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Let’s be honest—we could probably all do with learning how to clean our golf balls and other golf equipment better to make them last longer.

If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place. Golf equipment can be expensive, so it pays to look after it (pardon the pun).


How to clean golf balls

While most of us leave our balls in the bottom pocket of our golf bags until we let one slip out of bounds, there’s a better way forward both for the longevity of the ball and its dazzling appearance.

how to clean golf balls

1) The most tried-and-tested method is to get a bucket of warm water and mix some soap into it. A wipe with a damp cloth should remove any excess dirt, but if you want to try a bit harder, a toothbrush or soft-bristled brush should get the job done. One final rinse should have them looking close to new again.

2) If that hasn’t worked, soak your golf balls in a bucket of water and add some white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, bleach or OxiClean (a mix of hydrogen peroxide and washing soda). Soak the balls for up to half an hour but no longer to avoid them getting waterlogged. Again, a cloth or soft-bristled brush should remove any final remnants of dirt. This method is believed to be one step up from the more old-fashioned soap and water combo. 

3) You don’t have to search very far before finding a photo of a load of golf balls in a dishwasher. But does it actually work? It’s been tested many times, and it appears that it doesn’t matter which part of your dishwasher the balls go in—the results are great. It should be noted that if you have a ‘Heated Dry’ cycle, it’s advisable to turn this off, as lengthy heat exposure and golf balls aren’t a good mix. This seems a particularly easy way to get old golf balls looking back to their best.

4) If you’re looking to remove your permanent marker lines, rubbing alcohol, acetone, or nail polish remover is your best bet. Rubbing alcohol is the gentlest of these solutions, while acetone is the harshest, so if applying the latter, use gloves and take care when applying it.  


Cleaning golf balls: what not to do

When cleaning your golf balls, don’t…

  • Soak the balls for too long 
  • Leave them in the sun for too long, as this could change the internal compression, which will impact how the ball reacts off the clubface
  • Use undiluted bleach, as this might have an unwanted effect on the ball’s outer layer 
  • Use a sharp metal brush or too stiff a bristled brush, as you might scratch the surface of the ball or damage the outer layer, both of which will impact the performance of the ball 


How to clean golf shoes

how to clean golf balls

Proper golf shoes are a significant investment, and with some straightforward care, you can easily prolong their lifespan, feel and performance.

FootJoy is the No. 1 golf shoe brand and provides great tips and advice on looking after your golf shoes. Some of the following will be alarmingly familiar…

  • FootJoy suggest rotating your golf shoes, as two pairs of shoes will last more than twice the length of time one pair will
  • Use a shoe horn when putting on your shoes to protect the heel. Damage to the heel can cause a poor fit and often leads to blistering 
  • FootJoy strongly recommend leaving a shoe tree in your shoes when you’re not playing
  • Don’t over-tighten your cleats, and check on them after each round 
  • Don’t store your golf shoes in the boot of your car, as high temperatures will break down the materials over time


Golf shoes: after a round

how to clean golf balls

Always remove any dirt from your shoes straight after a round. Make the most of the air dryer if you can, and get rid of any residue, which will make the post-round clean much easier. Wet wipes are also a great way to give your golf shoes a good clean, and a soft brush and warm water with soap/Fairy liquid will get into the tricky spots, too.

Tip: It’s best to remove the laces and inner soles when cleaning your shoes to give you the best chance of making them look and perform the best. When drying, place them in an airing cupboard or elsewhere indoors rather than in direct sunlight. Never use a hairdryer, as excessive heat can damage the uppers and outsoles.

Given we live in the UK, we play some of our golf in the rain, so it’s essential that we look after our shoes. After cleaning, place newspaper inside the shoes for around 8-10 hours to soak up excess water, and then employ the shoe tree to encourage the shoe to return to its normal shape.

FootJoy offers a Wax Shoe Polish perfect for looking after high-quality leather and giving your shoes a lasting shine. However, remember that this is a polish and not a cleaning product—so still ensure your shoes are as clean as possible before applying it.


How to clean golf gloves

Like with your shoes, it’s a good idea to have a few pairs of golf gloves on rotation to extend the lifespan of each of them.

If you’re just hitting balls on the range, there’s not necessarily any need to use one of your finest Cabretta leather offerings for this. Instead, it’s worth considering a synthetic glove for practice, as they’re more resistant to repeated use, and leather gloves certainly lose their effectiveness when sweating a lot.

Air your golf gloves out as often as possible. Some golf bags even have a Velcro tab to let you attach your glove, which certainly helps you get the most out of them.

Related: How to look after your golf glove

While Tour pros may change gloves every round or so, a decent glove should last you for 15-20 rounds at least. You can achieve this by not stuffing it in the bottom of your bag with the rest of your gear. There’s a chance that it might get punctured on the tees, and when folded up, your gloves will lose their shape and become crusty.

Remember how it felt when you first put that leather glove on? Well, put it back in your bag the same way that it came out. Stretch it back to its original shape and place it flat away from your other bits or, ideally, in the packet it came in.

And when it gets wet, that doesn’t necessarily spell the end of its lifespan. However, do NOT use a hairdryer or put it on a radiator—instead, use your airing cupboard or just let it dry out naturally to help it back to its original shape.

Most leather gloves are not machine washable, either, so only gently hand wash your favourite leather gloves with a mild detergent, and always air dry afterwards.   

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The article below was written by Steve Carroll of National Club Golfer.

You all know you’ve got a World Handicap System index, but do you really know what that number represents?

We’ve had more than 30 months to get used to our decimal points and the figure we see when we open our digital apps but there is still some confusion, when you factor in course and playing handicaps, about what those digits actually stand for.

I’ve been asked in the past, for example, if I could really class myself as a single figure handicapper if my course handicap was in double digits.

And while most of us knew our CONGU handicap was a measure of our potential, of what we could do out on the golf course if we had a good day, is that the same for WHS? Or is it all change?

I asked James Luke, England Golf’s head of handicapping and course rating, to give us the lowdown on what our World Handicap System index means.

“Within the Rules of Handicapping, it’s about your demonstrated ability – simple as that,” he said. “The former CONGU system was about potential. We used to say, ‘if you play to your handicap three times a year then you’ve had a good season.

“With WHS, it’s about your demonstrated ability and the shots that you need to get around a golf course. If you fall short, then you haven’t played to your demonstrated ability for that round.

“And that’s really where the eight out of 20 scores comes in – because that’s what is producing your average score differential.

“While a lot of people like to say it’s like the American System, in truth there are elements from all the previous handicap systems around the world.

“It has been a big change for our clubs and golfers, as all scores have predominantly been competition focused and still now 90 per cent of our rounds are competition based, so it’s a big culture shift for us.”


Want more on the World Handicap System?

England Golf’s head of handicapping James Luke joined the From the Clubhouse podcast for an in-depth chat about all things WHS. You can listen to that here, or on your preferred podcast platform.

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Wales isn’t the ‘Home of Golf’ like Scotland. It isn’t blessed with courses of mystical reputation such as Ballybunion and Royal County Down, as Ireland is. And it doesn’t have the Open venues or the exquisite heathlands of England.

But there is good reason to think Wales is the best-value destination for a golf break in Britain and Ireland.

While its top course is hardly inexpensive, it’s positively cheap compared to others of its calibre. The handful of Welsh courses beneath it—which all get into the various Top 100 rankings of British and Irish courses—are exceptionally good value.

The second half of its top 10 is simply sensational in terms of quality-to-cost ratio. Wales completely dominates Golf World magazine’s ranking of the Top 100 Courses available for £60 and under. The whole country is home to around 150 courses; Wales amazingly had 17 of them in that Top 100.

Here is our verdict on the top 10 best golf courses in Wales—plus some bonus suggestions with ‘X-Factor’ qualities.


1. Royal Porthcawl

best golf courses in Wales
Source: Instagram @royal_porthcawl

Located on the edge of Rest Bay in South Wales, this is the clear No.1 in the country. Featuring in any credible ranking of the finest courses in the world, Royal Porthcawl has hosted the Walker Cup, the Amateur Championship and the Senior Open Championship.

It was here, in 1995, that the feted amateur Tiger Woods—whose prodigious ability and monstrous driving were already legendary—was humbled by short-hitting career amateur Gary Wolstenholme, who still lived at home with his mum.

It’s one of the finest golf courses in Britain and Ireland; a magnificent links comprising a fabulous setting. There’s a view of the water from every one of its undulating fairways, making the capricious seaside winds an integral part of the challenge.


2. Royal St David’s

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Source: Instagram @royalstdavidsgc

For Wales #2 and #3, we head up the west coast to two courses steeped in history. First, to ‘Harlech’, a golf course often rated as the ‘best par 69 in Britain’. Royal St David’s is a links of enduring class, incorporating some of the most exacting holes in Wales that wind through some terrific dunes.

Add in a superb setting with views over to Snowdonia and the overlooking Harlech Castle, and there’s a real charisma to this seaside experience.


3. Aberdovey

best golf courses in Wales
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This is the venue for your second round on your journey along the Welsh west coast. The links here have stations right outside them, so when you walk off the 18th at Harlech, head slightly inland and get on the rattler for a short journey to Aberdovey.

The great writer Bernard Darwin rated it as the links with the most soul, and he wasn’t wrong. Part of the reason for this may have been because his Uncle played a part in laying it out—using flower pots as holes!

Aberdovey has come a long way since then, though, and is another GB&I Top 100 entrant with bags of character. It starts in explosive fashion and ends with a four-hole stretch that is absolutely out of this world.


4. Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

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On the outskirts of the town of Newport lies a Ryder Cup venue of iconic renown. The dream of owner Sir Terry Matthews became a reality in 2010 when Ross McMurray’s made-for-matchplay course hosted a Ryder Cup remembered for its rainy Friday start and explosive Monday conclusion.

A round here is to walk in the footsteps of Ryder Cup legends. This modern parkland is packed with risk-reward holes; a boring round on the Twenty Ten is simply not an option.


5. Nefyn and District

Source: Instagram @nefyngolfclub

This is Wales’ most photographed golf course by virtue of its headland location. It’s utterly spellbinding, offering ‘screensaver’ views from so many holes on the peninsula. It won’t win any architectural awards because there are some compromises on a few holes, but this Insta-worthy clifftop course isn’t there to subtly please; it’s there to blow your mind.


6. Pennard

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Source: Instagram @pennardgc

This course has really gained favour in recent years. The club describes its courses as ‘The Links in the Sky’, and that’s a very good summary of what to expect!

Pennard plays over ‘linksy’ turf, but it is perched on ground higher than most of its type, and therefore deserves the often used but rarely accurate term ‘clifftop links’. Expect unforgettable holes, adventurous greens, sloping fairways, five-star views of the Gower peninsula, and lots of ‘I’m glad we came’ moments.


7. Conwy

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Source: Instagram @conwygolfclub

The players’ links. Conwy is an honest, unremittingly challenging course that constantly challenges by virtue of regular changes in direction. It plays over relatively open linksland for the most part and tightens for the last third, weaving between unforgiving gorse. This Curtis Cup host course has arguably never been in better condition.


8. Pyle & Kenfig

Source: Instagram @pandkgc

Rarely is the phrase ‘a course of two halves’ more aptly applied than to Bridgend’s ‘P&K’.

The front nine here is perfectly nice, featuring some good short holes and well-placed pot bunkers, but then, you enter the back nine among some epic dunes, quickly switching to World Top 100 calibre holes.

Think we’re exaggerating? There’s only one way to find out…


9. Southerndown

Source: Instagram @southerndowngc

Not far from ‘P&K’ is this moorland of high class. The turf here is superb and a joy to hit from. Although, the gorse that lines some of it is less appealing—not least in the exacting final three. Southerndown might be most memorable, though, for a first hole that could never be described as a friendly handshake!


10. Ashburnham

Source: Instagram @ashburnham_golf_club

This classic out-and-back links in Burry Port starts and ends in a relatively modest fashion, but the holes that make up the majority in the middle are absolutely outstanding.


Best golf courses in Wales: five more to consider…

Rolls of Monmouth

This beautiful parkland with slick, fast greens was created by the family behind Rolls Royce cars.


A west coast course with a parkland front nine and a wonderful links back nine. Porthmadog is also barely a mile from the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion, where the TV series ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed—well worth a visit.

Marriott St Pierre (Old)

As well as the Ryder Cup, Wales has also hosted the Solheim Cup. This Chepstow course was the venue—a parkland with good variety and an infamous par 3.

Langland Bay

This one rivals Nefyn for views; it’s that spectacular. Set on the coast just west of Swansea, the par-3 16th and par-4 17th are out of this world. It’s no wonder the likes of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoy them.

Vale Resort (National)

Home to a modern course winding between mature trees and plenty of water, the Vale Resort is often used by the Welsh national rugby team as a base when playing home games in Cardiff.

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The article below was written by Matt Chivers of National Club Golfer.

After passing the first test with flying colours, Full Swing has been given the go-ahead for a second season on Netflix in 2024.

The first series of the behind-the-scenes style show was released in February and documented the lives and careers of some of the PGA Tour’s much-loved stars – and now enemies.

Full Swing featured Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy, but also Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, and Dustin Johnson who all joined LIV Golf.

As Poulter said during the eight-episode debut season, Netflix “picked a hell of a year” to cover the PGA Tour as professional golf was split down the middle with the emergence of the Saudi-backed series.

The Englishman was heavily featured in the show and explained his reasons for moving to LIV Golf, while also letting the cameras into his family homes.

Johnson was plain with his reasoning for making the controversial switch to the rebel league, saying “I don’t care” when asked if people would doubt him.

Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced Netflix would be producing a second season ahead of the Players Championship, attributing the show as a strategy to evolve and improve the circuit.

“A point of emphasis for our organisation has been delivering the PGA Tour to fans where they are and making our sport more welcoming through innovation and strategic partnerships,” he said.

“Full Swing debuted to Netflix’s 230 million subscribers the week of the Genesis Invitational and has been consistently in the Netflix top 10 worldwide.

“As a result of such strong performance out of the gate, Netflix announced earlier this morning that they are officially green-lighting season two of Full Swing.

“I think that the commitment that we made at that time to Netflix, some of the real innovation that we’ve had around concepts like TGL, all that starts to manifest itself at that point in time.”

The involvement in the Netflix series is one way the Tour is trying to maintain its status as the most popular on the planet.

TGL, the brainchild of McIlroy and Tiger Woods, is set to reach primetime television slots in 2024, pitting some of the world’s best players against each other in a tech-infused golf arena.



On the course, the Tour has started a new walk-and-talk initiative to give viewers at home access to the minds of players while they are in the heat of battle.

Ahead of the Players Championship, McIlroy admitted the rise of LIV Golf has vastly improved the landscape of the sport, but this is not the only entity the Tour needs to battle to thrive in the modern world.

“This has caused a ton of innovation at the PGA Tour, and what was quite – an antiquated system is being revamped to try to mirror where we’re at in the world in the 21st century with the media landscape,” he said.

“The PGA Tour isn’t just competing with LIV Golf or other sports. It’s competing with Instagram and TikTok and everything else that’s trying to take eyeballs away from the PGA Tour as a product.

“So, yeah, you know, LIV coming along, it’s definitely had a massive impact on the game, but I think everyone who’s a professional golfer is going to benefit from it going forward.”

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The article below was written by Matt Chivers of National Club Golfer.

The PGA Tour have revealed a number of changes to its schedule from 2024. And let’s just say there have been mixed reviews.

If you missed it, you can read all about it here, but parallels have been drawn between this new elevated-purse, no-cut events and the LIV Golf League, which itself has been scrutinised for its format.

The drastic changes – which PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has described as “substantial, can’t-miss tournaments” – have, rather predictably, divided the golf world. And we haven’t had enough of that in the past couple of years…


The arguments for the PGA Tour schedule changes

There are a couple of schools of thought on the matter. We’d encourage you to take a look at Nathan Hubbard’s thread on Twitter if you are still torn on the new PGA Tour schedule changes.

The brother of Tour player Mark Hubbard offers an insightful explanation of the current situation between the plights of both the Tour and LIV Golf.

Speaking ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, four of the PGA Tour’s biggest names explained why the changes can only be a force of good.


Rory McIlroy

“I love it. Obviously, I’ve been a part of it and been in a ton of discussions. I think it makes the Tour more competitive. I think we were going that way anyway.

“The Playoffs used to be 125, 70, 30. This year they have gone to 70, 50, 30. I’m all about rewarding good play. I want to give everyone a fair shake at this, which I think this structure has done.

“There are ways to play into it. It’s trying to get the top guys versus the hot guys, right? I think that creates a really compelling product, but in a way that you don’t have to wait an entire year for your good play to then get the opportunity. That opportunity presents itself straight away.

“You play well for two or three weeks, you’re in a designated event. You know then if you keep playing well, you stay in them.

“We’ve always had no-cut events on this Tour. If you think of the four WGCs, you’ve got the three playoff events, you’ve got the CJ Cup, and the Zozo. So there’s precedent there for no-cut events.

“The only reason no-cut events are a big deal is because LIV has come along. So there is precedent for no-cut events. There have been no-cut events since I’ve been a member of the Tour and way beyond that as well.”


Scottie Scheffler

“If you imagine you have 120 guys in the fields this year, those 50 additional guys that are not going to be in the fields next year are all playing the events this year and you’re seeing a lot of other tournaments on our schedule suffer because of that.

“Because, let’s say if you’re the 100th guy in the world or over, you’re going to try and play in those $20 million purses and if you’re in the event, how can you skip it? It’s double the money.

“I think it’s exciting because you’re going to have the top guys in the world playing against each other more often.

“You’re going to be able to guarantee the sponsors that those guys are going to be there four days. If you’re coming out to an event to watch on Saturday and Sunday and, if I’m imagining myself as a kid I would like to get out there early.

“Let’s say I’m having a bad week, some kid can come out and watch me play early in the day and you can guarantee that Rory McIlroy’s going to be there on Sunday, Jon Rahm’s going to be there on Sunday. I think that’s a lot of value added to TV and for sponsors.

“The guys that may not be able to get into those 70-man fields are going to be playing a lot of other events where the purses aren’t going down. So I think it’s going to benefit the membership as a whole.”


Max Homa

“I love the new changes. I could rant on this for a while, which I might.

“The reason I wanted to join the Player Advisory Council, which is what I’m on now, and was on a bit last year, is because I think I do provide a unique perspective. I guess I’ve just seen all kind of levels of professional golf between the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour.

“And I believed in this back then and I believe in this now. I didn’t maybe see exactly what is being done. I’m not quite smart enough to have planned this one out.

“But the product is important. I think it’s easy to frame these changes as a way to put more money in the top players’ pockets.

“But it has been made to make it easier and more fun for the fans. I know it’s low-hanging fruit to jump on – ‘Oh, this is just a money grab’ [but] this is to make it better for the fans.

“It is more opportunity for the top players to battle it out late on Sundays. Which, you look back at times of Phil and Tiger, the two best players growing up for me watching, and they had like maybe two real battles.

“The non-designated events are the same purses with, on paper, weaker fields. So financially that doesn’t change a whole lot. And there’s a lot of room for growth throughout that.”


Patrick Cantlay

“I think they’re really exciting changes. I think they will make the Tour stronger going forward. I think as it pertains to no cut – the biggest advantage of it is locking in the stars that play those events into four days.

“So if you’re a little kid in whatever city that a tournament, one of these tournaments is going on, LA, for example, and you can only go on Sunday, for sports or that’s when your mum or dad can take you, you know that if Tiger Woods enters the tournament on Sunday you can go watch him.

“Rory, you can go watch him. I think that’s really powerful.

“I think we’re going to see now that the non-elevated events will most likely have stronger fields. I think you won’t see any fields as you saw at Honda last week.

“Because when you have 120 or 130 players all playing those designated events, they have to take a week off somewhere or they will play five weeks in a row.

“I think one of the real good changes with this is not only because the fields are limited, but there won’t be as many designated events and they were very cognizant of making sure that there weren’t any weeks that would most likely have a bad field, just because of their slot on the schedule.

“I think the full-field events will have much stronger and deeper fields throughout the course of the year.”


The arguments against the PGA Tour schedule changes

Several of LIV Golf’s most outspoken players took to social media to air their – largely sarcastic – views on the situation, while one DP World Tour player was a bit more thoughtful in his response…


Lee Westwood

“I’ve spent the last year reading how good full fields and cuts are!

“So [the PGA Tour] do away with the WGCs, load the OWGR in your favour, create 10 limited-field events for just PGA Tour members (like WGCs). Add to that four majors, The Players, [and] the FedEx Cup.

“That’s a full schedule for a top player. That’s growing the game. What strategic alliance?”


Ian Poulter

“Oh my my my. When will the penny drop with so many? It really doesn’t take a [rocket scientist] to work it out.

“And [it] sounds very similar to another product that’s been spoken so badly about by media and commentators.

“I’m all ears now. I’m waiting.”


Richard Bland

“How does this help the so-called strategic alliance with the DP World Tour? The 10 players will have zero chance of getting in these limited-field events, making their chances of keeping their playing rights VERY difficult.

“[It] just proves that the PGA Tour has no interest in this alliance. And, of course, this is “growing the game”. $20 million, limited field, no cut… sounds familiar.”


Talor Gooch


Eddie Pepperell

“In mid-2018, I bogeyed the last hole in back-to-back events in Germany and Ireland to miss the cut by one shot. It killed me. I went home, thought about s***, and then came second at the Scottish Open and (nearly) won the Open at Carnoustie (with a hangover).

“A year on in 2019, thanks in part to those two good performances in Scotland, I recall playing poorly in both the WGCs in Mexico and Memphis, and not caring about anything during the final round. Missing cuts is essential for growth as a professional golfer.

“We could argue that the top guys who will be playing the elevated events in 2024 have already done all their “growing”, but you’d be surprised how much it means to make a cut when your backs up against the wall and you’re struggling. It’s a mini-win, and it breeds great things.

“So whether it’s LIV or, now, the PGA Tour, as someone who has played competitively for years, removing the cut is one of the worst things to happen to the game in the last 12 months.

“Rant over.”

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The article below was written by our friends at National Club Golfer.

We all tune in to the PGA Tour to watch our favourite professional golfers make tons of birdies and thrill the crowds, but as distant as you feel from their superpowers, we are all human.

Sometimes, things don’t go to plan and the PGA Tour scores you see on your television don’t always match your expectations.

An errant drive or a poor approach can cause even the greatest players to tumble down the scoring charts in the blink of an eye.

Although we want to see quality golf and dramatic finishes, some scores give you the reassurance that any player, professional or amateur, can make mistakes.

With that in mind, let’s dive into the leaderboard on which NO player wants to be – the most shots in history taken on a single hole.

If you’ve ever carded 15 or more on a hole, congratulations, you’re on the list!


Most shots on a single hole in PGA Tour history

T6. Herman Tissies

Tournament: 1950 Open Championship
VenueRoyal Troon
Hole: 8th
Score: 15

Ah, the Postage Stamp. Many have fallen victim over the years, but none more so than Herman Tissies.

The German amateur stood on the tee, just 123 yards away from one of the most famous greens in golf. Fifteen shots later, he was walking off with an unwanted slice of history.


T6. Bill Collins

Tournament: 1958 Denver Open
Venue: Wellshire, Colorado
Hole: 17th
Score: 15

Bill Collins would go on to make a nice career for himself, including four PGA Tour wins. But his CV will always have a 15 on it after coming a cropper of the par-4 17th at the Colorado course.


T5. Ed Oliver

Tournament: 1954 Bing Crosby Pro-Am
Venue: Cypress Point
Hole: 16th
Score: 16

Ed ‘Porky’ Oliver faced great difficulty on Cypress Point’s spectacular par-3 16th during what is now the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, needing 16 blows in reported 50 mile-an-hour winds.

The eight-time PGA Tour winner’s CV boasts a runner-up spot at all the majors bar The Open – in which he never played. Shame, he clearly likes links golf…


T5. Gary McCord

Tournament: 1986 Federal Express St Jude Classic
Venue: Colonial, Texas
Hole: 16th
Score: 16

Perhaps better known for his 33-year career as an analyst for CBS, but in Gary McCord’s playing days he managed to hit five approach shots in the water on the 16th at Colonial en route to pencilling a 16 on his card.


T5. Kevin Na

Tournament: 2011 Valero Texas Open
Venue: TPC San Antonio, Texas
Hole: 9th
Score: 16

When Kevin Na hit his ball in the middle of the woods on San Antonio’s par-4 9th, it led to a comedy of errors that saw the now LIV Golf player thrashing around with seemingly reckless abandon.

At least he was able to see the funny side once he escaped…

4. George Bayer

Tournament: 1957 Kentucky Derby Open
Venue: Seneca, Kentucky
Hole: 17th
Score: 17

As well as being one of golf’s original long drivers, George Bayer was also known as an angry customer and his fiery attitude led to him taking 17 shots during one tournament.

The four-time PGA Tour champion was later suspended for his outburst.


3. John Daly

Tournament: 1998 Bay Hill Invitational
Venue: Bay Hill, Florida
Hole: 6th
Score: 18

It will come as very little surprise that John Daly appears to have some pretty high single-hole scores on his record.

He attempted to take a shortcut over the water on Bay Hill’s par-5 6th no fewer than six times before he managed to clear it. Then he found a greenside bunker, from which he failed to get up and down.

T2. Ray Ainsley

Tournament: 1938 US Open
Venue: Cherry Hills, Colorado
Hole: 16th
Score: 19

Ray Ainsley may be tied-2nd for his 19 at Cherry Hills but he can bask in the glory of being the highest entrant at a major championship.

After finding the water with his second shot, instead of taking it out for a one-shot penalty, he thrashed away at his ball while the current was pushing it further back. After half an hour (!) and some time spent in the trees as well, Ainsley finally left the hole with a 19.

According to his own memory of proceedings, Ainsley said that angrily throwing his club at the ball in the water accounted for four of the strokes he recorded.


T2. Dale Douglass

Tournament: 1963 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Venue: Pebble Beach, California
Hole: 10th
Score: 19

Dale Douglass reportedly made 17 career hole-in-ones, but at the other end of the scale was his struggles on the 10th at Pebble Beach where his tee shot didn’t return to land until his 14th shot.


T2. Hans Merrell

Tournament: 1959 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Venue: Cypress Point, California
Hole: 16th
Score: 19

Cypress Point and everyone’s favourite Pro-Am make yet another appearance on this list of horrors.

Hans Merrell’s tee shot on the par-3 16th landed in the sand, while his next effort found the ice plants on the hillside. He eventually declared his ball unplayable before several more swipes and he just missed a 20-footer for an 18.


1. Tommy Armour

Tournament: 1927 Shawnee Open
Venue: Shawnee, Pennsylvania
Hole: 17th
Score: 23

In 1927, Tommy Armour recorded what remains the highest ever score for a single hole on the PGA Tour. He is also the only player to ever jot down a score more than 20. Some effort.

By this point, Armour was a six-time PGA Tour champion – including his maiden major – but just one week after lifting the US Open at Oakmont, he rocked up in Shawnee and was ticking along just fine until he put 10 balls out of bounds on his way to a 23.

Armour would go on to win 19 more PGA Tour titles, including an Open and PGA Championship to miss out on the Grand Slam by width of a Green Jacket.