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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 9

🕔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 3

🕔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 14

🕔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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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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