Interview: We speak to Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones
How long have you been playing golf and who introduced you to the game?
My first game of golf was at Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Club and I must have been about 10 I suppose. My dad had given up cricket because of a dodgy back and needed an alternative pursuit.
My abiding memory – beyond his increasingly furrowed brow as impatient members gathered behind us – is of the rascals from the housing estate running onto the fairway to steal your ball and then sell it back to you.
How is your golf at the moment and what is your handicap?
My game is on hold – I was playing more than ever until my son came along two years ago and the longer I’ve left it the more intimidating the 1st tee is becoming! I got down to 14, which is decent for someone who can’t chip or putt.
Where do you play?
I was a member at Hampton Court Palace which was about 40 minutes from my home in south west London (as near as it gets) and loved the openness of the Royal Park. A friend from New Zealand came over to play St Andrews and Gleneagles but when he went home he was more excited about the deer on the greens at Hampton!
You have started a new show Saturday Night Football on Sky Sports with keen golfer Jamie Redknapp, how often do you play golf with him?
We haven’t yet! I’ve been invited but I’ve told him I want to play a bit first to remember how to swing!
Is he good? How competitive?
He’s practically a professional, given that he actually plays every day. And he’s got two kids! How does he manage that? And he only lives five minutes from his course. (Note to self – move out of London).
What are the strengths to your game?
I played a lot of cricket in my youth so ball striking always came pretty naturally to me – especially off the tee. In fact, I am the perfect example of ‘drive for show, putt for dough’…
Do you prefer inland or seaside courses and which is your favourite course?
I will play anywhere – you always find a couple of nice holes on any course. I’ve holidayed a couple of times with the family at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus – I know the sunshine helps, but it’s beautiful.
What is your best round?
My first-ever medal at Hampton Court. I’d had a blazing row with my then girlfriend the night before and barely slept but I turned up with little hope and shot 82 off 18. Killed my handicap.
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