love of the game.
St Andrews Eden Course Feature Review
The Eden Course was the fourth opened in St Andrews, designed by the legendary Harry Colt. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the chance to experience this layout, and he was blown away by the quality of this underrated gem at the Home of Golf.
Carnoustie Buddon Course Feature Review
Known for its legendary Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links is also home to the Burnside and Buddon. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the opportunity to play the Buddon during a visit and shares his thoughts on this unique layout.
What It's Like to Play in a Pro Am
Have you wondered what it's like to be part of a pro-am? Golfshake's Andrew Picken was invited to play in the Staysure Tour's PGA Seniors Championship with Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price. Andy recounts his experience, nerves and excitement from an unforgettable time at the London Golf Club.
London Golf Club Attracts Stars to Staysure Tour Event
The London Golf Club is hosting this week's Staysure PGA Seniors Championship, one of the most prestigious events on the over-50s circuit, with this acclaimed venue being home of the tournament last year, and past host of the 2008 and 2009 European Open and 2014 World Matchplay Championship.
Experience Dordogne Valley in France for Golf and More
Dordogne is a beautiful region in the south-west of France, one that you may have not have consided a golf destination, but there are many courses to choose from. However, the main attraction is the variety of activities available, something that Golfshake Amassbador Andrew Picken had the chance to experience.
Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk Review
Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk is a new film that chronicles the history, story and role of caddies in the game, from the highest levels on tour to carrying the bags of average golfers playing a dream course. Golfshake's Andrew Picken has watched and reviews the movie for us.
e-Caddy Golf Trike Review
Golf buggies, like mobility scooters, are traditionally associated with older players, and not typically the preserve of the young. All this, however, looks set to change with the arrival of e-caddy’s new e-caddy electric golf trike. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the chance to test it out.
FootJoy Fury Golf Shoe Review
FootJoy's FJ FURY golf shoe has been designed to bring together an athletic style with a rich depth of technologies - including an internal fit system - to create a shoe that delivers comfort and performance. Golfshake's Andrew Picken reviewed them for us.
What is Your Best Golf Surprise?
Everyone loves a surprise, especially when it's related to golf. Golfshake's Andy Picken shares the story of his friend - golf professional Aaron Holtom - who came home from Glastonbury to discover that his garden had been remodelled into a putting green.
Lahinch Golf Club Feature Review
Host of the 2019 Irish Open, Lahinch Golf Club has been described as the St Andrews of Ireland. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience this spectacular and natural layout, creating unforgettable memories in the process.
Shannon Golf Club Feature Review
Shannon Golf Club is located within Co. Clare, Ireland and is part of a magical stretch of golfing landscape. This is a wonderful area to explore for golfers, and Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the opportunity to sample it for himself.
Adare Manor Feature Review
Adare Manor has been confirmed as the 2026 Ryder Cup venue. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to visit this spectacular location in Ireland, sampling the facilities and playing the beautifully manicured golf course.
Extra Attractions to Golf Travel in Kent
Golfshake's Andrew Picken recently experienced golf in Kent, playing and reviewing many spectacular courses. But there is much to this county than just that. Here are some other attractions that will make your time visiting Kent memorable.
Canterbury Golf Club Feature Review
Canterbury Golf Club is a parkland layout situated in the heart of Kent, Highly Recommended on Golfshake. We dispatched Andrew Picken to visit this venue and to discover what is behind the hype.
Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club Feature Review
Known as the club on the cliffs, Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club is perched high on the White Cliffs, halfway between Dover and Deal. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience this visually spectacular venue.
Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Review
Druids Glen is an acclaimed venue in Wicklow and former host of the Irish Open, which Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to visit and play. Discover his thoughts and insights behind the experience.
Experiencing Golf in Ireland via Stena Line Ferries
Ireland is a revered destination for golfers, home to many of the most spectacular courses on the planet, and it's a journey that most will probably take by plane. But how about crossing the Irish Sea for an added touch of adventure and romance? Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the opportunity to experience the magic of Ireland via Stena Line.
Prince's Golf Club Feature Review
Prince's Golf Club in Kent is known for hosting the 1932 Open Championship, but is also one of the most revered venues on Golfshake. Andrew Picken visted to discover for himself, and he has documented his thoughts on the course, and shared the rich history behind the club.
PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT DISC Golf Shoe Review
Part of PUMA's IGNITE family of golf shoes, the PWRADAPT DISC combines several technologies to create added support and stability through the swing, while DISC tightening system has been introduced for convenience with a micro-adjusting dial system that quickly and easily secures your feet for a locked-in, consistent and custom fit.
The Evolution of Golf Course Design Book Review
Keith Cutten's The Evolution of Golf Course Design is a fascinatingly rich golf architecture book that charts the rich history behind the creation of courses, and how that process has been developed and influenced through time. Golfshake's Andrew Picken has read the book and shares his review.
Spurk Golf Mat Review
Spurk Golf's unique mat was designed to provide golfers with a realistic summer-equivalent playing surface, split over two artificial grass lengths, helping to protect the course or practice area in winter without substituting quality. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been testing it for us.
Countdown to the 148th Open at Royal Portrush
This year's Open Championship marks a historic return to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Marking the countdown, a spectacular and inspiring film has been released, showcasing the best of what can be experienced in the nation.
Royal Portrush Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy's review of the revered and historic venue.
Causeway Coast Trip Report
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy’s overall review and assessment of the trip.
Portstewart Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy's review of Portstewart Golf Club, host of the Irish Open in 2017.
Castlerock Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the Causeway Tour in Northern Ireland, discovering many of the regional links that will be showcased when the Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush in 2019. Here is Andy's review of the striking Castlerock Golf Club.
Wartime History of Golf #5 - The Niblick Brigade
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been researching golf's connections with soliders of the First World War. To conclude the Series, Andrew tells the story of the Niblick Brigade, a group of 102 golf professionals that fought in the conflict.
Moortown Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken was thrilled to play Moortown Golf Club, designed by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie, following a visit to nearby Alwoodley. Here is his Feature Review.
Alwoodley Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken is a huge fan of legendary golf course designer Dr Alister MacKenzie. Andrew relished the chance to experience his first creation at Alwoodley Golf Club, among the finest layouts to be found in Yorkshire.
Wartime History of Golf #4 - JLC Jenkins and Royal Troon
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been researching golf's connections with soliders of the First World War. Telling the story of JLC Jenkins, an Amateur Champion and Captain of Royal Troon Golf Club, who fought in the conflict, whose later life touch many of the biggest events and developments in golf.\
Wartime History of Golf #3 - Erewash Valley Memorial
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been researching golf's connections with soliders of the First World War, and his journey took him to Erewash Valley, where he discovered the memorial that rests on the fairways and clubhouse.
Wartime History of Golf #2 - Memorial at Hollinwell
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been researching golf's connections with soliders of the First World War, an undertaking that began with spotting a memorial at Notts Golf Club, Hollinwell. Here is Andrew's story.
Wartime History of Golf #1 - Caddie was the First Casualty of WW1
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has a passion for golf and researching the history and tales behind the courses that we play on. Much of his recent interest has centered on the First World War. In the first of a series, Andrew shares the story of golf caddie John Parr, who is believed to be the first Britsh Commonwealth solider to be killed in the conflict.
North Foreland Golf Club Feature Review
North Foreland is a highly rated and popular golf club in Kent, boasting a superb course and a rich history, featuring a spectacular location on the coast. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the chance to play there.
Stay & Play at Belton Woods
Belton Woods is a highly regarded venue that boasts two 18-hole golf courses alongside an impressive hotel and spa facility. Golfshake's Andrew Picken recently went to experience it and report on what makes this such a popular spot.
Belton Woods Lakes and Woodside Course Feature Review
Belton Woods is a hugely popular society venue in a perfect location. Featuring two courses - the Lakes and Woodside - Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken went to experience them both. Here is his review.
Have You Tried Playing in a Professionally Run Pro Am Event?
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has made playing in pro-am events a personal objective, and he shares his experiences of shadowing professionals at some of the best courses, explaining why it's such an inspiring opportunity.
Tewkesbury Park Feature Review
Tewkesbury Park is a historic and striking hotel that affords dramatic views across the countryside, including a classic golf course. Having been enhanced following significant renovations, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken went to experience it for himself.
Bunker Lessons with David Leadbetter at His Stoke Park Golf Academy
Golfshake Amabassador Andrew Picken recently attended the grand opening of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Stoke Park, and received some helpful bunker coaching from the legendary instructor himself.
Hever Castle Feature Review
Hever Castle is a tranquil and historic venue in Kent that boasts a highly regarded 27-hole layout. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the chance to experience it. Here is his review.
Leeds Castle Feature Review
Set against the backdrop of historic Leeds Castle in Kent, the charming nine-hole golf course meanders through the stunning parkland of the estate. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the chance to play it.
Littlestone Golf Club Feature Review
Littlestone is a unique and atmospheric championship links course in Kent, part of an incredible region for golf. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the chance to play it during a visit to the area. Here is his review.
Royal Cinque Ports Feature Review
Royal Cinque Ports - often known as Deal - is a revered and traditional links on the famous coast of Kent, sitting alongside Sandwich and Prince's. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the chance to check this highly regarded layout from his bucket list.
Royal St George's Feature Review
Legendary 13-time Open Championship venue Royal St George's is justifiably a bucket list course for any keen golfer. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the chance to tick it off.
Golf in Kent Travel Trip
Having recently enjoyed an incredible golf break to the magical county of Kent, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has put together this report on his trip, delving intothe research he conducted to explain why this has grown into a classic golf destination, and showcasing the variety of other attractions that are avalilable to experience.
London Golf Club Review
The London Golf Club is a European Tour Destination and home to a pair of Championship Courses, The International and The Heritage, both Jack Nicklaus designs. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently played The International, and shares his experience in this Feature Review.
The Strike Plan Review
The Strike Plan is a detailed guide and project from highly regarded author Adam Young to help you to strike the golf ball more consistently and effectively. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has experienced this for himself, and has put together this Review on the programme.
Treading in the Footsteps of Tradition
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced Carnousite Country, and walked in the footsteps of the legendary Ben Hogan at Panmure Golf Club. Here, Andrew looks back at Hogan's amazing history with the area, and reflects on the opportunity to sample that tradition.
Carnoustie Country - Golf and So Much More
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced Carnoustie Country, home to 34 golf courses and many other attractions. Discover his journey to the region, and see why it's a must visit destination for all golfers.
Murrayshall Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the opportunity to play Murrayshall in Perthshire, part of Carnoustie Country. Here is his Feature Review of this spectacular venue.
Montrose Medal Feature Review
As part of a trip to experience Carnoustie Country, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken had the opportunity to play the historic Medal Course at Montrose. Here is his Feature Review.
Panmure Feature Review
The legendary Ben Hogan played practice rounds at Panmure Golf Club before winning The Open Championship at Carnoustie, and Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken followed in his footsteps. Here is his Feature Review.
Playing the Stadium Course, TPC at Sawgrass
As part of a trip to TPC Sawgrass Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken got the opportunity to play the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass as part of a Hole in One Club Competition.
Dye Valley Course Feature Review
As part of a trip to TPC Sawgrass Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken took the opportunity to play and review the Dye Valley course.
The Hole in One Experience of a Lifetime
So how on earth was it that I found myself in Florida with my son playing the same Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass that hosts the Players Championship every May? And for the princlet sum of £5.
Playing TPC Sawgrass and Facing the Iconic 17th Hole
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken is currently in the United States enjoying a dream trip to TPC Sawgrass, courtesy of making it through the UK Grand Final of the Hole in One Club, after making an ace last year. Read about his experience and nerves going into a memorable round on such a famous course.
North East Italy Really is Golf and More
More than 50 million people visit Italy every year. It is a stunning country, known for its food and wine, fashion, history, sports cars, football, lakes, scenery and climate. However, it is also fast becoming known as a destination for visiting golfers
Feature Review Golf Club Castel d'Aviano
Find out how Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken got on playing Golf Club Castel d'Aviano during his visit to Northen Italy.
Feature Review Udine Golf Club
The course is located on a hillside, offering incredible views over the valley towards the Dolomite mountain range. It is breathtaking and is located a stone's throw from the Villaverde Resort featuring spa and wellness rooms in a superb hotel.
Feature Review Golf Senza Confini Tarvisio
Golf Senza Confini Tarvisio Is situated 800 metres above sea level, and offers a mountain trail of a golf course following vast natural fairways on the plateau. Find out how Golfshake ambassador got on as part of his trip to Northern Italy.
Feature Review Trieste Golf Club
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Northen Italy to sample Golf and More. Found out how he got on playing Trieste Golf Club which was 1 of 4 he played during his trip.
Celtic Manor a Must Play Society Stay & Play Venue
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently visited Celtic Manor as part of a society organisers trip. Find out how he got on and why this is a must visit venue for golf societies.
Technology Aiding Pace of Play to Stop Slow Play
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken discusses the issues around slow play, ready golf and the Tag Marshal technology helping to address this with software developed to help both golfers and golf clubs with pace of play on the course.
Golfing 4 Life End of Year Report
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken updates us on Golfing 4 Life at the end of the core 2017 UK golf season.
Atlantic Links Golf Trip
The Atlantic Links along the South West coast of the United Kingdom should be on every golfer's wish list of places to visit. We recently sent Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken to stay and play in the area.
Burnham and Berrow Feature Review
This is a serious links and a true test. Steep sand dunes, great contouring, punishing bunkers and fast, undulating greens create a challenge in all conditions, and if the wind blows you had better bring your best game. Find out what Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken thought of Burnham and Berrow.
Saunton Golf Club Feature Review
Continuing his golfing odyssey in North Devon Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken visited Saunton Golf Club playing both the East and West courses. Find out what he thought.
Royal North Devon Feature Review
Royal North Devon, otherwise known as Westward Ho, is the oldest golf course in England. It was designed by old Tom Morris in 1864 and is regarded as the St Andrews of the south. Golfshake ambassador played in July 2017 find out how he got on.
Mallorca Golf Trip - Club De Golf Alcanada
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently took a trip to the fantastic Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Find out how he got on staying and playing at Club De Golf Alcanada.
Son Gual Golf Feature Review
Son Gual Golf Course is located close to Palma airport, making it an ideal venue to be played on arrival or on the final day of a trip to the island. Find out how Golfshake ambassador Andew Picken got on.
FX-Sport VC Golf Headphones Unique Golf Training Aid
The FX-Sport VC Golf headphones are the first 'Psychological Coaching Device for Golf' combining lightweight, water resistant headphones with an in-built MP3 player with preloaded content specific to golf training.
Tommy's Honour Film Review
Tommy's Honour - the film chronicling the remarkable story of Old and Young Tom Morris in St. Andrews - has been released, and Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan has reviewed the movie (directed by Jason Connery) for us.
A hole in one - a golfers story
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently experience his second hole in one playing in a charity golf day. Read his great insight into what it meant and how this memorable moment felt.
FootJoy Golf Shoe Fitting Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced the FootJoy fitting process and was quite surprised with the outcome and the effect on his golf. Find out how he got on.
Leicestershire Golf Club Feature Review
Feature review from Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken who attended and played the Leicestershire Golf Club in May 2017. Found out how he got on and what he thought of this beautiful city based parkland golf course.
Golf really is good for you
The health benefits of golf have long been assumed but now there is credible and organised research being done of over 500 linked research projects to prove beyond doubt the value of golf to health and well being.
Bagboy TriSwivel II Push Trolley Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently, November 2016, tested out the Bagboy TriSwivel II Push Trolley which is a compact four wheel push trolley packed with features. Find out how he got on.
Tee Caddy Review
The Tee Caddy is a multi-purpose tool that is described as being a game improvement tool and tee retrieval device. Andrew Picken gave this new product a test for Golfshake. Find out how he got on.
Bagboy Quad XL Trolley Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently, November 2016, tested out the Bagboy Quad XL Trolley which is a compact four wheel push trolley packed with features. Find out how he got on.
Bag boy Revolver Cart Bag Review
Bag boy are an American company that have been trading since 1946. They innovated with golf carts and now provide some excellent quality equipment and the Bagboy revolver cart bag reflects their innovative approach to design.
DEVEL Pitchfork Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently tested out the DEVEL Pitchfork which is described as being a unique and innovative pitckmark repairer.
A day out Golfing 4 Life
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picknan recently attended the Media Day for not-for-profit organisation Golfing4Life (G4L) which supports the development of young golfers who have the ability and desire to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport.
Do-it-yourself golf head cover - Blankc Golf
BlankC Golf is the first do-it-yourself golf head cover company. he head cover is a blank canvas for you to create your own masterpiece and stand out from the crowd. Find out more.
Playing on Tour - Mizuno Golf Pairs
Golfshake ambasssador Andrew Picknan tried and tested what it's like to play on tour taking part in the the Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour during Sep 2016 taking part in their East Anglian event. Find out what he thought and how he got on.
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken visited Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club near Nottingham in April 2016. Find out how he got on.
Golf in Lisbon - Everything you need to know
We recently sent Golfshake ambassaor Andrew Picken to Lisbon on a golf trip to stay and play at 3 courses including Ribagolf, Aroeira 1 and Quinta de Peru Golf & Country Club. Find out how he got on and insights for planning your golf trip to Lisbon.
Ribagolfe 1 Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Portugal for a golf trip to Lisbon and played the Ribagolfe. Find out how he got on and what he thought.
Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Portugal for a golf trip to Lisbon and played Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club. Find out how he got on and what he thought.
Herdade da Aroeira - Aroeira 1 Review
Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently headed to Portugal for a golf trip to Lisbon and played the Frank Pennink designed Aroeira 1. Find out how he got on and what he thought.
Aberdovey Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan recently visited the spectacular Aberdovey Golf Club, one of oldest golf clubs in Wales.
Sun Mountain H2NO Lite Carry Bag Review
We recently send out Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan to test out the Sun Mountain H2NO Lite carry bag over 248 hole of golf to give this carry bag and hip belt a full test in a multitude of scenarios.
Royal St David's Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Pickenan recently visited the stunning Royal St. David's in Wales. Here is his detailed review of one of the most natural links courses to be found in the UK.
Review: The Practice Manual
The Practice Manual has taken the body of research in motor learning and explained it in a practical and simple way which every golfer of any level can apply. If you are serious about getting good at golf, this book is a must have for every golfer’s library.
Are indoor golf simulators any good?
Ever thought about indoor golf? check out this feature from Golfshake ambassador Andrew Pickenen who visited an indoor golf centre to try out their simulator and get his golfing fix.
Feature Review - Motocaddy S7 Remote
Motocaddy are recognised as one of the leading brands in the electric trolley market and 2015 saw them launch a new flagship model - The S7 Remote
Review: Golfstream DV-8 Remote Control Trolley
The DV-8 is the flagship trolley in Golfstream's range of 100% British-built products. We recently sent out Golfshake ambassador Andrew Pickenan to test out the trolley which is described as 'the ultimate golf trolley' and 'the closest you will get to having your own bag man'.
Stay & Play - Mannings Heath
We recently sent Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken along to Mannings Heath in Sussex to stay at the South Lodge and play both the Waterfall and Kingfisher courses.
Mannings Heath Waterfall Course Review
Feature review by Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken who visited Mannings Heath at the beginning of October 2015 to experience the venue, hotel and both golf courses.
Mannings Heath Kingfisher Course Review
Golfshake ambassador visited Mannings Heath in September 2015 to stay and play reviewing both the Waterfall and Kingfisher courses.
Feature Review - Walton Heath
We recently Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken along to Walton Heath to play both the Old and New courses. This is the feature review and Old course review following the visit in September 2015 read the New course review here.
Walton Heath New Course Feature Review
Feature review of Walton Heath New Course by Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken who played both the Old and New courses in September 2015.