Why is a purple patch called a purple patch?

I had never heard the expression “purple patch” before I started playing golf. I can understand why it’s particularly popular in this most fickle of sports: we’ve talked before about the inconsistency that seems to plague most golfers. So where does it come from? The Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins tells us that … purple is named after a dye from a...

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Littlehampton Golf Club with Susie and John

Littlehampton Golf Club is the fourth course I’ve reviewed with a member and writing this, I realise that all four of them have been completely different types of courses: Pyecombe is a downland course, Ham Manor a parkland course and Piltdown a heathland course. And now for something completely different: a links course. Links courses are considered to be the most “authentic” types of courses....

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Lundin Ladies and women-only golf clubs

The highlight of my recent holiday in Scotland wasn’t seeing Suzann Pettersen and Mel Reid in action or even having the best brownies ever at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. It wasn’t finally being in the home of golf and walking on the oldest course in the world. No, it was playing a round with Helen, Captain of Lundin Ladies Golf Club, and Frances, her vice-Captain, at one of...

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