The course management practice behind the new Clandon Park golf course

The course management practice behind the new Clandon Park golf course 1

🕔17:09, 11.Nov 2011

This story first appeared in Greenkeeping magazine in 2010 A new course just a few minutes from the centre of Guildford opened last year and, although some may have questioned the feasibility of a new club being positioned next door

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Noel Mackenzie: How seeds and fertilisers help turf after winter

Noel Mackenzie: How seeds and fertilisers help turf after winter 0

🕔17:04, 11.Nov 2011

The spring sets the foundation for the season ahead. Get it right and all should be well and, even if it is not, at least there will be condition in the turf to adjust maintenance practices and get the best

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Peter Jones: Let your golf course do the marketing for you

Peter Jones: Let your golf course do the marketing for you 0

🕔16:58, 11.Nov 2011

March 1 is the ‘target date’ for presenting the course in a better than average condition, and making the most of the marketing opportunities that exist in early spring. Since the previous autumn, the work programmes will have been geared

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Laurence Pithie: Winter is the crucial time to carry out drainage and bunker work

Laurence Pithie: Winter is the crucial time to carry out drainage and bunker work 0

🕔16:53, 11.Nov 2011

Although the key aspect for winter golf is playability and the emphasis should always focus on providing firm, dry surfaces whenever possible, this time of year can also be beneficial for renovation and project work. After a full playing season,

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Club profile: How Aberdour Golf Club competes with St Andrews

Club profile: How Aberdour Golf Club competes with St Andrews 0

🕔16:44, 11.Nov 2011

Aberdour Golf Club sits just six miles south-east of Dunfermline in Fife, resting on the shores of the River Forth located on the east Scottish coast, an area known for its golfing pedigree. With some of the world’s most prestigious

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Comment: The Olympics, flexible memberships and female golfers

Comment: The Olympics, flexible memberships and female golfers 4

🕔16:39, 11.Nov 2011

Olympic golf: is it good for clubs? I’m afraid I can see no benefit for our clubs in golf becoming an Olympic sport. This is not to criticise The R&A (together with the USGA) for pushing very hard to this

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How to use data to boost your membership categories

How to use data to boost your membership categories 0

🕔16:33, 11.Nov 2011

In this article Sue Froggatt highlights the different types of research options, including the advantages of e-surveys and the key questions people ask when conducting research A common problem for membership associations is a tendency to be disproportionally influenced by

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Brian Butler: Undertaking a fire risk assessment

Brian Butler: Undertaking a fire risk assessment 1

🕔16:29, 11.Nov 2011

In 1992 the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations made it obligatory for all employers to undertake risk assessments. At that time there was confusion of how exactly to record the risk assessments. There was great excitement among

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The fire risk from an unclean grease-extract ventilation system

The fire risk from an unclean grease-extract ventilation system 0

🕔16:20, 11.Nov 2011

Most golf club managers will be familiar with the visit from the environmental health officer (EHO). Satisfying the local EHO that the catering facility is being operated in compliance with all the food hygiene regulations will be well known to

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Surviving the loss of a profit-making chef

Surviving the loss of a profit-making chef 1

🕔16:14, 11.Nov 2011

Monday Morning! It was a good weekend, the president’s dinner went well, takings were good and the new kitchen performed faultlessly! All is sweetness and light! Two minutes later there is a knock at your office door. It’s the head

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Using the non-golfing season to attract juniors

Using the non-golfing season to attract juniors 0

🕔16:08, 11.Nov 2011

The period of late autumn through to early spring may not be a great time for golf clubs to launch recruitment drives to low handicap adults, but, as the pro is less busy and children can try out the game

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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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