By Robert Bicknell OK, before I embark on my usual rant about something, I need to correct something from last week’s column… There have been three cars given away during the Norfolk Invitational Tournament, not the two that I mentioned. The Hole-in-One’s happened in 2000, 2014 (Both at VGCC – Thủ Đức) and this year, 2019, at The Bluffs. Sigh, it’s terrible to get old and I know it’s just a matter of time before I start wandering the streets in golf shirt, cap and golf shoes… but without my pants. I know that day is coming… Speaking of The Bluffs and Norfolk Invitational, I had mentioned the green speeds during the Norfolk event were around 11.0 – 11.5 and got to thinking about how much the game of golf has changed since my younger days. Some of us still remember watching “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” series (which you can still find on YouTube) and you cannot help but notice that players had a … [Read more...] about Speedy greens not for the nervous
Rolling green golf course
by Robert Bicknell This has long been a problem for the USGA / R&A, but it’s not the average players making the complaint, nor is it the Tour professionals. Rolling back the ball seems more like a solution in search of a problem than anything else. When queried, the overwhelming response by the average recreational player in general is that they are happy with things the way they are and the USGA / R&A should leave it the hell alone. In a recent study, MyGolfSpy asked players a lot of questions and the overwhelming answer was what was just reported above. In fact, what surprised me was that most players attributed to increased distance to “improved fitness” as well as “improved techniques” rather than equipment modifications and that got me to thinking… which is dangerous. As I have mentioned in previous columns, I will use my own experiences for reference… First of all, I am now 60-years old, and when I was young (read: 16-26 … [Read more...] about Does the golf ball go too far?
Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi Anis designed in the golf link style and is located in the five-star Vinpearl Resort & Golf Nam Hoi An. There is a wide variety of golf holes, with a pleasant mix of long and short Par 3’s, Par 4’s and Par 5’s, including two drivable Par 4 holes, one on each Nine. The large fairways have plenty of width, so golfers of all skill levels will enjoy their rounds of golf on the gently rolling greens. Vietnamese golfers will need to have a tactical game to match their skills if they are to secure a win at Vinpearl WAGC Viet Nam 2018. Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An boasts stunning natural scenery with diverse flora and fauna. Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An has a length of 7,224 yards and was designed by IMG Worldwide. The clubhouse and locker rooms are modern and sophisticated, providing the height of luxury with five-star facilities. A complex of bar and restaurants with a panoramic view of the golf course lets visitors choose from a wide range of … [Read more...] about Relax in style at the stunning Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An
Hotel News Fusion Resort Cam Ranh rolls out three new packages Nhan Tam Monday, Apr 9, 2018,18:11 (GMT+7) Fusion Resort Cam Ranh rolls out three new packagesNhan Tam Spectacular view of an oceanfront pool villa at Fusion Resort Cam Ranh - PHOTO: COURTESY OF FUSION RESORT CAM RANH Fusion Resort Cam Ranh in the south-central coastal province of Khanh Hoa this April launches three new packages – a spa-detox, a spa escape with unlimited Italian bubbly, and a golf-filled getaway with access to two nearby international-standard courses. The “Gentle Spa Detox” package charts a middle ground between a detox retreat and a relaxing but healthy beach holiday. The stay includes a bevy of spa therapies and daily group yoga sessions (plus one private yoga and meditation session), all supported by daily green juices, unlimited fresh coconut water, one cooking class covering raw and vegan cuisine, plus Fusion’s … [Read more...] about Fusion Resort Cam Ranh rolls out three new packages
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Well, another US Open has concluded and, once again, there was enough controversy to make even the most jaded viewer happy. In this case, it was only the afternoon of the third round which caused the players to scream, unlike other US Opens where the screaming starts on the first day and builds to a crescendo by the end of the fourth day. In addition, it also included some comic relief from Phil Mickelson who created a firestorm by intentionally hitting his ball while it was still moving, specifically, rolling at high speed past the hole and heading off the 13th green in the third round. His excuse was that he didn’t want to walk all the way down to the middle of the fairway again, so he decided to take the two-stroke penalty (Rule 14-5: Hitting a moving ball) instead. The problem with this is it also violated Rule 1-2 which states: “A player must not (i) take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in … [Read more...] about Controversy on the course