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‘Nomad’ handicap plan to bring in £5 million for England Golf

‘Nomad’ handicap plan to bring in £5 million for England Golf 1

🕔07:13, 27.Jan 2021

England Golf’s proposal to offer handicaps to non-members of golf clubs is projected to bring in about £5 million of income to the organisation per year, within five years.

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‘Why is angling allowed but golf forbidden?’

‘Why is angling allowed but golf forbidden?’ 4

🕔07:29, 26.Jan 2021

The golf industry is continuing to pressurise the government to end the enforced closure of clubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

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Call for improved signage as man has surgery on his testicle after being hit by a golf ball

Call for improved signage as man has surgery on his testicle after being hit by a golf ball 1

🕔07:18, 25.Jan 2021

A man who was struck by a ball as he walked along a golf course in Cheshire last month has had surgery on his testicle – and called for golf clubs to improve signage that highlights risks.

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Charity terminates lease of club less than a year after acquiring it

Charity terminates lease of club less than a year after acquiring it 0

🕔12:55, 22.Jan 2021

A charity that took over the running of a Surrey golf club just last summer has terminated its lease and said the club has been ‘burdened by a commercially unrealistic rent’.

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Vandals rip up fairways at Scottish golf club

Vandals rip up fairways at Scottish golf club 1

🕔07:11, 22.Jan 2021

Vandals have driven on to a Scottish golf course on quad bikes, causing significant damage worth several thousands of pounds, and to an English course as well.

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Meet the golf club managing director: Ben Laing

Meet the golf club managing director: Ben Laing 8

🕔11:56, 21.Jan 2021

Running Branston Golf & Country Club in Staffordshire, Ben details an extraordinary year in his life, which began with him and four others buying a golf club – just weeks before the March 2020 lockdown.

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Legal advice from the NGCAA: Employment contracts

Legal advice from the NGCAA: Employment contracts 0

🕔11:49, 21.Jan 2021

The Good Work Plan saw a number of employment law changes come into effect in 2020, of which many may have been missed by golf club employers due to Covid-19.

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Most golf clubs are not offering financial incentives to members

Most golf clubs are not offering financial incentives to members 5

🕔06:18, 21.Jan 2021

A new survey of UK golf clubs has found less than a quarter are offering either a price reduction or deferral option for members financially struggling amid the pandemic but who might want to renew their annual subscription.

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Non-members of English golf clubs ‘will be offered a handicap this year’

Non-members of English golf clubs ‘will be offered a handicap this year’ 26

🕔07:39, 20.Jan 2021

The chief executive of England Golf has suggested that, for the first time ever, this year golfers who are not members of golf clubs will be offered a handicap.

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‘We’ve been inundated with enquiries’

‘We’ve been inundated with enquiries’ 2

🕔06:57, 19.Jan 2021

A golf group that runs seven resorts in England and Scotland has said it has been ‘inundated with enquiries’, particularly for the second quarter of 2021, despite – or perhaps because of – the pandemic.

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‘Why can you go for a walk but not play golf?’

‘Why can you go for a walk but not play golf?’ 10

🕔07:01, 18.Jan 2021

Golf club managers whose venues have closed due to coronavirus restrictions are continuing to state how disappointed and frustrated they are by the decision.

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Another club is hit by fly-tipping

Another club is hit by fly-tipping 0

🕔07:42, 15.Jan 2021

An Isle of Wight golf club has become the latest venue to report that it has been the victim of fly-tipping.

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‘The pandemic has created an opportunity for golf’

‘The pandemic has created an opportunity for golf’ 0

🕔07:29, 14.Jan 2021

A Hampshire golf club that has seen a sharp rise in new members in the last year due to the pandemic has said Covid-19 is providing an opportunity for venues after years of decline.

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Golf club may ban walkers following antisocial behaviour

Golf club may ban walkers following antisocial behaviour 0

🕔12:33, 13.Jan 2021

A golf club in Lancashire that has allowed walkers to use its course for exercise during the lockdown has said it may stop this after the venue was vandalised.

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Golfer sets up Scottish mental health Scramble for 2021

Golfer sets up Scottish mental health Scramble for 2021 0

🕔10:47, 13.Jan 2021

A former PGA Advanced Professional is asking Scottish golf clubs to support a mental health charity by hosting a Scramble for their members in 2021.

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‘Subscriptions are coming in nicely’

‘Subscriptions are coming in nicely’ 0

🕔16:41, 12.Jan 2021

The manager of a golf club in lockdown has suggested he is optimistic for 2021 despite recent events – which, crucially, have not deterred his club’s members from renewing their annual subscriptions.

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The R&A joins the PGA in cutting ties with Trump branded golf clubs

The R&A joins the PGA in cutting ties with Trump branded golf clubs 17

🕔17:10, 11.Jan 2021

The R&A, golf’s governing body outside of the USA and Mexico, has said it will not stage a championship at Trump Turnberry for the ‘foreseeable future’, following a similar move by the PGA of America.

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Club finds evidence of ‘medieval settlement’ underneath its course

Club finds evidence of ‘medieval settlement’ underneath its course 0

🕔07:09, 11.Jan 2021

A golf club in Gloucestershire has found evidence of a medieval settlement underneath the venue, as a result of applying for planning permission to make alterations to two of its greens.

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“The challenge now is to maintain last year’s progress”

“The challenge now is to maintain last year’s progress” 0

🕔13:53, 8.Jan 2021

The new managing secretary of The Blairgowrie Golf Club – the current GB&I Walker Cup captain – has said he is optimistic for 2021, even though it threatens to be overshadowed by Covid-19.

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Membership of Irish golf clubs has increased by more than 10%

Membership of Irish golf clubs has increased by more than 10% 0

🕔07:35, 8.Jan 2021

Membership of golf clubs in Ireland rose by more than 10 per cent in 2020, making up for nearly a decade of losses, according to the CEO of Golf Ireland.

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‘Open golf clubs’ petition passes 100,000 signatures

‘Open golf clubs’ petition passes 100,000 signatures 9

🕔18:38, 7.Jan 2021

A petition to reopen golf courses during the current lockdown in England has passed 100,000 signatures – the threshold for the UK government to consider any petition on its website for debate in parliament.

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Golf course that was set to close down is saved

Golf course that was set to close down is saved 1

🕔12:21, 7.Jan 2021

A Nottinghamshire golf course that had been earmarked for closure has been saved amid the surge in demand to play golf.

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‘Why can you play golf in Scotland but not in England?’

‘Why can you play golf in Scotland but not in England?’ 12

🕔12:25, 6.Jan 2021

Managers and owners of English golf clubs have expressed their disappointment that they have to close their venues for a third time in less than a year due to new Covid-19 restrictions.

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‘No limitations’ on greenkeeping during UK lockdowns

‘No limitations’ on greenkeeping during UK lockdowns 0

🕔19:58, 5.Jan 2021

There will be ‘no limitations’ placed on maintenance activities able to be undertaken by the greenkeeping teams at golf facilities during the current lockdowns.

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Golf courses can remain open in Scotland – but must close in England

Golf courses can remain open in Scotland – but must close in England 12

🕔20:30, 4.Jan 2021

“Extremely disappointed.” Industry bodies react as golf clubs told to close again in England, but they can remain open in Scotland, leading to the Scottish Golf website crashing.

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Here’s three golf industry developments from December that could help shape 2021

Here’s three golf industry developments from December that could help shape 2021 0

🕔13:31, 4.Jan 2021

The final month of 2020 saw the two dominant stories of the year meet head-to-head: Many clubs reported the gains they have made from the surge in demand just as Covid lockdowns resulted in more restrictions on who can play.

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Police arrive at golf club as it is asked to close due to Covid-19

Police arrive at golf club as it is asked to close due to Covid-19 3

🕔21:44, 3.Jan 2021

A golf club that has holes in Tier 3 in England, where golf is allowed, and in Wales, where amateur golf is currently forbidden, has been asked to close.

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