PGA pro-owned golf retail group changes its name

PGA pro-owned golf retail group changes its name 0

🕔09:41, 27.Oct 2011

TGI Golf, the golf retail services group owned by PGA Professionals, has changed its name to the TGI Golf Partnership. The new name, which reflects the company’s desire to be less thought of as merely a buying group, which it

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Golf club volunteers to be rewarded

Golf club volunteers to be rewarded 0

🕔16:32, 26.Oct 2011

Volunteers at golf clubs are to be rewarded and recognised by the England Golf Partnership (EGP). Nominations are being invited now in order to honour a range of volunteers with awards during the 2012 County Golf Development Conference at the

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Municipal golf courses are ‘losing money’

Municipal golf courses are ‘losing money’ 0

🕔16:19, 26.Oct 2011

The secretary of the National Association of Public Golf Courses (NAPGC), Eddie Mitchell, has said that municipal golf courses are, in general, losing money and memberships of them are in decline. “Overall membership of the municipal courses is falling. I

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Ramside bids to rival Celtic Manor

Ramside bids to rival Celtic Manor 0

🕔13:56, 26.Oct 2011

Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club in County Durham is seeking planning permission to convert its 27-hole – three-loops-of-nine – golf course into a 36-hole complex that would rival Celtic Manor, host of last year’s Ryder Cup. The club also

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Reciprocal deal golf club shortlisted for award

Reciprocal deal golf club shortlisted for award 2

🕔13:15, 26.Oct 2011

A new Middle Eastern golf club that markets itself via reciprocal deals with other courses around the world has been shortlisted for an award. Yas Links Abu Dhabi is battling for the gong of Best Course in the Middle East

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Devon County Golf Union celebrates its centenary

Devon County Golf Union celebrates its centenary 0

🕔11:32, 26.Oct 2011

The Devon County Golf Union, the regional governing body for golf clubs in the county, is celebrating its 100th birthday today. Set up on October 26, 1911 with the support of 19 clubs, six of which no longer exist, the

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Peter Walsh: How we built a six-hole course for beginners at my golf club

Peter Walsh: How we built a six-hole course for beginners at my golf club 1

🕔11:03, 26.Oct 2011

Northamptonshire County Golf Club celebrated its centenary two years ago and there is no doubt it is a well-established, traditional club. Fortunately, it also has a forward-looking management team that has served the members well. The club decided at an

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Steven Brown: How to define ‘bar waste’

Steven Brown: How to define ‘bar waste’ 0

🕔10:53, 26.Oct 2011

Here are important questions relating to a result that need to be answered. ‘Why has the overall margin decreased so dramatically?’ – Was it caused by a change in the sales mix to less profitable products? – Has there been

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Steven Brown: Should your club have a franchised, in-house or a loose catering set up?

Steven Brown: Should your club have a franchised, in-house or a loose catering set up? 1

🕔10:50, 26.Oct 2011

Of increasing importance for golf clubs is the question of food provision. Should we provide this in-house or get outside assistance? Many clubs have a varying array of ‘arrangements’ regarding their food provision and I am constantly asked about the

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Grass choice is key if water becomes scarce, warns top agronomist

Grass choice is key if water becomes scarce, warns top agronomist 0

🕔10:46, 26.Oct 2011

A golf course agronomist who specialises in working in arid climates has said that the choice of grass is critical for a golf club to survive in drought conditions. Earlier this year areas of East Anglia were declared officially ‘drought-stricken’,

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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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