Guest Post by Mark Owen
When I heard there was an event at New York's Chelsea Piers to celebrate Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey’s third year as the Official Spirit of the Open I leapt at the chance to attend. It may also be worth mentioning that also in attendance were none other than Sir Nick Faldo, Golf Senior Digest writer Tim Rosaforte and the eagle eye golf photographer David Cannon.
On Monday this past June 23rd and after a short walk into the sun from the 1 Train past New York’s High Line I approached the Golf Club entrance and knew I was in the right place when I saw the Glenmorangie Golf Cart properly attired at the entrance.
Minutes later and armed with Glenmorangie 10-Year-Old with ginger beer and lime on the rocks (which I strongly urge you to explore) I scouted the lower level tees and found an open range with a wide variety of clubs for guests to choose from to enjoy the range.
After enough time to enjoy a bucket of balls and sample several lovely hors d’oeuvres while rubbing elbows with other enthused guests (and perhaps another Scotch on the rocks or two) we were ushered away from our various hooks and slices to an attached room for a Panel Discussion with the three illustrious guests.
Pictured and seated Cannon left, Faldo center, Rosaforte right
To start we saw a video introducing the Glenmorangie Ambassadors (Sir Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin and David Cannon debate the world’s greatest golf holes) which is well worth a look. The discussion was a lot of fun, even if it felt a wee bit like we were eavesdropping on three old friends waiting to start a back 9.
Despite the occasional bounce on the video to balance my snifter, I’m sure you can get an idea of the discussion here.
Last but not least we returned to the green to enjoy a master class of the golf swing from Sir Nick. While I wish the angle and lighting were better, what is clear (video here) is why he’s one of the most knowledgable and charismatic voices in golf and an ambassador to one of Highland’s finest since 1843. After the swing clinic and good nights and thank you’s to our panelists we were proffered a special toast of Glenmorangie 18-Year-Old in anticipation of this year’s Open. While I didn’t get to see a single minute of live coverage this year with a newborn keeping me occupied, this year’s Open is one I’ll not forget. Thank you, Glenmorangie!