Golfers Delight: June 2005

Friday, June 24, 2005

Märkischer Golfclub Potsdam

I was about to post this some days ago, but my digital camera was lost with all the pictures I took at the Märkische Golfclub Potsdam. But now the camera is back and everything is ok. Before this year I only played the 9-hole course of the MGC, but now I had the occasion to play the 18-hole course on a very early sunday morning (one of my flight partners was a family father, so he had to be back early to spend some time with the kids).

The course has an interesting layout and a nice 'dramaturgy'. The course is very cultivated and what pleased me most is the color contrast achieved by planting yellow-blooming bushes, giving you a very welcomed contrast to the ever-present green on all golf courses.



The people sitting on the clubhouse terrace that sunday morning may have been a little disturbed by my second shot on the 18th hole, as it landed just a couple of feet in front of the terrace. But nobody was hurt during the performance of this stunt ;-).

Monday, June 20, 2005

Shot of the day

Blind shot from 60m (over the bushes in the background) to within 20cm from the pole. This par and the bogey on the following par 5 made my day yesterday. ;-)

Friday, June 17, 2005

US Open started

The US Open are underway since yesterday at the Pinehurst Resort.

Watch the leaderboard here or read some quotes from the pros about day one.

Shit can happen also to the pros, as Ian Poulter and Paul Casey had to experience yesterday with nightmare starts into the tournament, carding 77 and 85 respectively. Read the full story here.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Handelsblatt.com Golf-Special

Besides being host to the „German BusinessMasters“, the business newspaper Handelsblatt runs a Golf-Special on their website.
It didn't catch me for long, the articles are too short and too shallow. Stick to the business news, guys, and leave the golf journalism to those who can.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Focus Golf Blog

The german news magazine Focus started their own blogs, politicians like Andrea Nahles, internet pioneer Ossi Urchs and german golf professional Alex Cejka write about their daily lives and topics.

So far, Alex reported from playing The Memorial, a post you also find on his personal website. Let's see how this blog develops, hopefully there will be some unique content to come.

After Work Golf Tournament Kieler Woche



More than 3.000 sailors and 2.000 boats from all over the world will be welcomed to the Kieler Woche 2005. On this occassion, AFTER-WORK-GOLF.net starts its golf tournament season playing a fourball-bestball tournament on one of the most ambitious courses of Schleswig-Holstein Golfclub Havighorst.

More information about the program and how to apply can be found here (PDF, 392 kB) or directly on openBC.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Golfrausch

Golfrausch is the name of a new golf program on DSF.



Host Christina Schulte is a former soap starlet and unfortunately this reflects also on the show. The program provides "news, tips and trends for the hobby golfer and the ambitious amateur", according to the description delivered by DSF. It's purpose is to "get rid of old-fashioned clichés and is aimed at the growing young target group - because golf is 'in'".



What I saw was a shallow show with Christina Schulte making her first steps in golf. But first she interviews the owner of this new hip restaurant in Munich, then makes some poor swings on the driving range, and after playing a couple of holes with the restaurant guy and a playing pro she takes the playing pro onto her shopping trip and sips a latte macchiato in a munich café.

Dear DSF executives, it doesn't work to replace 'old-fashioned clichés' with some youth clichés and decorate it with cute little blondie that knows sh** about the game. Get real, if you want to interest young people in golf, show them the first steps to the game, but with a serious approach. Send the girl back to where she came from and try something more intelligent. You owe it to the game.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Jaguar Urban Golf

When you associate Jaguar with Golf, you'd rather think of elderly men driving their XJ12 Sovereigns to St. Andrews for the weekend golf round with the chaps.

Well, Jaguar definitely has something different in mind with the Jaguar Urban Golf Competition. Playing cross golf throught the streets of London is meant to promote the Jaguar S-Type R.



The game itself offers a somewhat hard to control game, aiming at post boxes as pins. Whoever has the highest score at the end wins a round of golf with european player David Howell. I'm sure this will be more entertaining than shattering glass windows in London's sidestreets.