News, Views and Blog

Welcome to the News and Blog section.

Here you will run across a number of links that will help
establish this section a one stop golfing shop for our members and visitors. It will be updated from time to time to keep the links interesting and current and will also include comments from Mashie Niblick, our Rarangi Special Correspondent and Blogger.

So pop in and visit anytime.

From Mashie Niblick – Our Rarangi Blogger.

Blog 1

Many of you golfing nuts will know doubt be relieved that the Masters will be seen live on Sky Sports. ( April 9-12 ) New Zealand dates April 10-13. .

The arrival into the global sporting market of internet moguls , other than the traditional satellite mega networks is going to make a huge change to our comfortable viewer habits.

Sky has done a great job in bringing top overseas sport to New Zealand but their monopoly on buying rights is being challenged. Last year they lost the Football Rights battle to Coliseum and this year that company has taken over the major percentage of international Golf.

Those comfortable mornings watching the golf from the United States in your favourite armchair, watching Sky on Channel 051, with a piece of toast and a cup of coffee, have gone.

Top sport is on the internet. You can get it on demand, but it will cost you more. Possibly you will need a Smart TV too! Find out on 

The Masters

No Kiwis in the field but 6 Australians.

Notables Jason Day and Adam Scott; the ubiquitous Geoff Ogilvy; solid performers on the PGA tour, Marc Leishman and John Senden; and Australia’s rising amateur star, Antonio Murdaca (good Aussie name).

Murdaca won his spot by taking the Asia/Pacific title last year at Royal Melbourne.

Bubba Watson is the defending champion, while Jason Spieth who must be one of the favorites this year, was runner up with Jonas Blixt of Sweden. Bet you did not remember his name!

Spieth is one of only 4 players since 1940 who have won twice on the PGA Tour before they have turned 22. The others: Woods 6, Garcia 3, Gamez 2 while Spieth won his titles before he has turned 22.

Robert Gamez may seem the odd one out in that group. From Las Vegas he was 22 when first played on the PGA tour in 1989 winning twice that year. In 1998 he suffered a motor accident, his golf suffered since.

Woods is down to play at Augusta in April. Hope his Glutes are OK.

Best Performance by a New Zealander at the Masters

1996 Frank Nobilo 4th
1963 Bob Charles 15th

What about Stevie Williams?

Some Masters Tit Bits

Autograph seeking is only allowed on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse, near where the golfers enter and exit the putting and short game practice area.

There are nearly 9000 free, yes FREE parking spaces available off Berckmans Road. (you all know where that is don’t you?)

While most Kiwi sports fans complain about the price and quality of food at major events, the Masters organisors are generous to the extreme with their fans. Check this out.

Coffee $1.00
Sandwiches $1.50 and $3.00
Soda Drinks $1.50
Water and Iced Tea $1.50
Beer $3.00

But they are strict on other things.

Prohibited items on the course.
Cell Phones
Cameras allowed only on practice days.
Alcoholic beverages.
Flags and Banners

If you get caught buying of selling tickets you will be arrested. There is a restricted area 800 metres around the course where this activity is prohibited. You are even in trouble if you ask for free tickets.
The Green Jacket

Every member receives a Green Jacket when he is accepted as a member.
But only the current Champion is allowed to remove it from the course and then only for a year.

Masters winners are not members of the club.

Horton Smith’s jacket (he won the title twice in 1934 and 1936) was sold at auction in 2013 for $ 682.000.

Gary Player who won his first Masters in 1961 took his jacket home to South Africa and did not return it. It took some years of negotiation with the Committee before he was allowed to keep it and it is on display in Player’s personal museum.

Amen Corner.

Holes 11, 12, 13.  The phrase was written in an article by Hubert Warren Wind for Sports Illustrated in 1958, reviewing Arnold Palmer’s victory. Stuck ever since.

Enjoy the Masters on Sky

Our Golfing World

The Latest Gizmo : The Orange Whip

The latest golfing training aid to have taken the sport by storm in the USA, is the Orange Whip.

Endorsed by some of the top teachers it has been a must have, for pros and top players and is ideal for every range of handicap player. It is not a cheap aid, set you back close to $230 with postage. Worth checking out on:

Latest in Shoes

Need a new pair of golf shoes? Check out the Nike TW’ 15 Flyweave. A Tiger Woods encouraged product. He wanted a state of the art shoe. It was developed from the one piece upper Nike basketball boot.
Slam dunk your putts. You will be a hit at Rarangi with a pair

Price $NZ 350.

Nike reports that the improved outsole is 3mm lower than previous models for greater ground contact. It revolves around Tiger’s hobbies of diving and spear fishing. The sole is like octopus beaks and the rubber in the heel like shark scales.’15-shoe

Comment from Tiger, too on this site.

i”ll be back soon with more Blog talk

May all your putts strike gravity on your first attempt.

Mashie Niblick