Wednesday, 26 March 2014



 Poor chap had to pawn nearly everything to play here!

The Legends Golf and Safari Resort, Limpopo, South Africa, features the “Extreme” 19th which is the world’s longest and highest par three, only accessible by helicopter.  Golfers are faced with a 394 yard tee shot, and the ball takes 30 seconds to drop to the Africa shaped green 470 yds below.

It costs over $1,000 per foursome to play this hole.  That includes the helicopter ride and six balls with tracking devices, just in case (in case?) of a lost ball.  Nobody has yet claimed the million dollars for a hole in one, but Padraig Harrington (that’s not him in the budgie smugglers) was the first pro to make par.

 THE CENTENARY course at Gleneagles has undergone extensive modifications by the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear design team in preparation for the Ryder Cup.  Jack described the new 18th:

“On this reachable par 5 (513 yards) we have placed a new bunker to the right of the first landing area, then added more bunkers short and right of the green, with the deepest bunker just in front.  This will leave three options.  One: they can play their second shot up the right side and short, leaving a pitch over the bunkers to the green.  Two: they can take it up the left side, leaving a short pitch up the length of the green.  Or three: they can take it all the way home.  We wanted to give them the opportunity to take a gamble.  Also, the 18th green now has a tremendous amphitheatre, ready  for a showstopper finish.  I think the guys will enjoy it.”  Only if they win.

Having met his Alamo in Scotland, failing to prevent construction of wind farms in the sea opposite his Aberdeenshire golf resort, Donald Trump has huffily changed allegiance to Ireland.  He snapped up the Doonbeg Golf Club, C. Clare for €15 million, complete with 5 star hotel and spa and a Greg Norman designed links course.   Doonbeg, which went into receivership in January,  welcomed Donald with open arms, saying he has saved 200 jobs.    At least somebody loves him.

 Bridgestone has introduced the revolutionary True Balance “Stand Alone” putter, which as you might guess, can be left to stand on it’s own while you walk your putt.   Counter balanced putters are generally long and heavy with extra weight in the butt end for stability, but the True Balance is just the opposite; the oversized grip and graphite shaft are exceptionally light.   A spokesman explained:  “With so much of the weight in the head there is more control over long putts.  Short putts will also improve because the ball is tapped rather than stroked.  The putter almost swings itself.”  Adam Scott has been looking at it.

During next month’s Masters at Augusta National, amateurs in the field will be accommodated in the Crows Nest (also called Bobby Jones’s Locker.)  The Crow’s Nest is a room atop the clubhouse with five bunks and a sitting area, and is traditionally provided for them.  It must be the experience of a lifetime just to wake in the morning, look out at Magnolia Drive and sniff the azaleas at Amen Corner, even if they don’t get a sniff of a green jacket.
Playboy model Liz Dickson is suing the magazine after a golfing stunt backfired.  Apparently, at a Playboy tournament in 2012 she agreed to have a photo taken of herself lying down so comedian Kevin Klein could hit a golf ball, balanced on a tee, off her bottom.
Unfortunately for Miss Dickson however, Klein's swing was slightly off target, and she was left with “severe contusions.”  According to her lawyers she has become the BUTT of jokes, and it could even threaten her caREAR.
Until next time, Happy Golfing.
Contact Mick for all your gripping and repair requirements. 638 859 475.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

golf gossip

Tiger Woods at WGC Cadillac,Trump National Doral. 
First round:   bogey, par, bogey, double-bogey, three birdies, another bogey. 
Second round:  two birdies, four more bogies, fifth bogey,   ninety one foot putt.  Just shows what a crazy game it is.

A little quip from Mick the Grip

"I'd like to see the fairways narrower, then everyone would have to play from the rough, not just me."     Seve Ballesteros.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Sunday, 2 March 2014

MY ENTRY FOR THIS YEAR'S OSCARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi all,

This link will take you to the video on You Tube of the charity hair cut in aid of Reach Out. The total raised has now increased to €2200.

Thank all.

Mick The Grip


In The Bunker With Mick The Grip

Bing Crosby’s house at Pebble Beach.

IN 1937 BING CROSBY was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and a 2 handicap golfer.   To amuse his friends and to support the golf professionals  he decided to hold his own pro am golf tournament  in San Diego, putting up the $10,000 prize himself,  and providing a Clambake afterwards.   The first “Crosby Clambake” was won by Sam Snead.  The weather was so atrocious that pro golfers still call intermittent squalls and gales ‘Crosby Weather, ’ but it was such a success it became an annual event.
The war put the Clambake on hold, but In 1947 Bing revived and expanded it to four rounds played on three courses on the Monterey Peninsula, near San Francisco.   His Hollywood golfing buddies all came to his eve of tournament party, with guests like Dean Martin and Bob Hope doing a turn.  After that the ‘Clambake’ was shown on TV across America.  Naturally, having a bunch of extroverts in front of the cameras meant the golf almost became secondary to the antics.  When Johnny Weissmuller lost his ball in a tree he swung from the branches giving a Tarzan yell.   Bing’s pro am had become one of the golf events of the year, and it raised millions for charity.
 Bing died on a golf course in Spain in 1977, and in 1986 the AT&T Corporation took over sponsorship, but his house still overlooks the 13th hole, and to the pro golfing fraternity Pebble Beach will always be ‘The Clambake.’
JIMMY WALKER, who won this month’s Championship at Pebble Beach, credits his recent success to renowned coach Butch Harmon.  Walker, 35, has jumped out of the pack and achieved three wins in his past eight starts. He told reporters:  “The older you get, the harder it is to make changes, but I decided to go to Butch with a blank slate and listen to his advice, and it’s been good.”
LEE WESTWOOD has split with his coach Sean Foley after seven months.  Foley, who coaches Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan, and has probably got enough on his hands anyway, said: “Lee is a great guy and I really wish him well.”  Westwood said: “Sean’s coaching didn’t fit in with what I wanted to do.”  Perhaps he should have a chat with Jimmy Walker.
WHEN THE ORIGINAL Callaway Big Bertha appeared in 1991 everyone wanted one, including me.  I couldn’t afford it.  This month the reborn Big Bertha and it’s big sister the Big Bertha Alpha, was launched.   The Big Bertha now features a sliding weight, which can be used to fine tune shots, and an adjustable hosel to alter loft and lie to favour a draw or a fade.  Of the two drivers the Big Bertha is aimed at the higher handicap players, the ultra  adjustable Alpha at the lower.   I still can’t afford it.  ($400.)
KEVIN STADLER’S WIN  at the Phoenix Open (his first PGA Tour title) earned him a spot in the Masters, a tournament his dad Craig won in 1982. The Stadlers will be the first father and son to play in the same Masters.  Proud Stadler Senior commented:   “I said, ‘When Kevin gets in, that’ll be my final Masters,’ and this will be it.”
BUBBA WATSON’S  incredible bunker shot into the hole at Riviera reminded me of a good tip: Don’t hit the ball, hit the sand behind the ball.  The closer you hit to the ball, the more the ball will spin, so even on the greenside bunker shot, you want to hit the sand first. 
Remembering this tip I equalled Bubba’s 39 holes with no bogeys.  Then I woke up.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for all your regripping and repairs.  Tel. 638 859 475.