Course reviewers win Stuburt shoes

Neil's and Paul's opinions opn The Glen and Mannings Heath win December prizes

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 5 Jan 2007

Spectacular view of The Glen

Wind, rain, frost - and even fog - have continued to try to disrupt Golfmagic members' enjoyment in recent weeks but it certainly hasn't stopped you from submitting your reviews of courses around the UK to add to our highly regarded collection, which now numbers almost 3,000.

Each month, courtesy of Stuburt, we offer a pair of the company's Profile S shoes as worn by Ryder Cup star David Howell for the reviews that catch our eye and which will help Golfmagic visitors in their decisions on which courses to visit on a day out, either with a group of friends or with a society.

Paul Holdham

During December Neil Fryer from Bolsover in Derbyshire and Paul Holdham from Burgess Hill, West Sussex will be receiving new shoes from Stuburt, which has recently signed up Darren Clarke to help design a new line for them.

Neil told us about The Glen in North Berwick, which he described as a 'seaside gem.'

"It's a fair test if conditions are benign. We played in gale-like wind and rain when the course really bared its teeth! Hitting the ball low is a definite advantage and accuracy and control with your approach shots is a premium," said Neil (34) an operations manager for a hazardous waste company, who plays off 13 handicap at Tapton Park municipal course near Chesterfield.

Mannings Heath - 'quality'

"There are several truly breath-taking holes, including the 9th - a par-3 with an 80 foot drop to a clifftop green - the much-photographed 13th guarded by rocks and the 18th where you drive towards the clubhouse from a clifftop tee." Neil reveals proudly that his name is now on the club honours board having won the Falcon Cup, a prestigious trophy awarded to the winner of a medal round for which players had to pre-qualify.

"Hopefully that should get me out of the Shambles Club," he says.

Our other winner Paul, described his experiences at Mannings Heath, which has two courses (Waterfall and Kingfisher). He describes the venue as 'quality - a real must visit.'

"The old Waterfall course is a real treat. We make a point of visiting Mannings Heath every summer on the 2-FORE!-1 scheme, costing about £45 for 36 holes during the week. Over the last five years this is my favourite course in Sussex," said Paul (32), who works as a senior pensions administrator and only playing golf for five years.

"The Kingfisher is far more open and forgiving, if a little boring on some holes. Greens are very well looked after and the best and fastest I know. This place is definitely for experienced players."

Stuburt Profile S shoes

He adds: "I'm currently a member of Chartham Park Golf Club near East Grinstead. I don't have an official handicap but currently play off 18 among my mates. My best score to date is 83 at Hassocks and once my ability and confidence on the course improves I'll play some competitions and get my offical handicap down. I aspire to get into single figure handicap and eventually a hole in one."

To post a review of a course in the UK you have played simply find the course through our extensive data base.

We have over approaching 3,000 reviews posted on Golfmagic to help you decide which to play and every month our winning reviewers get a pair of Stuburt Profile S shoes in a choice of either black, or white (with black saddle).


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