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Noel Mackenzie: The science behind course machinery

Noel Mackenzie: The science behind course machinery 0

🕔15:30, 17.Oct 2011

This article takes us to a slightly different perspective at a level we seldom look at on the course – right down to a few millimetres off the soil surface. But for a change we are looking at the ‘doing’

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Noel Mackenzie: How to spend less on drainage

Noel Mackenzie: How to spend less on drainage 0

🕔13:12, 17.Oct 2011

Drainage and irrigation both depend on a few similar phenomena such as gravity, hydraulic laws, the behaviour of water molecules and so on. The one area that is very critical to both these subjects and can be modified and managed

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Noel Mackenzie: The role seeds and fertilisers play in helping turf

Noel Mackenzie: The role seeds and fertilisers play in helping turf 0

🕔09:34, 17.Oct 2011

Probably the biggest area of turf supply is the finishing off of tee constructions and bunker refurbishments during the winter months. The turf will vary depending on the type of surface and the situation. A few courses are blessed with

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The Belfry markets itself to novice golfers

The Belfry markets itself to novice golfers 0

🕔14:56, 16.Oct 2011

One of the most famous golf clubs in the world – The Belfry – has begun marketing itself to beginner golfers. The Midlands golf club, which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times and was the venue for the GCMA

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Douglas Valley applies for two wind turbines

Douglas Valley applies for two wind turbines 0

🕔14:40, 15.Oct 2011

Douglas Valley Golf Club in Bolton has applied to its local council to install two wind turbines on its golf course. A spokesman for the club said: “The wind turbines will produce electricity for the complex. It is also hoped

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The Bristol Golf Club abolishes its dress code – and tee times

The Bristol Golf Club abolishes its dress code – and tee times 0

🕔17:14, 14.Oct 2011

The Bristol Golf Club in Almondsbury has abolished its dress code – and even tee times – for one of its courses, in a bid to attract more beginners to the club. The club has also restructured its pricing for

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Steven Brown: The calculations needed to work out how profitable your F&B stock is

Steven Brown: The calculations needed to work out how profitable your F&B stock is 0

🕔17:06, 14.Oct 2011

As you read this article a number of you may be wondering why, given your current daily tasks, you need to understand the stock-taking document that arrives on your desk periodically showing only a slight surplus or deficit. While I

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Noel Mackenzie: Why the winter is the perfect time to prepare for next summer

Noel Mackenzie: Why the winter is the perfect time to prepare for next summer 0

🕔15:45, 13.Oct 2011

A key element of summer work is competition conditioning, where the course should be in peak condition and the greens hold a good and sustainable speed. The quality of surface for tournaments and even regular club play needs to be

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Eco label for Chinese golf club

Eco label for Chinese golf club 0

🕔09:40, 13.Oct 2011

With golf currently booming in China, JINJI LAKE GOLF CLUB has become the first in the country to be certified by the GEO –  providing an ‘ecolabel’ for the club. The Gary Player-designed course was created eight years ago on

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How to make your golf club disability friendly

How to make your golf club disability friendly 0

🕔09:36, 13.Oct 2011

The process of making your golf club accessible starts by first identifying how your course and clubhouse present the barriers that make a person’s impairment disabling. The options available under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to overcome barriers to access

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Club Profile: Windlesham GC – How eco work and reciprocal deals has attracted new business

Club Profile: Windlesham GC – How eco work and reciprocal deals has attracted new business 0

🕔09:31, 13.Oct 2011

A few years ago the BBC ran a poll for Britain’s favourite road. The fact that it was won by a small street in Newcastle suggests that not too many golf enthusiasts took part. Because if they had surely nothing

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Noel Mackenzie: Things to consider before purchasing course machinery

Noel Mackenzie: Things to consider before purchasing course machinery 0

🕔09:24, 13.Oct 2011

What is needed to run a course well? The amount of equipment is usually contingent on key, and normally interlinked, factors such as: • The number of staff and how they are used • Technical issues – the problems the

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Steven Brown: Making your food and beverage operation more profitable

Steven Brown: Making your food and beverage operation more profitable 0

🕔16:32, 12.Oct 2011

If you get turned on by key figures and industry norms then you will just love this! In this feature we are going to focus upon the use of facts and data that are available to you to use as

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Club Profile: Turnberry Golf Club

Club Profile: Turnberry Golf Club 0

🕔16:26, 12.Oct 2011

World renowned for hosting one of the most famous final round shootouts in Open history, Turnberry Golf Club is a unique entity in golf today. The club has become part of a modern hotel and resort, but its bond with

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Noel Mackenzie: The winter diseases clubs need to be wary of

Noel Mackenzie: The winter diseases clubs need to be wary of 0

🕔16:15, 12.Oct 2011

Late December and early January are not very nice times of year for grass. We are smart enough to be ensconced in warm centrally-heated buildings or cars for much of our existence. It is rare, even for the most ardent

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Club Profile: Goodwood’s innovative membership subscription scheme

Club Profile: Goodwood’s innovative membership subscription scheme 0

🕔14:05, 12.Oct 2011

The Goodwood House is currently home to the Earl of March and Kinrara (Lord March), who took over the management of the Goodwood Estate Company, and chairmanship of Goodwood’s main golf course, from his father, the 10th Duke of Richmond,

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Loughgall Golf Club uses compost to improve drainage

Loughgall Golf Club uses compost to improve drainage 0

🕔13:54, 12.Oct 2011

Recent wet summers, especially 2007 and 2008, left a nightmare legacy for golf clubs, with ground waterlogged so badly that courses had to close for weeks on end and grass was left uncut because the ground was too soft to

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Should clubs be worried about terrorism at golf tournaments?

Should clubs be worried about terrorism at golf tournaments? 0

🕔09:56, 12.Oct 2011

Preposterous. Ridiculous. Inconceivable. A few years ago, the very thought of a terrorist attack on a golf tournament would have been as unlikely as Bruce Forsyth winning the Open – nice bloke and decent golfer that he is. But after

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Noel Mackenzie: Too little ecology goes into golf course design

Noel Mackenzie: Too little ecology goes into golf course design 0

🕔09:50, 12.Oct 2011

Leading agronomist Noel Mackenzie has said that too little topography and ecology goes into golf course design. He said: “The non-playing ‘other’ surfaces include grass, heather, scrub, trees, water courses or lakes and other habitat types. “The ‘other’ is not just

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Steven Brown: How to calculate profit and loss in the bar and restaurant

Steven Brown: How to calculate profit and loss in the bar and restaurant 1

🕔16:07, 11.Oct 2011

Whenever I am called in to assess the viability of a food and beverage (F&B) outlet there are some key financial facts I will review every time. I thought I might share them with you as a guide to enable

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Essex club keeps greens green due to composting

Essex club keeps greens green due to composting 0

🕔15:59, 11.Oct 2011

According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), there are a number of reasons why compost, produced from garden waste such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves, has such good water retention properties and can be of considerable benefit. The

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Renovate tees, greens and fairways now, says top agronomist

Renovate tees, greens and fairways now, says top agronomist 0

🕔15:53, 11.Oct 2011

One of Britain’s top agronomists has said that golf clubs should renovate their tees, greens and fairways as far ahead of winter as possible. Noel Mackenzie said: “There are a number of key areas where changes take place to the

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What is the role of a course manager?

What is the role of a course manager? 4

🕔16:11, 13.Sep 2011

A good course manager runs his / her business as if it’s their own, while ensuring that the golfers have an enjoyable experience. Easier said than done perhaps, since the course manager has the delicate task of balancing sound agronomics

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Are online tee times for your club?

Are online tee times for your club? 0

🕔16:04, 13.Sep 2011

It seems that every week another golf club revamps its website for one main purpose: to make it possible for members, and increasingly visitors, to book tee times on the facility. Recently Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland launched a new

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How to use clubhouse space more efficiently

How to use clubhouse space more efficiently 3

🕔16:00, 13.Sep 2011

As can be seen in Stuart Phipps’ article in the May 2011 issue of Golf Club Management, refurbishing the clubhouse is ambitious, expensive and can be risky – even for the wealthier clubs that Stuart advised to take advantage of

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Rules of Golf: Artificial objects obstructing golf balls

Rules of Golf: Artificial objects obstructing golf balls 1

🕔15:53, 13.Sep 2011

A total of 96 rulings were given during the first round of the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George’s with an average of 82 rulings per day throughout the tournament. Many of these involved relief from the grandstands and

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Why defibrillators are saving lives at golf clubs

Why defibrillators are saving lives at golf clubs 3

🕔14:13, 13.Sep 2011

While there are very few studies in this country about the relationship between golf and heart attacks, many managers may not be surprised to know that the American Heart Association believes that, due to a range of reasons including the

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