MY BEST GOLF MOMENT EVER:
Hitting a pretty much perfect drive (for me) over the corner of the hotel on 17 at St Andrews. The reason it stands out is because for most people you only have one chance to play St Andrews (if you are lucky). To play 17 with a shot at par you really need to make that shot just like the pros and you only get that one shot. I am not a particularly good player but somehow I managed to strike the ball just about perfectly and watched it sail over the corner of the hotel and out of sight. My grumpy caddie (hadn’t smiled the whole round) turned to the other caddies and with a bemused look said “ I think the leftie has done it”. We walked up and my ball was 5 yds in on the fairway next to the Jigger Inn. As I was walking up to my ball one of the guys on the patio yelled at me - “Hey - did you hit it over the hotel?” I smilingly said I had and all of the guys on the patio got up and started clapping. I tipped my hat to them and then managed to strike a clean wedge to the green with the R&A Clubhouse off in the distance. I turned to look at my caddie as we walked towards the green. He was looking straight ahead but had a smile on his face. My bucket list goal travelling to Scotland was to break 100 at St Andrews. I did it with a few strokes to spare because somehow I was lucky enough to make that shot when I needed to. So its my favourite hole and shot played -by far.
MY FAVOURITE GOLF COURSE:
I have had the privilege of playing many wonderful courses over the years but the one that repeatedly pops in to my mind as the most special I have ever played was Royal Dornoch in the Highlands in Scotland. Most golfers who go to Scotland don’t make it there because its a bit of a trek but it’s definitely worth the drive if you are there. Old and historic, blended in to the town (we had to wait for a woman walking her dogs to clear before teeing off on #1 because dog walkers have the right of way) great views from almost each hole, unique layouts and just a classy understated elegance at every turn. It is very special.
A GOLF COURSE I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY:
Dream List - Cypress Point.
Reality Bucket List - Cabot Cliffs and Pebble Beach both on a windblown day.
MY FAVOURITE PROFESSIONAL GOLFER:
My favourite pro is not on the tour. He is a pro teacher named Henry Brunton who teaches up at Eagles Nest. Actually rated one of the best teaching professionals in North America. I have been going to see him 6-10 times a season for about 8 years. He is a great guy with lots of stories and an easy positive manner of teaching. I always enjoy talking with him as much or more than I do the lessons to correct my many bad habits. My family jokingly refers to him as the “Golf Whisperer” because I always come home happy after one of our sessions.
MY FAVOURITE YFG SEQUENCE
I would say all of the leg and hip stretching moves. I have tight IT bands so the window washers and leg/foot rotational movements with the belt are big with me.