May has arrived and that means a probable downgrade in weather conditions. Winter golf is tough but it is important that we all keep playing to stay active and on top of our game.
Preparation is a key for winter golf. An umbrella, waterproof clothing, two rain gloves and at least 2 towels are all necessities for this time of the year to ensure we have the best score possible.
The most important thing to remember during winter is grip health. Grips are a vital tool to playing successful golf in winter. The best way to avoid any issues is to keep them dry throughout the day. Protect them with an overall bag cover and ensure you take all precautions to keep them dry. Also remember to update your grips. Keep them new, clean and tacky to avoid any unwanted slippages.
Our last wet weather golf tip is to remember that wet and cold weather takes a toll on not only how far the ball rolls but also how far it flies. It can be presumed that low temperatures take at least 10 meters off a standard iron shot. This means, that 150m par-3 that you generally hit 7-iron on, during winter take 6-iron or even 5-iron.
Spanish success at Augusta
Spaniard Sergio Garcia broke his major curse with a stunning final round performance that included a sudden-death playoff against Brit, Justin Rose.
Opening with 2 birdies in his first three holes, Garcia pulled ahead of Rose, Thomas Peiters and the fast finishing American, Matt Kuchar. However, as he is known for, Garcia struggled under the pressure of the lead posting back-to-back bogeys on the 10th and 11th.
This gave Rose a 2 shot lead and when Garcia’s drive on the attackable par-5 13th ended up wide, it looked like Rose’s to lose. Garcia managed to scavenge a crucial par which in the scheme of the tournament, swung momentum back into his corner.
After birdieing the par-4 14th and blasting his drive over 350 yards on the par-5 15th, Garcia made a great swing under pressure, almost holing out with an 8-iron for an Albatross. The Spaniard made his short eagle putt and was back on top of the leaderboard in a tie with Rose.
Both Rose and Garcia made steady pars on their 72nd hole which ensured a sudden-death playoff was going to be necessary to find a champion. After a less than ideal drive on the first playoff hole, Rose was always at a disadvantage carding a bogey-5. Garcia, made a routine par-4 and claimed his maiden major victory on what would have been his late idol Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.
New home for handicap history
In a huge step for golf in Australia, Golf Australia are now the home page for all handicap look-ups and scoring history.
Previously based on the home page of GolfLink, the handicap look-up is a popular tool for golfers from all around Australia and enables quick and easy access to your entire scoring history.
Before your next competition or social round be sure to use the handicap look-up function to get a better idea of how you are performing. The handicap look-up page can be found here.
RACV Golf events
Register now for our upcoming events.
Healesville Country Club event - Sunday 7 May
Sunday 7 May sees RACV Healesville Country Club play host to the next RACV Golf event.
This stableford event will have a shotgun start at 1pm and a maximum field size of 72 players. Gourmet sandwiches and a complimentary drink will be provided during presentations following the completion of the round.
Entry fee: $70 per player
Carts and pull buggies can be hired from the Healesville Country Club at an additional cost.
1st prize: Titleist Vokey Wedge
2nd Prize: $100 RACV Voucher and Titleist Hat
3rd Prize: $50 RACV Voucher and Titleist Hat
Nearest to the Pin: 1 Dozen Pro V1’s
Longest Drive Men: 1 Dozen Titleist Velocity golf balls
Longest Drive Ladies: 1Dozen Titleist Velocity golf balls
We look forward to seeing RACV Golf Members challenge themselves on this picturesque country layout. It is already promising to be a great day so click here to log into the member portal and register now.
RACV Goldfields event - Sunday 28 May
RACV Goldfields and their recently developed Par-3 course will play host to a Par-3 2-ball ambrose on Sunday 28 May. With a shotgun start at 9am and a nearest-to-pin on every hole, this is a great opportunity to play a fun, social game in a relaxed atmosphere.
The newly developed short course at RACV Goldfields will present a test of ball striking and course management for both you and your partner.
Entry fee: $70 which includes a BBQ lunch.
Carts and pull buggies can be booked and hired from the RACV Goldfields pro shop.
1st: Vokey Wedge each
2nd: 1x Voucher for a round of golf at Yarra Bend for a group of 4 each
Nearest to the Pin: On every hole
This event is sure to be a popular event so log into the member portal here and register today.
Did you know?
As a RACV Golf member you are entitled to all our RACV member benefits. One of these major benefits is 5% off Woolworths gift cards. These cards can be pre-purchased and used at any time and at any Woolworths supermarket, Big W, Dan Murphy’s, BWS and Caltex Woolworths Petrol stores.
If your household spends around $150 a week on groceries, this equates to $7800 a year. If you Pre-purchase the Woolworths gift cards you will save $390 over the year which is more than the price of your RACV Golf membership!
See all the available offers that your RACV member card provides here.
With an RACV Golf Membership you can manage all your golfing needs in a click. An RACV Golf Membership caters for all abilities and situations and provides access to scores of golf courses in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
You can experience a relaxing golfing holiday at one of RACV’s stunning resorts, or play a round at one of RACV’s many partner courses. An RACV Golf Membership offers discounted green fees at more than 55 partner courses and driving ranges in Australia.