Marketing: Your website is a database-building tool

Marketing: Your website is a database-building tool 1

🕔10:33, 26.Oct 2011

“British Golf Clubs not business minded, say US marketing experts.” That was the headline that greeted me recently on a golf industry news website. The company concerned, which had recently launched in the UK, accused golf clubs of not being

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Grimsby course ‘to be converted into housing’

Grimsby course ‘to be converted into housing’ 0

🕔10:15, 26.Oct 2011

A Lincolnshire golf course could be converted into housing after the company that owns the location’s lease has decided it does not fit into its business plan. The freehold for Humberston Country Club’s 18-year-old nine-hole golf course, which has over

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PGA captain calls for golf clubs to offer training to their managers

PGA captain calls for golf clubs to offer training to their managers 1

🕔16:13, 25.Oct 2011

The captain of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Eddie Bullock, has said that golf clubs need to offer more educational offerings to their managers in order for the club to survive in current, difficult market conditions. “Every club member expects

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Time to embrace nomadic golfers rather than view them as the enemy at the gate?

Time to embrace nomadic golfers rather than view them as the enemy at the gate? 0

🕔15:52, 25.Oct 2011

Apparently any scheme which appears to offer an alternative to golf club membership, including the EGU’s own Associate Membership programme (its discontinuation was announced this month), have brought about the demise of golf as we know it. One solution offered

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Retief Goosen builds putting green in his own back garden

Retief Goosen builds putting green in his own back garden 0

🕔14:42, 25.Oct 2011

Two-time US Open winner, Retief Goosen, has built a 300 metre squared golf green in his garden in Surrey. The synthetic golf green has been installed at the house he moved into earlier this year – his previous residence had

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Steven Brown: Buy better and sell dearer to maximise on F&B profits

Steven Brown: Buy better and sell dearer to maximise on F&B profits 0

🕔13:49, 25.Oct 2011

In this article I thought it might be appropriate to revisit some of those areas with the latest updates and changes to the industry norms. So, here is a ‘top tips’ guide on food and beverage operations for golf clubs.

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Osborne Golf Club completes £150k refurb

Osborne Golf Club completes £150k refurb 0

🕔13:45, 25.Oct 2011

Osborne Golf Club in the Isle of Wight has completed a £150,000 clubhouse refurbishment programme. The 107-year-old club has increased the existing clubhouse with the facility of a pro shop, a new secretary’s office, an increased bar area – and

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Q&A with Ernie Els on his ‘The Els Club’

Q&A with Ernie Els on his ‘The Els Club’ 0

🕔13:38, 25.Oct 2011

Golf Club Management: Tell me about Dubai Sports City and your relationship with it. Ernie Els: The whole project at Dubai Sports City [the world’s first purpose-built sports city] is incredibly exciting – I mean, I think it’s fair to

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Howard Swan: My principles of golf course design

Howard Swan: My principles of golf course design 0

🕔13:30, 25.Oct 2011

Every member of a club, every professional golfer and every player thinks that he or she is a golf course architect and can be a golf course architect – just like each and every one of us feels that we

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‘High achiever’ GolfMark status for Cannington Golf Centre

‘High achiever’ GolfMark status for Cannington Golf Centre 0

🕔11:56, 25.Oct 2011

Cannington Golf Centre in Somerset, a nine-hole golf course located at a further education college, has been awarded ‘high achiever’ GolfMark accreditation. The facility, part of Bridgwater College, which offers land-based studies and sporting opportunities to its students, encourages beginners to play

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Reciprocal county card schemes – the solution to the 2-for-1 problem?

Reciprocal county card schemes – the solution to the 2-for-1 problem? 1

🕔11:31, 25.Oct 2011

Many clubs do not have a full membership and the many 2-for-1 schemes for casual golfers is blamed as a contributory factor. On the other hand most clubs need income from visitors. The introduction of the EGU Associate Membership Scheme

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How a membership referral scheme can work for your club

How a membership referral scheme can work for your club 0

🕔11:20, 25.Oct 2011

For the vast majority of clubs in the UK, membership renewal falls between November and April. It has always been an administrative headache but now it is taking on even more importance as a barometer of just how well your

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Proprietary golf clubs urged to make Capital Allowance Tax claim

Proprietary golf clubs urged to make Capital Allowance Tax claim 0

🕔10:37, 25.Oct 2011

All proprietary golf clubs in the UK have been urged to make a Capital Allowance Tax claim before next year’s April Budget, when the tax allowance is ended after 62 years. A spokesman for Malpasso, which works with golf clubs on reclaiming

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Golf clubs overcharged by more than £5 million per year by energy firms

Golf clubs overcharged by more than £5 million per year by energy firms 0

🕔10:25, 25.Oct 2011

An energy expert has said that golf clubs are overcharged by about £5 million per year by their energy suppliers and that 70 per cent of golf clubs will recover about £2,000 each, if they carry out an audit. Consultant

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Marketing: How to get your local press on board

Marketing: How to get your local press on board 0

🕔10:06, 25.Oct 2011

Clubs are increasingly looking for new members to help keep their finances fit, but, short of erecting signboards at the roadside blazing forth the fact, how can they tip the wink to their local catchment? Well how about the local

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Rules of Golf face biggest changes since 1897

Rules of Golf face biggest changes since 1897 0

🕔09:53, 25.Oct 2011

A golfer will no longer be penalised if his or her ball is moved by a gust of wind after it has been addressed, according to radical changes to the Rules of Golf, effective from January 1, 2012 to December 31,

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More than 200 golf clubs sign up to Golf 4 Heroes

More than 200 golf clubs sign up to Golf 4 Heroes 1

🕔09:20, 25.Oct 2011

More than 200 golf clubs around Europe have signed up for the new Golf 4 Heroes project. The scheme, which sees each member venue pledge two complimentary green fees per week for Golf 4 Heroes members – people who have

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Buckingham Golf Club’s Scott Parker named ‘Steward of the Year’

Buckingham Golf Club’s Scott Parker named ‘Steward of the Year’ 0

🕔09:14, 25.Oct 2011

A steward at Buckingham Golf Club has been named the English Golf Union’s (EGU) ‘Steward of the Year’ for 2011.
 Scott Parker won the accolade due to the ‘outstanding service and welcoming experience for the golfer’ at his golf club’s 19th

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General Manager – St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club

General Manager – St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 0

🕔17:17, 24.Oct 2011

Salary Negotiable Cambridgeshire St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club is a Private Members Club, and has recently moved to a new multi-million pound eighteen hole inland Links Course designed by Cameron Sinclair. The course is already highly acclaimed, and will mature to become

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Secretary / Manager – Notts Golf Club

Secretary / Manager – Notts Golf Club 1

🕔17:03, 24.Oct 2011

Notts. Golf Club (Hollinwell), established in 1887, is widely recognised as one of the top inland golf courses in the UK. The position: • A wide ranging role involving day to day management of all aspects of the club’soperations, acting

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General Manager – Flackwell Heath Golf Club

General Manager – Flackwell Heath Golf Club 3

🕔16:47, 24.Oct 2011

Founded in 1904, Flackwell Heath is an 18 hole, private members’ club situated near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. Reporting to the President the successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of the Club, management of all staff and implementation of

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Q&A with Simon Doyle, the head of agronomy at Troon Europe

Q&A with Simon Doyle, the head of agronomy at Troon Europe 0

🕔16:41, 24.Oct 2011

GCM: How did you end up as an agronomist? Simon Doyle: I was in Ireland when an opportunity came up to go out to Japan as an assistant agronomist for a US-based consultancy firm. Things progressed from there before joining

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Person profile: John Scott – golf club manager and soldier

Person profile: John Scott – golf club manager and soldier 0

🕔16:32, 24.Oct 2011

John Scott, former serving Secretary and a member of the GCMA for several years has recently returned from military service, as a Royal Marine, in Iraq and Afghanistan. John joined the GCMA whilst the manager of Wrexham Golf Club, in

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International clubs forge reciprocal deal to attract members

International clubs forge reciprocal deal to attract members 1

🕔12:47, 24.Oct 2011

Two major golf clubs, one in China and one in Cyprus, have formed a reciprocal partnership to attract more members to both. Eléa Golf Club in Cyprus has signed the agreement with the world’s largest golf facility, Mission Hills China. The

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Bentley Golf Club to redesign its 17th hole

Bentley Golf Club to redesign its 17th hole 0

🕔11:23, 24.Oct 2011

Bentley Golf Club in Essex is to redevelop its par three 17th hole and has commissioned a company to formulate a ten-year plan for the overall improvement of the course. Advances in technique and technology mean that the 1972 layout

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PGA to honour its longstanding members

PGA to honour its longstanding members 0

🕔11:12, 24.Oct 2011

The PGA will celebrate some of its longstanding members with a special lunch at The Belfry on Monday, October 31. Among those attending the event is 92-year-old Victor Alexander, who will fly 4,500 miles from the West Indies to be

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Bearwood Lakes removes ryegrass from its rough

Bearwood Lakes removes ryegrass from its rough 0

🕔11:03, 24.Oct 2011

The course manager of Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Daniel Lightfoot MG, has timed his selective herbicide treatments, targeting ryegrass and Yorkshire fog, to coincide with the natural fescues’ autumn senescence. The result is minimal visual impact on the course now,

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