Ball Showcase: NVGJ 25 Jaar 2019

Recently I was given this ball as a present by a fellow golf journalist who I met in Mallorca at the Mallorca Press Cup 2019 which we both participated in as players.

img_5976The NVGJ, or Nederlandse Vereniging van Golfspelende Journalisten, is the Dutch association of golfing journalists. In 2019 they have their 25-year anniversary and therefore issued this ball.

I had no contact to the organization before but since we were talking golf and journalism a lot, we came across this particular group and I indeed became interested to join the German counterpart, the DMGG, Deutsche Medien Golf Gesellschaft.

Leo, if you read this, thanks again for the ball and the conversations we had. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet again in one of the golf journalists’ European Championships, head-to-head Germany vs The Netherlands. Looking forward to that.

Ball Showcase: Golf Club St. Leon-Rot

The domestically famous St. Leon-Rot club is a 90 minutes Autobahn ride from where I live and I actually passed the course often. I never played it though which had to change.

So I was overly happy to walk in the footsteps of golf’s greats on the St. Leon course, where the Solheim Cup, several Deutsche Bank SAP Open and other tournaments were staged, where Tiger Woods and Ernie Els battled it out some years ago and where Germany’s amateur golf elite is practicing.

It’s no spoiler when I tell you I really liked it there. Going to St. Leon-Rot (once for each course) on a yearly basis will be my new tradition, and a nice one indeed.

Ball Showcase: Gut Kaden Golf und Land Club

Gut Kaden is my new club since 2019. Proud to be a member here, even though it’s so far from my place, but it was an offer I couldn’t resist.

Been here only once so far, but definitely plan to come on a (at least) yearly basis and play these magnificent 27 holes over and over again.

The course staged multiple international top tournaments and will host the German Final Four in 2019 for the first time. I’m sure everybody is pretty excited about that.

The ball immediately goes into the showcase!

Ball Showcase: Golfclub Worpswede, in the light of recent events

I displayed these two balls already in 2012 but thought I post them today, just because I played Worpswede again after many years and became somewhat emotional about it.

I had much fun there as a youngster, and truly enjoyed being back after such a long time.

One ball features the standard club logo, the other one I bought in 1999 when the club had its 25th anniversary, being founded in 1974.

The logo of the club shows a typical regional peat barge which was common in this Teufelsmoor area in the 17th and 18th century.

Ball Showcase: Golf Club Schloss Braunfels

Two weeks ago I played Schloss (Castle) Braunfels, a rather hilly course in the Taunus mountains.

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Last week‘s souvenir from Braunfels.

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Never played here before, so I got myself a ball as souvenir and played a decent round of golf — at least the first nine have been very ok, then the heat paid its tribute. Shame that they neglect the course in the heat wave currently. Most of the fairways were brown. Doesn’t look good but kicks the ball even further… I don’t have a problem with length but esthetically I prefer lush green.

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This is how a thirsty golf course looks like…

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On hole 3 I chipped from the rough with my lob wedge, the ball went right into the cup and sprung back out. That would have been so cool. Next time.

Playing plays out, finally!

 

I have to say it’s difficult to accommodate a full job, a family, a house, multiple hobbies, friends and a sport like golf – oh, and sleep too.

As a consequence I don’t play as often as I wish but just so often that family is happy, I’m happy and I get enough sleep at night to be fit for the office. So training is pretty much out of the picture.

To put that in perspective: I’ve hit the range three times this year, short course once, private rounds three times and played nine tournaments so far of which one was a fun tournament with my company and all the others had effect on my handicap.

If I could chose I would play golf twice a week, but currently that’s not in scope so I have to life with it. What I do miss as well is coming around a bit, traveling here and there, taking my clubs with me, checking out new courses, new resorts, being on the road with my sticks. That would be cool again…

But not now. I get some rounds in, mainly through the tournaments I play in the German Rhine-Main area.

Couple of weeks ago I played Zimmerner Golf Club. Nice course, not spectacular but interesting. I played 45 stableford net points and won 1st prize. My handicap came down by 2.7 to 13.9.

I was over the moon because for the last months my game struggled – I mean I struggled with my game.

I didn’t practice much. But playing constantly, making the right adjustments here and there progressed and I do feel much more comfortable with everything now. Played more with thy hybrid, and plan to make my way up to the driver in multiple iterations.

I have time.

*dreamingofscratch*

Ball Showcase: NRW Tour 2016

For those who don’t know, NRW is short for North Rhine-Westphalia, a part in Western Germany and it’s the most populated one. It has however some of the finest golf courses in Germany to offer.

No question that this has been on my bucket list for quite a while and in late April 2016 it was time to tackle each of these great venues one by one, one day after the next. The weather was horrible but the week in total has been an absolute treat!

Ball Showcase: UAE 2016

It’s always a pleasure to play great golf in the United Arab Emirates. This year has been the same, except that we even made it to Abu Dhabi and not just stopped at Dubai Marina as far as going south is concerned.

Abu Dhabi is indeed a very good golf destination also. So when you are in the region and you fancy some golf, do consider both Dubai and Abu Dhabi – for good reason.