Northern Golfer #60 – December 2017/January 2018

Just exactly where does time go when you are enjoying yourself?
We are already in the festive period and going into 2018 after what has been an excellent golfing season.
For us at Northern Golfer one of the undoubted highlights was the incredible story of top guy and great ambassador for North East golf, Graeme Storm, going from the depths of despair having lost his card only to find he hadn’t and then go on to win the South African Open.
He relives that moment, and the rest of what turned out to be a very satisfying 2017, on page 8. If Storm’s deserved and welcome resurgence was the individual story of the year, the biggest tale for our region was the British Masters at Close House.
The fact people are still talking about having some of the world’s greatest players walking the fairways in the North East in front of passionate crowds which generated such a superb atmosphere is testament to the event’s success.
This being the final magazine of 2017 (and the first of 2018) we also take a look at other notable moments of last season as well as forward to next, with the region’s amateurs and professionals set to fly the flag all over the world.
Closer to home, it is important to say thank you to all those who make our golf clubs tick, from the pros to the catering staff, through to the greenkeepers, members and visitors.
With the snow and ice playing havoc in recent days we need to be patient but also support our clubs to keep the tills ticking over.
To that end, we include a feature in this month’s issue giving you ideas of where to stay and play – something to plan with your friends over a coffee, beer or meal in your local clubhouse.
We also revisit Ramside’s Cathedral Course to see how it is maturing and we weren’t disappointed, while Dean Bailey is sure to wind some of you up with his column on slow play following his rant about bandits (surely not me off 15 ) last month.
Enjoy the magazine. A Merry Christmas and happy prosperous New Year to all our readers and advertisers. See you in February. It won’t be long before it’s here!