Amateurs to win major hole-in-one prizes for first time

Amateurs to win major hole-in-one prizes for first time 1

🕔16:56, 8.Nov 2011

For the first time in golf’s history, amateur golfers could win a major prize such as a car or a £1,000,000, if they hit a hole-in-one from January 1, 2012. Changes to The R&A’s Rules of Golf mean golf clubs

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Optician to study golf to help the visually impaired

Optician to study golf to help the visually impaired 0

🕔10:47, 8.Nov 2011

A Derbyshire-based optician is to study golf and optics in a bid to become one of only 70 independent opticians in the UK who have a diploma in Sportvision Practice. Michael Carr, of Stanley H Field opticians, hopes to advise

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Club offers children an escape from crime

Club offers children an escape from crime 0

🕔20:03, 7.Nov 2011

Caversham Heath Golf Club in Henley has teamed up with the police to offer wayward children a route out of petty crime. The club is offering two days of golf tuition to children that a local community support officer believes

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Noel Mackenzie: Preparing your course for winter

Noel Mackenzie: Preparing your course for winter 0

🕔17:28, 7.Nov 2011

It’s that time of year again and as the song goes: “raindrops falling, hear the sound of winter calling”. On greens, our number one concern is pleasing the customer, the golfer, and so on many courses the main threat must

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Peter Jones: How to maintain bunkers

Peter Jones: How to maintain bunkers 1

🕔17:19, 7.Nov 2011

Bunkers come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from the bigger ones such as ‘Hell Bunker’ at St. Andrews  to the taller ones like the ‘Himalaya Bunker’ at St. Enodoc – visible from over a mile away, to

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How to identify and treat diseases on your course’s trees

How to identify and treat diseases on your course’s trees 0

🕔17:13, 7.Nov 2011

Golf course tree management – or perhaps tree course golf management? Either way, while trees are a very important component of the golf course infrastructure and make a significant contribution to the landscape of the area, they can present challenges

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Laurence Pithie: Using aeration to create a healthy turf

Laurence Pithie: Using aeration to create a healthy turf 0

🕔16:59, 7.Nov 2011

After mowing, aerification is the most important task in the maintenance of fine turf. Even 100 years ago, many greenkeepers realised that there was a need to remove water from ‘hide-bound’ greens‘ surfaces and allow the turf to breathe. Fortunately

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Q&A: One of Britain’s few female head greenkeepers

Q&A: One of Britain’s few female head greenkeepers 1

🕔16:50, 7.Nov 2011

Historians of golf will know the name of Palace Hotel Torquay, for its nine-hole par three golf course hosted the Short Course Professional Championship for an incredible 40 years running, from 1933 to 1973, meaning that the course and hotel

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Noel Mackenzie: An overview of pesticide legislation

Noel Mackenzie: An overview of pesticide legislation 0

🕔16:34, 7.Nov 2011

Within horticulture, pesticides are used widely. Despite common misconceptions, the amount of pesticide used by golf courses and sports grounds is minute when compared to the amount used overall in land-based industries such as agriculture, railways and highways. There is

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Peter Jones: How they do greenkeeping in Thailand

Peter Jones: How they do greenkeeping in Thailand 0

🕔16:28, 7.Nov 2011

On a recent holiday to visit some old friends in Koa Samui, Thailand, I asked my friend John if there was a golf course on the island I could look in on. He replied: “Yes, in fact there are two”.

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Noel Mackenzie: The soil testing behind fertilisers

Noel Mackenzie: The soil testing behind fertilisers 0

🕔16:25, 7.Nov 2011

Currently there are so many fertiliser choices out there that the combined product options for a greenkeeper formulating his / her fertiliser programme is virtually infinite. It would be possible to write an extraordinary book on the subject but having

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How to ensure irrigation efficiency

How to ensure irrigation efficiency 0

🕔16:22, 7.Nov 2011

Most irrigation controllers are programmed in minutes per station. The person in charge of irrigation is usually very busy with other jobs, so 10 minutes per green is the default. Using this rule, it is very likely that the ground

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Noel Mackenzie: How much pesticides should your greenkeepers use?

Noel Mackenzie: How much pesticides should your greenkeepers use? 0

🕔16:19, 7.Nov 2011

Ever since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring the focus has been on the chemists, producers and those using pesticide products as wrong doers. And when that book was written this was certainly the case! At that time in the 1950s

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Laurence Pithie: How to be a more efficient course manager

Laurence Pithie: How to be a more efficient course manager 0

🕔16:15, 7.Nov 2011

The short book I produced, Managing Golf Courses More Efficiently, looks at the challenges facing the golf industry and offers a number of measures that can be taken to maximise efficiency while retaining the quality and standard of the golf

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Noel Mackenzie: Why the fundamentals of drainage are often overlooked

Noel Mackenzie: Why the fundamentals of drainage are often overlooked 0

🕔16:06, 7.Nov 2011

There is a lot of old rot talked about drainage! Much of it comes from lay people with well meant, but uninformed, views about the problem with an area of sports turf that has a puddle of some sort. Unfortunately,

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Peter Jones: Course management tips to cut costs and boost revenues

Peter Jones: Course management tips to cut costs and boost revenues 0

🕔16:03, 7.Nov 2011

Anyone who was affected by the property downturn in the late 80s and early 90s should remember just how bad things got then, which resulted in many people suffering negative equity and throwing-in the keys to their houses. Banks refused

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Steve Isaac: Why now is the perfect time to make your course sustainable

Steve Isaac: Why now is the perfect time to make your course sustainable 0

🕔17:56, 6.Nov 2011

In the midst of a global recession, can golf facilities save money by becoming more sustainable? And how can we achieve this whilst still caring for the environment, maintaining our social responsibility and preparing the same quality of playing surface?

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Steve Isaac and Dr Keith Duff: Is your club socially responsible?

Steve Isaac and Dr Keith Duff: Is your club socially responsible? 1

🕔17:52, 6.Nov 2011

Two years ago, at a conference for The R&A’s international affiliates, the national governing bodies of the game outside of the USA and Mexico, The R&A’s Golf Course Committee gave a presentation to representatives from over 60 countries. Our theme

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Using your eco-credentials to market your club

Using your eco-credentials to market your club 0

🕔17:46, 6.Nov 2011

Really successful marketing is based on identifying the core, and – even better – unique, qualities of the products and services you offer. Thereafter translating that into accessible, engaging messages that resonate with your target audience. A browse through the

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Steven Brown: Gaining control of your F&B operation

Steven Brown: Gaining control of your F&B operation 2

🕔17:42, 6.Nov 2011

Someone once referred to me as a ‘control freak’. Now whilst I readily admit to being the latter I dearly would like to claim to being in the former state! Over many years of providing guidance and advice to purveyors

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The legal ramifications of cost cutting measures

The legal ramifications of cost cutting measures 0

🕔17:37, 6.Nov 2011

By Adrian Houstoun

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Steve Rumball: Review of my reciprocal membership scheme

Steve Rumball: Review of my reciprocal membership scheme 0

🕔17:33, 6.Nov 2011

This article was written in late 2009 by Steve Rumball, manager of Chalgrave Manor Golf Club Reciprocal golf, an agreement between two or more clubs to allow their members to play each others’ courses, sometimes for free, sometimes for a

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Improving the junior section at Alford Golf Club

Improving the junior section at Alford Golf Club 0

🕔17:29, 6.Nov 2011

If there ever was a time that golf’s attitude towards children was for them to be neither seen nor heard, then it is clearly long gone, as increasingly, clubs are discovering the short and long term social and financial benefits

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Peter Jones: Do not try to copy Augusta

Peter Jones: Do not try to copy Augusta 0

🕔17:07, 6.Nov 2011

The phrase golf course landscape can conjure up images at two extremes. Augusta with its lush green tree-lined fairways and floristic greens, and the links courses such as St Andrews or Royal Lytham with exposed treeless, often gorse-lined, fairways. Between

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Greg Evans: Why I can cut my greens to 2mm

Greg Evans: Why I can cut my greens to 2mm 0

🕔17:03, 6.Nov 2011

Greenkeepers have all heard the cries of ‘why are the greens so slow?’ or ‘try engaging the mower blades next time you cut!’ The reason for these complaints is that the general golfer wants to putt on fast, true greens

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Loss-making golf course converted into park

Loss-making golf course converted into park 0

🕔13:41, 6.Nov 2011

Appley Park Pitch and Putt course in the Isle of Wight has been converted into a park after the local council failed to find an operator to run it. The golf course, one of several municipal golf courses in the

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Golfer who lost eye awarded £400,000

Golfer who lost eye awarded £400,000 0

🕔12:21, 5.Nov 2011

A golfer who lost an eye when a ball struck it at Niddry Castle Golf Club in Scotland is set to receive around £400,000 after a judge decided that the club was 30 per cent responsible for the injury due

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