Epping Golf Club uses glass instead of sand in its bunkers

Epping Golf Club uses glass instead of sand in its bunkers 1

🕔10:05, 18.Oct 2011

Neil Sjoberg, the manager of Epping Golf Club who built his club from scratch, has revealed that he uses glass for sand in his course’s bunkers, as part of his club’s environmental strategy. Epping was built in 1996, but due

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Epping Golf Club recruits 20 new members a year from its ‘Mighty Masters’

Epping Golf Club recruits 20 new members a year from its ‘Mighty Masters’ 0

🕔16:07, 17.Oct 2011

During the Easter holidays Epping Golf Club hosts its annual ‘Mighty Masters’ golf tournament. This free golf day is advertised to novice junior golfers and their parents who play their golf on driving ranges and pitch and putt courses, or

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Interview with Ernie Els: the changes to Wentworth’s West Course

Interview with Ernie Els: the changes to Wentworth’s West Course 0

🕔15:44, 17.Oct 2011

Described as the one ‘they all want to play’, the West Course, or Burma Road, is arguably Britain’s most famous golf course. It has, for instance, been the host of the World Match Play Championship since 1964, supplying it with

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Driving range firm named as ‘Top 1,000 Brightest Business’ in the UK

Driving range firm named as ‘Top 1,000 Brightest Business’ in the UK 0

🕔10:27, 17.Oct 2011

The parent company of TopGolf, which runs driving ranges in England, has been named as one of the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Top 1,000 Brightest Businesses’. Golf Entertainment International generates sales in the UK of between £5 million and £500 million, and has

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11,500 golf club members join ‘order of merit’

11,500 golf club members join ‘order of merit’ 0

🕔10:17, 17.Oct 2011

More than 11,500 golfers have entered the inaugural HowDidiDo order of merit which runs until the end of this October. The competition is open to any member of a golf club registered at HowDidiDo – Europe’s largest golfing community –

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Nominees announced for Scotland’s ‘golf industry oscars’

Nominees announced for Scotland’s ‘golf industry oscars’ 0

🕔09:44, 17.Oct 2011

Nominees for this year’s golf industry awards have been announced by Golf Tourism Scotland (GTS), the industry’s national trade body. The annual GTS Gold Standard Awards celebrate the best in Scottish golf tourism by recognising leading transport and golf tour

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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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Homeless men camp by Sussex golf course

Homeless men camp by Sussex golf course 0

🕔14:45, 16.Oct 2011

A group of homeless men have begun camping by a pitch and putt golf course in Hove, Sussex. The group moved into Kingsway Multi-Play on Saturday, October 8, and are sleeping under archways that are adjacent to the course. The

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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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New Zealand course ordered to close – because its members keep urinating on a neighbouring organic farm

New Zealand course ordered to close – because its members keep urinating on a neighbouring organic farm 0

🕔10:21, 15.Oct 2011

A golf club in New Zealand has been ordered to close because balls from the course have landed on a neighbouring organic farm and golfers urinate on this, when they retrieve them, say the farm’s owners. Brookfields Park Golf Club

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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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Forest Hills Golf Club helps charity acquire a puppy

Forest Hills Golf Club helps charity acquire a puppy 0

🕔17:55, 13.Oct 2011

Forest Hills Golf Club in Monmouthshire has raised more than £5,000 for the local branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind, ensuring the charity can buy a puppy and train it for a year. The golf club held a tournament

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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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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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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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Welsh council bails out loss-making club

Welsh council bails out loss-making club 0

🕔06:47, 12.Oct 2011

Parc Garnant, a council-owned golf club in Carmarthenshire which was costing its county council £150,000 per year to run, has been handed over to a private firm to run, under a 25-year lease. Clay’s Golf, in Wrexham, will run the club,

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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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The Open to return to St Andrews in 2015

The Open to return to St Andrews in 2015 0

🕔09:35, 11.Oct 2011

The R&A has announced that the Old Course at St Andrews, officially the oldest golf course in the world, will host the 2015 Open Championship. It will be the 29th time the course has staged the British Open – viewed

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Ramsdale Park GC wins £2k lottery grant

Ramsdale Park GC wins £2k lottery grant 0

🕔11:26, 10.Oct 2011

A National Lottery programme has given a grant of £2,000 to a Nottinghamshire golf club to help it work more with juniors. Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, which has liaised with the Nottinghamshire Schools Partnership to introduce golf into schools and

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Golfer who lost an eye sues club for £750k

Golfer who lost an eye sues club for £750k 0

🕔19:27, 9.Oct 2011

A golfer who lost an eye at Niddry Castle Golf Club in Scotland is suing the club over a lack of signage, and the golfer who hit the ball. Anthony Phee, 44, has launched a case for £750,000 at the

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Stephen Fry given lifetime membership at Connemara Golf Club

Stephen Fry given lifetime membership at Connemara Golf Club 0

🕔15:54, 9.Oct 2011

The actor, author and television presenter, Stephen Fry, has been granted honorary life membership at Connemara Golf Club in Ireland. The host of QI was filming the BBC programme, Fry’s Planet Word, in which he explored language, in December 2010,

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Rothbury Golf Club awarded GolfMark status

Rothbury Golf Club awarded GolfMark status 0

🕔14:22, 9.Oct 2011

Rothbury Golf Club in Northumberland has been awarded GolfMark status by the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). The award is recognition for the club’s ability to attract juniors and beginners to the game of golf.

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Northumberland club uses its own woodchip to heat clubhouse

Northumberland club uses its own woodchip to heat clubhouse 1

🕔07:35, 8.Oct 2011

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa in Northumberland has begun using its own woodchip to heat its clubhouse and hotel, ensuring the club is both carbon neutral and is saving thousands of pounds which it previously spent on oil. The

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Legal threat forces club to install £40k fence

Legal threat forces club to install £40k fence 0

🕔18:02, 7.Oct 2011

City of Belfast Golf Club is being forced to erect a £40,000 fence following legal action from a neighbouring resident concerned about the risk of flying golf balls. Belfast County Council was asked to contribute £20,000, following the threat of

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Abbey Hill GC’s £775k ‘pirate island’ opens

Abbey Hill GC’s £775k ‘pirate island’ opens 2

🕔09:16, 5.Oct 2011

A mini-golf ‘Pirate Island Adventure Golf’ activity centre has been opened at Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes. The facility boasts an array of features, including a huge signature ship, waterfalls, lakes, streams and islands, with rafts, treasure chests,

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More than 500 UK golf clubs are on Twitter

More than 500 UK golf clubs are on Twitter 1

🕔12:12, 1.Oct 2011

Two lists have been set up detailing all of the UK golf clubs that have Twitter accounts. As of late February 2012, it features more than 500 venues, including many of the biggest in golf, such as Celtic Manor, St

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