Rock Legend, Rick Wakeman, oft seen on the fairways, who also tonks a decent drive. Introducing the Xmas Blog from a Grumpy Old Golfer;
“This year the weather was kinder than last year as regards playing golf. Last year my balls froze. It’s not easy playing with frozen balls.
However, it did give me lots of excuses for my appalling play that Xmas . Balls bounced everywhere because of the hard ground or disappeared completely into snow drifts or failed to even reach the temporary greens (terrible at the best of times).
Playing off of rubber mats is a joke if you’re six foot three as your legs (and frozen balls) have to be on the ground whilst your little white ball is balanced on some horrible piece of miniature rubber tubing. It’s also too cold to grip the club properly.
There was also the wind (read into that what you will).
The only thing that didn’t mind the elements was my GoKart.
So, I returned happy after the “game” knowing that there were many reasons for losing so many balls , playing to 12 over my handicap and having frozen balls.
This year though, not so good – the weather has been mild.
No frozen ground.
No frozen balls.
…and yet I played the same. 12 over my handicap, lost loads of balls, swore a lot and then of course , there was the wind (read into that what you will).
I’m going out again tomorrow. Thank heavens I got loads of balls for Xmas .
My GoKart likes mild weather too.
I reckon that’s because the GoKart doesn’t have frozen balls to hinder it.
Good Winter Slogan that; “GoKart…the only electric trolley that can’t freeze your balls”.Add a comment
No, the frozen food chain hasn’t started selling sports equipment. Iceland the country. The appropriately named Bjorn Ingolfsson, is the latest recruit to the expanding GoKart universe. He is establishing the chilliest GK outpost to date (next stop Greenland).
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We’ve said it before…but we officially have the best (and maybe the nuttiest) customers in the world. Take a look at this photo of the Senior section at Sweetwood Golf Club at their annual Xmas fun day - where each of them have lovingly selected a winter woolly to match their GoKarts. We love it! With thanks to Dave Wells (sixth from right, the one with the sensible hat), Seniors’ Vice Captain there this year. Lord only knows what they’re in store for in 2012.
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GoKart South Africa were exhibiting at the Lee Westwood Benefit, the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City. Winner this year and last, Lee Westwood, paid a visit to the GoKart stand to sign all sorts of things (as far as we know everyone kept their tops on though).
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Thought for the Day:
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
Good to see that fist pump again
Whatever you may think about Tiger Woods, unless you’re a complete sadist, it was surely good to see him win again at the weekend. After grabbing the halfway lead it looked as if everything was back to normal but of course, this Tiger is a very different animal to the magnificent golfing machine we admired between 1997 and 2009. So when he had a third round 73 in the Chevron Challenge to fall back into the pack I feared the worst but a last day 69 was just good enough – more impressively, he birdied the last two holes, from 15 and six feet respectively – to snatch the title from his playing partner Zach Johnson.
The shame is that Tiger is not now scheduled to play again until next month but at least he’ll have something to smile about over Christmas.
Drama once more
Just as the FedEx Playoffs on the US Tour consistently underwhelm, the Dubai World Championship seems always to provide an exciting finale to the European Tour season. By winning the UBS Hong Kong Open, young scamp Rory McIlroy has put just a little bit of pressure onto Luke Donald, who for some months has apparently been a shoo-in to top the Race to Dubai money-list. Should he manage to hang on and clinch that title, Donald would be the first player ever to top the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the same season, which would be an astonishing achievement. And he’s still (more…)
“Can you (a) tell me how old my GoKart is as I want the new handle upgrade and, (b) I understand you give it a complete overhaul and guarantee it for a further 2 years….if I send my wife along….can you do the same to her?”
Anon (the author has asked to be covered by the GoKart customer protection scheme).
Thought for the Day:
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?
Does this look like an interested face?
Writing about golf is my job, and one which I enjoy very much. But like all jobs, there are the odd bits you would rather not do – explain the intricacies of the FedEx Playoff scoring system, for example, or think too deeply about some of the things Tiger Woods has been up to, or interview Sir Nick Faldo, under any circumstances. Added to this short list, I have to confess, is the requirement to show the slightest bit of interest in the Presidents Cup.
There are two main reasons for my resistance. First, it’s a competition that was created, rather than one which evolved, and that’s usually a recipe for failure. As a contrast, consider the Masters. It was initially a private, invitation-only event but for a number of reasons – the high regard in which Bobby Jones was held, the magnificence of the course on which it is played, the ‘shot heard around the world’ by Gene Sarazen in its second staging – it quickly achieved an eminent status that lifted it above run-of-the-mill tournaments and eventually led to it being regarded as golf’s fourth major. In stark contrast, no matter how many times the Americans tell us that their flagship PGA Tour event, the Players (which they now insist on labelling THE PLAYERS) is the game’s fifth major, the rest of the world looks down its nose, says ‘Yeh, right’ and ignores this patently ludicrous claim. So it is with the Presidents Cup, which America would love to believe has the same stature as the Ryder Cup but this level of significance, importance or relevance exists only in the addled and deluded minds of a few people at the US Tour – and I’m not even convinced that they believe it.
The second reason I just cannot get interested in the competition is its predictability. It has now been staged nine times and the scoreline for America reads: (more…)Add a comment