Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget


HONOURING THE FALLEN The first thing that hits you are the crowds standing in their thousands side by side in respectful ghostly stillness interrupted only by random bursts of camera flashes. “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” is a reminder that the best art can imitate life — and death. The poppy is a … Continue reading

Wimbledon Women Kick Butt at Kingswood

Wimbledon Women Kick Butt at Kingswood


Hearty congratulations to the 2014 Centenary Bowl champions: Wimbledon Park Golf Club. Despite some tight matches and tough competition against the Leatherhead ladies, our girls in green waltzed in with a storming 5 – 0 victory to take home the silverware. The final of the scratch knock out team competition took place at Kingswood Golf … Continue reading

Blitzed in Biarritz: The Movie

Blitzed in Biarritz: The Movie


Dubbed the Blitz of Biarritz, it quickly plummeted into Blitzed in Biarritz, as two competing societies The Press Golfing Society (PGS) and the Association de la Presse et du Golf (APG) thrashed it out for the 24th Wryter Cup in France. Hosted by Golf de Chantaco in the charming coastal town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a dozen miles south of Biarritz and close … Continue reading

A Noughties Birthday Special

A Noughties Birthday Special


In my experience heterosexual males are lousy at remembering birthdays. Facebook and Twitter has helped occasionally attract their attention to your really big day and nothing can beat persistent vocal reminders along the lines of, ‘I really can’t believe that next month I shall actually be 40.’ The combination of these three prompted one of my … Continue reading

Playing a round in Ireland

Playing a round in Ireland


Fourteen ladies flew to the west coast of Ireland to play golf.   This is what happened: Westport Golf Club Situated on the shores of Clew Bay in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s famous holy mountain, Westport boasts fantastic views of the surrounding area from its elevated position. Plays like a rolling parkland on the … Continue reading

Pitch v Putt: why golf beats football

Pitch v Putt: why golf beats football


It is the greatest sport in the world and after a year of intense preparation and anticipation, it has finally arrived. That’s right, golf’s US Open kicks off today.    Four nail-biting rounds of Major Championship golf featuring all the tantalizing drama, meltdowns, memories, heartache, last day gallops and shock victories.   Forget the World … Continue reading

Golf Deal of the Month: CYPRUS

Golf Deal of the Month: CYPRUS


CYPRUS LADIES OPEN COMPETITION Attention all lady golfers … fancy a week strolling the fairways beneath a sizzling Cyprus sun? Golfmadchick has teamed up with Red Tee Breaks for this special offer golf break staying at the luxury Intercontinental golf resort, Aphrodite Hills. 5th – 12th October 2014 : 7 nights in a 5 star luxury … Continue reading

Your mother has cancer: In Praise of the NHS

Your mother has cancer: In Praise of the NHS


“Your mother has cancer” … Ironically four little words that almost killed me. It was the deluge of tears that made for poor visibility as I sprinted out of the newsroom and across Gray’s Inn Road while furiously Googling: ‘Mum has breast cancer what do I do?’ which resulted in a face-first near miss with … Continue reading

Mid Ocean Welcomes Miss Barlow

Mid Ocean Welcomes Miss Barlow


It all started off so promisingly as the young man in a bow tie rushed up to me in the car park. “Miss Barlow” he shrieked, arms outstretched in my direction. “Welcome to Mid Ocean Golf Club, the jewel in Bermuda’s golf crown.” Wow! What a welcome I thought, looking startled and vaguely bemused. I … Continue reading

Jalapeno & Cheese Heaven

Jalapeno & Cheese Heaven


England is under water. My golf course resembles a swamp and it’s been over three months since I’ve swung something called a golf club. Until that moment returns when I have worked out which end of the stick to hold again, my blog is venturing into new areas. For now I’ve abandoned the sodden shores … Continue reading

They think it’s all over, it is now…

They think it’s all over, it is now…


They say all good things must come to an end. And what an end it was too. The annual dinner at the Frontline Club to round off an incredible year being captain of the wonderful Press Golfing Society society.  SKIPPER’S SPEECH Something happened on the way to dinner tonight. Jon Snow phoned me from Sri Lanka. … Continue reading

This is why I wear the trousers

This is why I wear the trousers


It’s not often you receive an email with the words: “I work with Ian Poulter and his golf clothing line IJP Design … and we would love to invite you to join our exclusive testing panel for his new women’s golf range ahead of the full launch in spring summer 2014.” Well, that’s exactly what I … Continue reading

The Maul in Porthcawl

The Maul in Porthcawl


It was dubbed the Maul in Porthcawl, but after the first day of battle, Whitewash in Wales had a certain ring to it too. It took five long and painful years of defeats to the French, but the Wryter Cup is finally back on British soil and firmly in the arms of the Press Golfing … Continue reading

Wryter Cup 2013: Meet the team

Wryter Cup 2013: Meet the team


Franco-British entente cordiale is once again set to go head to head for the XXIII Wryter Cup at Royal Porthcawl in Wales on 6 & 7 October 2013. Qualification is a gruelling do-or-die selection process resulting in this year’s golfing crème de la crème of the UK media industry. The record books currently stand at an … Continue reading

Why I celebrated my hole-in-one … in a car park

Why I celebrated my hole-in-one … in a car park


The latest sexism storm brewing over Muirfield and its cretinous male-only policy would be far less troubling if the wait for women’s membership hadn’t been 269 years and counting. But any hope that, all these decades later, men in starched blazers are softening their stance on membership has been hit once more into the deep … Continue reading

Angelina Jolie and Me

Angelina Jolie and Me


Why did the Oscar-winning actress have to choose that day of all days to announce to the world that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy? The same day I was to find out if I had cancer. I was doing just fine up until that point and largely successful in blocking out my uncertain fate. Denial … Continue reading