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Three more golf clubs to close down

Three more golf clubs to close down 3

🕔16:44, 21.Nov 2019

Another two golf clubs, one in Scotland and one in Norfolk, have announced they will close down by the end of this year.

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Another three golf courses suffer extreme vandalism

Another three golf courses suffer extreme vandalism 0

🕔12:27, 21.Nov 2019

At least three more golf courses have reported cases of extreme vandalism in the last few days – as these shocking images can testify.

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Fears for Irish clubs as bank sells off their debts

Fears for Irish clubs as bank sells off their debts 0

🕔12:20, 21.Nov 2019

An Irish golf club has closed down after its debt – valued at more than £1.1 million – was sold by a bank to a fund.

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Golfer sues club for revoking international membership amid reports that he was playing ’30 times a year’

Golfer sues club for revoking international membership amid reports that he was playing ’30 times a year’ 0

🕔12:19, 21.Nov 2019

A golfer is taking legal action against an exclusive club after it revoked his cheaper international membership because he was playing more than 30 rounds a year.

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Closed down course set to be resurrected and improved

Closed down course set to be resurrected and improved 0

🕔08:10, 20.Nov 2019

In a sign of the strength of some parts of the UK golf market, a Lancashire facility that closed down in 2013, and then reopened as a nine-hole club, now plans to revert back to being an 18-hole venue.

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Two of the world’s oldest golf clubs merge amid membership declines

Two of the world’s oldest golf clubs merge amid membership declines 5

🕔12:44, 13.Nov 2019

The ninth oldest golf club in the world has merged with another historic club – founded in 1879 – to form a new golf club, in the hope that two struggling venues can cut clubhouse costs and thrive as one entity.

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Four Merseyside golf clubs have their futures secured

Four Merseyside golf clubs have their futures secured 2

🕔12:40, 13.Nov 2019

Plans to privatise two golf clubs in Merseyside have been dropped by Wirral Council, which has said it will instead invest in both the venues and another two courses.

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Ireland now has more members of golf clubs than Scotland

Ireland now has more members of golf clubs than Scotland 0

🕔12:31, 13.Nov 2019

Ireland has more members of golf clubs than Scotland for the first time since KPMG started comparing the figures of the two golfing unions.

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New governance guide for UK golf clubs launched

New governance guide for UK golf clubs launched 1

🕔11:51, 6.Nov 2019

A new governance guide for UK golf clubs has been issued as part of a drive to modernise and grow the game.

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‘Last men-only UK golf club to admit women’

‘Last men-only UK golf club to admit women’ 1

🕔09:20, 6.Nov 2019

One of the oldest golf clubs in the world has announced it is to end its male-only membership policy and will allow female members for the first time in 232 years.

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Here’s our top three tips from stories in the last month to help golf clubs grow

Here’s our top three tips from stories in the last month to help golf clubs grow 2

🕔12:39, 1.Nov 2019

October was a traumatic month for the industry with a number of course closures, but there were also several good news stories to encourage clubs to grow in the next decade.

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Historic Scottish golf club ‘saved at the 11th hour’

Historic Scottish golf club ‘saved at the 11th hour’ 1

🕔10:05, 30.Oct 2019

A 118-year-old Scottish golf club which closed down in early October has been saved.

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Four more golf clubs close down

Four more golf clubs close down 17

🕔11:09, 22.Oct 2019

Four golf clubs have announced they have closed or are going to close down in the last few days – meaning that at least eight have gone under in the last month.

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Golf club and airport oppose solar farm plan due to glare from the panels

Golf club and airport oppose solar farm plan due to glare from the panels 2

🕔18:10, 21.Oct 2019

The host of this year’s Irish Open is opposing a planning application for a nearby solar farm because the glare from the panels could adversely affect golfers.

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‘Some Scottish Golf clubs are considering joining England Golf’

‘Some Scottish Golf clubs are considering joining England Golf’ 0

🕔11:32, 16.Oct 2019

A Scottish newspaper has stated that it has been claimed that some golf clubs affiliated to Scottish Golf are ‘looking into the possibility of joining England Golf’ due to a disagreement about handicapping software.

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£8.5m improvement fund opportunity for golf clubs identified

£8.5m improvement fund opportunity for golf clubs identified 0

🕔11:14, 16.Oct 2019

Ridgeway Lockers, in conjunction with Golf Finance, have identified an £8.5 million fund opportunity to help golf clubs finance a wide range of improvements both inside and outside the clubhouse.

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This is the horrendous damage vandals made to a Manchester golf course

This is the horrendous damage vandals made to a Manchester golf course 0

🕔11:16, 9.Oct 2019

Greenkeepers at a Greater Manchester golf club have been carrying out exceptional, urgent and essential work after an off-road buggy was seen performing ‘doughnuts’ on the greens.

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Royal Norwich’s manager: Golf clubs need to diversify

Royal Norwich’s manager: Golf clubs need to diversify 5

🕔10:17, 9.Oct 2019

The manager of the first royal golf club in the world to relocate has said that golf alone may no longer be sufficient for most clubs to maintain a sustainable business.

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93-year-old Surrey golf club closes down

93-year-old Surrey golf club closes down 10

🕔10:19, 2.Oct 2019

The historic, municipal nine-hole Moore Place Golf Club in Surrey has closed suddenly and unexpectedly, according to reports.

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Lincolnshire golf club secures its future

Lincolnshire golf club secures its future 0

🕔08:14, 2.Oct 2019

A golf club and hotel in Lincolnshire has had an uncertain future secured and jobs have been saved after a pre-pack administration sale was agreed.

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Hampshire driving range to be converted into ‘family, sports and entertainment space’

Hampshire driving range to be converted into ‘family, sports and entertainment space’ 0

🕔10:23, 25.Sep 2019

A financial services company has acquired Paultons Golf Club near Southampton from Crown Golf and has said it will invest significantly in the facility.

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The new World Handicap System will start in November 2020

The new World Handicap System will start in November 2020 2

🕔07:12, 25.Sep 2019

The new World Handicap System (WHS) will come into operation on November 2, 2020.

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Here’s three of the most important stories for the golf industry that happened in September

Here’s three of the most important stories for the golf industry that happened in September 0

🕔03:40, 24.Sep 2019

From another driving range that will be converted into an entertainment centre to the impact The Solheim Cup could have on women’s participation in golf, The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir reviews September.

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Scottish golf club becomes latest to recommend that it is wound up

Scottish golf club becomes latest to recommend that it is wound up 0

🕔06:41, 11.Sep 2019

A golf club in Angus could become the fourth in Scotland to announce its closure in the last month, according to reports.

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Several Scottish golf clubs applying to build houses by their courses

Several Scottish golf clubs applying to build houses by their courses 0

🕔09:12, 4.Sep 2019

A number of golf clubs in Scotland are hoping to build properties on land they own in a bid to secure their futures.

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UK golf group grows membership by 25% in four years

UK golf group grows membership by 25% in four years 3

🕔07:17, 4.Sep 2019

A company that owns and runs 10 golf venues has said it has seen an average increase in golf club membership by a huge 25 per cent in the last four years.

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Third Scottish golf club in three weeks closes down

Third Scottish golf club in three weeks closes down 6

🕔03:43, 4.Sep 2019

A municipal golf club in Glasgow has become the third golfing facility in Scotland to close down in the last three weeks.

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