What is Your Dream Round of Golf?
We're all looking forward to that magical day when golf reopens in the UK, a hopeful vision that has likely featured prominently in the minds of the Golfshake Community, but if you could transfer that fantasy into reality, what would be your dream post-lockdown round?
This is a time to free your imagination and consider what improbable situation that you most want to experience. We are maintaining social distancing in this scenario, so we are restricting your round to just a twosome. You can select one living golfer to partner you on the course of your choosing. Who are you playing with, and where is it going to be?
It's a question that we presented to the Golfshake Ambassadors. See if you like their suggestions.
For Ed Dimambro, there is only one answer.
"It would have to be Tiger Woods, the greatest ever to play, a huge reason behind my uptake of the game, and now I would say as he has gotten older appears to be more personable. I think it would be an unbelievable experience, the stories he must have to tell. I would gladly shoot 100+ just to keep him out on the course longer!
"And we'd play Augusta National, the scene of one of the best comeback stories in history with his victory in 2019. Not many get to tread those famed fairways. I would have him re-create THAT chip from the 2005 Masters on 16."
Kevin Paver is another in the Tiger at Augusta camp, saying: "If you could play with anyone, I can’t see past the GOAT. A two-ball, Tiger and me at Augusta. Wow."
Mel Davies is heading to the Home of Golf to play with a European Ryder Cup stalwart.
"Lee Westwood is my favourite golfer and has been for some time now. I love the way he plays and also think the 'banter' would be great. It has to be the Old Course at St Andrews as it’s right up there in my bucket list, so to play there with Westwood would be truly awesome."
For Alex Picken, the opportunity to tap into the brain of Padraig Harrington would be hard to turn down.
"I think his knowledge of the game's fundamentals and swing elements is arguably better than some coaches, so I would love to get tips off him, enjoy watching one of the best as well as getting to play Carnoustie with the 2007 winner."
Rob Cross is heading to the Monterey Peninsula in California to experience Pebble Beach with Rory McIlroy.
"I'd love to play with Rory. It was a tough choice (Tiger is incredible, as is Jack). But I think Rory would be good company as well as being an awesome golfer.
"We had a trip to California a few years back and drove from San Francisco to San Diego. That involved a trip to the Pebble Beach area. The course looks spectacular, is very expensive to play and isn't as accessible as say St Andrews which would be another option. But this is a dream, so, Rory McIlroy at Pebble Beach it is."
Matt Holbrook is also planning a date with Rory, but at his home course, Stowmarket Golf Club. "I'd love to see what he could shoot round there and to pick his brain about all things golf!"
Richard Moore is taking a different strategy, playing with fellow Golfshake Member, Bruce Varga.
"Why Saunton East? In the sunshine there is nowhere like it. Best times ever with me and Bruce taking ages discussing which line to hit our shots on as it was a true puzzle!"
Golfshake's Kieran Clark is someone generally more interested in golfers from the distant past, but with Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson and Seve Ballesteros no longer with us, he is instead picking a colourful character.
"I would play the Old Course with Colin Montgomerie. Despite being intrigued by playing the ancient links with a master like Tom Watson, a British legend like Sandy Lyle, or a genius mind like Ben Crenshaw, for any Scottish golfer of my generation, Monty was a hero, and I would love to experience his unique personality in a relaxed setting at a venue where he tasted success, including winning the Dunhill Links, and finishing runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 2005 Open."
Finally, Andy Picken wants to play with a six-time major winner at the site of one of his greatest triumphs. "Sir Nick Faldo was the reason I became a golf nut. His pursuit of excellence and the sacrifices it entailed inspired me in so many ways. This Pringled Prince at the Home of Golf. No better playing partner or venue."
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