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.
Matt Wallace out to show Padraig Harrington his desire to make Ryder Cup team
Wallace was overlooked for a wild card in 2018 despite winning for the third time in 15 starts.
Collin Morikawa to reassess his goals after winning The Open at first attempt
The 24-year-old American has already won two majors.
The Open day four: Halfway to a career grand slam two years after turning pro
Collin Morikawa has added the Open to the US PGA, both of them won on tournament debut.
Collin Morikawa eager to savour taste of success after debut Open triumph
The American became only the second person after Tiger Woods to win the Open and US PGA before the age of 25.
Collin Morikawa admits magnitude of historic Open victory is ‘hard to take in’
The 24-year-old is the first player to win two different majors at their first attempt.
The Open day four: Collin Morikawa holds off the challenge of Jordan Spieth
The American held his nerve to create history in the 149th Open at a sun-drenched Royal St George’s.
Jordan Spieth rues a couple of ‘dumb mistakes’ which cost him a shot at title
The 2017 Open champion finished runner-up to Collin Morikawa.
5 things you may not know about Open winner Collin Morikawa
The American came close to equalling one of Tiger Woods’ records.
American Collin Morikawa seals thrilling two-shot victory on Open debut
The 2020 US PGA champion held his nerve superbly on the closing stretch to become the first player to win two different majors at their first attempt.
Rory McIlroy hopes Olympics will get his game back in shape amid Covid-19 fears
The Northern Irishman is not looking forward to his trip to Japan because of stringent protocols enforced to fight the spread of the virus.