Thursday, 20th July 2017

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Golf and Environment – can golf be good for nature?

Posted on 05. Apr, 2017 by in Golf

Golf and Environment – can golf be good for nature?

CAN GOLF BE GOOD FOR NATURE? Solving the conundrum. BANGKOK, Thailand I play golf. And I am committed to nature conservation. Is this an insolvable conundrum, or can the two passions be reconciled? “Golf development is becoming one of the most unsustainable and damaging activities to people and the environment,” notes Chee Yoke Ling, […]






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Cheating – if a golfer cheats in the forest …

Posted on 05. Apr, 2017 by in Golf

Cheating – if a golfer cheats in the forest …

IF A GOLFER CHEATS IN THE FOREST, DOES IT COUNT? Rule abuse is rampant among amateurs, yet professionals exhibit saint-like ethics BANGKOK, Thailand “Put me down for a six.” My friend Dan and I looked at each other? “You sure?” we asked. We were playing at a Bangkok-area course in a friendly competition (loser […]






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Negativity Land

Posted on 28. Mar, 2017 by in Golf

Negativity Land

NEGATIVITY LAND Why do we take such delight in golf’s screw-ups instead of the great moments of success? EVERY COURSE, Everywhere A golfer faces more Dark Side moments than Luke Skywalker. We take a morbid delight when golf legends screw up. And we wallow in our own masochistic moments of crash and burn. Why […]






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Napalm Be Gone

Posted on 08. Sep, 2013 by in Golf

NAPALM BE GONE That boom you hear in Vietnam is an explosion of golf courses DALAT, Vietnam My favorite golf course in Vietnam owes its existence to a puppet king, a French architect who restored Roman ruins, and a rich American who craved virgins. * * * I spent part of the Vietnam War period […]






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Putting the Bounce in the Ball

Posted on 30. Aug, 2010 by in Golf

Putting the Bounce in the Ball

Playing golf near the rainforest which revolutionized the game MANAUS, Brazil Normally when I play golf, I clutter my head with an excess of swing thoughts – turn, extend the arm, swing to two o’clock, and so on. But standing on the first tee of the Manaus Golf Club outside the Brazilian city of Manaus, […]






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Induced Labor? That’s Real Golf Commitment

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

Golf nuts push the envelope “Honey, great news about the pregnancy, but would you mind inducing labor so I can play in a tournament?” Really, how many men would have the courage to say that to their wives? Well, Ivan Morris of Limerick City, Ireland did just that so he could play in the Interprovincial […]






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The Keys to Golfing Success? Try a Red Shirt and the Right Locker, and Listen to Your Mother

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

The Keys to Golfing Success? Try a Red Shirt and the Right Locker, and Listen to Your Mother

THE KEYS TO GOLFING SUCCESS? TRY A RED SHIRT AND THE RIGHT LOCKER And it never hurts to listen to your mother LANAI, Hawaii I was pedaling up a hill on a rented mountain bike, sweat evaporating under the fiery sun, glorying in the lunar-like scenery and cursing myself for not bringing enough water.  I […]






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Golf: An Antidote to War and Hardship

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

Could golf in Iran help people love one another? TEHRAN, Iran And all along I had thought golf was a cause of anxiety. “No, just the opposite.  Golf relieves stress,” Eisa Eshagi, president of the Iranian Golf Federation, said.  “And that’s what we need, since we’re a nation that has suffered wars and hardships.” Few […]






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Fire and Fury Might Have to Wait for the Next Lifetime

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

The Indian Army controls the world’s highest golf course, bringing a surprising set of challenges LEH, Ladakh, India I thought it might be the altitude that would get to me, but it turned out to be military bureaucracy. Since my first visit in 1979 I had wanted to play golf in Ladakh, an isolated corner […]






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Move Over Scotland: China Invented Golf

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

And it’s coming home to the Middle Kingdom HONG KONG, On the outskirts of the Middle Kingdom The Scots never knew what hit them. Everyone knows that these sturdy northerners invented golf. After all, the first written record about golf comes from 1457, when King James II banned the game because his subjects preferred it […]






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How Green are Your Greens

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

Asia’s golf courses face an environmental challenge BANGKOK, Thailand I play golf.  And I am committed to nature conservation. Is this an insolvable conundrum, or can the two passions be reconciled? “Golf development is becoming one of the most unsustainable and damaging activities to people and the environment,” notes Chee Yoke Ling, environment coordinator of […]






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This Guy is a Natural

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

This Guy is a Natural

The world’s greatest golfer? Hint: He rolled a perfect game the first time he tried bowling ECHENEVEX, France In the cosmos of golfing role models, the hero-of-heros might seem a touch unlikely.  But this man had one brief shining golfing experience that was Camelot-like in its brilliance. That golfer was Kim Il Sung, president of […]






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Zen Shrine Helps Duffers Answer Cosmic Question: Why Can’t I Putt?

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Golf

Japanese monk invokes Goddess of Holes-in-One ANNAKA, Japan Golfers, Lord knows, seem to need more spiritual guidance then practitioners of other sports.  How else could you explain the almost-religious-like belief duffers will place in a Heaven Wood, or the way they mumble the mantra “Tetrachaidecohedron dimple pattern” in order to ensure that they will not […]






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“My Kid’s Gonna Be a Star”

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by in Golf

In Zimbabwe, as in New Jersey, all fathers live their dreams though their kids HARARE, Zimbabwe On the parched fairways of the Wingate Park Golf Club in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lewis Muridzo takes a break from his afternoon of lessons and does what fathers everywhere do.  He brags about his son. Tall, articulate and immaculately dressed, […]






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