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Two Merseyside golf clubs are looking for new operators

Two Merseyside golf clubs are looking for new operators 0

🕔12:33, 18.Mar 2019

Wirral Council has announced that it is seeking operators to take on two of its municipal golf courses on a long lease. 

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Struggling golf club has its future saved

Struggling golf club has its future saved 0

🕔13:06, 13.Mar 2019

At least two golf clubs concerned about their futures have been putting together rescue plans in the last few days – and at least one of these has resulted in the club being saved.

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Golf club announces partnership with larger hole event organiser

Golf club announces partnership with larger hole event organiser 3

🕔10:00, 13.Mar 2019

A company that aims to boost participation in golf by modernising the game via the introduction of a format involving larger hole cups, has announced a permanent residency at Thames Ditton & Esher Golf Course.

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Here are the first UK golf clubs to sign up to The R&A’s Women and Girl’s Charter

Here are the first UK golf clubs to sign up to The R&A’s Women and Girl’s Charter 0

🕔18:57, 12.Mar 2019

A number of UK golf clubs have signed up to The R&A’s Women and Girl’s Charter – something that has interested the secretary of state for sport.

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Dundonald Links sold to UK leisure operator for more than £4 million

Dundonald Links sold to UK leisure operator for more than £4 million 0

🕔10:07, 6.Mar 2019

One of the UK’s greatest golf courses has been sold for £4.5 million to a leisure operator that is investing in the golf industry.

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Tributes for golf club owner who has died aged 59

Tributes for golf club owner who has died aged 59 1

🕔07:46, 6.Mar 2019

A number of people have paid tribute to Alan Strange, the co-owner and professional at The Brow Golf Club in Shropshire, who has sadly died suddenly, aged 59.

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More than £20k awarded to small golf clubs

More than £20k awarded to small golf clubs 0

🕔14:48, 5.Mar 2019

More than £20k has been awarded to ‘small golf clubs’, with another £40,000 set to be provided, to help them purchase player input score screens ahead of next year’s introduction of the World Handicap System.  

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Brian Evans: An obituary

Brian Evans: An obituary 0

🕔07:05, 25.Feb 2019

The former secretary / manager of Lydd Golf Club in Kent, Brian Evans, has passed away aged 84.

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

Here’s the top three things I learnt about the golf industry in February 3

🕔03:33, 25.Feb 2019

The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir discusses the two greatest things in the world – dogs and beer – and why they’ve both played a role in the industry in the last month.

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131-year-old Surrey golf club to close down

131-year-old Surrey golf club to close down 15

🕔09:02, 6.Feb 2019

An historic golf club in Surrey has said it will cease trading in March – the second major UK golf club to close since the start of the year. It also means at least three clubs will close on the same day in March.

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Spike in golf courses being attacked by vandals in January

Spike in golf courses being attacked by vandals in January 0

🕔07:09, 30.Jan 2019

A large number of golf clubs have reported that they have been hit by vandals – typically burglars – in the first few weeks of 2019.

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

Here’s the top three things I learnt about the industry in January 0

🕔08:16, 28.Jan 2019

The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir finds that even this publication is no longer a Brexit-free safe space – and details why bifurcation is a word on some golf administrators’ lips.

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Irish golf clubs are anxious about Brexit

Irish golf clubs are anxious about Brexit 4

🕔13:23, 20.Jan 2019

A number of golf clubs in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have expressed their concerns about Brexit.

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Moor Park to focus on being a private members’ club again

Moor Park to focus on being a private members’ club again 10

🕔13:34, 14.Jan 2019

A world-famous golf club that had pursued revenue streams in addition to golf, such as weddings, has decided to focus on its golf offering to members instead as it moves forward.

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Donald Steel designed Scottish course closes down

Donald Steel designed Scottish course closes down 4

🕔13:00, 14.Jan 2019

Brunston Castle Golf Club in Scotland has reportedly closed with almost immediate effect due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Cherry Burton Golf Club sold to Aureus Leisure

Cherry Burton Golf Club sold to Aureus Leisure 0

🕔06:06, 1.Jan 2019

Cherry Burton Golf Club in Yorkshire has been sold to Aureus Leisure, the owner of a number of leisure sites including The Hawthorns Holiday Park and the Sandy Beaches Caravan Site. 

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Owner says golf clubs will ignore new CONGU ruling

Owner says golf clubs will ignore new CONGU ruling 15

🕔03:18, 27.Dec 2018

The owner of a golf club in southern England has said ‘pretty much all’ golf clubs will ignore a new directive that the ‘drop where lost’ golf rule should not be permitted in club competitions.

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Crowdfunding page set up for Machrihanish Golf Club steward

Crowdfunding page set up for Machrihanish Golf Club steward 0

🕔04:45, 21.Dec 2018

A crowdfunding page has been created for the steward who lived at Machrihanish Golf Club’s clubhouse, after the building was destroyed by a huge fire.

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Scottish club sees membership increase following family-friendly approach

Scottish club sees membership increase following family-friendly approach 6 Updated

🕔05:22, 18.Dec 2018

An historic Scottish golf club has reported that its membership figures across male, female, junior and youth categories all rose in 2018.

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124-year-old Lincolnshire golf club closes with immediate effect

124-year-old Lincolnshire golf club closes with immediate effect 1

🕔20:17, 15.Dec 2018

A Lincolnshire golf club that was due to celebrate its 125th anniversary next year has closed down with immediate effect – at least the seventh golf facility to do so in the last seven weeks.

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Greenkeeper sets up mental health support page on Facebook

Greenkeeper sets up mental health support page on Facebook 3

🕔18:33, 4.Dec 2018

The head greenkeeper of Hazel Grove Golf Club in Cheshire has set up a successful Facebook page that provides mental health support to greenkeepers in the industry.

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Another major firm buys its first golf club

Another major firm buys its first golf club 1

🕔08:55, 28.Nov 2018

The UK’s largest private hotel owner-operator has become the second major company within a few days to acquire its first golf club.

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Two golf clubs have thousands of pounds-worth of trophies stolen

Two golf clubs have thousands of pounds-worth of trophies stolen 0

🕔09:39, 21.Nov 2018

Two English golf clubs have both suffered raids in which trophies worth thousands of pounds were stolen within about 24 hours of each other.

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Derision follows call for golfers to wear hard hats

Derision follows call for golfers to wear hard hats 3

🕔10:16, 13.Nov 2018

A number of golfers and people who work in the golf industry have derided a recent call for golfers to wear hard hats in a bid to reduce golfing-related injuries.

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Suffolk golf club wins VAT ruling against HMRC

Suffolk golf club wins VAT ruling against HMRC 0

🕔09:43, 13.Nov 2018

A tribunal has ruled in favour of a golf club that it was exempt from paying VAT on its green fees and against Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom (HMRC), which had said this was tax avoidance.

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Are all the Mack Golf clubs still closed down?

Are all the Mack Golf clubs still closed down? 0

🕔15:12, 12.Nov 2018

Half of the eight UK Mack Golf clubs that closed down last month have reopened and only one will definitely remain closed, according to research by The Golf Business.

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One golf club closes, another enters liquidation

One golf club closes, another enters liquidation 0

🕔14:31, 5.Nov 2018

As an example that some facilities are still struggling, one UK golf club has closed and another has entered liquidation in the last week.

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