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Now we’ve hit 100, the Sky’s the limit

When you actually sit down to think about it, condensing all the things you love about golf into a black-and-white Top-10 is actually a pretty tough thing to do. Staring at a blank sheet of paper, where to begin? The game is not exactly bereft of attractions. And the brief that went out to the crew of writers, photographers, artists and golfers whomake Gi the magazine it is was suitably open-ended – anything golf-related couldmake the cut: a great course, amoment from history, the great players, a gadget, a destination, a specific piece of equipment, fashion, the camaraderie, the banter at the 19th...

The object of the exercise? To present our cover story on the 100 Finest Things in Golf to celebrate this, our 100th issue. And as the returns came in there were some crackers, too, especially when it came to the quirky things in golf that, formost of us,matter themost: the ‘chink-chink’ of irons on a summer evening...finding a nearly-new ball...the smell of a new glove...a really good bacon sandwich in the clubhouse...making a birdie...wooden tees...breaking 80...links golf...watching Caddyshack. Again.

For Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup captain, ColinMontgomerie (a wildcard), eight Order of Merits didn’t warrant amention – but going head to head with Tiger in the third round of the 2005 Open did; for hismanager, IMG’s Guy Kinnings, claiming to be ‘working hard’ when under theMagnolia Tree at Augustamade the cut; as for John Hopkins, formerly of The Times, his list readmore like amenu, simply confirming the life of the itinerant golf writer in the days when the papers actually took the game seriously – ‘hot buttered ham& eggs at Rye, fried potato chips at Merion, fried oysters at Bandon Dunes, cold lobster and fishcakes at the National’. All of which sounds delicious.

We hope you get asmuch fun reading the Top 100 as the whole teamhere at Gi has had putting it all together. And if you have an opinion on what should have made the list but didn’t, we’d love to hear fromyou. Email your personal Top 10 tome at the address below and we will create a Reader’s Top 100 later in the year.

The fact that we are celebrating our 100th issue is reason enough for us to be cracking open the Bollinger. But as we take stock of what we’ve achieved to date, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve the magazine. For example, youmay have noticed on the cover that this issue has in part been produced in a partnership with Sky Sports, as we have liaised with golf’smost innovative broadcaster to bring you ever closer to the game.

Enjoy the issue.

March 2011

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine


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