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Golf Monthly Apr-2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Golf Monthly is the market-leading magazine brand in the UK in a sport that continues to grow and grow. Golf Monthly is a lively and welcoming brand targeted at good golfers who are regular players - and keen to get even better. With over 100 years of heritage and authority behind it, it represents the real 'voice of golf' with leading columnists, top players and unrivalled coverage of equipment and instruction. The Golf Monthly brand also has a strong and growing presence in digital publishing, with a popular website delivering over 1 million page impressions each month, and a strong following on the key social media platforms.

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georgia on my mind

michael.harris@timeinc.com I'm writing this on a cold, wet February day. My plans to play golf for the last two weekends have been scuppered by the weather, but there's hope on the horizon: it's exactly 50 days before the start of The Masters! I was lucky enough to visit Augusta in 2007 when Zach Johnson held off Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and a certain Tiger Woods. Truth be told, it wasn't a classic. Unseasonably cold weather and high winds that April ensured scoring was modest. The back-nine roars were muted as no one really mounted a charge. We had the slightly unusual situation where fans had to wait to see if the favourites could usurp Johnson, who was in the clubhouse holding the lead. They couldn't. Despite it not being one for the history books,…

your view

A stark contrast Let's compare two recent tournaments. At Torrey Pines, it took J.B. Holmes four minutes to play a shot. Roger Bannister ran a mile in less than that. A week later we had the Phoenix Open, which welcomed a record-breaking 719,179 people through its gates. The crowds there hit the bars early and raucous behaviour is actually encouraged. Obviously the first example shows the pathetic attempts by the ruling bodies to really address slow play. While the second may not be the ideal atmosphere to play golf in, you can't disagree that it puts a lot of bums on seats. As a paying customer, which would you prefer – stifling boredom or loud entertainment? James Geddie, via email Don’t live in the past With regards the debate in the March issue on online…

letter of the month

in association with Night-time delight I played night golf for the first time recently and it was exhilarating. I wonder if one of the tours, or The R&A, might sanction an official night-golf event for TV – match play would be preferable as it would add to the excitement. Not only would it be a great spectacle, it would represent an opportunity for brands to showcase colourful outfits and so on. Events could be run around the country, as well, giving numerous golf fans the chance to experience the action first hand. It would be an amazing way for golf to move firmly into the 21st century. Simon Thorpe, Southampton Editor’s reply: Simon, the European Tour has paved the way for this with its Hero Challenge, so a sanctioned event would be the next step.…

the game

TIGER WOODS Centre of Attention Tiger Woods made his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour in the Farmers Insurance Open, with his performance at Torrey Pines offering many positives. He finished inside the top 30 and, crucially, showed no signs of back pain. What's more, his short game and putting looked in excellent shape. Could he contend at Augusta National? It depends on his next few events, but stranger things have certainly happened. 216,818 Saturday’s attendance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open – a PGA Tour record 62 Shubhankar Sharma shot a final-round 62 to win the Maybank Championship – his second European Tour victory in just 13 starts 15 Number of times Kiradech Aphibarnrat played the 18th hole en route to victory in the World Super 6 Perth 11 Jason Day recorded his 11th PGA…

debate are county card s c h e m e s good for the game?

YES Many golfers today look to play the game more itinerantly. They set aside an annual budget to visit a variety of courses during the season. Online tee booking companies and two-for-one green fee schemes are facilitating this. On one side, this is good for the game as it provides clubs with much-needed visitor income. But, this trend for nomadic golf presents a challenge to the traditional membership model. The County Card scheme provides a way for clubs to compete against the discount green fee companies. It doesn't contribute to the exodus from traditional club membership. In fact, it does quite the opposite. To qualify for a County Card and the opportunity to play reduced price golf at participating courses, an individual must be a member of a participating club. What the County…

strategy analyse your options

Some holes require little strategy: take driver, swing hard and then go for the green. Simple. Not easy (it's golf, after all), but simple. Other holes demand more thought, however. Consider the 301-yard par-4 16th at Bandon Dunes (below). This double-decker hole gives you three paths to the pin: back-to-back irons (with a blind approach); a safe hybrid to the upper fairway, leaving a wedge to the receptive green; or a big drive that may just reach the green. Decisions, decisions. Here's how to make the right choice... 1 The safe play You can reach the lower fairway with as little as an 8-iron from the regular tees. There's no shame in this if you walk away with par or better. Plus, leaving a longer approach (albeit a blind one in this…