Greg Evans: My 2mm theory is due to science

Greg Evans: My 2mm theory is due to science 0

🕔16:24, 30.Nov 2011

When I was a young greenkeeper coming in to the profession, I was always told that you can’t beat experience and that greenkeeping was a simple art. Reduce water, don’t

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Q&A with course managers in the UAE

Q&A with course managers in the UAE 0

🕔16:21, 30.Nov 2011

Given the hot climate, how does the irrigation process differ for courses in the UAE? How much of an impact does this have on the cost per course per year? Marcus Hartup – golf course superintendent at Saadiyat Beach Golf

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Trespasser rescued from golf course

Trespasser rescued from golf course 1

🕔15:49, 30.Nov 2011

A Yorkshire golf club is erecting a fence and warning signage after an 11-year-old boy had to be rescued when he trespassed on the course. The youngster got stuck in mud that had been removed from a pond as part

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Why Aldwickbury Park won an eco award

Why Aldwickbury Park won an eco award 0

🕔15:35, 30.Nov 2011

Aldwickbury Park Golf Club’s extensive work to enhance the environment around the Harpenden-based course has been ‘highly commended’ at a national award ceremony. The club – part of Burhill Golf and Leisure, received a Highly Commended Certification during the Golf

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Ben Stow half way to joining European Tour

Ben Stow half way to joining European Tour 0

🕔15:26, 30.Nov 2011

A second year undergraduate on the unique foundation science degree in tournament golf, Ben Stow, has qualified for the second stage of the European Tour School. No other degree like it exists in Europe, as those that complete it qualify

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John Deere withdraws from irrigation

John Deere withdraws from irrigation 0

🕔15:09, 30.Nov 2011

Course machinery manufacturer John Deere is to withdraw from the turf irrigation business as part of a “strategic realignment” that will enable the company to focus on its “core equipment competencies in the worldwide golf and turf markets”. John Deere

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Turfgrass science student wins college award

Turfgrass science student wins college award 2

🕔14:56, 30.Nov 2011

Jonathan Wall, an assistant greenkeeper at the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club, has won Myerscough College’s best student award. Jonathan, a part-time student for the past three years, graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in turfgrass science and was presented with

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Course profile: Knotty Hill Golf Centre

Course profile: Knotty Hill Golf Centre 1

🕔17:43, 29.Nov 2011

Denis Craggs, the founder of Knotty Hill Golf Centre at Sedgefield, near Stockton-on-Tees in Durham, is a man with a vision – to provide affordable golf all year round for the serious golfer and casual player alike, of all ages,

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What is aeration for?

What is aeration for? 0

🕔17:33, 29.Nov 2011

Aeration is a critical component that contributes to the correct PATH for success: Provide more available oxygen and pore space within the soil; Alleviate compaction; To improve the natural biological processes taking place within the soil. For example hydraulic conductivity,

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Jim Robinson praises ladies’ golf event

Jim Robinson praises ladies’ golf event 0

🕔17:20, 29.Nov 2011

The chairman of the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), Jim Robinson, has praised the English Women’s Golf La Manga Club Challenge, which took place in Spain recently. The four-day event attracted a bumper field for some competitive off-season golf and plenty

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Rise in British golfers playing on the Algarve

Rise in British golfers playing on the Algarve 0

🕔17:10, 29.Nov 2011

The general manager of one of the Algarve’s biggest golf courses has said that 2011 has seen a significant rise in British golfers visiting the region. Jorge Almeida, general manager of Vale d’Oliveiras Resort & Spa, said that his club

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Dukinfield Golf Club win the Lombard Challenge

Dukinfield Golf Club win the Lombard Challenge 0

🕔17:02, 29.Nov 2011

David Green revealed ice in his veins to coolly par the closing hole and earn his Dukinfield Golf Club victory in the inaugural Lombard Challenge, a PGA pro-captain Tournament. The 31-year-old, who has been head pro at the Manchester club

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The Marrakech Golf Club to open next year

The Marrakech Golf Club to open next year 0

🕔16:56, 29.Nov 2011

The Marrakech Golf Club, Assoufid, one of the best new courses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, featuring spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, is set to open in spring 2012. The championship layout, a design by Scottish

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Golf clubs can apply for RHI

Golf clubs can apply for RHI 2

🕔15:31, 29.Nov 2011

Golf clubs can now apply for the lucrative Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – a government-backed scheme that will pay them for generating heat and hot water via renewable heating technologies. As from November 28, 2011, clubs can apply to Ofgem

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The R&A donates £75k to St Andrews’ juniors

The R&A donates £75k to St Andrews’ juniors 0

🕔12:56, 29.Nov 2011

The R&A is to invest £75,000 in the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA) over the next five years. SALJGA is a 10-year-old partnership between St Andrews Links Trust and local golf clubs that provides co-ordinated support for the

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Ballot for Old Course tee times moved

Ballot for Old Course tee times moved 0

🕔15:17, 28.Nov 2011

The ballot for tee times on the world famous Old Course at St Andrews will be changing to being drawn two days ahead from January 2012. The ballot has been drawn one day ahead for many years but St Andrews

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Eddie and Monty visit Afghanistan

Eddie and Monty visit Afghanistan 0

🕔15:10, 28.Nov 2011

GCMA member Eddie Bullock and Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie have visited British troops in Afghanistan. Bullock, who is also captain of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), was joined by his predecessor, former PGA captain Parnell Reilly, from Bradley Park

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Course profile: Loch Lomond Golf Club

Course profile: Loch Lomond Golf Club 2

🕔16:02, 27.Nov 2011

Loch Lomond Golf Club course superintendent David Cole and his greens’ staff use a range of green machinery on the course, which also boasts some enviable green credentials. The club’s efforts to protect the environment received a new accolade in

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Noel Mackenzie: Guarding against summer disease

Noel Mackenzie: Guarding against summer disease 0

🕔15:57, 27.Nov 2011

Summer … birds are singing, flowers are flowering, grass is growing … or is it? In summer everything should be OK … shouldn’t it? I mean the grass has light, it is growing, what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite

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Profile: Chris Brook, The Club Company’s group courses manager

Profile: Chris Brook, The Club Company’s group courses manager 0

🕔15:53, 27.Nov 2011

Chris Brook is the man responsible for The Club Company’s 10 golf facilities. As well as his responsibilities as course manager at the company’s flagship Castle Royle club near Reading, as group courses manager, he also has overall responsibility for

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Attracting birds to grassland and downland courses

Attracting birds to grassland and downland courses 0

🕔15:44, 27.Nov 2011

Golf courses, while containing large areas of intensively managed turfgrass, also often include extensive areas of other grassland, managed as roughs and out of play areas. Such areas are of considerable value to species of birds which are increasingly rare

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Howard Swan: Creating a sustainable golf facility

Howard Swan: Creating a sustainable golf facility 0

🕔15:39, 27.Nov 2011

Over the past three years we’ve heard enough about times being tough … and of course they are. They are globally; some places a lot worse than others, in most industries; some businesses worse than others. They are locally, depriving

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Eddie Bullock: Golf clubs and hospitality

Eddie Bullock: Golf clubs and hospitality 0

🕔15:33, 27.Nov 2011

An early recollection of hospitality is from my childhood: anyone entering our home had to have the obligatory offering of homemade cake, together with Corona’s best vintage fizzy pop of dandelion and burdock. It would take only minutes to consume

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Club Profile: St Anne’s Old Links

Club Profile: St Anne’s Old Links 0

🕔15:30, 27.Nov 2011

Established in 1901, St Anne’s Old Links Golf Club sits along the Fylde coastline of the north-west, an area renowned for its high calibre courses, which number the likes of Royal Lytham & St Annes, Formby and Royal Birkdale. This

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Comment: salary levels and attracting members

Comment: salary levels and attracting members 0

🕔15:26, 27.Nov 2011

Why should a GCMA member be more involved with the GCMA? I give you two strong reasons: 1 – what you earn: the Committee for Golf Club Salaries publishes Recommendations for Managers’ Salaries (based on nationwide surveys of current remuneration

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Brian Butler: Holiday entitlement for casuals

Brian Butler: Holiday entitlement for casuals 0

🕔15:17, 27.Nov 2011

Question Is there a simple way to calculate the holiday entitlement of casuals who only work very irregular hours? Answer It is possible to calculate the holiday pay as the hours are worked. As you know all workers are entitled

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Stress on the golf course

Stress on the golf course 0

🕔15:14, 27.Nov 2011

Are you anxious to know if your golf course can withstand more members and players? Or maybe you are concerned about how climate change will affect the condition of your golf course in the future? In each of these examples,

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