Zara Phillips: Golf's latest recruit

Equestrian ace to compete in Chivas snow golf event

Posted: 7 January 2008
by Bob Warters

Zara Phillips golf
New golfer Zara Phillips facing a new challenge

Golf has been given further Royal patronage by the announcement that the Queen's grand-daughter, Zara Phillips, has been taking golf lessons ahead of her appearance in the Chivas Snow Golf Championships in St Moritz at the weekend (January 11/12).

The appearance is part of the current World Equestrian Games gold medallist's new two-year sponsorship deal with the Scottish whisky company that will see her joining jockey, Frankie Dettori and former European Tour winners Costantina Rocca and Paul Eales on the icy slopes in the shadow of the stunning Corvatsch mountain.

Seventy-five competitors from 12 countries will play over a unique 9-hole course with ice-bound greens using orange golf balls.

Said Miss Phillips, whose uncle the Duke of York is a former captain of the R&A and whose grandfather Prince Phillips is a member at Swinley Forest and The Royal Household Golf Club at Windsor Castle: "I'm really looking forward to it. I'm a novice golfer but it's a new challenge.

Zara Phillips
Zara Phillips

"With the Olympics coming up, 2008 is a big year for me and a few days in St Moritz is a great start to my New Year."

Her mother Princess Anne, however, who opened the Carrick Course at Loch Lomond in 2006, is not such a fan of golf. When asked about the game she famously remarked: "I'd rather take the dogs out!"

Also competing for the Chivas Regal Trophy will be European Tour players Lee Slattery, Chilean Christian Leon and Indian professional Rishi Nahrain.

The event will be played over holes made between 120 and 180 metres in length. Snow will be heavily compacted the day before the tournament to define the fairways with the ‘whites’ re-frozen each night to ensure the ball runs as smoothly as possible for putting.

Preferred lies will apply with an additional local rule allowing competitors to re-tee every shot apart from those on the 'whites' where brushes are provided to sweep the surfaces.

If a ball is lost, a new ball may, under penalty of one shot, be put in play, at a point as close as possible to the spot where the original ball is deemed to be lost.

Tell us on the forum if you've played snow golf or similar in icy conditions. What were your tactics?

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Have you played snow golf or in similar icy conditions? What were your tactics? ED

Posted: 07/01/2008 at 11:14

 Luminous balls.

 If it snows at all again this year I'd try the black balls I got from Golf Refugees

Posted: 07/01/2008 at 12:42

Yep, played three rounds at Linden Hall (Northumberland) before and during the xmas holidays.  My tips are:

1. If the lake in front of any par three is frozen, use the lake for your first (or even second, third and possibly fourth) bounces to get on the green. This is because;

2. the greens are so hard that any ball pitching on, will bounce straight off the back in spectacular fashion!

3. use a coloured ball, as the fairways are usually white with frost.

4. enjoy the feeling of ripping a drive at least 30-40 yards further than you normally can, due to the fairways having the hardness of concrete.

5. wear warm clothes

6. take a hip flask, for a wee nippie at the start or midway.

7. enjoy the round! as the conditions are so hard to play in, scores just dont matter and the only important thing is to have carefree fun.

Posted: 07/01/2008 at 14:51

I'd like to play a round with Zara

Not played in the proper snow before but a couple of weeks back played on frozen greens.  Its so deflating to see your approach shots zero in towards the flag then bounce another 20 yards past!   In fact we had to clean our shoes of ice before stepping on the greens as the cleats kept turning into daggers.

Posted: 07/01/2008 at 15:21

I'd like to play a round with Zara

I am the only one who thinks she looks like a horse? I wouldn't touch her with someone elses !! 

Posted: 07/01/2008 at 20:59

is she wearing her jodphurs? grrr

Posted: 08/01/2008 at 01:17

Thing is - would you know which one to put the saddle on?

Posted: 08/01/2008 at 18:32

Would it matter as in their own way they would both be a good ride?

Posted: 10/01/2008 at 00:16

I have played golf in the snow.

 My tactic was to walk back the pro shop and ask for my money back.

Posted: 11/01/2008 at 18:15

It started snowing by the time we got to the third.On the 9th the warmth of the clubhouse beckond after my long put ended up the size of a football three feet short.

As for Zara ,I wonder if she will join us here on Majic? 

Posted: 12/01/2008 at 08:04

UA, I would have to join in on your comment. She is rather fit... And in jodphurs... well you can't beat a woman in jodphurs especially if she has a whip!! hehe....

Yeah she can play a round with me anytime!!

As for playing in the snow, only with bits of wood strapped to my feet i'm affriad.. Come to think of it, Colorado here I come in 5days encounting!!! Get in there....


Posted: 12/01/2008 at 09:30

I must admit i would love her to pull out my big dog and give it a good thrash...

and those teeth wow bet they would do the bizz..

Posted: 12/01/2008 at 22:09

Had my one and only hole in one in the snow, hitting off a sand covered tee to a frozen green. It was twenty years ago but as it was in a winter league match, I'll never forget my partner loudly whispering "this for the half" as our opponents prepared to take their shot...

Posted: 16/01/2008 at 11:35


How many putts do you typically take in a round of golf?
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