Two more Ayrshire golf courses facing closure threat

Two more Ayrshire golf courses facing closure threat 1

🕔14:37, 28.Feb 2018

Two golf courses operated by South Ayrshire Council are set to be closed down in a bid to save costs.

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Here’s the top three things I learnt about the industry in February 2018

Here’s the top three things I learnt about the industry in February 2018 0 Updated

🕔06:53, 28.Feb 2018

From a new global handicap system to a very real threat to one in six Scottish golf courses, February 2018 was a game changer for the golf industry, reports The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir 

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Academic report shows huge potential for clubs via women golfers

Academic report shows huge potential for clubs via women golfers 7

🕔13:01, 27.Feb 2018

A major new R&A commissioned study by the International Institute for Golf Education, based at the University Centre Myerscough, has confirmed the huge potential female golfers offer to golf clubs.

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Sarah Forrest: My golfing trip to the Chinese island of Hainan

Sarah Forrest: My golfing trip to the Chinese island of Hainan 0 Updated

🕔11:48, 26.Feb 2018

Golf in China is growing at a huge rate, especially on Hainan, which is home to Mission Hills Haikou, the world’s second largest golf complex with 10 golf courses, and the spectacular Sheraton Dunes.

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The turnaround at Sapey Golf Club

The turnaround at Sapey Golf Club 3 Updated

🕔07:43, 24.Feb 2018

Last summer the Worcestershire club announced it was to close. With just a few days left, it was rescued – and it has since seen half a million pounds of investment.

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Leeds GC is England Golf’s ‘Club of the Year’

Leeds GC is England Golf’s ‘Club of the Year’ 1

🕔13:02, 23.Feb 2018

Leeds Golf Centre has been named ‘Club of the Year’ by England Golf at a glittering awards ceremony.

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The rise and rise of Topgolf

The rise and rise of Topgolf 1 Updated

🕔22:58, 22.Feb 2018

The facility where golfers play competitive games at driving range-like venues while being able to order high-quality food and beverage is now using technology to make analysis of golfers’ shots more fun and more precise.

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New World Handicap System to come into play in 2020

New World Handicap System to come into play in 2020 2

🕔15:19, 20.Feb 2018

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is to be transformed by a new system that The R&A and the USGA have unveiled.

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World’s fifth oldest golf course is losing 1.5 metres of land per year to coastal erosion

World’s fifth oldest golf course is losing 1.5 metres of land per year to coastal erosion 0

🕔14:11, 20.Feb 2018

As Scottish Natural Heritage warns that a proposed golf course could fall into the sea, a spokesman for Montrose Golf Links has said the venue may have to be moved inland as it is currently losing at least 1.5 metres a year.

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How research will get more women playing golf at your club

How research will get more women playing golf at your club 0 Updated

🕔10:01, 20.Feb 2018

Kari Haug details why research is of paramount importance when it comes to growing the women’s game, and explores the impact positive female role models and the equipment industry can play.

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Review of TGI Golf Partners’ annual business conference

Review of TGI Golf Partners’ annual business conference 0

🕔13:40, 19.Feb 2018

The ‘Home of Golf’, St Andrews, hosted TGI Golf Partners for the group’s annual business conference recently, where PGA Professionals where able to enhance their knowledge ahead of the new season.

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Shock 11% drop in golf rounds played at end of 2017

Shock 11% drop in golf rounds played at end of 2017 9

🕔13:08, 19.Feb 2018

The latest research on golf participation in the UK has found that the number of rounds played in the final quarter of 2017 was down by more than 11 per cent compared with the end of 2016.

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Meet the course manager: St Ives (Hunts) GC’s Rob Duff

Meet the course manager: St Ives (Hunts) GC’s Rob Duff 0 Updated

🕔10:36, 18.Feb 2018

The venue replaced its entire golf course with a new one just seven years ago. Rob talks about the challenges this has presented, why the club is winning its war against thatch and bunker refurbishment.

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In their own words: Wales Golf CEO Richard Dixon on winter ‘grow golf’ initiatives

In their own words: Wales Golf CEO Richard Dixon on winter ‘grow golf’ initiatives 0 Updated

🕔10:55, 16.Feb 2018

The chief executive of Wales Golf, Richard Dixon, writes exclusively for The Golf Business about what his organisation does in winter to grow the game 

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Golf courses are being turned into Premier League clubs’ training grounds

Golf courses are being turned into Premier League clubs’ training grounds 0

🕔14:42, 15.Feb 2018

Some golf courses have been converted into housing estates in recent years but there is now a new trend: to become training grounds for Premier League football clubs.

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Scottish Golf to significantly reduce affiliation fee proposal

Scottish Golf to significantly reduce affiliation fee proposal 4

🕔13:00, 14.Feb 2018

The governing body of amateur golf in Scotland is set to significantly reduce the increase in the amount it wants members of all affiliated clubs to pa

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Meet the director of golf: The Belfry’s Chris Reeve

Meet the director of golf: The Belfry’s Chris Reeve 0 Updated

🕔07:33, 14.Feb 2018

He talks about delivering the ‘Ryder Cup Experience’ to every customer every day, the club’s £26 million refurbishment and how the venue is generating more and more revenue from its bars and restaurants

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Tributes to 35-year-old Eaton Golf Club greenkeeper killed by a falling tree

Tributes to 35-year-old Eaton Golf Club greenkeeper killed by a falling tree 0

🕔12:27, 13.Feb 2018

Tributes have been paid to a greenkeeper at a Cheshire golf club where he was known as the ‘prodigal son’, who was killed in January in a tree felling tragedy.

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Leading Spanish golf retailer comes up for sale

Leading Spanish golf retailer comes up for sale 0

🕔12:09, 12.Feb 2018

One of Spain’s leading golf retail centres – and the only major golf retailer and fitting centre on the North Costa Blanca for the last 14 years – has been placed on the market.

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A golf club’s duty to ensure its staff are healthy at work

A golf club’s duty to ensure its staff are healthy at work 0 Updated

🕔09:35, 12.Feb 2018

This guidance from the National Golf Clubs’ Advisory Association (NGCAA) looks at the duties employers have to ensure their staff are healthy at work.

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Greenkeeping team profile: Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club

Greenkeeping team profile: Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 0 Updated

🕔16:03, 10.Feb 2018

Gavin Kinsella and Doug Tate are the courses manager and course head greenkeeper. They talk about the contrasting work between summer and winter, dealing with a course next to a river and why they love their jobs so much.

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Scottish FA CEO Andrew McKinlay named as new chief executive of Scottish Golf

Scottish FA CEO Andrew McKinlay named as new chief executive of Scottish Golf 0

🕔16:21, 8.Feb 2018

Scottish Golf has appointed Andrew McKinlay, currently the chief operating officer and interim chief executive of the Scottish FA, as its new CEO.

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One of the last major men-only UK golf clubs to admit women

One of the last major men-only UK golf clubs to admit women 0

🕔12:19, 8.Feb 2018

One of the last remaining men-only golf clubs in the UK, Royal Aberdeen, the sixth oldest golf club in the world, has voted to allow women to join the club.

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Meet the PGA professional: Bulbury Woods’ David Bartlett

Meet the PGA professional: Bulbury Woods’ David Bartlett 0 Updated

🕔07:00, 8.Feb 2018

The Dorset club’s pro came up with an idea to boost revenue in winter. And not only did it work – but it led to increased profits for the club’s bar and restaurant and a more engaged membership.

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Hever Castle Golf Club boosts income via glass doors

Hever Castle Golf Club boosts income via glass doors 0 Updated

🕔21:38, 7.Feb 2018

The installation of contemporary sliding glass doors has brought a new level of flexibility and sophistication to one of Kent’s most prestigious golf clubs.

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All of the UK’s links golf courses could disappear by 2100

All of the UK’s links golf courses could disappear by 2100 4

🕔12:45, 7.Feb 2018

An alarming report from the UK’s leading environmental organisation charity has found that every links golf course in the UK is in danger of disappearing in less than a century due to climate change.

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Revamped golf club ‘will not include golf course’

Revamped golf club ‘will not include golf course’ 1

🕔12:53, 6.Feb 2018

A Scottish golf club, which has been closed for two years and hopes to reopen soon, has submitted plans in which ‘it is unlikely the golf course itself will reopen’, according to reports.

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