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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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There are 4.2 million registered golfers in Europe

There are 4.2 million registered golfers in Europe 3

🕔17:41, 30.Oct 2018

KPMG’s annual survey of the state of the golf industry in Europe has found there are just under 4.2 million members of 6,900 golf clubs in the continent.

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‘Significant improvements’ at golf club hit by local crime

‘Significant improvements’ at golf club hit by local crime 0

🕔16:46, 29.Oct 2018

A golf club that prevented its staff from turning up to work in early October due to local crime problems has said there have been significant improvements since.

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

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

🕔08:50, 26.Oct 2018

From £75 million golf clubs going up for sale to several golf clubs closing on the same day, The Golf Business editor Alistair Dunsmuir tries to make sense of a lot of stories during October.

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Fourth oldest golf club in the world to allow women

Fourth oldest golf club in the world to allow women 1

🕔11:48, 23.Oct 2018

The world’s fourth oldest golf club, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, has voted to end its men-only membership policy with immediate effect.

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Meet the golf course manager: Whitley Bay’s Simon Olver

Meet the golf course manager: Whitley Bay’s Simon Olver 0 Updated

🕔19:36, 19.Oct 2018

Four years ago Whitley Bay Golf Club began a journey to create a financially sustainable and responsibly managed golf course. We look at what the plan entails, how it is being achieved and what progress has so far been made.

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American Golf immediately rescued following collapse

American Golf immediately rescued following collapse 8

🕔12:25, 15.Oct 2018

The American Golf brand of retail stores has been saved after entering administration – but 20 of its facilities will still close down.

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Nine golf clubs close as Mack Golf ceases trading

Nine golf clubs close as Mack Golf ceases trading 5

🕔13:34, 7.Oct 2018

One of the UK’s biggest golf operators, Mack Golf, has stopped trading with immediate effect, resulting in the closure of nine golf venues.

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Grants offered to smaller golf clubs to prepare for new handicapping system

Grants offered to smaller golf clubs to prepare for new handicapping system 0

🕔12:47, 6.Oct 2018

Smaller golf clubs in England can apply for grants to help them prepare for the new World Handicap System (WHS), it has been announced.

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Owner of multi-million pound golf club to be questioned by detectives

Owner of multi-million pound golf club to be questioned by detectives 1

🕔11:41, 6.Oct 2018

A woman who owns an ‘upmarket golf club’ in south-east England is to be questioned by detectives about her purchase of the facility, according to The Times newspaper.

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Scottish Golf votes to approve fee increase

Scottish Golf votes to approve fee increase 5

🕔10:50, 6.Oct 2018

Scottish Golf has voted to increase the affiliation fee all members of Scottish golf clubs over the age of 18 with playing rights pay it from £11.25 to £14.50.

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Tiger Woods’ astonishing victory comes amid major report on golf participation

Tiger Woods’ astonishing victory comes amid major report on golf participation 3

🕔08:51, 26.Sep 2018

Tiger Woods’ 80th PGA Tour title – and his first in more than five years – came on the same day that a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that warns about the dangers of a decline in golf participation was published.

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Glasgow Golf Club will ‘bounce back’ following devastating fire

Glasgow Golf Club will ‘bounce back’ following devastating fire 0

🕔14:45, 25.Sep 2018

The general manager of Glasgow Golf Club has said the historic venue has “already started” bouncing back, after a huge fire damaged 80 per cent of its clubhouse.

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Brocket Hall launches ‘exclusive’ golf club

Brocket Hall launches ‘exclusive’ golf club 2

🕔11:23, 17.Sep 2018

A leading facility featuring two high-end golf courses, which entered administration in 2015, has launched a new golf club.

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The R&A changes its brand in order to modernise

The R&A changes its brand in order to modernise 2

🕔10:54, 12.Sep 2018

Golf’s governing body for most of the world, The R&A, has announced it is changing its brand identity and is investing £200 million in developing the game over the next decade. 

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Golf club membership has RISEN in England

Golf club membership has RISEN in England 6

🕔12:16, 11.Sep 2018

Golf club membership in England has experienced a shock and large rise in the last two years, according to the most comprehensive study of golf club trends in the UK.

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Derbyshire golf club announces it will close down next year

Derbyshire golf club announces it will close down next year 6

🕔12:49, 4.Sep 2018

A golf club in Derbyshire that has seen its membership drop from 350 in 2006 to 210 today has announced it will permanently close down next spring.

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‘Golf clubs could have PlayStation rooms’

‘Golf clubs could have PlayStation rooms’ 0

🕔12:44, 22.Aug 2018

The new chief executive of Scottish Golf has called on venues in the country to think creatively about how they can be more welcoming.

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Female participation in golf is soaring in 2018

Female participation in golf is soaring in 2018 1

🕔11:39, 16.Aug 2018

New data from a company that analyses millions of rounds of golf in the UK has found a surge in participation of the game by women and girls since the start of this year.

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This woman has become the first female head greenkeeper in Wales

This woman has become the first female head greenkeeper in Wales 0

🕔13:12, 1.Aug 2018

Lucy Sellick has been appointed head greenkeeper at Wenvoe Castle Golf Club – the first time ever that a Welsh golf club has employed a female head greenkeeper.

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Court orders golf club to pay £150,000 over greenkeeper death

Court orders golf club to pay £150,000 over greenkeeper death 0

🕔07:50, 1.Aug 2018

Golf clubs are being encouraged to check health and safety claims of their staff with previous employers, after a Leicestershire club was ordered to pay £150k following the death of its course manager.

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