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Royal Dornoch offers spiritual advice ‘by a Chaplain to the Queen’ to go with world-class golf

October 24, 2016
6. Royal Dornoch G.C. (Championship Cse.)

J.D. Cuban

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Royal Dornoch’s Championship Course by the North Sea in Scotland is No. 5 on Golf Digest’s The World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, and its guide book now comes with spiritual advice “by a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen,” Alistair Munro writes in the Scotsman.

“Rev Susan Brown, who also wed Madonna and Guy Ritchie, has written thought provoking reflections for each of the 18 Championship Course holes at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in the Highlands to help inspire players and ‘exercise the body, mind and spirit.’”

“‘I went out at different times of the day and walked the course to get a sense of the uniqueness of each hole and then from what I saw, created a simple thought for all 18 holes – plus another for the obligatory 19th which is the club house.’”

For the sixth hole, for instance, she wrote: “Be warned! A bunker with a magnetic draw awaits you. Choose your club carefully and think of the choices you have made in life. You have to live with the consequences!!”

Harrington focuses on ‘self-talk,’ wins Portugal Masters

Padraig Harrington of Ireland won the Portugal Masters on Sunday, his first victory on the European Tour in eight years and one he credited in large part to a new mental approach, Brian Keogh writes in the Irish Independent.

“What pleased him most about his win was his mental attitude and he credited coach Dave Alred with the turnaround having read his book, ‘The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts,’ earlier in the week.

“‘It gave me a few pointers that maybe I'd been missing out on and I stuck to those all week,’ he said. ‘It was a big plus for me.

“‘I just realised how poor my own language is about myself and my game. So I was very focused on my self-talk this week and what I was saying to myself and very focused on my posture walking around on the golf course and it was a tremendous help.’”