For The First Time in Eight Years We Were In Bed Before Midnight

We’re five days into our trip here to Turkey and we’ve been out till the wee hours every night, but last night we were finally beaten.

Despite our combined age of 235 it wasn’t the late nights that caught up with us though…it was the weather.

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Worst Weather Ever!

Unfortunately, no matter how amazing this trip is year-in, year-out, there is one thing that can never be guaranteed…the weather. Today was without doubt the worst weather I’ve ever played golf in, and we’re from Scotland!!Dry Mackies

It was certainly character forming. However, despite all the rain the course was awesome. It was amazing how well it drained. When you were walking on the fairways you’d hardly know it had been raining, in fact it held the water better than any links course I’ve ever played.

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Poor Preparation Did Prevent A Poor Performance

Another night spend in the nightclub with our dancing shoes on once again may not be the best preparation for an early tee time, but it wasn’t going to stop us strapping on the dancing shoes and joining our Turkish hosts for some traditional dancing.

What didn’t help was dad turning up 20 minutes late for our agreed start time, followed by Dennis realising he’d forgotten his shoes! We arrived at the golf course bickering among ourselves, with no time to practice and little time to spare before we were off.

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Mackie’s Musings – It’s a Good Job It’s Not Saturday

Over the course of the Team Challenge 2017, we will have a daily blog from one of the event’s only ever presents led by Scotscraig PGA Professional Craig Mackie. He will no doubt have a few interruptions from his teammates Dennis West, John Rankin and Craig’s father Ian Mackie.

Over the last eight years we have always started our Team Challenge trip the same way with a wee trip to the Golf Lounge in Glasgow for a bit of practice…both golfing and socialising.

With a combined age of 235 it’s pretty crucial that everyone gets the muscles working in preparation for a big week of golf, and everything was going smoothly until dad decided he wanted to practice from the rough…then it all went wrong.

It’s difficult to put into words, but fortunately the video was rolling when he stepped up, shanked the first and followed that up with two air shots. (Click here to watch the video)

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Price Increases Are Happening – Make Them Work For You

It was with real interest I read the recent story about Tesco and Unilever’s diprice-increase-2-bannerspute over price increases and it made me think back to the pricing concerns I raised in August.

When I highlighted these concerns it was clear this sort of inevitable price increase would happen across the board, not just in golf.

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Brexit – The Impact on Prices

Brexit BannerFollowing the vote to leave the EU by the UK on June 24 there has been a period of uncertainty as everyone sits tight to see what impact the decision would have.

Now, this is not a political message but almost two months on, we are beginning to see some of the consequences foreseen by the ‘Remain’ camp coming to fruition.

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Top Trumps

 

The past few weeks have seen a number of divisive political figures on both sides of the Top TrumpsAtlantic.

While, rightly or wrongly, some have fallen by the wayside in the past week, another seems destined to become the most powerful man in the world.

Donald Trump. His views are seen across the globe, and by many in the US, as being pretty whacky, but no matter what his politics, whether you support his views or not, Trump is good for golf.

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