First image of Taymouth Castle’s golf course

First image of Taymouth Castle’s golf course 0

🕔13:53, 28.Oct 2011

The first image of the remodelled Taymouth Castle’s golf course in Scotland has been released. The revamped James Braid course opens next year – 79 years after it first was played

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IOG to ‘radically’ change Scotsturf

IOG to ‘radically’ change Scotsturf 0

🕔16:38, 27.Oct 2011

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced a ‘radical review’ of the IOG Scotsturf exhibition that promotes greenkeeping products to golf course managers, which took place earlier this month. “For 2012, the IOG will look to stage IOG Scotsturf In

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More than 1,000 golf pros attend The Golf Show

More than 1,000 golf pros attend The Golf Show 0

🕔14:15, 27.Oct 2011

More than 1,000 PGA professionals have attended The Golf Show at the Harrogate International Centre, from October 25 to 27. Over 50 exhibitors, such as PING, TaylorMade-adidas, Callaway and Titleist, displayed their products and services to the professional golfers. The show

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Sussex course hit by joyriding attacks

Sussex course hit by joyriding attacks 0

🕔12:06, 27.Oct 2011

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club in Sussex has been attacked by joyriders four times in the last month. The vandals have driven onto the course and left tyre marks on at least three different greens. Its Old Course has seen

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Profile: Golf course painter Lincoln Rowe

Profile: Golf course painter Lincoln Rowe 0

🕔11:56, 27.Oct 2011

For many golf clubs, an original painting of the signature hole, or indeed, a series of paintings in original fine chalk pastels, would grace the walls of most clubhouses for decades. Golf paintings are a unique way to celebrate the

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Should clubs become limited companies to reduce liability?

Should clubs become limited companies to reduce liability? 2

🕔11:53, 27.Oct 2011

Can innocent members of golf clubs become criminals? Yes, they can. Three years ago the Environment Agency prosecuted the chairman and treasurer of a golf club after an underground pipe, taking heating oil from a storage tank to the golf

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Understanding the landscape of a golf course is key to its sustainability

Understanding the landscape of a golf course is key to its sustainability 1

🕔11:48, 27.Oct 2011

Now, more than ever, the fabric of our countryside, coastline and townscape is revealed before our eyes by the generation of television programmes with airborne content. For many people it must surely make dramatic, dynamic viewing. Technological advances in the

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Marketing: In a world of Twitter and email, why do clubs pin notices on boards?

Marketing: In a world of Twitter and email, why do clubs pin notices on boards? 0

🕔11:39, 27.Oct 2011

The practice for most golf clubs has been to contact their members by notices pinned on boards within the clubhouse or by post. Notices on boards do not reach all members and contacting them by mail is expensive and this

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Embracing nomadic golfers is the only way to get their money

Embracing nomadic golfers is the only way to get their money 0

🕔11:32, 27.Oct 2011

Already battered by falling waiting lists, squeezed on discretionary revenue such as green fees, dwindling numbers of societies and rising costs of borrowing and running costs (especially fuel and utilities), owning or managing a golf club has never been tougher.

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A look at the eco-friendly techniques that courses around the world deploy

A look at the eco-friendly techniques that courses around the world deploy 1

🕔11:22, 27.Oct 2011

In recent years, ‘going green’ has become an oft-used phrase putting environmental issues high on everyone’s agenda and golf courses haven’t missed the trend. Green practices are being introduced to reduce a golf course’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. As

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What trends in golf retail over the last 30 years tell us about sales for this Christmas

What trends in golf retail over the last 30 years tell us about sales for this Christmas 0

🕔11:15, 27.Oct 2011

The retail sector is subject to many external factors and has always followed the peaks and troughs of the economy. Things such as interest rates, unemployment levels and the availability of disposable income have an effect on what we buy,

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Q&A with Adrian Houstoun: Who is liable for pollution at a golf club?

Q&A with Adrian Houstoun: Who is liable for pollution at a golf club? 0

🕔11:07, 27.Oct 2011

Reader’s question: I heard about a case in which the Environment Agency prosecuted the chairman and treasurer of a golf club over a water pollution issue linked to pipes owned by the golf club. What happened in this case and

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Adrian Houstoun: Golf club committees need a range of skills; not good golfers

Adrian Houstoun: Golf club committees need a range of skills; not good golfers 0

🕔10:55, 27.Oct 2011

The Companies Act 2006 means that directors must act within the company’s constitution and only exercise powers for the purposes for which they were conferred; to promote the success of the company – directors must act in good faith to

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Gaudet Luce Golf Club installs platform lift to comply with disability law

Gaudet Luce Golf Club installs platform lift to comply with disability law 0

🕔10:40, 27.Oct 2011

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was passed to engender a change of attitude and to open doors, literally, for disabled people in the UK. This influential piece of government legislation aims to help remove physical barriers and improve access for

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How economic problems are hurting golf clubs

How economic problems are hurting golf clubs 0

🕔10:22, 27.Oct 2011

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…” – Rudyard Kipling. If ever there was a time for keeping your head, it is 2011 – but it could be even more important in 2012! So

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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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