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99% of UK golfers hope to play in early spring

99% of UK golfers hope to play in early spring 0

🕔06:39, 4.Mar 2021

A new survey on golfers’ attitudes and feedback from venues suggests that participation in golf this spring will be ‘huge’ – with numbers likely to be even higher than in 2020.

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“The pics don’t really do the damage justice”

“The pics don’t really do the damage justice” 1

🕔06:35, 3.Mar 2021

A golf club in Rochdale has become at least the second this year to post shocking images on social media of an abandoned car on its course.

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Swindon golf club set to significantly grow

Swindon golf club set to significantly grow 1

🕔07:22, 2.Mar 2021

A golf club in Swindon has applied for planning permission to expand significantly through a new, modern driving range, football pitches and an adventure golf course.

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Council considers closing golf course despite the surge in demand

Council considers closing golf course despite the surge in demand 1

🕔07:25, 1.Mar 2021

Luton Borough Council has said it is considering closing a popular golf club as it needs to make savings to cover a shortfall in its budget caused by fewer people using Luton Airport.

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Compensation offered to boy after golf club broken arm incident

Compensation offered to boy after golf club broken arm incident 0

🕔07:47, 28.Feb 2021

A teenage boy has been offered nearly €34,000 (£29,500) after he broke his arm at an Irish golf club, and the only treatment he received was the application of frozen meat to his arm.

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Here’s our top three golf industry trends from February

Here’s our top three golf industry trends from February 0

🕔05:18, 28.Feb 2021

From sponsorship for amateur golfers to venues knowing when they can prepare for the next participation surge, we review the big three trends in the golf industry in the last month.

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Golf club reduces annual subs due to recent growth

Golf club reduces annual subs due to recent growth 1

🕔07:13, 27.Feb 2021

An Irish golf club has revealed it has reduced its annual subscription for 2021, following a prosperous 2020.

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Fourballs will be allowed in England from March 29

Fourballs will be allowed in England from March 29 4

🕔16:51, 26.Feb 2021

Golf courses in England can have four people playing on the same tee times from March 29, while all driving ranges and pro shops can open from April 12, as the APPGG has released details of how golf can return.

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The growth of Carnoustie’s junior section in the last year

The growth of Carnoustie’s junior section in the last year 0

🕔13:10, 26.Feb 2021

Even though the pandemic has disrupted so much for so many in the last year, Carnoustie’s junior programme performed stronger than ever.

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More than a third of golf clubs saw a ‘dramatic’ rise in membership last year

More than a third of golf clubs saw a ‘dramatic’ rise in membership last year 0

🕔09:59, 25.Feb 2021

A survey of more than 200 golf clubs has found that more than 80 percent saw an increase in membership revenue in 2020, and nearly half an increase in green fee revenue.

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Three golf courses suffer major vandal incidents a few days apart

Three golf courses suffer major vandal incidents a few days apart 1

🕔20:36, 24.Feb 2021

Three golf courses have suffered major – seemingly unconnected – attacks just a few days apart, in one case the club believes the bill will be £70,000.

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Amateur golfers ‘will be able to accept sponsorship without restriction’

Amateur golfers ‘will be able to accept sponsorship without restriction’ 1

🕔10:39, 24.Feb 2021

Golfers will be able to play as professionals in tournaments, and receive sponsorship, and not lose their amateur status under new R&A and USGA proposals.

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Golf in England can resume on March 29

Golf in England can resume on March 29 15

🕔16:38, 22.Feb 2021

Golf courses in England can reopen from March 29, following the publication of the prime minister’s ‘roadmap’ out of the current coronavirus restrictions.

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Two entrepreneurs snap up two golf facilities

Two entrepreneurs snap up two golf facilities 1

🕔07:21, 22.Feb 2021

Two entrepreneurs from Cheshire have purchased a Donald Steel-designed 18-hole golf club in Yorkshire as well as another nearby golf facility.

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Meet the golf manager: Craig Ferris

Meet the golf manager: Craig Ferris 0

🕔14:02, 20.Feb 2021

From Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, Craig talks about a working life managing a golf venue during a pandemic which has seen venues close, reopen to a surge in demand and then close again.

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Plan to close three Wirral golf courses set to be scrapped

Plan to close three Wirral golf courses set to be scrapped 0

🕔07:42, 20.Feb 2021

A proposal to close three of Wirral’s four public golf courses looks set to be scrapped amid the surge in popularity for golf.

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‘The benefits of being a club member will be seen fully when courses reopen’

‘The benefits of being a club member will be seen fully when courses reopen’ 4

🕔08:34, 19.Feb 2021

Speaking last week, a member of the PGA’s National Executive Committee has said he hopes the next meeting – scheduled for the day after Boris Johnson’s Covid roadmap revelation – will have ‘reopening courses’ on the agenda.

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The PGA, England Golf and Golf Ireland all call for golf to resume

The PGA, England Golf and Golf Ireland all call for golf to resume 12

🕔07:08, 19.Feb 2021

Senior members of three of the biggest golfing organisations in the British Isles have all called for golf courses to reopen, stating that the game can be played safely.

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Greg Dyke’s hotel company acquires Devon golf club 

Greg Dyke’s hotel company acquires Devon golf club  2

🕔06:10, 19.Feb 2021

The former head of the BBC, Greg Dyke, has brought The Dartmouth Hotel, Golf and Spa into his Vine Hotels portfolio, stating that optimism for staycation holidays is now strong.

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The UK government is not ‘following the science’ when it comes to golf

The UK government is not ‘following the science’ when it comes to golf 17

🕔07:22, 17.Feb 2021

A freedom of information request by a solicitor about coronavirus risks from participating in golf has found that the UK government does not know what risks specifically playing golf actually carries.

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One council takes over the running of a golf course while another hopes to

One council takes over the running of a golf course while another hopes to 3

🕔07:44, 16.Feb 2021

In perhaps a sign of the resurgent popularity of golf, one local authority has taken over a golf club and another says it hopes to.

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‘Two-ball golf to return in England at the end of March’

‘Two-ball golf to return in England at the end of March’ 34

🕔11:47, 14.Feb 2021

A new report in the Sunday Times states that two-ball golf will return in England in late March.

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Golf club ends lockdown public access due to mess created

Golf club ends lockdown public access due to mess created 11

🕔11:37, 14.Feb 2021

A private members’ golf club that has allowed the public to walk across its course during three lockdowns has ended the policy due to excessive damage and dog fouling.

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Golfers’ demand for food and beverage remains strong

Golfers’ demand for food and beverage remains strong 2

🕔10:53, 14.Feb 2021

A new survey on UK golfers’ buying behaviour during the pandemic has found that demand for food and beverage is strong – even if clubhouses are closed.

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Two golf clubs are devastated by fires, three days apart

Two golf clubs are devastated by fires, three days apart 2

🕔07:08, 12.Feb 2021

Two separate fires at two UK golf clubs within three days of each other have caused significant damage to both venues.

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Club profile: Whittington Heath Golf Club

Club profile: Whittington Heath Golf Club 7

🕔17:40, 11.Feb 2021

The Midlands venue feared for the worst when HS2 was planned to cut through its course. But instead, the club has invested in an incredible new course – and a stunning new clubhouse.

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England Golf ‘disappointed’ that ISVs have passed handicap cost on to clubs

England Golf ‘disappointed’ that ISVs have passed handicap cost on to clubs 7

🕔06:31, 11.Feb 2021

England Golf has released a statement saying that it is disappointed to learn that independent software vendors (ISVs) have passed on a World Handicap System (WHS) cost they have been charged by it to golf clubs.

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