This Week in Golf: Oct 31- Nov 06 2016

Check out what has been happening this week that you may have missed

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The 13th at Close House
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All the latest stories from this week in golf that you may have missed

Close House Winter Green Fee Offer

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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


Topgolf Offers Free Lessons to Local Schools

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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:


ETIQUS Expands Range to 72 Timepieces

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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

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Camilla Lennarth, Sara Al Nowais and Melissa Reid take part in #WomenOnCourse activity

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

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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

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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.

Related: Rory McIlroy uses TaylorMade M2 at WGC-HSBC Champions

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

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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.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x