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Golf Monthly March 2020

Published by TI Media Limited 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
brighter days are coming

As I sit here in mid-January typing this welcome, the rain is hammering away at the window and an email from the club has just landed to say the golf course remains waterlogged and is once again not open for play. Judging from posts on social media and the Golf Monthly forum, the ‘course closed’ signs have been going up rather a lot this winter. Talking to a number of course managers and hearing the rainfall figures, it’s perhaps surprising there weren’t more days where golf wasn’t possible. One links course in the south-east had a total of 400mm of rain in the first nine months of 2019… and then almost exactly the same again in the final three. Truly biblical stuff. From a personal perspective, I found that wet end to…

1 min
letter of the month

With the recent passing of golf course architect Pete Dye at the age of 94, it struck me how designers in the game of golf are underappreciated for the job they do. They create the canvasses for us to play on and yet all too often their names are relegated to obscurity. Dye, of course, was one of the exceptions to this common trend, thanks to several incredible designs that have hosted some of the biggest events in the game. Kiawah Island, Harbour Town and TPC Sawgrass often frequent our television screens and usually create mesmeric entertainment. Indeed, it is fitting that the Ryder Cup in 2020 will head to another of his famous designs, Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. I can only hope the powers that be acknowledge the genius of his…

4 min
your view

For young and old While we are all focused on how to speed up play and attract young players to the game, we should also be mindful of the positive impact the game has on the older generation. Our seniors’ section at the Wychwood Golf Club in West Oxfordshire is large and thriving. We have many in their 70s and 80s who relish regular competition and we recently celebrated the 90th birthday of one of our most enthusiastic golfers. We raise money for good causes and invest heavily in our excellent pro and his team. Golf remains a very popular and healthy pursuit for many of advancing seniority. Let’s celebrate its longevity! Peter Hilling, via email Standing the test of time While cleaning my golf shoes the other day, it occurred to me that I…

1 min
our view

Both the European and PGA Tours have announced new tougher measures to combat slow play this season, so will we see a real difference in 2020? The subject has been causing headlines for years, but seemed to come to a head last season when Bryson DeChambeau was recorded taking over two minutes to line up an eight-foot putt. This looks to have jolted both tours into action, with the European Tour vowing to rigorously enforce its new timing guidelines – 50 seconds if first to play and 40 seconds for the next players in the group – with an immediate one-shot penalty for players recording two ‘bad times’ during a tournament. But haven’t we been here before? Both tours have had the power to dock shots up until now, but this has…

1 min
branden grace

Branden Grace started the final round of the South African Open four shots behind compatriot Louis Oosthuizen, but propelled himself to the top of the leaderboard with a sublime closing 62 to register his first worldwide victory since the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge. Grace started 2019 as world number 49, but fell to 130th after November’s visit to Sun City. He’ll look to build on his first victory for 26 months and force his way back into the world’s top 50 ahead of the first Major of the season. BY THE NUMBERS 62 Grace shot a final-round 62 in South Africa. He had eight birdies and an eagle 73 His world ranking following his first win in his national open 10 Number of victories since the start of 2012 across the PGA and European…

3 min
“i really don’t know how i won. i got very fortunate”

They say that you can learn more from a loss than a win, but this feels like a win that you’ll take a lot away from. Is that the case? You should take something from every round, but yeah, it was just such a bizarre way for it to finish. There’s something about this place – I seem to have the tournament pretty well under control and then I hit it in a hazard. I truly felt like through 15 holes it was one of the best rounds I had played. I was in such control tee to green. I was putting it beautifully, my irons were awesome. I hit a really good drive on the 16th, just the wind took it, and then 18 was just a disaster. I really…