Gale Force Winds


The gale force winds that blew throughout Forum Golf Society´s stableford competition at Alboran on February 23rd meant that scoring well was virtually impossible for all but one player, our winner Mike Duckham. On a day that saw all but a handfu…


Team Malaga Versus Benalmadena ….This match was going to be the most challenging so far in the programme in which Team Malaga play against all the major clubs in Malaga province.
Why? Well because Benalmadena supplies some of the strongest players i…


63 members took part in the February Monthly Medal at our home course of La Marquesa on Thursday 7 February. Early in the day we thought the gale force winds of the night before had dissipated, however, they were lying in wait and as the day progress…


A warm welcome back to all our members this was our first tournament of 2013 at La Serena Golf our new home base for the coming year. With 42 members and guests registered for the day we looked forward to some competitive golf and good scores. I don…


With the golf course in excellent condition and works being carried to reduce the number of bunkers on the course,the main topic of conversation is when will we get to play a game of golf without gale force winds pounding us in to submission.


In Mission Hills, Hainan Island, a golf course with a difference is being constructed

GOLF IS BIG in China. The country’s 98 middle class households are urging their youngsters to take up the sport. But in Mission Hills, Hainan Island, a golf course with a difference is being constructed.

Complete with manufactured gale force winds, it will include a replica of the Great Wall of China winding its way down the fairway, Mayan Temple ruins, and an island�green hole featuring an enormous noodle bowl complete with chopsticks.

“Traditionalists will probably hate it,” course designer Brian Curley admitted, “But this is real golf, with real clubs and real fairways.” It’s golf Jim, but not as we know it!

The Nike commercial featuring Tiger and Rory hitting impossible shots into soup bowls and glasses is a good laugh, but accentuating the rivalry and charisma between their two star stablemates is advertising bliss for Nike; the clash in Dubai was unmissable. As was the Swoosh.

NEW EUROPEAN CAPTAIN Paul McGinley has been vice captain on two winning Ryder Cup teams. Tom Watson led the USA to victory at The Belfry in 1993, their last win on European soil. Both players are unbeaten in the Ryder Cup, but McGinley’s four career victories pale next to Watson’s seventy.

If the Ryder Cup was judged on the playing credentials of the Captains then Europe would stand no chance. But it will be judged on the performance of the players McGinley may be the Captain to inspire McIlroy and Co. to produce their best. After backing him so vehemently they will have to.

GOLFERS WILL shortly be able to swap a cold and windswept English course for state of the art facilities under cover. The Golf Dome at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, (membership £100 per year) will include an indoor driving range with a crosshair target to track the flight of the ball, and a sand bunker and chipping range. However, the highlight will undoubtedly be it’s simulator bays, which offer golfers “the chance to experience the challenge and excitement of playing on a choice of 80 real, international courses, in a temperature of 24 degrees C.”

You’ll think you’re in Spain. Till you step outside.

THE DECISION to phase out anchored putters is naturally unpopular with the tour golfers who have been winning with them, but Purists will applaud the step back towards the traditional. Sam Snead’s “sidesaddle” method could be the answer. Snead tried using a “croquet style” putter late in his career after his putting deteriorated, but it was banned after he started winning again. “Bob Jones got it banned,” complained Snead, “I would have won Augusta again if they let me putt that way.” Apparently the “sidesaddle” method he adopted afterwards is still legal.

ACCORDING TO TaylorMade (here we go again) their new R1 driver offers the greatest adjustability of any driver in history. Their research indicates 80% of golfers are using the wrong loft, thus losing distance, so the R1 has 12 loft settings, as well as seven face angle positions which can be changed without affecting the loft, a benefit exclusive to TaylorMade.

The moveable shot shape weights can be adjusted to promote either a draw or a neutral/straight trajectory, plus improvements in aerodynamics mean the R1 is less affected by drag, giving more clubhead speed for greater distance. Yet another “game changing innovation!”

RORY MCILROY comments: “Changing equipment is no big deal, a lot of the manufacturers have their clubs made in the same factories.” Even so, he will have had to make some adjustments, not least switching from the Titleist Pro V1X ball. If he is victorious perhaps he will tip his Nike cap to the crowds and throw them his Nike 20X1X ball as he walks off the 18th green, if not fans will wonder whether his change was such a good idea. Meanwhile, Titleist will be talent spotting in China.

Until next time Happy Golfing.
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November has been an unusual month with the weather being very changeable, we started with our monthly medal being cancelled due to rain and our last comp of the month being reduced to a farce by gale force winds.
Wednesday November 14-Indivi…


The weather was in complete contrast to our previous visit when gale force winds greeted us. The greens were slower because of the hollow tining and there was only a gentle breeze.
The conditions resulted in some excellent scores. Shot of the day on …