New Zealand’s Darkest Day

I read with sadness this morning the news that Christchurch has been hit by another earthquake just months after the last one in Septembers 2010.  While they were lucky the last time having had no fatalities, this time around the quake was not as strong, however 65 people are reported to have been killed with that number likely to rise.  

I have spent some time in the city and it is a great place with some beautiful buildings, especially the cathedral which has been hit badly.  One can only sympathise with the people of this part of the world what with cyclones, floods, earthquakes and forest fires endured in the last few months.  You can see full details of the recent earthquake by clicking here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and handles our South Pacific Programs.

Ballyliffin to Introduce New Fairway Bunker

Ballyliffin’s Glashedy Links course is to receive an upgrade on the bunkering to the right of the 13th.  The work is scheduled to be undertaken over two winters by the course’s own green staff (under the guidance of one the original architects, Pat Ruddy) and staff are keen to see the work reach completion by March of 2011.  The aim is to fortify the course and improve the experience for golfers of all levels.

Possible Pope Visit to Scotland

It has recently been announced that Pope Benedict XVI has been invited to visit Scotland as part of a four day trip to the UK.  This is set to be a truly historical event, as the last time a Pope (John Paul II) visited Scotland was back in 1982 and it saw crowds of 250,000 plus flocking to catch a glimpse of the head of the Roman Catholic Church.  The visit – due to be between September the 16th to the 19th – will see the Pope visiting both Edinburgh and Glasgow; however details of this have yet to be confirmed. If he does visit in this time period,  it is at a time when the Old Course, St. Andrews is closed for the R & A Autumn Meeting and historically fewer golfing visitors are in the country.

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI

Other rumours are also circulating of a possible visit by US President Barrack Obama; however this is merely speculation at this time…wonder if he’ll have time to fit in a round on the Old Course, St Andrews?

Click here to read the article about The Pope’s possible trip to the UK.

By Jonny Ferguson.  Jonny had been with PerryGolf for over 2 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.