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Posted by Jerry on Mon, May 27, 2013 at 05:29 AM

Take Care on Using Apps

Golfer’s £2K GPS Phone Bill
A German golfer racked up a bill of more than £2,000 by using a golf app on his mobile phone while holidaying abroad. The unnamed tourist played three days of golf in a foreign country, and each time downloaded GPS and mapping data to help him with course layouts for distances.
However, he didn’t realise he was incurring huge overseas roaming data charges every time the app connected to his phone network.He only found out when he returned home and was presented with a £2,025 bill.

The story came to light at a sales conference for GolfBuddy, a golf GPS company which sold the golfer a fee-free distance measuring device.
“It’s an amusing story but a hard-earned lesson and the perfect illustration why all golfers should use purpose-built golf GPS devices rather than phone apps,” said John Ennis of GolfBuddy. “We did the poor guy a deal on his GolfBuddy Platinum, which he was very happy about.”

Posted by copelai on Thu, May 09, 2013 at 06:40 PM

The handicap system, 30 years on

In 1983 The Standard Scratch Score and Handicapping Scheme was introduced to, it has to be said, much criticism from golf clubs. The system was considered to be far too complex, difficult to understand and almost impossible to operate without a computer.

What was wrong, many said, with the Pro poking his head out of the shop early on a comp day, sniffing the breeze and writing what he considered to be the SSS on a small blackboard in his shop window?

Those old enough will remember that in the early 80s, a PC was a very expensive bit of kit, and relatively few people knew how to operate them. We were fortunate in that Tony Adderley worked for ICL and managed to get us a machine for a very healthy discount!!
Some clubs, however, managed to operate the scheme for several years on a manual basis. What a prospect: updating handicaps after a Saturday comp!
The later introduction of Player Score Input was a big relief to golf committee members up and down the country.

A primary motivation for the introduction of the system in 1983 was a concern that the number of scratch players was too high, and that the new system would halt or even reverse this trend. Well, it didn’t, and in fact it probably contributed to the growth of scratch and plus handicap players,along with the equipment developments that have transformed the game. At last week’s Lytham Trophy, players on +2.3 were being balloted out!

Of course, the system has evolved over the years, one of the biggest changes being Rule 19.8 which effectively means we are all playing a stableford when it comes to handicap adjustment. And the unification with the Ladies handicap system which gives us the UHS system of today. The once alien terminology of “buffer zone” and “up 0.1 again” is now part of the golfing dialect. Yet there are some who want to add even more complexity to the system. Slope system, anyone?!

Posted by Jerry on Mon, May 06, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Deer antler spray given the all clear

Vijay Singh has been cleared of taking a banned substance, even though it is present in deer antler spray. So this clears the way for anyone to use deer antler spray except if they test positive. How bizarre.
Can we expect to see it in the shop soon, Charles?!
Daily Telegraph article

Posted by Jerry on Wed, May 01, 2013 at 01:35 PM

Billy on the 9th

That’s Billy Goat, not Billy Fisher!
These three appeared at about 4.30 yesterday afternoon, pursued by a small dog, and seemed to take a liking to the surroundings at the club. Their etiquette, however, leaves much to be desired, as they did not rake the Captain’s bunker after they’d been in. But they did leave some small deposits for the charity!


There have to be goat and sheep related comments for this!

Posted by Jerry on Tue, April 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

R&A get their retaliation in first

Ahead of the inevitable outcry about the Open being held at a men-only club, the R&A have made their stance clear

Guardian article

Posted by Jerry on Thu, April 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Just dropping in

The last time we had a helicopter touch down on the course was when Craig Aston bust his leg. This time was far less serious, it was to unload United players Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand. Hope the Secretary charged them a healthy landing fee!

Posted by Jerry on Fri, April 19, 2013 at 05:52 PM

Furore at the Masters

The decision to penalise Tiger Woods’ 2 shots rather than apply a DQ for signing an incorrect score has ignited opinion in the golfing world.
The wording of Rule 33-7 says “A penalty of disqualification may in exceptional individual cases be waived, modified or imposed if the Committee considers such action warranted”

Now, it could be quite reasonably argued that there was nothing exceptional about this situation, in fact it was very straightforward. So why did the Masters committee think it was warranted, particularly when Woods admitted in his post-round press conference that he did it deliberately, the only reason for which was to gain an advantage. Would, for example, David Lynn have received the same generous treatment? Was the decision possibly due to excessive pressure from the TV companies? One would have expected that the Augusta inner sanctum would be above such suggestions.

One can only imagine the size of the mushroom cloud over Georgia if Woods had gone on to win it!

Comments most welcome

Posted by Jerry on Mon, April 15, 2013 at 01:45 PM

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