50 essential sites for any golfer

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Published 11/10/2008 08:47:41
 

Golf is a game older than the hills with more words devoted to it over the years than most others. This naturally translates to a ton of websites in this modern era, so we thought we'd do you a favour and sort the wheat from the chaff and show you the most essential golfing websites.

Sites are:

  • not in order of preference
  • picked by me, not by payment or link exchange
  • useful to the internet golfer in some way

 

Top Golf Sites

 

1. Stracka.com - this is a magnificent site, social networking for golfers and a lot more. Its blog is regularly updated by all round good egg Dutch Schaefer, you can post your scores, meet up with other players in your area and even play games on the site. My only wish is I'd thought of the damn thing first.

2. Golf.com - simple, obvious but also authoritative. This should be one of the first places you check for your golf news. Golfer drops tea-cup in Chelmsford? It'll be in the news archive before you can switch your router on.

3.  In Golf We Trust - somewhat of a rarity - a modern, stylish golf site. Big on image galleries, tabloid sensibilities and attention grabbing posts. The video section is excellent, you could get lost there if you're not careful.

4. Golf Punk Online - bunker babes, low-brow blogs and games abound. This is a great light hearted companion site to the magazine. The way things are going in print, it will out last the mag.

5. ESPN Golf - massive site, so predictably up-to-date news, high quality videos and exhaustive stats. Should be one of your first ports of call.

6. The Golf Channel - another obvious pick, but the videos for instruction are some of the best around. The "What's In The Bag?" section is also excellent - see what the professionals play with (golf clubs, dummy).

7. Golf Today - companion site for the excellent magazine. This site has such an expansive archive, if you can't find it here, it probably has nothing to do with golf.

8. Golf Monthly - one of the top golf magazines about. Features a comprehensive UK course directory too.

9. Bad Golfer - jokes, videos, humour. Just what you need after snapping your putter in frustration.

10. Golf on About.com - predictably exhaustive list of free golf tips, equipment reviews etc. This is the very definition of an authority site.

11. Golf.Alltop.com - all the top golf news on one page.

12. PGA.com - "the official online destination for the Professional Golfers' Association of America." Enough said, really. If you're looking for a quote. you get it from here.

 

Useful Golf Sites

 

13. The Sandtrap -  over-zealous moderators aside, this is simply the best golf forum on the 'net. Want to talk golf? Go here.

14. My Golf Buddy - find golfers in your area, track your handicap etc.

15. Golf Price Comparison - compare prices on golf goods by Today's Golfer. Could prove very useful when buying new equipment.

16. Better Golf Articles - looking for inspiration or just a good read? You might be here some time, there's a lot going on.

17. Digg / Golf - sure, there are a lot of SEO spammers who take over Digg, but how are you going to find new ones if you don't look?

18. Golf Fitness - golf might not be the most taxing of games on the body, but it's no coincidence the best players are the fittest players. Just look at Tiger Woods. This site is dedicated to golf fitness.

19. MyGolfDir - useful directory of golf sites - if you're feeling this list isn't long enough!

20. oobgolf - another excellent score tracking / social networking golf site.

21. Astonishing but true golf facts

 

Golf Blogs

 

22. Iain Carter's Blog - BBC reporter who regularly blogs about golf. High quality articles, often designed to stir up interaction from the limitless audience the BBC has. The only complaint here is it's not updated often enough!

23. Average Golfer - strapline reads "Innovative Golf Forum. Stinging Wit Required." Well I'm not sure about that, but you'll enjoy the style of writing in this blog. Golf news is often covered from a different angle to others, and that's the essence of good blogging to me. If I want news, I can go to the BBC - I came for the opinions.

24. Armchair Golfer - some great interviews here, including Paula Creamer and Kristie Kerr. I wasn't the first and I won't be the last to have nabbed a story idea from Armchair Golfer (I know, I know).

25. Golf Chick - *gasp* a woman playing golf, nay not a woman, but a chick! Ok now that's out of the way, this is another journal type blog, often giving course reviews and updates on Golf Chick's progress.

26.  Grouchy Golf Blog - the name conjured up images of a misanthropic misfit in my mind, sadly for me, and perhaps fortunately for you, that's not the case. Grouchy's stories have some effort put into them, and I appreciate that.

27. Geoff Shackleford.com - a bitesize blog, regularly updated with a light tone and lot of quotes. Great blog for the ADD generation.

28. Great Golf Green Fee Deals - terrible name, good blog. A passionate golfer who blogs a lot about the technical aspects of the game.

29. Orlando Golf Blogger - no, I've never been to Orlando but this is still a great, fun blog about general golf stuff.

30. Golf Girl's Diary - further proof it's not just old men in slacks that play the great game. "I'd rather regret things I've done than things I've failed to do. That said, my adventurous nature has gotten me in trouble on a number of occasions. Real trouble."

31. IntoTheRough - well we couldn't let this one slip now could we? Our sister blog aims for snappy articles and more contentious opinion that we can't express here. Oh and we hate Boo Weekley.

32. The Golfer's Wife - a look from the other side of the fence? What it's like to be married to a golfer.

33. The Waggle Room - one of the top golf blogs, very professional and some insightful opinions here.

34. Eagle Par Birdie - top golf blog with emphasis on gear and course reviews. Always kept up to date.

35. Golf Babes - I don't need to spell this one out to you. Does exactly what it says on the tin.

36. My Golf Spy - the premise here is insider information on tour equipment, leave your cynicism at the door and enjoy this fun site.

37. Golf for Beginners - blog with weekly podcasts and the emphasis on beginners and improving your game.

 

Golf Tips

 

38. Why does my ball do that? - excellent article from the BBC on why you slice, push, pull and the rest.

39.  PGA Professional - more free tips than you can shake a stick at.

40. The Rules of Golf - well you're not going to get far if you don't know how to play, are you?

41. Golf Tips magazine - massive collection of free golf tips with many helpful videos.

42. How well should you play? - a great article about the handicap system.

43. The physics of a golf ball - look, if you're going to whack this thing around, at least understand some of the principles behind it.

44. The history of golf - don't know your Tom Morris from your Tom Jones? Swat up.

 

Golf Equipment

 

45. Golf Gear News - equipment news and podcasts you won't find anywhere else.

46. Hireko Golf Blog - blog with emphasis on golf equipment, including tips on buying new clubs including calculating loft, swing height and more.

47. Gearhead - am in-depth golf equipment blog with enough facts and figures to make your head spin, and your wallet choke.

48. PutterZone - blog dedicated exlusively to equipment reviews.

49. PGA.info -  game improvement section is excellent with articles on long putters, club fitting and even counterfeit clubs.

50. GolfALot.com - equipment section is always updated with reviews of latest gear.

 

Have we missed out your favourite golf site? Or perhaps your own personal site isn't getting enough love? Use the contact form below and let us know.




Comments


1.  missed a couple of top notch sites - PutterTalk.com, GolfObserver.com, MostlyHarmless.com, and ShowMeTheGolf.tv.

I guess the tour sites are too obvious (PGATour.com, EuropeanTour.com, LPGA.com, etc)

GolfChick.com hasn't been very active for a couple of months - but I'm sure she will be back at it before too long.

comment by courtney - 11/10/2008 17:40

2.  How can you leave out Golfwrx.com? I've found no large golf community on the net. Also, Golftipsmag.com and Golflink.com for an amazing number of tips and articles.

comment by Ron - 17/10/2008 22:07

3.  Yes, socializing is great. Found your site on the searchles site and must say this is some excellent info. Thanks too to the previous two guys with there input.Well done for categorizing them as well.

comment by George Pennells - 18/04/2009 18:49

4.  I started my blog just a few months ago, but check it out! With any luck I'll make your list of top golf blogs some day! :-) Cheers!

comment by John Duval - 14/07/2009 15:39

5.  Left out the important part! http://www.intothegrain.com

comment by John Duval - 14/07/2009 15:40

6.  we have started a website that aims to improve your golf. If you are interesting in buying 100% secure products visit www.championgolftips.com

comment by Champs Golf - 01/09/2009 11:03

7.  i am surprised this does not get a mention.

Brand new it is, but it is the foremost site in the UK FOR LONGDRIVE GOLF - A GROWING SPORT!

comment by kenny - 01/11/2009 19:03

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comment by www.uklongdriveseries.com - 01/11/2009 19:05

9.  Please consider adding golfnewsmag.com to your list of 50 essential golf sites. Thank you for considering us; we feel worthy of your consideration. Clearly what's more important is that you feel similarly.
Warmest regards and Happy Thanksgiving,
Dan Poppers, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

comment by dan poppers - 25/11/2010 01:30

10.  Great site list. Hope you can consider adding http://shop.annestone.com/collections/putt-a-round to your list. Thanks!

comment by Goldie - 07/04/2013 13:31

11.  I've just started playing golf, so I'm just getting into this whole thing. I've been practicing my putting with ball targets (from http://shop.annestone.com/collections/putt-a-round)

comment by Jennie - 08/05/2013 10:32

12.  Looking for new golf partners? Can’t rely on friends to play? Want a handicap certificate? Try this website...

comment by Ian Mullins - 26/10/2013 16:31

13.  Looking for new golf partners? Can’t rely on friends to play? Want a handicap certificate? Try this website...

comment by TheSocialGolfer.com - 26/10/2013 16:37

14.  Also missed us out! :) <a href="http://www.golfsupport.com">golf support</a>

comment by Golf Support - 14/11/2013 14:44

15.  Vale da Pinta Golf Course earned a deserved reputation for the outstanding level of maintenance of the course which makes it a challenge to golfers of all standards.

comment by Portugal Golf - 25/12/2013 18:13

16.  Nice post ...

comment by nice - 03/02/2014 12:18

17.  Hi,
Enjoyed your site and wondered if you would consider putting my blog on your list? Here is the full link.
http://www.jeremydale.com/blog/
Many thanks. Look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards, Jeremy.

comment by Jeremy Dale - 22/05/2014 06:41

18.  An older view of golf. Lots of golfing history, information about club makers of the hickory shafted era and antique clubs, balls and memorabilia for sale.

comment by Dale - 12/06/2014 11:43

19.  I have recently started a web site . Wholly non commercial . A link from golf today and great course to memories of ones played in the past . Recommended by Peter Alliss . Would you consider it for inclusion as it seems to be a unique view on our great sport . Site is www.whatsoy.com

comment by Jim McMahon - 24/06/2014 09:57

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comment by Tiago Baptista - 14/09/2014 12:00

21.  There is a lot of interesting sites are there.But you don't add Indian websites so i suggest one site it's very most online golf store in India thegolfstore.in

comment by manumathew - 03/08/2015 09:10

22.  this is amazing blog and thanks for sharing this list as i was looking for this.

comment by Cathey Benson - 12/10/2015 12:15

23.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with me, this is really wonderful.

comment by Cathey Benson - 12/10/2015 12:24

24.  Please would it be possible to include the Golf Edit on your list of golf blogs?

We are looking to establish the blog, which launched in the summer, and are reaching out to as many sites as possible.

Your help would be very much appreciated.

comment by James Moore - 24/11/2015 09:55

25.  Most of the link of website is not working.

comment by Best4balls - 16/12/2015 13:34

26.  Don't forget about Keiser University College of Golf and Sport Management! We run a blog with golf tips, and information on getting a golf career!

comment by Keiser University College Of Golf and Sport Management - 21/01/2016 20:28

27.  Really good post man keep it high
and
keep posting, such a good blog

comment by Best4sportsballs - 22/01/2016 13:59

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comment by Richie - 01/02/2016 01:36

30.  Great golf blog with this post in particular offering insight on swing speed, strength, and flexibility: https://www.zent.com/2016/05/23/effortless-power-how-to-increase-your-golf-swing-speed-increase-your-strength-and-flexibility-and-lower-your-handicap/

comment by Ben Faw - 06/06/2016 03:04

31.  A great list of solid and useful resources. Thanks for putting it together.

comment by Mike - 16/10/2016 01:03

32.  Although here the listed blogs and websites are more about the golfer, but Golf Business Monitor a B2B golf business blog can be also interesting for golfers and golf club managers: http://www.golfbusinessmonitor.com/.

comment by Miklos Breitner - 15/02/2017 15:18

33.  it's really informative idea. thanks

comment by Shayla - 18/09/2017 06:00

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