Don’t worry, we haven’t gone a bit funny and slightly over estimated our talent (although if I could just fix that “fade”). We’re not planning on heading to Augusta next April either, but to a slightly closer “Augusta”.
On The Green magazine (www.OTGmag.com.au) are having their very own Masters at the Augusta of Australia, Bonville GC. To be played over the Masters weekend it’ll include 3 rounds of golf at the magnificent Bonville course and lots of merriment and embarrassing moments no doubt!
Go to otgmag.com.au to sign up for a great FREE golf magazine delivered to your computer or iPad and if you’re up for it…see you at the Masters next April…Add a comment
Gokart recently spent a marvellous weekend in the company of a couple of hundred hackers. No, we weren’t at the local pitch and put, but the 2012 Hacker Cup played, as usual, at the beautiful Eagle Ridge Golf Club on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula.
A couple of things struck me during the weekend that I though I’d share with you all. Actually a few things struck me….but we won’t mention the post round goings on….you’ll need to sign for next years event to find them out!
1. Golf is a social game. Yeah, yeah we know that, I hear you say but how many times have you played recently and really enjoyed your game. enjoyed the camaraderie of 4 mates smacking a little white ball around the countryside without worrying about things like “that’s my handicap blown out again” or “the group in front is playing too slow…I’ll be in trouble when I get home for being late…again!”
2. Golf is like life. A bit philosophical for these blogs I know, but I’ll explain why in a minute.
During the Hacker Cup I was in a group with 3 others I had never met before, came from different areas of Melbourne to myself, no doubt had different socio-economic backgrounds to myself….and we had a ball. Why? Well largely because of the way the Hacker Cup is (dis)organised by the host and Hacker Magazine editor, Garry Kennedy. It’s all very laid back, people are paired with whomever, we all put the day/weekend aside for golf and festivities and prizes are generally awarded based on random thoughts of the host. This means that nobody is in much of a hurry on the course, bad shots/holes are treated with laughter/mockery and everyone is relaxed and enjoys the day.
Now to life…..We are all in a race to get somewhere first, catching those ahead or keeping ahead of those behind. We generally stick to our own circles, whether that be locality or socio-economic or cultural backgrounds.
So, although we may say from time to time how much we enjoy our life or job or surroundings, how much better would it be if life could be organised like the Hacker Cup……Garry Kennedy for Prime Minister!!!Add a comment 2 Comments
That’s right, summer is just about here. Despite a few reminders in the southern states that we shouldn’t put the jumpers away just yet, we can look forward to pleasant times on sun drenched fairways for the next few months.
And what a summer it promises to be. Let’s start with the obvious – the Presidents Cup. 24 of the best golfers in the world (and Tiger…sorry, had to slip that one in there) at a rejuvinated Royal Melbourne, with the world (and maybe a real President) looking on. If that wasn’t enough, the RoW team is jam packed with local talent – Og’s, Scotty, Badd’s, Daysie and Allemby’eee all colluding to smash the cocky Americans (I’m sure they’re really nice actually). To warm up for the event, they’ll also be wandering around a place called The Lakes the week before as well!
And while the PGA will also have a stellar line up, it’s the Masters just before Christmas that’ll I’ll be looking forward to. World #1 (and probable dual money list winner) Luke Donald, the ever popular Ian Poulter and Italian young gun Matteo Manasero. Throw into the mix local hero’s Ogilvy, Allemby and Appleby and we’ve got another blinder on the cards.
Has there ever been a summer of golf in Australia quite like it….so if you’re wondering what to do to improve your game this summer, get down to The Lakes/Royal Melbourne/Coolum/Victoria and see how the best in the world do it!Add a comment
A couple of weeks ago GoKart headed to Tasmania to play the famed Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm courses. The weekend was put together by Garry from Hacker Magazine and despite the prior warning of wind, rain and blizzards, we enjoyed 2 of the best days of weather possible of early September on the Apple Isle.
Needless to say, we took a few GoKarts with us for all to play with, but the real stars of the weekend were the two courses. Spectacular is an understatement – if you enjoy links golf (or golf in general for that matter) get yourself down to the north east corner of Tassie as soon as possible and play 2 of the world’s top 100 courses in a weekend….heaven!
For more details of the trip (and associated shenanigans) pick up the next edition of Hacker Magazine.Add a comment 1 Comment
Before we get to the good news (OK, you looked already) we’d like to thank all the people that have taken the time to contact us and especially for all the kind words and positive comments. Bringing a product to a new market is always a gamble, but from the feedback we’ve received, Australia is ready to embrace the GoKart.
As mentioned we have had an incredible number of people register with us (the wonders of the internet eh) but there can only be one winner, and that is…..
Colleen M from Mosman Park in WA – well done Colleen, we’ll be in touch soon to see which colourful option most takes your fancy. As we’re feeling generous, we’ll also chuck in a range of accessories to keep your GoKart company while trekking around the courses of WA.
For everyone else, keep checking back with us as we’ll have details on the first delivery very, very soon!Add a comment
Now I’ll happily admit I’m what the golfing fraternity would class as a hacker. There’s no denying the fact – I’ll chop and hack my way round the countryside every week and be happy with the odd green in regulation or bunker shot that heads vaguely towards the pin.
But at the back of my mind (and most hackers I’d imagine) is that nagging thought that I could be up there with the greats….or at least single figure handicappers. Short fat blokes can do it (sorry Woosie and Craig – you’re actually my heroes) so why can’t I?
Now here’s the conundrum – will I get better if I buy some fancy clubs, or should I improve in order to justify some fancy clubs???
Go on, you’ve all bought some flash clubs at some point and then around 12 months later you’ve realised you need a shovel and sand bucket instead of the Ping blades that cost you $200 an iron! Ebay is littered with them being sold under the premise that “the wife/husband bought me some new clubs for Christmas” or “they were a prize and I don’t play golf much”……sound familiar?
I’ve got my eye on a new driver and putter that have been used to stunning effect at 2 of this years majors by our young Aussie hero Jason Day. But would my golf improve just by having the best kit around in proportion to how much my wallet would be lightened?
You see, we’re getting to the crux of the matter here – there’s a mathematical equation to consider when buying new clubs. We also need to calculate how happy our spouse will be with our new purchase (always a critical factor if we’re to be allowed to vanish for hours on end every weekend!)
Put simply it’s….
Expenditure = Movement in handicap x Charity levels of spouse
or in my case of buying a new driver and putter
So there you have it…Einstein certainly knew his golf…..Add a comment