The Social Golfer is a travel and golfing journal, website, and blog written by an avid golfer and stroke victim about his recovery and tireless fundraising around the world for The Stroke Association.
The brainchild of golf-lover and stroke victim Ian Halliwell, The Social Golfer started as a travel and golfing journal published to raise funds for The Stroke Association and grew to include the Social Golfer website and this blog where you can follow Ian's tireless fundraising golf trips around the world.
Prior to his stroke in December 2006, aged just 48, Ian was an avid golfer and had enjoyed many golfing trips to the Costas, Tenerife, Tunisia, and South Africa. Playing off eight, he still harboured dreams of retiring and trying for his card on the Seniors Tour, but these dreams were smashed just days before Christmas when he suffered a major stroke. The journal takes you through Ian’s recovery, and details how he’s heeding Bernard Hunt’s advice to “become the best damned social golfer on the planet”.
"I know that there are many people out there who feel beaten by stroke. Progress can be so slow and frustrating that it often seems easier to just give up. Golf helped me focus on my recovery and I’m hoping that my journal will help others find their own motivator."
So far The Social Golfer has raised over £20,000 for The Stroke Association, and has just been added to Amazon and WHSmith’s online stock. The Social Golfer is also available from the socialgolfer.net and all profits are being donated to The Stroke Association.