October 2020


It is a sport that can be played from the age of four to 104. It can be played in the fresh air in the great outdoors, in many different forms and even indoors too. It allows golfers to enjoy a form of exercise, as well as boosting their mental wellbeing in a social environment. Even following your favourites by walking at golf events is good for you.

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August 2020

The Shire London Feature Review

By: Matt Holbrook | Tue 04 Aug 2020 | 

Review by Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook

Set a mile or so from the M25 and A1 junction in Barnet, The Shire London is most renowned for being the only UK course designed solely by the late golf legend Severiano Ballesteros.

The layout also includes the quirk of having a combination of six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s with no two consecutive holes on either the outward or inward 9 the same par. Water features heavily - coming into play in one way or another - on 11 of the 18 holes on the main course, including the unique 'S' shaped lake that sits around the 18th green

The Shire features prominently on many 'Golfshake Top' lists as it is ever popular with visitors and societies, with many independent reviews ranking the venue as Highly Recommended.



You could easily be lured into thinking that a course with six par 5s is easily scorable. However, with six par 3s your iron play will need to be right on the money too. The way the holes have been designed means, regardless of length, it’s not a case of bash driver and have a go in two. You can (and will need to) plot your way around the par 5s. The par 4s are a mixture of length, and most of the par 3s are heavily protected by water in some degree. The combination of the three works incredibly well as a layout.

December, 2019

Presidents Cup 2019: Royal Melbourne's composite course 'the closest thing you will ever see to Pine Valley' (Mike Clayton)


“MacKenzie hated tight, restrictive golf and narrow fairways bordered by long grass,” says Clayton, himself the co-designer alongside Tom Doak of the acclaimed Barnbougle Dunes on Tasmania. “He wanted people to have room to play. But if you played to the wrong half of the fairway, your next shot would be much harder. It’s a simple formula.

“That next shot from the wrong angle was nearly impossible. But if you were good enough and brave enough, you could pull it off. That’s why Seve Ballesteros played so well here and at St. Andrews and Augusta. He excelled when he had space to express himself. He played with imagination and flair. Seve was the type of golfer MacKenzie wanted to encourage.


September, 2019


Izki Golf. Multiple tournaments have also been played on this  course placed in Álava province. At the international level (Challenge Europeantour), the Spanish Challenge played in 2002 and 2003, 2017, 2018, 2019 stands out. Similarly, in 2012, the Spanish Professional Championship was held in this public golf course.


Talayuela Golf. It is probably this public course, in Cáceres province, the place in Spain to host  more National Championships have been played in recent years. This is how the Spanish Professional Championship was held in 2013 and 2014. The Senior Spanish Championship 2009, 2014 and 2015. Spanish Professional Championship 2012, as well as different Spanish Amateur Championships in different categories. The Alps of Extremadura was celebrated internationally in October 2015. Extremadura Championship 2015-19.


 The Alicante Golf golf course, a facility managed by Making Golf Group, has obtained in March 2018, the distinctive "Tourist Quality Commitment" of the Comprehensive Spanish Tourism Quality System in Destinations (SICTED), a seal of tourist quality that accredits the commitment to the managers of this course designed by Seve Ballesteros in offering the best services to all its users.




On July 21, 1979, Severiano Ballesteros achieved his first triumph in The Open, specifically in Blackpool, was the confirmation about all the expectations he had created in the last three years, since his second place in this same tournament in the edition played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport (1976).



Seve Ballesteros, the Greatest Ryder Cupper of All Time

When Jack Nicklaus proposed in 1977 that the Ryder Cup squad of Great Britain and Ireland also include continental Europe to make the matches more competitive, he probably had no idea he was inviting in the most intimidating and charismatic opponent Team USA had ever faced: Seve Ballesteros. On eight teams from 1979–1995, the dashing Spaniard racked up 22½ points in 37 matches, half of those in partnership with countryman José María Olazábal—the most successful team in Ryder Cup history.

But perhaps more important than his point total was the competitive spirit he brought to Team Europe. No player inspired his teammates like Seve did, whether with his play—many called his 3-wood from a fairway bunker to halve a singles match with Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983 the greatest shot they’d ever seen—or his words. After Europe’s one-point loss that year, Ballesteros gave a stirring locker-room speech that swept away any dejection: “This is not a defeat,” he said with customary brio. “This is a win!”

Two years later, Ballesteros and teammates won the Cup in front of 40,000 crazed fans at The Belfry and have dominated the competition pretty much ever since. And who can forget his pivotal role in the 1991 “War by the Shore” at Kiawah, where he took gamesmanship to a whole new level with Paul Azinger and went undefeated. 

Yet the pinnacle of Seve’s Ryder Cup career came in 1997 when he captained a winning European team in his home country, the first matches held on the continent. After the daughter of the King of Spain presented him the trophy, Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011, said, “This is my best win ever. I have won five majors, six Order of Merits, many great tournaments around the world, but I have felt nothing like this.”

His passion for the event still fuels Team Europe to this day.       






The World Cup of Golf is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their country. Only one team is allowed from each country. The tournament was founded by Canadian industrialist John Jay Hopkins, who hoped it would promote international goodwill through golf. It began in 1953 as the Canada Cup and changed its named to the World Cup in 1967. With Fred Corcoran as the Tournament Director and the International Golf Association behind it (1955–77), the World Cup traveled the globe and grew to be one of golf's most prestigious tournaments throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The 1965 Canada Cup took place 30 September – 3 October at the R.S.H.E. Club de Campo de Madrid in Spain. It was the 13th Canada Cup event, which became the World Cup in 1967. The tournament was a 72-hole stroke play team event with 37 teams. These were the same teams that had competed in 1964 but with the addition of Czechoslovakia, Monaco and Morocco. Each team consisted of two players from a country. The combined score of each team determined the team results. The South African team of Harold Henning and Gary Player won by eight strokes over the Spanish team of Ángel Miguel and Ramón Sota. The individual competition was won by Gary Player, who finished two shots ahead of Jack Nicklaus.

It has been the golf tournament that most public gathered in Spain until the emergence of the great Severiano Ballesteros.Gonzalo Lavín Sr was one of the main organizers of this event since he was the Golf Director of the Club de Campo, as well as general secretary of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

Golf returns to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904 in Rio

George O’Grady (2016), President of International Relations of the European Tour: “the crucial meeting for Golf to go into the Olympic Games took place during the Ryder Cup at Valderrama in 1997 with Juan Antonio Samaranch, Ken Schofield, Commissioner Tim Finchem from the PGA Tour and myself, with the presence of the European Captain Severiano Ballesteros. –

He revealed that it was during the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama that he and Seve Ballesteros first raised the issue of golf returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 with Juan ­Antonio Samaranch, who was then president of the ­International Olympic ­Committee

Norman, (2012), is a booster of Olympic golf on several fronts.

He was spurred on by his friend and playing rival Seve Ballesteros. Norman won two British Opens (his only major titles) and was No. 1 in the world for a total of 331 weeks in the 1980s and '90s. Ballesteros was a challenger to that throne.

But they practiced a lot together, and Norman says that some of Ballesteros' passions became his. Ballesteros knew then-IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, also a Spaniard, and planted with him the idea of golf in the Olympics.

"I remember when it started," Norman said. "It was a practice round, in 1984, here at Wentworth [England]. We were getting ready for a World Match Play . . . Seve mentioned the Olympics, and I was kind of taken aback. I hadn't thought about it, didn't know much about the concept." .” I was stunned at the time but he was very passionate about it. I’m extremely happy the game of golf will be back at the Olympics and the players I’ve talked to about it are embracing the idea."

But Ballesteros wanted Norman on board, and Norman studied the concept thoroughly. After Ballesteros died of cancer last year at 54, Norman helped keep the campaign alive, while never forgetting Ballesteros' role.

"I give Seve as much credit as anybody," Norman said. "And here we are today, talking about golf in the Olympics".


Sustainability challenges in the coming years.

Rand Jerris, Ph.D. the Senior Managing Director for Public Services for the United States Golf Association

One of the topics of our discussion was about the sustainability of game.  In a recent presentation, Jerris used the United Nations Brundtland Commission’s (1987) definition of sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present (generation) without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”




Golf is very important to all the stakeholders who have been involved in the production of this report on the economic impact of the sport on the economy of Europe.

The PGA of GB&I has been closely involved in two previous studies measuring the commercial importance of golf in 2006 & 2008, but recognise that society and the global market dynamics have changed fundamentally since then.

We are delighted that this report has received significant support across the sport from many federations, agencies and individuals on a professional organisation and individual basis. 

SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC., Europe’s leading research agency in the field of golf, has been commissioned by a number of the principal European golfing bodies, led by the PGA of GB&I, to undertake an economic impact study of the sport on the economy of Europe. 

 The primary objective of this exercise has been to estimate the financial contribution that the game of golf makes to the European economy. It is recognised absolutely, however, that the game has many additional benefits beyond those which are economic – in public health, in facilitating social interaction, in enabling men and women and players of different ages and levels of ability to compete against each other, in encouraging fair play and sporting behaviour both in victory and defeat, in creating healthy competition and in offering opportunities to travel. Each of these are important contributors to the conclusion that the game of golf provides a positive impact on society beyond the direct element of the commercial impact of the game in Europe and beyond. 



David Cannon: my favourite golf holes




David Cannon is one of the world’s most respected golf photographers. Below, he takes us through his 10 favourite holes on planet golf….

Between the holes choosen by David Cannon is the 7th hole of Crans Sur Sierre. Seve redesigned the course and we had the pleasure to participate in this work.




From North Cape to Cape Town

Golf Course Development Cost Survey 2014 in Europe, Middle East and Africa 

I am pleased to present the third edition of the Golf Course Development Cost Survey, prepared by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA). Based on the responses of owners and developers of over 100 recently constructed/under development golf facilities, this report provides information on the planning and construction costs of golf courses in various locations of EMA, as well as typical development timeframes. Furthermore, we identify issues and challenges which typically arise during the development process.

Andrea Sartori Partner, KPMG Advisory Ltd. Head of KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa


The Case for 9-Hole Golf Courses

Story published at 11:51, Friday, February 28th, 2014

Page last updated at 12:03 pm, Friday, February 28th, 2014

It makes good economic and environmental sense to develop 9-hole courses and specialist golf operators say that they can work profitably, by Jonathan Gaunt, Golf Course Architect





                                                                                                     By Adam Lawrence

Municipal golf courses have enabled countless golfers to discover the game over their 100 year history. But what is the future for the muni in today’s golf market? Adam Lawrence investigates.

Everyone in the golf industry is trying to find the magic bullet. Participation is not growing in most of golf’s established markets, and in countries where the game is new, the task of creating a substantial core of players is proving challenging.

The irony is that the best tool for bringing new players into the game is well-known and long established. Nothing has helped more people from non-golfing backgrounds to learn the game than the municipal golf course.



Natural bedfellows

Adam Lawrence says golf architects, masterplanners and developers can find better ways of integrating golf and real estate. 

  By Adam Lawrence


Seve’s triumph in 1984 Voted Most Memorable Open Moment

                                                                                                           By www.golfbusinessnews.com


Anarchist's Guide to Golf Course Architecture

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Achieving the warm season links

By Dr Micah Woods