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Mr Golf's Blog ( Written By Stewart Ewens - Golf sales, Golf Tee Time Service) 

 

Date: 14th December 2017

Top 10 Christmas gifts for golfers

 

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Even if you do get a chance to hit the fairways during the festive season, the weather is unlikely to co-operate. Who wants to battle round 18-holes in driving sleet? Well, it’s better than nothing… On top of the weather, the course is liable to be in fairly lamentable condition: The greenkeepers will have been off for a week, and two months of rain will have left the place looking like the Norfolk Broads.

There’s no golf on the TV as the pro circuits are on holiday too. If you’re lucky you might find some re-runs of “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf,” but things have to be pretty desperate before you’ll sit through 90 minutes of Al Geiberger versus Peter Alliss from 1969.

Christmas Day might bring some cheer as the hopeful golfer looks optimistically at the presents under the tree. “Those could be golf balls…. Maybe, just maybe, it’s Ben Hogan’s Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” More likely it’s a pack of novelty soaps and Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

The thing is; it’s very difficult to buy presents for a golfer, particularly if the gift-giver doesn’t know too much about the sport. It might be tempting to buy a golfing friend or relative a score-counter or a set of those rubber tees tied together with string, but they really won’t want them – golfers are a fickle bunch. Here then is a little help; listed below are 10 gifts that any golfer would be delighted to receive on Christmas morning.

 

A Golf Holiday with Us

A gift that keeps on giving: Is there a better present than a memorable Golf Holiday? Well we would say that, but perhaps if you are travelling too this is just the ticket for all parties.   

Golf is not a Game of Perfect by Dr Bob Rotella

This is the go-to book on golfing psychology and a must-read for every golfer. It’s common sense in the main but, if you follow the guidance, you will take a better mental approach on the course and your scores will, inevitably, come down. This is a gift that could lower the recipient’s handicap – surely that’s the ultimate present!

Hand warmers

A good one for the time of year: It’s pretty miserable out on the fairways when your hands get so cold you can barely make a grip. But you needn’t let it happen. There are various makes and types of hand warmers on the market that you can pop in your pocket (or a pair of mittens) and keep your fingers toasty warm. You can get one-use packs like “Little Hotties” that produce heat for up to eight hours when exposed to fresh air. Or, electronic warmers like the “HotRox” that can be recharged. They just make playing on those frozen winter mornings a little more enjoyable.

Customised Pro V1s

Admittedly not every golfer uses the Titleist Pro V1, but it’s a quality ball that any player should be grateful to receive. Speak to your local professional who will (for Christmas only) be able to order a dozen with a customised message printed on the side. Go for the recipient’s name or initials rather than something silly. Some people might be embarrassed to tee it up in the first Medal of the new year with “Best Grandpa in the world” emblazoned on the side of their ball.

A series of lessons

Winter is a great time to work on your game as you prepare to start the new season. Why not gift a course of lessons with a local professional? Even the best players could use a little fine-tuning to their games in the off-season.

Knitted Headcovers

These add a bit of class and colour to any golf bag: A retro look that will make your kit stand out from the crowd. Have a look at the ones from Flaming Golf.

A round at a top course

If you’re feeling generous then why not give a voucher for a game of golf at a famous venue? Perhaps if you play golf yourself, you might just benefit from this present too…

A night out in London

OK, so this doesn’t sound very golf-themed, but it will be if you factor in a trip to Urban Golf. At one of the three Urban Golf “clubhouses” (located in Soho, Smithfield and Kensington) you can play some of the world’s most famous courses on state-of-the-art simulators. You can also enjoy a few beers while you’re doing it. There are equivalent outfits in many UK cities.

A Trip to The Masters

This year saw Sergio Garcia break his Major Duck with an awe inspiring victory at Augusta, 2018 is set to be another big year in Major’s golf, not least the buzz surrounding Tiger Woods Latest comeback. The Masters is one of those “Must Do” Trips for any avid golf fan and here at Golf Tee Time service you can watch all the action unfold with us in 2018 with our Hosted Masters Trips, so if you are looking to really treat your loved one then why not purchase that 2018 Masters Golfing Adventure with GTTS!  

For last minute Christmas inspiration visit www.golfteetimeservice.co.uk

 

 

Date: 7th December 2017

Congratulations Portugal!

Portugal Wins Best World Golf Destination2017 at The World Golf Travel Awards

The World Golf Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism through its highly-respected annual awards programme and Portugal has won the best World Golf Destination Award 201 (4th year in a row!) an outstanding achievement considering the level of competition which included nominees of Argentina, Australia, Morocco Vietnam, United States, Dominican Republic, and  Dubai.  

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Playing golf in Portugal remains in the memories of all those who try it. And why? Excellent courses in stunning settings, a mild climate all year round and the friendly welcome given to golfers. 

It is difficult to find a better destination for a golfing holiday. Voted the World's Best Golf Destination by the World Golf Awards for the fourth year in a row (between 2014 and 2017), Portugal has a wide range of courses with characteristics to suit different levels of difficulty and different budgets.

There are some ninety courses throughout the country, of which 57 are 18-hole and 9 are 27-hole, with a range of layouts and major golfing challenges recognised by the most experienced golf professionals.

Many of the courses were designed by famous architects such as Robert Trent Jones Jr., Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros, Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer, the creator of the award-winning Oceânico Victoria, one of golf's flagship courses, where the Portugal Masters has been held since it was first staged in 2007. One thing they all share is their environmental quality and the harmonious way in which they blend into the natural surroundings.

The Algarve and the Lisbon coast are well-known destinations for more experienced players and have won several international awards. They host major competitions on the professional tours, as does Madeira with its mountain courses. In the Azores, there's also rustic golf that is played in a rural setting. But it was in Porto and the North that it all began, where Espinho, the second oldest course in mainland Europe, is located.

But the biggest challenge while you're playing is not to have your concentration broken by the beauty and light of the surrounding countryside. Portugal has courses that overlook the sea flanked by cliffs and dunes with white sand. And others surrounded by lakes and mountains, where the perfumes of flowers and herbs blend and become impossible to distinguish one from the other.

And even though games can be relaxed or hotly contested, the encounter concludes at a table in the clubhouse, or the restaurant… to practise a "sport" at which the Portuguese excel: socialising.

Quinta South Wins Best Portugal Course 2017

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The World Golf Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism through its highly-respected annual awards programme and Quinta do Lago’s 72-par South Course, which also won the 2014 title, has hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than eight occasions.

Sean Moriarty, chief executive of Quinta do Lago, said: “To be voted as the best course in Portugal is a real honour and is the perfect end to what is our 45th anniversary.

“There is obviously a lot of competition for such a prestigious award, which is emphasised by the fact Portugal was again voted best world destination, so to come out top speaks volumes for the quality of the course.

The South Course has long been a favourite for Europe’s top professional players as well as amateurs and its brilliant to be recognised. We have received lots of fantastic feedback from visitors, guests and members, but that also goes for the North Course and Laranjal.

Looking to Discover Portugal? Take a browse at our vast collection of golfing getaways to Portugal including The Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira

https://www.golfteetimeservice.co.uk/overseas/golf-breaks-in-portugal.html

 

 

 

 

 

TIGER WOODS HERO CHALLENGE COMEBACK

Date: NOVEMBER 2017

 

TIGER COMEBACK

Tiger Woods is making another comeback this week at the Hero World Challenge, the same tournament he returned to last year before ultimately undergoing yet another back surgery after withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February. Woods has played in just one PGA Tour event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship -- the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open -- where he missed the cut at Torrey Pines for the first time in his career. Golf Tee Time Service take a look back on his career achievements to date and establish whether he can still make the grade.

WILL TIGER FINISH IN THE TOP 10 FIND OUT WHAT SOME OF THE GTTS TEAM THINK BELOW

It's been nearly 10 years since Woods last won a major championship (2008 U.S. Open). His prime was cut short by a combination of a scandalous divorce and tumultuous personal life mixed with knee and back injuries, but he's once again ready to return to competitive professional golf.

The game has gone through a dramatic transformation since Woods' dominant run. Instead of just a couple of big names, droves of young stars are sweeping the PGA and European Tours, making golf richer than ever in talent.

Woods, 41, hasn't won a tournament since 2013 (when he won five), and it may be unrealistic to expect him to contend right away, but his latest swing videos provided optimism that he may finally be here to stay.

Here are Tiger Woods' best golf achievements — to date:

1997 Masters win

It was hard to imagine a 21-year-old athlete dominating his sport — any sport — the way Woods did in 1997, highlighted by his 12-stroke Masters win. Woods earned his first of 14 major championship titles in style, making his classic Sunday red and black feared colors on the PGA Tour.

From the iconic hug with his father, to the backdrop of Augusta National's historic leaderboards showcasing Woods' name miles ahead of some golf legends, the 1997 Masters still stands as Woods' crowning achievement because it forever changed the game.

Woods still owns the record for greatest margin of victory at the Masters, and his four-round total (18 under par) has been matched only once, by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

2008 U.S. Open win

It was impossible to imagine at the time that Woods, basically playing on one leg after recent knee surgery and outdueling Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff at Torrey Pines, likely had just won what could be his last (and 14th) major title. 

After the win, Woods immediately missed months with the knee problem and then saw his world rocked by his messy divorce from Elin Nordegren. But it still seemed like a matter of when, not if, Woods would catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major wins.

Woods often faced off against unheralded players during majors. Sometimes, like this tournament and the 2000 PGA Championship against Bob May, it went in Woods' favor. But others, like the 2002 PGA Championship loss to Rich Beem and the 2009 PGA Championship loss to Y.E. Yang, must seem like thorns in his side. The mystery surrounding Woods' 2008 U.S. Open win makes it one of his most memorable of all time.

'The Tiger Slam'

If 1983 was the year of Michael Jackson, then 2000 was the year of Tiger Woods. Still only 24 years old, the young phenom was picking up major championship wins like a trick-or-treater collects candy on Halloween.

Starting with a 15-stroke win at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Woods went on to win three majors in 2000. In order to claim a Grand Slam in golf, a player has to win all four majors in a given year. But Woods created his own slam by winning the 2001 Masters, earning four straight major titles.

What "the Tiger Slam" really showcased was Woods' ability to win on any style of course and by any amount of strokes. Some players get nervous when faced with large leads, slowly dropping back to the field. Woods, however, would smell blood and extend his lead to jaw-dropping margins.

2005 Ford Championship at Doral

Woods and rival Phil Mickelson rarely faced off in memorable duels, but Doral pitted the game's two most entertaining stars against each other in a thrilling showdown.

Woods went on to win by one shot with a late birdie on the 71st hole, while also breaking the tournament record at 24 under par. The win vaulted Woods back into the top spot in the world rankings, ending Vijay Singh's short reign.

While the tournament wasn't a major, nor was it even yet a World Golf Championship event, it marked one of the few times Woods and Mickelson went toe-to-toe.

2013's five-win season

Heading into the year, Woods already was facing criticism for dropping out of the top spot in the world rankings and for failing to win a major in four straight seasons. But at 37, he put together one of his best years on Tour with five wins and top-6 finishes in two majors.

He started with a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, which blossomed into back-to-back victories at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. After finishing T-4 at the Masters, he returned to win The Players Championship for a second time a month later. His most recent professional win was then collected a of couple months later at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Though Woods' career was always measured by majors — by himself, the media and fans — and he didn't collect one in 2013, the year should still go down as one of Woods' greatest triumphs.

On the eve of the Hero World Challenge, in which he will line up in an elite field of 18 players, Woods is going into the unknown regarding whether his body can again withstand the rigours of competitive golf at the highest level. For a man who went into every event thinking he would win, he will now be happy if he is able to compete with players ten to 15 years his junior and the big question on everyone’s lips is whether this is possible? Well we say class is permanent here in the office so you just never know! Its just great to see him back on the course playing again!   

WILL TIGER FINISH IN THE TOP 10? What do some of the GTTS Team think……………

Keith: No

Graham: Yes   

Jodie: No

Karen: No

Kerry: Yes

Stewart: Yes

Nick: No

Rhodri: Yes 


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Date: November 2017

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Golf Tee Time Service Teams Up with Buzza Golf

Date: October 2017

As many of you are already aware Golf Tee Time Service have teamed up with Buzza Golf TV headed by PGA Professional Steve Buzza and his able assistant PGA Professional James Pickard.

The aim of this partnership is to bring our clients closer to our Golf Holiday products in a fun and interactive way.

Steve and James are two golf professionals and bring with them a wealth of qualifications and experience to take your golf game to the next level.

Through their YouTube videos, they have developed a strong online following and regularly publish updates of their latest experiences on the golf course.

Check out www.youtube.com/channel for all their latest golfing adventures.

This year we have sent the boys across the channel to Northern France and to some of the finest courses in the South West UK. You may also see one of our lads Stew getting involved in some of the course vlogs!

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