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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 8

🕔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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‘If people could still play golf here, we wouldn’t have this damage’

‘If people could still play golf here, we wouldn’t have this damage’ 2

🕔07:13, 10.Feb 2021

A councillor for an area that includes a golf course that was closed down last April to save money, has said people are ‘aghast’ at what’s happened to the venue since, including the discovery of a burnt-out car discarded in a bunker.

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The golf participation surge continued until the end of 2020

The golf participation surge continued until the end of 2020 6

🕔07:04, 9.Feb 2021

New figures on golf participation in the UK show that year-on-year participation went up by an incredible 41% for the final three months of 2020, even though most golf courses were closed for about a third of that time.

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‘We’re trying to give members a discount – but we need to balance the books’

‘We’re trying to give members a discount – but we need to balance the books’ 4

🕔06:32, 8.Feb 2021

A Lancashire golf club has said it is trying to give its members a discount due to the lack of golf in the past 11 months – but it also needs to balance its own books to make up for lost income.

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Golf course reopening decision ‘to be revealed on February 22’

Golf course reopening decision ‘to be revealed on February 22’ 23

🕔12:17, 5.Feb 2021

A decision on when golf courses can reopen in England will be revealed on February 22, and it is likely to be ‘within weeks’ from the schools’ reopening date of March 8, reports The Times.

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18% of golfers claim to have seen ‘Covid transmission risks’

18% of golfers claim to have seen ‘Covid transmission risks’ 6

🕔07:12, 5.Feb 2021

A survey of 1,000 golfers has found 18% claimed they witnessed ‘Covid-19 transmission risks’ while playing golf recently – but research shows the risk of transmission on a golf course is actually ‘extremely low’.

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The number of golf clubs with a waiting list has doubled

The number of golf clubs with a waiting list has doubled 11

🕔06:07, 4.Feb 2021

The number of UK golf clubs that have a waiting list for members has more than doubled in the past 12 months from 22 to 45 percent, according to a new survey.

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Golf brand helps acquisition of club – saving it from closure

Golf brand helps acquisition of club – saving it from closure 2

🕔07:42, 3.Feb 2021

A company that runs golf events, sells golf clothing and offers discounted green fees at several venues has helped save a UK golf club from closing down.

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More clubs report record membership growth

More clubs report record membership growth 3

🕔07:25, 2.Feb 2021

Several more UK golf clubs have reported record membership growth in the last year (and optimism for 2021), even though in most cases their courses have been closed for more than a third of that time.

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Another golf course vandalised by quad bikes

Another golf course vandalised by quad bikes 4

🕔12:22, 1.Feb 2021

A golf course in Wales has suffered ‘extensive damage’ and has become the latest venue to have had quad bikes drive onto it, which has torn up the surface.

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Can golf be played safely during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Can golf be played safely during the Covid-19 pandemic? 18

🕔12:19, 29.Jan 2021

New research has found that the ‘level of [Covid-19] transmission from playing golf is likely to be extremely low’ and has led to calls that an expert in physical activity joins the UK’s SAGE advisory group.

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Club needs to downsize to 12 holes ‘in order to survive’

Club needs to downsize to 12 holes ‘in order to survive’ 4

🕔07:53, 29.Jan 2021

A Buckinghamshire golf club has said it needs to downsize from 18 holes to 12 – and build an area for mobile homes where those former six holes were located – otherwise it will not be financially viable.

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Here’s three developments in January that the golf industry has been talking about

Here’s three developments in January that the golf industry has been talking about 2

🕔06:02, 29.Jan 2021

January has been a month dominated by Covid lockdowns and talk of handicaps for golfers who are not members of golf clubs.

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Edinburgh golf courses report huge growth in last year

Edinburgh golf courses report huge growth in last year 2

🕔06:37, 28.Jan 2021

Municipal golf courses in Edinburgh have reported that the number of rounds on their venues, and membership of them, was nearly two-thirds higher in the second half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

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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 8

🕔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?’ 5

🕔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 3

🕔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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