12 staff at TopGolf to support ‘Movember’

12 staff at TopGolf to support ‘Movember’ 0

🕔15:55, 1.Nov 2011

Twelve male members of staff at three TopGolf centres in England have had their last clean shave for a month as they support ‘Movember’ by sprouting moustaches. A team of four ‘Mo Bros’ from each of the TopGolf centres at Addlestone,

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Ian Wright raises £40k for charity

Ian Wright raises £40k for charity 0

🕔15:50, 1.Nov 2011

Arsenal goal-scoring hero Ian Wright has raised £40,000 for charity by hosting a golf event at Monte da Quinta golf club in Portugal. The luxurious Algarve resort hosted 60 golfers for the three-day Ian Wright Golf Classic in aid of the

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Elemore GC could close due to council cuts

Elemore GC could close due to council cuts 0

🕔20:48, 31.Oct 2011

The last remaining municipal golf course in Sunderland may close after its local council announced plans to withdraw funding for it. Elemore Golf Club, which employs nine people, is to have £75,000 per year of funding withdrawn by Sunderland City

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Barry Hill: Your golf club will never get a second chance to make a first impression

Barry Hill: Your golf club will never get a second chance to make a first impression 0

🕔17:22, 31.Oct 2011

No matter how attractive the golf course, how impressive the history of the club, times have changed. Even the best established of golf clubs can no longer sit back and wait for members to flock to their doors. Many clubs

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7,000 children in the Midlands introduced to golf in the last two years

7,000 children in the Midlands introduced to golf in the last two years 0

🕔17:15, 31.Oct 2011

More than 7,000 schoolchildren at 250 schools have been introduced to golf across the Midlands thanks to the charity the Golf Foundation and the University of Birmingham. Students on the PGA-backed university’s Applied Golf Management Studies (AGMS) degree have been

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Solar panels and the lucrative payments clubs can secure before December 12

Solar panels and the lucrative payments clubs can secure before December 12 1

🕔16:32, 31.Oct 2011

The solar energy incentive in the UK has been taken advantage of by tens of thousands of homeowners and small and medium sized businesses, and golf clubs are perhaps better placed than anyone else to benefit. At the crux of

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Lucrative solar panel scheme slashed in half

Lucrative solar panel scheme slashed in half 0

🕔16:15, 31.Oct 2011

Golf clubs have just six weeks to sign up to the lucrative Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rate that can be secured from installing solar panels, following an announcement today from the government that it will cut FiT payments in half from

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Noel Mackenzie: Why greenkeepers must survive these tough economic conditions

Noel Mackenzie: Why greenkeepers must survive these tough economic conditions 0

🕔14:56, 30.Oct 2011

I cannot recall a period where so many course managers have lost their jobs. A number of clubs took it upon themselves to cut costs… and as a consequence there were quite a few course managers who ended up looking

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Noel Mackenzie: What fertilisers should greenkeepers use?

Noel Mackenzie: What fertilisers should greenkeepers use? 1

🕔14:51, 30.Oct 2011

• How does a greenkeeper get the best out of his course? • What technologies are out there to aid him or her in their work? • What is there to know about the products on offer and when to

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The best turf education web sites

The best turf education web sites 8

🕔14:48, 30.Oct 2011

Many reach positions of head greenkeeper / course manager through hard work, reliability and the ability to organise a team to carry out the required turf maintenance. Many will have achieved qualifications along the way and have a good understanding

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The benefits of a land drainage system

The benefits of a land drainage system 0

🕔14:44, 30.Oct 2011

Whatever the sporting or leisure activity, efficient drainage is an essential element in maintaining a good playing surface. Loss of use due to waterlogging or turf damage can result in a backlog of games, dissatisfied sportsmen, lost fixtures and even

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Peter Jones: Autumn is the best time to create a soil structure that will cope with winter

Peter Jones: Autumn is the best time to create a soil structure that will cope with winter 0

🕔14:42, 30.Oct 2011

Autumn is perhaps the most important time for implementing the surface management practices that will help to pay dividends the following spring, and getting things right before winter arrives can not only help to limit unnecessary damage, but ensure that

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Noel Mackenzie: The eco benefits from spraying

Noel Mackenzie: The eco benefits from spraying 0

🕔14:38, 30.Oct 2011

Spraying has long been considered a dirty word outside of greenkeeping circles, and sometimes within it. Why? Well, to the uninitiated, the sight of a machine spraying the ground with something evokes the ‘man is killing the planet’ in all

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The bunkers that have coal instead of sand in them

The bunkers that have coal instead of sand in them 0

🕔14:35, 30.Oct 2011

Built in 1982, The Briarwood Golf Course, an 18-hole privately owned golf course Stateside in Montana, covers 350 acres, of which 300 acres are maintained. Trouble-shooting was superintendent Sean Sullivan’s first task when he arrived in Billings, Montana from Georgia

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Noel Mackenzie: Making greenkeeping at municipal golf courses a success

Noel Mackenzie: Making greenkeeping at municipal golf courses a success 0

🕔14:30, 30.Oct 2011

I recently was commissioned to advise a golf course on its agronomy. However, the visit to the course in question revealed it to be one of the poorest conditioned courses I had seen in a long while, at least in

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How South Essex Golf Club’s course strategy attracts wildlife and reduces chemical usage

How South Essex Golf Club’s course strategy attracts wildlife and reduces chemical usage 0

🕔14:26, 30.Oct 2011

There are many ways by which a golf course can differentiate itself. For some owners, the lure of being a signature design is of paramount importance and with increasing numbers of the world’s best golfers launching course design businesses, that

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Peter Jones: How the correct planting and pruning of trees can benefit the golf course

Peter Jones: How the correct planting and pruning of trees can benefit the golf course 0

🕔14:23, 30.Oct 2011

Winter time brings an opportunity for tree management work, but the lopping or removing of trees remains an emotive subject for many a golf club member, which can create problems and frustration for the course manager if there is not

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Noel Mackenzie: What aeration machine and technique should you deploy?

Noel Mackenzie: What aeration machine and technique should you deploy? 0

🕔14:19, 30.Oct 2011

Sticking holes in turf has been a mainstay activity for greenkeepers for a very long time. In the early days of greenkeeping it was recognised that the removal of worms from the soil demanded that the soil be treated to

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Top tips for maintaining course machinery

Top tips for maintaining course machinery 0

🕔14:17, 30.Oct 2011

1) The do’s and don’ts of in-house servicing When it comes to machinery maintenance, there’s no substitute for experience – use only competent, manufacturer-trained turfcare mechanics. Many companies would recommend using your dealer or service centre, but if you do

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How to keep the course in play during cold spells

How to keep the course in play during cold spells 0

🕔14:10, 30.Oct 2011

In the UK there are generally few issues with golf being played in winter other than the constraints placed upon us by the variable (or terrible, dependant on your viewpoint and location) British weather. These now usually relate to conditions

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A guide to fixing common problems with irrigation systems

A guide to fixing common problems with irrigation systems 1

🕔14:06, 30.Oct 2011

Almost all modern irrigation systems rely on many pre-numbered decoders connected along a common two-wire path, each connected to a solenoid valve. The controller feeds typically 24V to 40V AC down the path, together with a digital signal commanding a

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Peter Jones: How to improve the condition of your course’s bunkers

Peter Jones: How to improve the condition of your course’s bunkers 0

🕔14:03, 30.Oct 2011

As winter approaches, most clubs will be commencing with their winter programme. Gone are the days when snow and hard frosts could be expected to bring work on the course to an abrupt standstill and confine the greenstaff to painting

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Would a borehole reduce your club’s irrigation bills?

Would a borehole reduce your club’s irrigation bills? 0

🕔14:00, 30.Oct 2011

Groundwater (water contained naturally in underground aquifers) is used to supply much of the public in the UK. The percentage of groundwater versus surface reservoir supply varies in different regions, but, for example, in East Anglia and the south east

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Council puts club at heart of marketing drive

Council puts club at heart of marketing drive 0

🕔13:17, 30.Oct 2011

A member of Ilfracombe Golf Club in Devon, who is also a councillor for the local council, has put the golf club at the heart of a national marketing drive to attract people to the town. Philip Webb, who is

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Wentworth Golf Club owner’s ‘life saved’

Wentworth Golf Club owner’s ‘life saved’ 0

🕔13:04, 30.Oct 2011

The owner of Wenworth Golf Club, Richard Caring, has had his life saved by a cardiologist friend he was holidaying with. Caring showed the man a wound in his shoulder, which he had acquired following an operation at a private

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Barkway Golf Club’s wind turbine plan stalls

Barkway Golf Club’s wind turbine plan stalls 1

🕔09:20, 29.Oct 2011

Barkway Golf Club in Hertfordshire’s plans to build a 15 metre high wind turbine have been put on hold. The club applied for planning permission to erect the turbine 170 metres from its clubhouse, and officers at North Herts District

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How solar thermal can heat the water in your clubhouse and make you money at the same time

How solar thermal can heat the water in your clubhouse and make you money at the same time 1

🕔15:59, 28.Oct 2011

Solar thermal heating is nothing new.  In reality, all renewable energy is solar thermal. The sun shines on the ground and that provides the energy for ground source heat pumps. The ground gets warm when the sun shines on it

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