Christmas Gift Guide
Want to avoid novelty socks or a sleeve of duff balls with a St Andrews logo? Check out our Christmas gift guide and then drop a few hints to the relatives.
BOOK: REMARKABLE GOLF COURSES – “Golf’s stage is special”
Authors Iain Spragg and Frank Hopkinson have not searched the world in a quest to find the greatest golfing tests, they’re quite happy to leave others endlessly scratching heads whilst attempting to solve that riddle. Instead they celebrating the entire range of golfing challenges across the globe.
Featuring wonderful photographs and great tales their journey takes in a huge variety of astonishing place to play the game.
Traditional, modern; linksland, inland; famous, unknown; high, low; 9 hole gems, 216 hole resorts – it’s got the lot.
Perhaps the highlights are the venues with most unusual backdrops, from the English course with a Bronze Age hill fort (Painswick) to the Indian layout containing ancient temples (Delhi) via the Colorado test which sneaks between red sandstone pillars (Arrowhead).
‘Remarkable Golf Courses’ by Iain Spragg and Frank Hopkinson is published by Pavilion Books.
GADGET: ALCOSENSE – “Drive long, drive straight, drive safe”
Most golfers now use a handheld device to hit a safe drive and it should be no different leaving the 19th hole: no-one should be risking anything other than a safe drive home.
But how do you know for certain if it is safe to set off? And if you’ve had more than a few drinks and had a lift home, how do you know if you’re safe to drive the next morning? Truth is, there is a lot of guesswork involved.
The pocket-sized AlcoSense Excel and AlcoSense Pro are breathalysers which use an extremely accurate sensor, used by several UK police forces, together with a colour screen that clearly shows whether you’re over the limit.
They’re sleekly designed and easy to use. The comparison with playing golf with gadgets really works: you can make quality decisions quickly.
AlcoSense Excel retails at £99.99 and the AlcoSense Pro £149.99. For more information visit the website – http://alcosense.co.uk/
DVD: TOMMY’S HONOUR – “The soul of a rebel. The heart of a champion.”
Filmed in St Andrews where the production team recreated The Old Course of the 1860s when Old and Young Tom Morris changed the sport forever.
It was never an easy relationship between the two men, nor did their wives get on, but these clashes provide all the drama (on and off the course).
A solid introduction to a key period in the transition of golf from genteel pastime to professional sport, and a decent reproduction of the “auld grey toun” in the 19th century (and the rudimentary nature of the game at that time).
Directed by Jason Connery (son of Sean), it stars Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden and Ophelia Lovibond, and won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Feature Film.
Collin Morikawa throws away big lead as Viktor Hovland wins Hero World Challenge
Hovland began the day six shots off the pace but carded a closing 66 at Albany to secure his third title of the season.
Rory McIlroy: Players want to know where they stand amid golf’s power struggle
The Northern Irishman was speaking ahead of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Tiger Woods says he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after crash but has ‘long way to go’
The 45-year-old 15-time major winner was in pain throughout as he addressed his first press conference since February’s crash.
Tiger Woods rules out full-time return to golf after serious car crash
The 45-year-old required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg after the single-vehicle accident in February.
Lee Elder, the first black player to compete in the Masters, dies aged 87
Elder joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter at Augusta National just over seven months ago.
Suzann Pettersen lands ‘dream’ job as Solheim Cup captain
The Norwegian will be going for a hat-trick of Europe wins after taking over from Catriona Matthew.
Lee Westwood rules himself out of contention for 2023 Ryder Cup captaincy
Westwood says he cannot commit fully to the role while he is still competitive as a player.
Collin Morikawa wins Race to Dubai as Rory McIlroy’s frustrations boil over
The Northern Irishman appeared to rip his shirt open in the recording area behind the 18th green.
Tiger Woods shares footage of him hitting balls as rehab continues
Woods was injured in a car accident in February.