A good walk pruned

While most golf clubs anywhere in the world depend on lawnmowers to keep their golfing environment in perfect trim, quite a few New Zealand venues - simple yet challenging courses set in farmers' fields - also have the help of the country's ubiquitous sheep to keep the

Friday, 20 July, 2007, 12:00am

2 Minutes with...DR BRIAN CHOA


The 53-year-old neurologist is chairman of rules for the Hong Kong Golf Association and as one of the world's leading experts on the game's regulations sits on the Royal and Ancient Golf Club's rules of golf committee.

Is it true that all rules officials know more than is healthy about sheep's bums?

12 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Phil's king of the aces

Phil Marmara had a hole-in-one, a hole in his pocket and a hangover to match. Only now is the true enormity of what he did sinking in. The 47-year-old freelance teaching professional had an inkling that his 'ace' - and albatross - on the fifth hole at the Macau Golf and Country Club was something out of the ordinary even for a feat that is at the best of times a 33,000-to-1 chance.

4 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Foshan to spend more on course

Pundits believed Foshan Golf and Country Club had spent too much money on its spectacular club house and not enough on the course.

The management has noted the criticism and plans to remedy the situation by improving the fairways and the quality of the greens.

31 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Park's advantage unravels on 18th hole

Park Nam-sin held the halfway lead in the US$500,000 Philip Morris Asia Cup at Woo Jung Hills Country Club firmly in his grip yesterday until a big, fat eight on the 18th wrecked his scorecard.

23 Aug 1997 - 12:00am


Royal Troon is one of the longest courses on the Open calendar yet its best-known hole is the shortest.

The Postage Stamp measures just 126 yards but its tiny green - just eight paces wide - makes it an elusive target and five deep bunkers surrounding it are highly punitive.

17 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

India's winning dreams bunkered

Indian dreams of a momentous Alfred Dunhill Cup victory ran aground yesterday when they lost 2-1 to Zimbabwe as Gaurav Ghei became the latest victim to fall foul of golf's most famous hole.

Going to the Road Hole 17th at the Home of Golf, Ghei trailed Mark McNulty by one in the pivotal encounter between 500-1 outsiders India and fourth-seeded Zimbabwe.

11 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Campbell the Master

NEW Zealander Michael Campbell enjoyed a brilliant late surge yesterday to overcome a two-stroke penalty and lead the field into the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Masters golf tournament in Jakarta.

Campbell was automatically penalised two strokes for grounding during a bunker shot at the fourth hole when his club illegally touched the sand before he hit the ball.

5 Nov 1995 - 12:00am


MEXICAN Carlos Espinosa encountered an unusual hazard.

26 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Cheung Moon-tong

HAPLESS Hong Kong amateur Cheung Moon-tong wrote his name into the record books yesterday by taking 18 shots at one hole.

Part-time Fanling caddie Cheung lost six balls in the process of negotiating the 385-yard, par-four fourth hole at Clear Water Bay Golf and Country Club.

13 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Aoki exits 'with honour' after confusion over rules

ISAO Aoki made a controversial and confused early exit from the Kent Hongkong Open yesterday.

Prior to teeing-off in the second round of the tournament, the Japanese veteran disqualified himself for signing an incorrect scorecard on Thursday.

13 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

So vulnerable

THE continued spate of schoolchild suicides illustrates the helplessness some members of our younger generation feel. They are vulnerable to different kinds of mental hazards, which they are not yet capable of counteracting, in a society with an abusively manipulative, corrupt and opportunistic culture.

14 Jan 1993 - 12:00am