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Big changes afoot at Scotscraig
THE world’s 13th oldest golf club has unveiled a far-reaching set of membership options that has propelled the 200-year-old institution into the forefront of the sport’s development. Scotscraig, one of the most respected golf clubs in Scotland, has revised its constitution to include a raft of new and innovative membership categories designed to encourage younger players and greater family participation. Celebrating its 200th anniversary, the Fife club has enjoyed a packed season of festivities during 2017 while also completing a comprehensive renovation project that reinstated many original features of the famous course.

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Macintyre makes fast start to pro career
It took Glencruitten ace Robert MacIntyre only two events to taste victory in the professional ranks, writes Martin Inglis. After finishing third in the MENA Golf Tour’s AYLA Golf Championship on his pro debut, the 21-year-old remained in the Middle East for the Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship and took the title in the 54-hole event by two strokes from Englishman Luke Joy.

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"Mini tours arena's always stepping stones - they might do more harm than good"
There is a long held belief that the British press builds its sports stars up only to then knock them down. I’ve never quite believed that. Then again, I don’t read The Sun, so I probably wouldn’t know. So take this ‘opinion’ piece for what it is: constructive criticism. I’m all for growing the game and giving golf every opportunity to improve and expand. That said, I think there’s one aspect of the professional game that needs addressing and that’s the obsession we seem to have with mini tours. Indeed, mini tours, satellite tours, whatever you want to call them, they are meant to be stepping stones to greater things - but they could actually be doing more harm than good.

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Opportunities await in Czech Republic
YOU MAY be surprised to learn that there is a long tradition of quality golf in the Czech Republic. The first golf courses opened in the west of the country in spa towns on Karlovy Vary in 1904 and in 1905 in Marianske Lazne. Since then, the country has hosted many international golf events including European Tour, Ladies European Tour or Senior European Tour. With more than 100 golf courses to choose from, the Czech Republic is a haven for golf tourists.

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Robertson: ‘Players need belief’
Dean Robertson has said Scotland, as a serious sporting nation, needs to look inward in order to support young emerging talent. Speaking exclusively to bunkered.co.uk, the former European Tour player said a positive few weeks for young Scots on the professional scene was great to see, with Connor Syme, Liam Johnston and Robert MacIntyre all performing well on their professional debuts – but we can definitely deliver more as a nation.

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Sample the Ryder Cup courses of old
Entries are being sought for the 2018 Yorkshire Challenge, a unique event that sees more than 220 pairings compete at the English county’s trio of courses that have previously staged the Ryder Cup, Ganton (1949), Lindrick (1957) and Moortown (1929).

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