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Close House Winter Green Fee Offer
2017 British Masters host venue Close House, near Newcastle, is offering fourball green fees for just £201.70 this winter.
Close House owner Graham Wylie said, “The British Masters is the biggest golf tournament to have ever come to the North East, and we’re excited to welcome the brightest tour stars to our fairways next September.” The Westwood Colt Championship course ranks inside Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK&I Golf Courses 15/16.
For more information and booking details, visit www.closehouse.com.
Topgolf Offers Free Lessons to Local Schools
Chigwell Topgolf recently invited 10 primary schools to compete in the first School Topgolf Champions where students were coached and assisted by Topgolf’s PGA Advanced Professional Coaches. Epping Upland were the overall winners and all participants were given a free coaching voucher.
Following the success of the school champions, Topgolf is sending its coaches to local schools to teach Tri Golf and offer free coaching lessons at Topgolf at weekends. Tri Golf comprises youngster-friendly equipment including plastic clubs and soft balls, is affordable for schools and is easy for teachers to coach and supervise.
Topgolf currently has three UK venues – Chigwell, Watford and Surrey, with plans to expand throughout the UK. For more information on Topgolf, visit: http://topgolf.com/uk
ETIQUS Expands Range to 72 Timepieces
British golf watch brand ETIQUS is expanding its range of patented, quality timepieces to 72 models after seeing a continued demand since its launch in late 2014. ETIQUS timepieces are on the wrists of over 1,000 golfers across the UK with overwhelming positive feedback on their looks, quality and value.
ETIQUS Founder Gary Butler said, “It’s been pleasing to see the brand continue to grow since we first came to market back in late 2014. We’re excited to now have a broader watch choice for every golfer by offering over 70 models across the range. Our watches are quickly becoming appreciated as a go-to gift for golfers, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas present. They’re also being purchased as special prizes, or to commemorate a year of captaincy at a golf club.”
#WomenOnCourse Campaign in Full Effect at Saadiyat Beach
As 126 female golf professionals prepare to compete in the inaugural Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open this week, the host venue, Gary Player’s Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, is inspiring a generation in Abu Dhabi by showcasing the many diverse roles women play across all walks of life with an interactive #WomenOnCourse campaign.
To get involved on social media and see what the LET players have to say, visit @SaadiyatBeachGC on Twitter and @SaadiyatBeachGolfClub on Facebook. Have your say on 'what makes women great'!
CLUBSTOHIRE teams up with David Howell
ClubstoHire.com has signed a multi-year agreement with England’s David Howell for the European Tour star to act as a global brand ambassador.
Howell will promote the brand across European Tour events and social media platforms, he said “I love the simple idea of golfers collecting top quality clubs on arrival at their golfing destinations and not having to drag them around to and from airports or pay excess luggage charges on airlines."
Stuburt Bring Out New Winter Golf Shoes
Stuburt has announced two new golf shoes - the Cyclone Boot and Helium Tour eVent - built to stand up to the harshest conditions and deliver great comfort and support, without breaking the bank.
Both new models come with an RRP of £69.99 are made with the eVent fabric system which has billions of microscopic pores per square inch to allow air out whilst staying waterproof.
Rory McIlroy Pulls Out of Turkish Airlines Open
Defending Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy has pulled out of this week's European Tour Final Series opener in Antalya after a recent rocket attack in the region.
The world number two told AFP, "It was weighing on my mind and I slept a lot better knowing that I'd made a decision. The fact that I have won the FedEx Cup this year and that I have won the Race to Dubai before made the decision a little bit easier."
European Tour's Southgate Wins European Father & Son Golf Champs
European Tour professional Matthew Southgate and his dad, Ian, clinched the 2016 European Father & Son Golf Championships in dramatic style in Spain after a three-way playoff was required to determine the winners in the Scratch category.
Matthew, currently lying 48th in the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings, and 5 handicapper Ian from England completed the 54 holes of competition in 13 under par after a storming 6 under par on the final day to catch the overnight leaders who they beat on the third playoff hole.
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL
Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
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