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GolfCross News and Reviews



Golf Digest

August 2002
David Owen
“Silver sent me 30 balls and tees. I took them to my club and talked 13 friends into joining me for a two-hole tournament. We didn’t have nets so we used greenside bunkers as our targets. We discovered that oval balls don’t fly as far as regular balls do, but they don't slice unless you want them to slice, and you can make them do tricks Phil Mickelson only dreams of. My friend Hacker (real last name) played the two holes in a total of two strokes. All my friends loved GolfCross, so we declared Burton Silver’s invention the official playoff ball of our Sunday morning group.”

Greg Turner interview with freelance journalist, Patrice Munro

Wanaka, January 2002
Greg Turner, Four times winner on the European Tour
“GolfCross is the same game but with a less physical element and a much greater thinking element than golf itself. It employs most of the same skills, it just tweaks more than anything the degree of each of those skills. I can't see why anybody who played golf at all, who could hit a ball at all, wouldn't come out here and have a lot of fun.”

Golf Monthly (UK)

December 2001
Nick Bayly, Golf Monthly Equipment Editor
“They do go straight even if you put a big slice or hook on the ball. The most startling thing is the noise. They hum in the air as though they are singing.”

Golf Monthly (UK)

December 2001
Kiwis Move the Goalposts
“Golf with a rugby ball,are you serious? Well the New Zealanders are and the unusual sport of GolfCross has started to create interest in other parts of the world -- including the British Isles. John Laxton, a textiles businessman from just outside Ilkley, discovered the game and told a number of nearby farmers who were extremely interested. He said: "The investment is minimal, you can move the course on a day to day basis, you can still keep animals on the course and the most important thing, you do not have to have planning permission as the course is not permanent.”

Egg Shaped Ball Great for Birdies

November 2001
Headline, South African Paper

Unlimited Magazine

November 2001
Thinking Outside the Round
“Tom Doak, well-known American golf course designer and author of three books on the subject, says at first it was impossible for him to envision a new game that could match golf in popularity. "There is something primitive about playing a ball into a hole that holds a special fascination." he says. But he then goes on to say that he recognises the game he loves is held back from greater popularity by the expense of developing and operating golf courses. "By replacing the green with the goal, Silver's game offers the possibility of a low cost training ground which not only has potential as its own sport, but that can only cause more people to discover the joy of wandering the countryside in pursuit of a little white, albeit egg-shaped, ball.”

Wairarapa Times Age

May 28th 2001
Reon Sayer, Golf Professional
“It was brilliant, very enjoyable—a complete breakaway from golf and great fun.”

60 Minutes

May 27th 2001
“It’s brilliant, I’m hooked. I was really impressed with the way the ball reacted. I think it will be great for the game [of golf].”

The Dominion

May 24th 2001
Kent Gray, Sports Writer
“It works. First shot, straight. Second shot straight. And again—and again. Out with the driver, the one club guaranteed to send my egg towards some trees or water or out of bounds. You guessed it—down the middle. Not as far as a conventional ball, but pretty darn straight. Silver’s ball will not make you Tiger Woods. But hit it reasonably well and the egg-ball (12 years in the making) goes where you want it.”

The Dominion

May 24th 2001
Mal Tongue, National Director of Coaching, New Zealand Golf Association
“I was amazed, you are quite skeptical when you try out these things but the ball goes so straight.”

LA Times

22 May 2001
Thinking Outside the Round
Inventor, Burton Silver, with his new oval GolfCross® balls. The game of GolfCross® was launched on May 19 at the Braemar Station GolfCross® course in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

The Dominion

May 22nd 2001
Stuart Thompson, Golf Professional, Winner of the Tahiti Open 1999
“The enjoyment will be far greater for the average player. It’s not going to take over golf but it will make it enjoyable for more people.”

The Evening Post

May 22nd 2001
Duncan Mackenzie, GolfCross Course Owner
“We looked at it fairly skeptically for a start but we played with the ball, which has been in great secrecy for many years, and found how adaptable it was and how forgiving it was for a golfer who is not a three handicapper. It’s going to be a great diversion for golfers.”

LA Times

May 22nd 2001
Oval Ball Gives a New Bounce to Golf
“Tired of whacking up huge divots in frustration at your golfers slice? Then you’re the kind of person New Zealand inventor Burton Silver has designed an oval golf ball for.”

Waikato Times

May 22nd 2001
Golf, But Not As We Know It
When Hamilton Pro, Quenton Diment, first saw the oval golf ball he was about to hit down Park International’s driving range, he thought it was a joke. But once the egg-shaped ball flew off his eight iron straight down the range, Diment was a believer. Later he varied the ball’s angle off the tee in torpedo fashion and hit the sort of draws and fades only Tiger seems capable of achieving.

Waikato Times

May 22nd 2001
Gina Scott, Golf Professional, European Tour Winner
“It’s a lot easier than you would think.”
NZ GolfCross

Radical Oval Shaped Golf Ball and New Game launched

21 May 2001

A revolutionary new oval golf ball and a game called New Zealand GolfCross was launched at Braemar Station, near Mount Cook in New Zealand, yesterday.

“GolfCross is golf with goals instead of holes and an oval ball which gives players the control of a professional” says the inventor of ball and game, New Zealand author, Burton Silver.

The Braemar Station nine goal GolfCross course in the Southern Alps is the first of three GolfCross courses in New Zealand to be publicly launched over the next couple of weeks to coincide with the international launch of Burton Silver’s latest book New Zealand GolfCross which goes on sale this week in the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The book will be sold as part of a pack which includes one of the unique balls as well as a specially designed rubber tee adaptor called the Tee Cup.

It has taken 12 years of trial and development to get the ball and game perfected to the stage of being able to go public. Central to the game of GolfCross is the oval golf ball which, due to its two axis of spin, is more aerodynamically stable than the round ball and has an impressive list of attributes, in particular it enables the golfer to:

  1. Hit the ball straight every time without slicing or hooking it, unless they specifically want to.
  2. Adjust the degree of fade and draw they require.
  3. Impart backspin — even with a wood or out of the rough.
  4. Apply top spin to achieve long low running shots.
  5. And hit complex double curve shots.
GolfCross is receiving an enthusiastic response from golfers, “It’s awesome” says Auckland’s Grange Golf Club Pro, Stuart Thompson. “It’s a hugely satisfying game because of the control that the tee cup and the oval ball offer.”

This is echoed by Owen Williams who is part of the Plus Fore partnership bringing Tiger Woods to New Zealand and general manager of Golf Management International Ltd. He thinks GolfCross could change the shape of golf and that it’s innovation is a huge bonus for New Zealand. “GolfCross is a great way to showcase our country. From a tourist point of view this game is a great addition to our outdoor pursuits profile and will bring more people into the game of golf.”

Burton Silver’s aim in creating GolfCross is to establish an original Kiwi form of the great game of golf which celebrates the splendour of our rural environment, our love of rugby, and our do-it-yourself innovative spirit. With the opening of the courses near Mount Cook, Martinborough and Rotorua he hopes to provide visitors with “a uniquely New Zealand golfing experience in the kind of landscape which is usually not explored by anyone other than farmers.”

In keeping with its respect for our beautiful scenery, the game of GolfCross has been designed to have very little environmental impact. GolfCross goals can be quickly and easily set up on any suitable land without altering the landscape apart from digging a few small holes for the goals and mowing the fairways. This is unlike conventional golf which almost inevitably requires costly earthworks to create the greens, followed by extensive use of pesticides, herbicides and irrigation.

The simplicity of GolfCross makes setting up a course much cheaper than a new golf course, says Silver, as well as allowing temporary courses to be set up in extreme or unusual locations for a one–off tournament or event.

With interest running so high in the game, Silver’s immediate concern is keeping up with the demand for oval balls. However, his aspiration is that Golfcross will lead to increased sporting inventiveness, “I’d love to think that GolfCross might act as a catalyst that will encourage us to explore other new sporting and recreational activities.”



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