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From the Clubhouse: How a 300-yard stretch of road sparked a civil war in St Andrews

From the Clubhouse: How a 300-yard stretch of road sparked a civil war in St Andrews

March 5, 2021

It’s one of the best-known streets in golf – a thoroughfare thronged with spectators at the climax to an Open Championship at St Andrews. It hosts Tom Morris’ shop and the famous golf clubs that wind their way down the side of the Old Course’s 18th hole.

Walking down The Links is a pilgrimage for millions of golfers. But its construction caused a late 19th century storm that went all the way to the House of Lords.

It's the subject of a fascinating - and now award-winning - book by golf historian Roger McStravick.

He takes readers back to 1879 in St Andrews: The Road War Papers, where they can learn how a simple road from Golf Place to Grannie Clark’s Wynd and beyond caused so much strife.

The book has been honoured by the USGA as the recipient of the prestigious Herbert Warren Wind Award – presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to golf literature.

On its release, McStravick joined Steve Carroll on the From the Clubhouse podcast to discuss his work and hark bark to a fascinating period in the game’s history.

Dialled In: Arnold Palmer Invitational preview

Dialled In: Arnold Palmer Invitational preview

March 1, 2021

NCG's Steve Carroll and golf form expert Barry Plummer discuss their betting tips for one of the more popular PGA Tour stops - the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Remember, please gamble responsibly.

From the Clubhouse: The rise and fall of the small town that once ruled the golf world

From the Clubhouse: The rise and fall of the small town that once ruled the golf world

February 25, 2021

The Park family of Musselburgh will be forever etched in golf history. Willie Park Sr was a four-time Open champion, including the very first in 1860, while his brother, Mungo Park, and son, Willie Park Jr, won three Opens between them.

Willie Park's great grandson - also called Mungo - joins Steve Carroll on the NCG Golf Podcast to consider the legacy of Musselburgh and look back at a time when this small town on the outskirts of Edinburgh once ruled the golf world, how it became a victim of its own success, and why even its decline was hugely important in establishing golf as a global game.

Dialled In: WGC-Workday Championship preview

Dialled In: WGC-Workday Championship preview

February 23, 2021

Our latest PGA Tour and European Tour golf betting tips podcast focuses on the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession in Florida.

NCG's Steve Carroll and golf form expert Barry Plummer run the rule over the field and in particular there is one Englishman they fancy to finally get it done on US soil.

Head over to NationalClubGolfer.com for more and remember to gamble responsibly.

The Slam: European Tour caddie Steve Brotherhood on his career in golf

The Slam: European Tour caddie Steve Brotherhood on his career in golf

February 17, 2021

Steve Brotherhood has seen it all in 17 years as a European Tour caddie. He joins the NCG Podcast to discuss why rangefinders in professional golf are a "waste of time", gives a fascinating insight why Rory McIlroy chose a friend over a seasoned bagman, and his thoughts on that Matt Kuchar incident in Mexico.

And that's before we get to tales of eating curries with Hugh Grant...

Dialled In: Genesis Invitational preview

Dialled In: Genesis Invitational preview

February 15, 2021

The PGA Tour stars move down the California coast for this week's Genesis Invitational. Tiger Woods will be there to host - though he won't be playing - and there is a cracking field in place at Riviera, including World No 1 Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka.

NCG's Steve Carroll and golf form expert Barry Plummer discuss run the rule over the field and this week they have some in-form stars coming in at nice prices, as well as a much-fancied outsider.

Head over to NationalClubGolfer.com for more and remember to gamble responsibly.

All the Gear: Here’s what you’re doing wrong when it comes to choosing the right golf ball

All the Gear: Here’s what you’re doing wrong when it comes to choosing the right golf ball

February 12, 2021
How many times have you been in a club fitting and you're not quite getting the performance out of the golf ball that you'd like? Well, it's a very simple fix.

So for this episode of the All the Gear podcast, Hannah Holden spoke to Mike Fox, director of golf ball and accessories at TaylorMade, to learn about everything we're getting right - and wrong - when it comes to choosing which balls we use.

In the wide-ranging interview, Hannah and Mike also cover the new line-up, including Tommy Fleetwood's move to TaylorMade, why the change of Masters date was "really scary" for manufacturers, and how Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy proved to be a huge influence on which gear their fellow pros were using.

There's also an incredible story about the man who spends 10 grand a year on golf balls which needs to be heard to be believed.

Dialled In: Pebble Beach Pro-Am preview

Dialled In: Pebble Beach Pro-Am preview

February 8, 2021

The PGA Tour moves back to the Cali coast for the always popular Pebble Beach Pro-Am - or Pebble Beach No-Am as it will be known this year after the Tour decided that, due to the Covid pandemic, the celebrity competition won't be taking place.  

NCG's Steve Carroll and golf form expert Barry Plummer discuss run the rule over the field and this week they have a recent winner, a returning hero, and a couple of sneaky outsiders who have impressed this season.

Head over to NationalClubGolfer.com for more and remember to gamble responsibly.

From the Clubhouse: 10,000 visitors and £600,000 lost - how can clubs like Crail survive the pandemic?

From the Clubhouse: 10,000 visitors and £600,000 lost - how can clubs like Crail survive the pandemic?

February 4, 2021

Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest club in the world.

It plays host to thousands of visitors every year – enchanted by the stunning sea views on the Fife coast and a Balcomie layout designed by Old Tom Morris.

But while, domestically at least, the coronavirus pandemic has handed golf a most unlikely fillip, for those courses and businesses that rely on international tourism, the reality is somewhat different.

In a House of Commons debate, North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain outlined the bleak prospects that could await if tough international travel restrictions are still in place this summer.

She revealed that Crail Golfing Society lost £600,000 in visitor revenue last year, so Steve Carroll is joined on the NCG Podcast by the club’s manager, David Roy, to give a fascinating insight into how they are surviving the pandemic.

Dialled In: Saudi International and Waste Management Phoenix Open preview

Dialled In: Saudi International and Waste Management Phoenix Open preview

February 1, 2021

Some of golf's biggest names, including its two most recent major champions in World No 1 Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, are joining their European Tour peers for the third Saudi International this week, while the PGA Tour event is a fans' favourite in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

So who are NCG's Steve Carroll and golf form expert Barry Plummer expecting to challenge at Royal Greens and TPC Scottsdale respectively? They reveal all in this week's Dialled In podcast.

You can find more tips from Steve and Barry on NationalClubGolfer.com. And remember, please gamble responsibly.

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