Golf

A Guide to Golf: The Open

In 2014, this famous tournament took place just a stone’s throw away from Hatchbag HQ at the prestigious Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The Open is one of the largest golf tournaments not only in the UK, but in the world. Whether it is your first time watching The Open, or you are a golfing connoisseur, we are sure that our guide will provide you with some valuable insight about this iconic sporting event.

Heritage

On October 17th 1860 The Open was born. With the prize of the Challenge Belt, eight professionals played three rounds at the then 12-hole course in Prestwick. Victor Willie Park Sr beat Old Tom Morris by two shots, claiming the Challenge Belt.

The Open takes place annually across some of the UK’s most cherished golf courses. Now in its 145th year, Royal Troon will provide a striking stage for the 2016 competition. Royal Troon has previously hosted the event on eight separate occasions.

The Course

Royal Troon Golf Club is located in Troon, in the South West of Glasgow, South Ayrshire. Initially opened with only five holes back in 1878, the club is now home to two 18-hole golf courses.

The Open will take place on the Old Course. With a deep rough and an unpredictable north-westerly wind, the Old Course is a challenge even for the most accomplished golfer.

Who’s Who?

The road to The Open fairways has already begun - back in November 2015. Players must compete and rank at a series of preceding qualifying events to be in with a chance of being selected to play at Royal Troon.

Big names that will star at this year’s event include Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jason Day, all of whom are keen favourites. But like with all great sporting events, nothing is for certain. Don’t just focus on the big names, be sure to keep an eye out for the up and coming underdogs.

One thing is for sure though; after a day on the course those clubs are going to be looking a little less than squeaky clean. So, if you are a keen golfer and need a solution to keep the course OUT of your boot, then why not check out our range of bespoke boot liners here.

Beginners Guide for Watching the Masters

It is arguably the greatest golfing tournament in the sporting calendar. Now in its 82nd year, the Masters takes place annually at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club during the first week of April. If this is your first time watching the Masters then read our top tips below to get the most out of the greatest golf on the best course in the world.

Full of History

In order to understand the prestige in becoming a Masters Champion, you must first understand the tournament’s history. Since its birth back in 1934, the Masters had provided viewers with a number of unforgettable highs as well as some lows! One can never forget Tiger Wood’s unforgettable record-breaking maiden victory back in 1997, or Bubba Watson’s champion clinching hook shot in 2012. One thing is for certain, the Masters will never disappoint when it comes to excitement!

Traditions

The tournament boasts a number of traditions, the most notable of which is the famous ‘Green Jacket’. Since 1949, a green jacket has been awarded to the winner of the tournament. However, the jacket isn’t theirs to keep; one year after their victory the winner must return the jacket to the clubhouse for storage in a specially designed cloakroom. The jacket still belongs to the winner, but is stored alongside other champion’s jackets.

Should a golfer win the Championship on multiple occasions then the same green jacket is awarded upon his initial win (unless it needs to be refit)

The Course

The Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world. The private club has around 300 members only, and one can only become a member through invitation only. The course is renowned for being one of the most challenging in the world, in which every shot counts. Taking time out in the bunker is not an option and anything under par should be considered a miracle; no matter your world ranking.

Everyone Loves an Underdog

Seeding and ranking mean (almost) nothing when it comes to the Masters. So, don’t just focus on the big names such as Tiger and Rory, but rather keep an eye on the underdogs. After all, one of the major attractions of this tournament for viewers is the unpredictability. Anything and everything can (and will) happen when it come to this legendary tournament.

One thing is for sure though; after a day on the course those clubs are going to be looking a little less than squeaky clean. So, if you are a keen golfer and need a solution to keep the course OUT of your boot, then why not check out our range of bespoke boot liners here.