It could be said, and usually is, my writing is better than my golf - It would have to be given the very low standard of my golf - but my stubborn Scottish streak won’t let me give up playing this great game for a lifetime. I started playing the game in Scotland, then a wee bit in Canada, lots in South Africa and 30 plus years in New Zealand.
An author of several self-published books, the last one on golf , “Life’s Lessons Frae The Links” and quoting myself in the preface. “After 45 years of playing and reading about this game of golf it is time to sit down and write about it and pass on my thoughts.
My first two books had a motivational message and now it is time to use golf rather than travel as a metaphor for the lessons we all have to learn.”
In recent years turning my hand and eye to pictorially capturing the essence of this great game. I have created giclee originals and prints of well-known golf holes and golfing landmarks.
My ‘New Zealand ‘ collection’ contains works inspired by Jack’s Point, Titirangi and one entitled, ‘Autumn at Royal Auckland’.
The ‘Memories of Scotland’ collection includes, ‘Dawn at Royal Dornoch’, ‘Evening at Elie’ and ‘Sunset at The Machrie’.
"Unfortunately, the reality of the game today is that it takes too long, costs too much and is generally way too difficult. How did we get here?
Peter Kostis takes a hard look at, "How Golf Lost Its Way"
"And golfers with a low handicap had the best chance of longevity because of the number of times they tended to play to maintain their ability."
"Move aside, sports psychologists. Apparently, the key to controlling your nerves is singing a song. So what tune got McIlroy over the hump at Congressional for his first major win?"
"Move to Queenstown, New Zealand, herd sheep and drive a taxi while playing golf at Jack's Point a lot."
"Depending on the course, 18 holes with Adam Scott cost about A$200,000 (£138,000), including lunch and memorabilia, while a round with Geoff Ogilvy costs A$100,000 (£69,000).
"To hear Arnold Thiesfeldt tell it, golf has changed a lot in the last 50 years, and not much for the better. Courses are too difficult. The ball goes too far. Costs are out of hand. "People take the game too seriously," he said.
"Well if you want to call three different putters and three different grip sizes tinkering", said putting guru Dave Stockton commenting on Phil's search for improved putting prior to the Masters.
"John Paramor wasn't picking on a teen when giving Tianlang Guan a slow-play penalty. He was merely doing his job."
"It was interesting that he [Adam Scott] credited Steve Williams for "an unbelievable read" on the final playoff hole, in the dark, when Scott had it only a cup outside the hole and Williams said it was more than two."
"Last year the rough was a bit heavier than it was in previous years. It made me think how much I'd prefer it if there were no rough at all. With rough, it's left to chance whether your ball sits up -- you can get great lies in Augusta's rough, you know -- or whether it sinks down.