Articles by Matt Holbrook
Matt is Golfshake's longest serving ambassador regularly carrying out golf course features reviews, product reviews and golf trip features.
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PuttView Books Review
Now they have finally returned to the golf course, the Golfshake Ambassadors have had the opportunity to try out and put to use ‘The Book’ from PuttView, which is an acclaimed tour standard course guide/planner that is usable by anyone from club golfers to elite amateurs and professionals.
Don't Let Your Golf Progress Stop During Lockdown
Golf courses and facilities remain closed across England, but Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook was determined to not let this latest lockdown stop any golf progress he was looking to make and has tried to make the most of the time. Matt decribes some things that he has been up to and ideas that others might fancy trying.
Woodbridge Golf Club Feature Review
Part of Suffolk's popular hotbed of heathland courses, Woodbridge Golf Club is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake and is widely considered to be a wonderful test of golf. Matt Holbrook went to experience the layout for himself.
Turnberry Resort - The Ultimate Golf Experience
Turnberry Resort has been a jewel on the Ayrshire coastline since 1906 and was among the first purpose-built golf resorts in Britain. It is also widely renowned for being one of the UK's premier locations for a stay and play golf break. We take a look at the resort and surrounding area to reflect on why Turnberry is arguably the Ultimate Golf Experience in the UK.
The Ailsa Course at Turnberry Feature Review
Steeped in history and prestige, the Ailsa at Turnberry has hosted four Open Championships and is widely considered to be among the world's best golf courses. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook reflects on his experience playing there, describing what makes this layout special.
The King Robert the Bruce Course at Turnberry Feature Review
The King Robert the Bruce is the second course on offer at Turnberry, which in its own right is a true links test. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook explains why it should not be overlooked and is well worth the trip to play or to experience as part of an overnight stay and play package.
Dundonald Links Feature Review
Part of a magnificent coastline for golf in the west of Scotland, Dundonald Links is a modern Kyle Phillips design in Ayrshire that memorably hosted the 2017 Scottish Open. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has experienced the venue for himself and describes what it has to offer.
The Shire London Feature Review
The Shire London is renowned for being solely designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, located in Barnet, a course that is only rising in stature as it matures. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook took the opportunity to experience it for himself and shares his thoughts in this new Feature Review.
The Impact of Golfers CBD
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has recently been testing products from Golfers CBD to discover what impact they could have on his game, describing his experiences with the three products has used.
Royal Norwich Golf Club Feature Review
Created by Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, the new Royal Norwich opened its doors in September 2019 following significant investment and years of detailed planning. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook had the good fortune of visiting the venue, playing the course, and capturing his thoughts in this feature review.
Bushnell Tour V5 Shift Review
For 2020, Bushnell launched its new Tour V5 Shift Laser, a device that Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook was excited to test on the golf course. Matt shares his thoughts on the looks, performance and rates the quality of the product.
Foxhills Golf Club - Bernard Hunt Course Feature Review
Surrey's Foxhills Country Club is home to two championship golf courses, the Bernard Hunt and Longcross. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook wanted to experience this acclaimed venue for himself, playing the Hunt Course.
Tyrrells Wood Golf Club Feature Review
Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Tyrrells Wood Golf Club is a James Braid layout in Surrey that is somewhat overshadowed by its more illustrious neighbours, but delivers a memorable experience for members and visitors alike. Matt Holbrook wanted to see it for himself.
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.
SuperSpeed Golf PRGR Launch Monitor Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has been determined to add extra speed and distance to his game, working with the SuperSpeed Golf system, but now he has used the PRGR Launch Monitor to provide data insights on that improvement.
Golfers CBD Oil Enters UK Market
CBD Oil has become a regular product on the PGA Tour, with various golfers believing that it could positively impact their game. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook wanted to know more, so has reached out to new UK brand, Golfers CBD.
NUROCO Energy Gel Review
This year, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has taken the opportunity to try out a new golf focused food and energy product, NUROCO, which is marketed as providing 'fuel for focus' to help your game without 'sugar rushes' to see if it can help to improve his game.
Why You SHOULDN'T Be Excited About The Premier Golf League
Continuing the debate around the proposed Premier Golf League, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook responds with the perspective of an avid golf fan, explaining why he doesn't believe that it would be a positive route for the game.
How SuperSpeed Golf Can Help You to Gain More Distance
Looking to take his game to the next level, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has spent much of winter using SuperSpeed Golf to add more distance to his driving. Matt explains what the product is, how it works, and what differences it has already made to his swing.
Bury St Edmunds Golf Club Feature Review
Bury Edmunds Golf Club in Suffolk is a parkland course that was originally designed by legendary British golfer, Ted Ray. Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Matt Holbrook went to experience the venue and discover why it's so positively regarded.
Nevada Bob’s Colchester Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary
Undoubtedly a success story in golf, Nevada Bob's in Colchester is celebrating 25 years in business. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook visited to hear more about the secrets behind that longevity, how the industry has changed, and what the future holds.
Perranporth Golf Club Feature Review
One of many spectacular golf courses in Cornwall, Perranporth is known for its fun layout and stunning views. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook had the opportunity to experience this memorable venue for himself.
Trevose Golf & Country Club Feature Review
The Harry Colt designed Trevose Golf & Country Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and revered in Cornwall. Matt Holbrook took the opportunity to visit and sample this acclaimed venue for himself.
St Enodoc Golf Club Feature Review
Designed by James Braid, the Church Course at St Enodoc Golf Club is widely considered to be among the finest in the UK. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook visited Cornwall to see for himself.
Alternative Winter Golf Apparel Brands
As the nights are drawing in and the temperatures start to drop, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has looked beyond the major brands to see what winter golf apparel is available to get everyone through until the warmer times.
Tandridge Golf Club Feature Review
Tandridge Golf Club is sometimes unfairly overshadowed by other courses in Surrey, but this is a sublime, Highly Recommended venue. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook had the chance to visit and play this Harry Colt design.
Stoke Rochford Golf Club Feature Review
Stoke Rochford Golf Club is situated near the Lincolnshire town of Grantham, just off the A1. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook had the opportunity to experience this Highly Recommended venue for the first time and shares his thoughts.
Woodhall Spa Bracken Course Feature Review
The Bracken Course at Woodhall Spa is sometimes overshadowed by the revered Hotchkin Course that neighbours it, but Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook discovered during his visit that this layout is an underappreciated gem.
Thorpeness Hosts 3rd LET Pro Am This August
Dame Laura Davies will host the 2019 Thorpeness LET Pro Am 29-31 August. The event, which is in its third year will feature 18 players from the Ladies European Tour competing in an engaging format at a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake.
Under Armour HOVR Drive Golf Shoe Review
This year, Under Armour released its new HOVR Drive golf shoes, which has been created to provide optimum comfort without sacrificing the energy return that helps to deliver power, including energy return and greater traction. Golfshake's Matt Holbrook has tested and reviewed them for us.
Diss Golf Club Feature Review
Set just a very short drive from the main town of Diss on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, Diss Golf Club is a friendly venue welcoming visitors and societies alike to enjoy a excellent experience all year round. Golfshake's Matt Holbrook recently had the opportunity to visit.
Stowmarket Golf Club Feature Review
Stowmarket Golf Club is a Golfshake Highly Recommended parkland course that is situated within Suffolk. Golfshake Matt Holbrook has reviewed the venue and its facilities for us.
PhiGolf Mobile & Home Golf Simulator Review
PhiGolf is an affordable example of golf technology that combines a home based golf simulator with a swing analysis device, thanks to a small sensor that fits within the grip of a golf club. Golfshake's Matt Holbrook had the opportunity to try it out, and here is his review.
West Cornwall Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently had the opportunity to play the highly regarded West Cornwall Golf Club, which overlooks the scenic bay of St Ives. Here is his review of a club and course that boasts a rich tradition and history.
Ufford Park Feature Review
Set in the picturesque Suffolk town of Woodbridge, Ufford Park is an excellent parkland resort course which boasts natural undulations and scenic views. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently had the chance to play it.
Sheringham Golf Club Review
Norfolk's Sheringham Golf Club is one of the most historic and visually spectacular courses in the region. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently had the chance to experience it for himself. Here is his Feature Review.
Royal Cromer Golf Club Review
Royal Cromer is renowned as being among the most spectacular cliff-top golf courses in the UK. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently had the chance to experience it for himself, and here is his Review.
Kings Lynn Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played Kings Lynn Golf Club in Norfolk. Here is his Feature Review, reflecting on his experience at this superb inland venue.
Insightful Tour Golf Network Delivers Engaging Community
Golf professional Liam Robinson has created the insightful and fun Tour Golf Network to help fund his travels, in addition to providing an access all areas view into that journey, as well as bringing together an engaged community of golfers. Matt Holbrook looks at the Network and what it's all about.
SuperStroke Pistol GTR 2.0 Putter Grip Review
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook recently decided to give is golf gear a MOT for the new season and started with replacing his putter grip with a brand new SuperStroke Pistol GTR 2.0 Putter Grip. Find out what he thought.
2018 Masters - 3 Hot and 3 Not
It will take some days to digest the Masters, and there are many questions to be answered following the contrasting performances from those in contention. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook takes a closer look at three players whose stock rose this weekend, and three who perhaps won't look back so fondly on their time in Augusta.
Toot Hill Golf Club Feature Review
Toot Hill has become regarded as being one of the finest and most popular golf courses in Essex. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently discovered for himself and wrote this glowing review of the experience.
Romford Golf Club Feature Review
Romford Golf Club has a rich history within Essex - having been originally designed by the legendary James Braid. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played the course and put together this Feature Review.
Arch Wasp Custom Yardage Books
Arch Wasp are a new golf company to enter the market and have launched what can only be described as DIY Yardage Books that can be used by any golfer, for use on any course. Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time to check out the product as well as catch-up with the founder.
Thorpeness Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook recently visited Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel in Suffolk. Find out how he got on and what he thought of this heathland course and stay and play venue.
Review Ile Aux Cerfs - Mauritius
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out during a family holiday to play and review golf in paradise at the fantastic Ile Aux Cerfs course in Mauritius.
West Sussex Golf Course Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook had the opportunity to play the highly ranked West Sussex Golf Club, which is one of the finest heathland courses the UK has to offer. Find out how he got on.
Pin Mapping Green Guide Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook recently had the opportunity to check out the new Green Guides from Pin Mapping. Find out how he got in.
Saffron Walden Golf Club Review
We sent Golfshake ambassador and regular golf course reviewer Matt Holbrook to Saffron Walden Golf Club in March 2017 to check out this East Anglia located golf course.
Golf in Sync Training Aid Review
Golfshake ambassador and 11 handicap golfer Matt Holdbrook recently took the time to test out the new Golf in Sync training aid.
Book review: You! A Golf Guru
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook reviews a little unknown golf book ‘You! A Golf Guru’ - find out what he thought and how to get yourself a copy.
Shot Scope First Look Review
Shot Scope is the latest in the growing 'in game' performance tracking market which Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook recently tested. Find out how he got on.
Macdonald Spey Valley Aviemore Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out to head up to the Scottish Highlands to stay and play at Macdonald Spey Valley. Find out how he got on playing this fantastic championship course in Aviemore.
Macdonald Cardrona Feature Review
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out to head up to the Scotland early in October 2016 to stay and play at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spar resort in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
Feature Moor Park
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently visited Moor Park in Hertfordshire with boasts two stunning golf courses designed by the legendary Harry Colt in 1923 which have matured to become two of the best in the county – and among the best in England.
Longhirst Hall - Dawson Course Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played the Dawson Course at Longhirst Hall in Northumberland, and he notes his full impression of the experience within this review.
Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently got his hands on the new Callaway Hybrid Rangefinder, and he provides his thoughts on the latest product in this review.
Feature Essendon Country Club
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played both courses at Essendon Country Club in Hertfordshire - the Old and New - with the club formerly known as The Hatfield London leaving a positive impression.
Penrith Golf Club Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently experienced the picturesque Penrith Golf Club, situated between the Eden Valley and the Lake District. It certainly left an impression.
Ipswich Golf Club Feature Review
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently played the glorious heathland layout of Ipswich Golf Club, commonly known as Purdis Heath. Find out what he thought of such a highly regarded course.
Celtic Manor - The Twenty Ten Experience
Golfshake contributor Matt Holbrook recently headed to Celtic Manor to play the 2010 course. Read about his experinces at the Ryder Cup venue.
Who would make your 2016 European Ryder Cup team?
Golfshake contributor, Matt Holbrook counts down to the 2016 Ryder Cup and shares his predictions of who might make the team in 2016.
Feature Review: Oceanico Faldo
We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura. This is the review for the Faldo course.
Feature Review: Oceanico Victoria
We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura. This is the review for the Victoria course.
Feature Review: Oceanico O'Connor
We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura. Read the review for the O'Connor course.
Feature Review: Oceanico Old Course
We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura. Read the review for the Oceanico Old course.
Feature Review - PUMA TITANTOUR [First Impressions]
PUMA have been making some great golf gear for some time and so when we heard of the realease of their new TITANTOUR shoe we decided to send some avid golfers out to get a first look at the 'Coolest' shoe in golf.
Feature Review GolfBuddy LR4
If you are looking for the perfect distance measuring device in 2015 then look no further than the GolfBuddy LR4 which is the upgrade on last year's GolfBuddy LR3 model.
Feature Review GAMEGOLF
Golfshake member Matt Holbrook recently took the opportunity to test out the latest wearable golf technology on the market - GAME GOLF.
Tee Claw helps golfers 'practice Like they play'
Tee Claw is an innovative golfing accessory designed to help the hardcore golfers amongst us to “Practice like you play”.
SkyCaddie Touch Review
Golfshaker Matt Holbrook recently got the chance to test the new SkyCaddie Touch and shares his experience.
Bridgestone Ball Fitting Experience
During the fitting I learnt that the ball I was currently using wasn't ideal and was creating too much spin, in particular on my tee shots, which meant if my strike wasn't perfect (which it often isn't) I was either losing my drives left or right.
Ryder Cup Team Europe Decision Time
Following today's Italian Open on the European Tour the 9 players that have automatically qualified for the European Ryder cup side have now been confirmed. Who would get your Captain's pick ?
Feature Review - Forward Putter Grips
Golfshake writer Matt Holbrook recently got the chance to have a look at the latest in Putter Grip technology from new manufacturer Forward Golf.
Sandford Springs Feature Review
Sandford Springs is highly popular modern 'Golf Resort' that boasts 27 holes of golfing delight and we sent Golfshake member Matt Holbrook to check out this course playing all 3 loops of 9.
Review Colne Valley Golf Club
Set in the quaint village of Earls Colne, 10 miles West of Colchester, Colne Valley sits in the tranquil countryside of Essex offering a treat of parkland golf for players of all abilities since 1989.
Review Swingbyte Golf Swing Analyser
Matt Holbrook recently got the chance to check out golf swing analyser Swingbyte for a Golfshake review and to test out on my swing to see how it stacks up and hopefully help improve my game.
The Race for the European Ryder Cup spots - UPDATE
Following on from his original article back in August 2013 looking at who could make the 2014 European Ryder Cup team - Matt Holbrook takes another look now that the season is in full flow.
Sponsorship in Golf, Golf in Sponsorship
Matt Holbrook takes a look at sponsorship in golf at the other end of the game.
Feature Review The Manor House Hotel & Golf Club
The Manor House is a beautiful and classic parkland course set deep in the Cotswold Valleys. We sent Golfshake Members Chris Perry and Matt Holbrook along to review.
Feature Review Great Hadham Golf & Country Club
Near Bishop Stortford, Great Hadham Golf Club is situated on the Essex, Hertfordshire border. We sent Golfshake Member Matt Holbrook along to review.
Identify Your Game - Stamp Your Balls
Golfshake's Matt Holbrook had a look at the newest golf craze and one with a real purpose on the golf course.
Golf Apps - 2014
Golfshaker Matt Holbrook shares his opinions on some of the most popular golf apps on the market.
FENIX Golf - Golf Apparel
Functional, Comfortable and durable, the FENIX range offer any golfer something as well as being able to custom your own designs.
EurAsia Cup 2014
After successful viewing figures for match play events such as The Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup - the European Tour look set to continue this trend by adding a brand new match play event for the 2014 season.
The Race for the European Ryder Cup spots
As the race for the European Ryder Cup spots begins this week at the ISPS Handa Wales Open we take a look at some potentials names to miss out on automatic qualification as well as those that are looking ideally positioned in the current standings.
Review John Letters TR47
Golfshakers Matt Holbrook and Kamal Lakhani joined the Golfshake team at Direct Golf Cambridge to put the new John Letter TR47 range through it's paces.
Caddies Professional Golf Wipes
A new product has hit the golf market to help and aid golfers in keeping their golf equipment clean before during and after a round.
Golfband Training Aid - Feature Review
Matt Holbrook takes a look at the simple, but highly effective Golfband training aid....
Tour Tweets of the Week #2nd Dec 2012
Matt's fun and off topic look at what the Tour players are talking about this week.
Wilson Staff DXi Superlight Driver Review
Wilson introduced the DXi Superlight driver earlier this year as part of an extensive 2012 golf range to help golfer of all abilities improve their game. Already playing the Wilson Staff Ci11 irons along with Wilson wedges I was keen to see how the Driver stacked up against my only none Wilson club in my current bag.
Golf Buddy Voice Review
The Golf Buddy Voice launched earlier this year and made a great impact offering something different in the fast growing Golf GPS market. Having not really used a GPS device before and especially one that talked I was very eager to test out this product.
McIlroy v Donald - Race to Dubai Final
So we head into the final round of the Race to Dubai season tomorrow and you couldn’t have scripted it any better. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald share the lead and will head out in the last pairing tomorrow. Golfshake takes a look at the head to head stats..
Player of the Year Contenders - European and PGA Tour
I think everyone would agree that winning his 2nd major, 2 FedEx cup wins plus winning both money lists and being world number 1, Rory McIlroy has probably done enough to ensure he will be named as player of the year – probably on both tours. But what about the other potential contenders that may have been overshadowed by the Irish mans brilliance ?
Tour Tweets of the Week #17th Nov 2012
Matt's fun and off topic look at what the Tour players are talking about this week.
Golf TV - The Future?
So I sat down to watch the start of the Golf Grand Slam event in Bermuda. Set my sky to auto change to Sky Sports 3 for its scheduled 9pm start and to my shock when the channel changed what I found wasn't the golf. In fact it was....
Tour Tweets of the Week #26th Oct 2012
A fun and off topic look at what the Tour players are talking about this week.
Feature Review: Son Antem
The Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect location for golfers and non golfers visiting Mallora. Offering 2 golf courses, excellent golf facilities and the perfect retreat to relax and be pampered.
Thumb Caddy Grip Aid
The Thumb Caddy is a new, unique and quirky training aid fresh to the market in 2012 designed to help improve your grip.
Weekly Twitter round up #12th Oct 2012
Weekly Twitter round up. See what the pros have been saying on twitter over the last 7 days.
Team Europe - Players Review
Matt takes a look at the European Team and offers is review and ratings for each of the players. Do you think he his right ?
Interview - Why Did You Decide to Become a Caddy?
Many of you may have read my interview with European Tour caddy Richard Logue. As a follow up to this I was given the chance to speak with Matt Middleton, who you probably wouldn't have heard of.
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Caddy Interview - Richard Logue
Recently Golfshake.com writer Matt Holbrook got the chance to catch up and have a chat with Richard Logue who is currently caddy for James Morrison on the European Tour, and has been for the past 18 months.
Review: The 15th Club - Golf Training Aid
The 15th Club is new to the golf market for 2012. The simple, versatile, lightweight affordable training aid/warm up tool is perfectly designed to fit into any golfers bag.
Feature: Playing My First Competitive Game
So I'm sure many have been in this situation, for me it may have taken longer than usual 3 years in fact due to not being a club member, to play in your first competitive round of golf.
Feature Review - GoKart Golf Trolley
Golfshake recently featured some of the electric golf trolley's on the market and following on from this I got the opportunity to check out the standard speed control electric trolley from GoKart.
Groove Fix Stylish Golf Accessories
GrooveFix are taking Golfing accessories to a different level with their unique design and quality finish making them a must for any golfer.
Feature Review - GOTtheVibe
GOTtheVibe is an innovative patented damper device fitted into the shaft of any putter developed by Dave Hicks Putting (DHP). The GOTtheVibe works by reducing vibrations in the putter head increasing the size of the sweet spot and dramatically increasing feel which results in improved confidence, accuracy and distance control and has been known to save up to 5 putts strokes in a round.