QUICK ROUND

This month we chat to Grant Fox, fa­ther of NZ's cur­rent #1 golfer Ryan - and also a past All Black.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS -

We have a round with ex All Black Grant Fox.

01 How old were you when you started play­ing golf?

Grow­ing up on a farm, I was about 9 or 10 when I be­gan hit­ting a 7-iron off the back lawn into a pad­dock. I first started play­ing golf prop­erly when I was at sec­ondary school, aged 14 or 15.

02 Where did you start play­ing golf?

The Auck­land Golf Club was the first club I joined as a mem­ber.

03 What is the low­est hand­i­cap you have ever played off?

The low­est I have played off is my cur­rent hand­i­cap of 2.6.

04 My low­est round was?

I scored 70, 2 un­der par at Waihi Golf Club.

05 How many holes-in-one have you had?

None, I have only been really close on one oc­ca­sion!

06 How far do you hit your 7-iron?

Usu­ally I man­age 140 to 150m de­pend­ing on the con­di­tions.

07 What is big­gest frus­tra­tion (pet peeve) when play­ing golf?

Slow play frus­trates the hell out of me, but I also hate bad shots, espe­cially if I hit the ball fat or thin!

08 What is your big­gest fear on the golf course?

That’s easy. It’s the “out of bounds” down the right side of a fair­way. I tense up a lit­tle more than I should on the old Royal Auck­land 11th and 18th holes!

09 What do you most love about play­ing golf?

I love the hand­i­cap sys­tem. Where else can you get a group of mates to­gether with dif­fer­ent lev­els of abil­ity and en­joy the walk around the course hav­ing a com­pet­i­tive game.

10 What is your most mem­o­rable mo­ment in golf?

At­tend­ing the 2015 Bri­tish Open. It was Ryan’s first ma­jor 2015 and be­ing at St An­drew’s for it was sim­ply bril­liant! My wife and I loved the whole week and for Ryan to make the cut was awe­some.

11 What is your favourite golf course?

Wairakei in New Zealand is one of my favourites and St An­drews in Scot­land, sim­ply for the his­tory and am­bi­ence, as it is the home of golf!

12 Who is the most fa­mous per­son or best golfer you have played with?

Sir Ian Botham. Just a great guy to tee it up with. Ryan, be­cause I love play­ing with him. Tiger, for the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing with him and talk­ing to him, and Roger Fed­erer, as I like my ten­nis and am a huge “Fed” fan.

At­tend­ing the 2015 Bri­tish Open. It was Ryan's first ma­jor 2015 and be­ing at St An­drew's for it was sim­ply bril­liant! My wife and I loved the whole week and for Ryan to make the cut was awe­some.

14 What is the most mem­o­rable time/ex­pe­ri­ence you have had on the golf course?

In July, I was for­tu­nate to play in a tour­na­ment in the UK called “Icons of Rugby” (South­ern Hemi­sphere v North­ern Hemi­sphere), where twelve ex-All Blacks, Wal­la­bies and Spring­boks took on twelve exRugby play­ers from the UK. All 24 of us had played in­ter­na­tional rugby and it was sim­ply a week of great fun, on and off the course! 15 Who would you get the most sat­is­fac­tion out of beat­ing on the golf course? And why? Zin­zan Brooke, who is his the most com­pet­i­tive per­son I have ever met.

16 My favourite golf des­ti­na­tion is?

It would be great to go play the golf cour­ses on the Mon­terey Penin­sula, espe­cially Peb­ble Beach.

17 My favourite golf movie is?

The Leg­end of Bag­ger Vance.

18 What is your favourite thing to do away from the golf course?

Go­ing to our fam­ily beach house at Waihi Beach. I don’t get away to it of­ten enough and I love be­ing there more than play­ing golf!

I was for­tu­nate to play in a tour­na­ment in the UK called “Icons of Rugby”, where twelve exAll Blacks, Wal­la­bies and Spring­boks took on twelve ex-Rugby play­ers from the UK.

Ryan Fox, pic­tured on the Silken Bridge with his fa­ther, Grant, on the 18th Fair­way of the Old Course at St An­drews, Tues­day 14 July 2015. Photo Credit: Stu­art Ni­col Photography

Wairakei In­ter­na­tional Golf Course Taupo Ho­tel - Wairakei Re­sort Taupo.

Tiger Woods with Roger Fed­erer 2007.

Zin­zan Brooke (L) with Bran­den Grace dur­ing the pro-am prior to the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The sev­enth green at Peb­ble Beach Golf Links, Peb­ble Beach, Cal­i­for­nia.

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