‘No women at Augusta’ policy defended

‘No women at Augusta’ policy defended 21

🕔05:57, 31.May 2012

A retired UK golf club manager has become the first to publicly defend Augusta National’s refusal to allow women to join since the issue exploded earlier this year. Stewart Barnes,

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June Caption Competition

June Caption Competition 8

🕔14:58, 30.May 2012

What on earth has just been said? Following the success of our recent caption competition, we are giving you another chance to win a pair of Sunwise Waterloo sunglasses. Simply write out the funniest caption to this picture and the

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UKGCOA and England Golf form closer ties

UKGCOA and England Golf form closer ties 0

🕔13:26, 30.May 2012

The UK Golf Course Owners’ Association (UKGCOA) and England Golf have agreed to work together on issues affecting proprietary golf clubs. Principally, the liaison is set to involve UKGCOA becoming the ‘conduit for communication’ between England Golf, the governing body

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Appeal saves four clubs £114K on rates

Appeal saves four clubs £114K on rates 0

🕔10:23, 29.May 2012

Four golf clubs in south-west England have collectively saved £114,000 on their business rates, following an appeal. Saunton, Burnham & Berrow, Enmore Park and Taunton & Pickeridge golf clubs were assessed by the Valuation Office Agency in 2010, which ruled

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Greenkeeper dies of suspected heart attack

Greenkeeper dies of suspected heart attack 0

🕔07:26, 28.May 2012

One of just two greenkeepers at a golf club in Yorkshire has died of a suspected heart attack. Elvin Dickinson, 55, was also a founding member and former captain of Drax Golf Club. Mr Dickinson, who trained as a greenkeeper,

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Monty rewards junior heroes

Monty rewards junior heroes 0 Updated

🕔05:09, 27.May 2012

Colin Montgomerie has taken time out from attending the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to reward golfing enthusiasts who have gone the extra mile in introducing the game to children. Montgomerie, the only man to have ever won the event

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‘Raise VAT’ call leads to angry backlash

‘Raise VAT’ call leads to angry backlash 34

🕔08:39, 25.May 2012

Proprietary golf clubs have been angrily derided as ‘soulless’ in reaction to a call by the chief executive of Burhill Golf and Leisure for VAT to be increased on membership subscriptions at private members’ clubs and reduced at profit-making ones.

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BIGGA embarks on strategy review

BIGGA embarks on strategy review 1

🕔11:34, 24.May 2012

The chief executive of the British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), Jim Croxton, has said his organisation is to evaluate the resources required to sustain the service it provides. This is part of a new business plan that BIGGA has

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Brangelina to live by UK golf course

Brangelina to live by UK golf course 1

🕔10:28, 24.May 2012

Hollywood A-Listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are to rent a house on Wentworth Golf Club until the end of 2013. The famous couple, who announced their engagement recently, will be moving in, along with their six children, shortly. Both

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PGA pro brings women into golf

PGA pro brings women into golf 0

🕔11:22, 23.May 2012

A PGA professional who was inspired by giving lessons to his girlfriend is helping introduce several new women to golf. Stamford Golf Club in Cheshire has agreed with its professional, Mark Smith, to provide a new membership package aimed at

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2,000 people join clubs thanks to CGPs

2,000 people join clubs thanks to CGPs 2

🕔09:40, 22.May 2012

More than 50,000 people in England have taken up golf in the last year thanks to a network of 32 country partnerships that exist to develop golf. Over one in every 25 of these new golfers are now even members

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GUI refutes sectarian comments

GUI refutes sectarian comments 4

🕔17:17, 21.May 2012

The chairman of the Ulster branch of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) has criticised two leading Northern Irish politicians for stating that sectarian prejudice is rife in the country’s golf clubs. Violence as a result of religious sectarianism has

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Eddie Shah to sell his last golf club

Eddie Shah to sell his last golf club 1

🕔07:25, 20.May 2012

The former newspaper tycoon Eddie Shah is to end his business relationship with golf. The founder of the now-defunct national newspaper, Today, who went on to own four prestigious golf clubs and be a director at Wentworth, has put his

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Davies helps disabled coaching

Davies helps disabled coaching 1

🕔09:51, 19.May 2012

Laura Davies has witnessed at close quarters how an initiative to help more blind and disabled golfers receive expert tuition from PGA professionals is working. The Ladies European Tour (LET) star took time out from the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies

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England Golf denies affiliation fee ‘deal’

England Golf denies affiliation fee ‘deal’ 2

🕔10:00, 17.May 2012

England Golf and a multi-venue golf operator have both denied they have struck a deal in which the members of the latter’s golf clubs pay reduced affiliation fees. The question was asked after four of the company’s venues were contacted and three

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My depressing experience of applying to join golf clubs

My depressing experience of applying to join golf clubs 8 Updated

🕔09:00, 17.May 2012

Recently, Brian Inglis, a former golf club secretary, found himself on the other side of the manager’s table when he decided to join a local club for the first time in his life. He approached eight and, here, details the

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New survey highlights golf’s struggles

New survey highlights golf’s struggles 3

🕔11:04, 16.May 2012

A new survey of British golf clubs has found that nearly half are expecting a drop in membership levels this year, the vast majority do not offer flexible membership schemes, most still send their subscription notices out in winter and

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Participation in the UAE ‘booming’

Participation in the UAE ‘booming’ 2

🕔09:47, 15.May 2012

More rounds of golf were played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March than in any month in the country’s history. The news comes as surveys in Europe and the USA have shown that golf participation is increasing there,

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Jobs have been lost ‘due to hosepipe ban’

Jobs have been lost ‘due to hosepipe ban’ 4

🕔09:22, 14.May 2012

The hosepipe ban that seven UK water authorities introduced last month is having a devastating effect on companies that supply products to golf courses. The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA), which has 60 members that collectively produce 70 per cent of

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Member-run club could close after theft

Member-run club could close after theft 1

🕔08:15, 13.May 2012

A unique golf club that is run by its members could close down after its entire fleet of course machinery was stolen in two nighttime raids. Horton Golf Club in West Sussex does not employ staff such as greenkeepers because

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Club owner hopes for PGA success

Club owner hopes for PGA success 2

🕔08:42, 12.May 2012

The manager and owner of Sand Martins Golf Club in Berkshire is challenging for honours at the Senior PGA Professional Championship this month. Andrew Hall, who bought Sand Martins Golf Club seven years ago, will be in action at Northants

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Tax barrister will represent golf clubs

Tax barrister will represent golf clubs 4

🕔10:55, 11.May 2012

One of the UK’s leading tax barristers has been employed to represent golf clubs in a tribunal hearing that could have major ramifications for golf in the UK. On May 28, Chipping Sodbury Golf Club will argue against Her Majesty’s

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Profile: Matthew Towler, course manager at Letchworth Golf Club

Profile: Matthew Towler, course manager at Letchworth Golf Club 2

🕔16:38, 10.May 2012

Letchworth Golf Club’s main course was originally constructed over nine holes in 1905 and was extended to 18 in 1911 by Harry Vardon. Always picturesque, well maintained and a good challenge, the course was rather short on length by today’s

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An introduction to grass species for golf courses

An introduction to grass species for golf courses 1

🕔16:29, 10.May 2012

At its simplest, the choice of grasses for golf greens is bentgrass, red fescue or a mixture of bentgrass and red fescue. This is what you may choose but do not necessarily get. In many long-established golf greens the dominant

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Two new diseases that have been found on British courses

Two new diseases that have been found on British courses 12

🕔16:20, 10.May 2012

Two newly emerging turf diseases have recently been confirmed in samples received from golf courses in the UK and Ireland and it is suspected that they are more prevalent in areas of fine turf than are currently recorded. During 2012,

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What clubs need to know about paternity law changes

What clubs need to know about paternity law changes 1

🕔16:13, 10.May 2012

Employees have the option to take Ordinary Paternity Leave or Additional Paternity Leave. As from April 2012, there are new rates of pay. 1. Ordinary Paternity Leave Employees will need to satisfy the following conditions in order to qualify for

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How the changes to the rules of amateur status impact on clubs

How the changes to the rules of amateur status impact on clubs 1

🕔16:06, 10.May 2012

There has recently been a series changes to the rules of amateur status by The R&A. It is now possible for a club to provide prizes for competitions by way of vouchers for goods or services. The key word here

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