He is not someone who would stand out at the bar of a golf club by virtue of height or the power of his voice, though it is inarguable that few men in their seventh decade have such a striking head of hair. Nor does he express his views with that sense of unquestionable certainty as do so many people who are untroubled by doubt. His manner is self-effacing. It would be difficult to get an opinion from him about, say, rangefinders, driver length or ball or club speed unless he was asked.
Why then is Tim Dickson of interest to us? Dickson, 66 – who was born in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, the son of a man who ran a linen business and was a member of Royal Portrush – is unusual for being a member of four royal golf clubs (and no others). They are the Royal & Ancient at St Andrews in Scotland, Royal Portrush, site of the 2019 Open, Royal Wimbledon, near the venue of the annual tennis tournament in south-west London, and Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Kent, where the Open Championship will be staged in July.
Not only that, he is on…
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