Q&A with Simon Doyle, the head of agronomy at Troon Europe

Q&A with Simon Doyle, the head of agronomy at Troon Europe 0

🕔16:41, 24.Oct 2011

GCM: How did you end up as an agronomist? Simon Doyle: I was in Ireland when an opportunity came up to go out to Japan as an assistant agronomist for a US-based consultancy firm. Things progressed from there before joining

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Person profile: John Scott – golf club manager and soldier

Person profile: John Scott – golf club manager and soldier 0

🕔16:32, 24.Oct 2011

John Scott, former serving Secretary and a member of the GCMA for several years has recently returned from military service, as a Royal Marine, in Iraq and Afghanistan. John joined the GCMA whilst the manager of Wrexham Golf Club, in

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International clubs forge reciprocal deal to attract members

International clubs forge reciprocal deal to attract members 1

🕔12:47, 24.Oct 2011

Two major golf clubs, one in China and one in Cyprus, have formed a reciprocal partnership to attract more members to both. Eléa Golf Club in Cyprus has signed the agreement with the world’s largest golf facility, Mission Hills China. The

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Bentley Golf Club to redesign its 17th hole

Bentley Golf Club to redesign its 17th hole 0

🕔11:23, 24.Oct 2011

Bentley Golf Club in Essex is to redevelop its par three 17th hole and has commissioned a company to formulate a ten-year plan for the overall improvement of the course. Advances in technique and technology mean that the 1972 layout

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PGA to honour its longstanding members

PGA to honour its longstanding members 0

🕔11:12, 24.Oct 2011

The PGA will celebrate some of its longstanding members with a special lunch at The Belfry on Monday, October 31. Among those attending the event is 92-year-old Victor Alexander, who will fly 4,500 miles from the West Indies to be

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Bearwood Lakes removes ryegrass from its rough

Bearwood Lakes removes ryegrass from its rough 0

🕔11:03, 24.Oct 2011

The course manager of Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Daniel Lightfoot MG, has timed his selective herbicide treatments, targeting ryegrass and Yorkshire fog, to coincide with the natural fescues’ autumn senescence. The result is minimal visual impact on the course now,

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Podcasts for greenkeepers to listen to as they mow launched

Podcasts for greenkeepers to listen to as they mow launched 0

🕔10:48, 24.Oct 2011

Educational podcasts for greenkeepers to listen to as they cut the grass has been launched by a fellow greenkeeper. ”The idea for producing an audio greenkeeping and sports’ turf industry podcast came to me a few years ago,” said Matthew

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Golf course designers given marketing tips

Golf course designers given marketing tips 0

🕔09:31, 24.Oct 2011

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) has held a seminar aimed at helping golf course design companies grow in the current economic climate. Entitled ‘A Practical Guide to Building an Effective Business Growth Strategy’, the seminar looked at marketing

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Ernie Els golf club to host AfrAsia Golf Masters

Ernie Els golf club to host AfrAsia Golf Masters 0

🕔09:15, 24.Oct 2011

The Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita will host the AfrAsia Golf Masters 2011, it has been announced. The prestigious golf event, which brings together the 20 best golf players of the Allianz Golf Tour (French professional circuit) and

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How to attract members: Make it possible for them to pay by direct debit and offer flexible subs

How to attract members: Make it possible for them to pay by direct debit and offer flexible subs 0

🕔13:29, 23.Oct 2011

The lure of lavish golfing retreats in far-flung corners of the globe is just too irresistible for many enthusiasts, it seems. The onset of cheap flights throughout Europe and the prospect of plunging prices for long-haul journeys open up access

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Why The Club Company doesn’t rely on golf income at its 10 golf clubs

Why The Club Company doesn’t rely on golf income at its 10 golf clubs 0

🕔10:04, 23.Oct 2011

The Club Company currently operates 10 golf clubs in England and all have been developed into the country club format that is a hallmark of the group. “We know that the country club approach works for us,” said Thierry Delsol,

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How clubs in Devon are recruiting more women and children as members

How clubs in Devon are recruiting more women and children as members 0

🕔09:03, 23.Oct 2011

In an age when golf club memberships are falling and the average age of golfers across the country is still in the 50s, the state of the game is often said by ‘experts’ to be parlous. It isn’t. With Rory

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Noel Mackenzie: Understanding the science of agronomy prior to irrigation and drainage

Noel Mackenzie: Understanding the science of agronomy prior to irrigation and drainage 1

🕔08:57, 23.Oct 2011

When it comes to irrigation, what do we need to understand about what goes on in that 2-4mm of turf on our greens? The loss of water from the plant and playing surfaces (transpiration and evaporation – the combined effects

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£200k golfing rival to Gleneagles approved

£200k golfing rival to Gleneagles approved 0

🕔07:43, 23.Oct 2011

Proposals for a £200k golf development in Perthshire have been approved by local councillors who are keen on attracting tourists to the area. The directors of 102-year-old Pitlochry Golf Course want to build a new nine-hole golf course and practice

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Jack Nicklaus on the design and agronomy of his Portuguese course

Jack Nicklaus on the design and agronomy of his Portuguese course 0

🕔16:00, 22.Oct 2011

The Monte Rei Golf Club on the Algarve opened in 2007 and is already one of Iberia’s premier golf resorts. Set in the picturesque foothills of Portugal’s Algarve with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão Mountains to the north

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Attracting birds and insects to your golf course via native wild flowers

Attracting birds and insects to your golf course via native wild flowers 1

🕔11:18, 22.Oct 2011

Many golf clubs are choosing to focus on the ecology of their courses, not just to benefit the environment, but to enhance their members’ playing experience. Course managers too are looking for ways to encourage and protect flora and fauna

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Woodland and heathland management at North Hants Golf Club

Woodland and heathland management at North Hants Golf Club 0

🕔10:15, 22.Oct 2011

North Hants Golf Club was founded in 1904 and is considered as one of the finest courses in the south of England. As well as being on the Open qualifying roster the club also stages the ‘Hampshire Hog’ – a

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Peter Alliss golf course sold for just £58k

Peter Alliss golf course sold for just £58k 3

🕔09:57, 22.Oct 2011

A Peter Alliss-designed golf club has been sold for just £58,000 to its landlord due to extreme market conditions and a clause in its lease. The club was turning over more than £1.75 million per annum just three years ago

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Reader’s Q&A: How to train food and beverage staff

Reader’s Q&A: How to train food and beverage staff 0

🕔09:28, 22.Oct 2011

Peter Burkill, Wales: You have often written about the need to train and develop front line staff. We are seriously considering setting up an internal training programme. What subject do you think we should cover and how will they best

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Q&A with Steven Brown: How restaurants have used the smoking ban to benefit customers

Q&A with Steven Brown: How restaurants have used the smoking ban to benefit customers 0

🕔09:26, 22.Oct 2011

Morgan Mead, Wiltshire: I have lost business due to the smoking ban.  Do you have any suggestions to get around this? Steven Brown: It will come as no surprise that your trade has been affected.  The licensed trade in general

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How garden waste can conserve the levels of carbon in the soil and reduce water usage

How garden waste can conserve the levels of carbon in the soil and reduce water usage 0

🕔16:21, 21.Oct 2011

Now is the time for greenkeepers to adopt methods that will support more effective water usage and, on a broader environmental theme, conserve levels of carbon in the soil. Compost made from recycled garden waste can play its part as

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Youngsters inspired by McIlroy to play golf

Youngsters inspired by McIlroy to play golf 1

🕔11:58, 21.Oct 2011

As the golfing world reacts to Rory McIlroy’s split with management company ISM, a new poll has found that 39 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds were inspired to try golf for the first time following Rory McIlroy’s

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Future secured for Disabled Open

Future secured for Disabled Open 2

🕔09:54, 21.Oct 2011

The future of the Disabled British Open has been secured as Tourism South East has revealed it has set up a company to run, manage and grow both the Disabled British Open and the Junior Disabled British Open. The new body, Remarkable

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Noel Mackenzie: Why it is pivotal that greenkeepers are well informed about course machinery

Noel Mackenzie: Why it is pivotal that greenkeepers are well informed about course machinery 0

🕔19:18, 20.Oct 2011

The quality of any course is a delicate balance between the level of play and the surface standards that are desirable and achievable on the budget, equipment and wherewithal of the staff involved. To achieve a standard, the right tools

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The story behind the three famous paintings of Conwy Golf Club

The story behind the three famous paintings of Conwy Golf Club 6

🕔19:13, 20.Oct 2011

Leading Golf Course architect and former president of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, David Williams, is leading a campaign to explain the link between three of the most famous images of golf known throughout the world and their

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International Golf Travel Market to compete with GCMA conference

International Golf Travel Market to compete with GCMA conference 0

🕔15:43, 20.Oct 2011

International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), the global event for golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media, is going head to head with the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) conference at Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire, next month. Both events start on November

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Readers’ Q&A with Steven Brown on F&B pricing

Readers’ Q&A with Steven Brown on F&B pricing 0

🕔13:41, 20.Oct 2011

Alan Macfarlane, Scotland: I am having trouble achieving my gross margin on food. My problem is that the committee is requiring a 60 per cent margin, which I believe to be excessive, as our chief source of income is the

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