Trump Turnberry

Got to be honest, when I woke up the other day and heard that Donald Trump had bought the Turnberry ‘resort’, and was planning to re-name it Trump Turnberry, I actually thought that I was still dreaming, or it was 1st April.

But no.  It’s true.  Astonishing – but true.

Some years ago, the golf-loving billionaire began the development of Menie, on the Aberdeenshire coast  Many local residents fought a long and bitter battle with the Trump global empire.  More recently, Mr Trump personally objected to the ‘ugly’ off-shore wind-farm development proposals that he claimed would spoil his view.  There was some sweet symmetry in that, we mused. (No musing – Ed)

So anyway, now Turnberry has been Trumped.  On one hand, it’s potentially a huge investment boost for the course, the hotel and the locality.  On the other hand, some of the best golf in Scotland is played on courses with no club-house to speak of, ‘trust’ payments of green fees and a cuppa in the cafe afterwards.

We can’t afford golf on a gold-platter.  But that’s OK, because actually, we don’t want it. It’s amazing to play the ‘best’ courses, and naturally, keen golfers at whatever level they play, often want to ‘collect’ games on iconic golf courses.

However, exclusive imagery is one of the problems that dogs golf. ‘It’s not for the likes of us’.  It’s not really true.  Golf is enjoyed by all sorts of people at courses all over the world, some exclusive, some old-school artisan, with most falling in between.

It is true, though, that it can still be – usually more subtly, these days – ‘class-ridden’.

And increasingly, there is a trend towards mega-expensive round fees, topped off with luxury facilities, Michelin star restaurants, and an army of operatives to fold your towel or park your car.  Personally, that sort of fawning makes me cringe, not that I’ve had much of it.   I also doubt, but the results of my extensive research are not verified yet, so I can’t prove it, that it makes you play any better by even one shot.

Even if we could afford this stellar-golf experience, to be honest, we’d rather not play at (or worse, join) a club or course that out-prices the ‘average’ local working or retired golfer.

We also believe, because we know how beautiful golf courses and their environments can be, that golf courses need not blight the landscapes in which they are set.  But nonetheless, episodes such as Trump and the Menie course, do give off very potent signals to people, especially non-golfers, and can reinforce what are usually unrealistic stereotypes

Golf really shouldn’t – and need not – cost the earth..

RoboKaddy Up-Grade Kit

Powakaddy Robokaddy

The electrics used in the Robokaddy are now over ten years old and technology has moved on a lot in recent years. The old electrics were also getting quite expensive to produce due to their age, at over £140 for a handset, £184 for a controller and £104 for the handle PCB.

With this in mind Powakaddy’s new owners have introduced a kit which brings the trolleys electrics and handset up to today’s standards.

The kit contains

  • Full instructions
  • A new handset
  • A new handle
  • All the handle’s internal workings (ready fitted)
  • Replacement cables
  • A replacement controller
  • All nuts, bolts and cable ties

The kit has been subsidised by Powakaddy by over £250 as the individual parts in the kit would cost over £450.

They are straight forward to fit and we have them in stock now.  Buy yours here.

Freeway ll (2) Axles – technical up-date

The original Freeway ll axles had four holes in them, one for either clutch and two for the gearbox.

Some of the early axles were prone to breaking.  As a consequence PowaKaddy has re-modelled the axle and it now only has three holes – still two for the clutches but only one for the gearbox.

So fit it as normal as far as the clutches are concerned, but ignore the ‘slotted’ location point on the gearbox and put the pin through the complete hole on the opposite side.