Travelling Lady Golfer

PGA Level 1 – tick

So pleased to announce I have passed my Level 1 PGA Coaching Award.
You may ask why have I done this at my age, what am I hoping to achieve, the simple answer is two fold:
  1. I have been in the golf industry for nearly 10 years and events for even longer and I just want to give something back to the sport I love and what better way to do that than to encourage others get into the game 
  2. Working for myself I don’t get the opportunity to go on in-house company training courses, this is a way I can keep not only my brain active but also show a continued commitment to Golf.

Everyone can achieve so much given the right set of circumstances, it just means sometimes you have to create you own set of circumstances


Listen to my interview on Blogtalk radio in Florida

I am incredibly humbled to be on Blogtalk radio with the impressive Ted Odorico to talk about ladies golf on the Women of Golf Show and especially the International Ladies Golf Tournament we are running this September.
But you listen and let me know what you think??
Should I stick to writing!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/womenofgolf/2018/03/06/women-of-golf-with-special-guest-sarah-forrest-ceofounder-golf-guru-group

I missed not having Cindy Miller, but she was busy with other golf related things, so good luck to her.

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Golf in China at its best

Golf in China is growing at a huge rate, especially on the island of Hainan, which is home to Mission Hills Haikou, the world’s second largest golf complex with 10 golf courses, and the spectacular Sheraton Dunes. Sarah Forrest details her visit.Flying via Hong Kong, China is surprisingly accessible. After a short add-on flight to Hainan Island, you find yourself at Haikou airport, the most southerly holiday destination part of China. A two-hour transfer south to Shenzhou Peninsular enables you to really embrace the Chinese landscape during the journey. Expecting to see paddy fields at every turn, I was surprised by the lush tropical flora of this part of China and, despite the large population, that it wasn’t overcrowded in the slightest.

Arriving at the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort we were greeted by lined-up smiling staff, a cool drink and a beaded necklace, before being huddled into reception where efficiency reigned over the check-in process. A large hotel which retains its charm is a tough nut to crack, the hotel has areas sectioned off for the bar, the reception and of course the variety of restaurants all available on site.

A Far Eastern beachside hotel with 36 holes of golf, the Sheraton doesn’t disappoint with warmth oozing from the staff and from the building itself as it uniquely embraces each visitor.

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Amateur Ladies Golf Tournament 2018

International Ladies Golf Tournament- How to get involved

We have 16 in-country partners selling this unique event, each partner has been carefully chosen to represent us in selling golf to the ladies around the world.
The ILGT is open to all club handicap ladies, if you don’t see your country listed but would like to come, please don’t let this put you off, just email me on sarah@golfgurugroup.com

Countries and agents selling:
United Kingdom – Paul – email pgreenhill@dpandl.co.uk
Italy – Paola – email paola.ferro@greenvelvet.it
Ireland – Patrick – email patrick.aiken@thegolfpa.com
Ireland – Fintan – email fintan.ward@golfvoyager.com
Spain – Paula – email paularojas@ladygolfer.es
Poland – Paula – email paula@travelandaction.pl
Australia – Steve – steven@cgegolf.com.au
Canada – TJ – email tj@golfawaytours.com
Hungary – Krisztina – email kbatta@golfutazasok.hu
South Africa – Allison – email allison@louis57travel.com
India – Arif Ansari – email  arif@alcgolf.com
France – Cyril – cyril.prigent@teetravel.com
Tunisia – Abdelkader – email directionevt@gmail.com
Portugal – Jose -email jose.valente@ingolf.pt
Norway – Kristin – email kristin.moe.krohn@gmail.com
United States of America – Ann-Sophie – email Ann-Sofie@elitegolfexperiences.com
Austria – Maria – maria@elitegolfexperiences.com

Dont hesitate to contact me or one of our excellent agents to book your place.

Excellent value for money and the ease of buying in your own country – what could be easier?

 

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Nearly – again!

As the holder of one hole in one already I wonder if I am getting a bit greedy and wanting more?

You may recall my post in May 2015 where I got another nearly?

https://redteebreaks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/nearly-hole-in-one-always-bridesmaid.html

Well I’ve only gone and done it again – another nearly – this time at the amazing Praia D’El Rey golf course in Portugal, a 109 par three stroke index 18 with a slight breeze off the sea on the left and a little mound on the right, I picked up my pitching wedge and knocked it slightly right, to maximise the mound. A clean shot, a touch right, a little bounce left and it started to roll towards the hole – closer and closer.

Love this picture of Sean jumping out my pocket!

At that time, what does go through golfers mind?  Is it oh no my bar bill will rocket with these fish I’m playing with?  Is it a little heart skip and I’m going to get a hole in one?  I can’t honestly remember what I was thinking at that moment in time, but I do recall my playing partners were jumping up and down – the odd expletive was shouted at my ball, then it stopped – the shouting and the ball as my ball came to rest less than a balls width from the hole.
No amount of jumping up and down, blowing the ball or wishing for the infamous gust to wind is going to aid it along; it was simply not going to happen; it just sat there menacing in appearance as sadness and joy swept over me equally.
 
One never really appreciates how close the ball is to the hole until you get closer; how many times have you attacked the flag thinking thats pretty close only to find its at least a metre away and you’re left with one of those tricky length putts to finish?  The same thoughts pop into your mind but in reverse when approaching a nearly hole in one, oh its going to be miles away, but gradually as you get closer the smile creeps across your face as you realise the next shot is a sure gimme.
Oh well, in another two and half years I’ll give it a go again – or maybe even before, one never knows with the game of golf.
Good luck with your game of golf in 2018 and fingers crossed for a hole in one – for one of us at least!
Feel free to comment on this post.
Sarah

PGA Merchandise Show

Flaunting in Florida was published in The Golf Business

I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BUZZ AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW, WHICH I HADN’T BEEN TO FOR A FEW YEARS, BUT THIS YEAR I WANTED TO GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AMID RUMOURS IT WASN’T AS GOOD, IT HAD GOT SMALLER, NOT AS MANY PEOPLE WERE GOING AND ALL THE OTHER LITTLE THINGS I HAD HEARD OVER THE PREVIOUS FEW YEARS. SO OFF I TODDLE IN JANUARY REPRESENTING THE GOLF BUSINESS FOR THE FIRST TIME – MY REMIT, TO CHECK OUT THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PRODUCTS ON OFFER THIS YEAR.

AND I DID FIND THEM, THE WEIRD, THE WONDERFUL AND THE DOWNRIGHT GREAT IDEAS WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT SUCCEED IN THIS TOUGH MARKETPLACE OF EVOLVING PRODUCTS AND THE ‘NEXT BEST THING’.

HERE IS A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF A FEW OF THESE, MAYBE NOT SO QUIRKY PRODUCTS BUT ALL NOTE WORTHY

POPTICALS – GOLF SUNGLASSES – NOT NEW, I’VE REVIEWED GOLF SUNGLASSES BEFORE, SO WHAT MAKES POPTICALS DIFFERENT? USING OPTIC INDUSTRY LEADERS CARL ZEISS NYDEF NYLON LENSES, WHICH HELP REDUCE WEIGHT BY UP TO 18% AS WELL AS COLOUR SATURATION WHICH IN TURN INCREASES THE ABILITY TO READ UNDULATIONS ON THE COURSE, AS WELL AS THE LIGHT TO DARK SHADOWS CAST ACROSS THE FAIRWAY ON A SUMMERS DAY. THEY ARE IN THEMSELVES GOOD ALL ROUND SPORTS SUNGLASSES, HOWEVER WHAT MAKES THE DOUBLE UNIQUE IS THEIR ABILITY TO PACK AND TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN A SMALL FOLD-UP SELF CONTAINED UNIT. WHICH MAKES THEM GREAT FOR THE TRAVELING GOLFER. A HARDY, PROBABLY NEAR INDESTRUCTIBLE HARD SHELL CARRY CASE IS HALF THE SIZE OF NORMAL SUNGLASSES CASES DUE TO THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE FL2 MICRO-RAIL SYSTEM WHICH QUICKLY AND EASILY ENABLES THE SUNGLASSES TO FOLD IN HALF. AND TO TOP IT ALL – THEY LOOK PRETTY TRENDY TOO WITH A VARIETY OF FRAMES TO CHOOSE FROM. NO MORE LOOSING YOUR SUNGLASSES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GOLF BAG, ONLY TO FINALLY FIND THEM HAVING SLIPPED OUT THEIR CASE, COVERED IN LAST YEARS BANANA AND SCRATCHED TO PIECES, THEY HAVE AN TAG TO ATTACH TO THE GOLF BAG WHEN NOT IN USE.

LINDEBERG – NOW IT HAS TO BE SAID THAT IF MY J LINDEBERG HIMSELF IS BEHIND THE COUNTER, AT THE PGA SHOW, THE MEANS SOMETHING -HIS PASSION FOR THIS WELL KNOWN CLOTHING BRAND HAS NOT WANED. THE RANGE OF PRODUCTS NOT ONLY GET A BIG THUMBS UP FROM ME, BUT A CERTAIN ADMIRATION TO THE CHAP HIMSELF. THE J LINDEBERG CLOTHING RANGE IS NOT NEW, IT HAS IN SOME RESPECTS BEEN MARKET LEADERS FOR THE MENS CLOTHING BUT THEIR INCLUSION OF A VARIED RANGE OF LADIES GOLF CLOTHING HAS ALSO CAUGHT MY EYE. WHY? BECAUSE THEIR SAME ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND STYLE HAS BEEN APPLIED TO THE LADY GOLFERS APPAREL AS IT HAS TO THE MENS. SHARP CLEAN LINES OF QUALITY MATERIAL WITH NO UNNECESSARY FUSSY NON-FUNCTIONAL BITS ADDED TO MAKES THE CLOTHING LOOK FRILLY OR LESS TRIM, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CUT OF THE CLOTH. J LINDEBERG ALSO PRODUCE EVERYDAY LADIES CLOTHING AND THE THOUGHT PROCESSES BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE GOLF CLOTHING IS THE FLEXIBILITY OF MULTI-USE CLOTHING, YOU DON’T NEED TO GET CHANGED AFTER GOLF TO GO AND DO THE SHOPPING, J LINDEBERG CLOTHES ARE SIMPLY CHIC AND COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO BE WORN ANYWHERE, STYLE AND COMFORT ARE PARAMOUNT.

APPRECIATING THAT THE LADIES APPAREL IS A DIFFERENT MARKET, THEY HAVE DONE THEIR RESEARCH AND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE IT OUT-SELL OTHER LEADING BRANDS IN THE FUTURE.

J LINDEBERG
WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA

WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA – THE HUMBLE GOLF UMBRELLA – HOW CAN THAT BE IMPROVED UPON, WE HAVE STORM UMBRELLAS, ONES FOR SUN AND ONE FOR HIGH WINDS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES AND DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT THE COLOURS OPTIONS. THE WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA TOOK ME A LITTLE WHILE TO GET MY HEAD AROUND – I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHY I WOULD NEED BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY ON A GOLF COURSE AND WHY ON THE UMBRELLA ITSELF? IT HAS AN INTEGRATED APP TO GIVE YOU THE WEATHER FORECAST AND SYNCS WITH YOUR EXISTING BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY – THERE IS EVEN A LITTLE POCKET TO PUT YOUR PHONE IN WHILST PLAYING GOLF. NOW I AM NOT ADVOCATING TO GET YOUR PHONE OUT, TALK AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE AND DIAL INTO CONFERENCE CALLS WHILST PLAYING GOLF, BUT FOR EMERGENCY USE, IT MIGHT BE USEFUL?

TESTED IN WIND TUNNELS, WATER AND SUN PROOF THIS UMBRELLA IS ALL SINGING ALL DANCING GOLF UMBRELLA, AND MOST LIKELY JUST WHATS NEEDED IN THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER – BUT I DID GIGGLE WHEN I WAS TOLD THE APP FOREWARNED ME OF IMPENDING SHOWERS – NOT EVEN OUR WHETHER MEN ON THE TELEVISION CAN GET THAT RIGHT!

A VARIETY OF THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY CAUGHT MY EYE AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW THIS YEAR, AND I AM FOREVER CURIOUS TO SEE WHICH PRODUCES MAKE IT OR NOT.

Few hours to kill in Hong Kong

Killing a few hours in Hong Kong
With many international flights to the Far East connecting through Hong Kong what do you do with a few hours or an overnight layover to kill in Hong Kong?
On a recent trip to China, I had an overnight in Hong Kong, something I was relishing after an absence of nearly 30 years.  Arriving in the afternoon heat and after a quick shower and with comfy shoes on I was ready to explore this bustling metropolis.  In 1997, China took back the governance of Hong Kong from the British and I was looking forward to seeing the changes. 
I was in for a bit of a shock.  I expected it to be a bit tatty, teaming with loads of people and the “copy watch man” hounding you at every turn.  Not at all. Hong Kong actually seemed quieter than I remember.  I was no longer dragged along the street when stepping out of my hotel into a sea of people. I actually had control of where I was going and could make that decision without having to navigate round many bodies littering the street in ‘Shaun of the Dead’ fashion.  The air was clean, the atmosphere was vibrant and the “copy watch man” was almost nowhere to be seen.  In fact the only time we did see him was at the Temple Street night market, still an amazing place to visit, although it did seem somewhat smaller than I recalled?  He popped out occasionally from between buildings to gently hound you in a less brazen, almost in a sneaky underhand way before retreating back into his dimly lit gap between buildings, as a spy into the dark slinking away into the abyss.
Temple Street night market is the place to visit if you’re only there for one night. It is littered with local street food vendors but you’re guaranteed a good local meal despite possible cleanliness issues.  Napkins are by way of a small box of tissues provided by a quick toss onto the table in the fast pace restaurants where more than 2 sittings per table are not uncommon in one night. 
But, with just a few blocks of buzzing life, you get the feel for Hong Kong, Temple Street night market with its canvas covers protecting make-shift stalls being used to showcase their wares of cheap Chinese non CE or kite mark goodies on sale by the masses.  An exotic atmosphere with smells of waffles accompanies you as you bump along in a stream of locals and tourists alike in the centre of Chinatown in Kowloon. As you return to the sanctuary of your pristine hotel or back to the airport for your onward flight, you leave this exciting city with good memories and with self-made promises to return to explore more on offer in Hong Kong.

Break up your long haul trip, if only for a few hours in the vibrant and exciting city of Hong Kong

 

http://www.justabouttravel.net/2017/12/20/killing-a-few-hours-in-hong-kong/

Red Tee Tour 2017

Hello ladies, I am pleased to provide you with loads of detailed information about three amazing events we ran this year in aid of Breast Cancer Care

 
 

In our third year to support Breast Cancer Care, we had ladies come from all over to take part in this fun and friendly golf competition, the Red Tee Tour.  An 18 hole pairs betterball tournament playing off 90% handicap

 
Playing just over five and half thousand yards from the red tees the ladies were in for some cardio exercise as they meandered their way around the lush green golf course.  Lush and green as we had a drop of rain the day before, which in turn made for some slow putts, but otherwise the course stood up to the elements fairly well.
 

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THE LBD of Miami

In a meeting Turnberry Isle in Miami was described to me as the little black dress??
 
Every lady has a little black dress, it may not be black or even a dress – but its is your go to outfit, one that is consistent, can be jazzed up or worn as day wear.
But how can that relate to a golf resort? 
Turnberry Isle is a stones throw from Miami airport and also from downtown.  A little oasis hidden in the middle of high rise buildings, the entrance doesn’t even give you the true sense of what this luxury golf resort brings.  But why is it an LBD resort?
Simple – you can take Turnberry Isle and stay to have a great time in this five star autograph Marriott collection hotel, but jazz it up a little with the on site 18 hole golf course, the newly refurbished extensive spa or just sit by the pool and relax in Italian style decor  Add a jacket for the evening and dine in the excellent Michael Mina Bourbon Steak Restaurant, then push the boat out – add the pearls, or in this case try the excellent cocktails, an experience enhanced by the extensive knowledge of Rafael, Assistant GM and guru on the menu, even contributing his own carefully thought though and I dare say ‘researched’ cocktail – Shogun – a must try to truly understand this mans depth of commitment and knowledge to enhance the success of the already great restaurant.

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Girls with Balls

Alicante Airport – gateway to Mercia and Andalusia, Spain
Four lady golfers take to the skies arriving at Alicante airport before heading South into Mercia and then further South and onto Andalusia.
An hour South from Alicante Airport takes us to Mar Manor Hotel and Golf Resort.  An intercontinental five star resort with 18 holes of golf on site.  The advance scouting party arrived, the party consisting of two lady golfers, myself from the UK and friend and fellow golf tour operator, Siggi from Iceland.  
Being a bus mans holiday for me I was keen to see everything Mar Menor could offer, so we sat by the pool and did some very in-depth research on the colour blue of the inviting swimming pool, after of course eyeballing the fellow sun worshippers that afternoon. A beautiful round pool with sun beds aplenty, gradual access in the warm water help to eliminate the beached whale dive bomb approach – besides who can do gracefully in a bikini anyway!

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