Golf & The Art of Business

The beginnings of a book by David Gilroy

David Gilroy

8 handicap golfer living in the Cliftonwood area of Bristol.


The Club at Seven Canyons

What a FABULOUS golf course.  From the minute you leave Sedona, drive north on Dry Creek Road (off US89A) and pass though the gated security checkpoint you have an inkling this The Club at Seven Canyons is going to be something a bit special. The course is set in the Coconino National Forest, a beautiful […]

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Playing at Sedona Golf Resort (Arizona)

Our US golfing odyssey continues. We’re staying in Sedona now for a few days before moving on to Las Vegas. Today we played at The Sedona Golf Resort which is part of the same complex at the Hilton Sedona Resort hotel in which we are staying.  It’s been nice to be able to practice every […]

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Playing in the USA. Rating/Slope system

One of the interesting things about playing golf in the USA is the Rating & Slope system run by the USGA ( The basic aim seems to be to even out a players handicap based on the relative ease of their home course compared to other courses. Take the table below for the first five […]

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Today’s round at Poppy Hills GC (Pebble Beach, CA)

How difficult is Poppy Hills ( Well, my 19 over gross should give you some idea. Everyone told me that Blackhorse ( was going to be the toughest course in the Monterey area, but boy were they wrong. The problem was not so much getting the ball on the fairway off the tee, that was […]

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Golf at Cumberwell Park

I had a great day out at Cumberwell Park today, it’s the first time I’ve been there and have to say that the course was in GREAT nick.  Bearing in mind the previous Sunday it had been shut as it was covered in snow, the ground staff have done a great job in getting back […]

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Golf Monthly “Play Your Best Challenge”

I’ve just entered the Golf Monthly “Play Your Best Challenge” sponsored by Ping.  Looks like a really good competition. The two have joined forces to launch the competition with the aim of helping four golfers break through their personal scoring barriers this year. I’ve entered the “Break 70″ category.  In the second round of our Club […]

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Saunton West round today

I’ve been fed up with practicing in the freezing cold these last couple of weeks here in the UK and the courses all being frozen that today I went with a friend to Saunton (he’s a member there as well as our place) and we played the West Course (course plan below). Although it was […]

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Losing money whilst practicing

I had a lesson today with my coach, Paul Mitchell from Bristol & Clifton GC and we were doing some short game work.  Now my technique is pretty good but I was not getting the ball really close, you know tap-in distance or obvious single putt range. So, Mitch decided that I was just not […]

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Gilroy wins the 2011 Gilroy/Taylor Tour (7½ : 2½)

Yesterday saw the end of the inaugural year of the Gilroy/Taylor Tour. This is an exclusive invitation only tour between my best friend Mark and myself. The rule is basically if we are on the course at the same time, in the same group, then it is in effect a “tour match”. The overall score […]

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Ooops, got Mrs G’s handicap wrong

Finally showed the new website to Mrs G today and the first thing she noticed under the About David page was that I’d got her handicap wrong.  She said in that way that only a woman can “Are you sure you’ve got that right?”  You know the voice, the one that says “I know I’m […]

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