I have been back in Australia since mid September and while I worked on a film I also managed to pack my life with all forms of golf.
Be it a weekly golf chat on twitter, making new golf buddies, playing at a new course, talking all things golf (grass roots programs and ladies golf), to starting a new business (Golf IQ Media).
Lots of golf chat about he use of social media for golf today and what is happening in the world of golf in their area.
I have made many a new golf buddy on twitter. Have golfed with some – Danny at Kilspindie, Jeremy at Wakehurst, Irene and the ladies from Long Island (EWGA) and golf chatted with many.
I have now played at fifty three courses in four countries and come Friday after I play night golf in Abu Dhabi with David (a Golfee from Twitter) I will play the first of many new courses I plan to golf in 2016.
Mid January I arrive in Spain and will be north of Barcelona for two and a half months doing volunteer work and golfing around Spain.
Then I am off to Northern Ireland – I have a few courses lined up – some courses and golfers recommended to me.
Every golfer has a story and I like hearing them.
I also happen to love the personal challenge that is golf.
Today I played my last hurrah in Australia until I return at the end of October.
Mt Broughton Golf & Country Club is my Australian home track and I needed a good solid eighteen to say goodbye until the end of the year.
I did the same to both courses I am a member of in PEI, Canada – Brudenell River and Dundarave.
I know how lucky I am to have access to great golf year round and I love every minute of it.
Cookie (my brother in law) and I played a round last year and after we decided to have another round we invited a couple of others to join us.
There was only one rule – you had to want to play eighteen or don’t come.
It was a great day of golf. I filmed a couple of things and had some great golf and some not so great golf come off my club and I couldn’t stop smiling.
I have been a little manic when it comes to golf but I just want to fit in as much as I can.
I have already loosely planned the next twelve months – countries pencilled in but not yet cities or courses but lots of golf in lots of places is the plan.
My golfing adventures of 2015 have been phenomenal. No other word describes my year.
I spent January to April golfing in Australia at twenty different courses in NSW and ACT. I then golfed my way across Scotland, catching up with old friends, making new friends and golfing the whole way.
I played at eleven courses in Scotland and my journey to Fraserburgh GC led me to St Andrews, Gordon Moir, a film crew, The Old, and plans to return in April 2016.
I then headed to Canada and golfed up a storm on PEI.
Prince Edward Island is a golfers paradise and I get to live here – only in summer of course as you can’t golf in the snow.
I played at eleven courses on PEI and had an interlude on Long Island with Irene and the lovely ladies of the Executive Women’s Golf Association.
I made new friends and organized more golf trips.
September and I arrived in Australia again worked for seven weeks then golfed. I applied for and received media accreditation for the Australian Open and after caddying for a pre qualifier, I spent an amazing six days surrounded by all things golf at the Open.
I made new friends and arranged more golfing trips.
The Australian Open had me tweeting, photographing, writing, but mostly watching and learning.
My only lament was I didn’t get a round in.
The following week and my golfing itch was scratched as I golfed at four courses in NSW before flying to SA and playing another six courses there.
Back to Sydney for Golfmas (formally known as Christmas), a spot of tennis on New Years Eve before packing again and heading off on more golfing adventures.
This time with a spot of volunteering thrown in and the hope of improving my Spanish.
In the next twelve months I plan to golf in UAE, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and maybe India.
Here is to golfing another year.
Tee it up in 2016.