Best nine-hole golf course pledge

Best nine-hole golf course pledge 0

🕔10:38, 28.Jun 2013

A consortium of businessmen has pledged to build the best nine-hole golf course in the west of Scotland. The group, who mostly run small Scottish businesses, have bought Mearns Castle Golf Academy near Glasgow, a nine-hole course and driving range.

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David Cameron asked to review his club’s tax affairs

David Cameron asked to review his club’s tax affairs 10

🕔10:16, 27.Jun 2013

The founder of the Association of Golf Course Owners (AGCO) has called on the prime minister, David Cameron, to review the tax affairs of a golf club he is a member of. Vivien Saunders OBE, a former British women’s golf

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BRS Golf sold to American giant

BRS Golf sold to American giant 1

🕔10:05, 26.Jun 2013

British online tee time firm BRS Golf has been sold to a division of one of the largest mass media organisations in the world for an undisclosed sum. BRS Golf runs internet booking software for more than 750 UK and

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What does wet weather mean for golf clubs’ use of fertilisers?

What does wet weather mean for golf clubs’ use of fertilisers? 0

🕔16:26, 25.Jun 2013

David Lawson, senior research officer at the STRI, argues that recent heavy rainfall means clubs need to look differently at the fertilisers they use Everyone is struggling with the weather. Its unpredictability causes major planning difficulties and, with the prolonged

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World record attempt for driver

World record attempt for driver 2

🕔10:21, 25.Jun 2013

A group of Formula 1 engineers are hoping to break the world record for how far a golf ball will travel when hit by a driver. Officially, Karl Woodward set the world carry record of 408 yards and 10 inches

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The decline of municipal golf clubs during the economic downturn

The decline of municipal golf clubs during the economic downturn 3

🕔15:30, 24.Jun 2013

Nigel Harte looks at the problems municipal golf clubs have faced, especially in the last two years, as local councils look to cut costs In the analysis that followed the death of Margaret Thatcher in April, much was talked about

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Golf used to improve cultural relations

Golf used to improve cultural relations 0

🕔09:56, 24.Jun 2013

A golf tournament in the middle of inner-city London has taken place to improve cultural relations between groups in Tower Hamlets and widen access to golf for young people from ethnic minorities. Named ‘The Spyder Cup’, the multi-racial event featured

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US greenkeepers earn high salaries

US greenkeepers earn high salaries 0

🕔10:37, 21.Jun 2013

American head greenkeepers now earn, on average, more than £53,000 per year, according to new data, far higher than their British counterparts. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) Compensation and Benefits Report has found that head superintendents, the

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Whipsnade Park GC: How we increased our girls’ section

Whipsnade Park GC: How we increased our girls’ section 1

🕔14:57, 20.Jun 2013

Whipsnade Park GC in Hertfordshire has significantly increased the number of girls who play and are members there. Its PGA professional Mark Day explains how Late in 2008, after overhearing a conversation about girls’ golf, my curious mind kicked into

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Royal St George’s sec appears on Newsnight

Royal St George’s sec appears on Newsnight 4

🕔09:40, 20.Jun 2013

The secretary of Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent has appeared live on BBC’s Newsnight, talking about ‘belly putting’ with Jeremy Paxman. Tim Checketts, club secretary of the Open venue, explained the new ruling over anchoring long putters to

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St Andrews receives Chinese funding

St Andrews receives Chinese funding 0

🕔10:31, 19.Jun 2013

A Chinese golf complex has committed a six-figure sum to fund the development of an archive of golf photography in St Andrews in Scotland. Mission Hills Golf Group in China, the world’s largest golf facility, is donating the money to

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How Strawberry Hill Golf Club has survived the downturn

How Strawberry Hill Golf Club has survived the downturn 0

🕔15:10, 18.Jun 2013

Last year we published ten ways golf clubs can boost revenue during a recession. For Strawberry Hill Golf Club in Surrey, almost all of the measures were adopted when its membership dropped by over 20 per cent between 2004 and

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Industry celebrates Justin Rose

Industry celebrates Justin Rose 0

🕔10:13, 18.Jun 2013

The British golf industry has been celebrating the success of Justin Rose at the US Open after the world number three golfer became the first Englishman to win the major in 43 years. Rose has promoted junior golf and greenkeeping

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CASC changes are ‘unworkable’ for clubs

CASC changes are ‘unworkable’ for clubs 7

🕔10:53, 17.Jun 2013

A VAT expert has said that the government’s proposed amendments to CASC, which provides tax relief for golf clubs, are unworkable and the ‘politics of envy’. The government is proposing that if members of golf clubs pay more than £1,040

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Pontefract & District GC (Members’ Club) – Club Manager Opportunity

Pontefract & District GC (Members’ Club) – Club Manager Opportunity 0

🕔13:39, 13.Jun 2013

Due to the impending retirement of our current manager, there is an opportunity for a forward thinking person to take the reins and provide support to the Management Committee in achieving their stated objectives. The Club, which was formed in 1904 in

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MPs: negative Met Office is bad for golf

MPs: negative Met Office is bad for golf 2

🕔11:07, 13.Jun 2013

Two Conservative MPs have supported a call by a golf club manager for the Met Office to be less negative when delivering weather forecasts – as it has an adverse effect on golf participation. Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest,

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Royal Troon to block out caravan site

Royal Troon to block out caravan site 4

🕔11:09, 12.Jun 2013

Royal Troon Golf Club has been granted planning permission to build a wall of sand to block out views of a nearby caravan site. The Ayrshire club, which is hosting the 2016 Open Championship, is allowed to build a 500

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Reading FC to buy Bearwood GC

Reading FC to buy Bearwood GC 1

🕔10:38, 11.Jun 2013

Reading Football Club has agreed a deal with a charity to buy Bearwood Golf Club so that it can be converted into a training facility. Bearwood is a 38-year-old nine-hole golf course owned by the trustees of the charity the

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Historic golf clubs found under factory

Historic golf clubs found under factory 4

🕔09:26, 10.Jun 2013

A set of historic golf clubs made by the world’s oldest golf manufacturer has been found during the building of a Scottish restaurant. The clubs could be more than 150 years old. Forgan’s, in St Andrews, is a new restaurant

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The accountancy changes managers need to be aware of

The accountancy changes managers need to be aware of 0

🕔14:55, 9.Jun 2013

Adrian Houstoun, a partner at chartered accountant Kingston Smith LLP, explains that, trom amendments to national insurance contributions some clubs will need to pay, to VAT applicable on hotels, accountancy legislation changes have either just come in or are about

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Stiletto ban for cross-dressing greenkeeper

Stiletto ban for cross-dressing greenkeeper 2

🕔09:37, 6.Jun 2013

A Surrey golf club has banned a cross-dressing greenkeeper from wearing stilettos on the course, as they may damage the greens. However, far from this being a cause of friction between the employee and employer, both parties have taken the

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Tony Jacklin’s 11-hole club is saved

Tony Jacklin’s 11-hole club is saved 1

🕔10:24, 5.Jun 2013

A loss-making Lincolnshire golf club opened by Tony Jacklin, which uniquely had 11 holes, has had its future secured after its local council surveyed its voters. Kingsway Golf Course, like many municipal clubs, has suffered in the last few years,

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Castleknock reports six figure loss

Castleknock reports six figure loss 2

🕔11:18, 4.Jun 2013

Castleknock GC has become the latest golf club in Ireland to post large financial losses – although they’re far better than the previous year. The Dublin club made a loss of £117,000 in the 12 months up to April 2012.

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Edgbaston unveils raft of changes

Edgbaston unveils raft of changes 1

🕔10:05, 3.Jun 2013

Edgbaston Golf Club in Birmingham has unveiled £150k of improvements in order to attract ‘young business professionals’. The facility has modernised its clubhouse, golf shop and practice facilities in order to bring in more corporate golfers and wedding events, while

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