When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.
Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.
“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily.
Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18
Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.
Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.
Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.
The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.
Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.
Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”
As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper
“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”
Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.
Brooks Koepka to face Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy in $250k charity match
In a wild sequence of events last night, Brooks Koepka has decided to take on Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy in a $250k charity match with the 4-time major champ agreeing to play left-handed.
The two traded some friendly banter/trash talk on Twitter to begin before things escalated quickly, with BK making the claim he could beat Portnoy left-handed before he accepted the quick challenge from the Barstool Sports President.
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) April 22, 2021
Koepka will play for his charity foundation, while Portnoy will play for the Barstool Fund, the latter of which has raised almost $40 million to help save small businesses in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
No date or venue has yet been decided, but Portnoy has already made it clear that Frankie Borelli, a member of the Fore Play podcast, will be on his bag.
“Blake Koepka is good at golf. I was actually the first one to say that. But in general golfers are mentally weak. I am a mental Armageddon. Very different ball game.” – Dave Portnoy
Adam Scott joins Dustin Johnson in snubbing Tokyo Olympics
Adam Scott is the latest player to opt-out of the Tokyo Olympics, with the games not fitting into the Aussie’s schedule, per Scott’s manager.
Speaking to GolfChannel, the Australian’s manager, Johan Elliot with Sportyard International, said
“With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone 4-5 weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks. With three young children at home, this time in the schedule will be devoted to family. It is pretty much the only time up until October when he has a chance to see them for a stretch of time and not only a few days/a week.”
The Olympic games fall two weeks after the Open Championship and one week before a WGC event. In 2016, Scott also skipped out of the event, citing schedule reasons and the outbreak of the Zika virus.
Scott follows in the footsteps of Dustin Johnson, who last month announced that he wouldn’t be partaking in the games due to a busy schedule and the travel requirements.
With Scott out of the picture, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman are the frontrunners to represent Australia at the games in Japan.
5-time LPGA major winner DQ’d after first round of LA Open
Yani Tseng has suffered another setback in her return to the LPGA Tour, with the 5-time major champion being disqualified after the first round of the LA Open.
The news was first reported by GolfDigest, with the 32-year-old who shot a ’round in the 80s’, neglecting to sign her card following another disappointing day on the course. In a text to the publication, an LPGA spokesperson said
“The error was found during the standard post-round scorecard review process, when it was discovered that she had neglected to sign her scorecard. Failure to certify hole scores is a breach of Rule 3.3b(2), which states it is the player’s responsibility to certify their scores.”
This marks the third occasion in the past five months that a player on the LPGA Tour has been DQ’d for failing to sign their scorecard.
As for Tseng, it’s been a sorry start to the year, with the 15-time winner on tour now yet to break 75 in a single round so far in 2021.
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