The top 3 things I learnt about the industry in August

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 1, 2014 14:11

It’s not just the younger generation that find dress codes off putting

It’s tempting to think that the dress codes debate is essentially everyone over 40 shouting about jeans on one side and everyone under 40 rebelling against their parents.

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But the former host of Nationwide, Michael Barratt, has show that that’s not the case. He’s 86, and he’s set up REAL Golf, which aims to save the game from the crisis it’s found itself in.

Crisis? What crisis? “Amateur golfers are being lost to the game because of a whole raft of issues like escalating costs, complexity of rules and handicap systems, restrictive dress codes, decline of basic etiquette on the course and much else besides,” he said.

From now on, all charity giving should include a wheelie bin attached by rope to a helicopter

If it doesn’t I fear that we will all feel a little cheated.

Cowdray Park Golf Club in West Sussex did this, and it was my favourite golfing story of 2014. Click here to read about it.

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Until this came along:

Getting burgled may not be as bad for you as you might think

Even if this (my new 2014 favourite) story is unlikely to ever be repeated.

In 1988 Wellingborough Golf Club had two of four small statues (that it had taken ownership of when it acquired a country house a decade earlier) stolen, in what was as unremarkable a crime as any golf club could suffer.


But many years later an academic saw the stolen statues, researched them, found that they had been commissioned to be on Cardinal Wolsey’s tomb in 1524, and traced them back to the golf club. The four statues are now together at the V&A, which has bid millions for them – money that could secure Wellingborough’s future. And the golf club would never have known had it not been burgled.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 1, 2014 14:11
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