Re-activation and re-connection

This blog has been pretty silent over the last year which I actually feel a little ashamed of. The reason for the golf absence, at least in the blog writing fashion, has mainly to do with the fact that I became father to a beautiful baby girl, which I admire over the moon.

So priorities have shifted, the day work is important, the baby deserves a lot of time, my wife gets her share of my time without question, then I have another big online project running, read a lot, we have a house which takes some time, friends, family, hobbies and last but not least, playing golf.

Sounds like an apology? It is one, truth be told. But priorities do shift, and there is no such thing as bad behaviour for a blog that is absolutely free. I’m not even sure if somebody actually missed me, missed my golf stories or my golf pictures. Especially because Golficiency is quite active on Facebook and Instagram.

Long story short, over the winter months, I will try to create more content for my audience. Golficiency was founded in the off-season to stay in touch with the game, and it will be re-activated in the (European) off-season.

Happy reading!

Anniversary ceremonies. 5 years Golficiency in the books

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Feels like yesterday but in reality it’s already 5 years ago that Golficiency was founded and saw the light of day. The blog was born into the world with its siblings on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Tumblr, Youtube, Vimeo and Pinterest – well equipped to tackle the golf world with interesting features, reports, reviews and pictures. 5 years of playing, writing, examining, posting, following, reacting, communicating, bonding and dreaming in the golfing world. We love the game so much, we can’t get enough of it.

There are plenty of ideas on the table but the limiting factor unfortunately is time. As this is just a non-profit side job of a married man with a full-time job in Finance, there are clearly limitations to expanding. But after all, I’m happy with the outcome so far. There are more likes and followers joining every day, more readers on a daily basis and it fills me with great pride to see that Golficiency truly has a global reach, with readers in Thailand, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, the United States, South Korea and all across Europe.

Thanks for your interest and support and thanks for following for more years to come.

Sincerely,
Alexander Rose

Construction site ahead. The website under review

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After the relaunch of the website in March this year, there wasn’t much happening in terms of visuals, new features or new stuff in the shop. No excuse but that was mainly because of serious time constraint on my side. I still have some very good ideas in mind and noted down and as winter is approaching, I’m sure I’ll find the time to work on the website more than recently. I know I owe you a decent webpage with regular content.

As a first start, I changed the menu structure today and added a new featured picture on the homepage (Extra points for you if you know which course this is). As there will be more focus on course reviews, equipment tests and travel reports on the blog in the future, there are three new prominent buttons to have the visitor find his way better.

As I said, there are more interesting things on the way. Hope you are checking by from time to time. And please be reminded you can sign in for the email notification service. Just scroll down and click the “Follow” button if you haven’t already. Easy.

Blog re-launch in progress

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You might have realised it already, Golficiency is currently undertaking a full re-launch of the website. This includes a complete new corporate design, new logo, new colours, new website structure, new features, new content and loads of stuff which will be introduced in the coming weeks.

What you see now is something I would consider is a soft-launch as it is not final yet, but I hope the switch is not overly confusing. Please check again as more and more content will be provided in due course.

I do hope you like what you see. Please report problems with the website.

Your chance to win a dozen Golficiency balls

Nike Golficiency BallsThe 2015 golf season is just around the corner and at Golficiency we thought we should be generous to our readers and supporters. We can’t give away expensive attire or golf clubs but we have plenty of balls for our friends and followers.

You have three chances to win a dozen brand new, high quality Nike PD Soft balls for the professional touch around the greens in these social networks:

The winners will be contacted till the end of March.

Good luck and have a great 2015 golf season!

New Year’s (golf) resolutions

I don’t smoke, I don’t drink beer, I’m not fat, nor do I need excessive exercise. What I do need however is a decent golf swing in 2015. Therefore, fully official, black on white, my 2015 golf resolutions:

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  • Fit in golf as often as possible and play at least once a week, from April to October
  • Play some new courses in the area, such as Mainzer GC, St. Leon-Rot, Neuhof
  • Break 85
  • Come down to a handicap of 12—to be realistic. Ending up at single digit would be great but unlikely having my 2014 performance in mind.
  • Play golf in Dubai, Austria and try to fit in another golf break if possible
  • Make decent progress with the book project
  • Increase the global blog reach and the number of readers considerably
  • Provide live reports and maybe some player interviews from both Germany-based European Tour events, the BMW International Open and the European Open, which made it onto the tour schedule again after several years of absence

Happy New Year to all of you.

Back in action

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Folks, I’m back in action, back from honeymoon, 3.5 weeks of pure relaxation and a bit of golf. The time in Mauritius has been absolutely amazing. The weather could have been a bit better, but the hotels, the beaches and the people couldn’t be beaten.

A lot has happened during my absence: Europe won the Ryder Cup, Oliver Wilson won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the US Ryder Cup team were ripping their captain’s heart out and many tiny other golf related things as well.

I was fortunate to see a bit of the Ryder Cup, but won’t dig into that issue anymore here on this blog. I’m happy the Euro boys won in style on home turf and that everybody had his stake in this beautiful team event. I can’t wait for 2016!

In Mauritius I played three lovely rounds of golf, which I really enjoyed. I will write a post on each day in the course of the following days. So keep in touch, more interesting stuff and pictures to come.