Comment: Give consumers what they want

Comment: Give consumers what they want 0

🕔15:59, 11.Nov 2011

I’ve been reading several interviews with major players in the golf club industry in local papers in the UK and USA in recent weeks, and I’ve noticed that they all seem to be saying the same thing: their golf clubs

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Loch Lomond wins eco award

Loch Lomond wins eco award 9

🕔13:15, 11.Nov 2011

Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland has won the ‘Overall Achievement Award’ at the STRI’s Golf Environment Awards 2011. The club achieved exemplary results in the key performance areas of nature conservation, waste management, water management and turfgrass management. David Cole,

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Royal Navy golf club to close – in one week

Royal Navy golf club to close – in one week 0

🕔20:56, 10.Nov 2011

Culdrose Golf Club in Cornwall, a 50-year-old golf club owned by the Royal Navy, is to close. The club, which lies on a Royal Navy Air Station, will shut in just one week, after the base installed radio and radar

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Club member banned for online sabotage

Club member banned for online sabotage 0

🕔17:36, 10.Nov 2011

Vale of Leven Golf Club in West Dunbartonshire has banned a former member from ever rejoining the club after he brought the club’s website down. Chad Wright, a member at the club for seven years who set up the website,

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Airline luggage prices impacting on golf tourism

Airline luggage prices impacting on golf tourism 0

🕔17:14, 10.Nov 2011

Golfers in the UK, Europe’s largest golf market, say rising airline fees to transport sports equipment is now a significant factor in their decision to stay at home for a golf break instead of travelling abroad, a new survey has

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Noel Mackenzie: How to prepare for course machinery servicing

Noel Mackenzie: How to prepare for course machinery servicing 0

🕔17:39, 9.Nov 2011

Let’s face it – lying on a cold concrete floor in the middle of winter with a nasty cold draft playing havoc with places that only cold drafts can play havoc with is not most people’s idea of fun! Nevertheless

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Peter Jones: How two courses in basin areas survive drainage problems

Peter Jones: How two courses in basin areas survive drainage problems 0

🕔17:35, 9.Nov 2011

Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on the north west tip of Guernsey is an historic piece of land that has been favoured over centuries of time for a diverse range of activities, long before it was a golf course.

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PGA and UKGCOA join forces to help clubs

PGA and UKGCOA join forces to help clubs 0

🕔17:12, 9.Nov 2011

Two leading golf bodies are collaborating to assist golf clubs employing PGA professionals by clarifying the range of roles they undertake. The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and the United Kingdom Golf Course Owners’ Association (UKGCOA) have announced their commitment to

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Golf shoe brand brings out ladies’ range 0

🕔17:01, 9.Nov 2011

Royal Albartross, the brand behind the golf shoes, has responded to an increasing demand from women by launching a ladies’ range every bit as sexy, stylish and innovative as its male counterpart. The British shoemaker has unveiled six new designs

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St Andrews awarded eco-label

St Andrews awarded eco-label 6

🕔10:44, 9.Nov 2011

St Andrews Links has been awarded the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Certified™ eco-label in recognition of its sustainability commitment and achievements. The world-famous golf resort, the first Open Championship venue to achieve the accreditation, features seven golf courses, including the Old

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Alistair J Beggs: A 2mm height of cut cannot work

Alistair J Beggs: A 2mm height of cut cannot work 0

🕔17:41, 8.Nov 2011

The constant demand for ever-faster surfaces (and in my experience some of this is coming from greenkeepers and not just golfers) is doing this industry nothing but harm. The most recent advice I read in some journals and magazines is

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Ricky Willison: The 2mm height of cut works for me

Ricky Willison: The 2mm height of cut works for me 0

🕔17:39, 8.Nov 2011

I am writing in response to articles written by agronomists who question the greenkeeping practices of our course manager, Greg Evans [who cuts the grass on his course’s greens to 2mm]. Now I know he is not alone in his

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How to attract wildlife to your course

How to attract wildlife to your course 0

🕔17:31, 8.Nov 2011

Golf courses are often oases for wildlife, with the roughs being home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. Indeed, in many towns or intensively-managed farming areas, golf courses may be one of the few sanctuaries available for species

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How West Linton Golf Club developed an index for meeting minutes

How West Linton Golf Club developed an index for meeting minutes 0

🕔17:25, 8.Nov 2011

How often have you heard it said at a club meeting: ‘Haven’t we discussed this issue before?’ ‘Exactly what did we discuss – then agree upon – and when was it?’ ‘Now we’ll have to trawl through several years of

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Profile: David O’Sullivan – manager of China Fleet Golf Club

Profile: David O’Sullivan – manager of China Fleet Golf Club 0

🕔17:18, 8.Nov 2011

Usually, when asked what management philosophy guides them, successful managers refer to their attention to detail, their marketing initiative or just their dogged determination. David O’Sullivan sprung a new one on me: “MBWA,” he intoned sagely. I looked bewildered, so

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Gaudet Luce to offer free meals to the frail

Gaudet Luce to offer free meals to the frail 0

🕔17:04, 8.Nov 2011

Gaudet Luce Golf & Leisure Complex in Worcestershire is to offer 50 free Christmas lunches to residents over the age of 50. Backed by Age UK Droitwich Spa and under the ‘Spread The Warmth’ campaign, the club will be particularly

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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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