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Golf Tips for Playing at Golf Courses

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There is, perhaps, no game that personifies the gentleman’s sport as golf, which is unsupervised by a referee or umpire as many other popular sports. It is the individual golfer’s responsibility to behave accordingly, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship.”

Be Considerate

Don’t tee your ball until it’s your turn.

Don’t stand close or directly behind the ball or hole when someone is playing.

When someone is playing, don’t disturb them with a lot of movement, talking or unnecessary noise. Enjoy the beauty of a course like the Murray Downs Golf Club.

Do not stand on another player’s line of putt or while the other player is making a stroke. Be sure you do not cast a shadow over their line of putt.

Until other players in the group have holed out, other players need to remain on or near the putting green.

Score!

Check the score with the player concerned in a stroke play and record it.

Pace

Keep up with group in front; if they delay you, they should invite you to play through, no matter how many players are in the group.

Play at a good pace, period. And, be ready to play when your turn comes around.

Balls

To save time, if you’ve lost a ball, play a provisional ball.

Let the group behind you know you’re looking for your ball, and if you can’t find it, let them play through. Do not search then invite, and do not resume until the other group is out of range.

Greens

Fill and smooth holes and footprints and divots, damage from shoes, balls and clubs; if a rake is available for the purpose, use it.

Be Safe

Be aware of your surroundings and give warning to anyone nearby or ahead who might be affected or endangered by a stroke.

Wait for the players in front of you to be out of range.

Ensure that you check who is standing near you or in a position where they may be hit by the club or ball or stones, etc. when making a practice or actual swing.

Etiquette

Just mind your manners. You do not want to be disqualified.

Tips on Tipping

Veteran golfers know that gratuities are often expected – and that being a generous, or even just an appropriate — tipper can have benefits, especially if you are a frequent player on that course. Not all courses require tips, and there are courses that actually forbid it. Since there is a cultural component, be sure you call the resort or club ahead of time.

Expect to tip. If, however, you are loathe to, then find courses where there are no tips: most municipal courses and many daily-fee courses. Courses without a strict dress-code are also unlikely to require tipping.

However, you do not – do not – want to be that person who doesn’t tip, when you should.

As you would in a restaurant or at the salon – tip for the service you receive. That means if you get particularly good service, give a particularly good tip.

The green fee also influences your tipping. If your per-round fee is £100 or £25, you won’t tip the same.

It’s not unlike at a hotel, where some opt to self-park, rather than valet and circumvent the doorman and bellhops: cart jockeys greet golfers and take their bags. And yes, this means more tips.

Must Tip (on a course that requires them)

  • Bag-drop attendee
  • £2 to £3 per bag, or £5 if you expect assistance after the round
  • Cart-return staff
  • £2 for each or £5 if they clean your clubs

May Have to Tip

  • Valet Parking
  • £3
  • Starter
  • If you’re staying at a resort and the starter is checking tee times, a group of four should tip between £50 and £100.
  • Forecaddies
  • If you’re staying at a resort and the starter is checking tee times, a group of four should tip between £50 and £100.
  • Food & Drink
  • Tip at the clubhouse restaurant as you would at a regular restaurant, and if there is a jar, drop a buck in.
  • Beverage Cart
  • Typical tip is £1 on a £3 purchase.

Cheltenham Festival Bids Farewell To Legend Tony McCoy

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   by  Paolo Camera 

Despite galloping to his 31st win at the Cheltenham Festival, Irish jockey Tony McCoy competed in his last race at the historic National Hunt event last Friday, riding Carlingford Lough in jump racing’s showpiece Gold Cup.

However, regardless of his confirmed retirement at the end of the season, McCoy showed his skills are still world class, winning the Ryanair Chase event on day three of the Festival. Despite being an outsider, from the perspective of the bookies, with odds of only 16/1, McCoy and horse Uxizandre led the way for the entire duration of the race.

Of course, what more could be expected from one of the most talented and successful jockeys of all-time. McCoy, who was awarded an MBE in 2014, recorded his first win at the age of 17 in 1992. Since then, the now-40-year-old jockey has ridden more than 4,000 victories, which contributed to him racking up an astounding 19 consecutive Champion Jockey titles and outstripping second-place holder Peter Scudamore by a staggering 12 trophies.

When looking at McCoy’s extensive C.V, it is difficult to find a single gap. The Moneyglass-born Northern Irishman won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and King George VI Chase amongst numerous other events. However, the highlight of this glittering career, as it would be for any world-class British jockey, was McCoy’s victory at the 2010 Grand National when riding Don’t Push It. His win at the event assured that McCoy did not match Jeff King’s record of most Grand National rides without winning.

Considering the breadth, depth and length of McCoy’s career, it is unsurprising that he holds several Guinness Book of World Records titles. These records are ‘Most Jump Wins In A Single Season’ (289 Jumps, 2002), ‘Most Champion Jump Jockey Titles’ and ‘Most Career Jump Winners. Moreover, these are figures that McCoy, even in the twilight of his career, is still adding to!

McCoy – who became the first jockey to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2010 – has spent the last decade in an exclusive professional relationship with millionaire racehorse owner J.P McManus. Although McCoy’s decision, in 2004, to leave behind former collaborator Martin Pipe – who he had several successes with during their seven-year partnership – was criticised, the star jockey went on to win a further ten major titles during his time with McManus.

The only significant setback of McCoy’s career occurred relatively near its end. At the end of the 2012/2013 season, McCoy was thrown-off Nicky Henderson-trained Quantitativeeasing, breaking several ribs in the resulting fall, at the end-of-season event at Cheltenham. Consequently, McCoy missed the start of the 2013/2014 national hunt season. However, this delayed beginning did not seem to greatly hinder McCoy as he went on to easily surpass the 100-winner mark for that season. Doing so through his impressive five-timer at Carlisle racecourse, swiftly followed by the logging of five winners at Aintree – over only a two-day period – in October.

Indeed, McCoy’s lone significant career injury appeared to have no long-term ramifications. In July 2014, McCoy reached both a significant and personal milestone by passing friend and mentor Martin Pipe’s record of 4,191 winners. This was achieved by McCoy winning the Summer Plate on the appropriately named ‘It’s A Gimme’.

It was perhaps this long-awaited passing of his idol, and mentor, that partially caused McCoy to decide to retire. However, it isn’t over quite yet for the talented jockey. McCoy will be competing in the Grand National this year, in a record-breaking twentieth appearance, and will be riding the pedigree stead, and ingeniously named, Shutthefrontdoor. So, even if McCoy’s legacy will end in 2015, it would not be a long-shot punt to say, he’s planning to go out in a blaze of glory at Aintree.