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Take part in The Great Golf Survey 2016 for your chance to win one of 19 TaylorMade prizes.

We know how much golfers love their sport, so we want to give you the chance to have your say on all things golf. As a thank you for your time, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win over £2,500 worth of TaylorMade prizes!

For your chance to win, click here and take the survey now.

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Entry to this prize draw is deemed acceptance of the following Terms & Conditions:

  • Prize draw is open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of the survey launch only.
  • This prize draw is only open to residents of England, Scotland and Wales.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Employees of The Golfers Club or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the prize draw are not permitted to enter the prize draw.
  • Survey closes at 11:59pm 31st July 2016 British Summer Time. Entries received after the final date and time will not be valid entries to the prize draw.
  • Valid entries are those that have completed The Great Golf Survey 2016 and provided their first name and email address. There is a maximum entry of one per person.
  • There are 19 prizes in total.
  • 1st prize is a custom fit set of TaylorMade M2 irons based on 4-PW Steel Shafted for one winner. Upon accepting the prize The Golfers Club will retrieve the winners address and arrange for the winner to visit the nearest TaylorMade stockists, who will perform the custom fit session. The winner will be required to advise dates they are available for the fitting. The Golfers Club will arrange the booking with the TaylorMade stockists then inform the winner. Following fitting, sizes and specs will be sent to The Golfers Club to arrange the order and distribute to the winner.
  • 2nd prize is one TaylorMade M2 driver each for three winners. Each winner is required to advise the preferred degree of loft and shaft flex in advance of receiving the prize.
  • 3rd prize is one TaylorMade EF 56° wedge Steel Shafted each for five winners.
  • 4th prize is one dozen TaylorMade Project (a) golf balls each for 10 winners.
  • Winners will be required to advise whether they are right or left-handed.
  • Prize images are shown for illustrative purposes only. All prizes and winners chosen club specifications are subject to availability. In this event The Golfers Club and TaylorMade will work with each winner individually to provide a suitable alternative. Shipping will be confirmed when the selection is made.
  • The prizes cannot be swapped for any item and no cash equivalent is available.
  • The Golfers Club will contact the winners via email before 19th August 2016. Failure to respond to this email within seven days of it being sent will see the winner forfeit the prize and it being offered to another valid prize draw entrant. The Golfers Club’s decision is final.
  • All prize draw entrants who have provided their email address consent to receiving future promotions and offers from The Golfers Club.
  • This promotion and offers from The Golfers Club is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associates with Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • Entry to this The Golfers Club prize draw is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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To say that Royal Troon is a course of two halves is an understatement. ‘Tam Arte Quam Marte’ – as much by skill as by strength – is the club’s motto. The message is that your skill on the front nine determines how much of a cushion you can take into the homeward half, when you will need all the strength you can muster.

The back nine is 300 yards longer – some 35 yards per hole on average – and yet par is a shot fewer. The prevailing wind is off the Firth of Clyde and, perhaps on account of the Isle of Arran that sits just a few miles off the coast, more often than not from the north as well. That means you play with the breeze helping and off the right on the way out, before turning into what is most golfers’ worst nightmare – wind into and off the left.

In such conditions, each of the first four par 4s is drivable for at least some of the field, not just the big hitters like Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. In addition, there are two comfortable par 5s. All of which means it is possible for these elite players to have a putt for eagle on six of the first seven holes.

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Sure, they could instead find themselves in unpleasant bunkers or being short-sided to inaccessible flags that will inevitably be tucked away. But the chances are, at some point over the week, someone will post a front-nine score in the 20s. Perhaps Dennis Durnian’s record for the lowest front nine in an Open (28 at Birkdale in 1983) could be under threat.

But then Troon will get its own back. The hole claiming the most disasters will surely be the 11th, where the drive is blind but the train line to Glasgow that runs parallel to every one of the 483 yards is very much in view. Go left and you will find dense – is there any other variety? – gorse.

The final run for home begins with the 13th and each hole from here on plays back towards the clubhouse. The six par 4s on the back nine measure 452, 483, 429, 472, 502 and 464 yards respectively. Apart from the shortest of these, the 12th, they are all into the prevailing wind. This means that your average level-par round of 71 will therefore have halves of around 33 out and 38 in.

This Ayrshire links is enjoying a dry spring, unlike most parts of Britain, so we can anticipate a fast-running course, it might not be as fast as the one Arnold Palmer famously conquered in 1962 but it will certainly be lively. You would tend to think that is good news for the more methodical, experienced and skilful members of the world’s elite.

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We’re offering one member of The Golfers Club the opportunity to win a dozen Titleist DT Solo golf balls.

Question: What is the amateur’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup?

Simply email your answer to competitions@thegolfersclub.co.uk with details of the prize, your name, membership number and contact number. The prize draw will take place on the 1st July 2016.

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When you’re negotiating a business deal, it’s often hard to get to know your potential partner’s true character in an office environment. That’s why the golf course is a popular setting for business deals. So, if you’re after tips for sealing a deal on the golf course, you’re in the right place. Here are some tips from us to make sure you make a good impression.

Get there early

This one should go without saying. You run the risk of not getting the deal if you turn up late and leave them waiting to tee off. Get there early, you’ll often find that a chat before you start the round is a great way to build a rapport. That early chat and joke can set a positive tone for the rest of the day.

Don’t talk business straight away – be patient

Make sure the main topics of conversation are not entirely business-related early on. Establish common ground and focus on your fellow players. Taking a genuine interest in them will go a long way. You’re going to have at least four hours with them excluding post-round drinks or dinner, so don’t be overanxious to talk business.

Listen carefully to get a perspective of the problems they face. Think how you could assist. You might have the answer, or know a contact that might. More often than not, people will return the favour and help you out further down the line.

A networking expert George Souri, once told Forbes magazine how important it can be to create strong relationships on the golf course, “Remember that more often than not, people make investments in people. A round of golf is a great time to demonstrate you are a smart, competent and likeable person. If you are a thoughtful golfer who engages in good conversation on the course, you will increase your chances of closing a deal.”

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Understand and follow golf etiquette

Some golfers take golf etiquette very seriously, so i totally familiar with golf etiquette or not, make sure you are before you play. Don’t walk in someone’s line, and make sure you replace your divots, fix the green and bunkers after use and generally take care of the course. Most golfers like to help newer ones, what they don’t like is someone who just does as they wish with no respect to the other golfers.

It’s small details like these that will help you pass a potential test with flying colours. It’s not just demonstrating respect for the club and course you play but also the fellow golfers following behind.

Pace of play

Don’t slow the group down. Taking 10 warm-up swings and lining up every shot like a pro and conferring in your non-existent caddy is not OK. Also, there’s not much worse on the golf course than waiting for a player to find his shiny new ball in the deep rough after yet another shank. It’s OK to be a bad golfer, but come prepared with some spare balls.

Be honest

The ethos of a golfer is one of meticulous honesty and integrity. Once a cheater always a cheater is a common phrase used on the golf course. You never know, your playing partners may well be testing you to see how trustworthy you are. Be honest and play with integrity and you can’t go wrong. Act on the golf course as you would in the boardroom. It’s not about your final score or whether you win, it’s relationship building that is key.

Drink responsibly

It’s almost inevitable that at a business lunch or dinner, alcohol will come up. The key is to remain in control of your actions. Remember to take it easy. Alternate between your alcoholic beverage and water, especially on a hot day when it can be easy to become inebriated rather quickly.

It’s important to be a great host and offer your client a beverage, but if the answer is no then yours should be too. Your policy should be to “follow the leader” where drinking is concerned. If you’ve ever been sober around those drinking, you’ve seen and heard first-hand how drinkers can say or do the wrong thing. Stay in control and enjoy the day.

Play the 19th hole!

As Ben Storer, president of Business Golf Strategies told Golf.com. “Don’t feel that all the I’s need dotting and the T’s crossing before you finish the round. Your main priority should be making sure your playing partners have enjoyed themselves.”

Take them out for lunch or dinner to continue your conversation, as this is where your business relationship can become more formal and discussions commence. Furthermore, a follow-up thank you letter or a souvenir of the day can’t hurt your prospects of securing the deal.

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We’re offering one member of The Golfers Club the opportunity to win a Mizuno tour cap or visor.

Q: Who is Mizuno’s former World number one English ambassador?

Simply email your answer to competitions@thegolfersclub.co.uk with details of the prize, your name, membership number and contact number. The prize draw will take place on the 1st July 2016.

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