Weekend Hacker, More Contests, G4G by E-Mail and Other Fables

A bunch of mid-week housekeeping for G4G.

First of all, we’re pleased to announce that our anonymous course rater, The Weekend Hacker, will be starting up in two weeks time. Every Wednesday throughout the summer we’ll post a review of a regular daily fee course from around Ontario. Our Hacker, or WH a we call him at G4G, are paying to play these courses and will report back on everything from conditions, to design, to amenities. I think this is a great way to clarify which courses offer value, and which are simply riding on past reputations. Our Hacker will be relentless in his criticism and confident in his praise.

Want to know where to spend your dollars — and not worry about whether the review was bought and paid for like at some publications? Check out Weekend Hacker every week starting May 16.


I’m delighted to by giving away a copy of Mike Bell’s great coffee [photopress:Thompsonbook_1.jpg,full,alignright]table book — The Golf Courses of Stanley Thompson. Little ol’ me is in there too — having written a handful of essays for the book, alongside some of Canada’s best golf writers, including architect Ian Andrew, the Hamilton Spectators’ Garry McKay, Ian Cruickshank and others. If you are a fan of the great work of Canada’s legendary golf designer Stanley Thompson, you’ll be a fan of this book, which has a $80 retail fee.

As a bonus, I’ll even get Mike to sign the book to the winner, and I’ll scrawl something as well. My autograph isn’t worth anything on eBay, but it might add sentimental value!

So, you are saying, what do I have to do to get into this remarkable new G4G contest? Well, you have to send me an email ( with the subject “Thompson book contest.” In the email I need you to name one Stanley Thompson course that has hosted a Canadian Open. Just one. It isn’t hard.

I’ll draw the winner on the 21st of May.


Lastly, Jeff,’s resident creator and overlord, has developed a way for you to be notified whenever a new post by one of Ontgolf’s bloggers appears. Think of the possibilities — more G4G for you! G4G all the time any time!

Maybe that’s a touch too much excitement. Either way there’s now a “Get G4G by Email” button on right side of the blog. Type in your email address and you’ll get notified every time a new G4G post appears. It is like getting the newspaper delivered right to your front door. Or maybe not. Either way, we’ve been testing the feature for a while and it seems to run very well. I hope at least some of you will take advantage of it.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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