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

Deliberate Leap in Opposite Direction

Deliberate Leap in Opposite Direction


When I first started this blog in 2011 after a somewhat tumultuous period in my life, I concluded the About Me section by saying: ‘I’m not sure where my story ends, but short of a graphic in HD choc full of pithy insight, I think you’ve just captured the start of it.’ Well, today I’m … Continue reading

Race to Wales 2013

Race to Wales 2013


As a persistent observer of potential talent for our epic golf battle against the mighty, yet glacially-paced French, the quality of golf in the Press Golfing Society has never been stronger. The annual Wryter Cup tournament is the journalist’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup between the Press Golfing Society (PGS) and Association de la Presse et du … Continue reading

Welcome to PhwoarPLESDON

Welcome to PhwoarPLESDON


It has been a long Baltic winter and three tortuous months since I last swung a club, but this week saw the start of the 2013 Press Golfing Society season with the curtain-raiser at the magnificent Worplesdon golf club.  With Arctic conditions and 40mph gales, it was supposed to see us dust off the cobwebs … Continue reading

Ever Had A Hole-In-One?

Ever Had A Hole-In-One?


I want to hear about the story of the greatest golf shot of your life.   When, where and how did you pull off the perfect fluke? I’ve been lucky to have had two revered golfing moments. The 11th at St Andrews and a couple of years ago on the 134-yard 14th at  Muswell Hill Golf … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities


Much of LONDON was brought to a standstill today by the heaviest snowfall of the winter. With most of Britain covered in white stuff, the country is set to freeze overnight as temperatures plummet to a chilly -6C. On the other side of the globe, SYDNEY sizzled as it endured its hottest day ever. Records were … Continue reading

Wedding Gift Fit For A Queen

Wedding Gift Fit For A Queen


A land of lore and legend encircled with its ancient 45ft walls should be at the top of your must-see list when visiting Portugal. Fifty-five miles north of Lisbon, the fortified town of Óbidos is considered one of the jewels of Portugal’s national heritage. It is known as the “Wedding Present Town” because it was a … Continue reading

Is there anyone left to drink with?

Is there anyone left to drink with?


I currently have two doctors navigating me towards some priceless lifestyle advice. First up is the Daily Mail’s doctor, who this week informed his readers that giving up alcohol for January will do you more harm than good. What a load of self-deluding drivel. Yet another rehashed, alarmist, new year article wheeled out during a … Continue reading