Barney's November 2019 Newsletter
The clocks going back this year really has signalled the beginning of the end of Autumn and as they say in Game of Thrones "Winter is coming".
I started my winter getaway with a David Short Golf Holiday group in Turkey with a dozen clients. We were blessed with great weather and I have to say the hotel's and golf courses were splendid. We had a trio of ladies from Mid Herts Sue, Vicky and Chris and as you can imagine their golf was excellent. Golf in Turkey is on the up and they are rolling out a strong junior programme and looking to increase participation significantly over the next decade.
Good fortune see's Jennie and I off to Mauritius to host a twenty strong group at the beautiful Anahita Resort featuring an Ernie Els Golf Course. It is a really interesting island with English and French history and a diverse population from India, China and African backgrounds, needless to say the food is fantastic along with the pleasing climate.
On the World golf scene, Tiger Woods continues to confound the critics with his 82nd PGA Tour win at the ZoZo Championship held in Japan. He now ties the record with the great Sam Snead, although I am guessing his haul of $120 million over that period was significantly more than Sam ever made! Tiger surely has the Majors record in his mind and I certainly wouldn't bet against him reaching the magic milestone. The other great sporting event in Japan has been the Rugby World Cup which has been a triumph. A shame England just ran out of steam in the final, but full marks to the Springboks and their inspirational captain Siya Kolsi. His story from humble beginnings to lifting the world cup is truly a great one and well worth reading up on. Sadly on the football front my beloved team Watford remain planted to the foot of the premiership and are in need of a Christmas miracle to revive their fortunes.
Golf now in the UK is very different to only a few weeks ago with the ball going considerably shorter. For most of us that means we will be using more fairway woods than of late, to generate the distance the cooler damper conditions have taken away. With that in mind I have included a video I did on that subject and hope it is of some help.
My winter tip is to keep playing as much as you can, even if it is just 9 or 12 holes as there will come a time where the course will be shut for a few weeks, so we will have to make do with putting on the carpet at home and swinging a club in the lounge (avoiding all light fittings of course :-)
Keep dry and enjoy your golf wherever you are.
All the best
Fellow of the PGA