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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Williams sorry for ‘racist’ Woods comments

Williams sorry for ‘racist’ Woods comments 1

🕔09:18, 5.Nov 2011

The former caddie of Tiger Woods has apologised after he made comments that he accepts could be ‘construed as racist’ to fellow diners at a gala dinner in China. Steve Williams, who was sacked by Woods this summer, said that

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Neil Sjoberg: All golf clubs would thrive if there was change at the top

Neil Sjoberg: All golf clubs would thrive if there was change at the top 0

🕔17:14, 4.Nov 2011

After spending 35 years on golf club committees, I spent the next 10 building my own club. It turns out that having your house on the line makes you see things differently. Some clubs with a special name or location

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Review of the GCMA Conference

Review of the GCMA Conference 0

🕔17:04, 4.Nov 2011

This is a review of the 2009 GCMA conference. The 2011 conference is from November 14 to 16 When you attend any event like the GCMA National Conference for three days, there will always be a series of specific memories

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Adrian Houstoun: Legal ramifications of linking up with the timeshare industry

Adrian Houstoun: Legal ramifications of linking up with the timeshare industry 0

🕔16:59, 4.Nov 2011

Golf is one of the areas that has been successfully adopted by the timeshare industry over the years. It makes sense to have a timeshare at a favourite golfing location, but there are times when you might prefer to experience

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How your course can be a sanctuary for birds

How your course can be a sanctuary for birds 0

🕔16:55, 4.Nov 2011

In the last few years, any mention of the RSPB and golf has normally surrounded criticsm from the bird-protection charity over Donald Trump’s plans to build a golf course on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, which has been almost as

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Steve Isaac: Lush playing surfaces require healthy land

Steve Isaac: Lush playing surfaces require healthy land 1

🕔16:48, 4.Nov 2011

Every golfer believes they know a good putting surface when they play on one. They can hold the green with whatever type of shot they play from the fairway or rough. They hole more putts than they miss. It is

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Steve Isaac: Climbing the sustainability ladder

Steve Isaac: Climbing the sustainability ladder 1

🕔16:41, 4.Nov 2011

The R&A is golf’s world rules and development body outside of the USA and Mexico (where the USGA has jurisdiction) and organiser of The Open Championship. It operates with the consent of 130 national and international organisations representing the amateur

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