Golfers Delight: December 2005

Thursday, December 29, 2005

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Capitol Yard Golf Lounge

The winter has Berlin firmly in his hands, so it isn't really the best of times to go out golfing. And the last time I had my clubs in hand is almost six weeks past. Time to go out and find something to ease the need to hit on small white things that are not snowflakes.

Coincidentally, Plock! magazine current issue features an article on indoor golf facilities. So I came across the Capital Yard Golf Lounge, which is situated just 300 meters down the street from the office. They just opened a couple of weeks ago at the beginning of december in a converted warehouse directly facing the Spree river. Featuring four bays with golf simulators, plus a lounge, fireplace, bar and even WLAN, it leaves almost no wishes open.


The Deadsolidgolf simulators offer different courses to choose from as well as a driving range mode. It takes some getting used to if you've never played on a simulator before - like me. Basically, you hit the ball off the mat into the projection screen, the ball flight path and length is then being calculated and projected on the screen. But be aware: the sensors in the floor mat reveal everything from club speed, club alignment to swing progression through impact.

"Facetrac" shows you the club alignment on impact, screen courtesy of Deadsolidgolf

"Flitetrac" shows you flight track and distance, screen courtesy of Deadsolidgolf

And yes, there we're moments when I thought: "Oh, this is what my pro keeps telling me all the time". In that means the simulator is a good addition to your normal practice routines.

You can putt also, using a second ballmark on the mat, the ball then runs over a sensor measuring speed and direction and then shows the result on the screen. The problem is that you cannot read the greens properly and judge distance and speed. So the result is pretty much left to chance. Putts under 3m are calculated by the program and scores are added automatically.

After some practice shots we played nine holes, where I was just about able to play my handicap. But the round was more about the fun than about the results.

The "greenfee" is €30 per hour, two persons can easily play nine holes in that time. As a foursome, you'd rather take two hours. In case you never had a golf club in your hand, Oliver Banse-Cabus (headpro of Golfanlagen Groß-Kienitz) is also headpro at the Lounge and will pave you the way towards your playing permit. Single and group lessons are also available (details here).

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Golf TV weekly

Ok, ok, so "Dorf on Golf" wasn't really fun with it's cheap 70ies humor, but hey, you never know unless you check something out. Far better was the report on the best golf courses in the world by n-tv's "Abschlag". I was impressed by the sheer size of Mission Hills Golf Club with it's 180-hole resort but I'd rather tee off at Jondaloop Resort in Australia. There is more to come next saturday, so don't miss out on it.

Here's what's up this week:

Monday, 26.December
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Wednesday, 28. December
20:50 Eurosport: European Challenge Tour 2005

Saturday, 31. December
17.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Pit Green League

Back in August we introduced the Pit Green to you. It seems that in the last months it has attracted a bigger fan crowd as there will be a Pit Green League for 2006. Basically, you play tournaments with the little man, and as in the big game, there are certain rules after which you play.

Kickoff for the 'world championship series' will be on March 18th in Frankfurt, a tour of various german cities shall follow. Dates aren't available as of yet, but you can get registered here for updates and schedules.

In the tournament, to make your Pit stand out in the crowd, you can design its own individual outfit. Just download the template from the Pit Green website and make your Pit the Ian Poulter of Micro Golf. Maybe J. Lindeberg will have something in store for you next season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ernie Els runs SAP

"SAP locht weiter mit Ernie Els ein
SAP und die International Sports Management Ltd. haben ihren mehrjährigen Sponsor-Deal mit dem Golf-Major-Gewinner Ernie Els verlängert. Els wird nun bis Ende 2008 als globaler Golf-Botschafter für SAP auftreten. Als Teil des Vertrages wird das SAP-Logo auch künftig die Kopfbedeckung und die Kleidung des Südafrikaners zieren."
(via)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

2005 Golf highlights

Check out the gallery of this years highlight of the 2005 season over at BBC.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Christmas Golf TV weekly

Hey, we have something new on the TV schedule called Dorf on Golf. Personally I haven't heard of this golf satire (starring Tim Conway) before, but it seems to be around for a while, as it also sells on Amazon, together with other Dorf episodes. We'll check it out.

Monday, 19.December
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Wednesday, 21. December
21.45 Eurosport: European Challenge Tour 2005

Saturday, 24. December
12.30 DSF: Dorf's Golf Bible
13.10 DSF: Dorf on Golf
17.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Golfers Delight in Plock!


The worlds best golf magazine PLOCK! shows some taste and writes about Golfers Delight Fashion!

Unfortunately, they didn't mention the store URL, which would be http://www.fore-shirts.de/. Or simply click the link on the right side of this blog. Stop by and buy some last minute christmas presents.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Formula 1 : Golf 0:1

... at least when it comes to the top salaries. According to the following ranking (found here ) Tiger Wood outearns (is there such a word?) Michael Schumacher by some 19 million Euros (per year that is):
1. Tiger Woods (USA/Golf) 77 Millionen
2. Michael Schumacher (Kerpen/Formel 1) 58
3. Michael Vick (USA/Football) 32
4. Shaquille O'Neal (USA/Basketball) 28,5
5. David Beckham (England/Fußball) 27,5
6. Kobe Bryant (USA/Basketball) 25
7. Lance Armstrong (USA/Radsport) 24
7. Valentino Rossi (Italien/Motorrad) 24
9. Alex Rodriguez (USA/Baseball) 23,5
10. Phil Mickelson (USA/Golf) 22,5
These 19 million are the equivalent of 44.705 rounds of golf in Pebble Beach. That's enough for 1/10th of the german golfers. I hope Tiger sends me an invitation...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Michael Campbell on the game of golf

Q. Some guys make a bogey on 18 or double bogey, they're miserable; they stomp off. You seem to have handled it pretty well.

MICHAEL CAMPBELL: It's only a game. Big deal.

Q. When did you finally learn that, though?

MICHAEL CAMPBELL: This year.

Q. When you won the Open?

MICHAEL CAMPBELL: Well, to be honest, a very good friend of mine, Heather Clarke, Darren's wife, was on her death bed, and I'm thinking, "What's the big deal, it's only a golf tournament here." Put life in perspective or put golf in perspective very quickly. Ever since that day, hit a bad shot, so what, who cares. I mean, that's one thing that you learn a lot about this game is it's only a game, and the less importance you put on it, I think the better you perform. If you go out there and try to perform, you just, I think, put too much pressure on yourself and you create this overwhelming pressure on performing well. But it's just a game.
Pretty much down to earth, Michael! (via The Head Nut)

Monday, December 12, 2005

Golf TV weekly

Monday, 12.December
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Wednesday, 14. December
20.15 Eurosport: European Challenge Tour 2005
20.45 Eurosport: Wednesday Selection

Saturday, 10. December
17.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Got an extra $90 million? Buy Troon North then!

Here's a little advice what to do with your spare money!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Golf TV weekly

Monday, 05.December
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Wednesday, 07. December
21.05 Eurosport: Wednesday Selection
22.45 Eurosport: European Challenge Tour 2005

Saturday, 10. December
17.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Making the Q-School

German pro Alex Cejka is currently fighting for his PGA tour ticket at the Q-School as he didn't make the top 125 on the moneylist this year.

Douglas over at the The Golf Blog has some interesting facts about money in golf back then and today.