Trainee becomes club manager in 10 months

Trainee becomes club manager in 10 months 0

🕔13:05, 31.Jan 2012

A 31-year-old man has been appointed as Redbourn Golf Club’s new general manager after just 10 months of a training programme. Ian McDowell has taken charge of the St Albans

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Biomass Heating: Wood chip or pellets?

Biomass Heating: Wood chip or pellets? 0

🕔12:35, 31.Jan 2012

David Hugh-Smith from Biomass heating installer Dunster Forest Energy discusses the different fuel types available. For all but the smallest golf clubs which might consider log heating, the continuous demand for heating and the high level of service needed for

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Tiger and Rory beaten by driving range pro

Tiger and Rory beaten by driving range pro 0

🕔11:15, 30.Jan 2012

The man who beat Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday was working as a teacher at a driving range less than nine years ago. Robert Rock, 34, is even credited with helping to design

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American golf course was ‘drug haven’

American golf course was ‘drug haven’ 0

🕔11:28, 29.Jan 2012

A police investigation into an American golf club has claimed that the venue was a ‘hotbed of drug activity’. The exclusive Bass Lake Golf Course in Wisconsin has become embroiled in a sweeping drug investigation led by the Langlade County

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Rules schools for wannabe referees launched

Rules schools for wannabe referees launched 0

🕔10:40, 28.Jan 2012

Sandiway Golf Club in Cheshire and Exeter Golf & Country Club in Devon are to host ‘county rules schools’ this spring, which should provide a new source of qualified county referees to assist at county tournaments. The format involves two

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City golf club will not move to fourth home

City golf club will not move to fourth home 0

🕔17:08, 27.Jan 2012

One of the most famous golf clubs in England will stay in its present location – less than two miles from the centre of Birmingham – after it negotiated a long-term lease to stay on the valuable site. Edgbaston Golf

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Man jailed for assaulting junior golfers

Man jailed for assaulting junior golfers 1

🕔16:21, 26.Jan 2012

The father of a boy who won a junior golf tournament has been given a suspended jail sentence for assaulting the boy, and his brother, in an attempt to improve their golf skills. The 33-year-old man, who can not be

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EGP looks for 60-minute manager

EGP looks for 60-minute manager 0

🕔18:38, 25.Jan 2012

The England Golf Partnership (EGP), the body that provides opportunities for people to start playing golf and aims to make England the ‘world’s leading golf nation’ by 2020, is seeking to recruit a manager to roll out a project to

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Safety system for golf clubs launched

Safety system for golf clubs launched 0

🕔18:40, 24.Jan 2012

A risk assessment system that should make golf clubs safer and prevent them from being sued by injured golfers has been launched. The BIGGA / GCMA Safety Management System, originally set up in 2007, has been completely revamped to make

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Club reaches out to deprived youngsters

Club reaches out to deprived youngsters 0

🕔17:25, 24.Jan 2012

A golf club in a deprived area is teaching local children how to play the game in an effort to engage them with the local community. Chris Schofield, PGA professional at West Bradford Golf Club, has given up his time

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Profile: Police officer and golf club rescuer, Colm McCabe

Profile: Police officer and golf club rescuer, Colm McCabe 0

🕔15:39, 23.Jan 2012

Brothers Liam and Colm McCabe have a long association with golf courses, having started out with construction projects as part of a high-end landscaping business in their native Ireland in the 1990s. In 2002, the opportunity arose to tender for

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Golf club coaches modelling agency staff

Golf club coaches modelling agency staff 0

🕔14:44, 23.Jan 2012

A Northumberland golf club is providing coaching to all the women who work for a professional modelling agency, after the woman who runs both the agency and a golf network combined her two passions to offer free golf lessons to

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Golf events ‘help local economies’

Golf events ‘help local economies’ 0

🕔12:15, 22.Jan 2012

An increasing trend for revealing the economic impact of golf events is demonstrating how much European Tour tournaments benefit local economies in the United Kingdom. Two days ago, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Scottish government’s economic and community

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‘Dress codes do not boost clubhouse profits’

‘Dress codes do not boost clubhouse profits’ 2

🕔10:57, 19.Jan 2012

A survey of UK golf club members has found that just 11 per cent believe relaxing a dress code at their clubhouse would detrimentally affect bar and restaurant revenues. The HowDidiDo poll of 1,181 members of clubs asked: ‘If your

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2014 England Golf fixture list unveiled

2014 England Golf fixture list unveiled 0

🕔17:00, 17.Jan 2012

The fixture list for the main amateur golf events in England has been unveiled today, and two prestigious clubs at opposite ends of the country have agreed to host the blue riband men’s events. Seaton Carew in County Durham will

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Government welcomes St Andrews’ trustees

Government welcomes St Andrews’ trustees 0

🕔14:35, 16.Jan 2012

The Scottish government has welcomed the appointment of two major names in golf administration as trustees for St Andrews Links Trust. The trust is a charity that manages and maintains the links golf courses at St Andrews, employing more than

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John Petrie named as England Golf’s CEO

John Petrie named as England Golf’s CEO 0

🕔14:09, 16.Jan 2012

The former chief executive of the English Golf Union (EGU), John Petrie, will be the first chief executive of England Golf, the new governing body for amateur golf in England. England Golf is the result of a merger between the

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Managers raise £1,500 for charity

Managers raise £1,500 for charity 0

🕔19:31, 15.Jan 2012

Golf club managers have raised £1,500 for Children in Need and the England & Wales Blind Golf Association. The money has been split evenly and was donated recently. At the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) conference in November, 260 delegates

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RTI will be compulsory for all employers by October 2013

RTI will be compulsory for all employers by October 2013 0

🕔18:23, 15.Jan 2012

I am obliged to GCMA Auditors PW John and Co for the following useful tips: Is your payroll information ‘clean’? The taxman is asking all employers to spring-clean their payroll data to prepare for RTI. What does RTI stand for? It

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A golf club captain details the day he spent with his head greenkeeper

A golf club captain details the day he spent with his head greenkeeper 0

🕔18:15, 15.Jan 2012

I agreed with Neil, our head greenkeeper, to meet early one morning to see for myself how things work for Neil and the greenkeeping staff. Coincidentally, the day we chose was the day when the greens were to be micro-hollow-tined.

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How to ensure your irrigation system does not break down in winter

How to ensure your irrigation system does not break down in winter 0

🕔18:10, 15.Jan 2012

The spring of 2011 was a boom time for UK irrigation service companies. Many reported a huge upturn in business at a time when the general golf course irrigation contracting trend was quite the opposite. The reason is very simple.

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Royal Cromer invests £330k on course improvements

Royal Cromer invests £330k on course improvements 0

🕔18:06, 15.Jan 2012

Productivity is the key for the greenkeeping staff at Royal Cromer Golf Club in Norfolk, and a new fleet of course machinery – worth £330,000 – is now helping to raise quality levels across the course. Head greenkeeper Mark Heveran

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Alistair Dunsmuir: A dress code policy should be based on facts and research

Alistair Dunsmuir: A dress code policy should be based on facts and research 1

🕔16:55, 15.Jan 2012

Over the Christmas break a debate took place on Golf Monthly’s website’s forum, spurred by this article from a retired GCMA member regarding his defence of dress codes. The number of people involved was relatively small, but the comments could

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Profile: Paul Keeling from England Golf

Profile: Paul Keeling from England Golf 0

🕔15:51, 15.Jan 2012

As Club Services manager for England Golf, Paul Keeling brings together a lifelong passion for golf, business acumen from a career initially in health and fitness management and experience of golf club management at Longcliffe and Minchinhampton golf clubs, the

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Biomass boilers and the RHI: Get paid to heat your clubhouse

Biomass boilers and the RHI: Get paid to heat your clubhouse 2

🕔15:41, 15.Jan 2012

Amid all the recent economic doom and gloom, you may have missed a government announcement that could have a significantly positive effect on your golf club’s coffers. After months of delay, the government has launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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From wi-fi to Sky TV, give your customers what they want

From wi-fi to Sky TV, give your customers what they want 0

🕔15:29, 15.Jan 2012

My name is Gavin Johnson. I am a golfer who has managed within non-golfing businesses for the last 11 years, helped by having a business management degree from Liverpool John Moores University. I am currently studying a bachelor of arts

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Could your club benefit from having an app?

Could your club benefit from having an app? 4

🕔15:21, 15.Jan 2012

According to the SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC research from last year, 96 per cent of UK golfers own a mobile phone, and of that group, almost half own a smartphone. Another – non-golfing – survey found that there has been an

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