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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 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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