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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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.
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.
Murrsayshall 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.